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There's a certain comfort in keeping your video library privately tucked away on local storage. Few things are as personal as that video of grandma's surprise 60th birthday party, that time your little league team won its first game, and the day you got married (or the night that followed). There's also those couple dozen movies that you may or may not have ripped off DVDs that you may or may not own. But why have all of these videos if they're too inaccessible to watch? RealPlayer Cloud is the latest solution to this problem, an online service that lets you upload videos and stream them to your smartphone, tablet, computer, or TV. Now a fresh new app is available in the Play Store that's just raring to sync media to your Android devices.

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RealPlayer Cloud requires you to register for yet another account before getting started, but they give you 2GB of free space for your efforts. After that, you can upload videos in a large number of formats, ranging from the common MP4s and FLVs to WMVs, MKV, AVI, and more. Once uploaded, you can stream the content to any device with the RealPlayer Cloud app installed, including Android, iOS, and Windows devices. You can also pull up the content using your favorite web browser or turn to a Roku box instead.

If 2GB isn't enough space, 25GB is available for $4.99 a month. 100GB costs $9.99, and the maximum 300GB plan is available for a pricier $29.99. You can also save money by paying the annual prices of $49, $99, and $299 respectively. It's not as versatile as something like Dropbox, Google Drive, or SugarSync, and it's not really all that much cheaper, but it's another option for those who want it.

SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced the launch of RealPlayer Cloud, the first integrated video player and cloud service. RealPlayer Cloud allows people to seamlessly move, watch, save, and share their videos across any device. RealPlayer Cloud automatically transforms video formats in the cloud to give viewers the highest quality experience possible, no matter what device or screen size. RealPlayer Cloud apps are available starting today for Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, Web and Roku.

"The amount of video content that consumers are capturing and watching is exploding, but moving that video around is often painfully difficult," said Rob Glaser, founder and interim CEO of RealNetworks. "RealPlayer Cloud is a breakthrough product that gives consumers a seamless and easy way to move, watch, save, and share their videos across all their devices. In short, we've made video easy."

With RealPlayer Cloud, consumers can:

  • Move their videos across their devices, to watch them on any device they choose.
  • Stream or download their videos locally for convenient on-the-go access.
  • Watch their videos on their TV.
  • Share their long videos directly from their phone, PC or tablet to whatever device their friends happen to have, with no app download required by their friends.
  • Securely store their videos in the cloud.

RealPlayer Cloud's seamless multi-device functionality is enabled by SurePlay™, a revolutionary technology from RealNetworks that enables seamless auto-formatting of videos to fit the device type, size of screen, available bandwidth and storage space available on the device.

RealPlayer Cloud apps are available as a free download on six platforms – Android Phones, iPhones, iPads, Windows PCs, Roku TV Players, and any other device via a Web Browser. RealPlayer Cloud comes with two gigabytes of cloud storage for free to all users in the U.S. and Canada.

RealPlayer Cloud also offers additional storage via subscription plans that start at $4.99 per month. RealNetworks will be rolling out RealPlayer Cloud on other devices and in other territories and languages in the months ahead. For more information on RealPlayer Cloud, please visit www.Real.com/Cloud.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • az

    Very interesting, but you can already do this with that skydrive app which also gives you more storage, 2gb is not that much when it comes to video.

  • Matthew Fry

    "If 2GB isn't enough space." Hahahahahahaha.
    2GB is:
    10 min of compressed 4K video
    44 min of HD video

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      It's a fair amount of songs though. And perhaps they have a better management system than Google Play Music. I try to use it, but it's just such a hassle to create playlists from already-made playlists (e.g., the ones on my computer).

  • http://www.ludus.se/ Johan Larsson

    But i got 5TB of video :-(

  • pmbasehore

    Or, you could just use Plex, which (with the exception of the mobile app) does the same things for free. Your videos are not stored in the cloud, but their accessible everywhere, which is actually better, IMO.

  • Leonardo Farage Freitas

    I've been using bitcasa for storing video content. Unlimited storage for $10 a month. And on Android you can stream to MXPlayer, that IMO is the best player on Android.

    Also when at home I stream Bitcasa to my S4's video player and then stream to my Samsung TV.. I'm loving it :D

    Oh, the only down side is that you can't change audio channel on MKV files =/ and for subtitles I've been using SubsLauncher. It intercepts the request for streaming, allowing you to download the desired subtitle and then playing on mxplayer with the subtitle.. very usefull

  • David Davidson

    RealPlayer is still alive? This is a sad day.

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    Free Storage is not much to snuff at, the application seems to good appearence.

    But with 2GB for Video you could get the impression they may as well not bothered really. factor the amount by x10 then it would be seen as being serious about it!

    A fellow user gave specifics what to expect with 2GB.

    The annual fees gives 2 months free are more worthy but anyone who has 300gb or more - buy at least two hard drives and mirror any additional content regularly has to be the best move