IMPACT OF VIDEO RESOLUTION CHANGES ON QoE FOR ADAPTIVE VIDEO STREAMING
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HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) has become the de-facto standard for video streaming to ensure continuous multimedia service delivery under irregularly changing network conditions. Many studies already investigated the detrimental impact of various playback characteristics on the Quality of Experience of end users, such as initial loading, stalling or quality variations. However, dedicated studies tackling the impact of resolution adaptation are still missing. This paper presents the results of an immersive audiovisual quality assessment test comprising 84 test sequences from four different video content types, emulated with an HAS adaptation mechanism. We employed a novel approach based on systematic creation of adaptivity conditions which were assigned to source sequences based on their spatio-temporal characteristics. Our experiment investigates the resolution switch effect with respect to the degradations in MOS for certain adaptation patterns. We further demonstrate that the content type and resolution change patterns have a significant impact on the perception of resolution changes. These findings will help develop better QoE models and adaptation mechanisms for HAS systems in the future.
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