You chose your current broadband provider based on the options that were available to you within your area. There are a multitude of different methods for gaining access to the world wide web these days, including DSL, cable, fiber optics, satellites, or wireless providers. As you may realize, there are also different distinct delivery methods within the global marketplace for all sorts of goods and services.
With that said, you can view streaming or downloaded video (streaming movie downloads) as a mere difference in delivery to gaining the content you so desire. Each one imposes their own pros and cons. Understanding these distinct differences will help you analyze which service will fit your needs to the fullest.
Online video is delivered in two forms, downloads and video streams. Streaming content is able to be viewed in real-time, therefore being instantly viewed. It’s requested by the user and delivered through the internet via a streaming server. The server, which includes specialized software, analyzes the video format available, determines your broadband speed, analyzes the media software being used to play the video, and then makes the proper adjustments according to the criteria presented to it.
Streaming movies or video are never stored within your local computer, and cannot be accessed at a later date without streaming the content all over again through your current streaming subscription or rental service. It also requires specific software in order to complete its task. Utilizing streamed video requires you to have a broadband connection. Nothing short of broadband speeds will be able to handle streaming content to its fullest capacity.
Downloading video is also delivered from a particular Web server. When the download request is made, the server takes a compressed video file and transports it to the users local hard drive. The delivery time for the compressed video file depends on your internet connection speed and the size of the file itself. This means you might have to wait up to a few hours in order to view the video at hand. Once the download is complete these videos can be viewed at any given time, instantly, at the click of a mouse. As stated earlier, they are stored on your local hard drive and will stay there until deleted by the end user. Once the video file is complete, they can also be viewed without any internet connection.
Movie streaming subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu utilize streaming servers. However, Amazon Instant Video and iTunes contain both streaming video and downloading options. You will need to choose the proper service according to your needs and equipment requirements. Most devices these days, example, Smart TVs, TiVo, On-Demand channels, Blu-ray players, and other similar devices would require you to stream videos. Computers and smart phones generally contain hard drives to store these streaming movie downloads for later viewing.