06177931 is referenced by 1969 patents and cites 63 patents.

The present invention is an improvement over previous Electronic Programming Guides (“EPG”) in that it provides, among other things: Improved viewer interaction capabilities with the EPG; improved viewer control of video recording of future-scheduled programming; improved features to the EPG display and navigation; parental control of the EPG display; improved television program information access by the viewer; improved opportunities for the commercial advertiser to reach the viewer; improved product information access by the viewer; creation of a viewer's profile; utilization of viewer profile information to customize various aspects of the EPG; and utilization of viewer profile information to provide customized presentation of advertising to the viewer.

Title
Systems and methods for displaying and recording control interface with television programs, video, advertising information and program scheduling information
Application Number
9/120488
Publication Number
6177931 (B1)
Application Date
July 21, 1998
Publication Date
January 23, 2001
Inventor
Henry C Yuen
Redondo Beach
CA, US
Thomas Westberg
Bedford
MA, US
Thomas Edward Ward III
Weston
MA, US
Jonathon Sutton
Concord
MA, US
Peter Christopher Schoaff
Westford
MA, US
Shawn O&apos Neil
Derry
NH, US
Arthur Y Ng
Waltham
MA, US
Douglas Macrae
Weston
MA, US
Elsie Y Leung
South Pasadena
CA, US
Kenneth S Hancock
Nashua
NH, US
Stephen Dias
Sharon
MA, US
Ronald Alexander
Needham
MA, US
Agent
Christie Parker & Hale
US
Assignee
Index Systems
US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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