Streaming vs Progressive Download – PLEASE RECOGNIZE
6. Streaming: Once, this defined a very specific method by which to guarantee the reliable delivery of packets in real time over the Internet. But now the line between â€™streaming,â€™ â€˜progressive downloadsâ€™ and â€˜downloadsâ€™ is all screwed up (and the various licensing terms and DRM further muddle it, since â€˜downloadâ€™ once meant â€˜ownâ€™). You can keep using it, but please be specific â€” and this includes you, survey question writers.
This really pisses me off as well, because there is a clear technical difference. My biggest complaint when working at Macromedia, was when they developed the Flash 6 component, by default they said that it was streaming regardless if it was Progressive or Streaming in Macromedia Flash MX components that were preinstalled.
One of our recent releases of the viddler player we give the viewer the option to choose what works best for him using lingo that makes sense.
Switching between Streaming and Progressive gives the power to the viewer. For most business folk, this is often mishmashed together, which really upsets me, as technical differences are significant.
Talk to me: Am I taking the difference between the two methods of playing back video too seriously?