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PAY-PER-VIEW PAYMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132578D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-22

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Abstract

A system, method and computer program product are provided for commercial-based payment for pay-per-view movies. Initially, a plurality of movies is displayed, utilizing an output device. Then, utilizing an input device, selection of at least one of the movies is received. In conjunction with the present technique, it is determined whether commercial-based payment is applicable. If it is determined that the commercial-based payment is applicable, a commercial is delivered, utilizing the output device. After delivering the commercial, the selected at least one movie is allowed to be viewed, utilizing the output device.

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Pay-per-view payment system and method

Field of the Invention

            The present invention relates to pay-per-view systems, and more particularly, to pay-per-view payment systems.

Background

A goal of many media distribution systems has been to provide users media (e.g. movies, television, sports, news broadcasts, etc.).  For example, Video-On-Demand (VoD) systems enable a user to receive video service upon demand.  In the case of VoD services, a user of a service is allowed to select what he/she wishes to view and is then able, ideally, to view the requested video at a time of the user's choosing.  

Before the user is allowed viewing of a selected video service, however, payment is typically required.  This is traditionally carried out by receiving a “payment” option after the desired video service is selected.  In response to such payment option, a user is typically billed (i.e. a charge is applied to his/her account, etc.), and the user is sent a charge for the particular video service.  After payment is complete, the video service is commenced.

Unfortunately, due to technical limitations associated with current networks underlying VoD systems which exist at the time of filing of the present patent application, payment for desired video services is typically limited to the scenario set forth above.  For example, due to an inability for unfettered interactivity between the user and a back-end system, the selection of the aforementioned payment option is conventionally received and stored in a client device (e.g. set-top box, etc.), and a separate inquiry is required to access such payment information.  In some systems, such separate inquiry is still carried out by a telecommunication network (e.g. phone line, etc.) that is separate from a broadband network (e.g. satellite, etc.) over which the video service is actually delivered. 

Unfortunately, this typical framework severely limits the ways in which a user may pay for video services.  There is thus a need for overcoming these and/or other problems associated with the prior art.

Summary

           

A system, method and computer program product are provided for commercial-based payment for pay-per-view movies.  Initially, a plurality of movies is displayed, utilizing an output device.  Then, utilizing an input device, selection of at least one of the movies is received.  In conjunction with the present technique, it is determined whether commercial-based payment is applicable.  If it is determined that the commercial-based payment is applicable, a commercial is delivered, utilizing the output device.  In use, the selected at least one movie is allowed to be viewed, utilizing the output device.

In one embodiment, the movies may be displayed in a list.  Further, the movies may be displayed in response to a search in a database initiated by a user.   Still yet, the movies may be displayed in response to a request received at a web-site.

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