Is PC-TV the Real Deal?

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OLD AND NEWS: Subscribers to RealOne Super-pass can choose between the major networks'? breaking news and some of their archived classics, such as The Old Grey Whistle Test

Dotcoms offering film and music on personal computers — so-called streaming media — have gone bust, and TV broadcasters pushing video-on-demand (VOD) won't recoup returns on their investments any time soon. But a multimedia service launched in Europe last month is hoping to show that the convergence of TV and the Web can counter this unhappy trend.

Lots of different media players — software summoned by conventional Web browsers — enable you to play sound or video clips embedded in Web pages on the PC. But RealNetworks' RealOne SuperPass for Europe goes beyond other services. It is a...

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