Microsoft released “Smooth Streaming”, a feature of Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services. IIS Media Services is an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform that includes extensions for cost-effectively measuring, monetizing and caching media. With Smooth Streaming, consumers get minimal buffering and fast startup time, because Smooth Streaming adapts the quality of the video stream in real time, based upon the consumer’s changing bandwidth and central processing unit conditions. Media companies can take advantage of Smooth Streaming features to boost advertising and subscription revenues by using true high-definition (HD) video (1080p) with uninterrupted delivery to extend viewing times. Smooth Streaming takes advantage of the Web’s massive existing HTTP infrastructure and brings superior performance and scalability to media experiences delivered using HTTP.
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