Autosense Mechanism Overview

Video bandwidth is typically considered to be a constant rate—2 Mbps for standard definition television (SDTV) and 10 Mbps for high definition television (HDTV). However, in reality, and depending on achievable video compression, the bit rate can vary. For example, HDTV streams (using MPEG4 or WM9 encoding) can vary between 6 Mbps (for low-action programs) to 10 Mbps (for a fast-paced, high-action programs). The autosense mechanism causes the bandwidth value, used for admission control and QoS adjustment, to be the actual measured rate of the stream. Using this feature to measure the actual bandwidth avoids the need to configure arbitrary bandwidth limits and enables a channel to be reassigned to a different (S, G) without requiring a bandwidth map to be changed.

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