The technique is well suited to Multimedia data being sent over the Internet, such as video and sound. With streaming video and sound, a Web user does not have to wait to download a large file before seeing the audio/visual file. Instead, the media begins to play as soon as each piece of data arrives.

The user usually requires a player, which is a special program that can uncompress and play the Multimedia data. A player can be either an integral part of a browser or a standalone application. Popular players include ‘Quicktime’ and ‘RealPlayer’.