Perhaps this has been covered before, but are there any specific advantages to using RealVideo as opposed to Windows Media or QT? I know a lot people hate the intrusiveness of the player, and there doesn't seem to be any install base stats on the web, so is there anything to like?
While I'll wholeheartedly agree that the Player is a huge piece of bloated crap on the PC, saying there are problems with the quality of RealVideo 10 is incorrect. In fact, there are a few encoders that do an excellent job compressing to RealVideo 10 and the quality differences is very negligible compared to H264 and WMV9 for web video, especially at HD resolutions. And if you consider the speed at which you can encode RealVideo 10 with software compared to the others, there could be many advantages to be gained. Unfortunately, because the Player is so bloated with spyware and wanting to control all decoding for all formats, it has made its relevance rather minimal and there are many users who loathe the software.