System and method for providing service of sending real time electronic information to selected individual viewers of transmitted video or computerized signals

  • US 6,301,619 B1
  • Filed: 03/02/1999
  • Issued: 10/09/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for a sender sending real time electronic information to a viewer of transmitted video signals, the system comprising:

  • (a) viewer attribute information related to the viewer;

    (b) an electronic device included with and in communication with a television belonging to the viewer for receiving and storing said viewer attribute information input into said electronic device by the viewer;

    (c) sender requested electronic information of the sender to be transmitted by request of the sender to the viewer, said sender requested electronic information of the sender is included with a non-viewer provided subset of said viewer attribute information related to the viewer;

    (d) a service center for communicating to a television station provider of the transmitted video signals encoding instructions to form encoded sender requested electronic information of the sender, said television provider of the transmitted video signals transmits a compound video signal including said non-viewer provided subset of viewer attribute information and said encoded sender requested electronic information of the sender to said electronic device included with and in communication with said television belonging to the viewer, said electronic device makes a decision selected from the group consisting of accepting said encoded sender requested electronic information of the sender and not accepting said encoded sender requested electronic information of the sender, said decision of accepting said encoded sender requested electronic information is made by recognizing said non-viewer provided sheet subset of said viewer attribute information, and said electronic device decodes said encoded sender requested electronic information of the sender to form decoded sender requested electronic information of the sender; and

    (e) a subwindow within said television of the viewer for displaying said decoded sender requested electronic information of the sender to the viewer.

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