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
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