I just signed up with MySitesOnline.com (so far so good) and here's what they said about streaming Windows Media content:
"We do allow streaming via HTTP but in order to stream windows media player a user would have to open the file directly from within windows media player."
Does this mean in order for someone to view a Windows Media video file or audio file from my site, they have to download it? No ifs ands or buts?? Is there any other option I have that anyone is aware of?
MMS? Do you mean Microsoft Media Server? If so, then they are NOT. If you mean something else, then I don't know...
He explained that with HTTP streaming, the file would have to be downloaded and then opened inside the media player.
However, I found a more detailed article at WindowsMedia.com:
"Deploying streaming media content with the Web server approach is actually only a small evolutionary step away from the download-and-play model. Uncompressed audio and video is first compressed into a single "media file" for delivery over a specific network bandwidth such as a 28.8 kilobits per second (Kbps) modem. This media file is then placed on a standard Web server. Next, a Web page containing the media file's URL is created and placed on the same Web server. This Web page, when activated, launches the client-side player and downloads the media file. So far, the actions are identical to those in the download-and-play case. The difference lies in how the client functions."
Based on what the differences are between regular streaming and streaming through a "special" server, there shouldn't be anything preventing me from using an "embed." I'll test it out and if it doesn't work, I'll give my host a holler.
I was just trying to figure out the other way that you might want. If you embed it - I do not even thing that they will know. (Then again, they might not know that you can embed it.) Some hosts state they do not suport Windows media just because they do not install it.