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Real Alternative

Start64!Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer/RealOne Player. You do need a player that is capable of playing RealMedia. The included Media Player Classic supports it and works very well. Supported: RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt), ReadPix (.rp), RealMedia embedded in webpages. .smi and .smil files sometimes only play the first part of a clip.


This is a limitation of the current Media Player Classic. The RealMedia Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape and Mozilla.

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer :

  • Quick and easy install
  • It's easy to make an unattended installation
  • Proper uninstallation
  • No background processes
  • Use a player of your own choice
  • Low on resources
  • No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying 

Limitations :

  • .smi and .smil files only play the first part of a clip. This is only a problem when the clip consists of multiple parts. These files are not very common. These files do play correctly when embedded in a browser. 
  • The RealMedia DirectShow splitter does not work with streaming content. You must use the included Media Player Classic to play streaming content. 

Features of Real Alternative 2.0.2 :

  • Media Player Classic [version 6.4.9.1-107]
  • RealMedia Codecs [version 12.0.0.301]
  • RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
  • RealMedia plugin for Opera/Mozilla/Netscape/Google Chrome
  • RealMedia DirectShow splitter [version 1.3.1268.0]

Features of Real Alternative 2.0.2 Lite :

  • RealMedia Codecs [version 12.0.0.301]
  • RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
  • RealMedia plugin for Opera/Mozilla/Netscape/Google Chrome
  • RealMedia DirectShow splitter [version 1.3.1268.0]

The only difference between the regular and lite versions is that the lite version does not include Media Player Classic.

Real Alternative Lite allows you to play RealMedia files in all DirectShow enabled players. Without this filter RealMedia files can only be played in Media Player Classic. This filter only works with files that are on your harddrive. It does NOT work with streaming content. Therefore it is highly recommended to use Media Player Classic, because MPC does support streaming content.

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