07860131 is referenced by 20 patents and cites 1313 patents.

A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc. At receiver stations, signals in received transmissions and from local inputs (225, 218, 22) cause control processors (200) and computers (205) to automate connection and operation of converters (201), tuners (215), decryptors (224), recorder/players (217), computers (205), furnaces (206), etc. Processors (71, 200) meter and monitor availability and usage of programming.

Title
Signal processing apparatus and methods
Application Number
8/480392
Publication Number
7860131 (B1)
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
December 28, 2010
Inventor
James William Cuddihy
New York
NY, US
John Christopher Harvey
New York
NY, US
Agent
Goodwin Procter
Assignee
Personalized Media Communications
NY, US
IPC
H04J 1/00
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