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.

  • 1
    I'd suggest making your question more specific, possibly including a link to an example of what you'd like to do. Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 19:54
  • Streaming as in real-time video chat streaming or just viewing static video files hosted on the server? Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 19:54

4 Answers 4


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)


For IIS you can install the IIS Media Services addin.

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


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


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/

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.