Technology Training

Video Streaming Explained

Definition

 

The technology of transmitting audio and video files in a continuous flow over a wired or wireless internet connection.

What is streaming? Streaming refers to any media content – live or recorded – delivered to computers and mobile devices via the internet and played back in real time. Podcasts, webcasts, movies, TV shows and music videos are common forms of streaming content.

How does streaming work?

Music, video and other types of media files are prearranged and transmitted in sequential packets of data so they can be streamed instantaneously. And unlike traditional downloads that are stored on your device, media files are automatically deleted once you play them.

All you need to stream is a reliable and fast high speed internet connection, access or subscription to a streaming service or app, and a compatible device. See speed recommendations below.

What is live streaming?

Live streaming is the broadcast of an event over the internet as it happens. Awards shows, sports, boxing matches, video games and special one-time events are the most popular types of live streaming with an ever-growing menu of topics.

Social media platforms and others broadcast everything from celebrity events, promotions and lifestreaming to streaming between users. You can live stream on any compatible smartphone, tablet, TV, computer or gaming console with a relatively fast internet connection.

 

 

 


Streaming devices

 

There are a number of streaming devices available, each with their own unique features. Whether you want a hands-free option, ample internal storage, something affordable and/or 4K accessibility, there’s a streaming device for you. Search for reviews by reputable companies and consider alternate options such as a gaming console or a set-top box from your TV provider.

If you have Fios, Fios TV One is a powerful all-in-one with voice remote and seamless Netflix integration to get to what you want to watch faster – including select shows in 4K quality .

Streaming apps

Now that you know how to stream and the devices you’ll need – what type of content are you going to stream? Netflix, YouTube TV and several others are still some of the best and most popular streaming services with apps you can access on the go — many of which you can stream through Fios TV One and the new Verizon 5G Home Internet that’s available in select cities.

Even more exciting is the growing number of streaming apps joining the ranks that will offer a world of new content. Variety is definitely the future of streaming apps with something for everyone.

Internet for streaming

 

As mentioned, streaming requires a certain amount of speed for optimal performance. Many video streaming services offer minimum speed recommendations based on quality of content resolution. The higher the resolution like 4K, the more speed is needed for virtually flawless music and movie streaming.

 

To maximize your entertainment experience and virtually eliminate lags and buffering, you’ll want the best internet for streaming. Fios fits the bill with speeds up to 940/880 Mbps with its Fios Gigabit Connection plan, while Verizon 5G Home Internet is spreading to select cities with speeds averaging around 300 Mbps. If you’re not ready for blistering speeds, Verizon High Speed Internet (DSL) is another option with speeds up to 15 Mbps.

What Internet Speed do I need for video streaming?

In general, to stream most videos in standard definition, you’ll need download speeds of at least 3 Mbps. You need at least 25 Mbps for 4K streaming video on your computer or Ultra HD-enabled devices. Some streaming services suggest faster minimum speeds of around 40 Mbps.

 

List of Streaming Services in Australia

Cost of streaming services in Australia

Netflix

While Netflix is a little pricey compared to some of its competitors, especially now that it’s received yet another price hike (prices start at AU$9.99 for one standard definition stream, all the way to AU$22.99 for four 4K streams), it’s worth it for its enormous number of exclusives and for the overall quality of its service, which is unmatched.

Stan

Admittedly, Stan has raised its price a couple times since it arrived on the Aussie streaming scene, but not to the extent of its closest competitor, Netflix. Pricing starts at $10 per month for a single SD stream, followed by $14 per month for two HD streams, and $17 per month for four 4K streams, meaning there’s an option for all household budgets.

 

Disney Plus

Monthly $11.99

Yearly $119.99

 

Amazon Prime

Monthly $6.99

Yearly $59.00

 

Binge

Monthly (Basic) $10.00

Monthly (Standard) $14.00

 

Apple TV Plus

Monthly $7.99

 

Foxtel Now

Monthly $25.00

 

Paramount Plus

Monthly $8.99

 

Kayo Sports

Monthly (Basic) $25.00

Monthly (Premium) $35.00

 

BritBox

Monthly $8.99

Yearly $89.99

 

Optus Sport

Monthly $14.99

Yearly $139.00

 

Shudder

Monthly $6.99

Yearly $69.99

 

Hayu

Monthly $6.00

 

 

How much data will I need?

 

“Watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.”