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Will IPTV ride the peer-to-peer stream? [Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Streaming]

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5 Author(s)
Sentinelli, A. ; Univ. of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles ; Marfia, G. ; Gerla, M. ; Kleinrock, L.
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The great success of P2P systems for the purpose of file-sharing set the path to the next killer application on the Internet, P2P video streaming. Although it solves scalability issues, P2P technology experiences problems of a long start time and churn-induced instability that can greatly affect the user experience. Moreover, technical and business solutions for digital rights management are still under investigation. Great efforts are underway in both academia and industry to solve these problems, whose solution will offer a scalable, affordable, and legal TV-quality-like broadcast of content. In this article, we analyze what is available to the end user in terms of P2P video-streaming products and determine which of these are the most promising for IPTV and content distribution companies. In the following, we offer: (1) A survey of the available architectures. (2) A set of experiments on a popular peer-to-peer system, SopCast. (3) Guidelines for large scale deployment.

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 6 )