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Presentation Dependent Tariff Models

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019652D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Oct-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Oct-25

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Tariff models for online services are nowadays based on content, volume, duration, quality, and / or kind of service. If for a certain service several layouts, formats or presentations (hereinafter summarized as presentations) are available, the service is charged equally and independently of the presentation. This can for example be the case for online music delivery services. Here the variety of available titles and the quality of the music (bit rate, compression factor, etc.) are part of the actual service, whereas the user interface, its design, its variety of settings and options, and the user's experience with that interface are part of the presentation of the service. However, if a service provider wants to take into account what kind of presentation is used, so far he had to charge every combination of service and presentation independently, thus complicating the tariff model. In this treatise it is proposed to split up the tariff of the requested service into the service itself and its presentation form, each having its own tariff model. Depending on the provider's policy, the charges from the service and its presentation can either be added up and displayed to the user as one service cost, or it can be presented as two separate costs. The costs of the presentation format can be completely independent from the costs of the base service, and each part can be provided by different server or even provider.