How to stream videos online has information about streaming videos online and hosting on demand videos. Streaming videos referrs to methods of delivering videos immediately, without having to download the entire video before playback can start. This means that your audience doesn’t have to wait for the entire clip to download, your video starts to play as soon as enough data has been downloaded to start playback.
There are 2 basic types of streaming video and 4 basic delivery methods (streaming Protocols).When discussing how to stream videos we are going to look at 2 basic types of streaming videos:
- on demand streaming – when looking at how to stream videos on demand we are refering to static content like video files that are delivered “on demand” to the viewer. While many web servers can deliver on demand videos most companies and users look to a video hosting provider or delivery network like Liquid Broadcast to help them decide how the stream videos on demand. Hosting on demand videos require a lot of resource due to the amount of bandwidth required to support multiple simultaneous viewers. Most on demand video are delivered via progressive download but other options are available please reference our Streaming protocol page for more information.
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- Live Streaming – Live streaming is a little more complex than on demand video hosting. Live streaming is dynamic content and is delivered by RTMP, RTSP, or the new HTTP streaming protocol. for learing how to stream videos you will need a video acquisition source (video camera or webcam), a live video encoder, and ingest and distribution server. Scaling out for live video can be costly and many times the cost of deploying a live streaming network gets out weighed by leveraging the existing infrastructure of a delivery network like Liquid Broadcast to support their live video delivery needs. Leveraging a delivery network reduces the cost and equipment involve to a video source an encoder and a internet connection. For more info see our live streaming guide.
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