[opendtv] Web Streaming Content and QT, WMV, Flash, ETC

  • From: dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:11:51 -0800

As we have been discussing the problems with different viewers, we are 
looking to how we are going to deliver our web content.  Naturally, one 
can send MOV or WMV files, but I recently have had problems with either of 
them working properly on different operating systems.  Not many people 
like to use QT on Windows and I think the same is true for WMV files on 
Macs.  So we thought we would turn to Flash.

So far, Flash has worked well for our web streaming.  But I have been 
hearing some negative feedback lately regarding long form programs.  And 
one can't distribute Flash files because they don't play back on 
computers.  They seem to play back fine through the web with embedded 
SWF/Flash players but one cannot directly distribute the files.

Is there such a thing as a good generic file format, using a common codec, 
for consistent playback on multiple platforms?


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