Streaming vs. downloading?
Don't know if you got a reply to this question.
Streaming video works best if your user has a fast
(broadband) connection. Downloading takes a little
time but usually works better for dialup below 56
Kbps. If someone is on a slow dialup, it can take a
long time for the video to start to stream, and it
will be jerky.
It is usually best to offer the user a choice of
whether to download or not. If you're sure your users
have fast connections or are patient (or you have a
very short video), go with the streaming.
Again, this is a question you can better ask at
Real English Online (which I think you belong to). At
one point we did extensive tests of streaming vs.
downloading. Mike Marzio can give you some better
help on this.
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 07:31:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Arlyn Freed <aiteachesl@...>
Subject: Re: Digest Number 837
No one answered my question regarding which is better
to have online, steaming video or just video (a
slightly smaller file). I think the downside of a
video is that it must be downloaded, whereas a
streaming video uploads over a period of time without
incurring the need to download to the desktop, is this
true? I'm on a Mac, so it's hard for me to test the
difference and I don't have access to a dialup
situation (ideally the video could be viewed in this
The video in question is at