Gone are the days when you had to lineup outside a CD shop to get a movie. In this digital age, we have multiple platforms that allow us to download or stream movies on the go. This convenience is due to the accessibility of high-speed internet. A good internet connection makes HD streaming a treat. However, HD video streaming requires a lot of bandwidth and it’s never a good idea to run out of it in the middle of the month. There are contrasting differences between downloading and streaming movies or TV shows. The only drawback to streaming is that it needs high-speed internet. Whereas, you can put any movie on download even with slow internet and watch it later on.
If you are wondering whether you should download or stream a movie from Cox cable TV’s on-demand service, here is what you need to understand:
Streaming vs Downloading
Despite the misconception, downloading and streaming are the same functionally. Both downloading and streaming fetch a video file from the web for your chosen device. The only difference is that when you download a movie or show, it is saved in your device’s memory. Therefore, both of them involve downloading a file over the internet but one leaves a copy of that file in your memory so that you can access it without downloading the next time.
Therefore, downloading is ideal if you are looking to watch the show or movie on repeat. You will save a large chunk of data, as streaming will require you to download it once again.
The size of the file is the same
Another important thing to consider is that the size of the file will be the same no matter if you download it or stream. However, the quality of the video might change this rule. If you are streaming a TV show in full-HD 1080p, it will consume a large amount of bandwidth as opposed to streaming the same TV show in 720p. You can tweak some settings to save data consumption. For example, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime allow you to change the video quality while watching a movie.
How to make the decision?
There are many factors to consider here. However, the only way you can make this decision is by understanding how you’ll use the file. If there is a song that is on repeat and you play it every single day, downloading that song is always a better option. This goes the same for TV series and videos. For example, I love watching the Big Bang Theory while I’m having lunch. I download 5-6 episodes at once so that I can watch them whenever I like. This also helps me when I’m going to work on a bus or train. I can watch it without an internet connection.
However, if you want to watch something only once, you might as well stream it instead. Streaming does not save any data on your device. Therefore, you can enjoy the movie without losing your device’s storage capacity. Streaming is the best option if you have a strong internet connection.
Streaming brings a ton of convenient features to your display. Many streaming services let you watch a movie midway, and play it directly from the spot where you left off the last time. Streaming services are good at offering you playback, fast-forward, and other features. Most importantly, when you start watching a movie and leave it in-between, it results in less data usage. Streaming downloads only a small portion of the movie while you are playing it and keeps on downloading more as you proceed. Conversely, downloading a movie will require you to have the entire file in the memory. Therefore, streaming is more convenient if you want to watch a show in bits and chunks and save data on top.
There are multiple interpretations of this query and there are no fixed answers. If you live in an area that has a strong internet connection and unlimited monthly data, you can stream a movie to save space on your device. If you have a faulty internet connection that goes on and off, it is better to download the movie before the movie night.
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