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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Special Issue on Adaptive Media Streaming

Recently, traditional TV services, Internet TV and mobile streaming services have started
converging, and it is expected that this convergence trend will continue with other services.
Additionally, new emerging multimedia services are being introduced. These developments in the
multimedia arena mean that various content and services will be delivered over different
networks, and the users expect to consume these services using those networks, depending on the
availability and reach of the network at the time of consumption. This massive heterogeneity in
terms of terminal/network capabilities and user expectations requires efficient solutions for
the transport of modern media in an interoperable and universal fashion. In particular, in
recent years, the Internet has become an important channel for the delivery of multimedia. The
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is widely used on the Internet and it has also become a
primary protocol for the delivery of multimedia content.

Additionally, standards developing organizations (SDOs) such as MPEG have developed various
technologies for multimedia transport and encapsulation, e.g., MPEG2-TS (Transport Stream) and
MPEG4 file format. These technologies have been widely adopted and are heavily deployed by
various providers and in different applications and services, such as digital broadcasting,
audio and video transport over the Internet and streaming to mobile phones, etc. At the same
time, many other SDOs such as the IETF, IEEE, and 3GPP have provided various protocols to
deliver multimedia content packetized or packaged by such MPEG transport technologies.

This special issue solicits novel contributions and breaking results on all aspects of Adaptive
Streaming of Multimedia. The main objectives of this special issue are (but not limited to):
- Efficient delivery of multimedia content in an adaptive, progressive download/streaming
  fashion (incl. over HTTP);
- Support for streaming of live multimedia, to mobile users, low-capacity channels, bandwidth
  variations, as well as multipoint streaming over heterogeneous channels or paths;
- Efficient and ease of use of existing content distribution infrastructure components such as
  CDNs, proxies, caches, NATs and firewalls;
- Efficient content generation (encoding) techniques for content delivery (e.g., segmentation);
- Detailed performance analyses of deployed standard technologies or that uncover and rectify
  major problems in the behavior of such technologies;
- Measurement techniques for collecting consumption data (both application and transport-level
  performance metrics, viewer behavior, etc.) in content delivery;
- The effects of adaptation techniques on the end-user quality of experience;
- Viewer experiences from large-scale experiments and events (such as Olympics, World Cup, etc.).

Submission Procedure
Prospective authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with the rules specified in the
'Information for Authors' section of the JSAC guidelines (
Papers should be submitted through EDAS ( Prior to submitting their papers for
review, authors should make sure that they understand and agree to adhere to the over-length page charge
policy presented in the JSAC guidelines.

Important Dates
1st Submission: Apr 1, 2013
Reviews Available: Jul 1, 2013
2nd Submission: Aug 31, 2013
Final Acceptance Decision: Oct 31, 2013
Camera-ready: Dec 1, 2013
Publication: 2nd quarter 2014

Guest Editors
Christian Timmerer, Alpen-Adria-Universitšt Klagenfurt, Austria
Ali C. Begen, CISCO, Canada
Thomas Stockhammer, QUALCOMM, USA
Carsten Griwodz, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Bernd Girod, Stanford University, USA

Contact: Christian Timmerer, [log in to unmask],


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