A streaming service is a service offered via the Internet through which the user can access films and music titles. Providers of such services are service providers who often have several hundred thousand films and music titles available on their servers. Streaming is comparable to a download with the difference that the downloaded files are not permanently stored on the computer.
Streaming service providers have interesting offers and constantly produce new series and movies. Compared to the classic broadcast offers, streaming offers have the advantage that movies or music titles can be accessed and viewed at any time and from any place. They are therefore on-demand. The streaming offers are individual, the customer can choose the movie according to his interests and preferences from hundreds of categories. Moreover, the movies can be interrupted during viewing and can also be shown in the original version or with subtitles.
There are a wide variety of usage models for streaming services. For example, there is free streaming, which is refinanced by advertising. This model is also known as zero-rating. In addition, there is the trial free streaming service, which is provided free of charge for a short period of time. There is also the subscription service, which is paid for by a flat monthly fee, and the service where each movie downloaded must be paid for individually.
Music streaming servicesThe usage models of music streaming are the same as those of streaming video. There are numerous service providers for music streaming some of which have several million music tracks. Among the more popular ones are:Soundcloud and Mixcloud offers music streaming for free retrieval with no limit. With Spotify , as with most streaming services, the retrieval of music titles is free of charge. The counter-financing takes place via advertisements. On the Spotify servers are several million music titles. It is different with Apple Music, which offer a free download for several months. After that, subscription fees become due. Comparable is the business model of Napster, Deezer and Amazon Prime Music whichalso take a monthly fee after a free trial period. On YouTube 's servers there are various music offers, for example from Sony Music, which can be downloaded.
In addition to the aforementioned providers, there are also some niche providers whose streaming services can be used for free or for a small monthly fee.
Streaming services for moviesOn the servers of the video streaming providers are millions of series and movies. The offer includes all divisions and much niches and can be accessed and played anytime and anywhere with Internet TVs, desktops, tablets and smartphones. Depending on the movie resolution, display size and replay frequency, data rates of 200 Mbit/s and more are sometimes required for high-definition viewing.
As far as streaming services for movies are concerned, Neflix is certainly one of the better known providers for series. For most providers, the business model is based on a monthly usage fee. This is also the case with Maxdome, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. Additional costs are incurred for blockbusters. The video streaming offer also includes niche markets such as that for sporting events. These include DAZN with an international sports offering, Sky Sport Ticket and Eurosport Player.