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Streaming or media streaming is a technique for transferring data so that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream. Streaming technologies are becoming increasingly important with the growth of the Internet because most users do not have fast enough access to download large multimedia files quickly. With streaming, the client browser or plug-in can start displaying the data before the entire file has been transmitted.

Video Streaming

Video Streaming is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a streaming provider. The delivery method is mainly refer to the medium rather than medium itself. The distinction is usually applied to media that are distributed over telecommunications networks, as most other delivery systems are either inherently streaming (e.g., radio, television) or inherently non-streaming (e.g., books, video cassettes, audio CDs). The verb 'to stream' is also derived from this term, meaning to deliver media in this manner. Internet television is a commonly streamed medium. Video content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the web user where they do not have to wait for downloading files.

Live Streaming

Live streaming, more specifically, means taking the media and broadcasting it live over the Internet. The process involves a camera for the media, an encoder to digitize the content, a media publisher where the streams are made available to potential end-users and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content. The media can then be viewed by end-users live.

Three kinds of streaming technologies that commonly used nowadays and serve for different purposes to end user. They are: Unicast streaming, Peer-to-peer streaming and Multicast streaming.

Streaming Concern

If your target audiences are from mainland China, due to network limitation and therefore they cannot visit Youtube through the Internet. Since the streaming servers are located in U.S., the network connection will be affected by a long distance from H.K to U.S. To avoid this influence, you might need to consider subscribing international bandwidth from Youtube where the cost will be increased significantly. In conclusion, Youtube may not suit your expectation and satisfy your target audiences when consider bandwidth consumption.

To choose your suitable video streaming hosting company, it is necessary that they can provide you real client examples to demonstrate the technologies they used to fulfill client’s expectations. It would be better if hosting company to show you their experiences on handling both hardware and software support, for instances, what kind of server specification? How much dedicated bandwidth do they owned?

In the aspect of video streaming, bandwidth consumption is an essential element to provide stable connection between streaming server and your end users. To ensure your end users who watch the videos smoothly, make sure the hosting company can have enough spare bandwidth to allow you enlarge bandwidth in short time. With the above considerations, it would be better to look for a hosting company who has experiences on handling video streaming to fulfill your expectations.



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