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Real Networks and ACCESS Form Alliance to Enable Internet Media on Consumer Electronics

Leader in the Embedded Solutions Market Licenses the Helix DNA Client and RealAudio/RealVideo to Develop Embedded Solutions for Consumer Electronics

Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, – January 9, 2003 – RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK, Booth #35137) and ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), today announced a new relationship in which ACCESS will develop embedded solutions featuring RealNetworks’ core Helix DNA client and RealAudio® and RealVideo® for consumer electronics manufacturers. The Helix DNA Client, which is the core source code for RealNetworks’ leading RealOne Player, will be integrated into ACCESS’ NetFront® embedded browser enabling consumer electronics manufacturers to seamlessly incorporate RealAudio and RealVideo into their devices. ACCESS, a leading supplier of Internet software for mobile telephones, PDAs, video game consoles, set top boxes, and other non-PC devices, can now provide a single media client that enables support for RealAudio, RealVideo, and a wide range of other codecs.

“Our goal with the Helix Community is to provide consumers the best Internet media experience using any platform or device. Our alliance with ACCESS, a leading provider of embedded browser solutions to the Japanese and worldwide markets, is very important to this work,” said Dan Sheeran, vice president, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc.

“Digital media is one of the primary applications consumer electronics manufacturers are looking to include in their next generation devices for the home,” said Toru Arakawa, President and CEO, ACCESS Co., Ltd. “Today’s announcement enables us to provide our customers access to the vast array of audio and video programming that’s available on the Internet through the Helix DNA Client.”

About Helix
Helix is a platform and a community for the standardization and expansion of digital media. The Helix platform consists of source code developed by RealNetworks over the past nine years for the creation, delivery and playback of digital media, as well as a set of interfaces for building media-enabled applications. With over 5,000 members, the Helix Community is enabled to use this source code to build media-capable products with industry-leading technology, intellectual property and commonly used interfaces. The Helix Community offers source code of the Helix platform under two source licenses, the RealNetworks Community Source License and the RealNetworks Public Source License– available at RealNetworks has also released a family of products built on top of the Helix platform, including the Helix Producer, Helix Universal Server and RealOne Player.

About NetFront
NetFront is a modular, scalable browser designed to meet the unique requirements of resource-constrained consumer information appliances, delivering high performance and an extensive feature set with low memory and power requirements. NetFront’s modular architecture allows for custom configurations for specific target hardware. This unique scalability allows NetFront v3.0 to cover a broad range of appliance profiles from mobile phones to digital televisions. In addition to the latest W3C specifications HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0, NetFront v3.0 supports enhanced features such as Dynamic HTML, ECMA Script (JavaScript), DOM (Document Object Model), CSS, and SSL (Secure Socket Layer). JV-Lite2, a J2ME compliant Java runtime environment, and an MMS client are also available as optional modules.

About RealNetworks
MontaRealNetworks, Inc., based in Seattle, is the global leader in Internet media delivery. It develops and markets software products and services designed to enable users of personal computers and other consumer electronic devices to send and receive audio, video and other multimedia services using the Web. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks’ consumer software on the Internet at RealNetworks’ systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at

ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is a global provider of integrated, next-generation mobile data platforms and mobile Internet access technologies for the mobile communications market. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront® and Compact NetFront® browsers power 191 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS’ Compact NetFront microbrowser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode service. To date, almost 80 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 40 major vendors. ACCESS Co. Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with ACCESS Systems America Inc., its US subsidiary, in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, its German subsidiary, in Oberhausen, Germany and with ACCESS (Beijing) Co.,Ltd., its Chinese subsidiary, in Beijing, China. More information is available at and

RealNetworks, Helix, RealAudio, RealVideo and RealOne are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront, Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. NetFront is a registered trademark of NetFront Communications, Inc. in the United States and is used under license. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For More Information, Press Only:
Erika Shaffer, RealNetworks, (206) 892-6191,
Kazunori Takahashi, ACCESS, +81 (3) 5259-3685