bitstream(redirected from application/octet stream)
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Computing a sequence of digital data transmitted electronically
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bitstream(1) A DVD/Blu-ray mode (see Bitstream mode).
(2) A series of bits. A bitstream typically refers to the transmission of data but may refer to that same set of data in memory or in storage. A bitstream may be structured in any number of formats, but the term is used at the hardware level when referring to the actual flow of data.
Bytestreams and Octet Streams
A stream of bytes, also called "octets," is a "bytestream" or "octet stream." See byte and octet.
An "application/octet stream" refers to bytes flowing over the Internet.
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