Streaming media is media that is constantly received by and presented to an the end-user while being delivered by an internet provider. Streaming media refers to the process of delivering media in a “streaming” manner or as a delivery method. As an example “streaming tv” would refer to streaming media for your television as the device.
A streaming media player can begin to play the streamed data (such as a movie) before the entire media file has been fully transmitted. Distinguishing the delivery method from the media distributed inherently describes the streaming medium; ie. radio or television or non-streaming medium like a book or dvd.
Popularly available streaming media today is internet television and is a common form of streamed media. The term “streaming” was first used in the early 1990s as a better description for video on demand.
Live streaming, which refers to content delivered live over the Internet, requires a form of source media (e.g. a video camera, an audio interface, screen capture software), an encoder to digitize the content, a media publisher, and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content to.
Streaming media devices constantly receive delivered content by an internet provider. Streaming media players like smart televisions or "streaming tv's" refer to streaming media for your television as the device. Review your streaming media devices below.