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January 19th, 2000

[2:15 PM] Apple Releases Major Update For QuickTime Streaming Server
by Staff

Apple has released a major update to QuickTime Streaming Server. The new version, version 2, includes several new features, most notably increased abilities for end users to view streaming content from behind a firewall, something the previous version did not have. According to Apple:

New features in the QuickTime Streaming Server 2 release include the following:

  • Accessibility: You can stream media using RTP and RTSP over HTTP. This means users can view media through most firewalls.
  • Relay Support : You can replicate content for live broadcasts. With relays, you can scale streaming services to reach more viewers.
  • Enhanced Logging: The QuickTime Streaming Server software now supports third-party analysis tools that provide consolidated server reporting.
  • Authentication Support: You can control access to media files using the authentication modules that come with QuickTime Streaming Server software, or you can supply your own module.

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OS Required
Mac OS X Server software that's been updated with the Mac OS X Server 1.0-2 update or later. You can download the update from the Apple Support site:

Hardware Required
Power Mac G4, Power Macintosh G3, or Macintosh Server G3. The iMac, iBook, and PowerBook G3 are not supported as servers. At least 64 MB of random-access memory (RAM). If you anticipate heavy traffic on your server, Apple recommends 512 MB of RAM and 350 MHz or higher processor speed, 3 Ultra Wide SCSI drives, and an Ethernet card with DEC chip driver.

Installation Instructions
Perform the following steps to install QuickTime Streaming Server software

    1. Double-click the Installer icon.

    2. Follow the onscreen instructions.

    3. Restart the QuickTime Streaming Server.

    4. Choose Server Administration from the Apple menu, then choose QuickTimeStreamingAdmin.

    5. Choose Services from the Server menu. For help on using QuickTimeStreamingAdmin and setting up your server to stream hinted media, choose QuickTime Streaming Help from the Help menu. You can also access streaming help by choosing "Streaming media" from the Server Administration Help table of contents.

You can find more information on this release in an extensive online ReadMe. As stated above, you can download the update from Apple's support page.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is an important release for Apple as it continues to fight for market share in the streaming content wars. The new features are much needed.


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