Welcome to MoViD 2008!
In the last two years, there has been a tremendous increase in video content generation and delivery. Starting with the YouTube era, the demand for video content has reached new heights. This trend has forced the network and service providers to understand the limitations of current Internet and bring new technologies for delivering the video content to the end-user. However, the last mile access technology remains the most critical part in determining the overall performance and end-user experience. Delivering high quality streaming and interactive video content over a diverse set of wireless access technologies (WiFi, WiMAX) opens up new challenges specific to the underlying access technology. Furthermore, supporting a broad spectrum of video-centric application such as Live video, VoD, Video Gaming, Conferencing, Surveillance demands application-specific techniques that adapts to the underlying wireless networks.
Alongside, the drive towards video Internet is fueled by various changes that include a) increase in user-created video content, b) increased popularity in p2p live content delivery, c) increase in access bandwidth, and d) adoption of IPTV for delivering branded video content. To make video content delivery ubiquitous, video needs to be delivered to mobile handsets over heterogeneous technologies. Questions are many fold: a) how are the future wireless networks evolving towards supporting video, b) how far can the existing wireless technologies support the quality of the video experience, c) how to provision QoS in existing and future wireless networks d) how to provide real-time assessment to video QoS? While, the fixed core and access network are better provisioned to handle large bandwidth streaming, it is not the same case for the wireless and mobile scenario.