1.1. Introduction to Streaming Media Display

Many applications that traditionally were the domain of analog audio and video are evolving to utilize digital audio and video. For example, satellite broadcast networks, such as DirectTV™, were designed from the ground up with a completely digital infrastructure. The proliferation of digital audio and video have been facilitated by the wide acceptance of standards for compression and file formats. Consumer electronics are also adopting these standards in products such as the digital versatile disk (DVD[1] and digital VHS[2] (D-VHS)). Furthermore, increased network capacity for local area networks (LAN) and advanced streaming protocols (e.g., RTSP[3]) allow remote viewing of SM clips.

[1] DVD is a standard ...

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