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Apparatus and method for processing additional information in display device

U.S. Patent US6209131 | Filed: 11/05/1999 | Issued: 03/27/2001
Assignee(s): LG Electronics Inc. | Inventor(s): Jae Ryong Kim + 4 | Examiner(s): Andrew Faile
An apparatus and method for processing additional information in a display device. It is detected whether additional information newly received from a broadcasting station is different from previou...

Data structure and methods for providing an interactive program guide

U.S. Application | Pub No. US20010056577 | Filed: 04/15/1999 | Published: 12/27/2001
Inventor(s): EDWARD A. LUDVIG + 3
A program guide in which a video layer includes a plurality of video objects including title objects, each title object having associated with it a channel and at least one time slot, the video lay...

Reprogrammable subscriber terminal

U.S. Application | Pub No. US20010005902 | Filed: 12/22/2000 | Published: 06/28/2001
Inventor(s): R. Haman + 4
A reprogrammable subscriber terminal of a subscription television service which can have the control program code of its control processor modified by downloading new program code from the headend....

System and method for controlling the broadcast and recording of television programs and for distributing information to be displayed on a television screen

U.S. Patent US6233734 | Filed: 03/02/1999 | Issued: 05/15/2001
Assignee(s): Videoguide, Inc. | Inventor(s): Douglas B. Macrae + 1 | Agent(s): Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP | Examiner(s): Victor R. Kostak
A system is disclosed for providing programming and other information to television viewers for enabling them to control their respective television receivers. A central broadcasting computer and a...

Method of operating an apparatus intended to permit access to services

U.S. Patent US6185735 | Filed: 07/16/1997 | Issued: 02/06/2001
Assignee(s): U.S. Philips Corporation | Inventor(s): Jacques Le Berre | Examiner(s): Andrew Faile
Certain providers, notably of television programs, subsidize the receivers and want to avoid that these apparatuses can also be used for the services offered by other providers. On the other hand, ...

System and method for using television schedule information

U.S. Patent US6323911 | Filed: 04/28/1997 | Issued: 11/27/2001
Assignee(s): Starsight Telecast, Inc. | Inventor(s): Steven M. Schein + 5 | Agent(s): Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP | Examiner(s): Michael Lee
A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs t...

Television transmitter, television transmitting method, television receiver and television receiving method

U.S. Patent US6199206 | Filed: 10/23/1996 | Issued: 03/06/2001
Assignee(s): Sony Corporation | Inventor(s): Hisao Nishioka + 3 | Agent(s): Limbach & Limbach, LLP | Examiner(s): Nathan Flynn
A TV transmitter, a TV transmitting method, a TV receiver and a TV receiving method allowing users to find and choose desired programs through the use of a program guide displayed by graphical user...

System for collecting television program data

U.S. Patent US6209130 | Filed: 10/10/1997 | Issued: 03/27/2001
Assignee(s): United Video Properties, Inc. | Inventor(s): Earl M. Rector, Jr. + 3 | Agent(s): Fish & Neave + 1 | Examiner(s): Victor R. Kostak
A system for collecting program data from television systems is provided. The program data is collected at a main facility that distributes the program data to television distribution facilities fo...

Display of previewed channels with rotation of multiple previewed channels along an arc

U.S. Patent US6281940 | Filed: 03/31/1999 | Issued: 08/28/2001
Assignee(s): Sony Corporation + 1 | Inventor(s): Eduardo A. Sciammarella | Agent(s): Christopher M. Tobin + 1 | Examiner(s): Sherrie Hsia
Information corresponding to previewed channels is displayed using a sequential arrangement having a main channel location and several remaining channel locations. A currently previewed channel res...

System and method for content-based television program selection

U.S. Patent US6317883 | Filed: 12/11/1998 | Issued: 11/13/2001
Assignee(s): MediaOne Group, Inc. | Inventor(s): Monica A. Marics | Agent(s): Brooks & Kushman P.C. | Examiner(s): Andrew Faile
A system and method for content-based television program selection are provided that allow a viewer to surf directly between programs of a desired content category. The system includes a head-end s...