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The present invention is an operations center that organizes and packages television programs for transmission in a television delivery system. The center is capable of receiving, storing, packaging and delivering countless programs in various signal formats. The center is a particularly useful invention for program delivery systems which will provide subscribers with video on demand, near video on demand and/or the ability to select programs from on-screen menus. The center's primary components are a receiver, system controller, video storage, computer assisted packaging system (CAP) and output equipment. The components can receive, convert, store, select, retrieve, encode and otherwise process multiple program signals, gather program identities of analog and/or digital programs, generate menus, package programs efficiently based on subscriber needs and the available bandwidth, and output packaged program products to multiple remote sites. To perform these functions, the CAP creates program lineups, menus, instructions on the packaging of programs, and/or allocates available bandwidth. In the preferred embodiment, the packaged program products contain programs, control information, and menus.

Title
Operations center with video storage for a television program packaging and delivery system
Application Number
991074
Publication Number
5600573
Application Date
December 2, 1994
Publication Date
February 4, 1997
Inventor
Richard E Wunderlich
Alpharetta
GA, US
John S Hendricks
Potomac
MD, US
Agent
Dorsey & Whitney
Assignee
Discovery Communications
MD, US
IPC
H04N 5/00
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