Method for interactive video content programming

  • US 7,870,592 B2
  • Filed: 07/31/2001
  • Issued: 01/11/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/14/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for using an interactive video, the method comprising:

  • streaming the video from a remote location over an Internet protocol-based network and displaying the video on a visual display for a user, the video having at least one interface link associated therewith, the interface link adapted to be displayed on the visual display and being linked by a universal resource locator (URL) to ancillary content accessible over the network;

    interacting, during the streaming of the video, in a single interaction with the interface link to both;

    (a) interrupt, at the remote location, the streaming of the video at a point in time so as to prevent streaming of the video over the network; and

    (b) transmit a request of the user for the ancillary content over the network to a remote site of the URL where the ancillary content is stored;

    delivering the ancillary content over the network and displaying the ancillary content on the visual display; and

    continuing the streaming of the video over the network from the point in time when the streaming of the video was interrupted after the interacting with the interface link.

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