Broadcasting multimedia content over a wireless channel from a base station to wireless devices is a challenging compromise between the limited battery power of wireless devices and the expected quality of the users. A further complication is that the data rate of a wireless channel changes over time. In this thesis, we develop a Power-Rate-Buffer-Distortion optimization framework with the goal of minimizing the energy consumption of a wireless receiver subject to quality and data rate constraints. Our framework provides a method for selecting coding parameters, such as bit rate and intra refresh rate, in a way that minimizes the energy consumption of the receiver. Our simulation results show that our framework can reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared to the conventional AVC video streaming method, depending on the required video quality.
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Thesis advisor: Peters, Joseph
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