As an avid user of the Internet, you must have watched videos through popular movie-hosting sites and services, with subject matters ranging from funny cats to spooky “found footage”. The ability to watch a movie instantaneously online in real time without having to download anything—otherwise recognised as streaming—might be taken for granted, but it is a feature that deserves some explanation so that you can better utilise it. The next time you choose to stream a video, you might want to keep the following information in mind to improve your viewing experience.
While streaming a video can work on any supported device that has a connection to the Internet, it is highly recommended that users rely on high bandwidth network connections so that the streamed video loads quickly. If the network connection becomes unstable, or is abruptly cut, streamed videos usually have a “buffer” feature that allows them to play a few seconds of the film even when there is no connection.
There are many websites that let users watch free movies online, allowing them to see a film at their own leisure. Oftentimes, this is the only way to find rare cult films, such as Zombie Wars and Mega Piranha—movies that did not get proper releases on DVD formats and such. If you’re craving a good, old-fashioned movie night with the family, you should try combing the Internet for a beloved classic, or even rare films, and have it streamed on the same night.