Systems and methods for computer enhanced broadcast monitoring

  • US 5,892,536 A
  • Filed: 10/03/1996
  • Issued: 04/06/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/03/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Apparatus for generating a proprietary program signal, comprising:

  • receiver capable of receiving from a program broadcaster in substantially real time, a broadcast programming signal having a plurality of program characteristics;

    a buffer, coupled to said receiver, and having storage for storing data signals representative of a portion of the received broadcast programming signal;

    a communication system capable of communicating with an editing unit for determining whether at least one of the plurality of program characteristics in the received broadcast programming signal satisfies at least one preselected user-program topic, and receiving a marking signal from the editing unit representative of the existence of the at least one program characteristic in the received broadcast programming signal, satisfying at least one preselected user-program topic; and

    a processor, coupled to said communication system and said buffer, and responsive to said marking signal, for modifying said broadcast programming signal to generate a proprietary program signal comprising the at least one program characteristic satisfying the at least one preselected user-program topic.

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