Non bandwidth-intrusive video streaming over TCP

Hiroyuki Hisamatsu, Go Hasegawa, Masayuki Murata

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Video streaming services using TCP as a transport layer protocol - represented by YouTube - are becoming increasingly popular and, accordingly, have come to account for a significant portion of Internet traffic. TCP is greedy, that is, it tries to exhaust the entire bandwidth. Thus, video streaming over TCP tends to unnecessarily take bandwidth from competing traffic. In this paper, we first investigate the data transfer mechanisms of the current video streaming services using TCP and show that they perform data transfer at much higher rates than the video playback rate. We then propose a new transfer mechanism for video streaming over TCP, one that controls the data transfer rate based on the network congestion level and the amount of buffered video data at the receiver. Simulation results show that the proposed mechanism has two characteristics lacked by current video streaming over TCP, specifically a low frequency of buffer underflow at the receiver and a lack of excessive bandwidth "stealing" from competing traffic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 8th International Conference on Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationNew Generations, ITNG 2011
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780769543673
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2011 8th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, ITNG 2011


  • Congestion Control
  • TCP (Transmission Control Protocol)
  • Video Streaming
  • YouTube


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