I've just encountered the same problem Jim. Is this a bit of sharp practise by Real Player? Mike.
Paid for Realplayer Plus downgraded
So I bought Realplayet Plus in the past with the understanding that Plus features were lifetime. However with the last update Downloader was downgraded to what probably free subscribers get.
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Definitely reneged on their agreement which is totally dishonest.
I see that you purchased RealPlayer Plus v.18. If you installed RealPlayer v.20/20, you will need to upgrade to activate Plus features in RealPlayer v.20 as this is a different product with additional new features. If you want to upgrade, please let me know. As a loyal user, you are eligible for a discount.
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