Streaming Video: Video content that is played directly over the internet. Can be live, or pre-recorded, but does not need to be downloaded in order to view.
Broadcast: Is a transmission of information to a large group of people. Originally, it referred to radio and television broadcasts and today, it also describes digital broadcasts sent over the Internet.
Digital broadcasting: Is the practice of using digital signals rather than analogue signals for broadcasting.
Livestream, live stream, live streaming: To transmit, broadcast or receive video of an event, especially with commentary on the internet while the event is taking place.
Webcast, webcasting: To broadcast or stream an event over the internet.
Pay-per-view: System requiring that a subscriber pay for each program viewed.
Video on Demand, On Demand, VoD: A media distribution system that allows users to access videos without a traditional video playback device and the constraints of a typical static broadcasting schedule.
Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVoD): An entertainment programming model where users pay a monthly fee in exchange for instant access to a streaming library consisting of movies, TV shows, and other media content.
Download speed: Is how fast your internet connection can transfer data from a server to your computer or device.
Upload speed: Is how fast your internet connection can transfer your data to a server.
Streaming speeds: We recommend at least 3 to 4 Mbps for standard definition video streaming, 5 to 8 Mbps for high definition video streaming, and at least 25 Mbps for streaming Ultra HD 4K videos.
Bandwidth: Typically measured in bitrates, bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be transferred from one location to another in a given amount of time.
Bitrate: The speed at which data is transferred over the Internet. The data is measured in bits, not to be confused with bytes.
- [ ] Kilo-bit per second (Kbps): A unit of data transfer rate equal to 1,000 bits per second.
- [ ] Mega-bit per second (Mbps): A unit of data transfer rate equal to 1,000,000 bits per seconds or 1,000 Kbps.
Buffering: Before a video can play, a certain amount of pre-loading data must be downloaded to stream.
HD Resolutions: High Definition video resolution, which contains more pixels than Standard Definition.