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Despite strong interest in Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Video-on-Demand (VoD) services, existing studies mostly focus on peer-to-peer or overlay protocol design based on simulations under various topological constraints. The authors believe experimental studies on a real-life P2P VoD system will provide valuable information to ISPs, network administrators, and content owners. In this paper, they present a comprehensive analytical and experimental study on Joost, one of the first commercial P2P VoD systems used for distributing various forms of video over the Internet. Their extensive experiments prove that Joost is a server-assisted peer-to-peer VoD system.
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