Windows 7 can stream media to Xbox 360 and PS3 out of the box  

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Starting from Windows 7 Release Candidate, anyone with an Xbox 360 or PS3 will be able to stream media to their consoles from the PC right out of the box. Previously, users had to install “special REG files” in order to do so. Hardcoreware was able to obtain an “advance copy” of Windows 7 RC and test its streaming capabilities with consoles. The Xbox 360 was able to stream video with both UPnP and the Windows Media Extender, while the PS3 could only stream through UPnP.

Windows 7 can stream media to Xbox 360 and PS3 out of the boxFour codecs were tested in total: AVCHD, MP4, MOV, and Xvid/DivX. The good news is that all codecs worked in both circumstances, with the exception of AVCHD and MP4 which did not work with an Xbox 360 and UPnP combination. There is still quite a bit of time for Microsoft to update the 360’s dashboard to make it more Windows 7 friendly. For the time being, appreciate Microsoft’s efforts in making your streaming experience with consoles much easier. (story Link)

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Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.

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