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NETSCAPE MEDIA SERVER 1.0

HIGH-QUALITY AUDIO PUBLISHING AND BROADCASTING


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 bandwidth.

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.


ADVANCED AUDIO PUBLISHING
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.

SYNCHRONIZED MULTIMEDIA
Content creators can use Media Player to synchronize audio with HTML documents, Java applets, and JavaScript applications using LiveConnect. The result is a dynamic user experience that integrates text, graphics, and audio to facilitate more effective communication.

LIVE MULTICAST AND PLAYBACK AUDIO
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 AUDIO AT LOW BANDWIDTH
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.

AUTOMATIC BANDWIDTH-OPTIMIZED STREAMING
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.

OPEN STANDARDS AND INTEROPERABILITY
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.

AUDIO-ENABLED APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM
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 integrate Java, JavaScript, and C/C++ applications with the Netscape Media Player and LiveConnect. Content creators can even customize the client interface using HTML, Java, or JavaScript.

MULTIPLE CODEC SUPPORT

  • 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.

    INDUSTRY-STANDARD FILE FORMAT SUPPORT

  • Streaming delivery of standard audio file formats, including WAV, AU, and LiveMedia Audio (LMA).

    PROXY SERVICES

  • Tunneling proxy services facilitate transfer of audio content into and out of enterprise firewalls.
  • Caching proxy services drastically reduce network bandwidth.

    LIVE SYNCHRONIZED MULTIMEDIA

  • Synchronize audio to URLs and documents located across the network.
  • Synchronize audio to other plug-ins, Java applets, and JavaScript via LiveConnect.

    COMPREHENSIVE SERVER MANAGEMENT

  • Enables cross-platform administration of all server functionality from any desktop using Netscape Navigator and HTML-based administration.
  • 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 locations.

    ADVANCED LOGGING AND REPORTING

  • 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.

    FEATURES OVERVIEW

  • 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.
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