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Streaming media are multimedia that are constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. Its verb form, "to stream", refers to the process of delivering media in this manner; the term refers to the delivery method of the medium rather than the medium itself.
A client media player can begin playing the data (such as a movie) before the entire file has been transmitted. Distinguishing delivery method from the media distributed applies specifically to telecommunications networks, as most other delivery systems are either inherently streaming (e.g., radio, television) or inherently nonstreaming (e.g., books, video cassettes, audio CDs). For example, in the 1930s, elevator music was among the earliest popularly available streaming media; nowadays Internet television is a common form of streamed media. The term "streaming media" can apply to media other than video and audio such as live closed captioning, ticker tape, and real-time text, which are all considered "streaming text". The term "streaming" was first used in the early 1990s as a better description for video on demand on IP networks; at the time such video was usually referred to as "store and forward video", which was misleading nomenclature.
Live streaming, which refers to content delivered live over the Internet, requires a camera for the media, an encoder to digitize the content, a media publisher, and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content.
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AEREO IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CHROMECAST
Aereo, the Internet television streaming upstart currently embroiled in a historic Supreme Court showdown with broadcast companies, is finally available for Google Chromecast. Its arrival on Google’s streaming media dongle Thursday comes one week after its intended debut.
Aereo's Android app was updated Thursday with Chromecast support. The Chromecast is a $35 dongle that enables users to wirelessly beam content from their computer, smartphone or tablet to their television.
Chromecast users simply need to download Aereo's Android app, connect their Chromecast and start Aereo and select the "cast" icon.
Aereo's service allows subscribers to stream content from local broadcast networks via a browser or app and record shows to a cloud-based DVR to watch later. Streaming is already supported through Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Roku and AppleTV.
Subscriptions to Aereo's service start at $8 a month for 20 hours of DVR storage and $12 a month for 60 hours of storage. The service is available to residents of New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio and Austin and the company plans to expand to more cities by the end of the year.
The service has been embroiled in legal battles with major networks who claim Aereo's service violates existing copyright and retransmission laws. The two sides went before the Supreme Court in April and a decision is expected later this month.