Method and system for subscription television billing and access
Text video-transmission system provided with means for controlling access to the information
Addressable cable television control system with video format data transmission
Method and apparatus for marking the information content of an information carrying signal
Receiver with interface for interaction with controller-decoder
Video transmission system using time-warp scrambling
High security pay television system
Device for calculating a charge for a charged information signal with errors avoided in a report of the charge
ApplicationNo. 613940 filed on 11/13/1990
US Classes:380/230, Including usage recording380/215, Line cut and shuffle380/239, Encrypted code control signal725/2, Data stored locally (e.g., at set-top box)725/31, With encryption or scrambling of video signal725/63, SATELLITE VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM725/104, Pay-per-view725/122Return path via telephone network
ExaminersPrimary: Buczinski, Stephen C.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassesH04N 007/167
Foreign Application Priority Data1986-04-18 CH
AbstractA decoder comprising a microprocessor connected to a receiver of data of teletext and to a text generator for displaying information on the screen of a television receiver. Further, a CPTV-card (card pay-television) is associated with the microprocessor, this card managing the credit necessary for the purchase of emissions, for the memorization of the emissions purchased and for permitting the unscrambling of the emissions purchased by delivering to the microprocessor the input pointer in the sequence which is calculated by the microprocessor by means of the information which has been memorized as well as the information delivered by the decoder. The programs of the forecasted emissions are transmitted by the head station and memorized in the microprocessor of the decoder. Another memory of the microprocessor contains the instructions for the manipulations to be effected for selecting an emission and for purchasing it as well as for recharging a credit in the CPTV-card. A keyboard permits selection and display on the screen of the television receiver of the forecasted emissions as well as the instructions of manipulation which enormously facilitates the dialog between the user and the decoder and contributes to avoiding errors of manipulation. The decoder according to the invention operates as a guide for the user, for all operations to be effected.