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Helix, no support for MPEG-4 for now

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Helix, for now no support for MPEG-4 –

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No support for MPEG-4 in the source code of RealVideo's Helix DVA server software released in the past few hours.

The lack of support for MPEG-4 has amazed several market observers, especially if combined with the fact that the client's source code instead includes the decoding of files in MPEG-4 and the recent proclamations of Real, which claims to want to support the standard. .

Real justified himself by stressing that it was not a strategic choice, but a necessity imposed by the fact that the MPEG LA consortium that manages the intellectual properties related to MPEG-4, despite having outlined the costs of the royalty video, did not define the price. of the so-called licensed system, indispensable to define exactly the streaming and marketing costs of servers capable of communicating in MP4.

Real, reads in some declarations, hopes to soon have the necessary terms available to start distributing its source code with support also for MPEG-4, a 'plus' that would enable it to compete fully with the competition, essentially consisting of QuickTime (which already supports MPEG-4) and Windows Media Player (which instead supports a proprietary format)

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