Apparatus and method for providing streaming contents

  • US 9,325,558 B2
  • Filed: 07/20/2011
  • Issued: 04/26/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method by which a client provides media content including one or more periods, the method comprising:

  • receiving metadata of the media content from a server, the metadata comprising a minBufferTime attribute indicating a minimum amount of initially buffered media content that is required to ensure playout of the media content, the minBufferTime attribute being defined in segment unit,wherein the metadata is a media presentation description (MPD) that provides descriptive information that enables a client to select one or more representations;

    receiving the media content from the server, and buffering the received media content by at least the minimum amount; and

    playing back the media content,wherein the minBufferTime attribute relates to the one or more periods, andwherein the minBufferTime attribute relates to providing a minimum amount of initially buffered media at a beginning of a media presentation, at a beginning of the one or more periods of the media presentation, or at any random access point of the media presentation.

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