There are a few things that need explaining exactly ... if we create our own MSI of RealPlayer Enterprise to push out to machines does that count as distribution? What if it is included on a machine image?
I have looked at the EduGeek web site and I notice the RealPlayer discussions. Great to see the readers like the RealPlayer Enterprise, this is the RealPlayer schools should be using and many are. We have many LEA deployments and the Scottish Schools Digital Network in Scotland has deployed RealNetworks Helix to all 3,200 schools, giving them high-quality access to content from sites like the BBC.
To confirm the use of RealPlayer.
Firstly, we have two editions, RealPlayer Basic and RealPlayer Enterprise.
RealPlayer Basic - is the Consumer edition and is free to use in schools. If you wish to redistribute it, you must complete the RealPlayer distribution form, which allows distribution by CD, imaging and software deployment tools. If you purchase the RealPlayer Plus (priced at £19.99 UK Sterling) you are not allowed to redistribute this.
The RealPlayer Enterprise is also free to use, provided each one is individually registered and installed. However, redistribution is not allowed. The End User License Agreement specifically mentions "redistribution is not permitted" in the opening clause of the Accept License agreement window. See attached.
For those wishing to redistribute the RealPlayer Enterprise, they have the option of purchasing RealPlayer Enterprise Manager. This is our Professional edition of RealPlayer Enterprise and provides:
1. A redistribution license for the number of licensed computers
2. The ability to generate your own customised RealPlayer Enterprise installers with silent and minimal user interaction installation. The installers are then redistributed across your network
3. Centralised administration allowing you to control the RealPlayer Enterprise installation centrally, thereby easing administration
4. Lockable RealPlayer Enterprise settings - thereby preventing students from changing them.
5. Centralised proxy settings for use with Helix Forward Proxy (our streaming media caching and splitting server - minimising the bandwidth used to access content on the internet)
6. Centralised update policy for codecs and security patches
7. No advertising or pop-up windows
Pricing is from £2 UK Sterling per computer, per annum purchased via the RealNetworks Education License Program. The Education License Program also provides Helix Forward Proxy, Helix Server and RealProducer giving you all the tools to create Video Libraries, Network TV, School Radio and Web-Casting from the school desktop.
I have attached an overview of the different RealPlayers and the Education License Program.
In the meantime, have a good weekend and speak with you early next week,