13Media players

Introduction

The media player is the public face of streaming media, the equivalent of the television receiver. The original media player was a software application for the PC, to be used like a Web browser. Now streaming has become a popular way to deliver multimedia content; we see players in mobile devices and in home entertainment products like the set-top box. In these devices, the player even may be embedded on silicon chips.

The personal computer users could have three or more players installed to provide support for different codecs. Apart from the odd software update to get the latest version, we are unaware of the mechanics of the players.

For the content creator the player may be the simplest part of the end-to-end ...

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