Clients access content streams from your server by connecting to a publishing point. Windows Media Services includes two types of publishing points: on-demand and broadcast. Either type can be configured to deliver a stream from one of several types of sources, such as a live stream from an encoder, a file, or a playlist. One Windows Media server can be configured to run multiple publishing points, hosting a combination of broadcast and on-demand content.
The two types of publishing point are similar in many ways, but have a few important differences. In general, you would use an on-demand publishing point if you want the client to control playback; a broadcast publishing point if you want to control playback on the server. This section describes more differences between the two types of publishing point. Keep this information in mind when choosing the type of publishing point you want to use to stream content. This section includes the following topics: