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What is done by the industry to reduce buffer delay in streaming media. Please discuss 3 ways how minimizing buffer delay can be achieved.

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Streaming media
Audio or video files that can begin playing as they are being downloaded to a computer.
Streaming media is media that is continuously received by, and normally displayed to, the end-user whilst it is being delivered by the provider. The name refers to the delivery method of the medium rather than to the medium itself. The distinction is usually applied to media that are distributed over telecommunications networks, as most other delivery systems are either inherently streaming (e.g. radio, television) or inherently non-streaming (e.g. books, video cassettes, audio CDs). The verb 'to stream' is also derived from this term, meaning to deliver media in this manner.
Minimizing Delay
Buffers are an essential part of creating, delivering, and rendering streaming media content, enabling Windows Media components to provide a high-quality end-user experience. However, there are trade-offs. The larger the buffer size, the longer the broadcast delay. The default buffer time values in Windows Media components balance quality and delay for ...

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Ways for minimizing buffer delay is achieved.

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