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Progressive download is a widely utilized technique for media distribution (YouTube, MySpace, Vimeo, etc). It’s implemented as a common file download from an HTTP server. The main feature of this approach is that the media player on the client side can play the media stream while file downloading is still in progress. The user is able to control the playing (stop, play, etc.) for sections which are already downloaded. The user may also wait until the download is completed for smoother playback.

However, there are several limitations with progressive download:

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