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RealNetworks and IBM team on media products

RealNetworks is to team up with IBM to deliver a product that makes it easier for organisations to offer digital audio and video services.

The product couples RealNetworks' new Real 10 platform with IBM's WebSphere Digital Media Enabler, WebSphere Commerce and DB2 Content Manager, RealNetworks said. The Real 10 platform includes RealPlayer 10, RealAudio 10, RealVideo 10, Helix DRM (digital rights management) and Helix Universal Server. The Real 10 products were announced earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

RealNetworks chairman and chief executive officer Rob Glaser is expected to announce the product partnership with IBM in a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later today.

Additionally, the publication of application programming interfaces will allow third-party applications, for example for customer support and billing systems, to connect into the RealNetworks and IBM product, according to RealNetworks.

The joint RealNetworks and IBM offering is scheduled to be available worldwide in the first half of the year. Customers will be able to run the system in-house or have it hosted by IBM Global Services and RealNetworks. Pricing information was not immediately available.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service


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