AuthorsK. Evensen, D. Kaspar, C. Griwodz, P. Halvorsen, A. F. Hansen, and P. E. Engelstad
EditorsK. M. P. Begen
TitleImproving the Performance of Quality-Adaptive Video Streaming Over Multiple Heterogeneous Access Networks
AfilliationCommunication Systems, , Communication Systems
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2011
Conference NameProceedings of the second annual ACM conference on Multimedia systems (MMSYS)
Date PublishedFebruary
ISBN Number978-1-4503-0518-1

Devices capable of connecting to multiple, overlapping networks simultaneously are becoming increasingly common. For example, most laptops are equipped with LAN- and WLAN-interfaces, and smart phones can typically connect to both WLANs and 3G mobile networks. At the same time, streaming high-quality video is becoming increasingly popular. However, due to bandwidth limitations or the unreliable and unpredictable nature of some types of networks, streaming video can be subject to frequent periods of rebuffering and characterised by a low picture quality. In this paper, we present a client-side request scheduler that distributes requests for the video over multiple heterogeneous interfaces simultaneously. Each video is divided into independent segments with constant duration, enabling segments to be requested over separate links, utilizing all the available bandwidth. To increase performance even further, the segments are divided into smaller subsegments, and the sizes are dynamically calculated on the fly, based on the throughput of the different links. This is an improvement over our earlier subsegment approach, which divided segments into fixed size subsegments. Both subsegment approaches were evaluated with on-demand streaming and quasi-live streaming. The new subsegment approach reduces the number of playback interruptions and improves video quality significantly for all cases where the earlier approach struggled. Otherwise, they show similar performance.

Citation KeySimula.simula.178