US Patent No: 5,724,646

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Fixed video-on-demand

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A system, method and apparatus for Video-on-demand (VOD) satisfying the desire of `surfers`. The process entails a server operating in a standard Near-Video-on-demand (NVOD) mode, whereby it repeatedly transmits multiple copies of each program on separate channels. Each copy is delayed by a staggered time interval. The server also repeatedly transmits a beginning portion of each NVOD program of a duration up to the staggered time interval. The invention provides a way to fulfill a VOD user requests asynchronous with the start of a NVOD transmission but which still makes primary use of the NVOD transmission for that requestor. The invention further advantageously provides fixed asset utilization in a predictable manner.

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CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.SAN JOSE, CA10895

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ganek, Alan George Chappaqua, NY 5 584
Herzberg, Louis Paul Monsey, NY 12 330
Ruiz, Antonio Yorktown Heights, NY 23 812
Willner, Barry Edward Briarcliff Manor, NY 19 1234

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CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (21)
7,975,277 System for providing alternative services 5 2000
7,934,232 Navigation paradigm for access to television services 22 2000
7,992,163 Video-on-demand navigational system 15 2000
8,516,525 Integrated searching system for interactive media guide 0 2000
7,962,370 Methods in a media service system for transaction processing 16 2001
8,006,262 Graphic user interfaces for purchasable and recordable media (PRM) downloads 13 2001
8,565,578 Dividing and managing time-shift buffering into program specific segments based on defined durations 0 2001
7,962,011 Controlling substantially constant buffer capacity for personal video recording with consistent user interface of available disk space 6 2001
8,161,388 Interactive discovery of display device characteristics 5 2004
8,020,184 Channel control system for exiting from an interactive program guide 5 2004
8,745,656 Tracking of presented television advertisements 0 2004
8,189,472 Optimizing bandwidth utilization to a subscriber premises 6 2005
8,069,259 Managing removal of media titles from a list 5 2005
8,037,504 Video on demand system with selectable options of configurable random-access control 8 2005
8,707,153 Displaying comment data corresponding to a video presentation 0 2007
8,620,135 Selection and retention of buffered media content 0 2007
8,006,273 Updating download options for unavailable media content 8 2008
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8,640,172 System and method for characterization of purchasable and recordable media (PRM) 0 2009
8,739,212 Configuration of presentations of selectable TV services according to usage 0 2012
 
SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, LLC (18)
7,917,920 System for providing alternative services 0 2000
7,882,524 Navigation paradigm for access to television services 0 2000
7,882,516 Video-on-demand navigational system 0 2000
7,930,717 Graphic user interfaces for purchasable and recordable media (PRM) downloads 0 2001
7,934,235 Channel control system for exiting from an interactive program guide 0 2004
7,970,921 Managing removal of media titles from a list 0 2005
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MICROSOFT CORPORATION (17)
8,397,269 Fast digital channel changing 0 2002
7,523,482 Seamless digital channel changing 12 2002
7,926,080 Trick mode support for VOD with long intra-frame intervals 0 2002
7,603,689 Fast start-up for digital video streams 5 2003
7,562,375 Fast channel change 18 2003
7,444,419 Media stream scheduling for hiccup-free fast-channel-change in the presence of network chokepoints 25 2003
7,430,222 Media stream splicer 30 2004
7,571,232 Method and apparatus for managing channel information 4 2004
7,640,352 Methods and systems for presentation of media obtained from a media stream 4 2004
7,797,720 Advanced trick mode 6 2004
7,477,653 Accelerated channel change in rate-limited environments 24 2004
8,135,040 Accelerated channel change 3 2005
7,636,934 Fast start-up for digital video streams 10 2005
7,587,737 Fast start-up for digital video streams 4 2005
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8,514,891 Media stream splicer 0 2008
7,944,863 Accelerated channel change in rate-limited environments 1 2008
 
THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC. (16)
6,701,528 Virtual video on demand using multiple encrypted video segments 163 2000
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7,457,414 Super encrypted storage and retrieval of media programs with smartcard generated keys 5 2000
6,853,728 Video on demand pay per view services with unmodified conditional access functionality 95 2000
7,409,562 Method and apparatus for encrypting media programs for later purchase and viewing 8 2001
7,926,078 Virtual video on demand using multiple encrypted video segments 8 2004
7,543,317 Service activation of set-top box functionality using broadcast conditional access system 1 2004
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8,775,319 Secure content transfer systems and methods to operate the same 0 2006
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7,992,175 Methods and apparatus to provide content on demand in content broadcast systems 3 2006
7,480,381 Super encrypted storage and retrieval of media programs in a hard-paired receiver and storage device 1 2007
7,804,958 Super encrypted storage and retrieval of media programs with smartcard generated keys 5 2008
8,079,043 Service activation of set-top box functionality using broadcast conditional access system 0 2009
 
TELEBUYER, LLC (11)
7,848,496 Method for buyer-seller-on-line commerce 8 1999
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HUGHES ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (9)
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7,203,314 Super encrypted storage and retrieval of media programs with modified conditional access functionality 21 2000
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7,225,458 Method and apparatus for ensuring reception of conditional access information in multi-tuner receivers 8 2002
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7,599,494 Distribution of video content using a trusted network key for sharing content 2 2004
7,580,523 Distribution of video content using client to host pairing of integrated receivers/decoders 3 2004
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7,801,303 Video on demand in a broadcast network 12 2004
 
ENOUNCE, INC. (7)
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7,100,188 Method and apparatus for controlling time-scale modification during multi-media broadcasts 6 2003
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8,566,885 Method and apparatus for controlling time-scale modification during multi-media broadcasts 0 2010
 
INTERVAL LICENSING LLC (7)
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8,238,722 Variable rate video playback with synchronized audio 1 2008
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8,429,244 Alerting users to items of current interest 0 2009
8,584,158 System and method for selective recording of information 0 2010
8,341,688 System and method for the broadcast dissemination of time-ordered data 0 2011
8,726,331 System and method for the broadcast dissemination of time-ordered data 0 2012
 
SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (7)
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7,130,315 Method of and apparatus for utilizing extended AV/C command and response frames including transaction label and common result/error code 5 2000
7,003,604 Method of and apparatus for cancelling a pending AV/C notify command 7 2001
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STARZ ENTERTAINMENT, LLC (6)
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8,707,357 Thematic VOD navigation 0 2005
8,020,186 Methods and systems for distributing on-demand programming 0 2005
 
COMCAST IP HOLDINGS I, LLC (5)
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INTEL CORPORATION (2)
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SONY CORPORATION (2)
6,233,735 Near video-on-demand system and broadcasting method therefor 66 1997
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ASTRIUM SAS (1)
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BE-LABS, INC. (1)
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