Improvement type audio program system and method for supplying distribution type community network

Application Number: 00124856
Application Date: 2000.09.15
Publication Number: 1288313
Publication Date: 2001.03.21
Priority Information: 1999/9/15 US 09/396693
International: H04L12/28;H04N7/173
Applicant(s) Name: ACTV Corp.
Inventor(s) Name: Chrig D. Erman;Jephry M. Harlinden;Michrel R. Abarto
Patent Agency Code: 11219
Patent Agent: fang ting
Abstract A distributed community network (200) provides services to an arbitrarily large community of end users (204, 206, 208) by distributing the load among many machines (210, 212, 214). The network uses hubs (220,222, 224) on the machines for routing packets. The hubs obtain routing instructions from a router (256) and use those instructions for routing the packets. The packets include content for the machines based upon a particular network service, such as a chat service (218) permitting users to interact in chat rooms, or a push/pull service (228) for pushing content to the user machines either directly or based upon information received from the users.