RealNetworks blasts video to AT&T handsets

RealNetworks announced a deal Thursday to provide AT&T Wireless with technology to stream digital video to cell phones. As reported earlier, the Seattle-based digital media services company said it will provide the infrastructure to deliver streaming video to AT&T Wireless cellular service subscribers in the United States.

"RealOne for mMode not only gives AT&T Wireless customers advanced streaming video experience, it also gives customers a great way to catch the latest news, entertainment and sports, regardless of where they are and when they want," Sam Hall, vice president of mMode services at AT&T Wireless, said in a statement. AT&T Wireless has more than 22 million U.S. cell phone subscribers, making it a prime company to offer new streaming video and audio services in the wireless market. It is developing a next-generation cell phone network in the United States with the backing of Japan's NTT DoCoMo, which holds a 17 percent stake in the carrier. In Japan, DoCoMo is considered a pioneer in delivering streaming video and audio to wireless service customers.

The new service, which provides full-motion video and audio, is now available on mMode-enabled Nokia 3650 handsets and the Nokia N-Gage, RealNetworks said. The service costs $4.95 per month plus usage fees.

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