Patent Number: 6,295,092

Title: System for analyzing television programs

Abstract: A system that automatically captures one or more local news program broadcasts and separates the broadcasts into the individual news stories or segments. The system then compares the stories to historical data concerning the competitive characteristics of the stories for each station and determines the topic (local, national, crime, etc.), talent (newscaster 1, newscaster 2, etc.) and production (live, studio, voice-over-tape, etc.) characteristics of the stories. Other characteristics that affect the popularity and therefor the competitive characteristics of the broadcasts can also be displayed, such as pacing, average story length, news-to-advertisement ratio, broadcast ordering (news then weather then news then sports, etc.), etc. The characteristics are displayed in a visual format, such as a graph, with other historical data, such as show ratings that can be divided into increments such as 1/4 hour, and optionally with the actual video/audio broadcast allowing assessment of competitors local news broadcasts.

Inventors: Hullinger; Richard A. (Pittsburgh, PA), Trosky; William J. (Murrysville, PA), Mandel; Alan F. (Pittsburgh, PA), Ross; Robert (Medford, NJ), Bartels; John D. (Pittsburgh, PA), Schultz; Brian A. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Assignee: CBS Corporation

International Classification: H04H 9/00 (20060101); H04N 7/16 (20060101); H04N 5/00 (20060101); H04N 007/08 (); H04N 005/445 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018