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Cloud computing allows accessing resources across Internet transparently: requiring no expertise in, or control over the underlying infrastructure. There is an increasing interest in sharing media files with family and friends. However, UPnP or DLNA were not designed for media distribution beyond the boundaries of a local network and manage media files through web applications can be tedious. To overcome this problem, we propose Media Cloud, a middleware for Set-top boxes for classifying, searching, and delivering media inside home network and across the cloud that interoperates with UPnP and DLNA.
cloud computing ; content distribution ; content management ; social networks