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19.10.00 13:26
IBM and RealNetworks Team to Provide Customers Worldwide With Complete

Streaming Media Solutions for e-business

RealNetworks' RealSystem Available for IBM's UNIX Servers
SOMERS, N.Y. and SEATTLE, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM and RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK - news) today announced that the companies will provide Internet media solutions featuring RealNetworks' RealSystem® on IBM's UNIX server line, including RS/6000 systems and the new IBM eServer* pSeries** products. RealNetworks' Internet media solutions enable IBM's UNIX customers worldwide to add high-quality digital streaming audio and video to enhance their e-commerce websites and internal communications. Both companies will jointly promote these solutions.

With the power of RealSystem, IBM UNIX e-commerce customers can now implement rich media presentations throughout the sales process -- including multimedia catalogue presentations before and during the sale, and customer support and training after the purchase. In addition, this solution gives enterprise customers the ability to deliver streaming media intranet and extranet training and education to their entire employee base.

``This solution we're offering with IBM will enable IBM customers worldwide to reach the broadest Internet audience with their rich media content,'' said Tom Hull, vice president, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. ``Internet media helps e-businesses connect with their customers by adding an element of excitement and emotion to their online content and we are thrilled to be joining with IBM to bring this ability to businesses around the globe.''

``We're excited to work with RealNetworks to provide our customers with a complete streaming media e-business solution,'' said Mike Kerr, vice president of products, IBM Web Server unit. ``This agreement further demonstrates IBM's commitment to deliver a full range of world-class e-business applications on the industry's most powerful UNIX platform.''

IBM's UNIX servers running the AIX operating system power some of the world's largest Websites, including the official site for the Sydney Olympics. Providing market-leading performance across the complete spectrum of e-business workloads, IBM's UNIX servers offer mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability features. RealSystem 8 is the world's first Internet media system to successfully deliver fully scalable, high clarity, video experiences for consumers using dial-up modems, full screen VHS quality at mainstream broadband rates, and near DVD-quality video for those using high capacity networks or downloadable media.

RealServer(TM) for the IBM award-winning AIX operating system is available today. For more information, visit the RealNetworks website at www.realnetworks.com.

RealNetworks and IBM also announced today that RealNetworks has joined the IBM Partner program, a unified program that helps IBM Business Partners with marketing support, education, certification, technical support and rewards.

About IBM eServer

IBM is the largest server company in the world. The pSeries 680 is the latest addition to IBM's eServer line, a new generation of servers introduced earlier this month that feature mainframe-class reliability and scalability, broad support of open standards, and capacity on demand for managing the unprecedented demands of e-business.

About RealSystem

RealSystem 8 is the only standards-based, operating system-independent, fully scalable and highly extensible media delivery platform. RealSystem, which includes RealServer, RealProducer®, and RealPlayer® family of products, runs on all major server platforms and supports more than 40 media data types. More than 200 developers have created applications for the platform. Over 85%* of Web pages containing streaming media content use RealNetworks formats. (*Source: Inktomi Search Engine accessed through iAtlas.com)

About RealNetworks

RealNetworks, Inc., based in Seattle, is the recognized leader in media delivery on the Internet. It develops and markets software products and services designed to enable users of personal computers and other consumer electronic devices to send and receive audio, video and other multimedia services using the Web. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software on the Internet at www.real.com. RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at www.realnetworks.com.

NOTE: RealNetworks, RealSystem, RealServer, RealProducer, and RealPlayer are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks are properties of their respective owners.

The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term ``server'' following it.
The IBM e-business logo, pSeries, xSeries, iSeries and zSeries are all trademarks of IBM Corporation.
SOURCE: RealNetworks, Inc.

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