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Online! The Book by Wendy Taylor, Chris Pirillo, John C. Dvorak

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Live Broadcasting on the Internet

One of the great advantages of streaming media is the ability to do live broadcasts. Streaming live broadcasts is the same as creating on-demand streaming media files, with the important exception that you get only one shot at it. If something breaks, the broadcast stops. You don't get a second chance.

When broadcasting live streams, it is crucial to have backup systems in place. You should have two of everything, from the microphones and cameras all the way to the streaming servers. The one piece of equipment you don't have a backup for is sure to be the one that fails.

Live broadcasting places unusual demands on streaming media systems. Each stage in the streaming media process is affected. The most important ...

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