In terms of support, I would think that Windows Media is more widely supported than Real Media. It seems to be more common around the web, and not to mention it's included in the Windows software package, or so I believe.
As to which one is better, I can't really comment on that. Although personally I dislike Real Media.
I would agree with Synthetic. I do not allow Real Player to be installed on my system.
If you are looking for compatibility though, listen to MG315 - I have transferred a few songs over to flash so they can be heard & I did not have to deal with converting them to MOV or another extension for the quicktime.
If you are looking to protect your streaming media, then give Windows Media some thought.
If is free for everyone to watch, then either works OK. Just remember that most Windows users have Windows Media Player already installed. Whereas, the Real Player is not installed by default in all Windows computers.
ok I think I will offer my visitors Windows media as well as quicktime for two choices. We have lots of videos, am I creating more work than it's worth by using these two formats?
Also our server currently does not offer streaming media, but for these videos we would have to pay for considerably more space anyways. Could someone recommend a server that can handle streaming media? we're looking for about 5 gigs of space, bandwidth upwards of 50+