I've seen that windows media is pretty much the standard now, the only place I've seen quicktime used is for movie trailers. I've never had a dedicated server so I wouldn't know where to start ... what OS does Darwin Streaming Server run on and will I be allowed to install it (you connect remotly, right?)
ev1 address is ev1servers.net?
ps: I'll ask a community leader to move this thread
atm I've some reading since my post and it seems like a very good solution what phision.com said
I';; be very busy this few weeks but after that I'll try to go and do some serious testing ... the thing is I havent seen that many tv or radios that use apple streaming, and it looks a more difficult tech speaking
I'm thinking FreeBSD but I've never used it so I'll have to test everything on a local box first to see what it's like and then get a box at ev1 as "phision.com" suggested
What is more of a concern for me is the broadcasting tool, the one that will send the feed to the Darwin Server ... Apple has smth called broadcaster but it's for mac only. There are a few others like mbegable but most cost money and I don't really know how good they actually are. I will be streaming 24/7 live and recorded shows so it is important for them to have some type of schedule plug-in haven't seen any that has that but I haven't looked at this for more than a few hours so there's a lot of reading to do.
I will only use QuickTime b/c Darwin is free while MS asks you to pay for the server and than licenses for sim users (that is for Win2003 Standard/Enterprise btw). If they don't have quick time let them download it ... it's not a big deal ... and I really like it as a software, alot better than Real anyways lol
client <- streaming server (which is web server) <- broadcaster (encoder)
how are you gonna have a live tv if you don't send a feed, be it from live capture or files - you encode the stream to a certain format at a certain bitrate say 300 kbps and send that stream to the streaming server which then serves to the thousands (hopefully) of viewers (clients)
I will do live streaming - use capture card and do the encoding on my home machine and send the feed to the server (for you is diff - is kinda on-demand).
In your case if it will be free for the users it's prolly as easy as it gets, you'll still have to encode those files to the proper format and bitrate.
I gotta find a good encoder for live broadcasting, maybe with a schedule and which allowes a lot of inputs. I will only stream at 300 kbps or somewhere in that range it's the only quality which is worth watching imo. I figured for live with the 1000 gb monthly bw you can have 7200 playing hours which comes to ~50 ppl watching 4-5 hours per day. Mine will be a paid TV so ppl will most likely tune in for more than a few hours a day.
This is the best solution, much better than streamguys or the other site I mentioned.
atm streaming is not resource hungry ... if the server will be only used for streaming then you can buy the cheapest hardware, really. This is for live streaming - I don't know how things are for on demand. I will do some testing on a box and see how it goes. Btw I plan to start streaming for the public by Sept/Oct b/c that's the right timing for my TV and I don't think streaming should be taken lightly at all especially if it's paid.