Mobile Video Streaming

Mobile Video Streaming

Chung-wei Lee (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA) and Joshua L. Smith (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-761-9.ch022
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Mobile video streaming is a natural augmentation to today’s thriving Internet video streaming service. With the rapid growth of the capability of mobile handheld devices and abundant bandwidth from high-speed wireless networks, it is expected that mobile video streaming service will soon become a lucrative business section and a thrust for technological advancement on computer and telecommunication industries. In this chapter, essential technical components for constructing mobile video streaming systems are introduced. They include the latest development on broadband wireless technology and video-capable mobile handheld devices. As many modern technologies are often driven by consumer demand, user experience and expectation are discussed from the perspective of mobile video streaming. At the end, several cutting-edge research and development breakthroughs are presented as they may change the future of mobile video streaming systems.
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Mobile Video Streaming System Classification

When it comes to the business life today everyone is always on the move and rarely able to take the time to watch their favorite shows or sports games. Because of the lack of time and the demand for entertainment the market for video streaming handheld devices is one of the only markets in America that is constantly rising. Mobile video streaming systems can be categorized into three different types. There is broadcasting, which is mobile streaming television directly from the source as it appears, such as regular television. There is also the client-server approach for mobile video which is often referred to as mobile video on demand. This is when the user pulls a specific video from a host at any given time, such as YouTube. Lastly there is peer to peer sharing which is when every mobile device acts as a server and a client both hosting and receiving information. Regardless of the type of mobile video streaming system the demand for such service is at an all time high and experts are saying that the demand for such systems will only grow in the future.

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