Dimitris Kanellopoulos

Inter-destination Multimedia Synchronization: A Contemporary Survey 

The advent of social networking applications, media streaming technologies, and synchronous communications has created an evolution towards dynamic shared media experiences. In this new model, geographically distributed groups of users can be immersed in a common virtual networked environment in which they can interact and collaborate in real- time within the context of simultaneous media content consumption. In this environment, intra-stream and inter-stream synchronization techniques are used inside the consumers’ playout devices, while synchronization of media streams across multiple separated locations is required. This synchronization is nown as multipoint, group or Inter-Destination Multimedia Synchronization (IDMS) and is needed in many applications such as social TV and synchronous e-learning. This survey paper discusses intraand inter-stream synchronization issues, but it mainly focuses on the most well-known IDMS techniques that can be used in emerging distributed multimedia applications. In addition, it provides some research directions for future work.

DOI: 10.36244/ICJ.2019.1.2


Please cite this paper the following way:

Dimitris Kanellopoulos, "Inter-destination Multimedia Synchronization: A Contemporary Survey", Infocommunication Journal, Vol. XI, No 1, March 2019, pp. 10-21. DOI: 10.36244/ICJ.2019.1.2

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