Abstract: Towards this forthcoming age, SEA (SEAmless Content Delivery) project aims to offer a new experience of seamless video delivery, maintaining the integrity and wherever applicable, adapting and enriching the quality of the media across the whole distribution chain.
SEA motivation is to implement a context-aware networking delivery platform, by focusing on four key principles:
– Multi-layered/-viewed content coding, considering the evolving H.264 SVC/MVC and their emerging successors, as the major foreseen delivery technologies over heterogeneous networks/terminals and large audiences.
– Multi-source/-network content streaming offering on-the fly content adaptation, increased scalability and enriched PQoS by dynamically combining content layers or representations of the same resource, transmitted from multiple sources and/or received over multiple networks.
– Cross-network/-layer optimisation. The network/terminal heterogeneity, also engaging P2P overlays and serving different quality and views will require cross-layer optimization, traffic adaptation and optimal use of the available network/terminal resources.
– Content Protection. A hybrid solution for personalised content protection by means of a combination of streaming encryption, content protection and rights management for new media, covering not only the legacy content creation chain, but also the private multimedia content.
SEA will test/validate the developed technologies over three interconnected tedbeds:
a) a real-time emulated lab,
b) a world-wide extended P2P testbed (PlanetLab) and
c) a real 2G+/3G/4G/WLAN mobile trial
Duration: 2008 – 2009