System and method for streaming multimedia data

  • US 5,995,091 A
  • Filed: 05/10/1996
  • Issued: 11/30/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/10/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer implemented method for generating a multimedia presentation data stream of at least one of images and sounds for timed, coordinated reproduction of said at least one of images and sounds, comprising the steps of:

  • generating a list specifying a plurality of data elements representing at least one of images and sounds and, for at least some of said data elements, specifying one or more times for playback of said images and sounds;

    selecting a playback bandwidth with which to deliver at least one of said images or sounds;

    identifying from said list said data elements and said one or more times for playback of said images and sounds;

    dividing each of said data elements into one or more data portions; and

    combining said data portions in a multimedia presentation data stream for delivery of said data portions to a computer system within said selected bandwidth for timed coordinated reproduction of said at least one of images and sounds.

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