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Smart Web Video Discovery Highlights The Evolution Of RealPlayer In Newest Version

SEATTLE, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  It's no fun to be the 192,546,243 rd person to see the "Gangnam Style" video, or to see President Obama's emotional speech to his campaign team days after everyone else. There's something satisfying about finding web videos early and then watching as the rest of the world discovers them the next day. The newest version of RealPlayer, announced today by RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), introduces a new smart web video discovery feature that will scour the internet and deliver content based on its popularity and freshness along with the personalized Facebook videos from a user's newsfeed that are shared by their friends.

In the world of free software, there aren't many products like RealPlayer. First introduced in 1995, RealPlayer has been evolving to meet the changing needs of its users for 17 years! Today, it is still one of the most widely used media players available. The 15 th version of RealPlayer that was released last year already has 26 million monthly active users who have watched 1.7 billion more and downloaded 630 million videos with RealPlayer. In the last 12 months alone RealPlayer has been installed 180 million times on PC and nearly 12 million times on Android devices. RealPlayer is also one of the most downloaded video players on Download.com where it received a five star rating from CNET editors.

Scott Uomoto, SVP RealPlayer, explains that the key to the longevity in a product like RealPlayer is to never stop innovating and making the product more capable.

"Our goal with RealPlayer is to build the ultimate media player for our users with the features and tools they want today. We know users want smarter ways to browse web videos and discover new content. We want RealPlayer to be the best way to find all the hottest and most user-relevant video content on the web, and the ideal tool for the consumer who wants web video entertainment, but doesn't want to sift through thousands of videos to find it." Uomoto continued, "We're not okay with discovering the latest video craze from a morning news show three days after it goes viral. We want our users to be the ones in the know, the ones sharing the video that's just about to go viral."

Users can browse videos based on channels like sports, entertainment and news, or just keep their eyes glued to the "New and Popular" section if they want to see the most popular trending videos and stay a step ahead of their friends. Best of all, once users find the videos they love, they can use the great tools and utilities already within RealPlayer to download, convert, bookmark for later or share them with friends. The web videos feature is currently being released in the US RealPlayer version only. Localized versions of web videos will be rolled out in 2013.

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