After a lecture has been captured, streaming is a way to deliver the content to viewers. It is not a file downloaded all at once onto the viewers computer but instead is streamed over the network in small pieces while it is being watched, similar to how a television or radio works.
Streaming is a good for:
- Long content that would take significant time to download
- Those concerned about copying of the content. It is more difficult to copy a stream, though not impossible.
- Viewers that can be connected to the internet for the duration.
- Moderately slow bandwidth connections
Streaming is not so good when:
- Viewers can't stay connected to the internet for the full viewing duration
- You want the viewer to be able to take the content with them, for example on an iPod.
The TRC can record and stream audio, or podcast it if you like, from lectures in supported lecture halls. Just contact the TRC desk to get it setup. If you are not in a supported lecture hall, or would like to stream something other than a normal lecture, the TRC may be able to help you out there as well.