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RealNetworks and NTT DoCoMo Sign Development DealTo Develop Mobile Video Streaming (February 17, 2006)
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and RealNetworks, Inc. announced today that they signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 15 as a first step to jointly deploying RealNetworks' Mobile Streaming Server software to facilitate new video streaming capabilities that DoCoMo will add to its existing V-Live service.
The enhanced V-Live service would create an open environment to enable content providers (CPs) to use their own multi-format, cross-platform Helix Mobile servers, to stream video content over the Internet to FOMA(TM) handsets.
Both DoCoMo and Real expect that by introducing new, convenient streaming capabilities, they will encourage CPs to offer video streaming services for mobile subscribers, leading to a virtuous circle of increasing supply and demand.
The MOU relates to the creation of a relationship under which Real would provide DoCoMo's content providers with Mobile Streaming Servers for the enhanced V-Live service. The parties have agreed to work together to complete a definitive agreement detailing their collaboration.
DoCoMo and Real expect to support the expansion of the mobile video streaming market in Japan through their relationship.
* V-Live is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan. * i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries. * NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan. * RealNetworks, Helix, Rhapsody and RealPlayer are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. * All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody, RealPlayer 10, and casual PC games. RealNetworks has more than 2.2 million paid subscribers to its premium digital media services. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com/company.
About NTT DoCoMo NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 50 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode(R), which provides e-mail and Internet access to over 44 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile Internet service, and FOMA(R), launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific and Europe. <BR />NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.
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