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Streaming Video Requires To Access To Streaming Media Server
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Streaming video requires access to a streaming media server. Some servers are Flash Media Server, Wowza Media Server, Windows Media Server, Darwin Media server, Real Media Server. These servers usually require licensing and may cost several thousands of dollars.
Some well known streaming protocols are RTMP, RTSP, and MMS.
When a video streams, it is being sent via UDP protocol to a player on the end users computer. The user will have the ability to fast forward or rewind the video. The video isn't being downloaded to the end users computer so it is less likely that the content will be stolen. Also if the user only watches 5 minutes of a 30 minute video, then you only pay for the delivery of 5 minutes, not the whole video.
The biggest disadvantage of streaming over progressive download is if the user watches the same video over and over you will pay for the delivery of it each time. Videos are also streamed at whatever bit rate they are encoded at. Keep this in mind when creating HD quality video. 8Mbps video may sound and look great, but most homes can't sustain an 8Mbps connection. If you have really high bit rate video, consider delivering via HTTP.
Most web hosting providers or Content Delivery Networks (CDN) will have streaming media servers available to use. Historically, Flash video was more expensive to deliver than other forms. Recently prices have compressed and you will find that it costs about the same to deliver Flash or Windows Media files. In the past I would have said if your video is more than 10 minutes in length deliver it via Stream and less do progressive. Since prices have come down, I would consider streaming for any length video since streaming typically begins to play faster than progressive.
If you are looking at using a service such as a CDN or Cloud Computing and they say you can stream your videos, confirm with their tech support that they are utilizing a streaming server and not just offering bandwidth.
If you are delivering Flash videos, then you should be delivering via RTMP or RTMPE protocol for streaming and http for progressive. Windows Media uses either MMS or RTSP. QuickTime and Real Media use RTSP.
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