Red5 Media Servers
Red5 is open source media server written in Java which supports streaming audio/video, recording client streams, video chat and conferencing and live stream broadcasting.
It’s a much cheaper alternative in hosting terms to the expensive Adobe FMS. Red5 is free!
Red5 can do nearly everything that Adobe FMS can do. You need a Red5 server if you want to broadcast live audio / video streams. You can also record your live media streams using Red5, or host a video chat site.
Some of the advantages of using a red5 server:
Advantages for the visitor to a site:
The server can detect the visitors internet connection speed and automatically provide the best video stream.
Playback starts sooner, and the visitor can skip to any part of the video without having to wait for the whole file to download.
Advantages for the web site owner:
The ability to broadcast live streaming events, sport, church services, even online TV.
The ability to provide advanced interactive content such as live chat, video conferencing, etc.
Video playback is more efficient, requiring less server resources and data transfer.
On ondemand streaming video files are not downloaded to the client’s computer, so there is less chance of content being stolen.