05759101 is referenced by 484 patents.

A system and method for evaluating responses to broadcast programs, such as television programs, includes an instructional signal modulated onto a signal transmitted concurrently with the television program, simulcast, or time-multiplexed with a television. At each of a plurality of remote receiving stations, one or more members of a remote audience has the opportunity to respond to a situation presented in the television program by entering a response on a keyboard. The system includes response evaluation circuitry which may be located at a central facility or partially at the central facility and partially at each remote receiving station, or completely within a response unit at each remote receiving station, in the latter case the response unit having a memory responsive to the instructional signal for storing acceptable responses, a comparison circuit for comparing responses entered at the keyboard with those stored in the memory, circuitry for scoring responses in accordance with commands from the instructional signal, and a recording device for providing a permanent record of the audience score at the remote station. For conducting a sweepstakes, numbers or other responses are entered at the remote stations and are stored at a central facility for verification. The program may be presented live conducted by a host at a central station, or by a prerecorded message accessible by telephone from a remote station with regulation from a central station.

Title
Central and remote evaluation of responses of participatory broadcast audience with automatic crediting and couponing
Application Number
837827
Publication Number
5759101
Application Date
April 11, 1994
Publication Date
June 2, 1998
Inventor
Henry Von Kohorn
Vero Beach
FL, US
Agent
Perman & Green
Assignee
Response Reward Systems L C
FL, US
IPC
A63F 9/22
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