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HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) is quickly becoming the dominant type of video streaming in Over-The-Top multimedia services. HAS content is temporally segmented and each segment is offered in different video qualities to the client. It enables a video client to dynamically adapt the consumed video quality to match with the capabilities of the network and/or the client's device. As such, the use of HAS allows a service provider to offer video streaming over heterogeneous networks and to heterogeneous devices. Traditionally, the H. 264/AVC video codec is used for encoding the HAS content: for each offered video quality, a separate AVC video file is encoded. Obviously, this leads to a considerable storage redundancy at the video server as each video is available in a multitude of qualities. The recent Scalable Video Codec (SVC) extension of H. 264/AVC allows encoding a video into different quality layers: by dowloading one or more additional layers, the video quality can be improved. While this leads to an immediate reduction of required storage at the video server, the impact of using SVC-based HAS on the network and perceived quality by the user are less obvious. In this article, we characterize the performance of AVC- and SVC-based HAS in terms of perceived video quality, network load and client characteristics, with the goal of identifying advantages and disadvantages of both options.
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H.264/AVC, IBCN, EXTENSION

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Famaey, Jeroen, Steven Latré, Niels Bouten, Wim Van de Meerssche, Bart De Vleeschauwer, W Van Leekwijck, and Filip De Turck. 2013. “On the Merits of SVC-based HTTP Adaptive Streaming.” In IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management 5, Proceedings, ed. F DeTurck, Y Diao, CS Hong, D Medhi, and R Sadre, 419–426. IEEE.
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Famaey, J., Latré, S., Bouten, N., Van de Meerssche, W., De Vleeschauwer, B., Van Leekwijck, W., & De Turck, F. (2013). On the merits of SVC-based HTTP adaptive streaming. In F. DeTurck, Y. Diao, C. Hong, D. Medhi, & R. Sadre (Eds.), IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management 5, Proceedings (pp. 419–426). Presented at the 2013 IFIP/IEEE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON INTEGRATED NETWORK MANAGEMENT (IM 2013), IEEE.
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Famaey J, Latré S, Bouten N, Van de Meerssche W, De Vleeschauwer B, Van Leekwijck W, et al. On the merits of SVC-based HTTP adaptive streaming. In: DeTurck F, Diao Y, Hong C, Medhi D, Sadre R, editors. IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management 5, Proceedings. IEEE; 2013. p. 419–26.
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Famaey, Jeroen, Steven Latré, Niels Bouten, et al. “On the Merits of SVC-based HTTP Adaptive Streaming.” IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management 5, Proceedings. Ed. F DeTurck et al. IEEE, 2013. 419–426. Print.
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  abstract     = {HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) is quickly becoming the dominant type of video streaming in Over-The-Top multimedia services. HAS content is temporally segmented and each segment is offered in different video qualities to the client. It enables a video client to dynamically adapt the consumed video quality to match with the capabilities of the network and/or the client's device. As such, the use of HAS allows a service provider to offer video streaming over heterogeneous networks and to heterogeneous devices. Traditionally, the H. 264/AVC video codec is used for encoding the HAS content: for each offered video quality, a separate AVC video file is encoded. Obviously, this leads to a considerable storage redundancy at the video server as each video is available in a multitude of qualities. The recent Scalable Video Codec (SVC) extension of H. 264/AVC allows encoding a video into different quality layers: by dowloading one or more additional layers, the video quality can be improved. While this leads to an immediate reduction of required storage at the video server, the impact of using SVC-based HAS on the network and perceived quality by the user are less obvious. In this article, we characterize the performance of AVC- and SVC-based HAS in terms of perceived video quality, network load and client characteristics, with the goal of identifying advantages and disadvantages of both options.},
  author       = {Famaey, Jeroen and Latr{\'e}, Steven and Bouten, Niels and Van de Meerssche, Wim and De Vleeschauwer, Bart and Van Leekwijck, W  and De Turck, Filip},
  booktitle    = {IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management 5, Proceedings},
  editor       = {DeTurck, F and Diao, Y and Hong, CS and Medhi, D and Sadre, R},
  isbn         = {9781467352291},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  pages        = {419--426},
  publisher    = {IEEE},
  title        = {On the merits of SVC-based HTTP adaptive streaming},
  year         = {2013},
}

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