The internet has made life much more convenient, in so many different ways. From being able to find information at your fingertips, to communicating with friends and family, or even online shopping, the internet makes the world smaller as it brings people and systems closer together. For many people, the internet is primarily used as a tool for entertainment. Listening to and downloading music, reading about news and current events, and even watching movies and the latest television shows. With streaming video, it has become possible to use your connected device as if it were your own personal TV broadcaster or cinema.
Let’s find out all about streaming video, and how you can take advantage of this new technology.
What is Streaming Video?
Streaming video uses your internet connection to receive a video feed from a central server. This video can be on-demand content, such as a film or a television show, or streaming can also be real time content, such as a live broadcast, or an internet feed of a terrestrial or satellite television network.
Streaming video can be delivered to you through an internet browser on a device like a computer, tablet, or smartphone, or some streaming services offer standalone apps which you can use to view content.
Where Can You Watch Streaming Video?
Technically, you can watch streaming video from anywhere that you have an internet connection, however, there are some factors to consider. To receive broadcast streaming video, you will need a broadband internet connection. Efficient streaming technologies are able to provide high resolution streaming over an internet connection of 3Mbps, although it is more desirable to have a faster connection, such as one that exceeds 5Mbps. The extra bandwidth will allow for higher resolution streams, including 720p and 1080p content.
Live streaming and existing content is delivered in much the same way, although it is not unusual for providers to refer to only live content as streaming video. Some examples of live and existing content services include YouTube and Twitch. Major broadcasters provide streaming and on-demand content, such as Sky Television (UK and other countries), HBO, and BBC.
On-demand services use streaming technology to provide existing content through connected devices. Services such as Netflix and Hulu are two examples that have popularized streaming video in recent years. Many households prefer streaming and on-demand content, because they have more choice over what they are able to watch, and they typically pay less than they would for a cable or satellite TV service.
Is Streaming the Future of Broadcast?
While it is unlikely that traditional broadcast systems will become obsolete in the near future, there is a clear trend emerging that suggests streaming video is the preferred delivery method for tech savvy audiences. The ability to watch content on the go, without relying on television schedules, means that live streaming and on-demand services will only continue to grow in the future.