Obviously Windows 2003, Windows 2000 would soon no longer be supported. Windows 2003 Standard version has Media Services which allows video streaming. . I am not sure which plugin you are referring to but it might work, I guess.
We use Windows 2003 Standard edition to stream Sky TV (UK's digital TV network) around the LAN in our appartment, where 6 of us g33ks live - it works perfectly
It copes with 12 PCs at very high bitrate. Not had much experience of more heavy-duty streaming with Win2k3, but it looks to me like it would perform very well. Especially the clustering services that are built in
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Personally I prefer Win2k3 as the "better" OS compared to Win2k. If you're just asking for general opinions you'll likely get it for both since some admins still prefer Win2k over Win2k3 for many things.
If you're primarily running the server as a webserver however, there's no question about it, Win2k3. If you're doing Windows Media Streaming I'd also recommend just going with Win2k3.
Sounds like you really just need to check with the developer of that plugin to find out if you can even run it on Win2k3.
I suggest that you check with your software developer for Plug-in comparability with W2K3. If it is comparable then I would suggest W2K3 hand down. W2K3 has lot more security features than W2000 and the performance is definetely better.
Any particular you cant use a streaming video server on a different platform? BTW no manner of plugin will stop users from transcoding the video from a stream. Period.... This is the prefered way of saving video by most users who would bother to circumvent the inbuilt protection anyway.
So in answer to your question... Win2k3 is better, but somthing not windows is even better again ;-)
No You can't. (There is prelimary support in ffmpeg but then you run into licence issues).
However you could save a bunch by not using wmv, wmv really aint all it's talked up to be. And the expensive licence costs are stupid. Ogg Theora and/Or Xvid, can create very good quality video streams at very low bitrates, and are completely licence free. You should look into it. Don't let a vendor of a Streaming "SOLUTION" for Windows sell you out for no good reason.
Essentailly you can setup a good video streaming server for nothing in licence fee's, by paying someone for a couple of weeks to set everything up for you.
Support wise, Development mailing lists for the software you end up using alot of the time provide a much better technical quality of support than from a vendor.
Just be carefull many many people have been swindled out of many Millions by companies that essentially have wrapped up applications in a VB interface and sold it as a Streaming media solution...
I run a streaming site based on ON2's VP6. Licence is only $99 and includes all the software packages. Quality is great. You can get DVD quality at 500 kbps.
I run on-demand streaming on Apache/PHP and I have extensive user checks such as User-Agents and Access-keys that limit stream ripping etc.
As for your question... I've used both on Dedicated servers via Terminal Services. There isin't too much differences between the 2 OSes if you're not going to use Microsoft software. However Windows 2003 has a much improved Remote Desktop Connection that just shames Windows 2000...
Thanks aenertia. I will check out Ogg Theora. As for xvid, yes, I do use xvid as my high quality videos for download. But for streaming, I still use wmv cos I think that it's the best way to streaming over the internet, may be I am wrong.
Thanks XF-Chan. I will check out ON2's VP6 too. As you said you run on demand streaming on Apache, as far as I know, under apache, it's not real streaming, it's just progressive download, is it correct?
http://www.icecast.org/ and shotcast arewhat you are after. There is are apache modules which allows for "Real streaming"
Ice Cast supports Xvid, Theora and many others.
Theora is designed specifically for low bitrate/bandwidth streaming video. It's very good.
OGG is a container format, and it's a very good one at that. (It traditional has been used to house Vorbis Audio data, but increasingly it is being used as an xvid/mmpeg 4 container format because it's more versatile than avi.
However maxbear, these types of streaming will require an external application, such as Winamp or Windows Media Player.
If you're looking into embedding a Video stream inside a web browser, your only options are Windows Media and Real Media. There is a way to imbed VP3 into a webpage.
A good start to look at these streams would be by going to the Winamp TV listings (Ctrl+H) in Winamp 5.
There are many people using either VP3/VP5 or VP6 in a NSV setup coupled with a Shoutcast server for real live streaming or with pre-encoded files. I admit I used to use this setup; but my media library has grown so much that I now mainly do On-demand streaming.
It's a oneline command to convert your old wmv to new format. Linux reads and decodes wmv fine it's the encoding part that is the issue. Having said that WMV is not an openformat by any measure it causes headaches for every non windows xp client. basically XP is the only one that natively has by default support for the wmv format, 2k and 98 both require manual installation of newer codecs. So the ubiquous argument of wmv is not true at all.
Just for the INFO you CAN embeed Theora/Ogg streams in Webpages XF-Chan! You use a java applet called cortado (also opensource)