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RealNetworks CEO Kimball Resigns Suddenly

RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) CEO Bob Kimball, who replaced long-time CEO Rob Glaser just over a year ago and has been aggressively restructurin…

RealNetworks’ Sales Drop Nine Percent

RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK), which is in the midst of a major reorganization of its business, posted another down quarter, with revenue off ni…

Video: In 5 Years All Games Will Be Social

GameHouse, the casual games division of RealNetworks, has announced plans to push further into the social space with its Fusion platform and Facebook app. Craig Robinson, VP of product management at Real’s games division, then talked with us about how Real envisions the future of gaming.

RealNetworks Expects Bigger Sales Drop Ahead

RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK), which is in the midst of a torrent of structural and management changes, posted a five percent drop in revenue du…

RealNetworks Purchases Varia Mobile

RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) has made a small acquisition, buying up mobile phone startup Varia Mobile, we have confirmed with the company; Tec…

Earnings: RealNetworks Revenue Up 55 Percent

RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) grew its revenue by 55 percent in Q307 to $145.1 million, up from $93.7 million a year ago. Net income for the qua…

Tivo and Rhapsody in Subscription Music Deal

In TiVo’s (NSDQ: TIVO) latest attempt to differentiate itself from the commodity DVR box makers, the company is partnering with Rhapsody to…

Glaser Responds on RealNetworks Questions

Last week I posted some rather pointed questions directed at Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks, about the new RealPlayer11, the company’s audi…

@ DH: Some Open Questions To Rob Glaser

At Digital Hollywood today, Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks, gave a presentation on the company’s new upcoming RealPlayer11, which has gener…

RealNetworks Re-Launches Film Site Film.com

RealNetworks has re-launched Film.com movie info and news destination site. Why? Because it can, I suppose. It has owned the site for a long…

RealNetworks’ Shares up 33% On Year

Shares of RealNetworks are up a hefty 33% year-to-date…what gives? The company is benefiting from being in some of the hottest growth area…

RealNetworks Mulling Buys

Well, not really a surprise, but RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said at a conference today that mulling acquisitions from the money it got from…

What Will RealNetworks Do With The Money?

With this $460 million cash bounty, RealNetworks now has about $820 million in cash on its balance sheet. What does it plan to do? One, as t…

RNWK-MSFT: Give Kudos To Glaser

For once, Rob could suppress his ego for the betterment of his company (these are my words…and something I’m hearing from a few other peop…

RNWK-MSFT: What About Apple?

The two head honchos didn’t say much about Apple in their joint press conference, when asked about Apple, here’s what they said (via News.co…

RNWK-MSFT: The History in Links

Here’s from our archives, some links and some choice quotes…the rivalry, at least over the last 2-3 years:
— RealNetworks Sees $16 Millio…

RNWK-MSFT: Almost Like A Buyout

Now you know why Microsoft broke off talks with music labels: it has almost bought out Rhapsody.
If all the elements of the deal play out as…

RNWK & MSFT: The Antitrust Settlement

According to the release: The antitrust and technology assurance agreement resolves all antitrust disputes worldwide, based on a $460 millio…

RNWK-MSFT: The Music & Games Agreement

The topline details are in the post prior. This is what it includes on the music and games side:
— Under the music and games agreements, Mi…

Real Claws Its Way Back Into Black

Between music, games and its streaming media software, Real pushed its way back into profit for the 1st quarter. The company is looking for…

Yahoo Music Unlimited Roundup

The deluge of coverage continues.–
Walt Mossberg reviews Real’s Rhapsody and Yahoo Music Unlimited, then dubs “Yahoo Music as the new cham…

Real React

NYT: Saul Hansell focuses on the 25 free song plays for every basic Rhapsody sub. Real will pay the labels roughly 1 cent per play; supporti…

RealNetworks Q3 Losses Widen on Litigation

RealNetworks’s Q3 losses widened as litigation costs in its antitrust case against Microsoft continued to weigh on its bottom line.
It repor…

Shake-up in RealNetworks’ Exec Staff

RealNetworks will announce several changes to its executive staff today, including the departure of an executive VP…I’ll leave the details…

How to Heal Real

What should RealNetworks do now? Mark Cuban wants it to stick to digital media subscription services…
Ted Cohen, senior VP for digital dev…

Rob Glaser Responds, Talks Up Real Networks

Rob Glaser replies to question on Slashdot: “While wholesale prices vary depending on the label, today most labels charge approximately 65-7…

RealNetworks Sells 3 Mil in Three Weeks

At 49 cents a pop, it sold 3 million songs in three weeks, the company said, almost double its normal sales. The promo ended today…
I will…

RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser On Slashdot

Talk about walking right into the inferno’s mouth…RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser is a guest on Slashdot..”He’s promised to answer your questi…

Is RealNetworks Just Stinky Cheese?

An article which hits it dot on: “Real is waging a grassroots battle where there is no grass. Apple is not Microsoft. There is no sense of o…

RealNetworks’ Remake?

No, not really..that’s how it has always been..it is just focusing more on consumer services, a trend it started about three years ago. So w…

RealNetworks Opens Up Comments Again

Man, they’re changing their PR strategy by the minute…the blog here…
Seattle PI documents the drama that unfolded today…

Some Real Love

Russell Beattie has some reasoned reaction to RealNetworks…I’ve also said in the past that I like their new RP10, especially the Tivo-like…

Can Glaser And Jobs Find Harmony?

You think? “I kind of feel like Apple Computer is playing the same role on this that Bill O’Reilly played in ‘Fair and Balanced.'”

10-Q Watch: RealNetworks and MusicNet

RealNetworks recently filed its 10-Q form with SEC, following its Q2 results…try reading it carefully…a good overview of the fluctuating…

The Real Reason RealNetworks Bit Apple

It’s all about controlling music on cellphone, the conspiracy theorist (I use that term loosely, so relax) John Dvorak writes. If billions c…

The Real-Apple Spat–The PR Case Study

Well, watch out for how the RealNetworks-Apple spat is playing out in the media and the blogosphere: it is a PR case study on how a brand so…

The Apple-RealNetworks Disharmony

(Updated: see below) Well, the Apple-RealNetworks Harmony controversy has blown up and I’ll be documenting it in almost real time time (no p…

For Apple, Harmony Is Off-Key

A convoluted and unclear case for why RealNetworks’ attempt to open up the iPod (through its Harmony software technology) should be thwarted…

RealNetworks Loss Narrows; Revenue Rises

RealNetworks Q2 loss narrowed as revenue rose on increased sales to consumers, but added that litigation costs in its antitrust case against…

Real’s Harmony Arrives with Convergence

RealNetworks’ Chief Strategy Officer demos the new Harmony software…
Whatever platform you’re using to acquire your music on a PC or compu…

And You Thought…

this day would never come? Rob Glaser on CNBC, a few minutes ago, talking about his new “Harmony” with iPod and other music devices…

Full Stream Ahead

An opinion column in FT, by Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks, on the next 10 years in broadband/streaming content…”The combination of these…

RealPlayer on Linux and Mac OS X

RealNetworks has announced its RealPlayer version on Linux and on the new Mac OS X operating systems, as it tries to move into newer territo…

Update on Starz-RNWK Service-III

The official release from the companies: The service is called “Starz Ticket on Real Movies”. It will showcase at least 100 movies at all ti…

Update on Starz-RNWK Service-II

So there’s more to the Starz launching this online movie service than meets the eye…read this story in TV Week by John Motavalli (who wrot…

Update on Starz-RNWK Service-I

This is a story I broke on Thursday…the news gets officially announced Monday…NYT does a story, without crediting my site, as usual. Oth…

RealNetworks’ Analyst Call Details

At an analyst conference call yesterday, Rob Glaser cannot resist his usual obfuscations: The early pioneering period was its “caterpillar”…

RealNetworks Holds Q2 Loss Guidance

RealNetworks has affirmed its guidance…it foresees a Q2 loss between 3 cents and 4 cents per share. Excluding a $3 million item relating t…

Jobs to Glaser: Buzz off

Perhaps the best headline I’ve read all this year…this follows the leaked Glaser e-mail to Steve Jobs on co-operating in the media player…

Real’s Scramble Points To Isolation

Something I’ve constantly harped about in the past, yet the company thinks I am taking things out of context. RealNetworks’ overtures to App…

Real Hits Play On Latest Media Software

RealNetworks has released an update to its digital audio and video software–RealPlayer 10–that promises support for every major content fo…

Last Chance to Get Real

(sub. req.): A rather naive black-and-white story on RNWK, though true to some extent…”RealNetworks has lost the software and content race…

Air America Streaming Only in Real Format

I’ve been listening in to the Air America Network, the brand new “liberal” radio network launched today….I’m listening to it online, where…

Real’s Glaser Exhorts Apple to Open iPod

So now Glaser is making the cross-compatibility plea? He said in a panel discussion Tuesday at PC Forum here that Apple is creating problems…

MLB To Distribute Through MSFT, AOL

This is a huge boost to online sports licensing rights market (as well as to MLB, of course): MLB has signed on Microsoft and America Onlin…

Is RealNetworks the Next Netscape?

A story on the problems RealNetworks faces in the digital media sector…some analysts quoted in the story say that RNWK will avoid Netscape…

RealNetworks’ Suing MLB

RealNetworks is in the suing frame of mind these days…it has filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball Advanced Media on Tuesday, clai…

RealNetworks’ Rob Glaser on Online Movies

“I don’t think that the studios understand the degree to which there is pent-up demand on these things [geting movies online]. I don’t want…

Real’s Reality

A rather naive analysis of what I’ve in the past called “RealNetworks’ Identity Crisis”…though some good points about hopw it missed out o…

Real Obnoxious; Real Friendly?

A consumer complain about Real’s player, with some genuine frustrations….
Also, an internal memo from the company circulated by Dan Sheera…

New International Boss at RealNetworks

Former Vizzavi COO Frank Keeling has been appointed to the new position of Vice President, International at RealNetworks. Keeling will take…

Microsoft Rebuts RealNetworks Charges

Microsoft has denied that it illegally used its desktop computer operating system monopoly to hurt digital media rivals, responding to civil…

No Joy in Realville

(sub. req.): It’s been a rough month on the market for RealNetworks, which just cut its ties to MLB. Can it turn itself around? “With a depr…

Rhapsody Launches Prepaid Music Cards

RealNetworks’ Rhapsody music service, now renamed RealRhapsody (I somehow missed that…I should start a “Rename RNWK Brands” contest, judgi…

Real’s Position on The Set-Top Box

A chat with Rob Glaser on RealNetworks’ role in the set-top box/cable environment: “The DSL industry has a great opportunity to ride IP, not…

RealPlayer 10 Adds New Mistakes to Old

Rob Pegoraro of WaPo doesn’t like the new RealPlayer too much…way too many promotional gimmicks, with no thought of usability–that is wha…

RealNetworks Has NOT Violated the DMCA

Well, so much for that: “RealNetworks did not reverse engineer, and therefore RealPlayer 10 does not circumvent, these or any other DRM sche…

RealPlayer Music Store’s a Strong Second

So thinks Mike Langberg of Mercury News, and that’s high praise, according to him…Apple iTunes is way way far ahead.
“I tried RealPlayer o…

Has RealNetworks Violated the DMCA?

Bill Rosenblatt on the new RealPlayer 10, whch can play all media formats: “In order to play files in these formats at all without licensing…

RealNetworks makes deal with Time Warner

RealNetworks will sell Time Warner Cable its latest software for delivering audio and video programming, in a deal of undisclosed value…

RealPlayer10 Has TIVO-Like Functionality

Well, much as I try to rub the Real people the wrong way most of the times, I have to say the new RealPlayer 10 is a very good effort…the…

Beaming Content on Prismiq

Prismiq, the new network entertainment device, has signed up with online movie provider CinemaNow to combine technologies to enable web-ba…

Is It Real, or Is It Microsoft?

“It’s all part of Real’s grand strategy of placing itself in the center of the digital media world by having millions of consumers using its…

RealNetworks to Launch Song Store

RealNetworks is expected to launch a download service based on technology similar to that used in Apple Computer’s iTunes store, according t…

Microsoft As Legal Piñata Is Getting Old

This in relation to RealNetworks’ recent suit against MSFT…”I want Microsoft to play by the rules and, because of Microsoft’s Windows mono…

RealNetworks Suit About More Than Money

“If use of the player drops, less content is developed for it, and fewer people buy the server. Breaking out of this cycle of declining mark…

Why Real Sued Microsoft

Andrew Orlowski goes inside the RealNetworks’ suit against Microsoft…

RealNetworks Inks Another Wireless Deal

Ericsson has licensed RealNetworks’ media engine and codecs for use in its mobile devices. Ericsson had previously licensed RealNetworks’ He…

Rhapsody on Omnifi Wireless Streamer

The Omnifi home stereo/theater wireless digital media streamer device online music service. The Omnifi digital media streamer enables broadb…

RealNetworks Switches On Video For AT&T

RealNetworks will provide AT&T Wireless with technology to stream digital video to cell phones…The deal will give RealNetworks another lar…

RealNetworks Names Ex 3Com CEO To Board

RealNetworks has named Eric Benhamou to its board. Benhamou is the chairman of the board at 3Com Corporation, of palmOne and of PalmSource.…

The Music Man

RNWK’s CEO Rob Glaser on the state of online music…a comprehensive interview…

— RealNetworks Reports 250,000 Subscribers For Its Music…

RealNetworks and Motorola in Software Deal

Motorola will embed Real’s media player software in handsets that run on the Linux operating system. Real estimated that as many as half of…

RealNetworks Scores UEFA Footy Deal

RealNetworks has inked a deal with UEFA to launch a new premium broadband service providing coverage of the UEFA Champions League.
The Uefa.…

RealNetworks, AOL Extend Partnership

RealNetworks and America Online have extended their agreement to include updated versions of RealNetworks’ media playback software in the la…

MLB Downloads Allow Sharing And Burning

In a smart move, MLB.com will allow users to download the 2003 Playoff and World Series games, right after the match completion. The games d…

RealNetworks Appoints New CFO

Roy Goodman is the new CFO. Prior to this, he was the CFO of Juniper Financial Corp.,and home furnishings retailer Heilig-Meyers.

RealNetworks Eyes the Tube Warily

George Mannes nails it on the head: “As viewers demand more from their television sets, will they demand less from the Internet? That’s a qu…

Real Problems for RealNetworks

Cut through the S&P analyst speak, and there’s a lot of sense. RNWK is going through an identity crisis, as it periodically goes through eve…

MLB.com Cuts Webcasting Prices

(sub. req) In an attempt to get more users, Major League Baseball, which has Webcast more than 1,000 games this season for $2.95 a day throu…

Taking Digital Subscriptions To Retail

WaPo checks out a Best Buy store and tests the digital media/services subscriptions it is selling, including Internet movie rental service N…

RealNetworks Plays to Linux Developers

RealNetworks has announced plans to release the source code of its audio and video player to run on the Linux operating system.

Rob Glaser’s Changed Tune

Funny to see Rob Glaser change his tune so fast, in wake of iTunes. Right when iTunes was launched and RNWK announced its acquisition of Lis…

Music And RNWK

Just an observation: Considering that RealNetworks is focusing on music in a big way (see the Merrill Brown story below), it was surprising…

LPGA, RealNetworks Reach Webcast Deal

RealNetworks has reached a deal with the Ladies Professional Golf Association to webcast the Canadian Open, which is set to become the first…

So Its Vodafone For RealNetworks

After about a week of speculation on who RealNetworks’ mobile carrier partner in Europe will be, it is Vodafone, as expected. Vodafone will…

RealNetworks Faces Reality

The Business 2.0 story is now online. Profile of Rob Glaser and his ambitions with RNWK. A few noteworthy points:
— The story touches on G…

Sultan of Stream

A story in the latest (July 2003) issue of Business 2.0, still not online, on RealNetworks and its bet on consumer subscriptions. Will it be…

Rob Glaser on Stolen Thunder

Has Apple stolen the thunder from under RNWK’s feet, with the success of iTunes? “It’s hard to design a better scenario for us than what App…

Geolocation And Subscription Services

A story of using geolocation software used by sites like MLB.com, and the problem associated with it. “[T]he system is so much more restrict…

RealNetworks to Buy Roxio?

RealNetworks wants to offer about $100 million of convertible subordinated notes to institutional buyers….speculation is rising that it co…

The Uneasy Trio: MSFT, RNWK and AOL

“AOL Time Warner had long been a Microsoft holdout, endorsing RealNetworks’ technology and, more recently, developing its own internal strea…

RealNetworks Pushes Lower-Cost Rhapsody

RealNetworks on Wednesday will cease selling the music-subscription service MusicNet in favor of one from Listen.com’s Rhapsody, which also…

Real, Comcast team up on games

As I reported yesterday, Comcast and RealNetworks have partnered to offer a cobranded online game service to high-speed Internet subscribers…

The Real Deal

(free registration required): RealNetworks makes a push into mobile streaming media. But will it succeed? “Real’s future in mobile streaming…

RealNetworks Hits Mobile Phone Screens

RealNetworks will send audio and video streams of sports and news programming to consumers’ mobile phones. The digital media delivery compan…

Proxy details Real’s MusicNet Deal

RealNetworks, which just bought out Listen.com in a $36 million deal, paid about $1.25 million to its MusicNet venture for royalties and ser…

Breaking: RealNetworks Acquires Listen.com

RealNetworks has acquired the critically-acclaimed online music service Listen.com (with its Rhapsody music service) in a cash and stock tra…

Real’s Glaser on Microsoft

A detailed interview with RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser which focuses on the impact of Microsoft on RealNetworks…more specifically, Microsof…

AOL Ties Up with On2 for Video Codecs

America Online has announced a licensing agreement with On2 Technologies that will let AOL deliver On2-encoded digital video to a wide range…

Mossberg Reviews RealNetworks’ RealOne

Walter Mossberg reviews RealNetworks’ RealOne service and likes the content, though he was not happy with the buggy software, an experience…

When Will RealNetworks Start Advertising?

RealNetworks will soon start soliciting advertising for its RealOne subscription multi-media service, according to this story (see at the en…

RealNetworks Ups Baseball Webcast Fee:

RealNetworks Ups Baseball Webcast Fee: RealNetworks will charge up to one-third more for people to listen to Internet broadcasts of Major Le…

TV Content the Next Big

TV Content the Next Big Target for RealNetworks: This according to Merrill Brown, senior VP of RNWK’s RealOne service. “We think people will…

Will Yahoo Platinum Be a

Will Yahoo Platinum Be a (Real) Nightmare?: An analysis story on Yahoo’s launch of the imminent multi-media subscription service, against Re…

RealNetworks Invests in Listen.com: Online

RealNetworks Invests in Listen.com: Online music company Listen.com has received a minority strategic investment from RealNetworks. RealNetw…

RealNetworks Plans for the Future:

RealNetworks Plans for the Future: International Expansion (Streaming Video Interview): A long and very informative interview with Brian Tur…

Real, Ericsson Team on Mobile

Real, Ericsson Team on Mobile Media: RealNetworks has struck a deal with wireless technology provider Ericsson to power the delivery of digi…

Real’s Real Competition With Yahoo:

Real’s Real Competition With Yahoo: “But here’s the rub for Real: Many of its 13 content partnerships aren’t exclusive, which opens the door…

Real’s Glaser Argues For DRM:

Real’s Glaser Argues For DRM: “‘It’s clearly possible to have a good level of protection from the standpoint of the rights holders and make…

RealNetworks Retools For Battle With Yahoo

RealNetworks announced an internal restructuring yesterday, positioning itself to plunge deeper into the media-subscription business in comp…

RealNetworks Debuts Original Music Series:

RealNetworks Debuts Original Music Series: Well, this was bound to happen sooner rather than later…RealNetworks potrays itself as a pure m…

RealNetworks Ties Up with PGA.com

RealNetworks is signing up the sports operators in a hurry…PGA will offer subscription programming through the RealOne SuperPass multi-med…

RealNetworks To Offer Super Bowl

RealNetworks To Offer Super Bowl as a Subscription Package: RealNetworks has teamed with the National Football League (NFL) as the official…

The Real deal for Mac

The Real deal for Mac OS X?: RealNetworks has finally released a version of its RealOne media player for Apple Computer’s Mac OS X, followin…

RealNetworks’ Subscription ASP Service: Not

RealNetworks’ Subscription ASP Service: Not really new (TheEndOfFree’s contributor David Eckoff runs this), but RealNetworks has puts its ex…

RealNetworks Books Media Player Revenues

RealNetworks Books Media Player Revenues With Subscription Sales; Subscriber Acquisition Costs Increase: A small but curious detail in its l…

NBA.com Expands Subscription Deal with

NBA.com Expands Subscription Deal with RealNetworks: NBA will offer exclusive content on its NBA.com site, using RealNetworks’ video and aud…

Flipside to Distribute Games Through

Flipside to Distribute Games Through RealOne Arcade: Flipside has partnered with RealNetworks to distribute its “Cash Competition” online ga…

RealNetworks’ Bet on Open Source:

RealNetworks’ Bet on Open Source: News.com features an interview with RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, on the company’s strategy of going open-s…

RealNetworks’ Loss is Microsoft’s Gain:

RealNetworks’ Loss is Microsoft’s Gain: RealNetworks has reported a Q3 net loss that nearly doubled what it lost in the same period a year a…

NHL.com Fires a Slavo Through Microsoft

The National Hockey League on Monday introduced a subscription service for digital-video game highlights, in partnership with Microsoft. Thi…

RealNetworks goes mobile with NEC:

RealNetworks goes mobile with NEC: RealNetworks has shipped a mobile version of its multimedia playback software in NEC’s MobilePro P300 han…

RealNetworks a Big Loser if

RealNetworks a Big Loser if Baseball Strike Goes Ahead: If Major League Baseball players go on strike this week, one of the losers may be Re…

Merrill Brown on Moving From

Merrill Brown on Moving From Free to Fee: DotcomScoop has a short interview (down the page) with Merrill Brown, till recently the editor-in-…

Former MSNBC.com Editor Merrill Brown

Former MSNBC.com Editor Merrill Brown Jumps to RealNetworks: This one is a shocker: Merrill Brown, the former editor at MSNBC.com, who recen…

Is RealNetworks in Play?: CBS

Is RealNetworks in Play?: CBS MarketWatch takes a look at the buyout possibilities for RealNetworks. In a world where consumer subscriptions…

Listen.com Inks Broadband Deals

Listen.com’s Rhapsody online music service will now be distributed through to Hughes Electronics’ DirecTV Broadband and AOL Time Warner’s Ro…

Big Brother 24/7, on RealOne:

Big Brother 24/7, on RealOne: CBS has tied up with RealNetworks to provide live video streaming from the “BIG BROTHER 3” house, through its…

AOL Developing High-Speed Streaming Tech:

AOL Developing High-Speed Streaming Tech: Following up on the earlier Fortune story, News.com reports on the details of AOL’s new streaming…

Is Terrorism a Threat To

Is Terrorism a Threat To Subscription Services?: This is worth noting in full–a list of the risk factors which RealNetworks released along…

AOL Turning Sour on RealNetworks?:

AOL Turning Sour on RealNetworks?: RealNetworks has always had a close relationship with AOL, more as a result of being Microsoft adversarie…

RealNetworks Slides More Than 15

RealNetworks Slides More Than 15 Percent: RealNetworks’ shares are getting hammered by a report released by NetRatings detailing the market…

New Multimedia Format Numbers from

New Multimedia Format Numbers from NetRatings: As expected, Nielsen-NetRatings has released its revised version of online multimedia statist…

QuickTime’s Revenge: An interesting fight

QuickTime’s Revenge: An interesting fight to watch out for, as online measurement companies are revising their estimate about Apple Computer…

Real in Europe

RealNetworks (Nasdaq: RNWK) has launched a European and U.K. version of its RealOne subscription audio and video service.
The news, sports a…