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Streaming Media

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Definition: Many websites offer streaming media, which is the process of "streaming" an audio or video file on the Web, rather than requiring users to download a file in its entirety in order for it to be played. Streaming media enables users to have a better media experience since the multimedia content is available instantly.

This method of multimedia delivery differs from live streaming in that live streaming is an actual, live video broadcasting on the Web, happening in real time. An example of live streaming would be a sports event broadcast simultaneously on both cable TV networks and cable TV websites.

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Also Known As: streaming audio, streaming video, streaming music, streaming movies, streaming radio, streaming player

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