Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated internet information segments

  • US 6,018,768 A
  • Filed: 07/06/1998
  • Issued: 01/25/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/08/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for presenting integrated video programming and corresponding related Internet information segments obtained from Web sites on the Internet, the system comprising:

  • a means for receiving programming, wherein the programming contains a video and audio signals and one or more uniform resource locators, wherein the uniform resource locators specify one or more Internet addresses of the information segments which relate specifically to the content of the video and audio signals of the programming;

    a means for decoding, connected to the receiving means, the uniform resource locators to determine the specified Internet addresses;

    a controller means, connected to the decoding means, for interpreting the uniform resource locators;

    a web browser, connected to the decoding means and the controller means, for sending message requests to specific Internet sites located at the Internet addresses corresponding to the uniform resource locators and consequently receiving the one or more requested Internet information segments residing at the determined Internet addresses , the browser retrieves the requested Internet information segments under the direction and control of the controller means; and

    a display means, connected to the controller and receiving means, for presenting the video and audio signals concurrently with or independently from the Internet information segments.

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