As you’ve already learned, Flash Media Server is currently the only solution that can stream Flash video content to connected clients. There are several advantages of using Flash Media Server over a progressive download approach, some of which include:
• Bandwidth efficiency – The video is served as needed by the remote viewer, minimizing wasted bandwidth if the viewer clicks off before the end of the video
• Fast start-up – An initial small buffer can provide fast video start-up and the buffer can be increased during playback
• Advanced seeking capabilities – Users can navigate to any part of the video at any time, without having to wait for a download, which is well suited for long files ...