It basically describes how the digital media contents are distributed without the use of physical media. It usually uses the medium of the internet to distribute the file resources. Hence, it is also called as online content distribution or electronic software distribution. Mostly through this method, the contents such as audio, software, video and video games are distributed over the Internet. The online distribution term is commonly used to describe the freestanding products, downloadable add-ons for other products, etc. As the bandwidth increased, this mode of delivery of digital contents has become quite popular amongst the major businesses in the world.
Different Ways of Content Distribution
The contents can be distributed online can be streamed or even downloaded for various purposes. The digitalized versions of books, films, television programs, music, software or video games can be downloaded and installed in the local environment. On the other hand, the streaming involves downloading and using user content at the request of the customer or on-demand. In the former approach, the user would be able to permanently keep the version with him after the download. This enables him to store the digitally distributed content to be stored on a hard drive or another form of storage media. Hence, he can access offline these downloaded digital content in the future.
There are specialist networks for distributing contents over the Internet. They are known as content delivery networks. These networks ensure both the high availability and performance of these contents. Alternatively, there are technologies that allow easy sharing of contents. One such technology is the peer-to-peer file sharing technologies. Yet another way of delivering the digital content is through content delivery platforms. These platforms create and syndicate content remotely in the form of content management systems. There would be provisions for the easy navigation of the required content and subsequent download.