Real announces UK availability of new RealPlayer for download

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We previewed the new RealPlayer a few weeks back – and if you liked what you read, you’ll be pleased to know that the media player is now available for download for free in the UK.

The big selling point of this new version is the option to record and download videos with a single click. “The Internet is all about empowerment,” said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. “Our goal with the new RealPlayer is to enable consumers to watch Internet video whenever and wherever they want. By making it ’one-click’ simple to download, we’re changing the way people experience online video.”

After installing the new RealPlayer, a ‘Download this Video’ button will briefly appear in your web browser whenever playing a video. With a single-click the video will begin downloading in the background, allowing you to view other videos, switch to another site or even close your browser. Other features include multiple video download, all-format video coverage and the option to burn to DVD – although this will set you back £19.99.

Future versions will allow you to transfer directly to personal media devices – and there’s a Mac version due for launch later this year.

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Dave Walker