Notification system and method for media queue

  • US 7,389,243 B2
  • Filed: 02/02/2004
  • Issued: 06/17/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of electronically notifying a subscriber to a content provider of activity in a subscriber rental queue associated with the subscriber, including the steps of:

  • a. defining a set of notification rules for the subscriber rental queue, which notification rules are authorized by the subscriber;

    b. monitoring the subscriber rental queue with a computer in accordance with said set of notification rules and a separate set of queue replenishment control rules authorized by the subscriber so that said computer can determine if a composition should be altered through additions of playable media titles and/or ordering of playable media titles in the subscriber rental queue should be altered;

    c. sending an electronic notification to the subscriber with said computer in response to an affirmative determination under step (b) that such notification is necessary based on said set of notification rules;

    wherein said set of notification rules and/or set of queue replenishment control rules include a user configurable option with a first choice to automatically trigger a modification of the subscriber rental queue, and a second choice which does not trigger a modification of the subscriber rental queue;

    further comprising said subscriber selecting one of said first choice or second choice to automatically trigger or not trigger a modification to said subscriber rental queue.

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