Optimizing Video Delivery for Enhancing User Experience in Wireless Networks

Jongwon YOON  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E100-B   No.1   pp.131-139
Publication Date: 2017/01/01
Publicized: 2016/08/04
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2016EBP3168
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
cellular network,  video streaming,  video transcoding,  WiMAX,  wireless,  

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With the proliferation of hand-held devices in recent years, mobile video streaming has become an extremely popular application. However, Internet video streaming to mobile devices faces several problems, such as unstable connections, long latency, high jitter, etc. We present a system, OptVid, which enhances the user's experiences of video streaming service on cellular networks. OptVid takes the user's profile and provides seamless adaptive bitrate streaming by leveraging the video transcoding solution. It provides very agile bitrate adaptation, especially in the mobile scenario where the wireless channel is not stable. We prototype video transcoding on a WiMAX testbed to bridge the gap between the wireless channel capacity and the video quality. Our evaluations reveal that OptVid provides better user experience than conventional schemes in terms of PSNR, video stalls, and buffering time. OptVid does not require any additional storage since it transcodes videos on-the-fly upon receiving requests and delivers them directly to the client.