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Streaming Media Metafiles:
When And How To Use Them

Streaming metafiles - .ram files, .asx files and Quicktime Reference Movies - can be both a hassle and a powerful feature of streaming media systems. We’ll explore why you need them, when you don’t, and how they can do more for you than you may think.
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Aug 2003

P2P in B2B:
Getting Past the "N" Word

If you looked at P2P last year, much of its promise for B2B was still only theoretical, but this year were surprised to see how quickly a number of organizations are exploring various types of peer-to-peer content delivery for internal and business-to-business purposes.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Jul 2003

Streaming vs. Downloading Video: Choosing The Right Solution

Streaming and downloading are distinct methods of delivery, each with its own benefits and limitations. We'll take a look at the difference between the two methods, and make some suggestions about when you should choose one or the other for your projects.
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Jul 2003

Video E-Mail And The In-box

There are two categories of use for video messaging. The first is to offer an audience an experience akin to television advertising. The second is personal video messaging. There are professional and consumer applications for both categories of video messaging. by Christine Perey
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Jun 2003

News Video In Wartime:
Streamcheck Reports On Quality

In the months leading up to the Iraqi conflict, staff at leading news sites were scrambling to put in place preparations for the expected surge in traffic. So did it all work? Objective numbers from Streamcheck can shed some light on this question.by Dan Rayburn
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Apr 2003

Understanding The Components of a Streaming Media Network – Part 2

In part one of this article we discussed the benefits of installing a CDN and its key components. We wrap up with the last three components of a CDN: the various management reporting interfaces, monitoring & content management systems and the streaming server infrastructure.by John Studarus
Featured Articles, Posted 03 Mar 2003

Is There ROI In Video On Demand?

With the stock market seesawing back and forth from bull to bear on a daily basis, it's difficult to evaluate realistically the potential of certain niches of the digital video market, but anyone interested in the future must at least try.by Mark Fritz
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Feb 2003

What You Need To Know To Select The Right Service Provider

For all of the advances in the streaming media industry over the years - the most commonly asked and confusing question still facing corporations is how to pick the right service provider.by Dan Rayburn
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Feb 2003

Overview Of Streaming Media Protocols

Servers configured with streaming server software are built for streaming. They have the added benefit of protocols that you can't get with any type of Web server configuration.by Dee McVicker
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Feb 2003

The Economics Of The Streaming Service Provider Business

As the amount of digital content companies produce continues to climb, the number of streaming network providers, which reached an all time high in 2000, steadily declines.by Todd Loewenstein
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Feb 2003

Understanding The Components of a Streaming Media Network – Part 1

Network managers have long recognized the need to control network resources in order to improve the network utilization, reduce costs and provide for an enjoyable end user experience. Here is an overview of the components allowing the network manager to get the job done.
By John Studarus
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Oct 2002

Configuring Servers for Streaming, Part Two

Contributor Dee McVicker outlines tips and techniques for maximizing performance, from the network down on to the microprocessor.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 May 2002

Configuring Servers For Streaming

[Two-Part Article] Contributor Dee McVicker discusses tips and techniques for maximizing performance, from the network on down to the microprocessor
Featured Articles, Posted 13 May 2002

Learning the ABCs for Network Storage - Part Two

In the second of two parts, contributor Jon Jacobi details the pros and cons of storage strategies. For Part 1, click here.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Mar 2002

Learning the ABCs for Network Storage - Part One

In a two-part series, contributor Jon Jacobi busts through the jargon of storage acronyms – DAS, NAS, and SAN – and details the pros and cons of storage strategies.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Mar 2002

Cheat Sheet: Local Storage

What the heck are the different flavors of SCSI? Do you even need SCSI? What's the deal with EIDE and ATA? Is Firewire/IEEE 1394 portable storage really fast enough for streamers?
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Nov 2001

Peer-to-Peer Streaming Finds Friends

A new breed of companies is targeting the peer-to-peer distribution method to lower the costs of streaming. Can they help alleviate the economies of streaming? Senior Editor Jose Alvear reports.
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Aug 2001

ICDNs: Delivery into the enterprise

Back when streaming video first started catching on, many companies were compelled to try streaming over their corporate networks. But IT managers feared that streaming would clog the pipes, slowing the passage of mission-critical data. Stream-enabling a network quickly became a priority.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 May 2001

Decisions, Decisions

With many variables in cost and service features to consider, choosing a CDN isn’t easy. For NetRadio, the stakes in such a decision are high — the company streams upwards of 4.6 million aggregate tuning hours per month, according to Arbitron’s most recent report. So NetRadio declined to take the leap with a single provider, choosing instead to test the waters.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 May 2001

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