06020883 is referenced by 467 patents and cites 34 patents.

A system and method for scheduling the receipt of desired movies and other forms of data from a network which simultaneously distributes many sources of such data to many customers, as in a cable television system. Customer profiles are developed for the recipient describing how important certain characteristics of the broadcast video program, movie or other data are to each customer. From these profiles, an "agreement matrix" is calculated by comparing the recipient's profiles to the actual profiles of the characteristics of the available video programs, movies, or other data. The agreement matrix thus characterizes the attractiveness of each video program, movie, or other data to each prospective customer. "Virtual" channels are generated from the agreement matrix to produce a series of video or data programming which will provide the greatest satisfaction to each customer. Feedback paths are also provided so that the customer's profiles and/or the profiles of the video programs or other data may be modified to reflect actual usage. Kiosks are also developed which assist customers in the selection of videos, music, books, and the like in accordance with the customer's objective profiles.

Title
System and method for scheduling broadcast of and access to video programs and other data using customer profiles
Application Number
346425
Publication Number
6020883
Application Date
February 23, 1998
Publication Date
February 1, 2000
Inventor
Marcos Salganicoff
Philadelphia
PA, US
David Wachob
Elkins Park
PA, US
Jian Zhang
Cherry Hill
NJ, US
Lyle Ungar
Philadelphia
PA, US
Frederick Herz
Davis
WV, US
Agent
Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris
Assignee
Fred Herz
WV, US
IPC
H04H 1/02
H04N 7/14
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