Date Added: Jul 2010
The development of telecommunication technologies has simplified the delivery of interactive multimedia services anywhere, anytime, and on any device. As a result, it is now easy to obtain multimedia services, such as IPTV, on small hand-held mobile devices, in addition to computers and TVs. This has pushed users to demand innovative new services, including the transfer of media sessions across the different devices. The lack of free and open source media servers and, conversely, the availability of free and open source streaming servers, have contributed greatly to the emphasis placed on streaming servers by the research community for the development and testing of new multimedia services.