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Apple To Deliver Free QuickTime Broadcaster

Software will allow MPEG-4 streaming from the desktop By Dave Nagel
Apple today unveiled a new QuickTime streaming product at the QuickTime Live conference being held in Los Angeles. According to Apple, the Broadcaster will be free when it's released and will support streaming MPEG-4. But, as with QuickTime 6, delivery of the product will be delayed until licensing issues involving MPEG-4 are worked out.

The new software will allow users to capture and encode QuickTime content in MPEG-4, and, in conjunction with the QuickTime Streaming Server. The new QuickTime Streaming Server (version 4) is available now as a free download, something that was also announced today at the show. While it does allow for streaming of MPEG-4 content, it is not dependent upon MPEG-4, and therefore no licensing issues are involved.

In a prepared statement on the MPEG-4 licensing issue, Apple said, "Although the QuickTime 6 software is complete and ready for release, Apple is delaying its release until MPEG-4 video licensing terms are improved. The MPEG-4 licensing terms proposed by MPEG-LA (the largest group of MPEG-4 patent holders) includes royalty payments from companies, like Apple, who ship MPEG-4 codecs, as well as royalties from content providers who use MPEG-4 to stream video. Apple agrees with paying a reasonable royalty for including MPEG-4 codecs in QuickTime, but does not believe that MPEG-4 can be successful in the marketplace if content owners must also pay royalties in order to deliver their content using MPEG-4."

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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