You’ve been asking for it and now it’s here. RealNetworks announced today the beta release of RealOne Player for Mac OS X.
This beta version of RealOne Player enables Mac OS X users to enjoy all of the content and hundreds of thousands of hours of audio and video created each week in RealNetworks’ formats, including RealVideo 9. The free beta is available for download now
Introduced in April, RealVideo 9 brings broadcast quality video to broadband users while giving dial-up users a subscription quality video experience, according to the company. Combined with RealAudio Surround, RealVideo 9 delivers a home theatre-like experience, but requires only a small fraction of the storage space used by DVD — actually reducing storage and delivery costs by 30 percent.
Later this year, the RealOne Player for Mac OS X will be enabled to receive the RealOne SuperPass subscription service, allowing Mac users to subscribe to a variety of news, sports and entertainment content on the Web, featuring digital programming from ABCNEWS.com, CBS Big Brother, CNN, E! Networks, FOX Sports.com, MLB Advanced Media, NASCAR.com, NBA, and more.
To run RealOne Player for Mac OS X, you’ll need a Power Mac G3 or G4 running Mac OS X version 10.1 or later and 128 MB RAM. Recommended browsers are Internet Explorer 5.1 and Netscape 6.2. Datatypes that can be played back include RealAudio, and RealVideo, (Real Text, RealPix) streamed content. General media types includes AIF, AU, AVI, MP2, MP3, SMIL, SWF, and WAV. Images include GIF, JPG, and PNG files.