Provision of digital data via multiple broadcasts

  • US 6,987,734 B2
  • Filed: 04/20/2001
  • Issued: 01/17/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/20/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for balancing a transmission load among a plurality of broadcast origination points in a digital broadcast transmission system for wireless delivery of digital content to a plurality of client computer systems, comprising:

  • providing a host computer system that is in communication with the digital broadcast transmission system;

    establishing a communication connection between the host computer system and one of the client computer systems;

    receiving a request for content from said one of the plurality of client computer systems;

    obtaining the requested content;

    selecting one of the plurality of broadcast origination points;

    transferring the requested content from the host computer system to the selected one of the plurality of broadcast origination points;

    causing a digital broadcast to be transmitted by the selected one of the plurality of broadcast origination points to said one of the plurality of client computer systems, said digital broadcast including at least the requested content;

    including a vacate instruction in said digital broadcast that instructs one or more of the client computer systems to stop listening to one of the plurality of broadcast origination points and to identify a different one of the plurality of broadcast origination points to start listening to; and

    receiving a routing information update from one of the client computer systems, said routing information update requesting future digital broadcasts from the identified different one of the plurality of broadcast origination points.

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