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Choosing a media streaming server can be challenging. The optimal setup depends on a number of criteria. This article considers key factors that can help inform your choice about the right media streaming server for your unique requirements. Here’s our list of our top 6 factors in making the right choice for you.

The question of which streaming server is right for your business is commonly debated among small companies and growing firms. Even a technophobe director or marketing manager has to recognize that a streaming server plays a crucial role in distributing content to an audience of fluctuating size with widely varying software requirements and connection speeds. However, the choice of streaming server also depends on each company’s needs and intentions – such as how the service will be offered, or what it’s intended to achieve. Ready to find out more?

Of all the factors underpinning the global growth in streaming services, MPEG-Dash may be the most significant. Yet few people outside the streaming services industry are likely to have heard of this standardized codec. So what is MPEG-Dash, and why is it so crucial to the success of on-demand content?

As a society, we depend on the internet more today than ever before. Media streaming and the Internet of Things have created an unprecedented demand for bandwidth, while increasing amounts of interpersonal communications rely on VoIP and social media. Yet the infrastructure required to channel this data has barely expanded in the last decade, and in some population centers, it’s creaking at the seams.

For the whole of the 20th century, broadcasters held sway over how we consumed multimedia content. One of the most significant shifts in mass media consumption since the Millennium has been the way video on demand providers have eclipsed traditional models of broadcasting by making streaming video services available on demand across the internet.

Such is the popularity of YouTube as a platform for corporate communications that searching for  “YouTube for business” in a Google search reveals over 820 million results. So how will it benefit your business?

Domestic media servers represent a modern solution to the issue of accessing media content from different locations. Just as the cloud has revolutionized our ability to consume third-party content, servers enable us to share digital content throughout our homes. From photos and videos to TV channels and internet radio, a well-configured server allows people to access different files in different rooms from the same server at the same time.

Remember DVDs? Those shiny silver disks seemed cutting-edge a decade ago, yet most people’s DVD collections have either been auctioned off or relegated to dusty cupboards and attics. The concept of videos and DVDs seems passé in 2016, yet the meteoric rise of video streaming hosting is still a new phenomenon. How did this industry come to dominate media on demand so quickly, and so successfully?