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I am curious as to what technology is needed to create a service such as stageit.com and livestream.com. What hardware and software is involved, besides a camera and microphone, from the broadcaster's computer to a viewer's computer?

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I've been in the streaming media business for 5 years now, and I can confirm you the best choice is Wowza Media Server. It was created by former Adode (flash server) employees.

Just check their references, they just speak for them.

One of the huge advantage of Wowza is its extensibility. You can customize it using Java.

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Thank you very much! Will research more on your suggestion :) –  rabbid Mar 7 '12 at 16:54

There are several streaming servers. Apart from the well-known Wowza, Helix, PVNS, QTSS there are many free solutions (see below some sorted in order of ease of usage):

  1. Feng/Lscube - http://lscube.org/howto/live_streaming_flux here is a simple tutorial how to use it

  2. Red5 - http://trac.red5.org/wiki/Documentation#Tutorials

  3. Darwin streaming server - http://dss.macosforge.org/

  4. Xuggler - http://www.xuggle.com/

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Thank you very much! Will research more on your suggestions :) –  rabbid Mar 7 '12 at 16:54

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