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.
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.
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.
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