RealNetworks goes open source
Internet media delivery company RealNetworks has made its source code for sending video and audio over the Internet, Helix DNA Server, available to software developers at www.helixcommunity.org.
The DNA Server is the core source code of the Helix Universal Server multi-format digital media server that many Web casters use to broadcast content over the Internet.
According to the RealNetworks Web site, the source code will be licensed under both a public source license and a commercial community source license. Both licenses are free of charge for research and development use.
The Helix DNA Server streams MP3, RealAudio and RealVideo media formats. The company says it intends to add support for MPEG-4 once MPEG LA, the MPEG-4 licensing body have released licensing terms later this year.