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Proxy caching has been used to speed up Web browsing and reduce networking costs. In this paper, we study the extension of proxy caching techniques to streaming video applications. A trivial extension consists of storing complete video sequences in the cache. However, this may not be applicable in situations where the video objects are very large and proxy cache space is limited. We show that the approaches proposed in this paper (referred to as selective caching), where only a few frames are cached, can also contribute to significant improvements in the overall performance. In particular, we discuss two network environments for streaming video, namely, quality-of-service (QoS) networks and best-effort networks (Internet). For QoS networks, the video caching goal is to reduce the network bandwidth costs; for best-effort networks, the goal is to increase the robustness of continuous playback against poor network conditions (such as congestion, delay, and loss). Two different selective caching algorithms (SCQ and SCB) are proposed, one for each network scenario, to increase the relevant overall performance metric in each case, while requiring only a fraction of the video stream to be cached. The main contribution of our work is to provide algorithms that are efficient even when the buffer memory available at the client is limited. These algorithms are also scalable so that when changes in the environment occur it is possible, with low complexity, to modify the allocation of cache space to different video sequences.