VLC is only needed for a) transcoding, and/or b) handling stream sources other than http. MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 files -- either local or remote -- can be streamed over http without VLC. Re: 0.9.x, it's not a question of supporting it. As far as I can tell, VLC is just not doing what it's supposed to do. Is there a new syntax for the command line? Not that I can discover. (Allanon said it wasn't transcoding from the GUI, either.) This was with 0.9.2 -- for all I know, it's already been fixed in 0.9.3. I'll check. Also, for all I know, the problem may be/have been Windows-specific. If it hasn't been fixed, I'll try to get some action on that.