Hotness Streaming Vs Downloading

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Does Streaming a Web-series or movie at a specific resolution (say 720p) require the same amount of data as it requires for downloading it with same resolution (720p)?

If yes, so downloading seems to be always a better option – if the full video is to be watched.

If yes, why people are crazy buying subscriptions of apps like netflix, hotstar, gaana, prime video etc.?

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Downloading is illegal and streaming is best, no time wasting in downloading. Streaming has no interruptions what so ever and so many other reasons.

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SHARKTANK wrote:

Downloading is illegal and streaming is best, no time wasting in downloading. Streaming has no interruptions what so ever and so many other reasons.

Isn’t it other way round that once downloaded, there is no interruption as it is stored in local media instead of being taken through internet (buffering)? So, in term of time – streaming may waste more time. Once downloaded – we can go backward, foreward, 2x speed without wastage of time and data?
Correct me, if wrong.
And what are other reasons? (apart from legality)

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Subscription saves time and with little efforts you can watch anytime as per your choice, but with so many subscription services and exclusive content it will cost thousands of rupees. Downloading needs fast internet and takes time to search for content online, and almost everything is available for download. So if you r poor like me😄 download is best

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Philosopher wrote:

Isn’t it other way round that once downloaded, there is no interruption as it is stored in local media instead of being taken through internet (buffering)? So, in term of time – streaming may waste more time. Once downloaded – we can go backward, foreward, 2x speed without wastage of time and data?
Correct me, if wrong.
And what are other reasons? (apart from legality)

To be honest i like streaming more because my internet connection is high speed (50 Mbps, usually get around half bandwidth) which is more than enough to stream buffer free.

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thats_my_spot wrote:

Subscription saves time and with little efforts you can watch anytime as per your choice, but with so many subscription services and exclusive content it will cost thousands of rupees. Downloading needs fast internet and takes time to search for content online. So if you r poor like me😄 download is best

In term of internet usage – don’t both streaming & downloading need same amount of data?

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Philosopher wrote:

In term of internet usage – isn’t both streaming & downloading needs same amount of data?

Yes, it consumes same data. And streaming consumes more power as well, if your connection is fast you can download a file within 10mins or less and watch offline.

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Philosopher wrote:

Isn’t it other way round that once downloaded, there is no interruption as it is stored in local media instead of being taken through internet (buffering)? So, in term of time – streaming may waste more time. Once downloaded – we can go backward, foreward, 2x speed without wastage of time and data?
Correct me, if wrong.
And what are other reasons? (apart from legality)

It takes storage. suppose you have downloaded movie (720p) it will easily take 1 gb of your storage.

Edit: plus it is not easy to find the movie you wish to watch it will take heck of your time and success is not guaranteed

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Resolution is not the only deciding factor
Resolution + Bitrate is
The best part about Netflix and Prime Video..is they offer higher bitrates for their movie streams
For instance :
PrimeVideo can stream 1080p @ ~15 Mb/s
Netflix can do 4K Dolby Vision @ >25 Mb/s
JioCinema is good at times (w/ their own content) and not the shared content via SunNxt,Zee5, ErosNow
The shittiest options as of now are Zee5 and Disney+Hotstar (1000-3000 Kb/s Bitrate)..they offer very low bitrate streams, which may look fine on mobile devices but definitely not on Big sized higher resolution TVs

As far as downloading goes..you have multiple choices to make
You can download a 720p of a movie at a small size of 500mb/5gb…but for streaming (like NF and primevideo)..you don’t get to pick the quality, the system decides it based on your Network connection speed (& your display resolution)
So if you have a very limited network plan ..then Downloading is better over streaming it ( Even if you hold a premium subscription )

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Some are lazy/Some have the MONEY/Some find it difficult to download stuff over internet.

I prefer ‘Downloading’ than subscribing to various OTT platforms. Reason: It is FREE and you can easily get the best quality encodes of almost everything that is being streamed on Internet. On the other hand, the quality of content while streaming varies according to the speed available.

Note: When downloading, you need to have ample time available with you and some internet skills to get the best of what you want.

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Philosopher wrote:

Isn’t it other way round that once downloaded, there is no interruption as it is stored in local media instead of being taken through internet (buffering)? So, in term of time – streaming may waste more time. Once downloaded – we can go backward, foreward, 2x speed without wastage of time and data?
Correct me, if wrong.
And what are other reasons? (apart from legality)

Means answer aapko he pata tha aur hum se pooch liya

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Jo free ka hai wo sab aacha hai. toungueout
If Netflix, Amazon Prime free main milta to yeah bhi aacha hota.. smile

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getready wrote:

Resolution is not the only deciding factor
Resolution + Bitrate is
The best part about Netflix and Prime Video..is they offer higher bitrates for their movie streams
For instance :
PrimeVideo can stream 1080p @ ~15 Mb/s
Netflix can do 4K Dolby Vision @ >25 Mb/s
JioCinema is good at times (w/ their own content) and not the shared content via SunNxt,Zee5, ErosNow
The shittiest options as of now are Zee5 and Disney+Hotstar (1000-3000 Kb/s Bitrate)..they offer very low bitrate streams, which may look fine on mobile devices but definitely not on Big sized higher resolution TVs

As far as downloading goes..you have multiple choices to make
You can download a 720p of a movie at a small size of 500mb/5gb…but for streaming (like NF and primevideo)..you don’t get to pick the quality, the system decides it based on your Network connection speed (& your display resolution)
So if you have a very limited network plan ..then Downloading is better over streaming it ( Even if you hold a premium subscription )

How to know at what bitrate a particular video is streaming at the moment?

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I used to prefer downloading but now streaming is more suitable for me as it helps in content discovery. Also I don’t have to worry about my hard disk being filled. Anyways there is hardly any cont which you watch again…..so if anyone have fast and unlimited internet , streaming is more convenient . Moreover there are many software based on streaming the torrent directly by sequentially caching it example stremio,popcorn etc

Safety tip: avoid using bit torrent and meu torrent ,both are unsafe. Use qbittorrent which is open source and safe.

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rahul101 wrote:

How to know at what bitrate a particular video is streaming at the moment?

Although not accurate.. checking your network stats can give you some idea
Alternately…IDM catches the download links for Prime Video streams (Encrypted*), so if you wanna know the max bit rate particular video on your screen..You can do that with a mathematical formula based on the these parameters (file size, duration of the video)
For hotstar..I think there is an option to display the video statistics (Android TV*)

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abhi.patel0604942 wrote:

Whats streamio??

Search on Google ,I think I can’t post about it here but it has every content ,very nice app
Install all add-ons on it and you can watch everything.

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Just gather download links …put it in IDM & sleep

Downloading all the way…only because of x265 codec

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DealLooter wrote:

Just gather download links …put it in IDM & sleep

Downloading all the way…only because of x265 codec

“only because of x265 codec” ? What does that mean?

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akash2009 wrote:

I used to prefer downloading but now streaming is more suitable for me as it helps in content discovery. Also I don’t have to worry about my hard disk being filled. Anyways there is hardly any cont which you watch again…..so if anyone have fast and unlimited internet , streaming is more convenient . Moreover there are many software based on streaming the torrent directly by sequentially caching it example stremio,popcorn etc

Safety tip: avoid using bit torrent and meu torrent ,both are unsafe. Use qbittorrent which is open source and safe.

I too recommend qbittorrent, it’s FOSS and ad Free with good interface.

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DealLooter wrote:

Just gather download links …put it in IDM & sleep

Downloading all the way…only because of x265 codec

1 IDM is best .

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