Recent advances in peer-to-peer video streaming by using scalable video coding

Dan Grois, Ofer Hadar

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Scalable Video Coding provides important functionalities, such as the spatial, temporal, and SNR (quality) scalability, thereby significantly improving coding efficiency over prior standards such as the H.264/AVC and enabling the power adaptation. In turn, these functionalities lead to the enhancement of the video streaming over Peer-to-Peer networks, thereby providing a powerful platform for a variety of multimedia streaming applications, such as video-on-demand, video conferencing, live broadcasting, and many others. P2P systems are considered to be extremely cost-effective, since they utilize resources of the peer machines (e.g., CPU resources, memory resources, and bandwidth). However, since bandwidth is usually not constant and also since Peer-to-Peer networks suffer from the packet loss, there is no guarantee for the end-user video presentation quality. In addition, due to different server and end-user hardware configurations, it will be useful to specify the quality of the media (e.g., the bit-rate, spatial/ temporal resolution, and the like). As a result, the Scalable Video Coding approach is an excellent choice, since the media streaming can be adjusted to a suitable stream to fit a particular Peer-to-Peer network and particular end-user requirements.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationStreaming Media with Peer-to-Peer Networks
Subtitle of host publicationWireless Perspectives
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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