Proxy-based near real-time TV content transmission in mobility over 4G with MPEG-DASH transcoding on the cloud
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This paper presents and evaluates a system that provides TV and radio services in mobility using 4G communications. The system has mainly two blocks, one on the cloud and another on the mobile vehicle. On the cloud, a DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) receiver obtains the TV/radio signal and prepares the contents to be sent through 4G. Specifically, contents are transcoded and packetized using the DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) standard. Vehicles in mobility use their 4G connectivity to receive the flows transmitted by the cloud. The key element of the system is an on-board proxy that manages the received flows and offers them to the final users in the vehicle. The proxy contains a buffer that helps reduce the number of interruptions caused by hand over effects and lack of coverage. The paper presents a comparison between a live transmission using 4G connecting the clients directly with the cloud server and a near real-time transmission based on an on-board proxy. Results prove that the use of the proxy reduces the number of interruptions considerably and, thus, improves the Quality of Experience of users at the expense of slightly increasing the delay.
KeywordsProxy 4G Video streaming TV Buffering Dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) Quality of experience ITU-T P.1203
This work is supported by the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) from the Government of Spain under the project “Plataforma avanzada de conectividad en movilidad” (CDTI IDI-20150126) and the project “Desarrollo de nueva plataforma de entretenimiento multimedia para entornos náuticos” (CDTI TIC-20170102).
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