|Authors||K. Evensen, T. Kupka, D. Kaspar, P. Halvorsen and C. Griwodz|
|Editors||D. C. A. Bulterman|
|Title||Quality-Adaptive Scheduling for Live Streaming Over Multiple Access Networks|
|Afilliation||Communication Systems, Communication Systems|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Conference Name||The 20th International Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video (NOSSDAV 2010)|
Video streaming ranks among the most popular services offered through the Internet today. At the same time, accessing the Internet over public WiFi and 3G networks has become part of our everyday lives. However, streaming video in wireless environments is often subject to frequent periods of rebuffering and characterized by low picture quality. In particular, achieving smooth and quality-adaptive streaming of live video poses a big challenge in mobile scenarios. Building on the observation that the subjective video experience on mobile devices decreases when quality changes are more frequent than every 1 to 2 seconds, we present a client-side scheduler that retrieves segments of several video encodings over heterogeneous network interfaces simultaneously. By extending the DAVVI streaming platform with support for multihoming, the proposed scheduler's performance is experimentally evaluated. The results show that our scheduler reduces the video interruptions and achieves a higher and more stable average quality over multiple, truly heterogeneous wireless interfaces.