Today's organizations recognize the value of communicating using rich
content that includes audio. Unfortunately, until now using this rich
content has typically required large investments in computing hardware and network
Netscape Media Server enables organizations to enhance their static
textual and graphical documents with high-quality, real-time audio,
instantly delivering it live and on demand to work within existing
computer and network infrastructures.
Netscape Media Server provides IS managers with advanced features for
publishing rich multimedia documents. Audio content is available to any
desktop running Netscape Media Player.
Content creators can use Media Player to synchronize audio with HTML
The result is a dynamic user experience that integrates text, graphics,
and audio to facilitate more effective communication.
Netscape Media Server supports the playback of live audio feeds using IP
Multicast or on-demand access to pre-recorded audio clips. Businesses can
take advantage of these features to deploy audio-enabled network
applications such as:
Web-based training. Deliver multimedia training applications to
employees on an intranet and outside partners over the Internet.
Internal and external publications. Increase the visibility and
effectiveness of communications by adding audio content.
Network broadcasts. Communicate with internal and external partners
through live audio briefings.
High-quality digital audio is bandwidth intensive. Short, monaural
speeches require megabytes of data, and CD-quality stereo music requires
even more. Transmitting this information efficiently over a network
without loss of quality requires sophisticated audio compression and
decompression modules (codecs). More importantly, audio delivery should be
optimized for the available network bandwidth to create the best possible
experience for users.
Netscape Media Server automatically detects the bandwidth of a connecting
client and delivers compressed audio that is optimized for that bandwidth.
This helps ensure high audio quality for every connection.
Netscape Media Server is built on open Internet standards and protocols,
including the IETF Internet-Draft, Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP).
RTSP uses well-known Internet protocols including TCP/IP, UDP, RTP, and IP
Multicast for data delivery.
By supporting Netscape ONE, Netscape's open network environment, Netscape
Media Server enables developers and ISVs to build audio-enabled network
applications using the Internet Foundation Classes. These classes
Encodes audio content at multiple compression ratios to ensure
high-quality delivery using available network bandwidth.
High-quality speech at less than 4.8Kbps.
Broadcast-quality stereo audio at less than 28.8Kbps modem speeds.
CD-quality stereo audio at ISDN and LAN speeds.
Allows additional codecs to be integrated into server.
Streaming delivery of standard audio file formats, including WAV, AU, and LiveMedia Audio (LMA).
Tunneling proxy services facilitate transfer of audio content into and
out of enterprise firewalls.
Caching proxy services drastically reduce network bandwidth.
Synchronize audio to URLs and documents located across the network.
Enables cross-platform administration of all server
functionality from any desktop using Netscape Navigator and HTML-based
Minimizes training costs, uses the same server-administration user
interface as other Netscape servers.
Simplifies administration; virtual host support allows multiple
departments to have their own segmented content-publishing
Provides sitewide performance and traffic statistics
A standards-based audio publishing and broadcasting system that enables
the creation and delivery of media-rich information, both inside and
outside the enterprise.
Netscape Media Server delivers high-quality streaming-audio publishing
capabilities to the enterprise, making it easy and cost-effective to
create and deliver rich, audio-enabled content and applications.
Organizations can now go beyond simple text and graphics in their
electronic communications, using the power and efficiency of real-time
audio delivered by using open, Internet protocols.
Enables advanced audio publishing for enhanced communication.
Delivers high-quality audio at relatively low bandwidth across a TCP/IP network.
Seamlessly integrates audio with textual and graphical content.
Helps ensure interoperability and extensibility by using an open Internet-standards foundation.
Deploys audio-enabled network applications using Netscape ONE and the Internet Foundation Classes.
Uses Netscape Navigator to intuitively set up and administer the server.