Apple's QuickTime 4 Goes Primetime
More Than Five Million Copies Downloaded In First 50 Days
FOX News Online, FOX Sports Online and The Weather Channel Join QuickTime Content Providers
CUPERTINO, California - June 9th, 1999 -- Apple today released the final shipping version of QuickTime 4, its industry-leading multimedia software for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. QuickTime 4 features "streaming" of live and stored video and audio over the Internet and is the first Internet streaming solution to use non-proprietary industry-standard RTP and RTSP protocols. More than five million copies of QuickTime 4 public beta software have been downloaded from Apple's Web site during the first 50 days since its release in April.
Apple today also announced that FOX News Online and FOX Sports Online have joined the growing lineup of QuickTime content providers offering live programming, which also include BBC WORLD, Bloomberg, HBO, NPR and WGBH Boston. The Weather Channel joins the QuickTime programming lineup with on-demand weather forecasts.
"QuickTime 4 provides the highest quality video and audio over the Internet, and with five million new customers it's the hottest streaming technology out there", said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. "Content providers also love QuickTime's use of open standards instead of proprietary streaming formats - they no longer have to pay RealNetworks' server tax".
"NADP (News America Digital Publishing) was a pioneer in the use of streaming video on the Internet and offers the most extensive library archive of video on the web", said Scott Ehrlich, senior vice president and executive producer of NADP, producer of FOXSports.com and FOXNews.com. "Our partnership with Apple furthers NADP's commitment to deliver high-quality video to our Web site users".
"We've gone from a public beta version of QuickTime 4 to final product in less than two months", said Avie Tevanian, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "QuickTime is the only digital media architecture that allows content providers to create, edit and distribute audio and video in a single format".
QuickTime 4's new Internet streaming capabilities allow users to play live and stored video and audio, enabling them to experience high-quality playback even over 28.8Kbps modems. Key features in QuickTime 4 include:
QuickTime 4 Pro includes all the features of QuickTime 4 while unlocking the software's advanced authoring and playback capabilities, including:
Availability, Pricing and System Requirements:
Windows users and Macintosh users running the US version of Mac OS can immediately download a free version of QuickTime 4 software from Apple's QuickTime Web site (http://www.apple.com/uk/quicktime).
Note for customers running the UK version of Mac OS: The QuickTime 4 installer for use with the UK version of Mac OS will available from Apple's Web site from the beginning of July.
The advanced playback and editing capabilities of QuickTime 4 Pro are available to users for US $29.99. QuickTime 3 Pro customers are automatically upgraded to QuickTime 4 Pro free of charge upon downloading the QuickTime 4 software.
System requirements for Mac OS-based systems are: 68020, 68030, 68040 or PowerPC processor; at least 8MB of RAM recommended for 68020, 68030 or 68040 processor-based systems. It also requires at least 16MB of RAM for PowerPC processor-based systems and MAC OS 7.1 or later. PowerPC processor required for streaming.
System requirements for Windows-based systems are: Intel or compatible processor or any MPC2-compliant PC with minimum 66-MHz 486 processor; at least 16MB of RAM; Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0 system software. Sound Blaster or compatible sound card and speakers and DirectX version 3.0 or later are also recommended. Pentium processor required for streaming.
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