05982445 is referenced by 266 patents and cites 19 patents.

Textual and graphical displays are provided on a television screen using a hypertext markup language (HTML). On-screen display devices allow a user to invoke hyperlinks to different pages of HTML-coded data in addition to functions calls for controlling television and non-television appliance functions. A method provides HTML-coded display data which is processed to provide a signal suitable for reproduction on a television. The display data may provide information on a featured movie or other presentation of an associated video programming service signal such as a network television broadcast. Function calls allow the control of various television functions and programming options, such as the purchase of pay-per-view programming, or television display options such as aspect ratio, channel, brightness, picture-in-picture, or split-screen. Non-television appliances which may be controlled with function calls include audio equipment which is associated with the programming service (e.g., surround sound, filtering) in addition to, for instance, a home heating and air conditioning system or other household appliances. The invention allows a designer to adapt the vast HTML resources of the Internet for use in the television environment for entertainment, educational or informational purposes.

Title
Hypertext markup language protocol for television display and control
Application Number
8/734681
Publication Number
5982445
Application Date
October 21, 1996
Publication Date
November 9, 1999
Inventor
Michael Field
San Diego
CA, US
Mark K Eyer
San Diego
CA, US
Agent
Ralph F Hoppin
Barry R Lipsitz
Assignee
General Instrument Corporation
PA, US
IPC
H04N 5/50
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