TOKYO and SEATTLE, February 17, 2006 (Japan Standard Time) --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and RealNetworks, Inc. announced today that they signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 15 as a first step to jointly deploying RealNetworks' Mobile Streaming Server software to facilitate new video streaming capabilities that DoCoMo will add to its existing V-Live™ service.
The enhanced V-Live service would create an open environment to enable content providers (CPs) to use their own multi-format, cross-platform Helix Mobile servers, to stream video content over the Internet to FOMA™ handsets.
Both DoCoMo and Real expect that by introducing new, convenient streaming capabilities, they will encourage CPs to offer video streaming services for mobile subscribers, leading to a virtuous circle of increasing supply and demand.
The MOU relates to the creation of a relationship under which Real would provide DoCoMo's content providers with Mobile Streaming Servers for the enhanced V-Live service. The parties have agreed to work together to complete a definitive agreement detailing their collaboration.
DoCoMo and Real expect to support the expansion of the mobile video streaming market in Japan through their relationship.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 50 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge
mobile multimedia services, including i-mode™
which provides e-mail
and Internet access to over 45 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile Internet service, and FOMA™, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA.
In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe, North America
and Asia, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific
and Europe. NTT DoCoMo
is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York
(DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english
V-Live is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.
i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.
About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody, RealPlayer® 10, and casual PC games. RealNetworks has more than 2.2 million paid subscribers to its premium digital media services. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com/company. RealNetworks, Helix, Rhapsody and RealPlayer are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Forward Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to: (a) RealNetworks' and DoCoMo's ability to consummate a binding agreement to deploy Real's Mobile Streaming Server software to facilitate new video streaming capabilities in DoCoMo's V-Live™ service; (b) adoption and deployment by content providers of Real's Mobile Streaming Server and the potential future impact on content providers' ability and desire to provide additional video streaming services for mobile subscribers; (c) the parties' abilities to successfully support the expansion of the mobile video streaming market in Japan; and (d) the impact of an agreement with DoCoMo on RealNetworks' future market share, revenue and growth. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include: the risk that RealNetworks and DoCoMo will not be able to agree on the terms of a definitive agreement; Real's successful delivery of the technology and services contemplated by the parties; acceptance and deployment by content providers of Mobile Streaming Server; and acceptance and deployment by content providers of the V-Live service with Mobile Streaming Server capabilities. More information about potential risk factors that could affect RealNetworks' business and financial results is included in RealNetworks' annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent year ended December 31, and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and from time to time in other reports filed by RealNetworks with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RealNetworks assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which are in effect as of their respective dates.