Network media streaming

  • US 6,389,473 B1
  • Filed: 03/24/1999
  • Issued: 05/14/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/24/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for real-time broadcasting from a transmitting computer to one or more client computers over a network, comprising:

  • providing at the transmitting computer a data stream having a given data rate;

    dividing the stream into a sequence of slices, each slice having a predetermined data size associated therewith;

    encoding the slices in a corresponding sequence of files, each file having a respective index; and

    uploading the sequence to a server at an upload rate generally equal to the data rate of the stream, such that the one or more client computers can download the sequence over the network from the server at a download rate generally equal to the data rate.

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