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.
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.