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RealNetworks Posts Q4 Loss

RealNetworks investors hoping the company’s recent management changes herald an improvement in its financial performance should steel themselves for another unpleasant quarter or two. Reporting a worse-than-expected fourth-quarter net loss after market close today, Real said it expects revenue in the current quarter “to decline by up to 12 percent year-over-year and up to 15 percent sequentially.”

An ugly forecast, especially considering today’s financial report from the company: A loss of $13.3 million, or 11 cents a share, on revenue of $145.5 million–down five percent year-over-year.

“The severe recession in 2009 hurt both our revenue and profitability for the year,” Bob Kimball, president and acting CEO of RealNetworks, said in an earnings news release. “While we don’t expect that overall trend to change in the first quarter, we are aggressively moving to transform RealNetworks into a more simple and focused company that delivers value to its shareholders. The first step in Real’s simplification was announced this week with the separation of our Rhapsody music business into an independent company.”


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work