Norton Garfinkle: System for limiting use of down-loaded video-on-demand data. Lane Aitken & McCann, March 21, 1995: US05400402 (149 worldwide citation)

A digital data system that includes a control system at a customer site that blocks access to a down-loaded stored program after it has been viewed a predetermined number of times (e.g., once), or after a predetermined interval, or any combination thereof.

Henry C Debey: Method and system of program transmission optimization using a redundant transmission sequence. Delta Beta, Pennie & Edmonds, February 11, 2003: US06519693 (148 worldwide citation)

A system and method of optimizing transmission of a program to multiple users over a distribution system, with particular application to video-on-demand for a CATV network. The system includes, at a head end of the CATV network a scheduling and routing computer for dividing the video program stored ...

Peggy Pak Fan Dixon, John Leslie Harter, Timothy Peter Krein, Michael John Morton, Frederick Aaron Schwartz: Automatic replication of digital video as needed for video-on-demand. International Business Machines Corporation, Arthur J Samodovitz, August 10, 1999: US05935206 (142 worldwide citation)

A server and method allocates access to a digital video movie to clients for viewing upon demand. The server receives requests to view the movie and in response, compares a number of requests to concurrently view the movie to a threshold. If the number is less than the threshold, the server allocate ...

Darryl L DeFreese, Timothy H Addington, Mike L LaJoie, Joseph G Buehl: System and method for providing a full service television system. Time Warner Entertainment Company, Scientific Atlanta, Garry J Tuma, Fish & Neave, December 10, 2002: US06493876 (140 worldwide citation)

A system and method are provided for providing a full service cable television system. The cable system incorporates a digital and analog transmission architecture capable of delivering a high number of high quality television programs, advanced cable services, and online services to a subscriber&ap ...

Leon P Stoel, Vernon E Hills, David M Bankers, Douglas D Truckenmiller: Multiple dwelling unit interactive audio/video distribution system. LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, Sheridan Ross P C, May 18, 1999: US05905942 (138 worldwide citation)

An audio/video distribution system for a multiple dwelling unit such as an apartment building provides programming which is selectable by a subscriber through the interactive use of on-screen menus. Programming and services are supplied from a headend over a distribution network to individual apartm ...

Hajime Inoue, Yukio Kubota, Toshimichi Nagashima, Akira Shimazu, Keiji Kanota: Near video-on-demand signal receiver. Sony Corporation, William S Frommer, Frommer Lawrence & Haug, November 23, 1999: US05990881 (138 worldwide citation)

A video signal receiver receives a plurality of video channels simultaneously carrying, offset by a transmission interval, a single video program, selects one channel from which to obtain the program for display to a user, and achieves a pause function in the display of the transmitted video program ...

Hadas Shachnai, Joel L Wolf, Philip S Yu: Baton passing optimization scheme for load balancing/configuration planning in a video-on-demand computer system. International Business Machines Corporation, Richard M Ludwin, Whitham Curtis Whitham & McGinn, August 6, 1996: US05544313 (137 worldwide citation)

A video on demand computer system includes a plurality of storage media each storing a plurality of videos. The storage media are disks attached to a computer system. The computer system plays the videos on demand by reading out the videos from the disks as data steams to play selected ones of the v ...

Donald F Gordon, Mark D Conover: Method for generating information sub-streams for FF/REW applications. DIVA Systems Corporation, Moser Patterson & Sheridan, January 21, 2003: US06510554 (137 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for processing an information stream comprising a plurality of compressed information frames to produce an information sub-stream having a reduced number of information frames. In the case of an MPEG video information stream, the information sub-stream is suitable for use as a ...

Rafael Alonso, John C Pearson: Interactive world wide web access using a set top terminal in a video on demand system. Sarnoff Corporation, William J Burke, February 6, 2001: US06184878 (133 worldwide citation)

A method and concomitant apparatus for interactively accessing information from a computer network, such as a TCP/IP network, suitable for use in an interactive information distribution system, illustratively a cable television system or a video on demand system.

Dean F Jerding, John M Schlarb, Arturo A Rodriguez: System and method for providing a plurality of programming services in a television system. Scientific Atlanta, September 14, 2004: US06792616 (133 worldwide citation)

A system and method of providing for displaying a full service cable television system. The cable television system is adapted to provide a plurality of different user services. Accordingly, the system and method are designed to allow a user to access services in an efficient memory conserving fashi ...