Low-latency delivery of news-based video content

Proceedings of ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (ACM MMSys)

Published June 12, 2018

Jeroen van der Hooft, Dries Pauwels, Cedric De Boom, Stefano Petrangeli, Tim Wauters, Filip De Turck

Nowadays, news-based websites and portals provide significant amounts of multimedia content to accompany news stories and articles. Within this context, HTTP Adaptive Streaming is generally used to deliver video over the best-effort Internet, allowing smooth video playback and a good Quality of Experience (QoE). To stimulate user engagement with the provided content, such as browsing and switching between videos, reducing the video's startup time has become more and more important: while the current median load time is in the order of seconds, research has shown that user waiting times must remain below two seconds to achieve an acceptable QoE. We developed a framework for low-latent delivery of news-related video content, integrating four optimizations either at server-side, client-side, or at the application layer. Using these optimizations, the video's startup time can be reduced significantly, allowing user interaction and fast switching between available content. In this paper, we describe a proof of concept of this framework, using a large dataset of a major Belgian news provider. A dashboard is provided, which allows the user to interact with available video content and assess the gains of the proposed optimizations. Particularly, we demonstrate how the proposed optimizations consistently reduce the video's startup time in different mobile network scenarios. These reductions allow the news provider to improve the user's QoE, reducing the startup time to values well below two seconds in different mobile network scenarios.