Streaming content

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Streaming content

Streaming content is an audio or video file on the Internet that's played as the file is being downloaded. More specifically, live streaming is the method of constantly sending and receiving content over the Internet. Streaming content or streaming media are beneficial in that they significantly reduce, if not eliminate, wait times for online content, depending on the Internet connection speed. Online radio stations, YouTube videos, and Netflix are all examples of streaming content.

The first live streaming was done by the band Severe Tire Damage on June 24, 1993. The event was seen live in Australia and other locations over the Internet. While streaming audio is not quite as bandwidth-intensive, streaming video does require more bandwidth to achieve. Users wanting to view streaming movies should have an Internet speed of at least 2.5 Megabits (Mbit) per second. For high definition content, 10 Mbit/sec is recommended.

Advantages of streaming content

Below is a list of all of the advantages you have when streaming any content over the Internet.

  • Get to start watching or listening to the content almost immediately.
  • Don't have to store much information on your computer or device and run out of storage.
  • You can watch streaming content on many devices.
  • Once the digital distribution platform is running on the computer or device no additional software or codec is required.

Disadvantages of streaming content

Although there are many advantages to streaming content, there is still the following disadvantages to streaming content.

  • Always have to have an Internet connection.
  • Have to have an Internet connection that stays fast enough to stream without any noticeable buffering.
  • Requires a monthly fee to access the streaming content.
  • Purchased content stays with the account and cannot be transferred elsewhere.

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