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New digital media formats

Streamed video

Brief description of technology

Streaming media can be defined as Webcasting with on-demand delivery, where the user pulls down the content, often interactively. Streamed media is delivered direct from the source (the server) to the client (the media player) in real-time. This is a continuous process, with no intermediate storage of the media clip on the client machine. More specifically, streaming media is digitally encoded files delivered over the World Wide Web or IP (Internet Protocol) broadcasting (Austerberry, 2005).

Streaming technology allows multimedia servers to deliver content in a continuous stream that can be decoded and played back within seconds after being received, while in contrast, ...

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