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Effective date : Year of fee payment : 4. The present invention is an interactive system and method whereby participants may engage in a contest that is simultaneously or subsequently broadcast. The broadcast signal may be for the purpose of a pure entertainment source or may be an enticement to play the shown or other interactive games. The games may be computer simulation games, role-playing games, strategy games, question and answer games, casino games, or other games as desired.

The broadcast signals may show a specialized view of the game being played and may contain live commentary or other enhancements. The games may be played with set top boxes connected to a television, a broadcast network, and a server system.

Field of the Invention []. The present invention pertains generally to the field of interactive television, and specifically to the play of games via interactive television. Description of the Background [].

Sports fans have always enjoyed watching and rooting for their favorite team and have not been able to become actively involved in the team or sport. Many fans are referred to as armchair quarterbacks or coaches. Also, many fans participate in a form of the game called fantasy sports where leagues are created and seasons played out in detail.

In the prior art, this participation is directed to a participant picking a number of sports athletes involved in a particular sport. The athletes will make up a participant's team. As each athlete is an actual player playing an actual game in an actual league, the athlete will have statistics based on his or her performance in the actual game. The participant is awarded points based on the statistics of the actual athletes that make up the participant's team.

Several interactive games based on such a fantasy league are taught in the prior art. Fantasy sports, such as described above, is generally a test of a participant's intimate knowledge of the individual players in a certain sport and serve as an enhancement to the viewing experience of a sporting event. Fantasy sports, as played interactively, rely on the actions of athletes who do not participate in the interactive game and the fantasy sports are constrained around the schedules of the events that are merely tracked by the fantasy sports.

Such fantasy sports rely on events that happen during the course of play of the interactive game by players other than the interactive game participants and are, in essence, elaborate and complex betting pools for the enjoyment of followers of a particular sport. Hence, these types of fantasy sports do not amount to a head-to-head sporting competition that is actually played by the participants. Further, the fantasy sports league is not broadcast to viewers other than the participants, nor would it be interesting to a casual viewer.

Such interactive games do not rely on the prediction of outside events that occur during the course of the game and, as such, can be played at any time. It would be advantageous for the broadcast games to be interesting to the casual viewer. It would also be advantageous to provide a large selection of games so that many people would be interested in playing. The present invention overcomes the disadvantages and limitations of the prior art by providing a broadcast game whereby an interactive participant may enjoy being part of the action of the game by actually participating in the broadcast game, not merely guessing on the outcome of another game over which they have no control.

The game may be broadcast as an entertainment source or as an advertisement for the play of such games. The game play may incorporate a broadcast signal as part of the participant's user interface or may be distinctly different. The broadcast signal of the game being played by the participants may be delayed from the real time play and not constrained to coincide with a separate and non-related contest.

The game may use several forms of input devices and may take on many forms, including simulation sporting games, role-playing games, strategy games, real time contests, casino games, and other types of games. In an embodiment of a game that is a sporting simulation game, for example, a participant may control a player in a football game. The game may test the participant's skill, knowledge, and strategy by calling plays against another interactive participant.

Further, the game may allow the participant to control the movement and actions of a single player on the football field. In such a contest, the participant's actions and decisions directly affect the broadcast computer generated simulation of a football contest. In an embodiment of a game that is a role playing game, for example, a participant may move around a virtual world and interact with other participants using a special user interface that is unique to each participant.

The broadcast video may have an overview of the entire game as it progresses, or may highlight special events as they unfold. In an embodiment of a game that is a strategy game, for example, such as one where a participant commands a virtual army in a siege against a virtual city, the participants will move and manage their troops to outsmart the other participant.

In an embodiment of a game that is a casino game, the participant may play a card game at an individual table against other participants. The broadcast video may switch from table to table, showing the action of the participants that are on a winning streak or those that are betting large sums of money. In an embodiment of a game show, participants may be trying to answer questions in the shortest amount of time to vie for a chance to play for a large sum of money.

The game may progress in an elimination format whereby contestants are eliminated round after round until only one is left. In an embodiment of the invention wherein a tournament is played, participants may compete in a bracket system whereby contestants are eliminated in each round, with a final round or rounds of the tournament being broadcast.

Such a tournament may have a virtual Super Bowl for an interactive football tournament. The present invention may therefore comprise a system for the play of interactive games using broadcast television comprising: a server system operative to generate the game; the server system coupled to a broadcast network for transmitting the game to a plurality of viewer's televisions capable of receiving the computer generated game and displaying same to the viewers; the system adapted to permit at least one of the viewers to interact with the computer generated game by being interactively coupled to the server, such that the server can receive and send transmissions with the viewer; the system operates to initiate a game and permit the viewers desiring to interact with the game to play the computer generated game to an end; and the game being an interactive sports game.

The present invention may therefore further comprise a system for the play of interactive games using broadcast television comprising: at least one set top box connected to an input device and operative to process signals from the input device and generate a real time signal of the game and operative to send and receive messages to a server system; the server system operative to receive and send the messages with the set top box and operative to generate a broadcast signal containing at least a portion of the game; the server system coupled to a broadcast network for transmitting the game to a plurality of viewer's televisions capable of receiving the computer generated game and displaying same to the viewers; the system operates to initiate a game and permit the viewers desiring to interact with the game to play the computer generated game to an end; and the game being an interactive sports game.

The present invention may therefore further comprise a method of playing an interactive broadcast game comprising: displaying a unique user interface on an interactive device for each participant of the broadcast; creating at least one user input through the interactive device; transmitting the user input to a server system over an electronic network; the server system creating a video signal of game play based on the input; broadcasting the video signal over a television network to a plurality of viewer's televisions capable of receiving the video signal and displaying same to the viewers; and the game being an interactive sports game.

The advantages of the present invention are that participants may engage in various forms of contests against each other for the enjoyment and notoriety of being on broadcast television. Tournaments and leagues may be formed for the express end of performing on nationwide television for a final playoff, such as an interactive Super Bowl.

The broadcast games may be a commercial advertisement that entices viewers into participating in the interactive games. Television game shows may incorporate live participants from around the world by using the interactive elements of the present invention, drawing a large following since everybody with an interactive television set top box may be eligible to play.

In the drawings, []. The server system [] generates a signal that is sent to the broadcast network , which in turn send the signal to set top boxes , , , and Additionally, the broadcast network sends the signal via cable modem to personal computer Each set top box , , , and are attached to televisions , , , and , respectively.

Set top boxes and are configured with input devices such as keyboards and , respectively. Input devices such as voice recognition systems, remote controls, etc. User input from the input devices such as keyboards and are sent via set top boxes and to the server system via the reverse channel or a separate channel.

The server system [] may generate a video signal that can be broadcast live, for the games that may be played in real time. Some games, for example, a trivia contest game or a chess game, may be played over several weeks, with the interactive participants placing their answers once a week, and tuning in the next week to see the results of their plays.

The server system [] may control the game to be played. The input for the game may come from the reverse channel directly from the participant. The games to be played may vary extensively. Examples of games may comprise simulation games, strategy games, role-playing games, game show contests, casino games, and other games. Those skilled in the art of game creation may create games outside of these examples and still fall within the scope and intent of the present invention. The broadcast network [] may be a conventional cable television network, an over the air broadcast network, the Internet, a satellite distribution network, or other broadcast network.

The cable television networks and the Internet broadcast networks may incorporate the reverse channel as an integral part of the broadcast network. The reverse channel is the network routing that allows the participant's input to be transmitted to the server system The reverse channel may be a separate channel such as through a telephone line or an Internet connection, a wireless connection, or any other electronic communication method.

The set top box [] may be a device that can perform several functions in addition to transferring the video signal from the broadcast network to the television In addition to the broadcast signals, the set top box may be capable of receiving signals specifically for the particular viewer of television For example, interactive web pages customized for the viewer of television may be transmitted with and embedded into the broadcast signal.

The set top box may then combine the broadcast signal with the web pages and display a customized signal to the viewer of television The set top box is shown with a keyboard attached and with a connection to reverse channel Set top box maybe thereby enabled to take a participant's input and transmit it back via the reverse channel to the server system The keyboard maybe replaced or supplemented with a remote control, trackball, mouse, joystick, gyroscopic pointing device, dedicated game pad for game play, touch screen, stylus, or other user input device.

The input given back through the reverse channel may be a computer commands, such as keyboard inputs and mouse directions. Further, the input may comprise audio, for example, a participant talking into a microphone as part of his or her input to the game. Additionally, a video camera may also be used to capture a video signal and send the video signal through the reverse channel to the server controller to be incorporated into the game.

For the purposes of this specification, the term set top box shall refer to any electronic device used to receive the signals from the broadcast network and transfer them to the television.

The electronic device may be incorporated into the television circuitry or may be a physically separate unit. The device may passively condition the signal, such as a passive descrambler, or may have active circuitry for manipulating the signal, such as decoding an embedded HTML page and manipulating the display to show the HTML page as it was designed.

Further, the device may have any type of input device desired, such as keyboard, touch screen, mouse, stylus, joystick, trackball, microphone, live action video camera, still action digital camera, barcode reader, hygrometer, etc. Further, specialized identification devices such as credit card readers, fingerprint readers, etc. The input devices may be attached to the set top box by a cable, wireless connection, or may be physically incorporated into the case of the set top box or television.

Further, the set top box in this specification may also comprise elements of a personal computer or other computing device attached to an electronic network. The computing device may include devices such as hand held personal digital assistants, cellular phones, Internet appliances, or other devices capable of processing and displaying video signals.

The set top box may also comprise specialized game playing equipment especially adapted to the play of computer games. Such equipment may have special processing circuitry for accelerating certain aspects of the computer and video processing of the game.

For the purposes of this specification, the term input device may comprise a keyboard, remote control, touch screen, mouse, stylus, joystick, trackball, pointing device, game pad, microphone, live action video camera, still action digital camera, barcode reader, hygrometer, light sensor, specialized measurement device, or any device that can generate an analog or digital signal that can be used as an input signal.

Such analog or digital signals may be generated through the participant's direct actions or may be sensors that detect the environmental conditions or other factors. Input devices may be specialized for specific games, such as a steering wheel, airplane yoke, pedals, foot actuated pads, or other devices.

Further, specialized identification and authentication devices such as credit card readers, fingerprint readers, retinal scanners, etc. Additionally, data storage devices, such as floppy disks, memory card, compact disks, DVD disks, zip disks, may also be used as input devices.

In some cases, the set top box [] may have some processing power wherein some portion of the computer processing of the game play is done at the participant's set top box or computer and another portion is done at the server computer The set top box may be a dedicated game playing electronic device, or may be a multipurpose device for uses in addition to playing games.

The games to be played may require that the participants purchase a software package or license that would be loaded into the set top box. The software package may be in the form of a CD or DVD disk with a program and data files, a read only memory card with software embedded on it, a read only memory card with only the game activation code embedded, or merely a pass code that, when entered into the set top box, authenticates that the participant has paid for the chance to play.

Cable modem [] is another avenue whereby a participant may view and play a broadcast game.

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