RealPlayer Brings DVR to Internet27 Jun, 2007 By: John Latchem
Digital entertainment services company RealNetworks has made the new RealPlayer available to download for free at realplayer.com. The application allows users to record and download videos from thousands of Web sites with a single click as a sort of Internet version of the digital video recorder.
“Our goal with the new RealPlayer is to enable consumers to watch Internet video whenever and wherever they want,” said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. “By making it ‘one-click' simple to download, we're changing the way people experience online video.”
Once the new application is installed, a “Download This Video” button will briefly appear in a Web browser playing a video, which can then be downloaded in the background, allowing the user to move on to other videos or sites.
The new RealPlayer can download multiple videos at a time and can capture videos in multiple formats, but it will not download copy-protected videos.
The downloaded videos can be burned to CD with the free version, or to a DVD with the $29.99 RealPlayer Plus upgrade. Future versions of RealPlayer will allow transfers to video iPods and other portable content devices.