Progressive developing portable media players

Progressive Networks, the company that popularized audio on the Internet with its RealAudio Player, is working with a number of partners on portable Internet video and audio players, and CEO Rob Glaser has suggested Windows CE devices as a likely platform.

Progressive Networks, the company that popularized audio on the Internet with its RealAudio Player, is working with a number of partners on portable Internet video and audio players, says company founder and CEO Rob Glaser.

In his keynote speech at Internet Expo in San Jose, Glaser said that Progressive is currently working closely with Web TV Inc. on Internet video technology.

"Windows CE devices would also be an example of the kind of portable platform that will soon be capable of becoming portable media players," Glaser said. "The Internet will be the real 500 channel universe."

Glazer also said that Progressive is working closely with Microsoft on its forthcoming Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) specification, but would not comment on whether Microsoft will include support for Progressive's RealVideo Internet software in its forthcoming version of Internet Explorer.

Progressive, based in Seattle, can be contacted on the World Wide Web at http://www.realaudio.com/.

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