Streaming is a software solution that allows packets of data to be sent over the internet for viewing of media such as video and audio. The delivery method is different than the more traditional web delivery method known as “downloading” which forces the end-user to wait for the entire file to finish before viewing.
Digital rights management (DRM) systems are usually used within the streaming process to keep content secure from being stolen. That means attempts at taking “screenshots” or other methods of recording streaming media are often blocked by the operating system of any given device.
Streaming has become the preferred method of viewing video and audio over the internet and is used by such websites as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu. Streaming has also changed the television landscape, with more and more networks delivering traditional TV services, including Live TV, over the internet. Examples of streaming television services include fubuTV, Hulu+ Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.