Have you ever thought about what happens when streamers are connected to the internet, streaming their favorites? And how the media played on the device is transmitted within a fraction of time?
While the content producers provide everything to quench the streamer’s appetite, on the other hand, streaming apps try to restrict some of their content for various reasons. However, with the increasing technology, special tools like VPNs have greatly assisted to open up the content. For instance, it’s not possible to watch Disney Plus in South Africa, not unless you subscribe to a reliable VPN.
The number of steamers is steadily growing. And we can’t help but think about the technology that brings about the streaming experience we all yearn for when we subscribe to streaming platforms.
Do you want to know the technologies that innovate your streaming experience?
Let’s dive in!
1. Improved content resolutions
One of the vital factors considered when subscribing to a streaming app is the video quality; quality experience is held dear by viewers.
There are loads of devices used when streaming, smartphones, laptops, tablets, TVs among others. If such streamers are to get quality video, then there must be proper delivery of audio and video quality. A good example is Netflix which uses Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion (VMAF) to get their subscribers the best viewing experience.
The technology is responsible for providing quality pictures and smooth video playback. With the network bandwidth constraints in mind and what device is used to view content, the technology helps to deliver video streams containing the best-uninterrupted quality we all see on Netflix.
For instance, there is the use of the H.266/VVC codec, which assists in the preparation of video for streaming over the internet. Others include the VP9, H.264, HEVC, etc.
2. Current TV Displays (8K, 4K)
8K is the new kid on the block, following its predecessor, 4K. These technologies focus on the resolution or the picture quality.
This is an exciting development for the users and developers as well. It’s evident that as days go by, content creators continue to produce more juicy content as per the viewer’s demands. In the same case, the service providers have their game rolling with the best apps.
During the cable era, no one would have dreamed of having a display resolution of around 8,000 pixels. Today, this is history.
The main difference between the 8K and 4K is the picture quality, meaning 8K allows for a more detailed visible look. But still, most of the streamers have stuck to the 4K resolutions, leaving the 8K for the theater-sized screens.
3. Virtual watch parties/ Synchronized viewing
With the pandemic hit, new inventions came along. Service providers had to look for a way to ensure they delivered top notch content. Ensuring that even with the social distancing, people would virtually enjoy watching together remotely.
There are quite a number of software that allow for virtual parties. They include Metastream, Teleparty, Hyperbeam among others.
Even popular streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney plus have their own built-in features that allow for virtual watch parties, by use of multiple browser extensions. With these, you can stream any app as a group. For instance, there is the Netflix Party, Chrome extensions. Normally, there is a link to be shared, and once every member in the group clicks the URL, they should close it to avoid cyberattacks.
4. 5G technology
Despite the conspiracy linked to the 5G technology, it makes streaming on the go a reality. Its adoption has triggered new opportunities in the streaming industry. Again, the technology has improved everything from image quality, download speed, lag, and others, which later translates to better mobile connectivity and a lower latency network that allows for real-time access.
With 5G, there is improved cellular coverage that allows users to have a consistent streaming experience, not forgetting the fact that you can stream with less battery power compared to the 4G. In fact, those who stream on the go can use it in poor service zones.
5. Use of Dolby Atmos and Vision
The use of Dolby Atmos and Vision has been uniquely intertwined in plenty of TVs. No streaming platform would hate to have viewers enjoy their favorites with stunning colors, some well-balanced brightness, and better sound. The truth is, there is no better feeling than when you watch that favorite show or movie with a high range of sharpness, color, and balanced sound from the Dolby Atmos.
Unlike the traditional way of sound formats, this technology is the answer to your cinematic experience. There are quite a number of devices supporting Dolby Vision and Atmos, though this may be limited when it comes to gaming consoles.
It’s hard to believe how the technology has evolved and the changes it has made over the internet, allowing streamers to get the quality content they need, whenever.
We can appreciate the fact that even if sometimes there will be screen freezes, buffering, this doesn’t last forever. The companies have toiled hard to ensure the end product satisfies the streamer. And this all depends on the technology advancement that offers you the best streaming experience.