In Germany there is a habit to use the verb stream for consuming a video stream from the Internet.
I don’t like this very much and I am wondering what you think about it as a native English speaker. From a technical point of view I use the verb to stream to provide a digital data stream into the Internet. But not for the opposite.
So is it common to use this also for consumers who watch a video? If it is not common, what alternative saying would be possible?
Some more background:
In the Wiktionary definition of stream there is no mention of the meaning of the reception of a data stream: "To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client." However in the definition for streaming it is found: "The transmission of digital audio or video, or the reception or playback of such data without first storing it."
I know my question is very subtle and probably opinion based but I really have the feeling that the verb as such is misused for the consumer side. Also the meaning is not mentioned in the verb definition as cited above. But I also understand language is flexible and when it is becoming normal to be used in the context why not. But to add even some more irritation: there are judges in Germany which are questioning if a "streaming" to a hard disk (temp) cache is still a stream or not. From my point of view it is ridiculous and the word really should not be used for the consumer side.