Signal processing apparatus and methods

  • US 7,769,170 B1
  • Filed: 05/22/1995
  • Issued: 08/03/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/03/1981
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of processing signals to select at least one datum with independent receiver specific relevance at a receiver station and deliver at said receiver station a receiver specific programming presentation, said receiver station having a computer and an output device, wherein said computer has a memory location for storing data and said output device outputs at least one of video, audio, and hardcopy, said method comprising the steps of:

  • receiving an information transmission from a remote station and passing at least a portion of said information transmission to said computer, said information transmission including data and at least one instruct signal;

    detecting said at least one instruct signal in said information transmission;

    processing said data at said computer and causing said computer to select a plurality of subscriber data by processing at said receiver station said at least one instruct signal received in said information transmission from said remote station;

    storing said selected plurality of subscriber data at said memory location at said receiver station;

    receiving mass medium programming from a programming source;

    causing said computer to select subscriber information to output as a result of processing at said receiver station said selected and stored plurality of subscriber data; and

    outputting at least one of a simultaneous presentation and a sequential presentation of said mass medium programming and said selected subscriber information.

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