Microsoft NetShow

Definition of Microsoft NetShow in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Microsoft NetShow?

A client/server networked streaming multimedia system for bringing rich broadcasting features to the Web. Using Microsoft NetShow Player, the client software, users can watch and listen to live or recorded broadcasts from NetShow servers without having to wait for downloads to complete.

NetShow Player, which is included with Microsoft Internet Explorer, forwards audio or video files to the browser for display within a browser window or frame.

NetShow supports various delivery formats, including the following:

  • Audio, illustrated audio, and video-on-demand
  • Synchronized audio and video
  • Live Internet Protocol (IP) multicast audio, video, and file transfer

NetShow has the following four components:

  • Microsoft NetShow Server:
    For transmitting audio, video, and files to Microsoft Windows clients by using unicasting or multicasting.


  • NetShow Administrator:
    For configuring and monitoring NetShow servers and managing NetShow channels, programs, and streams.


  • NetShow clients:
    For receiving and rendering streams transmitted by NetShow servers. NetShow Player is an example.


  • NetShow content and conversion tools:
    For converting live audio and video to Advanced Streaming Format (the ASF Real-Time Encoder, for example) and for assembling, synchronizing, and compressing audio and video files into a single .asf file (the ASF Editor, for example). Conversion tools are also included for converting .mov, .avi, and .wav files to .asf format.