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News Intel buys RealNetworks patents for streaming push

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 27 Jan 2012.

  1. brumgrunt

    brumgrunt What's a Dremel?

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  2. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    Does anyone still use RealPlayer anymore? I only used it to stream Radio 1 back in the day.... it's not been on any of my machines for a few years.
     
  3. Tattysnuc

    Tattysnuc Thinking about which mod to do 1st.

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    Wonder if this purchase is linked to Intel's push into mobile computing somehow..... There's got to be something in those patents that they hold... surely.
     
  4. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus Rule #9

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    Oh god, just let it die, please let it go.
     
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  6. Fizzban

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    I've not used it in years. I use Winamp for music these days. Tend to use Zoom Player MAX for videos.
     
  7. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    Ahhh... memories of BUFFERING every 2 seconds. I can't remember the last time I saw Real probably at least a decade.
     
  8. TheKrumpet

    TheKrumpet Once more, into the breach!

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    Somehow I doubt they're bringing back RealPlayer. They want it for the technologies to implement in their own products. Personally I think this is a game of 'wait and see'.
     
  9. leexgx

    leexgx CPC hang out zone (i Fix pcs i do )

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    only users who use real player is china (they seem to Love the real player format for some reason {cartoons like bayblade, pokimon so on :) })
     
  10. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    If memory doesn't fail me there was a big controversy about spyware in RealPlayer some years back. To the extent that most people stopped using it. I believe RealNetworks eventually removed the offending code, but RealPlayer never retained its status after that.
     
  11. fluxtatic

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    Real was only popular because it was the only game in town way back. Anyone who was paying attention ditched it as soon as something else came along. It became the AOL of streaming audio - only used by people who didn't know any better.

    azrael's right, too; there was some spyware scandal a few years back. Honestly, I'm surprised RealNetworks is still around as a company.
     
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    Now I remember why a rebuild was necessary to remove it completely, it was loaded with spyware and badware!
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RealPlayer
     
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  13. Nexxo

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    And bloat ware. RealPlayer jut had this behemoth of a front end that kept nagging you with messages and adverts. Of course, geeks used RealAlternative: all of the codec, none of the surrounding bloat ware.
     
  14. Anfield

    Anfield Multimodder

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    And due to having been the first one they hold lots of valuable patents.
    Essentially Intel is just lowering its royalty expenses in the future with a one off payment.
     
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    I use it still but for only one feature. That if ripping/downloading video files that seem otherwise unavailable. It's a nice feature for use with Youtube, although I am sure other software can do the same job but Real does it fine for me and I am just used to it.
     
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