P2P Streaming Systems: A Survey and Experiments

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Executive Summary

The great success of P2P systems for the purpose of file-sharing has set the path to likely be the next killer-app over the Internet, once the video streaming technology matures. Although solving scalability issues, P2P technology experiences problems of long start-time and churn-induced instability which can heavily affect the user experience. Moreover, technical and business solutions to Digital Rights Management are still under investigation. Great effort is being carried out in both academia and industry to solve these problems whose solution will offer a scalable, affordable and legal TV quality-like broadcast of content.

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