Jul 26, 2016

Posted by in Movies

Why Download when You Can Stream?

what if host device is damaged after downloadingAdvantages Streaming Video Provides

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest surviving movie is the Roundhay Garden Scene filmed in 1888 by French inventor Louis Le Prince. The film simply depicts a man walking in a circle in a courtyard and, at 2.11 seconds long, technically qualifies as a movie.

The movie industry has come a long way since these humble beginnings. Since the early days of film making, we have moved from watching film in a storefront window, to the silver-screen, subsequently relocating the experience to the home with VHS and other media. Finally, the mobile data age allows the viewer to watch video on mobile devices wherever and whenever he or she may be.

Experiencing film on a mobile device is most often accomplished through one of two means: by downloading an entire .avi file onto your device, or through live streaming of the video. Although both are light-years beyond the experiences provided even twenty years ago, which of these two methods is superior in today’s technological age?

Before discussing the advantages provided by each method, it is important to understand the difference between the two. Askleo.com explains it best when talking about the difference. “A bottle of water might be comparable to a download” since you can carry the bottle of water around, put it where you like, and drink it when you are thirsty. On the contrary, “A hose pouring water can be compared more to a stream” because you have to use the water as it comes out from the pipe.1

comparing between downloading and streaming

An obvious benefit provided by streaming of video is that it takes up no hard-disk space. Downloading video to your device does allow you constant access, but the space taken up by an average movie, depending on the quality, can be from 300 mb to 7gigs!

Also, downloading content has caused a lot of people legal issues that can be pretty expensive. The Electronic Freedom Foundation shows that “well over 28,000 people” have faced lawsuits recently in relation to downloading video content. On the other hand, “There’s nothing illegal about watching streams wherever you are located” a much more secure and less expensive way to do the same thing.2

Downloadable viruses have long been a serious problem for those interested in portable cinema as well. It is well know that sites like Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents are riddled with Malware and viruses just waiting to infect your device. Though not everyone uses these illegal sites, the potential for infection is often very real.

Comparably, streaming video does not save an entire file to your disk. Instead, only part of the file is saved onto what is called your browser cache. The cache is what allows for constant play of the video without putting it on your hard-disk.

Finally, streaming video allows the user access to videos wherever there is a WiFi connection available. When you download content onto your device, it is often difficult to transfer that information because of compatibility problems between various machines. And the potential for the loss of streamed information is non-existent, while if you damage or break the host device for downloaded content, the potential for loss of information is very real.

what if host device is damaged after downloading

Taking into account the potential for the loss of information, storage space, and money, the clear choice for a better movie watching experience on your device or tablet is clear. Stick with streaming!


1.https://askleo.com/whats_the_difference_between_streaming_and_downloading_a_video_and_how_does_it_impact_the_limits_my_isp_imposes/
2. https://www.tvaddons.ag/streaming-torrents-legal/