05596373 is referenced by 363 patents and cites 8 patents.

An innovative but easy to use on-line program list is provided to provide the user of a multiple channel television broadcast system a wealth of programming information in a simple format that is easy to understand. The guide enables the user to easily select a particular program to watch or to watch in the future. Unlike prior art television guides, the present invention presents a program list that is oriented according to the program instead of the channel. In particular, the program list provides program information and the times the program is broadcasted the displayed timeframe. This is particularly useful for viewing in one simple and easy-to-read format the start times of a pay-per-view program, which may, for example, be broadcasted every 1/2 hour over a variety of channels.

Title
Method and apparatus for providing program oriented information in a multiple station broadcast system
Application Number
8/369673
Publication Number
5596373
Application Date
January 4, 1995
Publication Date
January 21, 1997
Inventor
Mark Schaffer
Hackensack
NJ, US
Kazuhiko Akaike
Tokyo
JP
Fujio Noguchi
Ridgewood
NJ, US
Gail K White
Hackensack
NJ, US
Agent
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
Assignee
Sony Electronics
NJ, US
Sony Corporation
JP
IPC
H04N 5/50
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