AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON synchronizing the output of data across devices - This application from Accenture seeks to patent the idea of...synchronizing playback of streaming media on multiple devices! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 11/14/2011 that discusses:
- Synchronously outputting media to multiple devices over a network
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO involves Synchronous Stream Protocol (SSP) or where devices can adjust playback speed or skip to keep streams in sync with one another
TITLE: Synchronizing playback of media across multiple devices
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method for synchronizing output of audio or video streams across multiple devices by adjusting playback speed or skipping frames so as to keep the streams synchronized with one another during playback
- Publication Number: US 20130138778 A1
- Application Number: US 13/675,846
- Assignee: Accenture
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 11/14/2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 11/26/2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A computer-implemented method for synchronizing output of media data across a plurality of output devices, the method comprising:
providing a communication network between a media server and the plurality of output devices; and
synchronously outputting media data files on the plurality of output devices, wherein the media data files are transmitted to the output devices from the media server in form of a data stream over different delivery networks.
In English this means:
A method for synchronizing the output of media (think audio/video) across devices, comprising:
Connecting a media server to mulitiple devices across a network
synchronously playing the media over streams across different delivery networks (such as HDMI, fixed wired Ethernet, wireless IP, etc.)
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 11/14/2011
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming A Synchronous Stream Protocol (SSP) and adjusting playback speed or skip to keep streams in sync with one another across devices
"System for integrating playback of media across multiple devices from the Applicant"
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