Welcome to the UTEP Library's Streaming Video Guide! This library guide provides basic information on streaming video resources which are available at UTEP through the UTEP Library.
What is Streaming Video?
"...a method of sending a sequence of compressed moving images one way over a data network, at the user's request or broadcast at a fixed time, which allows viewing to begin before the entire file has been transmitted...."
What is the Difference between Streaming and Downloading?
Streaming is real-time and it is faster and more efficient than downloading media files. If a video file is downloaded, a copy of the entire file is saved onto a device's hard drive. This means the video can't play until the entire file has been downloaded completely. However, if the file is streamed, your browser can play the video without actually copying and saving it. A streaming video loads a bit at a time instead of the entire file having to load at once. The information (in this instance, the video) that is loaded is not saved locally.
How Streaming Video & Audio Work
-from How Stuff Works