Announced in November, the 4.1 update for Apple’s QuickTime video format has been released and added to the company’s download site. This builds on the company’s release of version 2.0 of its QuickTime Streaming Server 2.0, which added support for http streaming, authentication, relaying and enhanced logging.
Apples has also updated the format to work better under Mac OS 9, so movies larger than 2GB can be recorded and played back.
A level of commerciality has also been added, video adverts can be inserted into streamed media and pay-per-view Web sites can used authentication protocols. This is designed to make the format more appealing to major media companies, such as those who already have channels on Apple’s QuickTime TV online station.