For past few years, the world of streaming has gone through a dramatic change. If your business shares files over a network, you might in the need of a server as a computer that has the capability of holding a large share of data. But in case of streaming video and audio, a server acts more than just a large hard drive. Some streaming servers have the capability of managing multiple file types while the others can only work with specific formats.
Streaming servers typically deliver files aided by web server. A streaming server sends files directly bypassing the web server. In other words, a streaming server delivers on-demand or live multimedia content across diverse devices faster and more efficiently.
With the increasing demand of the delivery of IP video over managed and unmanaged networks, VSP or video service providers are demanding the most advanced HTTP adaptive streaming technologies. To deal with baseband and compressed streams, in addition to files in different formats, businesses need versatile solution and Transcoder/Encoder offer just that with highly flexible solutions for variety of applications. It also leverages business via next-gen compression engine which is capable of superior video quality at very low bitrates.
Within a short span of time, digital home entertainment has come a long way with easy streaming for music, video as well as, other digital media. This became possible only for technologies like Digital Living Network Alliance or DLNA.
It is designed to bridge multiple digital devices with the internet. It acts as a home cloud which enables watching video on TV directly from PC, play audio from a smartphone on stereo or sending data from tablet to wireless printers effortlessly. With a router or Wi-Fi, businesses can link DLNA-compatible devices across the overall network.
Digital Rights Management or DRM is a technology for copyright protection for sharing and using of digital media files such as, audio and video. It is used to mitigate piracy and unauthorized distribution of digital media and restrict their usage. DRM is implemented by embedding codes to prevent copying for a specific period of time in which the content can be accessed or limits the number of devices the media can be installed on. DRM products were built to curb the rapid increase of online piracy of commercially marketed materials, which proliferated via the widespread use of peer-to-peer file exchange programs.
WMS or Windows Media Server from Microsoft is a streaming media server that enables administrators to generate both, audio and video media. A successor of NetShow Services, WMS supports Windows media, JPEG and MP3 formats.
AMS or Adobe Media Server from Adobe Systems is a data and media server which works with Flash Player runtime to develop media driven and multi-user Rich Internet Applications. It uses Action Script 1 for server side logic.
Developed by Wowza Media Systems, Wowza Media Server is a coordinated server software for streaming live and on-demand audio, video and RIAs across private and public IP networks to various devices that support internet connection. It works on Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows and UNIX.
Helix Universal Media Server helps streaming of live and on-demand media to diverse internet-enabled devices with high performance and reliability. It is a cost-effective solution for virtual hosting to multiple servers from a single installation.
Incepted by Unreal Streaming Technologies, UMS is a streaming server software which supports many protocols. It is based on Microsoft DirectShow and hence codec-independent. It supports MP4, AVI, ASF, MPEG, MKV, WMV, 3GP, MOV and several other containers.
For streaming media across the internet, SHOUTcast is the ideal option. It is a cross-platform proprietary software developed by Nullsoft. It primarily allows digital audio content in MP3 or HE-AAC format. It also helps to create internet radio stations.
Maintained by the Xiph.org Foundation, Icecast is a free software for streaming media project. It offers an open source audio streaming server and anyone can modify and use this software. It is powerful, secured and reliable with zero crashes.
FFmpeg is a free software project that develops libraries and programs to deal with multi-media data. It includes, an audio/video codec library called libavcodec for transcoding multi-media files. It also supports libavformat - an audio/video container mux and demux library.
A free software program, Libav developes programs and libraries to managing data. Developed for a variety of OS such as, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, AmigaOS and MorphOS. It also supports some of the major computing platforms and microprocessor instruction set architectures.
Free Lossless Audio Codec or Flac is a codec to compress digital audio without any losses. It reduces digital audio up to 60% than its original size into an identical copy of the same. It is an open format that comes with royalty-free licensing and a reference implementation.
A free open source digital audio editor, Audacity is a recording computer software app for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and other varies operating systems. It is considered to be the 11th most popular download and won many awards for best project for multimedia.
An open source multi player and free software, MPlayer is compatible with all the major operating systems. It supports several media formats and can save all streamed content to file format. It is a command line app with different optional GUI front-ends for each of the OS.
VideoLAN Client or VLC is a highly portable multimedia player that runs various audio and video format and diverse streaming protocols effortlessly. It is acts as a server to stream on-demand and live video in different formats. Built in modular way, it helps to choose a wide range of modules.
VLM or VideoLAN Manager is a small media manager to control various streams with a single instance of VLC. It allows multiple streaming and VoD (Video on Demand) and can only be controlled by http or telnet interfaces.
WMC or Windows Media Connect from Microsoft is an UPnP server designed for Windows XP and Windows other operating systems. It shares and streams media on Window-based computer to its WMC customers. With its latest version, WMC can also be manually installed.
Plex is a centrally-operated home media playback system powered by central server. It streams media to several Plex player Apps and is compatible for all the leading operating systems. It helps to browse media library and watch shows across all the devices seamlessly.
PS3 Media Server supports DLNA and UPnP Media Server and was initially written to support PlayStation 3. Now, it has extended the support to a wide range of advanced, internet-enabled devices. It is written in Java and streams transcodes of diverse media formats.
Serviio is a free media server which is appropriate for streaming media files to the renderer devices via connected home network. Based on Java, it functions smoothly on any operating systems including, Linux, Windows, Mac OS and several embedded systems.
Written in Java, Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compatible UPnP Media Server based on PS3 Media Server. It was developed for greater stability and file compatibility. It supports all the major operating systems and streams or transcodes diverse media formats with almost no configuration.
Free and web-based media streamer, Subsonic offers optimum access to music. It can be used to share and to listen to music. It also allows streaming of multiple players at the same time. It also supports almost all the audio and video formats.
Pipeline-based multimedia framework, GStreamer is written in C programming language which allows creation of diverse media-handling components. Its pipeline design acts as a base to develop various multimedia applications such as, video editors, streaming media broadcasters and media players. It operates smoothly across all the operating systems.
Widevine enables licensing, secured distribution and protection of audio/video on multi-platform devices. A favorite among the content owners, multi-service operators and digital media providers, this DRM solution helps to generate more revenue across various devices.
MS Play Ready content protection comes with versatility and scalability protection to more than thousand licenses, worldwide. Its ever evolving marketplace and Microsoft’s direct collaboration with the industry leaders makes it the most favorite content protection.
MediaKey provides most advanced features of DRM Service from Microsoft. Already a favorite among Internet users, MediaKey enables simple ability be a license provider with easy component to the existing web site.