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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

What Should You Look For In A CDN?

Because the total product CDNs’ supply is comprised of multiple parts and suppliers, service scope and quality can differ widely. The added-value trappings can differentiate a Ford from a Rolls Royce in the CDN world.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 May 2001

Brand New Infrastructure: The FedEx Model

Just like with physical goods, data must be transported from A to B. Like trucks on a highway, data usually travels the most frequented routes. But as more vehicles start cruising that highway, and as the trips become longer, packages get delayed, go astray, arrive spoiled, or don’t arrive at all.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 May 2001

CDNs: Fast Route to Main Street

The world of content delivery networks can confuse even a veteran to streaming, but navigating it might be necessary for the success of your streaming operation. Sr. Editor Jose Alvear and Contributor John Townley tell you how CDNs operate, how they set their prices, and why — or if — you need them.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 May 2001

Do You Really Need A CDN?

Comparison shopping for CDNs is crucial, as is negotiating on price once a decision has been made. But first, you’ll need to determine if you actually need — or can afford — a CDN.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 May 2001

Multicast: Enabling Future Expansion

As is true for many other enterprises, network bandwidth limitations have helped to limit the more rapid integration of streaming media at Boeing. Boeing’s initiative to multicast-enable its network is intended to free up valuable bandwidth and clear the way for new streaming applications.
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Mar 2001

Business Model Focus: The Case for Syndication

Content owners seeking revenue take notice -- syndicators say they have an answer. Can syndication save the day for streaming content, or will this old-media-tested strategy fall short in the chase for profits on the Web? Derek Top explores syndication's inner workings in this Business Model Focus.
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Jan 2001

Syndication As a Product

Featured Articles, Posted 02 Jan 2001

Games and Software: Flowing Streams

Streaming games and software boast a key advantage in the industry: They already work to the satisfaction of consumers. A panel session at Streaming Media Europe 2000 shed light on the budding market.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Oct 2000

Dear RIAA: Put Napster to Work for You

By embracing file-sharing technology, rather than fighting it, the music industry could have a lot to gain.'s Scott Baker offers a practical manual for the successful, profit-motivated incorporation of file-sharing applications into the business plans of recording companies.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Oct 2000

Creating and Embedding a Customized Player, Part III

The final installment of contributor Marco Bianco's step-by-step tutorial, including code and image downloads, to help you on your way. This final installment examines media player clip information properties and transitioning to the Windows Media Player.
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Sep 2000

Creating and Embedding a Customized Player

Part II of contributor Marco Bianco's step-by-step tutorial, including code and image downloads, to help you on your way. This installment examines more involved functions such as the volume control, the video clock, and the bandwidth display functions.
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Sep 2000

Creating and Embedding a Customized Player, Part I

Implementing an embedded customized media player can seem like a daunting task. Contributor Marco Bianco provides a step-by-step framework, including code and image downloads, to help you on your way. A wide array of properties, methods, and events are exposed, allowing for branding and synchronization capabilities impossible with stand-alone players.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2000

Firewall Primer: Let The Streams Flow

Firewalls can pose some special problems when streaming media is brought into the equation. Here's a primer on firewall technology, its interaction with streaming media, and how you can set your corporate or personal firewall to allow access to streaming media.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Sep 2000

Searchable Video: Accurate Searches, Precise Targeting

New techniques are transforming video search engines from mere conveniences into powerful e-commerce tools.
Featured Articles, Posted 03 Aug 2000

MP3 Tutorial, Part I: Write It or Rip It -- Then Stream It to the World

Here's an introduction to using the MP3 format, and an overview of the recent developments that may soon affect the world of MP3 profoundly.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Jul 2000

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