RealNetworks Looking For A Lawsuit; Launches Software To Download And Burn Streaming Video
from the this-ought-to-be-fun dept
RealNetworks has become something of an also ran online. The company that really pioneered both web audio and video went astray over the last few years as it became more focused on tricking its users into installing all sorts of adware they didn’t need or want. All that did was piss people off and send them looking for alternatives. And, of course, given the demand, many alternatives hit the market, and most were a lot more innovative, because Real stopped innovating. So, now, in an attempt to return RealNetworks to the spotlight, Rob Glaser is begging for a lawsuit. The latest version of RealPlayer will make it easy to download streaming video and audio and burn it to a CD or DVD. Obviously, there are already a ton of other products out there that do this — but none is really mainstream beyond the geekier crowd. RealPlayer, on the other hand, can certainly be considered mainstream. It’s definitely a good attempt at delivering exactly what the customer wants — which is just the type of thing that will cause the entertainment industry to freak out and send in the lawyers. My guess is that RealNetworks is hoping for exactly that, as the resulting publicity can only help the software get even further adoption — and there’s a better than decent chance that Real would prevail in any such lawsuit (they just need to point the court to the Betamax decision and ask anyone to explain what’s different).