RealNetworks launches Helix Media Delivery Platform

RealNetworks, the digital entertainment services company, has released a new version of its Helix Media Delivery Platform (Helix Platform) including tools to rapidly build and deploy mobile TV services to subscribers with the new features that operators are looking for to help them control and monetise 3G and 4G networks.

The new Helix Platform lets operators take control of video usage on their network, the quality of video delivered to subscribers and their ability to test new business models and monetize mobile video.

A number of key partners have run extensive trials of the Helix Platform, including Sky and SFR. Real’s beta customers have successfully streamed video, including live sports events, news and user generated content, to tens of thousands of concurrent subscribers using 3GPP-compliant devices, such as the iPhone. Further, system integrators such as Atos, Nokia Siemens Networks, F-Secure (formerly Steek) and Thomson have selected the Helix Platform as the foundation of their mobile video offerings to operators.

“Quality and reliability are among the top concerns when delivering our content to mobile network operators,” said Ben Nielsen, Product Manager Mobile TV at Sky. “Because the Helix Media Delivery Platform is deployed both at the MNO and here at Sky, we can use Helix splitting technology to ensure our content looks great, conserves bandwidth and provides the best end user experience.”

“We chose to partner with RealNetworks, as they offer unrivalled streaming media technology,” said Alexander Cassasovici, Head of Mobile at F-Secure Storage and Digital Content. “As the leading supplier to ISPs and Mobile Operators, F-Secure’s solutions must be of the highest quality and reliability, and RealNetworks’ Helix Media Delivery Platform represents the best quality and reliability available today.”

Scott MacKenzie, director of product management for Helix, RealNetworks added: “Mobile video is becoming an increasingly important service as operators look to differentiate themselves. As mobile networks improve, streaming is becoming more prevalent due to its capability and cost. New products and features make the new Helix Media Delivery Platform a perfect solution for the delivery of streamed mobile video, capable of handling all aspects of the content delivery chain, from media encoding and asset authentication through to accounting and playback.”

RealNetworks develops software for encoding, delivery, management and playback of digital audio and video over mobile and broadband networks.