Archiving and viewing sports events via Internet

  • US 20060023117A1
  • Filed: 09/06/2005
  • Published: 02/02/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A process for self-help video production of events of interest to groups of interested persons at each of a plurality of originating institutions, and of recording or storing, and processing and transmitting on demand the video recorded events to subscribers among said groups of interested persons, the events being produced by respective ones of said originating institutions, and each event being categorized in an identifiable category of events, comprising:

  • obtaining a video production of each of said events, by self-help, in-house capturing the event at said originating institution using at least one video camera and at least one microphone, such that the video productions each including at least one video channel and an audio channel;

    transmitting said video production to a central digital clearing house, the clearing house having a computer processor for digitally processing each said video production to prepare the video channel and audio channel thereof for digital storage and retransmission, a digital memory arrangement with capacity sufficient for storing a multiplicity of said video productions; and

    a web transmitter for transmitting the stored video productions of said events to said subscribers on demand;

    converting at said clearing house said video and audio channels of said video productions to a digital format suitable for webcasting, and storing same at storage locations on the associated digital memory arrangement;

    the step of converting including editing the content of said video production at said clearing house to render it suitable for transmission to a subscriber;

    said clearing house creating a subscriber accessible index of the video productions stored in the memory arrangement at said clearing house, the index having categories including originating institution, type of event, and date of event;

    providing to a plurality of subscribers digital access, via a global computer network, to the video recordings of the events as stored on the memory arrangement at said clearing house, including providing each said subscriber access via said global computer network to said index, permitting the subscriber to select one or more categories of said index, and permitting the subscriber to select a desired video production within the selected one or more categories; and

    transmitting to said subscriber the selected video production over said global computer network.

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