A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. A webcast may either be distributed live or on demand. Essentially, webcasting is “broadcasting” over the Internet.
A webcast uses streaming media technology to take a single content source and distribute it to many simultaneous listeners/viewers. The generally accepted use of the term webcast is the "transmission of linear audio or video content over the Internet".
Webcasting is used extensively in the commercial sector for investor relations presentations (such as Annual General Meetings), in E-learning (to transmit seminars), and for related communications activities. However, webcasting does not bear much, if any, relationship to the idea of web conferencing which is designed for many-to-many interaction.
Adaptive streaming allows clients to automatically switch between different video streams during playback, to ensure the highest possible video quality with minimum buffering and startup time. This way, clients can adapt dynamically to changing bandwidth conditions and available CPU resources, which makes this delivery method especially well suited for mobile devices.
We support adaptive streaming for Flash, iDevices and Silverlight. Again, this is done in a transparent fashion, requiring no additional action on your part to reach the various screensLIVE STREAMING
All delivery methods, including the different flavors of adaptive streaming, are also available for live-streaming. Moreover, our streaming servers can take a single live broadcast and stream it to all platforms mentioned here. To handle the broadcasting part, you can use your own solution, hire our encoding services or ask us to manage the whole live event.
Smart Stream Digital Media has ample experience in getting the most out of our streaming servers in order to provide the best possible multimedia experience on every device, from mobile to High Definition. Moreover, by fully integrating robust Media Server software into our CDN, we can guarantee 24/7 uptime and an optimal performance under all traffic conditions.