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Giants battle for streaming market

As the Streaming Media '99 conference begins, competition among companies that offer video and audio content online is heating up and includes such heavy hitters as Intel, Microsoft, RealNetworks and CMGI.

 

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As the Streaming Media '99 conference begins, competition among companies that offer video and audio content online is heating up. Intel, Microsoft, RealNetworks and CMGI are some of the heavy hitters increasing their efforts in this area.

 


Gates vows to play up streaming efforts
update In a speech highlighting the growing importance of streaming technologies, Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates says the company is investing significant resources into making it easier to see video and hear audio via the Net.

RealNetworks still on top, survey says
RealNetworks continues to dominate the streaming media arena despite aggressive moves by competitors such as Apple Computer and Microsoft, according to new research.

CMGI's ICast chooses Windows Media Player
update The Internet venture firm's online entertainment arm will adopt Microsoft's technology as its streaming format, making it the latest of several companies to choose Microsoft over RealNetworks.

Real offers new ad services, pairs with DoubleClick
The streaming software firm will provide new advertising services to television and radio stations that want to increase their sponsorship.

RealNetworks brings slide presentation to the Web
update The streaming software firm unveils RealPresenter G2, a plug-in that will allow companies to stream slide presentations via the Internet.