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WWE Facing Patent Lawsuit Over WWE Network Technology

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WWE is dealing with a legal battle over the company’s infrastructure for the WWE Network.

SITO Mobile R&D IP, LLC and SITO Mobile, Ltd. filed a lawsuit against the company on September 14, 2021 accusing WWE of violating their existing patents related to “a system and method for routing media,” according to an article at PWInsider.

According to the lawsuit, WWE “owns, controls, operates and uses a system for streaming media,” referring to the WWE Network, using a technology that they own the patent for without their permission, authorization and license. SITO alleges that they have suffered harm by the patent infringement and “will continue to suffer irreparable harm and damages as a result of this infringement.”

The lawsuit states the following:

“WWE streams videos using a network(s) of servers (“WWE Streaming Platform”). WWE uses Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH) and/or HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocols to stream video content. MPEG-DASH and HLS are HTTP-based adaptive bitrate streaming techniques that enable high quality streaming of media content over the Internet from web servers. The operation of MPEG-DASH and HLS are described in standards documents.

“With MPEG-DASH and HLS, a video may be broken up into thousands of small HTTP-based file segments. Each segment contains a short interval of playback time of the video. The segments are encoded at a variety of different bit rates (speeds). After a video is selected to be streamed, the media player on the subscriber device is provided with a file that informs the player, amongst other things, how to obtain the segments sequentially and how to handle ad breaks (if any). As the video is playing, the subscriber device determines the bit rate that it can handle and requests a segment(s) encoded at that bit rate. The player plays the segments in sequential order and continuously requests segments until the player has received all of the segments that make up the video.”

SITO are requesting a jury trial to deal with this matter.

WWE has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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