When speaking of streaming audio, video and data, few mention RTMP. It’s the behind-the-scenes genius that entertains and enriches our Internet lives without ever getting mentioned. Real Time Messaging Protocol is utilized on networks across the world to stream media. Most people think of it as Flash, the software that plays the data. The way the data is transmitted is RTMP. It’s the protocol that Adobe adopted for communicating between a computer’s Flash player and a server that streams the media. Originally developed by Macromedia, RTMP and Flash are essential the way the web functions, the success of streaming video and the success of its current developer Adobe.
Cassette versus CD. VHS versus DVD. HDDVD versus Blu-Ray. New formats mean a new media war. The latest media war is between Flash and Silverlight. Silverlight is Microsoft’s attempt to enter the Web video plug-in world and dethrone the reigning king, Flash. Adobe’s Flash has been the web’s moving image and video display titan for some time, basically the better part of a decade. Recently the likes of Apple (see the iPhone lack of Flash support) and Microsoft have taken aim at Adobe’s thriving success.