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data streaming

Data streaming is the transfer of data at a steady high-speed rate sufficient to support such applications as high-definition television (HDTV) or the continuous backup copying to a storage medium of the data flow within a computer. Data streaming requires some combination of bandwidth sufficiency and, for real-time human perception of the data, the ability to make sure that enough data is being continuously received without any noticeable time lag.

This was last updated in September 2005

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You don't need massive amounts of bandwidth either. Even with a 3m DSL connection I can stream movies on Netflix. I now have 100m cable inter net and when I surfing the web I notice no real difference in speed. Is that strange? YES. I have run speed tests and do hit 75m but I think it has to do with all the media being force fed to us on web sites like CNN, Yahoo, MSN load so many videos and video ads.
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