Streaming media delivery system

  • US 20100223362A1
  • Filed: 05/10/2010
  • Published: 09/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/12/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for distributing streaming media via a data communications medium such as the Internet to at least one user system of at least one user, the streaming media comprising a plurality of sequential media data elements for a digitally encoded audio or video program, the user system being assumed to have a user buffer for receiving media data and facilities to play back the streaming media at a playback rate for viewing or listening by said at least one user, said method comprising:

  • sending initial streaming media elements to the user system at an initial sending rate more rapid than the playback rate, to fill the user buffer;

    after the user buffer has been filled, sending further streaming media data elements to the user system at about the playback rate.

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