- RealNetworks Inc. on Tuesday made the source code for its Internet media playing software available for other software and hardware makers to use in their products, in a push to make its technology the industry standard.
“We are leveraging momentum in market, both among consumers and companies, to move media beyond the PC,” said Dan Sheeran, vice president of media systems. “This community and technology finally gives manufacturers the modular open engine player they need to create any application they want.”
The release of the source code, or basic language used to create software programs, is part of an already announced plan to offer a universal platform for sending and receiving digital media.
RealNetworks, best known for its Real series of players for video and audio sent over the Internet, in July released the Helix Universal Server for sending media over the Web for Windows and Unix-based server operating systems as well as for open-source Linux. Helix’s source code is also partially available under a special license for developers that want to modify the program for their own purposes.