Posted on 2006-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Well.. I have been researching both of these options to integrate a dynamic video player in a clients site, and I wanted any comparison tips on FLV and MPEGS .. real pros and cons ... Anyone please!
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    Well...  There is no good answer to this question, I think...  But here is my 2 cents on this...

    Good because 100% of Windows user have the Windows Media Player set up already...
    Good because the cost for the streaming video is relatively cheaper than the Flash hosting...
    Good because pretty much any 3rd party can provide you the content(or advertisements) if that matters...
    Good because DRM is well supported...
    Bad because it is not that compatible when you want to broaden the user base to multiple browsers/OS...

    Good because 95% of computer users have the Flash Player installed, regardless the version...
    Bad because the cost for the streaming video is relatively expensive than the WMP hosting, and not many hosting company supports this...
    Bad because you cannot load other types of media into the Flash such as MPEG or ASF that the 3rd party ad serving company might want to push you into...  You are stuck with FLV/SWF/JPG/PNG in the format...
    Bad because DRM in Flash does not really exist... (But the security is relatively better, so you might be able to find the solution if you know how to script stuff...)

    The bottom line to me is the user base...  I'd go for Flash if I want to have broader user base because all other things that I marked as Bad can be resolved one way or another...

    Like I said, that's my 2 cents on this whole thing and I am not trying to be sound as if I am an expert on this...  I am just sharing what I have felt while I was doing my work related to this...  ;)


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