Streaming media content using the Internet has become easier with times. Not so long ago, the choice of content was limited. So nobody really needed any tools for streaming television programs, or films. But over the years there are many programs and television sets that now work overnight to cater to the needs of people from different countries. Timings differ across the globe. Therefore, if people miss out on any program, they can view it at a bit later. They could record it too. But what if there are more than one program that they want to watch and the timings clash? In the past, there was no way this problem could be solved other than to try to record one of the programmes. But now, it is possible to watch those programs with the help of tools.
Most people who use a streaming facility are familiar with VPN based systems. What this system does is establish a network on the web connecting the requester’s device with the server where the requested content resides. There are risks in establishing such a system. There can also be interference. A lot of programming and coding needs to be done to ensure that the user can stream the desired content without compromising the quality or interference from hackers who are keen on invading privacy.
Such coding and development of VPN systems, i.e., virtual private networking systems therefore entails a lot of encryption and this slows down the streaming speed. But the invasion on the user’s privacy is minimized by most of these Virtual Private Network software programs. As a result, the user can enjoy a movie as if it has been screened exclusively for him or her, albeit a bit slowly.
One of the problems encountered while streaming with VPN software is disruption because of problems with the connection. A new technology called SmartDNS is now available that overcomes many of the problems encountered while streaming with VPN software.
Basically the two technologies are different. Unlike VPN, SmartDNS is essentially a network based system. Therefore, it is able to adjust to requests faster. VPN software programs on the other hand search for matching criteria and then stream the content. In SmartDNS both software and hardware play an active role in establishing that connection. The connection is therefore less likely to break frequently as is the case with VPN streaming.
Another reason the new technology is becoming popular is because a single installation is sufficient for streaming on more than one device. This has not been possible with VPN streaming. OpenVPN streaming was introduced recently to give access across any platform. But with SmartDNS that problem has already been addressed. Since there is no need to develop the existing program in the case of SmartDNS, the costs are lower, and are likely to remain stagnant. But with VPN based streaming, the software tool has to be periodically upgraded. Therefore, prices of these tools increase with each passing year.
In so far as costs are concerned, SmartDNS is head and shoulders above all the VPN software programs. In other words, VPN software is invariably expensive. Nevertheless, it is the user who has to take a call whether he or she is willing to put up with the inconveniences in a VPN based streaming provider, or SmartDNS based streaming. If the user considers privacy to be an important issue, VPN based streaming is made for such user.