Seamless Mobile Video Streaming over HTTP/2 with Gradual Quality Transitions

Hung T. LE  Thang VU  Nam PHAM NGOC  Anh T. PHAM  Truong Cong THANG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E100-B   No.5   pp.901-909
Publication Date: 2017/05/01
Publicized: 2016/11/16
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2016EBP3250
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Multimedia Systems for Communications
Keyword: 
HTTP adaptive streaming,  adaptation,  HTTP/2,  server push,  

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Summary: 
HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) has become a popular solution for media delivery over the mobile Internet. However, existing HAS systems are based on the pull-based HTTP/1.1 protocol, leading to high overheads (e.g., in terms of energy, processing, bandwidth) for clients, servers, as well as network nodes. The new HTTP/2 protocol provides a server push feature, which allows the client to receive more than one video segment for each request in order to reduce request-related overheads. In this study, we propose an adaptation method to leverage the push feature of HTTP/2. Our method takes into account not only the request-related overhead but also buffer stability and gradual transitions. The experimental results show that our proposed method performs well under strong throughput variations of mobile networks.