MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 30, 1996) -- Netscape Communications Corporation today announced that 12 leading hardware and software vendors, including Apple Computer, Inc. and IBM Corporation, have joined 11 original supporters of the Netscape LiveMedia framework. Netscape LiveMedia is a standards-based framework for bringing real-time audio and video to the Netscape open software platform, enabling Netscape and third-party companies to develop interoperable multimedia solutions for business collaboration and videoconferencing. Netscape delivered the first elements of Netscape LiveMedia - including Netscape LiveVideo, Netscape LiveAudio and support for Internet telephony - in Netscape Navigator 3.0, a major release of its popular Internet client software now available in a public beta version.

The 12 new companies supporting LiveMedia are: Adaptive Media Technologies, Apple Computer, @ONCE, Farallon Communications, Four11, IBM, RADVision, SoftCom, Starlight Networks, OZ Interactive, Vivo Software and Winnov. They bring to 23 the number of companies supporting the Netscape LiveMedia framework. The 11 original supporters are Progressive Networks, Adobe Systems, Digital Equipment Corporation, Macromedia, NetSpeak, OnLive! Technologies, Precept Software, Silicon Graphics, VDOnet, VocalTec and Xing.

The announcement was made at Internet World, an Internet trade show and exhibition where LiveMedia supporters are exhibiting LiveMedia-based solutions that interoperate.

"LiveMedia is a vital industry initiative to deliver the cross-platform hardware and software products companies need for audio, video and telephone collaboration on intranets and the Internet," said Bob Lisbonne, vice president of client product marketing at Netscape. "With the LiveMedia framework, Netscape is providing an open foundation on which member technologies can innovate and interoperate."

"Netscape LiveMedia is an important industry framework that provides an open, standards-based approach to developing and integrating collaborative multimedia applications," said Satjiv Chahil, senior vice president of corporate marketing at Apple. "Apple will support LiveMedia in Apple Quicktime Conferencing (QTC) initiatives and work closely with the Netscape LiveMedia supporters and standards organizations to bring our customers fully interoperable solutions."

"Internet telephony and its increased usage within the enterprise and consumer markets makes interoperability essential to broader deployment of this technology," said John Patrick, vice president of Internet technology at IBM. "Netscape LiveMedia represents an open platform upon which to build collaborative streaming or interactive audio, video and data applications. We look forward to working with Netscape to include IBM advanced technology and promote open protocols."

Based on open Internet standards and documented protocols and interfaces, Netscape LiveMedia is a framework for multimedia communications that provides a common platform from which interoperable cross-platform solutions can evolve. Netscape LiveMedia will enable users to have easier access to new Internet applications such as audio and video on demand, real-time videoconferencing and Internet telephony as a standard component of future versions of Netscape clients, servers and development tools. Based on the Internet Realtime Transport Protocol (RTP), RFC number 1889, and other open audio and video standards such as MPEG, H.261 and GSM, Netscape LiveMedia enables products from supporting companies to work together seamlessly, providing users with a range of real-time audio and video capabilities on the Internet.

By using the Netscape LiveMedia framework, for example, Voxware's TeleVox Internet phone, running on a Microsoft Windows 95 PC, can communicate with both Apple's QTC phone or Netscape's Internet telephony technology running on a Unix platform. TeleVox features patent-pending RT24 digital voice compression/decompression (codec) that provides real-time speech quality, clarity and stability for Internet phone and conferencing connections, while consuming only 2400bps of bandwidth. Netscape LiveMedia technology can also support streaming audio, Intranet H.320 videoconferencing connectivity and server-based group collaboration applications.

Netscape LiveMedia also includes support for rich collaboration features through Internet telephony technology gained from Netscape's acquisition of InSoft, Inc. The new technology offers Internet telephony and a shared "whiteboard" that enables users to view and edit graphics in real time using sophisticated drawing, zoom and markup tools. It also provides high-quality audio conferencing with full duplex sound, allowing users to send and receive calls directly from Web pages, talk "live" with friends, or work collaboratively with colleagues worldwide via the Internet. This telephony capability also lets users send and receive messages, and includes a Web-based phone book to help users locate one another for conferencing and an answering machine that records messages and caller information.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.

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