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Method for revenue generating electronic program guides

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022672D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for revenue generating electronic program guides. Benefits include improved functionality and improved performance.

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Method for revenue generating electronic program guides

Disclosed is a method for revenue generating electronic program guides. Benefits include improved functionality and improved performance.

Background

         The growing popularity of personal video recorders (PVRs) and digital versatile disk (DVD) recorders is creating a demand for electronic program guides (EPGs) that enable consumers to automatically control the recording of broadcast programming. Several companies are providing EPGs to consumers who buy their specific hardware. The companies also have a business model that forces them to charge the consumers for the EPG service. The monthly charges for the EPG are a deterrent to the widespread acceptance of the devices that depend on EPGs.

General description

         The disclosed method is a business model and the supporting technologies to provide an EPG service that is free to consumers. The result is improved user satisfaction and the future success of PVR and recordable digital versatile disk (DVD-R) devices.

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to providing EPG service free to consumers

•         Improved functionality due to providing a business model that supports a revenue stream for providing a valuable service to consumers

Detailed description

         The disclosed method is an Internet-delivered EPG system. Within a home, the EPG may or may not be distributed by a home network. The EPG delivered through the network is presented to the PVR or DVD-R device. A set of full motion video/audio commercials are trickled to the device, along with the EPG. The PVR or DVD-R device is programmed with an application to use the Internet-provided EPGs. Whenever the EPG causes a program to be saved, the PVR or DVD-R device append...