A media streaming server delivers video and audio content over the Internet to connected users. While video and audio are the most common types of content transmitted by a media streaming server, other examples include streaming text—such as live closed captioning, ticker tapes, and real-time text.
The process of transmitting content through a media streaming server was first known as "store and forward video," but the terminology changed in the early 1990s to better describe the delivery method, which is similar to a smooth flowing current in a river. When content passes through a video streaming server, the content is continuously received and presented to viewers while being delivered by the operator. The term "streaming" refers to this continuous delivery process.
There are two types of streaming:
Smooth, consistent, efficient streaming is critical in today's mobile commerce world. Consumers are connected to the Internet nearly non-stop through portable devices such as tablets and smartphones, and increasingly it's through these mobile devices that they seek entertainment and engage with multi-media marketing content. Consumers expect high-quality video content to be delivered instantly through media streaming software whenever they want, wherever they are. If their demands are not met by one operator, they will go elsewhere to get the service and quality they expect.
Akamai can help you choose the perfect media streaming server solution for your target audience. We are the leading experts in content distribution network (CDN) technology, with the world's largest CDN exceeding 175,000 servers in more than 100 countries.
Akamai Network Operator Solutions deliver the high quality rich media experiences your customers expect. Our operator solutions enable you to build a video CDN of your own or deploy a dedicated CDN in the cloud: