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A method and apparatus for receiving, organizing and presenting program information to a display device in a home from at least two outside sources such as CATV, telephone companies (TELCOs) and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) is disclosed. A distribution network is established within the home using, for example, a consumer electronics bus (CEBus). First, a plurality of signals each from a different outside source and each being associated with information for constructing a program information database for the respective source are received. Next, the separate streams of program information for each outside source are integrated into a single merged database, entries of which can be accessed as a function of user supplied criteria. Additionally, information may be appended to each record of the entries in the separate streams of program information which indicate source and/or cost, and, finally, the information contained in the merged database is presented via the CEBus to a user for viewing and function selection.

Title
Method and apparatus for managing multiple outside video service providers
Application Number
402943
Publication Number
5883677
Application Date
August 26, 1997
Publication Date
March 16, 1999
Inventor
Judson A Hofmann
Mendham
NJ, US
Agent
Ratner & Prestia
Assignee
Panasonic Technologies
NJ, US
IPC
H04N 7/10
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