REALNETWORKS INTEGRATES WITH GOOGLE CHROMECAST
RealPlayer Cloud Joins a Select Club of Top-Tier Entertainment Apps Working with Google’s TV Streamer
SEATTLE, Dec. 10, 2013 – RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced it has added Google Chromecast support to RealPlayer Cloud, its integrated video player and cloud service. Now, consumers can easily watch their personal video collection on their TVs, by casting from the RealPlayer Cloud app to any TV via the Chromecast dongle.
RealPlayer Cloud becomes one of the first few apps integrating with Chromecast, as Google continues to broaden its offerings since its July 2013 debut.
When RealPlayer Cloud launched in September, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg called it a well-designed product that makes storing and sharing videos easy across different devices. Customers agreed. RealNetworks also announced that within two months, hundreds of thousands of users have set up RealPlayer Cloud accounts and uploaded tens of terabytes of video.
“With video content exploding, and smartphones and tablets replacing camcorders for many consumers, we know consumers are hungry for a convenient, accessible and enjoyable way to watch their personal videos on their TV screen,” said Rob Glaser, interim CEO and founder of RealNetworks. “We see Chromecast as one of the most exciting streaming devices there is, and are thrilled to be able to offer both of our customer bases this new compatibility for their video collections.”
With RealPlayer Cloud, users will be able to watch their local and cloud videos on TV through Chromecast. With its revolutionary SurePlayTM technology, RealPlayer Cloud ensures videos cast from the app are automatically formatted to give viewers the highest quality experience possible. Additionally, once sent to the TV, users can control playback of the video via the RealPlayer Cloud app on their mobile or PC device.
The Chromecast partnership adds to the growing list of platforms on which RealPlayer Cloud is available, including: Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows PC, Roku, and any other device via a Web browser. RealPlayer Cloud apps are available as free downloads and come with two gigabytes of cloud storage for free to all users in the U.S. and Canada. RealPlayer Cloud also offers additional storage via subscription plans that start at $4.99 per month. For more information on RealPlayer Cloud, please visit Real.com.
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RealNetworks creates innovative products and services that make it easy for people to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. Find RealNetworks corporate information at www.realnetworks.com.
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