What is streaming video?
Content, which is sent on the internet in a compressed form and watched by the viewers in real time, is called streaming video. With the innovation introduction it becomes unnecessary to download video material before watching it, for you to use any streaming video will be enough to make a choice and click â€˜playâ€™. It resembles by the technology a continuous channel of material, which is performed as well as it arrives.
Watch streaming video
The only necessary thing one should have for watching it is a special program or simply put player. Usually such a program consists of two main parts one of which is responsible for the video transmission and the other one is for audio component of the streaming material. The program can be a built-in function of your browser or separately downloaded software.
Streaming video technology
If turning to Windows OS the standard MPEG compression applied for streaming video materials. Compressing and decompressing programs are sometimes called codec. It helps to make video 96 Kbps compressed up to 8 Kbps. However, some streaming videos can be interrupted by your system power lowering or internet connection breaks.
Live streaming video
Talking about a live streaming video the process of creation differs from the common streaming video. The video signal of the live streaming is converted into a digital signal and transferred from a special web server. The server is able to send the same fragments of the streaming video on the air to numerous customers simultaneously. In recorded streaming video all the fragments are certified separately.
Streaming video vs. streaming media
The term streaming media is wider than video. It includes video and/or audio material transmitting for immediate playback rather than for downloading it. The most common examples of streaming services are internet radio (eg.: Pandora) and television or channels (eg.: Hulu, Netflix, Freeform).
Streaming vs. broadcast
So transmitting a continuous flow of audio or video material to the customers via the internet is regarded as streaming, but still our older generation erroneously calls it broadcast, which is not 100% true. The term refers to delivery of the data rather than implies the data itself. The data like a streaming video is being continuously sent on your connected device while you are either partially or fully watching the content. In addition, having downloaded such a streaming file onto your computer and watched once and twice doesnâ€™t make it streamed, as it is not sent from a dedicated server to your device anymore. Hence, if you go into your Freeform account and click on a series from the list to watch it now, the episodes transmitted onto your device will be a streaming video. At any moment of the video watching you can see that only a small part of the video is on received by your computer or any other used device.
How to use streaming video without interruptions?
Firstly, your internet connection should provide limitless bandwidth. Sometimes bandwidth requirements can depend on contentâ€™s type. For example, when listening to Michael Jackson online or watching ads video less bandwidth is required than watching high resolution streaming video series on Netflix. Therefore, for watching a high-performance streaming numerous customers build in some special-purpose devices able to withstand the load. The compression programs we have spoken about are used in this case to lower the amount of bit rate used on this connection.
Besides, some special protocols have been created by computer developers for streaming media. RTSP and HTTP are the most common of them used for this purpose with the only difference that the second one is used for recorded streaming materials transmission only. Any player installed in your browser or detached program has a built-in support for the protocols, so that customers are not obliged to change settings on their computers to receive the streaming materials. The most popular media players are QuickTime, RealPlayer, and Windows Media Player.
For you to get access to some streaming materials you need all the conditions being observed. Being connected to the limitless internet with unrestricted bandwidth you are able to use one of the streaming services on the internet for watching streaming video and listening to audio files.
The streaming video makes it possible to achieve video materials broadcasted in various countries. That means that while living in Boston you want to listen to Seattle radio. In this case you connect to the internet and search for the website of the radio, for instance, KUOW, and listen to it while staying at home. But sometimes such streaming services are geo-restricted. This has been primarily introduced for the right of authorship. So, having subscribed for Netflix and decided to go outside the US, you will be deprived of a possibility to watch your favorite streaming video.