so please test as it's true :)

I did test it and indeed it looks that way...


actually youtube player does not throttle at all - just load as fast as possible into memory while playing at normal speed.
Yes but we are now discussing another service here. Imho there is some difference between downloading (and viewing) by HTTP or viewing a YouTube movie thru a YouTube site (and watching a Flash movie instead). Do you mean that providing any movie in Flash format will have the same advantages as it has viewing such a file thru a YouTube server?

exactly. you may make a webpage with just link to the movie(s) somewhere, maybe some selector, preview images, whatever you like.
it's just matter of that difference.

you too may write some javascript/whatever program that will set up the movie playing in the right place on screen, provide stop/start/rev/fd (i'm imprecise as i know little of "modern" web/java/javascript programming :).

That's what youtube do, AND do extra effort to lower bandwidth efficiency by preventing caching and storing files ;) possibly because of copyright reasons as someone pointed out. More probably for some other reason, as most files on youtube are just users amateur videos not copyrighted restricted material - while youtube prevent caching everything.

There will be no practical difference between playing from FTP/HTTP and this.

realplayer do the same thing, and supports both URL's and "live" streaming protocol.
So it would be better to forget my issue and rely on the smart settings of the client's movieplayer?

exactly! or - if you like "cool" webpage interface just make that webpage similarly to youtube and provide just link with "Play" to your movies.

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