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Video Streaming flv vs. YouTube

2012-07-06 9:28 am EST

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Is there a difference in Bandwidth Usage between -- streaming video hosted on my server as FLV Progressive Streaming vs. embedded YouTube video?

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Hi Scott would you recommend an hardware specs for video streaming website like youtube?and also hosting company that can handle this kind of setup?


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2013-04-29 07:22 pm EST

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2012-07-06 9:44 am EST
Hello iwonap,

Yes, there is a bandwidth difference on the account. The flv streaming from the server uses the server resources whereas the embedded Youtube uses Youtubes bandwidth resources.

We do recommend embedding whenever possible as it helps the overall health of the server and account. Youtube, Vimeo, and other video sourcing servers are specifically built for the heavy resource usage that videos require so they would have less issues and be able to handle a higher level of traffic at one time when serving them.

This is not to say you cannot stream from your server. Smaller and infrequently used files are best suited for our servers. If you are expecting heavier traffic or many users to view the video at once, I would go with embedding.

I hope this answers your question. If you have any more questions or information specific to the issue please leave a comment below so we can further assist you.

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Scott M

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Hello Roland,

In answer to your questions:

1) Would you recommend an hardware specs for video streaming website like youtube?
2) Can your hosting company that can handle this kind of setup?

1) Not 100% sure what specs you're referring to, in your question. For server, if you're linking to Youtube, then you're not playing the video FROM the server, so there is no load. Your specs server-wise would be the same as any Business sever plan or better as provided by InMotion Hosting servers. If you're talking about the client computer playing the videos - or device, it will simply depend on your video format (can the device play your videos) . You will need to research how you want format your videos according to the clients you're trying to serve.

2) Our hosting services can handle video, but we do not recommend serving video from our hosting servers due to a few reasons. Very large video files can be a serious load on the server (depending on the hosting solution you select). Business hosting and VPS hosting share resources of one type or another. Only dedicated servers commit all resources to your website. So, if you're looking for a good experience with your users while keeping within a budget, you will want to stick with services like Vimeo/YouTube to server your videos - services created for playback of video from various locations. You can also use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) as they are used for that purpose. A good example of one is the Amazon Web Services. Serving video content versus static content on a web hosting server makes a difference in terms of the experience that your customer/user will experience. Heavy video content should be coming from a CDN if it all possible.

I hope this helps to answer your question! If you have any further questions, please contact technical support available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.


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2013-04-29 7:55 pm EST
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