1.4. Delivery of Streaming Media Over Internet

Due to its ubiquitous existence, the Internet has become the platform of most networking activities including SM applications, where users require the integration of multimedia services. However, as a shared datagram network, the Internet is not naturally suitable for real-time traffic, such as SM. Dedicated links are not practical in many ways for transmitting SM data over the Internet. Moreover, because of the store-and-forwarding in routers and internetworking devices, Internet Protocol (IP) has some fundamental problems in transmitting real-time data. Thus, delivery of SM over the Internet requires special installation and new software development so that packets experience as little delay as ...

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