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Quality metric to assess video streaming service over TCP considering temporal location of pauses

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5 Author(s)
Rodriguez, D.Z. ; Comput. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil ; Abrahao, J. ; Begazo, D.C. ; Rosa, R.L.
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There is a wide range of video services over complex transmission networks, and in some cases end users fail to receive an acceptable quality level. In this paper, the different factors that degrade users' quality of experience (QoE) in video streaming service that use TCP as transmission protocol are studied. In this specific service, impairment factors are: number of pauses, their duration and temporal location. In order to measure the effect that each temporal segment has in the overall video quality, subjective tests. Because current subjective test methodologies are not adequate to assess video streaming over TCP, some recommendations are provided here. At the application layer, a customized player is used to evaluate the behavior of player buffer, and consequently, the end user QoE. Video subjective test results demonstrate that there is a close correlation between application parameters and subjective scores. Based on this fact, a new metrics named VsQM is defined, which considers the importance of temporal location of pauses to assess the user QoE of video streaming service. A useful application scenario is also presented, in which the metrics proposed herein is used to improve video services.

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Consumer Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 3 )