Streaming technologies for Flash video

Jun 19

Flash streaming has been lately the king of all Internet streaming formats. YouTube uses it, Google Video uses it.

There are many solutions how to stream or offer progressive downloads of flash video files – free and paid streaming servers. Large companies with deep pockets usually use Flash Media Server, but many folks prefer to use progressive download “streaming” over HTTP protocol – it is cost-effective, easy to set-up and reliable.

Currently, flash progressive downloads are possible with simple php hack for apache web server, or you can even use lighttpd web server or nginx that fully support flash streaming. There is also an open source alternative to real flash streaming servers RED5 (with RTSP support). It offers real time flash streaming as well as mp3 streaming and it’s code is based on Java.

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