The Split and Merge (SAM) Protocol for Interactive Video-on-Demand Systems


A true Video-on-Demand (VOD) system provides the ultimate flexibility in video services by allowing users to select any video programs, at any time, and to perform any VCR-like user interactions. To allow true VOD, one approach is to have a dedicated video stream for each customer. This is expensive, especially when multiple identical video streams are sent… (More)
DOI: 10.1109/INFCOM.1997.631168

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