Marketing and selling feature length movies over networks

  • US 8,521,601 B1
  • Filed: 04/08/2006
  • Issued: 08/27/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method executed by a computer system, comprising:

  • displaying, by the computer system and at an internet location, an advertisement to purchase a feature length movie (FLM) before the FLM is publicly available to view in movie theaters and before the FLM is publicly available to buy on digital video disks (DVDs);

    displaying, by the computer system and at the internet location, a movie trailer for the FLM;

    selling, by the computer system and at the internet location, the FLM to individuals that purchase the FLM with handheld portable electronic devices (HPEDs) before the FLM is publicly available to view in the movie theaters and before the FLM is publicly available to buy on the DVDs; and

    wirelessly transmitting and downloading, before the FLM is publicly available to view in the movie theaters and before the FLM is publicly available to buy on the DVDs, the FLM to the HPEDs of the individuals that purchased the FLM,wherein the FLM is downloaded to the HPEDs such that the FLM plays on the HPEDs at times decided by the individuals viewing the FLM with the times being before the FLM is publicly available to view in the movie theaters and before the FLM is publicly available to buy on the DVDs,wherein the FLM is subsequently distributed to the movie theaters for viewing by a general public after the FLM plays on the HPEDs of the individuals, andwherein the FLM is full length motion picture that is greater than sixty minutes in length.

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