05931908 is referenced by 324 patents and cites 70 patents.

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for linking real-time data with audiovisual content to enable a user to make selections, manipulate data, and to execute functions interactively through an audiovisual display unit based upon audiovisual content being displayed at the time. Audiovisual content is synchronized with the available interactive functions so that the user has the ability to interact with and perform functions related to the audiovisual content being shown at the time. In a preferred embodiment, actionable events in audiovisual programs are synchronized with associated overlay functions and interface data. A method is provided to make overlay functions available to the user through an audiovisual display during the actionable events that occur in a program being viewed by the user. A user interface for each overlay function that may be performed, which user interface may or may not be visible to the user, is overlaid on and synchronized with the program being shown. Interaction with selections may be made using any of several known methods such as a screen menu or a cursor controlled by a remote control device.

Title
Visual object present within live programming as an actionable event for user selection of alternate programming wherein the actionable event is selected by human operator at a head end for distributed data and programming
Application Number
8/773263
Publication Number
5931908
Application Date
December 23, 1996
Publication Date
August 3, 1999
Inventor
Mike Nichols
Altadena
CA, US
Howard Meiseles
Santa Clarita
CA, US
Robert E Lambert
Glendale
CA, US
George Gerba
Venice
CA, US
Agent
Irell & Manella
Assignee
The Walt Disney Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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