One of the most requested features since the launch of CNET TV has been progressive download. We've received countless e-mails asking for "the ability to pause and let the video load like you can on YouTube" and to "fix your bandwidth problem, so I can watch using dial-up." Although virtually none of the users requesting progressive download knew what to call it, they all knew how to describe it. Progressive download sends the video file to your computer as rapidly as you can receive it, whereas streaming sends the video to your computer as it is needed. If you're interested in a detailed comparison, you can read Streamingmedia.com's lengthy comparison of streaming vs. progressive download. The bottom line, however, is that if you pause a video on CNET TV the player will continue to download the video file--just like good old YouTube.
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