Sharing videos over LAN Streaming

Hi All,

I work at an elementary school and currently share a live morning news program over our closed circuit TV network.

I was wondering if there was a way to stream the broadcast live over our LAN instead or possibly share the large video file as if it were live?  I would guess the video file would range from 200 - 400 MB as a MPEG2 file.

There would be about 35 classroom accessing the file or viewing the stream?

Would there be technical issues, video quality issues?  What hardware or software would be needed?

Any help would be greetly appreciated.
jdolan2587Asked:
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jsdrayCommented:
pgstephanCommented:
You could use Windows Media Encoder, and then use Windows Media player on stations...
Windows Media Encoder (9+), will be able even to do Multicast, which will save you a lot of bandwidth on the network...
It really depends on your network, whether you could have problems with the video or not...but conceptually, video over LAN should work perfectly, as long as the network is sized correctly at the different layers.
HTH.
jdolan2587Author Commented:
Just keeping the question open a little longer.  Great suggestions so far.
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jdolan2587Author Commented:
How would I get live video/audio from a video/audio mixer to my computer to stream live?  Right now I have a USB capture device?  Would that work?
pgstephanCommented:
Hi there,
Windows Media Encoder is able to stream input media input from different input devices...
I am not sure if your USB device will be seen by the application, but I used some PCI TV tuners in the past, and the Windows Media Encoder was able to receive the stream and retransmit it.

Worse comes to worst, you might need a PCI capture device.. I would actually recommend a PCI one if you're planning to stream HD.
HTH.

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pgstephanCommented:
jdolan2587Author Commented:
Thanks
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