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A survey of current YouTube video characteristics

Che, Xianhui; Ip, Barry; Lin, Ling


Xianhui Che

Barry Ip

Ling Lin


Given the impact of YouTube on Internet services and social networks, a healthy quantity of research has been conducted over the past few years. The majority of studies on traffic capture and evaluation were carried out prior to Google's acquisition of YouTube in 2007. Since then, there have been some changes made to the user policy and service infrastructure, including limits placed on video duration, file size, and resolution. This article depicts the latest YouTube traffic profiles and delivers updated and valuable information for future researchers. To obtain a detailed understanding of YouTube video characteristics, a customized Web spider was employed to crawl over a million YouTube videos. The study demonstrates consistency with previous research for major video streams while revealing that new categories of features have emerged within the YouTube service provision. Compared with traditional video repositories, YouTube exhibits many unique characteristics that could introduce novel challenges and opportunities for optimizing the performance of short video-sharing services.


Che, X., Ip, B., & Lin, L. (2015). A survey of current YouTube video characteristics. IEEE MultiMedia, 22(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2015
Publication Date Jun 22, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2017
Journal IEEE MultiMedia
Print ISSN 1070-986X
Electronic ISSN 1070-986X
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 2
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