[olug] HuskersNSide Football WebCast

David Walker linux_user at grax.com
Sat Aug 31 19:00:39 UTC 2002

I know some of the technical team involved in this  They are Linux users and 
I'm sure they are looking at how to support Linux and MacOS clients and I'll 
be sure to put in my ideas.

Of course with a project this big I'm sure there are a lot of political issues 
and stuff.  The final decision may not be a technical one.

I do not know how long they are locked into the current technology for.

On Saturday 31 August 2002 10:26 am, (Via wrote:
> The following is an email I sent to the people at Huskers.com:
> You have a great site that I usually go to first when looking for
> husker information. Why would you require me to use an internet
> browser, media player, and operating system from a confirmed monopoly
> to view the Husker game?  You will not see me sign up for a
> HuskersNSide account because of this.  Even though RealPlayer uses a
> proprietary codec they still produce a viewer for other operating
> systems.  You should strongly consider not requiring Windows Media
> Player and IE for broadcast of the games.  Using standards based web
> creation will increase your readers.    Other browsers such as Opera,
> Mozilla, and Netscape support these standards as does Internet
> Explorer, therefore it doesn't make sense to only support one browser.
> Using RealPlayer as a streaming media format also makes sense because
> then just one encoding server can support Windows, Mac, Linux, and
> other platforms.  These other platforms make sense to support because
> of the nature of approximately 10% of the viewers to this game will be
> on campus.  The University of Nebraska has a very diverse computer
> base.  Many of the viewers will be using MacOS and Linux.  Depending on
> where your stream would be coming from it might be possible that most
> of the traffic would be internal to campus and therefore not eat up as
> much external bandwidth which would be much more efficient and allow
> you to attract more external customers for the game.
> Nevertheless, you have chosen to require software from a monopoly,
> software that doesn't support all of the possible viewers/customers.
> Eric Penne
> Lincoln, NE
> epenne at yahoo.com
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