July 24, 2002

RealNetworks and Xiph.org collaborate to offer Helix community Ogg Vorbis Open Source format and cod

RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the global leader in Internet media delivery, today announced a collaboration with the Xiph.Org Foundation to integrate the Ogg Vorbis format and audio codec with the Helix(TM) DNA Client. The Helix DNA Client is source code from RealNetworks that will be contributed to the Helix Community within 90 days under a community and open source license. Ogg Vorbis is a non-proprietary, open, patent and royalty-free, audio format and codec for mid to high-quality audio at fixed and variable bitrates for delivery over the Internet. As a result of this work, developers will be able to build media players that use both the Ogg Vorbis codec and the media engine that powers the industry-leading RealOne(TM) Player. Additionally, RealNetworks and the Xiph.Org Foundation will work together to develop and make easily available Ogg Vorbis plug-ins for the RealOne Player and the newly announced Helix Universal Server.

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