Last week Scott Guthrie (ScottGu) provided a first look at the new .Net Web Technology Roadmap. It gives a great overview of the improvements and enhancements in ASP.net, Silverlight and IIS 7.0 however, it didn't mention the new features around media delivery or the release of the latest version of Windows Media Services.
As a supplement, I've provided some information about those technologies and how, as a web developer, you can take advantage of them in developing next generation, multi-media web applications.
The new Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Media Pack provides dynamic per-file Bit Rate Throttling capability to provide intelligent progressive download. This first Media Pack feature automatically detects the encoded bit rate of each file and controls how fast the first few seconds and then the rest of the stream is downloaded, thus saving network bandwidth while preserving the fast start-up experience for the end user.
In addition, the Bit Rate Throttling module provides control over download rates for any file type, not just media files. While a number of media formats are pre-defined in the module, the module is fully extensible. This allows a developer to add support for any media file type, and allows an administrator to easily add support for any data file type even Flash! 😉
Other features include:
•Enhanced progressive download (on-demand) scalability
•Built-in “bit-rate” throttling, lowers download delivery costs
•Caching support for files >
4GB, enables HD delivery
•SSL-based content delivery