Patent Number: 6,310,886

Title: Method and apparatus implementing a multimedia digital network

Abstract: A method and apparatus for efficiently managing the allocation of available data capacity on a physically shared digital network among devices connected to that network is disclosed. Also disclosed is a method and apparatus for managing the ongoing timely movement of data on the shared network such that precise long-term data rates are achieved between attached devices with minimal additional buffering. The invention further comprises a method and apparatus which allows the use of any remaining network capacity for non time-critical data movement without the need for centralized access management.

Inventors: Barton; James M. (Los Gatos, CA)

Assignee: TiVo, Inc.

International Classification: H04J 3/02 (20060101); H04J 3/16 (20060101); H04J 003/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018