Streaming content from a production node and a consumer node

  • US 8,266,315 B2
  • Filed: 07/06/2010
  • Issued: 09/11/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/16/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for receiving streaming content over a network, the network enabling communication between a first consumer node, a second consumer node, and a production node, the method comprising:

  • initiating, from the first consumer node, a first connection to the second consumer node;

    receiving, in response to initiation of the first connection over the network to the second consumer node, one or more data packages corresponding to at least a part of the content;

    deciding at the first consumer node to receive content both from the second consumer node and from the production node;

    selecting, from an inventory residing on the first consumer node, address data identifying a location of the production node;

    initiating, from the first consumer node, a second connection over the network to the production node by using the address data;

    receiving, in response to initiation of the second connection to the production node, one or more data packages corresponding to at least a part of the content; and

    making incoming content received from the second consumer node ready for processing and play-back at the first consumer node, so that part of the content is streamed to a stream target at the first consumer node, while another part of the content is being received from the production node.

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