NEWS: Real Networks Takes YouTube (and other Flash) videos offline

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Real Networks new Real Player now will take YouTube videos offline. Here’s an interview I did with Real’s Vice President, Jeff Chasen where he gave me a demo of the new player (coming soon, I’ll let you know where it’s up). I also gave him heck for Real’s past sins, including difficul-to-find player downloads, tons of additional software ties, and more.

The new player adds a little icon above videos on YouTube and other services like Blip.TV. It makes it easy to download Flash and other kinds of videos to the Real Player so you can keep them, watch them on planes or other places you’re offline, and more.

Here’s the official press release.

If you want just the facts, Rocky did an Editor’s Choice where he put up just the highlights of the interview and demo (takes less than five minutes to watch, where the full interview/demo takes about 24).

Why would Real do this?

It’s a lot better experience to watch a video in the Real Player than on a Web page (you can make it bigger, if it’s offline it won’t “stutter” anymore if you’re on low-bandwidth connections).

What about DRM? Yeah, they won’t allow you to download DRM’d stuff (he shows off in the video the experience that happens when you hit a video from, say, a movie company that doesn’t want you to download the Flash video).

You can also use this to burn videos to CDs or DVDs. Jeff thinks this is a “poor man’s” Apple TV since most people have DVDs hooked up to their TVs now.

UPDATE: CNET also wrote it up, and Andy Plesser has a different video about the new player.

125 thoughts on “NEWS: Real Networks Takes YouTube (and other Flash) videos offline

  1. If there is a CD in the CD rom, the real player 11 freezes up the computer and I have to shut it down completely to recover from the freezeup. I can use the cd rom normally as long as I don't turn on real player 11 program. Also I can use real player 11 program as long as I don't put a CD in the CD rom.

  2. If there is a CD in the CD rom, the real player 11 freezes up the computer and I have to shut it down completely to recover from the freezeup. I can use the cd rom normally as long as I don't turn on real player 11 program. Also I can use real player 11 program as long as I don't put a CD in the CD rom.

  3. The new players garbage, try playing back some of those files you have downloaded and when they STOP at the 10 or 12 min mark, and you KNOW theres 60+ mins left. You can ask yourself WHY did I trust Real Player again?

  4. The new players garbage, try playing back some of those files you have downloaded and when they STOP at the 10 or 12 min mark, and you KNOW theres 60+ mins left. You can ask yourself WHY did I trust Real Player again?

  5. I am amazed by the responses here. Where I live, real player is king. WMP is really lame. I have been using RP since it came out. Yes, it was sluggish at first but I was able to get around the errors. Anyway..RP has released its best version yet..11. Congrats to them.
    I just wish there was a place to download the whole thing not just the installation files.

  6. I am amazed by the responses here. Where I live, real player is king. WMP is really lame. I have been using RP since it came out. Yes, it was sluggish at first but I was able to get around the errors. Anyway..RP has released its best version yet..11. Congrats to them.
    I just wish there was a place to download the whole thing not just the installation files.

  7. I once hated real player but after trying the new version i say big up To real they have done it no need to copy urf files its just a clik of one buton. i have downloaded a thousand vedeos that i missed so much. big up

  8. I once hated real player but after trying the new version i say big up To real they have done it no need to copy urf files its just a clik of one buton. i have downloaded a thousand vedeos that i missed so much. big up

  9. [...Scoble has a good post here where he interviews Jeff Chasen, VP of Real Networks as part of his ScobleShow @ PODTech...] Pingback from http://samiqbits.blogspot.com

    Since earlier today Real Networks made available its new player for a public beta, and you can go on and download it here

  10. [...Scoble has a good post here where he interviews Jeff Chasen, VP of Real Networks as part of his ScobleShow @ PODTech...] Pingback from http://samiqbits.blogspot.com

    Since earlier today Real Networks made available its new player for a public beta, and you can go on and download it here

  11. I dont see how Google will be hurt by this as they distrubute RealPlayer themselves via Google Pack.

  12. I dont see how Google will be hurt by this as they distrubute RealPlayer themselves via Google Pack.

  13. We have not announced any updated plans related to the new RealPlayer for mobile platforms.

    Ben Rotholtz, General Manager, Web Services & Syndication

  14. We have not announced any updated plans related to the new RealPlayer for mobile platforms.

    Ben Rotholtz, General Manager, Web Services & Syndication

  15. Will RealPlayer Lite (installed on some cellphones such as the Nokia N95), have the ability to view and save Youtube videos offline, assuming there will be such a version?

  16. Will RealPlayer Lite (installed on some cellphones such as the Nokia N95), have the ability to view and save Youtube videos offline, assuming there will be such a version?

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