Simple and Efficient Video-on-Demand Scheme with Segment Transmission over High Speed Network

Satoshi UNO  Hideki TODE  Koso MURAKAMI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B   No.1   pp.106-115
Publication Date: 2001/01/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Multimedia Systems
video-on-demand,  high speed network,  multicast,  burst data transmission,  

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B-ISDN is expected to be applied in the near future to video delivery systems for the broadcast of news and television programs. The demand for such services is increasing, and in particular, on-demand services are becoming more desirable. On-demand services allow viewers to request their favorite programs at the time that is convenient, hence catering for the wide range of modern lifestyles. As for on-demand services, there already exist Video on Demand (VoD) systems such as the original VoD or Near VoD. However, such systems have not yet been widely implemented because of the inefficient cost of communication resources, and storage. The authors' research is aimed at producing an efficient VoD system based on a high speed network. We are focused in particular on the forms of data transmission, and in this paper, we propose a new VoD system called Burst VoD. Burst VoD aggressively utilizes the multicasting technique, and involves dividing the program resource data into block files and transmitting them to viewer terminals as burst traffic over a high speed network. Simulation results comparing Burst VoD with conventional VoD show that Burst VoD achieves lower request blocking rates, efficient utilization of networks with multicasting, and almost on-demand response time to requests.