Multicasting method and apparatus

  • US 7,266,686 B1
  • Filed: 06/26/2002
  • Issued: 09/04/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/09/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for metering real-time streaming media for commercial purposes, said method comprising:

  • forwarding a real-time media stream from an intermediate server toward a user device, wherein said forwarding of said real-time media stream from said intermediate server to said user device is via unicast, multicast, or any combination of the aforementioned;

    detecting a termination of said forwarding;

    determining an extent of said real-time media stream forwarded toward said user device after said termination; and

    logging said extent for commercial purposes.

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