What Is a Webcast Feed?

Webcast refers to media files distributed online. In order to facilitate and enhance distribution and syndication, programmers invented the webcast feed, a content delivery vehicle. This format is used for the syndication of news and other forms of web content. It is also frequently updated. Distributors syndicate the webcast feeds, giving the Internet users the ability to subscribe to them. There are some inventories and libraries for webcast feeds, which are known as aggregation spots.

The Kinds of Content Delivered by Webcast Feeds

The typical kinds of content delivered by webcast feeds are webpage content in HTML format and other types of digital media. When a website provides feeds to inform users of new and updated content, it includes a summary of the text rather than the entire new content.

Except for the short summary, the feeds include a headline and a link back to the main website where you can read the full text. This is why most content developers try to use eye catching and intriguing titles when syndicating their content. The goal of doing this is to encourage their readers to visit their website and read the entire article. Sometimes you can also find a full webcast feed. In this case, the entire article will come to the news reader, so that you do not need to click through to the website to read the text that got your attention.

How can you Open Webcast Feeds?

Typically, in order to receive and open the Webcast feed you need an aggregator or news reader that runs on your computer. The aggregator asks the server in the feed list for new and updated content and makes notes of new content when available. You can schedule the aggregator to check for updated content periodically.

There are different kinds of feed readers; some of them are web based readers, while others are downloadable news readers that you can install on your computer. Some of them offer free services, but you can also find aggregators with paid services. Generally, the news readers offer a vast array of services and features to their users. Some of them give you the option to combine several different feeds in a single view, hide the already seen messages and items and categorize the received feeds.

Others give you the chance to download the webcast feeds live or on demand when it comes to streaming media files.

The Advantages of Webcast Feeds

A Webcast feed has a few advantages in comparison to receiving content via e-mails. First of all, users do not need to disclose any personal data or their email addresses when receiving feeds. Therefore, they reduce exposure to possible threats that are associated with e-mails, such as viruses, spam mails, phishing or id theft. Moreover, Internet users are free to remove the aggregator or an individual webcast feed whenever they want, without unsubscribing or sending any request to any service.

The webcast feeds follow particular rules and are automatically sorted in such a way that each feed series has its own entry package, unlike the emails where the user has to define his own rules to sort out messages and senders.