Multimedia Systems

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 381–397 | Cite as

Bandwidth-effective streaming of educational medical videos

Original Research Paper


Real-time delivery of medical videos requires high level of quality of service that shows no tolerance to loss and delay. In this study, how content-adaptive streaming can aid to maintain high-quality streaming sessions is investigated. The proposed strategy allocates a specific amount of bandwidth to streaming sessions and takes advantage of the general structure of instructional medical videos to decrease bandwidth consumption below this limit. The main contribution of the proposed mechanism is that it eliminates the need for rate adaptation which is common in traditional streaming by employing a proper bandwidth management scheme that enables constant bandwidth consumption below the allocated capacity. A streaming system based on the proposed mechanism has been implemented and its performance has been tested via emulation. Experimental results indicate that content-adaptive streaming successfully eliminates the need of rate adaptation during the delivery of critical data and hence preserves viewers’ satisfaction.


Video streaming Quality of service Congestion Telemedicine Medical education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Engineering DepartmentEge UniversityIzmirTurkey

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