Date Added: Nov 2012
Video streaming is gaining popularity among mobile users. The latest mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets are equipped with multiple wireless network interfaces. How to efficiently and cost-effectively utilize multiple links to improve the video streaming quality needs to be investigated. In order to maintain high video streaming quality while reduce the wireless service cost, in this paper, the optimal video streaming process with multiple links is formulated as a Markov Decision Process (MDP). The reward function is designed to consider the Quality of Experience (QoE) requirements for video traffic, such as the interruption rate, average playback quality, playback smoothness and wireless service cost.