A distributed approach for bitrate selection in HTTP adaptive streaming

Abdelhak Bentaleb, Ali C. Begen, Saad Harous, Roger Zimmermann

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8 Citations (Scopus)


Past research has shown that concurrent HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) players behave selfishly and the resulting competition for shared resources leads to underutilization or oversubscription of the network, presentation quality instability and unfairness among the players, all of which adversely impact the viewer experience. While coordination among the players, as opposed to all being selfish, has its merits and may alleviate some of these issues. A fully distributed architecture is still desirable in many deployments and better reflects the design spirit of HAS. In this study, we focus on and propose a distributed bitrate adaptation scheme for HAS that borrows ideas from consensus and game theory frameworks. Experimental results show that the proposed distributed approach provides significant improvements in terms of viewer experience, presentation quality stability, fairness and network utilization, without using any explicit communication between the players.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Multimedia Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356657
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2018
Event26th ACM Multimedia conference, MM 2018 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Oct 22 2018Oct 26 2018

Publication series

NameMM 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Multimedia Conference


Other26th ACM Multimedia conference, MM 2018
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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