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The emergence of Internet Protocol TeleVision (IPTV) has brought potentials to revolutionize personal entertainment. Streaming TV content over the highly pervasive wireless networks allows easy access to personalized entertainment. Focusing on wireless home entertainment which is one of the main driving forces of IPTV development, the authors develop a Markovian framework that investigates several important issues related to network capacity and streaming quality in an IEEE 802.11e enabled wireless home network. The Markovian framework captures not only the IEEE 802.11e MAC protocol performance, but also the statistical characteristics of IPTV media streams. The inclusion of these two key descriptions allows their model to be practically used in wireless home network planning and design.
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