Although few companies will invest in the entire package, RealSystem iQ offers the underlying architecture to reliably provide high-quality streaming content. Its improved networking technology, added to its welcome new proxy capabilities, should serve to solidify RealNetworks already strong presence in streaming media.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Improvements in delivery technology of streaming content will make it more manageable and less of a drain on vital bandwidth. Includes much-needed proxy capabilities for streaming content; improved media quality. Poor real-time reporting in proxy; few companies will be able to reap the benefits of RealNetworks new neuralcast technology. RealNetworks Inc., Seattle; (800) 444-8011; www.real.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Businesses dealing with lots of incoming streaming media should see immediate benefits from the proxy, but the benefits of the new server technology wont appear until implemented by delivery networks.