I am developing a site with streaming video. The site is for a charity (so low budget). Usually I wouldn't advise having streaming video but it is appropriate in this case. The company doing the filming and video encoding have advised that the site should use THREE servers!
1. Web server (for the website). 2. Streaming server (for Real video). 3. Streaming server (for Windows video).
Is this true?
I want to provide both Real and Windows versions of the video (so visitors may choose - according to the player they have installed).
I have heard that Real video will stream from a suitably configured web server. Is there a problem streaming both types of video from the same server?
Yes, that is the best approach. If you get hammered on the video, at least the website lives. It's not uncommon for streaming video servers to get saturated and fill all available bandwidth. Using different servers is a cheap and cost effective form of load sharing.
The company doing the filming and encoding for me want to format the video for 'inteligent streaming' so that it detects and provides video for what ever connection a visitor has i.e. from 28k to 512k.