One of the fastest-developing areas for distribution of video content is via the Internet, including the World Wide Web. Web distribution of video has become extremely popular. This chapter explains the basic concepts of video on demand and streaming media, the steps in the process of preparing video and audio for streaming over the Internet, and the technology that is involved in this process.
If you have surfed the Web lately and watched any videos, most likely you have experienced video on demand or streaming video.
■ Video on Demand
Beginning in the 1990s, Web-based video was modeled on the concept of video on demand that had been developed by the cable television industry. At that time ...