Streaming media will not take off until broadband networks have been more widely adopted, an analyst has warned.
A report from the Yankee Group has concluded that streaming media tools will become a significant part of the delivery of internet content.
"Rich media applications are problematic for users to download, due to the large file sizes. Streaming media has become established as a viable delivery channel for these complex applications, saving the user from significant delays since the entire file does not need to be downloaded," explained Amy Prehn, an analyst at the Group.
But Prehn warned that they would only be effective once quality high-speed networks are in place.
"Streaming media files are highly sensitive to quality degradation due to packet loss, latency and network congestion; and they effectively require a robust network infrastructure," she said.
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