Monday, April 3, 2006

BigBand Awarded Patent for Dynamic Provisioning of Digital Media Streams

BigBand Networks was awarded a U.S. patent for its method and system of selecting media streams from multiple sources, and dynamically provisioning them to particular groups of subscribers. The technique is basis of the BigBand Switched Broadcast solution.

BigBand Networks' patent outlines an invention for selecting between multiple streams, whether addressable or non-addressable, and dynamically provisioning the selected streams to particular groups of end users. It also outlines a method for selectively compressing media packets such that the aggregate bandwidth of group-associated packets doesn't exceed the available bandwidth. This method is designed to create savings in bandwidth usage for operators without altering subscribers' viewing experiences.

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