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7212730 System and method for enhanced edit list for recording options  
A system and method provides a detailed edit schedule for a user's recording device, such as a digital video recorder. The detailed edit schedule can be provided over a network by the user's DVR...
7200853 Electronic information content distribution processing system, information distribution apparatus, information processing apparatus, and electronic information content distribution processing method  
A system is provided to distribute electronic information contents D0 containing advertisement to a user, and process advertisement information D2 at the user side. This system comprises an...
7168084 Method and apparatus for targeting virtual objects  
A method and an apparatus are used to target virtual objects to subscribers in a television delivery system. Programs are selected and virtual object locations are defined in the selected...
7152237 Delivering targeted advertisements to the set-top-box  
A system and a method for delivering targeted advertisements to the set-top box (STB). The targeted advertisements may be delivered to the STB in a low bandwidth channel or in a high bandwidth...
7150030 Subscriber characterization system  
A subscriber characterization system is presented in which the subscriber's selections are monitored, including monitoring of the time duration programming is watched, the volume at which the...
7140032 System and method for establishing TV channel  
A system and method for automatically establishing TV channels, based on time/date/geographic location/location of the TV within the home either entered manually or using a locater system such as GPS.
7114170 Method and apparatus for providing interactive media presentation  
A method and system for presenting interactive and non-interactive media content to a client computer over a computer network. The system can combine discrete, continuous and interactive media...
7100183 System and method for transmitting and displaying targeted infromation  
A system and method for transmitting and displaying information in a television distribution system (10), or the like, transmits information that is targeted to a viewer matching particular...
7054654 Automatic messaging in response to television viewing  
An automatic messaging system, in which, when a person tunes to a particular television station, a video server sends an SMS message indicating the station being watched. The video server could be...
7055168 Method for interpreting and executing user preferences of audiovisual information  
An agent for audiovisual materials is disclosed.
7039933 Enhanced TV broadcasting method and system using tags for incorporating local content into a program data stream  
A system, method and program product uses tags as markers for incorporating local content in a communications stream, e.g., TV broadcast, cable transmission. A transmitter generates a...
7039932 Queue-based head-end advertisement scheduling method and apparatus  
A method and apparatus for scheduling and inserting advertisements into a plurality of presentation channels in a communications network in which the presentation channels contain the same...
6993782 Program guide information and processor for providing program and channel substitution  
A system of defining, creating and decoding composite virtual channels advantageously supports dynamic channel and event substitution. A method, for use in a decoder for acquiring a program...
6986154 System and method for selecting content to be presented to a user  
A system for receiving and presenting content at a user location includes a profiling agent that creates a user profile based upon a plurality of inputs by a user. The user profile represents...
6981050 Digital remote recorder  
A method and system for recording and publishing traditional media source programs over a network is disclosed. According to the method, a request for publication of one or more traditional media...
6971119 Method and apparatus for transmission, receipt, caching and display of one-way broadcast programming and data  
The present invention is a method and apparatus for transmitting, receiving, storing and displaying television program data. The method includes transmitting data including scheduled program data,...
6941573 Television distribution system for signal substitution  
A cable television distribution system in which the head end substitutes different channels for a plurality of separated geographic zones. The head end creates a plurality of channel spectrums and...
6918131 Systems and methods for characterizing television preferences over a wireless network  
A system for interacting with viewers of television programming includes a television set and a network terminal for each such user. The terminals are connected by the network to an interactive...
6912517 Intelligent information delivery system  
A system and method for delivering relevant information to recipients in a timely manner. Information from a plurality of sources is received through interface devices that permit a central...
6859936 Method and system for producing program-integrated commercials  
A method and system for incorporating thematic content from a particular television program into product or service advertisements uses program-advancing elements of a television program in an...
6820277 Advertising management system for digital video streams  
An Ad Management System (AMS) for managing sales and insertion of targeted advertisements into advertising opportunities (“avails”). The AMS provides advertisers an ability to describe their...
6807675 Apparatus and method for selecting viewers' profile in interactive TV  
The interactive multimedia devices is based on network structures involving: a broadcasting network (120) and a return path network (140). On the broadcasting network, the interactive data are...
6799326 Interactive television program guide system with local advertisements  
A program guide system is provided in which local advertisements may be distributed to interactive television program guides implemented on the user television equipment associated with a...
6738978 Method and apparatus for targeted advertising  
A novel network controller for use with a digital cable headend capable of monitoring and controlling set top terminals in a television program delivery system is described. The invention relates...
6728715 Method and system for matching consumers to events employing content-based multicast routing using approximate groups  
A facility is provided for distributing events to consumers in a content-based publish-subscribe system, wherein the consumers each have at least one subscription. The facility includes deriving a...
6718551 Method and system for providing targeted advertisements  
A method and system for providing targeted advertisements over a networked media delivery system, especially interactive television networks, the system comprising tracking and storing viewer...
6714917 Subscriber identification based on electronic program guide data  
A subscriber identification system is presented in which EPG related data including scrolling rates, paging rates, information screen viewing times, and manner and frequency of EPG activation are...
6704930 Advertisement insertion techniques for digital video streams  
A method and apparatus for the insertion and transport of advertisements in a digital environment, including methods for directing advertisements (ads) at subscribers and substituting...
6684249 Method and system for adding advertisements over streaming audio based upon a user profile over a world wide area network of computers  
A method for inserting advertisements into streaming audio for transmission over a world wide network of computers. The method includes transmitting audio data from a first server location to a...
6681394 Broadcast transmitting apparatus, receiving apparatus, and broadcast transmitting method, receiving method  
A broadcast transmitting apparatus stores and manages the material for composing a broadcast program as AV data, creates storing control information showing a process control method when storing...
6606128 Interactive special events video signal navigation system  
A system interactively controlled by a TV viewer remote control transmitter displays current or future programming information superimposed over the normal programming displayed on any channel...
6583825 Method and apparatus for transmitting and downloading setup information  
Multiple channel maps are embedded in a television transmission and the appropriate channel corresponding to the particular television service used by the viewer is downloaded for use with the...
6564381 Automatic digital information and content scheduling and barkering system  
A method and apparatus for scheduling the distribution of information so as to maximize the viewer ship of the same and, therefore, profits. Dynamic scheduling of distribution of subportions of...
6546556 Video clip identification system unusable for commercial cutting  
A tagged scene of a video stream transmitted from a first to second stations in television broadcasting system is collected while preventing the tags from being used for commercial cutting (i.e.,...
6530083 System for personalized settings  
A method and system for adjusting the settings of an information handling system based on the individual user preferences of one or more users is disclosed. An individual user preference profile...
6516464 Method and system for detecting audience response audio visual stimuli  
A system for testing audiovisual stimuli, such as television series, commercials, etc. from a complex of interactions between stimuli, consumers and environmental factors includes: one or more...
6477704 Method of gathering and utilizing demographic information from request-based media delivery system  
A method of automatically delivering media based on audience requests. The method statistically identifies the most requested media content and assembles a play list from individual media segments...
6463585 Targeted advertisement using television delivery systems  
A novel multiple channel architecture is designed to allow targeted advertising directed to television terminals connected to an operations center or a cable headend. Program channels carry...
6446261 Set top device for targeted electronic insertion of indicia into video  
A method of anonymous targeted insertion of indicia into video broadcasts. Individual televisions or other video reception devices are associated with set-top boxes that monitor the usage and...
6434621 Apparatus and method of using the same for internet and intranet broadcast channel creation and management  
A system for enabling Internet or intranet broadcasting that offers audio automation and webcast automation is disclosed. Multiple webcast channels, or stations, can be created and managed,...
6411992 Method and apparatus for broadcasting information over a network  
An apparatus and method provides for the scheduling and broadcast of commercials and other information during transmission of multimedia information over a data network. Demographic information is...
6401242 Method and apparatus for designating a preferred source to avoid duplicative programming services  
Interactive Program Guide (IPG) data for television is delivered to integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs) in a decoder population via, for example, a satellite network. The IPG data provides...
6388714 Interactive computer system for providing television schedule information  
The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule and/or listing information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with...
6324694 Method and apparatus for providing subsidiary data synchronous to primary content data  
Primary content data is received from an external source and subsidiary data is obtained which corresponds to the primary content data, wherein the subsidiary data is independent of the primary...
6286140 System and method for measuring and storing information pertaining to television viewer or user behavior  
A system for monitoring television viewer behavior, which comprises a signal receiving device, wherein said signal receiving device further comprises a monitoring device, for monitoring an...
6249770 Method and system of financial spreading and forecasting  
A method and system for financial spreading and forecasting provides a computerized system for automatically spreading and analyzing historical financial statements and generating financial...
6037996 Data broadcast receiving apparatus with screen display state control  
A data broadcast receiving apparatus used in a system is combined with another transmission line such as telephone circuit. By receiving a television broadcast having a data broadcast signal, such...
5988078 Method and apparatus for receiving customized television programming information by transmitting geographic location to a service provider through a wide-area network  
A personal computer is used to assist in the selection of television programs to be recorded at future times and to control a video tape recorder to implement the selected recordings. An...
5986692 Systems and methods for computer enhanced broadcast monitoring  
Disclosed herein are systems and methods for editing the content of a broadcast programming signal to provide a proprietary program signal that has been tailored to the preferences of an...
5835087 System for generation of object profiles for a system for customized electronic identification of desirable objects  
This invention relates to customized electronic identification of desirable objects, such as news articles, in an electronic media environment, and in particular to a system that automatically...