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Title: US6005597: Method and apparatus for program selection
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Barrett, David S.; Needham, MA
Lee, Gillian M.; Cambridge, MA
Miller, Scott N.; Winchester, MA
Simpson, M. O. S. C. Jasba; Cambridge, MA
Rosenthal, Eric D.; Freehold, NJ

Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1999-12-21 / 1997-10-27

Application Number: US1997000958656

IPC Code: Advanced: H04N 5/445; H04N 7/16; H04N 21/25; H04N 21/258; H04N 21/2668; H04N 21/442; H04N 21/45; H04N 21/462; H04N 21/4782; H04N 21/4788; H04N 21/482; H04N 21/658; H04N 21/84; H04N 5/45; H04N 5/50;
IPC-7: H04N 7/00;

ECLA Code: H04N21/442E2; H04N5/445M; H04N7/16E2; H04N21/25A1; H04N21/258U3; H04N21/2668; H04N21/45M3; H04N21/462S; H04N21/4782; H04N21/4788; H04N21/482; H04N21/482R; H04N21/658S; H04N21/84; T04N5/45; T04N5/50;

U.S. Class: Current: 725/046; 348/564; 348/E05.097; 348/E05.105; 348/E05.112; 348/E07.061; 725/043;
Original: 348/001; 348/002; 348/564; 348/010; 455/002;

Field of Search: 348/564,1,7,10,12 455/002

Priority Number:
1997-10-27  US1997000958656

Abstract:     The present invention comprises a method and apparatus for television program selection that monitors the viewing preferences of a viewer to create a dynamic viewer profile that is used to rate available programs. Based on the viewer profile, available programs are sorted and presented to the viewer in descending order of predicted interest. The invention allows a viewer to quickly find the program of greatest interest to the viewer without having to tediously search through large numbers of available programs. The invention may also be used for selecting from among a plurality of programs other than television programs, such as, for example, radio programs or audio or video programs stored on digital storage media such as CD's and DVD's.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Hecker & Harriman ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Faile, Andrew I.; Brown, Reuben M.

Maintenance Status: R1 Reinstated

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. A method for presenting a selection of available programs to a user comprising:
  • determining initial user interest criteria; said user interest criteria comprising a plurality of program criteria; said user interest criteria further comprising positive and negative factor values for each of a plurality of said program criteria;
  • monitoring a user's program selection choices;
  • detecting said user's selection of a first selected program;
  • incrementing a positive factor value for criteria associated with said first selected program upon said user's selection of said first selected program;
  • detecting said user's selection of a second selected program prior to the end of said first selected program;
  • incrementing a positive factor value for criteria associated with said second selected program and incrementing a negative factor value for criteria associated with said first selected program upon said user's selection of said second selected program prior to the end of said first selected program;
  • ranking available programs according to said user interest criteria;
  • presenting said available programs to said user according to said ranking.


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Other Abstract Info: DERABS G2000-125786 DERABS G2000-125786

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