RealPlayer Cloud, RealNetworks cloud video sharing app, was launched in September 2013. The service allows users to watch, save, and share videos across devices and operating systems. As video streaming becomes more and more popular, companies are trying to find ways to entice users to use their service. RealPlayer Cloud will be offering 365GB of storage for $4.99/mth, and is also introducing apps for Mac (available now) and the Xbox One (available soon).
RealPlayer Cloud allows users to upload videos in a variety of formats, including FLV, WMV, MKV, DIVX, XVID, MOV, AVI, and MP4, and allows them to share those videos privately with family and friends. Once accessed, the videos are automatically adjusted depending on the device used to access them based on screen size and bandwidth.
RealPlayer Cloud for Mac
While RealPlayer Cloud has been out for Windows, iOS, Android, Kindle, Roku, and a few other devices for over a year, it has been missing for Mac users. Not any more, as RealPlayer Cloud has launched as a dedicated desktop application for Mac. With the app, you can manage your RealPlayer Cloud account, upload and download videos, share and email videos, wirelessly transfer your videos between your RealPlayer Cloud enabled devices on your network, and watch videos on your TV using Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon TV by streaming wirelessly to your TV from your Mac.
RealPlayer Cloud for Xbox One
In addition to the Mac application, an Xbox One app will be making its way to the console soon. The RealPlayer Cloud app for Xbox One will integrate many of the features of the Xbox One dashboard including:
- Motion control and voice command via Kinect
- Snap view – watch videos in snap view while playing a game
- Upload and share Game DVR videos (coming later this fall)
As well, users will be able to watch personal videos from their RealPlayer Cloud accounts, continue watching a video you started watching on another device, stream videos from other connected devices to your TV through the Xbox One interface via the My Videos tab, watch videos that have been shared with you, and watch game, sports, and other videos through the Web Videos tab.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
REALPLAYER CLOUD MARKS FIRST-YEAR MILESTONE, TOPS 8 MILLION GLOBAL USERS
Celebrates first year with special 365 GB offer
Announces first native Mac and Xbox apps, bringing total platform integrations to 12
Releases a year’s worth of statistics highlighting trends in video consumption
SEATTLE, Nov. 3, 2014 – RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) is celebrating the first year of RealPlayer® Cloud, the company’s cloud video sharing app that allows users worldwide to easily watch, save and share videos on any device or operating system. Since its launch in late September 2013, more than 8 million registered users in 40 countries have installed RealPlayer Cloud.
In celebration of RealPlayer Cloud’s birthday, RealNetworks is offering 365 gigabytes of cloud storage space for just $4.99 per month. This offer will be available in the U.S. starting today. Visit www.real.com/birthdayoffer to redeem this offer.
RealPlayer Cloud debuted on six platforms and is now integrated on 12, including the latest launch on Mac and the imminent launch on Xbox One. RealPlayer Cloud users can now enjoy a more robust video experience on the Mac platform, with the first RealPlayer Cloud native app built for Mac OS X. To download RealPlayer Cloud for Mac, visit www.real.com from a Mac.
RealPlayer Cloud will soon be available in Xbox One’s app store, so fans of the popular home entertainment console will be able to download the app and easily watch their personal videos on their TVs. Later this fall, they will also be able to upload videos captured on their Xbox One to their RealPlayer Cloud account, making it easy for them to share their game-capture videos with friends and watch on all of their devices.
Xbox One is the latest in a list of compatible digital media streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. RealPlayer Cloud was one of the first 10 apps available on Chromecast, and it is the most popular streaming device for RealPlayer Cloud users: 96 percent of users who stream to their TVs use Google’s HDMI dongle.
“Getting personal video to the TV has never been easier,” said Jeff Chasen, VP of Product and Software at RealNetworks. “People love taking their personal videos and watching their life’s moments on the big screen. So, as more people discover digital media streaming, we will be interested to see how our fans’ habits change and what devices they favor.”
Computers still prove the most popular format for video-watching, but that is changing. Those who are using other devices vastly prefer watching their videos on smartphones (61 percent) compared to tablets (29 percent).
More about RealPlayer Cloud’s First-Year Fans
Top four countries:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Top sharing platforms:
- PC (36%)
- Android (28%)
- iOS (26%)
Top methods for sharing videos:
- Email (46%)
- Facebook (26%)
- 4 – 8 p.m. (United States)
Stats for our most active users:
- Average monthly videos watched per user = 23
- Average monthly uploads per user = 7
- “Active user” is a user who uses the app at least once within the month.
About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks creates innovative products and services that make it easy for people to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type, and social network. Find RealNetworks corporate information at www.realnetworks.com.
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