Users can connect to your Web site, select a movie, and either
purchase it as a rental with a limited number of playbacks or
purchase it for unlimited playback. You can provide users with the
option of downloading or streaming the content from the server.
When implementing this scenario, consider the following:
You must have suitable video content, as close to DVD quality
as possible, with a high frame rate and full–screen
You must have a suitable method for licensing your content. For
more information about the methods for streaming protected Windows
Media-based content, see the Windows Media Rights Manager SDK.
Because this scenario assumes that streaming will require high
bandwidth, you can avoid excessive buffering and network congestion
by distributing your publishing points across several servers and
by placing limits on each publishing point to control how many
users can stream from each.
You can use the authentication and authorization plug-ins
included with Windows Media Services to control access to your
content. You can also use a logging plug-in to record the activity
on the publishing point.
Windows Media Services includes announcement features which can
help you create a link on your existing Web site that users can
click to connect to your publishing point or create a default Web
page that contains a link to your content.