HotWired, Hollywood Online, Metaverse, GNN and RadioNet/Human Factor Websites to offer RealAudio-based programming

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 12, 1995--Progressive Networks (PN) Wednesday announced agreements with leading web browser software publishers and website content providers to support the RealAudio Player Internet audio-on-demand delivery system.

The RealAudio player will be distributed with web browsers provided by Microsoft, Spry and Spyglass. Five leading-edge website providers, HotWired, Hollywood Online, Metaverse, GNN and RadioNet/Human Factor, have announced that they are implementing the RealAudio Server on their site and have plans to include RealAudio- based content as a key part of their website.

RealAudio is a client-server software system that enables Internet and on-line users equipped with conventional multimedia personal computers and voice-grade telephone lines to browse, select and play back audio or audio-based multimedia content on demand, in real time, as easily as using a standard video cassette player/ recorder.

This is a breakthrough, compared with the delivery of audio over conventional on-line methods in which audio is downloaded at a rate that is five to ten times longer than the actual program -- e.g., the listener must wait 25 minutes longer before listening to just five minutes of audio.

`We think Progressive Networks' RealAudio technology is a great step forward for the Internet,` said John Ludwig, general manager, Personal Systems Division, Microsoft. `Microsoft plans to include RealAudio Player with our future Internet-related products.`

`Real-time audio changes the whole paradigm of multimedia on the web,` said Andy Parker, director of business development, Spyglass Inc. `This new technology will deliver multimedia to the masses, and we're excited to include the RealAudio Player with Enhanced Mosaic.`

`I have always believed that adding real-time audio to the Internet is a service our customers would be enthusiastic about, and Progressive Networks' RealAudio product is way ahead of everybody in providing that service,` said Dave Pool, executive vice president of Compuserve's Internet Division and founder and former president of Spry Inc. `That is why we are incorporating RealAudio into Internet-in-a-box.`

In addition, PN is working with independent content publishers interested in using RealAudio to enhance their own websites.

`We think RealAudio gives us an incredible opportunity to enrich our entertainment and news areas,` said Chip Bayers, managing editor, HotWired. `HotWired is about the arts and culture of the 21st century, and certainly, the oral arts are an area we want to explore. RealAudio gives us that opportunity.`

`Hollywood Online is excited to be using RealAudio programming to provide celebrity interviews and entertainment-related soundbites to our customers,` said Stuart Halperin, executive vice president of marketing, Hollywood Online Inc.

`We are excited to offer RealAudio programming that our customers can instantly access,` said Adam Curry, president, Metaverse. `This will greatly expand our audio programming opportunities for an even richer Internet experience.`

One of the programs that Metaverse will make available on its On Ramp website is Up Close, a music/interview program featuring BMI songwriters and composers.

Programming is also now available on the RealAudio website, including clips from ABC Voice of America, ABC Radio Yesteryear, National Public Radio and other entertainment and music programs. About Progressive Networks

Progressive Networks, based in Seattle, develops and markets software products and services designed to enable users of personal computers and other digital devices to send and receive audio and audio-based multimedia services using the existing infrastructure.

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