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1. (WO1989002682)
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AMENDED CLA MS
[received by the International Bureau on 13 March 1989 (13.03.89);
original claims 1-38 replaced by amended claims 1-38 (11 pages)]

1. In a signal processor system, carrier
transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission thereon; detector means for detecting an embedded signal in the information transmission and removing it from said information transmission; first control means responsive to said detected signal to activate and/or deactivate equipment external to said signal processor system;
second control means activated by said detected signal to monitor the performance and/or output of said first control means; a recorder means for receiving and
recording data collected by said monitor means; and control means for instructing said recorder to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site.

2. In a signal processor, carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon; detector means for detecting an embedded signal in the information transmission and for removing said signal from said information transmission; control means responsive to said detected signal to activate and/or deactivate equipment external to said signal processor; monitor means activated by said detected signal to monitor the performance and/or output of said external equipment; a recorder means for receiving and recording data
collected by said monitor means; control means for
instructing said carrier receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier transmission within a predetermined time interval and to direct said received carrier
transmission to said demodulating means and said detector means; and control means for instructing said recorder to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site.

3. In a signal processor, carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon; detector means for determining the presence or absence of an embedded signal in the information
transmission within a predetermined time interval and for detecting said signal and removing it from said
information transmission; recorder means for receiving and recording the presence or absence of said detected signal; control means for instructing said carrier receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier transmission within said predetermined time interval and to direct said received carrier transmission to said demodulating means and detector means; control means for instructing said detector means to detect the presence or absence of said embedded signal within said predetermined time interval; and control means for instructing said recorder means to transmit the information recorded thereon to a remote site.

4. In a signal processor, carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon; detector means for determining the presence or absence of an embedded signal in said information
transmission within a predetermined time interval and for detecting said signal and removing it from said
information transmission; buffer means for organizing said detected signals with detected signals from other detector means into a data stream; recorder means for receiving and recording said stream; control means for instructing said carrier receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier transmission within said predetermined time interval and to direct received said carrier transmission to said demodulating means and said detector means; control means for instructing said recorder to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site; control means
responsive to some of said detected signals in said data stream to activate and/or deactivate equipment external to said signal processor; and control means responsive to some other of said detected signals in said data stream to alter the location in succeeding information
transmissions examined for embedded signals.

5. In a signal processor, carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon; detector means for determining the presence or absence of an embedded signal in the information
transmission within a predetermined time interval and for detecting said signal and removing it from said
information transmission; buffer means for organizing said detected signals with detected signals from other detector means into a data stream; recorder means for receiving and recording said data stream; control means for instructing said carrier receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier transmission within said predetermined time interval and to direct said received carrier transmission to said demodulating means and said detector means;
control means for instructing said detector means to detect the presence or absence of said embedded signal within said predetermined time interval; and control means for instructing said recorder to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site.

6. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

7. The apparatus as claimed in claim 2 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

8. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

9. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

10. A signal processor system comprising a carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission thereon; detector means for identifying a signal embedded in said information transmission and removing it
therefrom; a first control means for instructing said detector to identify and pass a specified embedded
detected signal; a second control means for receiving said specified embedded detected signal from said first control means and for inputting said embedded signal into computer equipment external to said signal processor system.

11. The apparatus as claimed in claim 2 including means for receiving and detecting embedded signals on a plurality of carrier transmissions.

12. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3 including means for receiving and detecting embedded signals on a plurality of carrier transmissions.

13. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 including means for receiving and detecting embedded signals on a plurality of carrier transmissions.

14. The apparatus in claim 10 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

15. A method of processing signals including:
(a) the step of receiving a carrier transmission;
(b) the step of demodulating said carrier
transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon;
(c) the step of detecting and identifying embedded
signals on said information transmission;
(d) the step of passing said embedded signals to a
device or devices to be controlled based on
instructions identified within said embedded
signals;
(e) the step of controlling said devices based on
the instructions within said embedded signals; and
(f) the step of recording the receipt of and passing to said devices of said embedded signals.

16. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of decrypting encrypted embedded signals.

17. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of recording the response of the device or devices to be controlled by the embedded signals for later transmission to a remote site.

18. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of decrypting an encrypted information transmission.

19. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of removing a portion of said detected embedded signal.

20. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of adding a second signal to the information transmission.

21. A method of generating computer output in a computer system that consists of a multiplicity of computers each of which is adapted to generate and transmit user specific output information content and a user specific signal to one or more associated output devices, with at least some of said computers being programmed to process modification control signals so as to modify the user specific signals transmitted to their associated output devices, each of said computers being programmed to accommodate a special user application, comprising the steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-generate signal to said computers at a time when corresponding user specific output information content does not exist, and
causing selected computers to generate their user specific output information content in response to said instruct-to-generate signal, thereby to transmit to each of their associated output devices an output signal comprising the user specific output information content and the user specific signal of its associated computer, the output signals at a multiplicity of said output devices being different, with each output signal specific to a specific user application.

22. A method according to claim 21 wherein said last named output devices are system output devices and all information of said last named output signals is system output.

23. A method according to claim 21 including the additional steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-select signal to said computers, containing user application data, and
causing at least one selected computer ,to receive and record at least one selected application datum of its specific user application.

24. A method according to claim 22 including the additional steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-select signal to said computers, containing user application data, and
causing at least one selected computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum of its specific user application.

25. A method according to claim 23 wherein said last named computer is caused to receive and record said last named application datum prior to the transmission of said instruct-to-generate signal.

26. A method according to claim 23 wherein said instruct-to-select signal causes more than one computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum and selected data differ from computer to computer.

27. A method according to claim 25 wherein said instruct-to-select signal causes more than one computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum and selected data differ from computer to computer.

28. A method of generating computer output at a multiplicity of receiver stations each of which includes a computer adapted to generate and transmit user specific output information content and user specific signals to one or more associated output devices, with at least some of said computers being programmed to process modification control signals so as to modify the user specific signals transmitted to their associated output devices, each of said computers being programmed to accommodate a special user application, comprising the steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-generate signal to said computers at a time when corresponding user specific output information content does not exist,
detecting the presence of said instruct-to-generate signal at selected receiver stations and coupling said instruct-to-generate signal to the computers
associated with said selected stations, and
causing said last named computers to generate their user specific output information content in response to said instruct-to-generate signal, thereby to transmit to each of their associated output devices an output signal comprising the user specific output information content and the user specific signal of its associated computer, the output signals at a multiplicity of said output devices being different, with each output signal specific to a specific user.

29. A method according to claim 28 wherein said last named computers simultaneously start the generation of their user specific output information content.

30. A method according to claim 28 wherein at least one of said last named computers has capacity to commence or cease transmitting its output signals to its associated output device in response to said instruct-to-generate signal and said signal causes said computer to transmit said output signal.

31. A method according to claims 29 wherein at least one of said last named computers has capacity to commence or cease transmitting its output signals to its associated output device in response to said instruct-to-generate signal and said signal causes said computer to transmit said output signal.
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32. A method according to claim 29 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes said computers to commence the generation of their user specific output information content then to transmit their output signals.

33. A method according to claim 32 wherein said last named computers commence transmitting their output signals simultaneously.

34. A method according to claim 28 wherein at least one of said last named computers has capacity to cease transmitting its user specific signal in response to the absence of said instruct-to-generate signal and the absence of said signal causes said one computer to cease transmitting their user specific signals.

35. A method according to one of claims 21-34 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes at least one of said computers to generate second user specific output information content before commencing to transmit a first user specific signal.

36. A method according to one of claims 21-34 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes at least one of said computers to generate a second output signal comprising second user specific output information content and second user specific signal before
transmission of a first output signal comprising first user specific output information content and a first user specific signal commences.

37. A method according to one of claims 21-34 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes at least one of said computer to generate data that is transmitted to an output device that displays data to the human senses.

38. A method of generating computer output at a multiplicity of receiver stations each of which includes a computer adapted to generate and transmit user specific signals to one or more associated output devices, with at least some of said computers being programmed to process modification control signals so as to modify the user specific signals transmitted to their associated output devices, each of said computers being programmed to accommodate a special user application, comprising the steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-process signal to said computers at a time when the corresponding output signals are not being transmitted to their associated output devices,
detecting the presence of said instruct-to-process signal at selected receiver stations and coupling said instruct-to-process signal to the computers
associated with said selected stations, causing said last named computers simultaneously to process computer information in accordance with their special user applications, thereby to commence generation of their user specific signals,
transmitting an instruct-to-output signal to said computers to cause each of said computers to output in accordance with its associated special user
application, and
causing said last named computers to output their user specific signals to their associated output devices in response to said instruct-to-output signal, thereby to transmit to each of said output devices an output signal comprising the processed user specific output information content and the user specific signal of its associated computer, the output signals at a
multiplicity of said output devices being different, with each output signal specific to a specific user. 552
1. In a signal processor system, carrier
transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission thereon; detector means for detecting an embedded signal in the information transmission and removing it from said information transmission; first control means responsive to said detected signal to activate and/or deactivate equipment external to said signal processor system;
second control means activated by said detected signal to monitor the performance and/or output of said first control means; a recorder means for receiving and
recording data collected by said monitor means; and control means for instructing said recorder either
individually or together to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site.

2. In a signal processor, carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier ' transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon; detector means for detecting an embedded signal in the information transmission and for removing said signal from said information transmission; control means responsive to said detected signal to activate and/or deactivate equipment external to said signal processor; monitor means activated by. said detected signal to monitor the performance and/or output of said a recorder means for receiving and recording data collected by said monitor means; control means for instructing said carrier
receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier
transmission within said predetermined time interval and to direct said received carrier transmission to said demodulating means and said detector means; and control means for instructing said recorder either individually Sj
Receiving its local-second-cueing message (#11) causes the computer, 73, of each local intermediate station to embed SPAM message information that is addressed to URS signal processors, 200, in the normal location of its master 5 channel transmission then after a particular interval to cause the video recorder/player, 78, of its station to commence playing and to cause apparatus of its station to transmit the output of said recorder/player, 78, to the field distribution system of said station on the television
10 transmission of a particular second television channel.
Transmitting said SPAM message information at its local intermediate station causes apparatus of each farmer's station to receive and input said information to the signal processor, 200, of said station, and receiving said
15 information causes the signal processor, 200, of said station to cause its tuner, 215A, to commence receiving the
transmission of the particular second television channel of its local intermediate station; to cause apparatus of said station to interconnect to transfer the transmission received

20 at said tuner, 215A, to a selected video recorder/player, 217 or 217A; and to cause said video recorder, 217 or 217A, to prepare to record selected programming.
Then after an interval that is long enough for each of its subscriber stations to prepare a selected
„_ recorder/player, 217 or 217A, to record selected programming, each computer, 73, causes said recorder, 78, to commence playing. In so doing, each computer, 73, causes twenty-six program units of commercial spot programming to be
transmitted, in series, to its subscriber stations. Each

_n program unit is preceded by embedded program unit
identification information of its own that is addressed to URS signal processors, 200.
Automatically, the signal processor, 200, of each station causes its recorder/players, 217 and 217A, in the

35 fashion that applied to computer, 73, and recorders, 76 and Sάό
carrier receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier transmission within said predetermined time interval and to direct received said carrier transmission to said demodulating means and said detector means; control- means for instructing said recorder to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site, control means
responsive to some of said detected signals in said data stream to activate and/or deactivate equipment external to said signal processor; and control means responsive to some other of said detected signals in said data stream to alter the location in succeeding information
transmissions examined for embedded signals.

- 5. In a signal processor, carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon, detector means for determining the presence or absence of an embedded signal in the information
transmission within a predetermined time interval and for detecting said signal and removing it from said
information transmission; buffer means for organizing said detected signals with detected signals from other detector means into a data stream; recorder means for receiving and recording said data stream; control means for instructing said carrier receiving means to receive the appropriate carrier transmission with said predetermined time interval and to direct said received carrier transmission to said demodulating means and said detector means; control means for instructing said detector means to detect the presence or absence of said embedded signal within said
predetermined time interval; and control means for
instructing said recorder to direct information recorded thereon to a remote site.

6. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

7. The apparatus as claimed in claim 2 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

8. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

9. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 wherein the embedded signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for decrypting said signal.

10. A signal processor system comprising a carrier transmission receiving means; means for demodulating said carrier transmission to detect an information transmission thereon; detector means for identifying a signal embedded in said information transmission and removing it
therefrom; a first control means for instructing said detector to identify and pass a specified embedded
detected signal; a second control means for receiving said specified embedded detected signal passed on instruction from said first control means and for conveying an
instruction contained in said embedded signal to equipment external to said signal processor.

11. The apparatus as claimed in claim 2 including means for receiving and detecting embedded signals on a plurality of carrier transmissions.

12. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3 including means for receiving and detecting embedded signals on a plurality of carrier transmissions.



13. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 including
means for receiving and detecting embedded signals on a
plurality of carrier transmissions.
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14. The apparatus in claim 9 wherein the embedded
signal is encrypted and including a decrypter means for
decrypting said signal.

103 15. A method of processing signals including:
(a) the step of receiving a carrier transmission;
(b) the step of demodulating said carrier
transmission to detect an information transmission
thereon;
15 (c) the step of detecting and identifying embedded
signals on said information transmission;
(d) the step of passing said embedded signals to a
device or devices to be controlled based on '
instructions identified within said embedded
20 signals;
(e) the step of controlling said devices based on
the instructions within said embedded signals; and
(f) the step of recording the receipt of and passing to said devices of said embedded signals.
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16. A method of processing signals as claimed in
claim 15 including the step of decrypting encrypted
embedded signals.

30 17. A method of processing signals as claimed in
claim 15 including the step of recording the response of
the device or devices to .be controlled by the embedded
signals for later transmission to a remote site.

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18. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of decrypting an encrypted information transmission.

19. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 15 including the step of removing a portion of said detected embedded signal.

20. A method of processing signals as claimed in claim 14 including the step of adding a second signal to the information transmission.

21. A method of generating computer output in a computer system that consists of a multiplicity of computers each of which is adapted to generate and transmit user specific output information content and a user specific signal to one or more associated output devices, with at least some of said computers being programmed to process modification control signals so as to modify the user specific signals transmitted to their associated output devices, each of said computers being programmed to accommodate a special user application, comprising the steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-generate signal to said computers at a time when corresponding user specific output information content does not exist, and
causing selected computers to generate their user specific output information content in response to said instruct-to-generate signal, thereby to transmit to each of their associated output devices an output signal comprising the user specific output information content and the user specific signal of its associated computer, the output signals at a multiplicity of said output devices being different, with each output signal specific to a specific user application.

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22. A method according to claim 21 wherein said last named output devices are system output devices and all information of said last named output signals is system output.

23. A method according to claim 21 including the additional steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-select signal to said computers, containing user application data, and
causing at least one selected computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum of its specific user application.

24. A method according to claim 22 including the additional steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-select signal to said computers, containing user application data, and
causing at least one selected computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum of its specific User application.

25. A method according to claim 23 wherein said last named computer is caused to receive and record said last named application datum prior to the transmission of said instruct-to-generate signal.

26. A method according to claim 23 wherein said instruct-to-select signal causes more than one computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum and selected data differ from computer to computer.

27. A method according to claim 25 wherein said instruct-to-select signal causes more 'than one computer to receive and record at least one selected application datum and selected data differ from computer to computer.

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28. A method of generating computer output at a multiplicity of receiver stations each of which includes a computer adapted to generate and transmit user specific output information content and user specific signals to one or more associated output devices, with at least some of said computers being programmed to process modification control signals so as to modify the user specific signals transmitted to their associated output devices, each of said computers being programmed to accommodate a special user application, comprising the steps of:
transmitting an instruct-to-generate signal to said computers at a time when corresponding user specific output information content does not exist,
detecting the presence of said instruct-to- generate signal at selected receiver stations and coupling said instruct-to-generate signal to the computers
associated with said selected stations, and
causing said last named computers to generate their user specific output information content in response o said instruct-to-generate signal, thereby to transmit to each of their associated output devices an output signal comprising the user specific output information content and the user specific signal of its associated computer, the output signals at a multiplicity of said output devices being different, with each output signal specific to a specific user.

29. A method according to claim 28 wherein said last named computers simultaneously start the generation of their user specific output information content.

30. A method according to claim 28 wherein at least one of said last named computers has capacity to commence or cease transmitting its output signals to its associated output device in response to said instruct-to-generate signal and said signal causes said computer to transmit said output signal.

31. A method according to claims 29 wherein at least one of said last named computers has capacity to commence or cease transmitting its output signals to its associated output device in response to said instruct-to-generate signal and said signal causes said computer to transmit , said output signal.

32. A method according to claim 29 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes said computers to commence the generation of their user specific output information content then to transmit their output signals.

33. A method according to claim 32 wherein said last named computers commence transmitting their output signals simultaneously.

34. A method according to claim 28 wherein at least one of said last named computers has capacity to cease transmitting its user specific signal in response to the absence of said instruct-to-generate signal and the absence of said signal causes said computers to cease transmitting their user specific signals.

35. A method according to one of claims 21-34 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes at least one of said computers to generate second user specific output information content before commencing to transmit a first user specific signal.

36. A method according to one of claims 21-34 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes at least one of said computers to generate a second output signal comprising second user specific output information S 7
content and second user specific signal before
transmission of a first output signal comprising first user specific output information content and a first user specific signal commences.

37. A method according to one of claims 21-34 wherein said instruct-to-generate signal causes at least of said computer to generate data that is transmitted to an output device that displays data to the human senses.

38. A method of generating computer output at a multiplicity of receiver stations each of which includes a computer adapted to generate and transmit user specific signals to one or more associated output devices, with at least some of said computers being programmed to process modification control signals so as to modify the user specific signals transmitted to their associated output devices, each of said computers being programmed to accommodate a special user application, comprising the steps of:
. transmitting an instruct-to-process signal to said computers at a time when the corresponding output signals are not being transmitted to their associated output devices,
detecting the presence of said instruct-to-process signal at selected receiver stations and coupling said instruct-to-process signal to the computers
associated with said selected stations,
causing said last named computers simultaneously to process computer information in accordance with their special user applications, thereby to commence generation of their user specific signals,
transmitting an instruct-to-output signal to said computers to cause each of said computers to output in accordance with its associated special user
application, and S $
causing said last named computers to output their user specific signals to their associated output devices in response to said instruct-to-output signal, thereby to transmit to each of said output devices an output signal comprising the processed user specific output information content and the user specific signal of its associated computer, the output signals at a
multiplicity of said output devices being different, with each output signal specific to a specific user.