Originally created 02/10/00

AP and RealNetworks Inc. launch streaming news service



NEW ORLEANS -- The Associated Press and RealNetworks Inc. are launching a real-time audio and video news service for member Web sites called AP Streaming News.

The announcement was made Wednesday at Editor & Publisher's Interactive Newspapers Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans.

The new, jointly produced service from AP, the world's largest news agency, and RealNetworks, the leading provider of streaming audio and video for the Internet, gives AP's newspaper and broadcast members easy-to-use, cost-effective audio and video to enhance their Web sites.

"The online news market is moving quickly to embrace multimedia presentations that include audio and video, driven by the increasing momentum behind broadband delivery technology and more competition for the online news audience," said Jim Kennedy, director of AP Multimedia Services. "The AP identified that shift early and developed AP Streaming News to help its member newspapers and broadcasters catch the leading edge of this audio-video wave."

AP Streaming News provides anchored audio news summaries, regularly scheduled video newscasts, sound and video clips for major news stories and live links to selected events on a daily basis for AP's newspaper and broadcast members. All the video and audio packages are produced by APTN and AP Network News.

AP Streaming News enables newspapers and broadcasters to strategically place multimedia content on their Web sites without a major investment in staff or technology. No special expertise, additional equipment or technical maintenance is required on the part of the host site. AP and RealNetworks do all the work, refreshing content around the clock and alerting each news organization's site by e-mail to post updated links.

The Augusta Chronicle is a member of the Associated Press.