updated 02:10 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2007
RealPlayer beta released
RealNetworks on Tuesday released a beta of its new RealPlayer v11 media software for PCs. Announced in late May, the company's new media player software can record and download videos from tens-of-thousands of Web sites with a single click. The new software displays a "Download this Video" button in a Web browser whenever playing a video and allows users to to view other videos, switch to another site or even close their browser -- while the video downloads in the background. The software also enables users to share their videos via a new "Share Video Link" feature that will email friends a link to the original location of the video. It supports multiple, simultaneous video downloads as well as most popular formats including Flash, Windows Media, QuickTime and RealPlayer. It is available now for Windows XP/Vista.
In addition, RealPlayer v11 automatically recognizes and will not download video content protected by DRM (digital rights management) systems; however, users can burn videos to CD -- for playback in most DVD players -- with the free version, while RealPlayer Plus ($30) allows users can burn video to DVD. The company said that future versions of RealPlayer will enable users to transfer their online video content to video iPods and other personal media devices and that Mac OS X and foreign-language versions of the new RealPlayer will be available later this year.