Methods and systems for playing media

  • US 9,124,607 B2
  • Filed: 09/16/2013
  • Issued: 09/01/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/09/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for playing media, comprising:

  • on a client that includes one or more processors, memory, and one or more applications;

    establishing a first network connection with a first server, wherein the first network connection is an Internet Protocol (IP) connection;

    via the first network connection, transmitting to the first server a first request comprising a unique identifier for selected media, wherein the selected media includes one or more of audio and video;

    in response to the first request, receiving information identifying a second server selected from a plurality of servers each capable of providing the selected media to the client, wherein the second server is different from the first server;

    establishing a second network connection with the second server, wherein the second network connection is an Internet Protocol (IP) connection;

    via the second network connection, transmitting to the second server a second request comprising a request for the selected media along with extra information for playing the selected media;

    in response to the second request, receiving a response that conforms to capabilities of the client, wherein the response includes the selected media; and

    playing the selected media.

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