What is the best way to stream Flash media ?
Posted by Dan Moses on 22 August 2007 02:16 PM
Hosting flash swf files is easily done on any hosting plan we offer. You can give your flash swf movie a preloader, so it will download part of the movie before beginning playback. This ensures smooth viewing.
If you want true streaming for flash media, that detects users speeds and hosts many simultaneous connections, you will need a flash server.
You can host a flash server with a VPS plan if you are just beginning, but if you will have many connections, a dedicated server is needed, and we do occasionally offer specials on some unmetered bandwidth servers used for flash streaming, having 10mbps, 20mbps, and 100mbps unmetered connections.
Once you have your server you will need software to stream your flash. Flash Media Server (FMS)is the perfect software for this, but Adobe has done away with leasing the software and now requires you to purchase it for upwards of $4600. Therefore, we suggest 2 alternatives.
http://www.osflash.org/red5/ is a good open source solution
http://www.wowzamedia.com/ is much less expensive than FMS and has a free version for up to 10 streams.
We can install this software onto your dedicated server upon request, but you will need to configure it to your needs.