Apparatus and method to generate and access broadcast information

  • US 6,314,577 B1
  • Filed: 08/21/1997
  • Issued: 11/06/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer-implemented information system to provide users with information concerning program materials disseminated according to a program list, comprising:

  • a processing system for execution by a computer;

    a user interface coupled to said processing system, said user interface providing means for placing user inquiries regarding the program material;

    a database coupled to said processing system;

    first input means coupled to said processing system, for inputting information reflecting program descriptions of said program materials;

    second input means coupled to said processing system, for inputting program list information regarding a plurality of program material items;

    a program description output means coupled to said processing system and to said user interface; and

    identifier means responsive to only a broadcast identifier for generating and storing information in said database;

    said processing system having;

    means for correlating said program descriptions of program material with said program list information and for storing said correlated program descriptions and program list information in said database responsive to receipt of said broadcast identifier;

    means for responding to a user inquiry, placed through said user interface, about an item in said program list, by retrieving a selected program description from said database associated with said broadcast identifier, and means for further responding to said user inquiry by causing said program description output means to produce a message based on said selected program description.

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