HP, RealNetworks Expand Digital Partnership
RealNetworks, Seattle, will supply the Linux-based software platform for products that HP plans to produce by the holiday season, according to Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA. Among the products it is looking to create is an Internet appliance that can be fed directly to a user's stereo speakers and TV set through either a dial-up or a high-speed Internet connection.
The partnership is another example of HP's focus on digital entertainment products such as CD-writing drives, the company said.
The partnership will allow RealNetworks to expand its RealPlayer software for playing audio and video sent over the Web to a PC, other Internet appliances and wireless devices. It also represents RealNetworks' goal of extending its reach into other areas such as cell phones and hand-held computers.
RealNetworks makes software such as RealPlayer and RealJukebox that allows PC users to hear music and view video over the Web.