Streaming technologies are a means by which the transfer of pictures, sounds and text is able to be processed as a steady and continuous stream. Streaming technologies enhance the Internet experience by allowing users to access all the above before the entire file has been transmitted. In order that the process works seamlessly it is necessary for the recipient to be able to collect the data in order to send it as a constant stream to the application that processes and converts it in a form that is coherent.
From a commercial perspective, stream technologies are recognised as offering solutions for a variety of manufacturing processes. Through the use of customizable hardware or software stream technologies can equip facilities with an ability to respond to changing market demands, while addressing increases in productivity and quality. In addition the growth in videoconferencing suggests that using the Internet to provide increased communication facilities between companies and individuals will escalate to a level that will soon become the accepted norm.
There exist several versions of stream technologies so you need to be sure which is the right one for you.
Unicast Streams perform best on a one-to-one basis such as server to a single client PC. However this popular form of stream technology gradually proves inefficient as an increase in its usage ultimately slows the system down.
Multicast streams offer a group operating on a Local Area Network (LAN) access to the same copy of material. However the viewer of a multicast will only be able to view what is offered on the LAN. The usefulness of multicast is primarily where a single copy of the same material needs to be delivered to a group of individuals.
Reflected multicast streams perform with live media from an alternative source and stream it to customers using unicast methodology.
Real-time stream technologies relate to media deliveries in real time over the Internet. This negates the need to download files and thereby slow down the whole process. This works by the media being played by the client PC as it arrives, and can be compared to the playing of a movie on TV. Real-time streaming is more suitable for events that necessitate live action for example online matchmaking. This is the stream technology that will allow you to meet face to face with strangers in order to decide whether to take a relationship further. This stream technology takes the risk of meeting someone not right for you on a date that may have appeared differently written in a letter, email or chat room.
Stream technologies offer Internet solutions that are revolutionizing the way people communicate and continue to be entertained because through stream technologies they are able to receive 24/7 Internet radio and TV channels.