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[whatwg] Limiting the amount of downloaded but not watched video

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 22:20:32 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTika4_Gn7owGF7G2gEp_7sGqYnWXEcB74L2cTFEE@mail.gmail.com>
On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky at mit.edu> wrote:
> On 1/17/11 4:05 PM, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
>>
>> Assuming a browser is able to play back video in realtime, i.e. their
>> CPU and download bandwidth are sufficient to download video data at or
>> above the speed it is required in to provide continuous playback
>
> ... and that both conditions will continue for the duration of the video's
> playback.
>
> Right?
>
> Determining whether this condition holds either making some assumptions that
> may or may not be true or having some magical future-predicting technology.
>
> If nothing else, I'm thinking things like "I would like to buffer up this
> 3-hour-long-video so I can watch it on the plane, where my network bandwidth
> will be precisely 0". ?Definitely as use case I've had.

Yes, I agree. Maybe though - since this is definitely a use case for
"special users" - this could be on a right-click menu as an option:
"download full media resource and save for later playback" or
something similar. This is indeed a user need scenario, which goes
against the minimum bandwidth waste aim of content providers. But it
is the special use case, not the norm IMHO.

Cheers,
Silvia.
Received on Monday, 17 January 2011 13:20:32 UTC

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