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  • Feb 2nd 2003: Need help with Flash Communications Server? Our FCS Help section has some examples of action scripting with FlashCom. You will need a FlashCom web host to use them :) Check out our Flash Hosting Plans.
  • Jan 21st 2003: View a working demo of streaming audio and video with Flash Communications Server at MetaSphere.TV.
  • Nov 14th 2002: Macromedia has released Flash Communications Server Beta Plug-in for Linux OS. Yes! It's beta but we're glad it's out the door. Thanks Macromedia. Get your Tux gettin jiggy with it here.
  • August 2002: MetaSphere launches the Flash Communication Server hosting service.

  • Flash MX Communications Server Streamed Movie Theater.

    How do I Stream Video in Flash?

    In July of 2002, Macromedia, Inc. announced the immediate availability of Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, the first server to unite communications and applications. is proud to be on the cutting edge of providing the capabilities of Flash Communications Server MX Hosting. The new server integrates support for streaming media, real-time collaboration, and multi-way video, audio, and text messaging into a single solution. The server also leverages the market-leading authoring environment of Macromedia Flash MX and broad distribution of Macromedia Flash Player, as well as the powerful capabilities of the entire Macromedia MX product family.

    With Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, you can add communication and collaboration capabilities into your websites and Internet applications. The server enables the creation of a whole new generation of Internet communication solutions. With streaming media and live, human interactions integrated directly into existing websites, companies can offer innovative product marketing, stock information, online learning, technical and product support, and sales communications information within one integrated user experience. Designed as an open development platform, the server enables completely custom solutions and integrates easily with existing web and application server infrastructure.

    "Combining streaming, messaging, and real-time communication capabilities into a single server that uses Macromedia Flash Player 6 as the client will forever change communications on the Internet," said Jonathan Gay, vice president of engineering, Macromedia. "With the release of Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, we are empowering developers to transform the Internet from a world of text and data into a space filled with live, human interactions."

    Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX combines powerful communication capabilities including streaming media, rich media messaging, and real-time collaboration. Streaming media features allow you integrate streaming video and audio with motion graphics in a customizable player environment for a new level of multimedia presentation on the Internet. With rich media messaging features such as multi-way, multi-user video and audio chats, you can add engaging live, human interactions and instant messaging to your websites. The real-time collaboration features, including the powerful Shared Object technology, enable multiple users to share live white boards and other real-time data in the context of an application.

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    "The leading development companies are those who are placing strong emphasis on deep integration rather than disparate point solutions," said Rikki Kirzner, research director, IDC. "Bringing together capabilities such as streaming video, real-time messaging, and collaboration will usher in entirely new types of rich Internet applications that won't require users to keep launching different applications to accomplish their tasks, resulting in a better user experience."

    On the client, the Flash Communication Server MX takes advantage of Macromedia Flash Player 6 to receive and transmit video, audio, and data. Macromedia Flash Player automatically recognizes installed microphones and standard USB or FireWire webcams, and lets end users grant or deny access before anything is broadcast. Macromedia Flash Player 6 has the fastest adoption rate of any player in Macromedia's history.

    "Many companies talk about the future of the web; few create it," said Colin Moock, author, ActionScript: The Definitive Guide. "Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX is set to popularize real-time multi-user video, audio, and data communication. Get ready—your web browser is about to become a real-life sci-fi movie."

    For development, the communication server includes new extensions to the Macromedia Flash MX authoring environment. The extensions include new authoring, scripting, and debugging capabilities as well as pre-built components for login, multi-way chat screens, white boards, and video conferencing. The development technology makes it straightforward and easy for the more than one million Macromedia Flash developers to build communication solutions.

    Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX works with other Macromedia MX products including Macromedia Studio MX for development and Macromedia ColdFusion MX for deployment. In addition, the new server can integrate with Java and Microsoft .NET application servers and other web infrastructure. is offering clients the Shared Flash Communications server Hosting package in two flavors. A $35.00 monthly fee gets you our Flash Communication Server MX hosting account, with FTP access, and our library of support documents. Or for $50/month, you get access a Flash Communication Server Hosting account, and a Basic Hosting account on our Linux network. Don't let your company or customers be left behind. The future is here! Be a part of it! Click here to see the specifics of our Flash Communication Server MX hosting accounts and signup for one of our packages. runs RedHat Linux with Apache and Windows 2000 Flash Communication Server. We offer our customers a full-time OC3 Connection. We do our own DNS lookups and are registered with InterNic as a name server. We provide a full-tilt root access box with extensions including: perl, ssl, php, imagemagick, perlmagick, ghostscript, real media audio/video, flash communication server, sql, postgreSQL, mod_perl and so much more. Our goal is to provide a focused developer-friendly network for owners developers, and webmasters looking to stay at the fore-front of cutting edge web technology. Metasphere is a strong supporter of the open-source movement with a diverse range of people, skills and knowledge. Become a part of today!

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