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What special requirements do streaming servers have..? need?

Asked by gazp (6 points ) June 29th, 2007

Ok quite simply why shoud you set up a dedicted streaming server for video files?

Appart from bandwidth requirements.

Why cant quicktime encoded and flash encoded video not just been hosted from a normal apache, or other web server ?

Why should i invest in a quicktime streaming server or a flash media server, what benefit does they provide??

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Besides obviously more efficient use of the network bandwidth, the streaming media server approach has these advantages:

Better audio and video quality to the user.
Advanced features like detailed reporting and multi-stream multimedia content.
Supports large number of users.
Multiple delivery options.
Content copyright protection.

segdeha's avatar

Of course it depends on your requirements (mainly, how much data you need to push through the pipe). If you need something really fast, you could set up a server with very high data rate hard drives, for example, compared to a typical web server.

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