Why stream video and when?

Streaming is useful whenever users want to open a large media file without waiting for the entire file to download. While applications or packages typically require that they be downloaded in their entirety before using them, streaming allows you to see the first minute of video while the next minute downloads, hence streaming the media file. 

On the other hand, there is no need to use streaming methods if your file is stored locally on your computer. While the media files can in fact be played back from your computer, the file is simply being played and not streamed. Thus there is no buffering-induced delay in playback.

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April 11, 2016

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