RealNetworks Releases Helix DNA Server Source Code; Enterprise and Service Providers Select RealNetworks' Helix Universal Server For Digital Media Delivery

Jan 24, 2003


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RealNetworks, Inc. has announced that the third source code component of the Helix platform, the Helix DNA Server, is now available to software developers through the Helix Community. With Helix DNA Server, developers have source code access to a major end-to-end media delivery platform, consisting of producer, server, and client components. Helix DNA Server source code is designed to enable developers to build multi-format products for live and on-demand streaming, Web collaboration, mobile media delivery, in-home streaming, and many other applications. Helix DNA Server streams MP3, RealAudio, and RealVideo. RealNetworks intends to add support for MPEG-4 after the MPEG-4 systems license terms have been released by the MPEG-4 licensing body, MPEG LA. Developers can create extensions for other media types such as Windows Media and QuickTime, or they can license these extensions from RealNetworks through the Helix Community. The Helix DNA Server is available for AIX, HP-UX, Tru64, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 operating systems. Helix DNA Server is the third release of source code into the Helix Community. In October, RealNetworks released the Helix DNA Client source code, which enabled developers to build playback applications that support any format. In December, RealNetworks released the Helix DNA Producer, which enabled developers to build encoding applications that support any format. Helix DNA Server Features: 9th generation media server; industry standard streaming media protocol and transports including--RTSP, RTP, SAP, and SDP; live and on-demand broadcasting; native MP3 support; RealVideo and RealAudio codec/file format support; administration, monitoring, and logging; and full client authentication support, such as for pay per view services. The Helix DNA Server will be licensed under both a public source license and a commercial community source license. Both licenses are free of charge for research and development use. The public source license has no royalty for use or distribution; the RealNetworks Community Source License (RCSL) includes a $500/unit royalty for commercial use of the Helix DNA Server with RealAudio and RealVideo support. RealNetworks' Public Source License (RPSL) has been certified by the Open Source Initiative (OSI), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the management and promotion of the open source community. This certification is a part of the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program.

RealNetworks, Inc. has also announced that service providers, enterprises, government, and educational institutions have licensed the Helix Universal Server for streaming of multi-format content. The Helix Universal Server, which is designed to reduce the cost of digital media delivery by streaming all major media formats including RealAudio, RealVideo, Apple's QuickTime, MPEG-4, MP3, and Windows Media, is based on the Helix DNA Server source code that was released to the Helix Community. The Helix Universal Server supports more than 55 media types, including RealAudio, RealVideo, MPEG-4, Windows Media, and QuickTime. RealNetworks offers an end-to-end redundant system--with built-in redundancies between encoder and server, server and server, and server and client. Server features include live stream convergence, forward error correction between servers, unicast and multicast splitting and server operating system support such as AIX, HP-UX and Tru64, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, Windows NT, and Windows 2000.

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