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A survey of rate adaptation techniques for dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jonathan KuaJonathan Kua, G Armitage, P Branch
© 1998-2012 IEEE. With companies such as Netflix and YouTube accounting for more than 50% of the peak download traffic on North American fixed networks in 2015, video streaming represents a significant source of Internet traffic. Multimedia delivery over the Internet has evolved rapidly over the past few years. The last decade has seen video streaming transitioning from User Datagram Protocol to Transmission Control Protocol-based technologies. Dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) has recently emerged as a standard for Internet video streaming. A range of rate adaptation mechanisms are proposed for DASH systems in order to deliver video quality that matches the throughput of dynamic network conditions for a richer user experience. This survey paper looks at emerging research into the application of client-side, server-side, and in-network rate adaptation techniques to support DASH-based content delivery. We provide context and motivation for the application of these techniques and review significant works in the literature from the past decade. These works are categorized according to the feedback signals used and the end-node that performs or assists with the adaptation. We also provide a review of several notable video traffic measurement and characterization studies and outline open research questions in the field.

History

Journal

Communications Surveys and Tutorials

Volume

19

Issue

3

Pagination

1842 - 1866

Publisher

IEEE

Location

Piscataway, N.J.

ISSN

1553-877X

eISSN

1553-877X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal