Speaking from my own streaming experience from the last 7 years I have
found that WMV to be the most widely installed base. Back in 99,98
Real Media represented 95% of our traffic. (We were serving about
300,000 streams per month) By 2000 MS Winmedia represented 95% of our
traffic and Real dropped back to less than 5%. My Govt clients no
longer use our Real Server and only produce in wmv.
Personally I'm not a huge fan of Flash for video coming from a
streaming background scalability is an issue for flash. You can't do a
multibitrate file etc.
We never installed a quicktime streaming server because our exp was
the quality wasn't as good as Real and MS and Mac users in Australia
represented less than 1% of our audience.
Certainly it has been my experience that MS has the widest installed
base. I'm not saying that is a good thing - that is just my
I produce my own vlogs in Real, WMV and Mov. With windows users the
mplayer2.exe has been a default install since August 1998. WMP7 became
a default install with Win ME. Windows users have to physically
install the QT player.
Podcasting and Vlogging seems to be have driven initially by Mac users
and therefore .mov is a dominant format.
I am interested in the new Nullsoft format tho as it is open source.
But presumably bugger all installed base.
All the best with your efforts.
On Tue, 01 Mar 2005 21:19:44 -0000, Nick Wilder
> I'm new to the group and would like to introduce myself. I created
> www.webshots.com, the largest photo sharing site on the internet,
> and I'm thinking about implementing video sharing on the site. I'm
> hoping you guys would give me some advice. My current thinking is
> that Webshots will probably host some amount of video for free, with
> larger amounts available to paying Premium members.
> Is there a preferred video format best suited for web sharing?
> Quicktime seems popular, but flash has broader installed base for
> its player. Quicktime seems to play back more reliably.
> What are you favorite sites that provide video sharing services?
> I've like www.vimeo.com, but have not been able to upload since it's
> closed to new users.
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