Multiple call control method in a multimedia conferencing system
Method and system for storing and retrieving collaboratively processed information by associated identification data
Apparatus and method for temporal indexing of multiple audio, video and data streams Patent #: 5627936
ApplicationNo. 724810 filed on 10/02/1996
US Classes:709/203, Client/server704/201, For storage or transmission725/86USER-REQUESTED VIDEO PROGRAM SYSTEM
ExaminersPrimary: Trammell, James P.
Assistant: Peeso, Thomas R.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassH04N 001/42
AbstractAn audio program and message distribution system in which a host system organizes and transmits program segments to client subscriber locations. The hose organizes the program segments by subject matter and creates scheduled programming in accordance with preferences associated with each subscriber. Program segments are associated with descriptive subject matter segments, and the subject matter segments may be used to generate both text and audio cataloging presentations to enable the user to more easily identify and select desirable programming. A playback unit at the subscriber location reproduces the program segments received from the host and includes mechanisms for interactively navigating among the program segments. A usage log is compiled to record the subscriber's use of the provided program materials, to return data to the host for billing, to adaptively modify the subscriber's preferences based on actual usage, and to send subscriber-generated comments and requests to the host for processing. Voice input and control mechanisms included in the player allow the user to perform hands-free navigation of the program materials and to dictate comments and messages which are returned to the host for retransmission to other subscribers.