> > hell, RealPlayer is still pretty nice, I guess, although I'd prefer
> > that web sites use streaming mpeg instead of the proprietary
> > RealMedia.
> YEAH !
> I never understood why real.com (who are spammers, btw....) could become so
> important, as it still is, although this might change. Its contrary to all
> internet traditions. I think there simply werent clients for streaming mpeg.
> (And I never figured out how to do it with mpg123 from within lynx or netscape
Warning: I'm really pissed off!! Quit reading if you love Real
As a potential web developer, I can say that I can't see what other
web developers see in that RealMedia crap. It's nothing more than
mpeg with proprietary stuff added. If I were a web developer, I would
much rather go with the open standard, which is mpeg. It seems like
RealPlayer keeps getting more and more bloated with each "new"
I don't know -- why DO web developers use RealMedia? Mpeg does the
same thing, and you have a greater choice of vendors to choose your
player from. Plus, being mpeg, it would be easier to make a plugin
for a web browser, because you wouldn't have to rely on Real Networks
porting the stupid thing to your platform.
I say we boycott RealMedia, go with mpeg. They've shown us how much
they care about unix with their beta versions that barely work. And
please don't tell me RealPlayer 7 works perfectly, because the video
and audio get out of sync. (Reminds me of those old Edison movies with
sound, where he tried to synchronize the movie with a phonograph with
some mechanical device. The sound and pictures never really
syncronized well on those things. What year was that, 1900 or so?)
Also the thing plays videos kind of choppy compared to RealPlayer 5,
because there's some added bloat. I hate RealPlayers. Why don't web
developers put mpeg in their web pages? With mpeg, you can get
variable sampling rates for low bandwidth; not everything has to be
mp3 quality. I'm sorry, IMO Real just added some extra *to mpeg
headers and called it "RealMedia" format.
I've talked to some Windows NT advocates, and even they prefer mpeg
over RealMedia. Ironic, considering Real caters to them very well. Of
course, maybe RealMedia format does some things better than mpeg.
AFAICS, RealMedia = mpeg + extra *that normal mpeg players won't
recognize in the mpeg headers. Please, don't tell me RealMedia is
some amazing format Real dreamed up, because I say it's mpeg with
extra crap. I wish more web sites would ditch that *in favor of