Streaming media is a way to deliver digital information via the World Wide Web. Text, audio, graphics, animations, still images, and video data can be distributed from archived files or Webcast live (in real time) to a learner's desktop computer. A hyperlink on a Web page initiates the request for a media file from a streaming media server (computer). Large media files are compressed or encoded into small packets of data in order to be transmitted to the learner's desktop. These packets are sent in continuous streams over network connections from the streaming media server to the user's desktop computer in real time (synchronously). The desktop computer launches a media player (formats include Windows, Real, and QuickTime) that decodes the incoming data and stores them ...

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