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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of streaming media systems both audio and video. Please see the individual systems' articles for further information. This article is not all-inclusive or necessarily up-to-date.

Name Creator First Public Release (yyyy-MM-dd) Latest Stable Version (Release Date) Cost (USD) license Media Media Player
PeerCast Giles ? 0.1217 Free GPL Audio/Video {?}
Flash Media Server Macromedia/Adobe Systems 2002-07-9 3.5 (2009-01-13) $4,500 proprietary Video Flash Player
Darwin Streaming Server Apple Inc. 1999-03-16 5.5.5 (2007-05-10) Free APSL Audio/Video Any
Flumotion Streaming Server Flumotion 2004-11-30 0.4.2 (2007-04-03) Free GPL Audio/Video Any
Firefly Ron Pedde 0.2.4.1 (2007-10-21) Free GPL Audio Any
FreeCast Alban Peignier 2004-09-14 2006-06-29 Free GPL Audio/Video FreeCast client
Helix DNA Server RealNetworks 2003-01-22 11.1 (2006-06-10) Free RCSL/RPSL Audio/Video Any
Windows Media Services Microsoft Free proprietary Video Windows Media Player
Broadwave NCH Software 2006-07-21 1.01 Free (Personal), $136 (Commercial) proprietary Audio Any
Icecast Xiph.Org Foundation 1998-12 2.3.2 (2008-06-02) Free GPL Audio/Video Any
Red5  ?  ? 0.9.0 (2010-01-27) Free LGPL Audio/Video  ?
SHOUTcast Nullsoft 1998-12 1.9.8 (2007-02-28) Free proprietary Audio Any

Operating system support

Name Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix
PeerCast Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Firefly Yes ? Yes Yes ? ?
Flash Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Darwin Streaming Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flumotion Streaming Server Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
FreeCast Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helix DNA Server Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ?
Windows Media Services Yes No No No No No
Broadwave Yes No Yes No No No
Icecast Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
SHOUTcast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Name Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix

Container format support

Information about what container formats are supported.

Name AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG transport stream
PeerCast ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Firefly No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Flash Media Server ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Darwin Streaming Server ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
Flumotion Streaming Server ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
FreeCast ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Helix DNA Server ? ? ? ? ? ? No ?
Windows Media Services ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Broadwave ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Icecast Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
SHOUTcast Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?

Protocol support

Information about which internet protocols are supported for broadcasting streaming media content.

Name HTTP RTSP MMS RTP RTCP UDP TCP RTMP Real Data Transport
PeerCast Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Firefly ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Flash Media Server No No No No No ? ? Yes ?
Darwin Streaming Server No Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
Flumotion Streaming Server Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
FreeCast Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Helix DNA Server Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes
Windows Media Services Yes
(WM-HTTP, plain download&play HTTP via IIS)
Yes
(WM-RTSP)
Yes Yes
(WM-RTSP)
No Yes
(MMSU, MMS-MCAST, MSBD and WM-RTSP)
Yes
(MMST, WM-HTTP and HTTP)
? No
Broadwave Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Icecast Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
SHOUTcast Yes No No No No ? ? ? ?
Name HTTP RTSP MMS RTP RTCP UDP TCP RTMP Real Data Transport

See also

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