Eric Miller on Mon, 27 Mar 2000 18:38:12 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] RE: <nettime> windows vs real

hmm, I wouldn't predict the demise of the Real Server just yet, since the
various Real file formats are proprietary and require a Real server to
stream. They just have too much market share right now for people to abandon
the format/server setup. 

Now if bandwidth ever catches up, the server might become irrelevant as
people are more likely to watch Quicktime, MPEG/MP3, and other
open-source/open-source-transport formats that don't necessarily need a
specialized server for top performance.

But I would think that to the consumer, the software player IS the defining
element, not the codec behind it.  People don't differentiate between
encoding methods, they just know what player opens up when they click on a


-----Original Message-----
Has anyone seen the press release from Microsoft announcing that Real has
licensed the Windows Media Codec? I think this spells the death of the
RealServer, and the beginning of a new era where the Player now becomes more
important than the codec. 

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