Apparatus and method to generate and access broadcast information

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  • US 7,574,721 B2
  • Filed: 10/01/2001
  • Issued: 08/11/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for identifying at least one broadcast provider through a combination of a geographic identification code and a broadcast identifier, the method comprising:

  • digitally storing, in a database, one or more geographic identification codes that are each associated with at least one area or location in which a broadcast is receivable from at least one broadcast provider;

    digitally storing, in the database, one or more broadcast identifiers that are each associated with at least one broadcast provider;

    receiving at least one user related geographic identification code;

    receiving at least one user related broadcast identifier, wherein the received at least one user related broadcast identifier is not required to by itself identify a broadcast provider;

    determining, by a processor, a subset of data from the database using the received at least one user related geographic identification code, the subset of data comprising at least one of the stored one or more broadcast identifiers that are associated with at least one of the stored one or more geographic identification codes that corresponds to the received at least one user related geographic identification code; and

    identifying, by the processor, at least one broadcast provider using at least both the subset of data and the received at least one user related broadcast identifier, wherein the identifying of the at least one broadcast provider does not require identifying only a closest proximity broadcast provider based on the received at least one user related geographic identification code.

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