Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but there's a lot of intelligent discussion going on here, so thought I'd ask.
Someone was explaining the basic technical differences between streaming services like Netflix compared to iTunes. The essence of it was that Netflix just puts it out there and your system (router, ISP, set-up, etc) has to do most of the work, whereas with iTunes, they do a co-server type thing (this is where my memory gets fuzzy) so that they are sharing some of the work. My understanding is that it requires less raw internet speed and also allows for fast-forwarding, for example, that Netflix doesn't do.
Could someone please explain the technical differences between these two types of streaming? And do we ever think that Netflix might end up doing something like that? It seems to me that it would alleviate all the need for special deals with ISPs, concerns with where the internet path travels, bottlenecks during peak periods, bandwidth caps, etc. I mean, basically all the complaints customers have with Netflix streaming.
FYI, I have business class Comcast at around 40 Mbps hard wired to an ATV3. I get decent performance now with Netflix, but with a lot of monkeying around and the cost of hardwiring. I'd love to be able to fast-forward and get better sound than Dolby Digital 5.1. For starters...