Joint Source-Channel Coding

The SoftCast scheme has been proposed as a promising alternative to traditional video broadcasting systems in wireless environments. In its current form, SoftCast performs image decoding at the receiver side by using a Linear Least Square Error (LLSE) estimator. Such approach maximizes the reconstructed quality in terms of Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR). However, we show that the LLSE induces an annoying blur effect at low Channel Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CSNR) quality. To cancel this artifact, we propose to replace the LLSE estimator by the Zero-Forcing (ZF) one.