Interactive cable television system with frame server

  • US 6,205,582 B1
  • Filed: 09/18/1998
  • Issued: 03/20/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/09/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A cable system headend connected to an information service distribution network, for delivering information services to subscriber televisions each associated with a home interface controller, the headend comprising:

  • a plurality of individually assignable processors each for receiving data communications from an assigned home interface controller and for generating information signals to be supplied over television signals through the information service distribution network to the subscriber television of the assigned home interface controller;

    a frame server in communication with a plurality of home interface controllers each assigned to one of a plurality of processes running in said frame server for interactive service, said processes receiving data communications from the subscribers associated with their respective assigned home interface controllers said frame server generating interactive pages responsive to the data communications and supplying the interactive pages to the subscriber televisions associated with the assigned home interface controllers in digitally encoded television signals over the information service distribution network; and

    a system manager in data communication with the home interface controllers for assigning said frame server or one of said plurality of individually assignable processors to a home interface controller requesting interactive service.

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