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A bit stream ( English bitstream ) is a sequence of bits of indefinite length in time sequence. It is the most superficial way of looking at a data stream , which on closer inspection is normally divided into logical structures. As a rule, it is initially divided into more fundamental small structures such as symbols of a fixed size - the bytes (byte stream) - and then into blocks and data packets of different protocols and formats .

On digital storage media and data transmission s channels , the data are mostly as a single data stream represented by a, for example, the electrical signal before. In order to make several data streams available more or less simultaneously, they are interlaced in sections by multiplexers to form a single sequence and then divided again on the other side by appropriate demultiplexers in order to be sent to different programs or devices.

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