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Sites that expect hundreds of viewers, rather than thousands of viewers, should be aware of some of the risks involved.  Medium traffic sites generate a small to a medium number of simultaneous logged in users, and while most streaming media serves are designed to easily handle such loads (provided they have enough memory and bandwidth), their Web sites might not be up to the task. 

Medium traffic sites generate a small to a medium number of simultaneous logged in users, and while most streaming media serves are designed to easily handle such loads (provided they have enough memory and bandwidth), their Web sites might not be up to the task. In situations like this, a dedicated database server may mitigate the problem. 


Another tip - if publishers are using their media server's internal transcoding, it might impact performance. In cases where there are a lot of uploads, publishers should implement a dedicated transcoding server. 

Next tip - if publishers plan to stream live video, they should consider using both 3rd party transcoding and 3rd party CDN distribution.  Depending on the technologies employed, live events can often achieve impressive performance, with the right infrastructure - less than a 30-second delay. 

Next tip - Most streaming media sites offer subscriptions, giving customers the perception that they get more value.