Apple has updated its QuickTime Streaming Server to version 3.0.1, which adds skip protection, Web-based administration, enhanced authentication, and beefed up broadcasting support.
The new Skip Protection protects streams from disruptions in the Internet, resulting in high-quality streamed content in even congested environments, according to Apple. The company also says that configuring QuickTime Streaming Server 3.0.1 is more straightforward thanks to a new customizable, Web-based interface that lets users monitor and configure a streaming server from anywhere on the Internet, on any platform.
Two different kinds of authentication methods now allow customized control access to live streaming or media files on the server. Plus, version 3.0.1 can receive broadcast signals via TCP for a more reliable, and higher quality result. It also supports automatic announcement of broadcasts, meaning you no longer have to manipulate SDP files (this feature requires third-party support).
download QT Streaming Server 3.0.1 (a 3572 k file) from the product Web site. To use it you’ll need the latest version of Mac OS X Server, version 10.0 or later (see separate story) and a Macintosh Server G4, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, iMac, Macintosh Server G3, or Power Macintosh G3 with at least 128MB of RAM and a 4GB hard disk. Operating system fault tolerance requires a Macintosh Server G4 or a Power Mac G4 released in January 2001 or later. Also, for high-demand servers running QuickTime Streaming Server, Apple recommends at least 512MB of RAM.
To help in taking full advantage of QT Streaming Server 3.0.1, there’s an Adobe Acrobat PFD file entitled ”
About QuickTime Streaming Server ” that’s available online.