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RealNetworks is a Seattle-based provider of Internet media delivery software and services. The company is best known for the creation of RealAudio, a compressed audio format, and RealVideo[?], a compressed video format, and for its early market leadership in the field of streaming media.


RealNetworks (then known as Progressive Networks) was founded by ex-Microsoft executive Rob Glaser[?] in 1993. The original goal of the company was to provide a distribution channel for politically progressive content. It quickly evolved into a technology venture to leverage the Internet as an alternative distribution medium for audio broadcasts.

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