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Chapter 12. Real Media

Chapter 12. Real Media

RealNetworks provides several important technologies for creating and delivering streaming video, audio, and animation on the Web. These streaming formats allow clients to receive sound, video, and animation in real time, even live broad casts. For animators, the key feature is the capability to display animations without lengthy downloads, because the animation begins playing almost the second that the Web page is displayed.

Although QuickTime also provides this capability, RealNetworks has the advantage of offering this feature from secure, dedicated servers that provide higher performance to many more users in a controlled environment. The RealSystem has become very popular: RealNetworks claims that as of March 1998, more than 43 million copies of its RealPlayer playback engine had been downloaded, with some 700,000 new downloads occurring each week. The standard player is also supplied with Web browsers and some modems.


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