Reprogrammable terminal for recommended program in television program transmission system

Application Number: 00108008
Application Date: 2000.06.07
Publication Number: 1275866
Publication Date: 2000.12.06
Priority Information: 1992/12/9 US 07/991,074
International: G06F19/00;H04N5/00;H04N7/00
Applicant(s) Name: Discovery Communications, Inc.
Inventor(s) Name: John S. Hendrics;Alfred E. Bunna;Richard E. Wandrich
Patent Agency Code: 72002
Patent Agent: han hong
Abstract This invention is a method of allocating bandwidth for a television program delivery system. This method selects specific programs from a plurality of programs, allocates the selected programs to a segment of bandwidth, and continues to allocate the programs until all the programs are allocated or all of the available bandwidth is allocated. The programs may be selected based on a variety of different factors or combination of factors. The selected programs may also be prioritized so that higher priority programs are distributed before lower priority programs in case there is not enough bandwidth to transmit all of the programs. This invention allows a television program delivery system to prioritize a large number of television programs and distribute these programs based on their priority levels. The invention also permits a television program delivery system to dynamically allocate bandwidth over time or based on marketing information, such as consumer demand.