Poor Video Streaming Performance Explained (and Fixed)

@article{Arye2016PoorVS,
  title={Poor Video Streaming Performance Explained (and Fixed)},
  author={Matvey Arye and Siddhartha Sen and Michael J. Freedman},
  journal={Applicative 2016},
  year={2016}
}
HTTP-based video streaming is a key application on the Internet today, comprising the majority of Internet traffic. Yet customers remain dissatisfied with video quality, resulting in lost revenue for content providers. Recent studies have blamed this on the adaptive bitrate selection (ABR) algorithm used by client players, claiming it interacts poorly with TCP when the video buffer is full, which causes it to underestimate available network bandwidth. We show that the root cause of the problem… 

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