There is a reason why music and video stores hardly exist anymore. Gone are the days where watching a movie or series required you to rent it from a video store. CD players have become less popular as the digital age has grown and music is freely and easily available on all of our electronic devices through download. The digital age has completely changed the way we consume content and listen to music and radio through streaming and downloading. If you have a fibre to the home internet connection, you can watch, listen to and download all the movies, series, music and videos you want!
Downloading vs. streaming
Understanding the difference between downloading and streaming is important if you regularly download or stream online so that you can use your fibre to the home connection in the best way. When you download a file from the internet, you are downloading a copy of the file which will be available on your device. You can watch or listen to this file as many times as you want, even when you are not connected to the internet, as it is hosted on your device and not the internet anymore. Files that can be downloaded include documents and folders, video files like movies or series, audio files like songs, programs and applications.
Streaming a file is different from downloading in that the file you are watching or listening stays hosted on a server on the internet instead of on your device. You don’t physically have the file on your device – and when you watch or listen to the file, you are only receiving portions of data at a time. This is why, if your connection is poor or slow, your file will pause and buffer until more portions of data have been loaded. Once you have finished watching the file, you won’t have access to it anymore like when it is downloaded to your device. Generally, streaming only occurs with audio and video files like movies and music.