An announcement is a Windows Media metafile with an .asx extension that provides a player with the information needed to connect to a Windows Media server to receive content. You can place a link to an announcement on a Web page, make the announcement available in a shared file, or send an announcement in an e-mail message. Users can access your content either by clicking the link to the announcement on a Web page or by opening the announcement directly. The announcement wizards on the Announce tab of the Windows Media Services snap-in help you create announcement files (.asx files) and multicast information files (.nsc files) that players can use connect to your content. The wizards can also help you create a Web page with an embedded Windows Media Player control or provide you with the syntax to embed a Player in your own Web page.
When delivering content as a
When a user opens the announcement in his or her player, the player extracts the URL of the content and the metafile elements from the announcement and then begins playing the content.
If you are delivering content as a
When a user opens the announcement in his or her player, the
player extracts the URL of a multicast information file. This file
contains information the player needs to access and decode the
stream, such as the IP address,
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