Systems and methods for providing an on-demand entertainment service

  • US 9,414,121 B1
  • Filed: 01/24/2014
  • Issued: 08/09/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/18/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for providing an on-demand, personalized media service and a broadcast service to a set-top-box, comprising:

  • a distribution network, wherein the set-top-box is connected to the distribution network; and

    a distribution system including a transmission system operable to transmit via the distribution network a media channel comprising a stream of audio and video data, whereinthe set-top-box is operable to;

    (1) receive the media channel via the distribution network,(2) reproduce the stream of audio data included in the received media channel for a user of the client system to hear,(3) display video corresponding to the stream of video data included in the received media channel on a display device for the user to see,(4) receive via the distribution network video identifier information comprising an identifier for identifying an available on-demand video while displaying on the display device the video corresponding to the stream of video data included in the received media channel,(5) display a user selectable element for requesting the available on-demand video on the display device so that the user selectable element is displayed on the display device together with at least a portion of the video corresponding to the stream of video data as a result of receiving the video identifier information transmitted to the set-top-box using the distribution network, the user selectable element being associated with the available on-demand video, and(6) in response to the user of the set-top-box selecting the user selectable element, causing an on-demand video system to transmit to the set-top-box the available on-demand video by transmitting to the on-demand video system an on-demand request message.

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