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What is Streaming?

Streaming is the continuous process of transmitting audio and video files in a streamlined flow using a wireless or wired internet connection. To put it simpler, streaming takes place whenever users are watching TV shows, movies, or podcasts via a device that’s connected to the internet.

How Does it Work?

Compared to downloading media content from a site, streaming is a real-time process where video, music, and other kinds of media files are transmitted in such order that they can be instantly streamed to users. Stream content is not saved on the computer, rather it is streamlined to your browser until the whole file is played.

When streaming media content, users will need a reliable and consistent internet connection to get the best viewing experience, a working computer or device, and a subscription to a chosen streaming service.

Streaming Devices

Nowadays, users get to choose from a wide range of streaming devices that have their own unique features. Whether a user wants 4K support, extensive internal storage, budget-friendly, or hands-free control (remote access), there’s a streaming device suited for that. Enough research is recommended to see the reliability of these devices from reviews on credible sites.

The compatibility of these devices to the user’s display or device should also be considered. Check if it’s capable of running with a smart TV, smartphone, computers, consoles, and other similar devices.

Internet for Streaming

Besides a compatible device, the user will also need an internet connection that’s suitable for streaming content. For instance, popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu require at least 3 Mbps (Megabyte-per-second) internet speed for standard-definition content. For an HD (High-Definition) streaming experience, users will need to have a 25 Mbps speed or more.

Streaming 4K content will require even faster speeds than other types of stream content. To watch a 4K HD movie on Netflix, a subscriber will need to have at least 25 Mbps. On Hulu, it is required to have a minimum of 16 Mbps to watch 4K content. So, on average, a 25 Mbps (or more) internet speed should be enough to stream various content online.

Streaming Applications

When subscribed to a streaming service, a complimentary app is usually available online. Depending on the type of streamed content, all users have to do is install the app and log in to their account. The latest phones and smart devices usually have streaming apps pre-installed.

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Live Streaming

Live streaming takes place when an event is broadcasted over the internet on-demand. Live events such as awards shows, pageants, sporting events, esports, and other pay-per-view events usually use live streaming to stream content to their subscribers.

Also, social media platforms use live streaming to help streamers, celebrities, and other personalities show their content. Live streams can be viewed using smartphones, computers, and other smart devices as long as it has internet access.