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An interactive entertainment and information system using a television set-top box, wherein pages of information are periodically provided to the set-top box for user interaction therewith. The pages include associated meta-data defining active locations on each page. When a page is displayed, the user interacts with the active locations on the page by entering commands via a remote control device, whereby the system reads the meta-data and takes the action associated with the location. Actions include moving to other active locations, hyperlinking to other pages, entering user form data and submitting the data as a form into memory. The form data may be read from memory, and the pages may be related to a conventional television program, thereby providing significant user interactivity with the television.

Title
Interactive entertainment and information system using television set-top box
Application Number
8/882908
Publication Number
6317885 (B1)
Application Date
June 26, 1997
Publication Date
November 13, 2001
Inventor
Robert M Fries
Redmond
WA, US
Agent
Michalik & Wylie PLLC
US
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
H04N 7/173
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