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Watching Video over the Web: Part 1: Streaming Protocols
March/April 2011 (vol. 15 no. 2)
pp. 54-63
Ali Begen, Cisco, Toronto
Tankut Akgul, Cisco
Mark Baugher, Cisco

The average US consumer watches TV for almost five hours a day. While the majority of viewed content is still broadcast TV programming, the share of the time-shifted content is on the rise. One-third of US viewers currently use a digital video recorder like device, but trends indicate that more consumers are migrating to the Web to watch their favorite shows and movies. Increasingly, the Web is coming to digital TV, which incorporates movie downloads and streaming via Web protocols. In this first part of a two-part article, the authors describe both conventional and emerging streaming solutions using Web and non-Web protocols.

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Index Terms:
Web video, adaptive streaming, HTTP streaming, streaming technologies
Citation:
Ali Begen, Tankut Akgul, Mark Baugher, "Watching Video over the Web: Part 1: Streaming Protocols," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 54-63, March-April 2011, doi:10.1109/MIC.2010.155
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