Streaming content providers offer a variety of subscription plans that differ on the number of users that can be created within an account and the number of devices that can concurrently receive streaming content at the same time. Some content providers offer family plans that allow users to stream unlimited concurrent streams within their physical household. It is important to accurately define a household for the family for the successful implementation of such plans. This disclosure describes the use of real-time IP address detection to dynamically define a household for a subscription account. The techniques do not store any information such as MAC address, DMA code etc. and are also tolerant of IP address changes and household moves/changes.
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Lau, Stephen and Krishnaswamy, Janani, "Real-time IP Detection To Dynamically Apply Concurrency Constraints On Streaming", Technical Disclosure Commons, (November 16, 2020)