06314572 is referenced by 170 patents and cites 18 patents.

A method and apparatus for providing subscription-on-demand (SOD) services, dependent subscription services and contingent services for a interactive information distribution system, where a consumer may subscribe to packages of on-demand programs for a single price and view the programs in the subscribed package at any time for no additional cost. The apparatus and method are embodied in a combination of software, which provides a so-called navigator, and hardware, including a subscriber terminal that provides certain functionality for the navigator and service provider equipment that supports the functionality of the terminal. As such, graphical user interface functionality is distributed between the service provider equipment and subscriber equipment (subscriber terminal). Such distribution provides an enjoyable, real time interactive process for accessing SOD services that allows the subscriber to rapidly identify and access a subscription service. In addition, a non-subscriber of a particular service is quickly identified and provided the opportunity to, through the use of a graphical user interface, subscribe to the programming provided by the system.

Title
Method and apparatus for providing subscription-on-demand services, dependent services and contingent services for an interactive information distribution system
Application Number
9/322605
Publication Number
6314572 (B1)
Application Date
May 28, 1999
Publication Date
November 6, 2001
Inventor
Michael D Johnson
Danville
CA, US
Tobie LaRocca
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Moser Patterson & Sheridan
US
Assignee
DIVA Systems Corporation
CA, US
IPC
H04N 5/445
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