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A Network Algorithm for 3D/2D IPTV Distribution using WiMAX and WLAN Technologies

Lloret, J. L. ; Canovas, A. C. ; Rodrigues, J. R. ; Lin, K. L.

Multimedia Tools and Applications Vol. 67, Nº 1, pp. 7 - 30, November, 2013.

ISSN (print): 1380-7501
ISSN (online): 1573-7721

Journal Impact Factor: 1,346 (in 2014)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/s11042-011-0929-4

The appearance of new broadband wireless technologies jointly with the ability to offer enough quality of service to provide IPTV over them, have made possible the mobility and ubiquity of any type of device to access the IPTV network. The minimum bandwidth required in the access network to provide appropriate quality 3D/2D IPTV services jointly with the need to guarantee the Quality of Experience (QoE) to the end user, makes the need of algorithms that should be able to combine different wireless standards and technologies. In this paper, we propose a network algorithm that manages the IPTV access network and decides which type of wireless technology the customers should connect with when using multiband devices, depending on the requirements of the IPTV client device, the available networks, and some network parameters (such as the number of loss packets and packet delay), to provide the maximum QoE to the customer. The measurements taken in a real environment from several wireless networks allow us to know the performance of the proposed system when it selects each one of them. The measurements taken from a test bench demonstrate the success of our system.