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What is streaming media?
Streaming video is audio and/or video that plays over the Internet without downloading to the end user's computer. Think of it like television and radio for your computer. Steaming is different from downloading in that playback starts immediately with just a mouse click for the viewer, and the large media file is not saved to the viewer's computer. Streaming is a "pull" technology that lets your customers view the content when they request it, as opposed to television where the content is "pushed" to the end user at a certain day and time. The possibilities for business are endless and statistics show that every Web page on the Internet will have some form of streaming audio or video by the year 2004.

 

I have got audio & video. What's next?

  • Each audio and/or video program is converted to a digital file (digitization).
  • This digital information is converted to a format designed for streaming - a process called encoding.

Files that begin as digital videos, for example, can easily be downloaded to your computer and encoded by you. Other data (such as non-digital video and audio tapes) might require additional equipment for digitization. Xtream Studio can digitize and encode your media for you.
I only want to stream audio or Flash animation. Will you still able to help me out?
Absolutely. Whether you're streaming stock quotes, Flash animation, original music or corporate meetings, Xtream Studio has service packages in all sizes and price ranges, designed to accommodate everyone from consumers to large corporations.

 

I only want to stream audio or Flash animation. Will you still able to help me out?
Absolutely. Whether you're streaming stock quotes, Flash animation, original music or corporate meetings, Xtream Studio has service packages in all sizes and price ranges, designed to accommodate everyone from consumers to large corporations.

 
Can I just send you the material I want to stream and let you take care of the rest?
Yes, we can capture and convert your media for you at no additional cost!
 

What formats can I use?
Xtream Studio enables you to use all the major streaming formats from a single account. It is not necessary to purchase a separate account for each format.

 

What happens if I exceed my data transfer limit?
For standard accounts, Xtream Studio will offer you the option to pay $0.01 (ONE CENT) per megabyte, or bump up to the next package size.

 
Can I stream across a firewall?
Yes. For Windows Media there is no special configuration necessary.
 
Why should I stream my media files on a streaming server rather than my existing Web server?
The easiest way to explain this is to compare it to a car with an automatic transmission versus a manual transmission. Streaming servers are able to change data-transfer rates to the end user automatically during playback. Streaming servers provide streaming in UDP Protocol and HTTP Protocol when the end user is unable to accept UDP Protocol streaming. UDP is all about "keeping the show going." If a packet of data is lost on the Internet, UDP says "So what? Let's keep the movie playing!" Thus, a pixel of blue sky or a pixel of brown dirt may be missing in one of the frames, but the movie will play regardless.

With Web servers, the end user must select a "bit-rate" best suited for that end user and remain at that setting throughout playback. Furthermore Web servers can only playback using HTTP Protocol. HTTP Protocol will re-request the media and wait for it if bits of it were missing.
When an ISP hosts your digital media, it is likely that they use a single computer. Your media will be delivered to your viewers, but a lot of data may be lost because the data will travel through many unmanaged private and public peering points across the Internet before the viewer sees it. It is also likely that the start times of your clips will linger longer than you desire, this is because the traditional networks were designed by ISPs to only serve simple Web pages.

However Xtream Studio has the top Internet backbone carriers connecting directly into our network. Using a dynamic symmetric routing service, your media bypasses much of the congested areas of the Internet, resulting in quicker start-times and higher image quality.