(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,640,301 B2
Walter (45) Date of Patent: Dec. 29,2009
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING VIDEO CONFERENCE DATA OVER AN INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION SYSTEM
(75) Inventor: Edward A. Walter, Boeme, TX (US)
(73) Assignee: ATT Knowledge Ventures, L.P., Reno, NV(US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 11/399,048
(22) Filed: Apr. 6, 2006
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2007/0239825 Al Oct. 11, 2007
U.S. CI 709/204
Field of Classification Search 709/203,
709/204,219; 725/86,87,110; 348/14.08 See application file for complete search history.
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
A computerized system and method for distributing video conference data over an internet protocol television (IPTV) system are disclosed including structures and methods for allocating an IPTV video conference channel to groups of video conference participants' set top boxes (STBs), accessing STB data at the server indicating a group of video conference participants' STBs in the groups of video conference participants' STBs, the group of STBs being associated with one video conference data, mapping at the server, the video conference channel to the group of video conference participants' STBs and to one IP address for the one of the video conferences data, and delivering from the server over the video conference channel from a first one of the of IP addresses, the first one of the video conferences data to the first group of video conference participants' STBs.
23 Claims, 13 Drawing Sheets