Ever wondered what the difference between streaming and downloading is, and which one uses most bandwidth? Here are the main differences between streaming and downloading movies:
When you stream a movie, it gets downloaded to your computer and you can watch the movie as it downloads. When you download a movie, you can’t watch it until it’s finished downloading.
That’s the main difference, but you should also be aware of the other differences between downloading and streaming:
- If you download a movie, you can watch it as many times as you want without having to download it again. If you are streaming a movie, you will have to download it again to watch it at a later date
- Streaming a movie uses about the same amount of bandwidth as downloading a movie, however, if you stream a movie you may not be able to see how big the file is you are downloading. When you download a movie, you will know if the movie has been stored in a file format that results in a smaller file size and therefore can use less bandwidth. You will also know how big the file is as it downloads, it’s harder to get this information about streaming movies
- Movies can only be streamed if they are in particular video formats. As such, a streamed movie may use more bandwidth because there are less compression options. Although in reality, most modern video formats are mostly streamable
- If you stream a movie you can see what the quality is like without downloading the whole thing. If a movie is poor quality and you decide to stop watching it part way through, this will save bandwidth