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ALSO CALLED: Digital Media, Streaming Sound, Video Streaming Services, Streaming Audio Services, Streaming Video Services, Audio Streaming Services, Media Streaming
DEFINITION: Streaming media is video or audio content sent in compressed form over the Internet and played immediately, rather than being saved to the hard drive..With streaming media, a user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Because the media is sent in a continuous stream of data it can play as it arrives. Users can pause, rewind or fast-forward, just as they could with a downloaded file,  … 
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STREAMING MEDIA SERVICES DEFINITION (continued): …  unless the content is being streamed live.Here are some advantages of streaming media:Makes it possible for users to take advantage of interactive applications like video search and personalized playlists.Allows content deliverers to monitor what visitors are watching and how long they are watching it.Provides an efficient use of bandwidth because only the part of the file that's being transferred is the part that’s being watched.Provides the content creator with more control over his intellectual property because the video file is not stored on the viewer's computer. Once the video data is played, … 
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