The term 'streaming media' can be applied to any material that can be displayed whilst downloading is still in progress. In 2000, many activities were being carried out in European countries ranging from live, on-demand streaming of audio and video content, often multicast to the research and education networks, to research in high- and low- bandwidth streaming and videoconferencing. The types of applications vary from the provision of audio and video archives by broadcasting corporations to the provision of learning material in schools, and high quality audio and video content to scientific users.
The widespread use of audio and video streaming and conferencing over the Internet presents many challenges, including increased demand for bandwidth and equipment. In 2000, TERENA co-ordinated research and testing in Europe on the usage and scalability of audio and video streaming and conferencing. This work was carried out under the auspices of the TERENA Task Force TF-STREAM.
Open TF-STREAM Meeting and BoF Session
The open TF-STREAM and BoF meeting was held from 14:00 to 17:00 on Sunday 21 May 2000. The purpose of the meeting was to review the progress of TF-STREAM's work and to discuss other initiatives and projects.
Further information about TF-STREAM, including its charter, deliverables, meeting notes, preliminary results and details of how to subscribe to the task force mailing lists, can be found at: