Networking

Media Streaming in P2P Networks Based on BitTorrent

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Executive Summary

BitTorrent in the recent years has been one of the most effective mechanisms for the P2P content distribution. Although BT was created for the distribution of time insensitive content, in this paper, the authors try to find out what are the changes that are required in-order to incorporate streaming in it. The importance of this capability is that peer will now have ability to start enjoying video before the complete download of the file. They propose peer to peer multimedia streaming solution based on the Bittorrent content distribution protocol. Bittorrent uses rarest block download first policy which is not favorable for media streaming.

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