On Monday, Real Networks released a beta version of its next generation Internet streaming technology, dubbed Real System G2. The technology will not be compatible with Microsoft?s streaming products, announced last week.
Last week, Microsoft announced its own new Media Player for Windows, as well as two server-side products. Microsoft also offered a list of companies supporting its new technology. But most of these companies ? such as ABC, CNet, Fox and CNN also came out in support of Real System G2, indicating that few players are betting on just one horse.
Both products offer Internet content providers ways of offering real time, synchronised playback of video, audio, text and graphics.
On the client side, Microsoft?s new Media Player for Windows supports Real Networks? previous Real Audio and Real Video ? as well as a host of other popular multimedia formats.
But on the server side, Microsoft?s Net Show Services for Windows NT 4.0 and its Net Show Theater Server use Microsoft?s own Active Streaming Format (ASF), rather than the Synchronised Multimeda Integration Language (SMIL) that is recommended by the W3C.
Microsoft holds a 10 per cent stake in Real Networks. But last year, it acquired Real Networks' competitor Vxtreme.
The client portion of Real System G2, Real Player G2, is now available for free download.
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