Method and system for authenticated fast channel change of media provided over a DSL connection

  • US 6,763,019 B2
  • Filed: 06/28/2002
  • Issued: 07/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/05/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for enabling fast access to at least one channel over an xDSL connection, comprising:

  • (a) employing at least one multicast enabled Digital Subscriber Line Access and Multiplexer (DSLAM) configured to authenticate at least one subscriber locally and to enable access to at least one channel on a core network, wherein the subscriber is coupled to the core network by the xDSL connection;

    (b) at a multicast enabled DSLAM, receiving a request for at least one channel from the subscriber, wherein the receiving DSLAM locally serves the xDSL connection for the subscriber;

    (c) employing information stored at the receiving DSLAM to determine locally whether the subscriber is authorized to access the requested channel; and

    (d) if the subscriber is determined to be authorized to access the requested channel, employing the DSLAM to provide access locally to the requested channel on the core network, wherein the core network establishes a single instance of each channel in advance of selection by at least one of the subscribers.

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