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 protocol.

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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