Multicasting method and apparatus

  • US 20040255148A1
  • Filed: 05/04/2004
  • Published: 12/16/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/09/1996
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for streaming a continuous sequence of individual pieces of information over a communications network to a group of users that selected a particular channel, the system comprising:

  • at least one server adapted to transmit the continuous sequence of individual pieces of information at approximately the same time to each user in the group that selected the particular channel, wherein the individual pieces of information include audio information;

    an application that generates a user interface screen adapted to allow a user to initiate a purchase of a product, the user interface screen including;

    a channel guide that includes a list of available channels of audio; and

    a program guide that provides information relating to the particular channel; and

    at least one server adapted to maintain an audit log that records data indicative of at least one of;

    how many users listened to the particular channel;

    or times at which the users listened to the particular channel.

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