Cloud service from RealNetworks
September 25, 2013
By Colin Mann
Streaming media pioneer RealNetworks has launched RealPlayer Cloud, which it describes as the first integrated video player and cloud service. RealPlayer Cloud allows people to seamlessly move, watch, save, and share their videos across any device. RealPlayer Cloud automatically transforms video formats in the cloud to give viewers the highest quality experience possible, no matter what device or screen size. RealPlayer Cloud apps are available – initially for the North American market – for Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, Web and Roku.
“The amount of video content that consumers are capturing and watching is exploding, but moving that video around is often painfully difficult,” said Rob Glaser, founder and interim CEO of RealNetworks. “RealPlayer Cloud is a breakthrough product that gives consumers a seamless and easy way to move, watch, save, and share their videos across all their devices. In short, we’ve made video easy.”
With RealPlayer Cloud, consumers can:
- Move their videos across their devices, to watch them on any device they choose.
- Stream or download their videos locally for convenient on-the-go access.
- Watch their videos on their TV.
- Share their long videos directly from their phone, PC or tablet to whatever device their friends happen to have, with no app download required by their friends.
- Securely store their videos in the cloud.
RealPlayer Cloud’s seamless multi-device functionality is enabled by SurePlay technology from RealNetworks that enables seamless auto-formatting of videos to fit the device type, size of screen, available bandwidth and storage space available on the device.
RealPlayer Cloud apps are available as a free download on six platforms – Android Phones, iPhones, iPads, Windows PCs, Roku TV Players, and any other device via a Web Browser. RealPlayer Cloud comes with two gigabytes of cloud storage for free to all users in the US and Canada.
RealPlayer Cloud also offers additional storage via subscription plans that start at $4.99 per month. RealNetworks will be rolling out RealPlayer Cloud on other devices and in other territories and languages in the months ahead.