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Advances in Multimedia
Volume 2007, Article ID 97535, 8 pages
Research Article

Interactive Multiview Video Delivery Based on IP Multicast

Media Communication Group, Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing 100080, China

Received 31 October 2006; Accepted 21 December 2006

Academic Editor: Jianfei Cai

Copyright © 2007 Jian-Guang Lou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As a recently emerging service, multiview video provides a new viewing experience with a high degree of freedom. However, due to the huge data amounts transferred, multiview video's delivery remains a daunting challenge. In this paper, we propose a multiview video-streaming system based on IP multicast. It can support a large number of users while still maintaining a high degree of interactivity and low bandwidth consumption. Based on a careful user study, we have developed two schemes: one is for automatic delivery and the other for on-demand delivery. In automatic delivery, a server periodically multicasts special effect snapshots at a certain time interval. In on-demand delivery, the server delivers the snapshots based on distribution of user requests. We conducted extensive experiments and user-experience studies to evaluate the proposed system's performance, and found that it provides satisfying multiview video service for users on a large scale.