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 Media Streaming Server Process
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:
- Recorded video streaming, which is delivered by a VOD server (video-on-demand). Subscribers to video-on-demand services can request movies, television programming, and other types of video content from extensive libraries of titles available from the content provider.
- Live video streaming, which delivers real-time video content through the web. IPTV server technology (Internet Protocol television) receives and presents the live content to viewers connected to the programming through their tablets, smartphones, or laptops.
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 Empowers Operators to Deploy Their Own Media Streaming Server Network
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:
- Build your own CDN by running Akamai's Aura Lumen licensed software on top of commodity hardware. Aura Lumen's support for off-the-shelf hardware saves you money and makes it easy to horizontally scale your CDN.
- For cloud-based deployments, Akamai's Aura Spectra Operator CDN service eliminates upfront CAPEX and gets you to market faster. Your CDN runs on dedicated servers within the Akamai cloud, and our highly-trained technical staff monitors your network 24/7.
Learn more about Akamai Network Operator Solutions for media streaming server technology.