RealPlayer Cloud goes global

The watch-it-anywhere video service from RealNetworks that lets you watch your videos easily across all your devices is now a global service.

RealPlayer Cloud
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RealNetworks today announced the global roll-out of RealPlayer Cloud, a service that lets people watch and share videos on a variety of devices and operating systems.

RealPlayer Cloud was first announced in September 2013, but was only available in the US and Canada. With today's announcement, people will be able to share videos internationally.

"We're excited to bring RealPlayer Cloud to consumers worldwide. In just five short months, we've experienced extensive user growth and now have more than 500,000 users in the US and Canada," said Rob Glaser, interim CEO of RealNetworks. "Clearly there is a real need and demand for RealPlayer Cloud, which is essentially Dropbox for videos."

RealPlayer Cloud now works on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8 Modern UI, Windows, Kindle Fire, Roku, and Chromecast. RealNetworks says consumers no longer need to worry about converting videos, or carrying HDMI and USB cables to connect devices to each other to watch videos on. RealPlayer Cloud simply works across all devices, including TVs connected with Chromecast.

Along with the announcement that the service is now global, RealPlayer Cloud now has a couple of additional features. Refer-a-Friend lets people earn one free gigabyte of space for each friend who creates a RealPlayer Cloud account. The friend also receives a free gigabyte of space.

New SMS text capabilities let iOS and Android users easily share videos via SMS, which are automatically reformatted in the cloud to watch on all devices.

RealPlayer Cloud offers 2GB of cloud storage for free to all users and provides additional storage through subscription plans that start at $4.99 per month. In addition to English, the app is now available in French, German, and Spanish.

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Jason Parker has been at CNET for nearly 15 years. He is the senior editor in charge of iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.


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