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Streaming Services

Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. The user needs a player, which is a special program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser or downloaded from the software maker’s Web site.

Streaming video is usually sent from prerecorded video files, but can be distributed as part of a live broadcast “feed.” In a live broadcast, the video signal is converted into a compressed digital signal and transmitted from a special Web server that is able to do multicast, sending the same file to multiple users at the same time.

A video hosting service enables individuals to either upload video clips to a website or deliver a live broadcast on the Internet. The video host will store the video on a server or engage the live webcast, and deliver the individual links or different types of code to allow others to view this video. The website, mainly used as the video hosting website, is usually called the video sharing website or a Streaming Media Hosting Service.

An inexpensive hosting company like AWcast.com is a good choice if you are looking to Broadcast Live Online with no add on services. They are a high quality streaming media solution. AWcast is the least expensive and highest quality in the market today. There are no forced logos, banners or ads.  No contracts or overage charges. You pay one fixed monthly rate.


FURTHER READING:

By Thomas McNish – “What is Music Streaming:”
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5449303_music-streaming.html
 
Picking a Video Hosting Provider
 
A Live Webcast Hosting Service
http://awcast.com/
 
 

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Streaming Reports

Video Streaming Statistics deliver in depth information to help understand customer usage. It helps to gauge the popularity and viability of specific content, track audience size on a global level, view density by region, chart percentages by country and view numbers on a per state level for US traffic. Statistics also track how long viewers watch and/or listen to each file. This is very valuable information that will refine this content to get the most viewership. People can track activity over specific date ranges, or see the most requested clips. Most streaming Hosting Companies offer these services for free.

A Sample of how Streaming Media Reports can track trends and viewership worldwide is discussed in the Further Reading below:


FURTHER READING:

Most streaming media now goes to non-PC devices
Dwight Silverman – Computer Columnist
http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2011/10/most-streaming-video-now-goes-to-non-pc-devices

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Video | Audio Streaming

Streaming video and audio have come a long way over the years. In the early 2000s there were more than 57 million people that listened to Internet radio every week. In 2006, people watched more than a million streaming videos a day on YouTube according to Reuters. The same year, television network ABC started streaming its most popular TV shows over the Web. People who missed an episode of shows like “Lost” or “Grey’s Anatomy” could catch up on the entire season online — legally and for free. In streaming video and audio, the information is a stream of data from a server. The decoder is a stand-alone player or a plugin that works as part of a Web browser. The server, information stream and decoder work together to let people watch live and/or pre-recorded broadcasts.

Streaming Video came about mainly due to the limitations of dialup Internet connections being too slow to show video. Back in the days before cable or broadband access, if you wanted to watch a video, you had to download the entire video before you could watch it – and on a 56k modem that would take forever.

Your picture quality will be determined by your available bandwidth (download speed) and computer processor speed. Users with older processors and slower modem connections will have more dropped frames and pixelization.

FURTHER READING: 

How to Stream Media From a PC to a Kindle Fire
http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57335948-285/how-to-stream-media-from-a-pc-to-a-kindle-fire/

 

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