We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Digital Media Streamer?

Mary Elizabeth
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Digital media is electronic media, as opposed to, print media. Digital media that a computer user accesses could be seen through a browser, housed on an internal or external hard drive, played through a digital media player, or streamed in an ongoing delivery flow. A digital media streamer, or streaming media player, is a device that plays some or many types of multimedia. Newer game consoles, such as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo® Wii, can also double as digital media streamers.

A digital media streamer may be able to stream a variety of multimedia, depending on capabilities and licensing. Apple TV, for example, can handle media from iTunes, but does not play Window Media files, while Windows-oriented streamers may be just the opposite. Digital media streamers will typically handle a range of file formats, include video formats MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, and AVI; audio formats MP3, WAV, and AAC; and photo formats JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. They may also work with a variety of playlist formats.

These devices can be categorized differently by manufacturers and retailers. They may be referred to as digital multimedia receivers, live HD media players, theater, or media center extender. Devices with a more limited range of media will typically have a name reflecting their capability, such as DVD player, but the reference to multimedia can be tagged on afterward.

Differences between products include ease of setup, cost, capacity, and speed of downloads. Operating system compatibility and connectivity protocols are two essential items to consider in integrating a digital media streamer with an existing computer and wired or wireless local area network (LAN). Some products of this type do not have Wi-Fi, and they may be geared for different LAN standards, often 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n, or offer a choice.

There are some commonproblems that may show up when using a digital media streamer. These include unreliable streaming bit rates, incompatibility issues, license and media rental restrictions, too simple or too complex menus, and lack of built-in DVD player or lack of Wi-Fi support.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary Elizabeth
By Mary Elizabeth
Passionate about reading, writing, and research, Mary Elizabeth is dedicated to correcting misinformation on the Internet. In addition to writing articles on art, literature, and music for EasyTechJunkie, Mary works as a teacher, composer, and author who has written books, study guides, and teaching materials. Mary has also created music composition content for Sibelius Software. She earned her B.A. from University of Chicago's writing program and an M.A. from the University of Vermont.
Discussion Comments
By fBoyle — On Oct 22, 2014

Why is anyone still purchasing devices for digital media streaming? I don't know much about games, but other types of media like films and music can easily be played with a downloadable media player on the computer. The computer can easily be attached to a TV screen and used like a device.

Most of these media players are actually free and if they don't already play all available file formats, there are codecs that can be downloaded to make the media player stream them. Or one can just download an updated media player that works with everything.

I stopped investing in things like DVD and Blu-ray players a long time ago.

By donasmrs — On Oct 22, 2014

@literally45-- Yea, most devices are quite limited in the forms of media they will play. But you see, new media formats are coming out every day. It's very challenging for these devices to keep up with them. When a new media file format comes out, a new device has to be used to play that format. It's just not possible to constantly renew devices.

There are currently media players out there that will play three or four different types of media. But you have to be strict about the types of media that you use. Always check what the device is capable of playing before purchasing films, games, etc. And don't be surprised if in a few years when the market is bombarded with a media format that your streamer/player can't play.

By literally45 — On Oct 21, 2014

I'm having trouble finding a digital media streamer that works with more than one type of media.

I have a DVD player that actually also plays some forms of electronic media like AVI. But it won't play anything else.

Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth
Passionate about reading, writing, and research, Mary Elizabeth is dedicated to correcting misinformation on the...
Learn more
EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.