Financial briefings

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Regular financial briefings are required by companies whose stocks are publicly traded. The information in these briefings is often confidential and may have an effect on the company's success or failure in the marketplace if the information is revealed at the improper time.

Windows Media Services enables you to control which users can connect to your content, prevent users from caching your content, and log how long each client was connected to the broadcast.

When implementing this scenario, consider the following:

  • Encoding software is optimized for live streaming or recording. Choose the appropriate encoding software for the approach you want to use. For example, Microsoft Expression Encoder can encode a live stream directly to your Windows Media server but it does not provide you with the opportunity to edit the content. Alternatively, Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint enables you to create and edit a presentation from a live source and synchronize it with a set of PowerPoint slides, but it cannot transmit a live stream.

  • You can use Windows Media Services to archive a broadcast stream to a file. After the stream has been archived, you can rebroadcast the file or make it available for clients later by using an on-demand publishing point.

  • Using authentication, authorization, and logging can provide you with information about the users that have received the content from your server.

By using passwords with your publishing points, you can limit access to content to users that have registered and have met the requirements for receiving the content.