BIAP Systems said it has netted a patent that describes a method for the retrieval and display of Internet-based content.
BIAP's technology uses "Artificial Intelligence Agents" to grab and display data on televisions. In tandem with the requisite headend gear, set-top boxes can use these agents to obtain information at prearranged intervals, or whenever prompted by the viewer.
Although the patent also covers use in PCs, cell phones, and PDAs, the more prevalent application for it so far has been interactive television (iTV).
Today, several operators are using BIAP's technology. Time Warner Cable, for example, is using BIAP's "PiTV" (personalized information TV) application in a handful of systems, is offering BIAP's TV-based EBay service in Austin, and the company's Fantasy Baseball Tracker in Green Bay, Austin, Columbia (S.C.) and San Antonio.
Earlier this year, the MSO also leveraged BIAP to supply interactive stats and information linked to NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics.