Streaming media is sound (audio) and pictures (video) that are transmitted on the Internet in a streaming or continuous fashion - unlike conventional methods of downloading and viewing files, the purpose behind streaming is to let the user view your media while it's downloading, giving visitors immediate access to files that would otherwise take precious minutes (or even hours) to download.
MediaHostingWorks provides you with the solutions to stream video and audio anywhere, anytime. You know you want it, but you're not sure how to get the ball rolling? Check out our extensive Support section, where you'll find that streaming media isn't as complicated as it looks.
And if you already know all this stuff, but you're not sure what the big deal is about MediaHostingWorks, we think you should see and hear what we can do.
Streaming video is a movie that's sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the media player as it arrives. Streaming media is streaming video with sound. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a large file before seeing the video or hearing the sound. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream and is played as it arrives. The user needs a player, which is a special program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser or downloaded separately.
MediaHostingWorks offers Windows Media Server as its primary streaming platform. It's audio and video formats are widely supported by a number of media players, most of which are free. In addition, the encoding software (the program you use to create the streaming media files) is free as well! For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Like streaming video, audio files are able to be compressed and played as the file is downloading. The file types might be different, but the process is mostly the same. A compressed audio file hosted on MediaHostingWorks' servers is sent to the user's computer, which plays back the audio file while it downloads. Like Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio is economical because everything you need to create streaming media files is free!
Streaming media is usually sent from prerecorded files, but can be distributed as part of a live broadcast "feed." In a live broadcast, the signal is converted into a compressed digital signal and transmitted from a special Web server that is able to use the multicast protocol, sending the same file to multiple users at the same time.
Streaming media isn't just relegated to industries who specialize in audio and video broadcasting. The ability to add high-quality music and movies to your site is an opportunity you shouldn't pass up!