We currently get a video feed from local cable channel that gets streamed live to our internet website. It gets encoded first on our Windows 2003 server running Windows Media Encoder and then gets published on another Windows 2003 server running Windows Media Services. We are trying to replace these two servers with another solution and the two things driving this project are:
1. These two servers are coming to an end of life cycle so we need to replace the hardware and upgrade the OS.
2. They currently only support Windows compatible file formats. Just like other organizations out there, iPAD users are popping up and they want to view these video streaming from their iPAD.
That's why we are looking at Adobe Flash Media Encoder3 and Flash Media Streaming Server 4.5. My questions for the experts out there are:
1. Can Adobe Flash Media Encoder and Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server can replace our current solution?
2. Do we need both Flash Media Encoder and Flash Media Streaming Server or can Flash Media Streaming Server also can encode video feed?
3. Can Flash Media Encoder and Flash Media Streaming Server can run on the same server?
4. Our Windows Media Services server also has few on-demand publishing points along with a live video streaming. Can above mentioned Adobe products support having live streaming publishing point along with on-demand video publishing points?
5. Does Adobe Flash Media Encoder only support Flash and Quicktime or does it also support .wmv?
I called the sales to find the answers to these questions but he basically read the features listed on the Adobe product website and couldn't really answer these questions.
Any help in find the answers to these questions will be greatly appreciated.