AOL to Use RealNetworks' Media Player in New Software
SEATTLE -- America Online Inc. renewed its commitment to RealNetworks Inc.'s Internet video technology, announcing yesterday it would use the Seattle company's technologies in a new version of AOL software due out this fall.
The deal gives RealNetworks a built-in audience of more than 23 million AOL members and gives it a jump on rival Microsoft Corp. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant plans to install its own Internet media player on personal computers through the Windows Millennium Edition operating system, being released this September.
AOL will use the RealPlayer technology to create its own AOL-branded media player. RealNetworks' latest software, RealPlayer 8, will also be distributed through AOL's latest Netscape Navigator browser software as well.
"This is a really good strategic development for us," said Jeff Pancottine, RealNetworks' senior vice president for media systems.
AOL customers will have the latest RealNetworks technologies on their computers when AOL version 6.0 comes out in the fall. The vast majority of personal computers have AOL's software pre-installed, and AOL's CD-ROMs will also carry RealNetworks' software.
"We have been working with Real for a few years now, and this really made sense to us," said Wendy Goldberg, vice president of communications for AOL. …