This is an ongoing project, to document a timeline of key events in the evolution of streaming media.
- January – Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) version 1 released.
- March – First internet Audiocast of 23rd Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in San Diego.
- June – Multicast backbone (MBone), released
- November – Motion Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) approves MPEG1 standard.
- November – Microsoft releases the AVI format.
- September – Cambridge iTV VOD trial service launched in England
- November – Rolling Stones broadcast 20 minutes of live audio and video from the Dallas Cotton Bowl.
- April – Progressive Networks releases RealAudio.
- April – Xing Technology releases StreamWorks.
- April – Microsoft Interactive TV (MITV) System trial launched
- September – Progressive Networks audio streams the first live MLB baseball game (Seattle Mariners vs New York Yankees).
- May – Microsoft launches ActiveMovie.
- June – Vivo Software releases VivoActive media player.
- August/September – VXtreme founded.
- September – Microsoft NetShow released.
- October – Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) draft submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force.
- February – RealNetworks releases RealVideo.
- August – Microsoft purchases 10% stake of Progressive Networks.
- August – Microsoft acquires VXtreme.
- August – RealNetworks announces new broadcast network in a deal with MCI‘s internet backbone
- September – Microsoft adds streaming media support to NetShow 2.0.
- September – Progressive Networks changes its name to RealNetworks.
- February – Victoria Secret streams first live webcast of their annual fashion show
- September – Apple adds streaming media support QuickTime 4.
- October – Microsoft NetShow renamed Windows Media Player.
- February – Akamai acquires InterVU.
- March – RealNetworks secures exclusive 3 year deal with MLBAM for live audio & video streaming games.
- March – Macromedia adds support for video in Flash Player 6.
- March – Macromedia releases RTMP.
- July – Macromedia releases Flash Communication Server MX.
- April – Adobe acquires Macromedia.
- November – Macromedia Flash Communication Server renamed Adobe Flash Media Server.
- March – WMV approved as a SMPTE standard.
- February – Netflix launches its SVOD service.
- September – Microsoft releases Silverlight.
- October – Hulu launches
- December – BBC launches iPlayer
- November – MPEG-DASH becomes an International Standard.
- June – MPEG announces Common Media Application Format (CMAF).