Home interface controller for providing interactive cable television

CAFC
  • US 6,100,883 A
  • Filed: 06/04/1996
  • Issued: 08/08/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for providing interactive service on a cable television system that distributes television signals from a cable headend over an information service distribution network to a plurality of subscriber television sets, said method comprising:

  • detecting at a node on the information service distribution network a request, from a home interface controller associated with one of the subscriber television sets, for an information service in an interactive mode;

    controlling at a processor in the node, in response to detection of the request, an interactive session with the requesting home interface controller;

    providing an information signal capable of full motion video responsive to the interactive session through the information service distribution network to the subscriber television set associated with the requesting home interface controller for display of an image produced by the information signal; and

    receiving data communications at the processor from the requesting home interface controller during the interactive session representative of commands interactive with the image on the associated subscriber television set.

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