I already have FreeBSD installed. Just wondering if there is a streaming
server for it.
Hardly can believe that dedicated download (by opening the remote file in a
media player) will be more efficient that a streaming server that takes care
of bandwidth throttle and average processing time on (http) requests.
so please test as it's true :)
actually youtube player does not throttle at all - just load as fast as
possible into memory while playing at normal speed.
look at progress bar below movie window. if your network connection is
fast, it quickly gets from beginning to end, while current position mark
advances as movie is played.
in mplayer you can set buffer size, if you'll set it as large or larger
as movie - it will behave the same way with FTP/HTTP provided movie.
realplayer do the same thing, and supports both URL's and "live" streaming
i don't know what windoze browsers do given URL with say .avi file - does
it have builtin player or just run windoze media player?
AFAIK media player can play from URLs too.
so - FTP/HTTP do provide exactly the same functionality as "video
streaming", but in the same time is cachable by proxies, and easy to
download to disk.
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