The server site of the Microsoft NetShow client/server streaming media delivery system. NetShow Server is implemented as a series of Microsoft Windows NT services that can deliver streaming audio, video, and other files over TCP/IP networks (such as the Internet) to NetShow Player clients.
NetShow Server can deliver streaming media content in two ways:
NetShow Server can deliver content either live or on demand. Live content is delivered in conjunction with the NetShow Real-Time Encoder, which compresses the audio/video feed in real time before passing it to NetShow Server for delivery.
The client side of the NetShow client/server streaming media delivery system, NetShow Player, can receive streaming media content from NetShow Server and display it for users.
You cannot use multicasting unless the routers on your network support multicasting. Unlike broadcasts, routers can control where multicasts travel on a network. If clients are behind a firewall, you can configure NetShow channels to offer clients unicasts instead of multicasts.