Video Streaming Using a Location-Based Bandwidth-Lookup Service for Bitrate Planning
In this paper, the authors describe a video streaming system for receivers equipped with a GPS. A receiver's download rate is constantly monitored, and periodically reported back to a central database along with associated GPS positional data. Thus, based on the current location, a streaming device can use a GPS-based bandwidth-lookup service in order to better predict the near-future bandwidth availability and create a schedule for the video playout that takes likely future availability into account. To create a prototype and perform initial tests, they conducted several field trials while commuting using public transportation.