Streamloading

Video streaming applications are a major contributor to the recent dramatic rise of data traffic in cellular networks. Mobile users in a cellular network suffer fluctuating data rates, which almost directly reflects on the quality of video they view in a streaming service. Although replacing such video streaming services with video downloading/renting services could potentially allow such mobile users to enjoy consistently higher quality videos, traditionally such services cost a lot more than video streaming services because of legal copyright pricing and management issues. We propose a novel scalable video delivery service called streamloading in which enhancement layers can be pre-fetched just as a regular downloading service while base layers are streamed in real time. Since enhancement layers cannot be decoded without the respective base layer, this service will not violate any copyright constraints. With streamloading, mobile users are potentially able to enjoy download quality videos, while still being legally classified as a streaming service.

Publications

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S.A. Hosseini, Z. Lu, G.de Veciana, S. Panwar (2016). "SVC-Based Multi-User Streamloading for Wireless Networks". IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 34(8), 2185-2197.Streamloading2016/04/07
A. Rath, S. Goyal, S. Panwar, "Streamloading: Low Cost High Quality Video Streaming for Mobile Users," in ACM 5th Workshop on Mobile Video (MoVid '13), Oslo, Norway, 27 February 2013Streamloading2013/02/27