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6637027 System and method for controlling access to broadcast services  
A multimedia system is described that is capable of presenting multimedia segments including television broadcasts, radio broadcasts, stored video information, stored audio information, and Web...
6630963 Synchronizing a video program from a television broadcast with a secondary audio program  
According to one embodiment, in response to a user pressing an alternative audio button while watching a television broadcast, the user is provided with a list of secondary audio programs (e.g.,...
6625813 Digital television broadcast architecture for massively multi-user application  
A broadcast system architecture implementing a method for distributing data for a multi-user application (e.g., a shared virtual world) between client systems. Included are a plurality of server...
6622007 Datacast bandwidth in wireless broadcast system  
A network datacast system includes a plurality of transmission facilities. Each transmission facility receives primary programs from one or more media studios. Each transmission facility also...
6622306 Internet television apparatus  
An internet television apparatus which has an internet connecting capability, comprising a means for storing an HTML document received from a Web server, a means for interpreting the HTML document...
6604241 Communicating video information in a network using universal resource locators  
A method and apparatus are provided for communicating network information among network devices using protocols based on Universal Resource Locators. In one embodiment, an apparatus for retrieving...
6604242 Combining television broadcast and personalized/interactive information  
The invention provides an improved method and system for interactive broadcast and web information browsing. In embodiments of the invention, web information is presented in conjunction with a...
6598226 Apparatus and method for providing, retrieving, and using data guide information supplied in a digital vestigial sideband signal  
A device for provisioning, retrieving, and using data guide information transmitted in a digital broadcast signal is disclosed. A receiver receives the digital broadcast signal which includes...
6571392 Receiving an information resource from the internet if it is not received from a broadcast channel  
In interactive television, information from an information resource may be displayed along with television video in a synchronized fashion. When information is to be displayed at a point in the...
6567988 Video signal transmission apparatus and video signal transmission method  
In transmitting the analog video signal via a coaxial cable, a transmission apparatus side is not provided with an emphasis characteristic which is the inverse to the frequency attenuation...
6564380 System and method for sending live video on the internet  
An Internet-based video feed management system controls, manages, and efficiently administers the commercial distribution of live video feeds from on-site video cameras as well as other sources of...
6549929 Intelligent scheduled recording and program reminders for recurring events  
A user interface using program scheduling information for selecting programs and determining whether to schedule an event based on the program scheduling information associated with the selected...
6545722 Methods and systems for providing television related services via a networked personal computer  
A set top box is provides that interfaces a television and a personal computer that is connected to the Internet. The set top box includes a wireless remote control receiver that receives user...
6530086 System and method for VDSL real time response to video programming  
An upstream signaling arrangement for a VDSL network is provided which uses a head end data carousal to send an IP address of a programming host computer to end user set top boxes. The IP address...
6526575 System and method for distributing and broadcasting multimedia  
Multimedia distribution and broadcast systems and related processes are provided for transmitting multimedia contents and control information from a central uplink facility to a remote downlink...
6516376 Command and control architecture for a video decoder and a host  
A method and apparatus for using an interface and concomitant communication protocol to allow a host to control and communicate with a video decoder. More specifically, an interface structure...
6510557 Apparatus for the integration of television signals and information from an information service provider  
A Java television receiver (10) includes a Java television platform (12) that has a bidirectional Internet connection (14) capable of sending Internet data to the Java television platform (12) and...
6507362 Digital image generation device for transmitting digital images in platform-independent form via the internet  
An Internet imaging device, such as camera, scanner and digital television display, is disclosed. The device combines the advantages of platform-independent page description languages, such as...
6502243 Method and system for locating a resource within a broadcasting environment  
A system and method for locating a referenced resource within a broadcasting environment. The method includes storing translation information into a receiver memory, identifying a location of...
6493872 Method and apparatus for synchronous presentation of video and audio transmissions and their interactive enhancement streams for TV and internet environments  
A system for synchronizing data streams meant to be displayed concurrently at an end station, but delivered by separate delivery networks is disclosed. In one aspect, apparatus and methods for...
6487723 Multicast downloading of software and data modules and their compatibility requirements  
A system for downloading different versions of software or data modules into a plurality of terminals having different compatibility interfaces includes an authoring component for generating the...
6484210 Packet processing relay agent to provide link layer forwarding in one-way cable/wireless/satellite modems  
A method and apparatus for allowing a personal computer to receive data from a computer network such as the Internet via a broadcast channel of a cable or satellite television network, while...
6477179 Data receiving device and data receiving method  
Data receiving device and method in which data is received through a broadcast network, the data is reconstructed into packets usable on a computer, and the packets are output to the computer,...
6459427 Apparatus and method for web-casting over digital broadcast TV network  
A one-way broadcasting system comprises a headend system architecture adapted to receive data from the Internet and transmit the data through a digital TV network to receivers, a mapping function...
6442758 Multimedia conferencing system having a central processing hub for processing video and audio data for remote users  
A multimedia conferencing system has a plurality of remote user terminals, each of which may be different from any other, and each of which may communicate to a central processing hub using...
6442255 Automatic subscriber callback system  
A subscriber callback modem, includes a source of callback data. A modem is coupled to a subscriber telephone line, and a control circuit is coupled between the data source and the modem, for...
6434562 Computer system and method for providing digital video and data over a communication channel  
A computer system and method for providing digital video and data capitalizes on a bus, or broadcast backplane, created by circuitry contained within the central office. The broadcast backplane...
6425131 Method and apparatus for internet co-browsing over cable television and controlled through computer telephony  
A novel mechanism is disclosed by which a sender can direct information such as an audiovisual signal to a particular recipient's audiovisual display device, such as a cable television set and,...
6389075 MPEG encoding technique for encoding web pages  
A method and apparatus for digitally encoding video image data, which is particularly suited for encoding Internet Web pages, eliminates the need for performing time consuming, computationally...
6381748 Apparatus and methods for network access using a set top box and television  
An Internet gateway video server transmits selection information to a set top box connected to a television. The set top box displays the selection information on the television. A user views the...
6338094 Method, device and system for playing a video file in response to selecting a web page link  
A method, device and system for displaying at a user interface device a richly-detailed video or TV file upon selecting a link to a web page corresponding to the file. After the video or TV file...
6333750 Multi-sourced video distribution hub  
A video graphics system wherein a large quantity of video data is independently and selectively made available to plural video display devices. The large quantity of video data can be contributed...
6326982 Method and apparatus for automatically accessing web pages based on television programming information  
A client system and a dedicated server are provided, the client system having an internet module providing communication with the server, a television tuner operative to receive a plurality of...
6320588 Audio/video storage and retrieval for multimedia workstations  
An apparatus and method for storing and retrieving synchronized audio/video "filmclips" to and from a data file of a multimedia computer workstation includes a storage means for a workstation to...
6320600 Web-based video-editing method and system using a high-performance multimedia software library  
A Web-based video-editing system using a high-performance multimedia software library having a toolkit, the toolkit being a set of reusable, high-performance primitives and abstractions that are...
6288738 Method and apparatus for seamless connectivity of wide-band networks and narrow-band networks  
An apparatus for seamless connectivity between a narrow-band network like the Internet and an interactive TV wide-band network, and methods of operating the same, support on-the-fly translation...
6260192 Filtering system based on pattern of usage  
An internet on-demand system for television presents internet content and traditional television programming as part of a single coherent interface. The system includes a server and a client...
6219042 Selective reestablishment of internet connectivity based on duration of user inactivity  
An Internet access terminal automatically manages telephone communication with an Internet service provider to reduce inactive telephone line usage when the user toggles from the Internet mode to...
6184878 Interactive world wide web access using a set top terminal in a video on demand system  
A method and concomitant apparatus for interactively accessing information from a computer network, such as a TCP/IP network, suitable for use in an interactive information distribution system,...
6182128 Real-time music distribution systems  
A music distribution system is divided into a plurality of regional networks each including a plurality of users. Each of the regional networks includes a distribution center to which the users of...
6169879 System and method of interconnecting and using components of home entertainment system  
Apparatus, systems, and methods for interconnecting multiple consumer electronics devices in a home entertainment system. The consumer electronics devices are connected in a hub and spoke...
6154772 System and method for the delivery of digital video and data over a communication channel  
A novel digital video and data delivery system makes possible the delivery of digital video content, bi-directional data services such as Internet data, and plain old telephone service (POTS) to...
6144998 Subscriber system for interactive interfacing with broadcast information  
A subscriber system (10) includes a dual network interface module (12). The dual network interface module (12) includes slots for a video unit (20) and a bandwidth unit (22). The video unit (20)...
6144402 Internet transaction acceleration  
The invention is a multiple mode transmission system that interconnects the computer of a user with the Internet. The system has a first link that is a relatively low bandwidth telephone system....
6141682 Method and apparatus for integrating interactive local internet access and downstream data transfer over a cable TV system with upstream data carried by other media  
A method and apparatus for communicating between information service provider systems (ISPS) and customer premise equipment (CPE) is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) transmitting a...
6115035 System and method for automated audio/video archive and distribution  
A digital audio/video archive and distribution system (10) and method utilize a signal capture and compression encoding subsystem (12) to translate an analog signal from at least one media source...
6088723 Optical CATV system having enhanced transmission efficiency of communication channels  
An optical CATV system having enhanced transmission efficiency of communication channels, which offers voice telephone and narrow-band ISDN services, includes: a distribution center for transmit a...
6052554 Television program delivery system  
An expanded television program delivery system is described which allows viewers to select television and audio program choices from a series of menus. The primary components of the system include...
6025837 Electronic program guide with hyperlinks to target resources  
An interactive entertainment system has a program provider which distributes video content programs to multiple subscribers over a distribution network. Each subscriber has a user interface unit...
5999612 Integrated telephony and data services over cable networks  
A newly developed computer adapter and call routing system allow for cable television networks (or other broadband networks) to offer digital telephony services seamlessly; i.e. in a manner such...