06483548 is referenced by 81 patents.

A method of displaying Electronic Program Guide (EPG) data in substantially a grid format, without using “channel” information as an axis. Instead of being presented by channel and time, the data is presented only by time. Thus, program information from multiple channels may be displayed in a single row. Various truncation algorithms allow program descriptions to be shortened, enabling placement of the descriptions into gaps or empty cells in an available row, whereas without the truncation the program description would not have fit into the gaps. For example, when there is a program X in the grid on a first line with at least one gap, and another program Y in the grid on a second line, where Y spans a time slot corresponding to at least one of the gaps on program X's line, either X's title or Y's title, or both, can be truncated, and Y's title can be moved to X's line. Another opportunity occurs when there is a program X that runs for an extended period of the day, representing “ongoing” content, such that the exact start and end time of the program adds little value to an EPG display. Its listing in the EPG grid may be truncated at start and/or end as needed, to allow its placement in any available empty cell or cells. Another aspect of the invention involves using the techniques described above to display EPG data for multiple categories on the same display.

Title
Method of data display for electronic program guides (EPGs)
Application Number
9/221940
Publication Number
6483548 (B1)
Application Date
December 28, 1998
Publication Date
November 19, 2002
Inventor
David E Allport
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Steve A Wong
US
Keiji Masaki
US
Assignee
Research Investment Network
CA, US
IPC
H04N 5/445
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