Live Streaming – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

By Cybermum Australia

Listen up parents: live streaming is the latest trend that you need to get your heads around. Not only are there privacy issues that you need to understand so you can keep your kids safe but live streaming may just explain why your Internet usage is spiraling upwards!

To ensure we’re are all up to speed, I am going to start at the very beginning.

Streaming is when video footage or audio is watched (or listened to) online without having to download the entire file first. There is no file to download, just a continuous stream of data. Good examples are Internet radio and television broadcasts.

Now there are two types of streaming – on demand streaming and live streaming. On demand streaming is when the user chooses to watch content that has previously been recorded, for example Catchup TV and YouTube videos. Live streaming is different – footage is shared online as it happens – just like live TV.

Live streaming apps have been around for about 10 years with platforms such as Google Hangouts On Air and Twitch but it wasn’t until the launch of Meerkat and then Periscope this year that live streaming really gained mainstream traction. Meerkat and <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more

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