Not All Packets Are Equal
The Internet Protocol (IP) is becoming the dominant network technology for video transport. In turn, video is becoming an increasingly significant component of IP network traffic. IP-based video service providers have a range of technology options for supporting the necessary service-level requirements—commonly specified in service-level agreements—for delivering quality video service to viewers. They must first understand these requirements in detail in order to be able to determine the relative benefits of different network technology approaches and to choose between them.
Part one of this two-part article considers the network factors that impact viewers' quality of experience (QoE) for IP-based video-streaming services such as IPTV. In part two, the authors highlight the impact that different durations of IP packet loss have on the quality of experience for IP-based video streaming services.
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