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RealNetworks beefs up Helix software

Digital media company RealNetworks on Monday added the code for Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) to its Helix DNA Client, a move that should foster the creation and delivery of multimedia presentations over wired devices. The Helix DNA Client is RealNetworks' open-source technology for streaming media.

SMIL, pronounced "smile," is an industry standard for synchronized display of digital files that include streaming video and audio as well as text and images. SMIL simplifies multimedia delivery by breaking up video, audio, text and other media files for faster distribution over IP networks. Once delivered to a computer, the components are recompiled. SMIL is endorsed by the World Wide Web Consortium and is a component of the 3rd Generation Partnership Product, a specification for mobile multimedia. RealNetworks is based in Seattle.