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Keynote Systems' Streaming Perspective 3.0: A Reality Check for Streaming Media

Keynote's Streaming Perspective helps ensure quality playback.

Keynote provides high-level reports via a real-time Web interface, and can have reports and alerts e-mailed to you on a regular basis.

The Setup

I tested SP Monitoring service in our Network Computing Real-World Labs® at Syracuse University. Keynote included a URL to an audio stream from a public radio station so I could get a feel for the depth of information available. In addition, I previewed Keynote's SP Diagnostic service by creating stream checks for RealPlayer media from our own NWC Radio program.

I established a contract with Keynote to set up my account and begin to monitor the URLs I submitted. The URLs can support any stream supported by RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, such as RM or ASF files. This includes live and on-demand clips and slide shows with bit rates up to 300 Kbps. Higher bit rates are available by special order. You can monitor four types of metafiles (ASX, WAX, SMI and RAM) and CGI-processed HTTP links that result in streaming media.

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