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RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol)
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RTSP is a multimedia control protocol. According to the RFC 2326 (Real Time Streaming Protocol, April 1998), RTSP acts as a "network remote control" for multimedia servers. The protocol was designed to serve up multimedia from a cluster of hosts (virtual hosts). It is an application-level protocol that establishes and controls one or more time-synchronized streams of continuous media. No files are stored at the receiver. RealNetworks' RealPlayer is an example of an RTSP application. It provides play, fast forward, pause, and other controls. RealNetworks developed the protocol in conjunction with Netscape and submitted it to the IETF for standardization. Refer to the following sites for more information.
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