Sound and video on the Internet look set to improve without using too much bandwidth, claims Real Networks.
The company has an enhanced streaming technology currently in the pre-beta development stage, offering an easy and efficient way of sending out sound and video bytes over the Internet. The technology, however, has been dogged by bandwidth problems. Real Networks claims its second generation streaming technology, dubbed Real Player G2, will change this.
Real Player G2 is due to ship in September as part of Real System G2, promising enhanced sound, video and multimedia. It is intended to offer a guaranteed way of keeping content flowing when an Internet connection is bad and features that will let users adjust sound and picture quality, just like on a TV or radio.
To get around video gorging bandwidth on the Internet, G2 includes a new file format called Real Pix. This will enable Web designers to create slide shows which synchronise speech and music to still frames on a low bandwidth, instead of depending on full-motion video.
Its Smartstream technology will get over unpredictable sound quality due to line congestion at busy times and slow modems, maintained Real Networks. Smartstream lets the Web broadcaster detect the quality of the user?s connection and send the best quality sound available. Users with an ISDN connection will therefore get better sound than those with a 28.8 bps modem.
?The server detects changes in sound quality and transparently switches between streams to give you the best sound possible,? explained a Real Networks representative.
An intuitive, Web-based interface will allow users to customise their selections and choose from a number of Internet broadcast sites, including CNN, CBS Sportsline, Sony and Warner. Users will be alerted when new media content or breaking news stories arrive. Graphic equaliser and video quality controls will provide users with complete control of the quality of their Web media.
Real Networks? new technology, however, comes as Microsoft is refining its Net Show offering. Microsoft licenses technology from Real Networks and has a small stake in the company. Real Networks and Microsoft are adamant that their products are different. although Microsoft is now working on a technology which is similar to G2 but does not include features such as Smartstream. Analysts believe Real Networks has a three to six month lead on Microsoft?s streaming technologies.
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