Store and forward video system

  • US 5,130,792 A
  • Filed: 02/01/1990
  • Issued: 07/14/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for transmitting video programs to remote locations over a switched telephone network, comprising:

  • a central data facility having means for storing digital compressed versions of video programs;

    a request interface connected to said central data facility and to the telephone network, wherein said request interface receives requests for video programs made over the telephone network and communicates them to said central data facility;

    a distribution interface connected to said central data facility and to the telephone network, wherein said distribution interface initiates connections over the telephone network with remote locations in response to requests received by said request interface, and transmits thereto compressed versions of video programs previously requested through said request interface, such compressed versions being transmitted in less time than is required to view the programs in real time;

    a receiver at each remote location for connecting to the telephone network and receiving compressed video programs transmitted from said distribution interface, for storing the received programs, and for subsequently playing the video programs at a real time rate on a video display.

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