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What's required of a web server in order to offer up streaming video? Where would you start?

Edit: Let's assume it is not real-time or live streaming, just canned videos.

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I'd suggest making your question more specific, possibly including a link to an example of what you'd like to do. –  tnorthcutt Jul 8 '10 at 19:54
    
Streaming as in real-time video chat streaming or just viewing static video files hosted on the server? –  Justin Scott Jul 8 '10 at 19:54
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A combination of Wowza Media Server and the open source Flowplayer flash application do a great job of streaming archived video from a website. The City of Nanaimo is using these tools along with Adobe's Flash Media Live Encoder and ffmpeg for their council video archives (example)

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For more information on Flowplayer's pseudostreaming -- as well as links to server technologies that support it: flowplayer.org/plugins/streaming/pseudostreaming.html –  Sean Moubry Jul 16 '10 at 16:05
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For IIS you can install the IIS Media Services addin.

Here is a tutorial on streaming with Apache: Video Streaming With Apache

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IIS 7 offers Smooth Streaming which is Microsoft’s implementation of HTTP-based adaptive streaming. For more details, check this Smooth Streaming FAQ & a step-by-step implementation guide

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I am not sure why so many people are pointing you to streaming servers, what you are looking to achieve certainly does not require a streaming server deploy.

You can achieve what you'd like to do with most webservers.

Heck - IIS 6.0 can do this if you add the MIME types :)

nginx - http://wiki.nginx.org/HttpFlvStreamModule apache - http://journal.paul.querna.org/articles/2006/07/11/mod_flvx/

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