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A method and system of controlling devices with digitally stored content. Devices such as home electronic appliances, lighting systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, home security systems and home entertainment systems are controlled from a single, centralized device. A set top box (STB) stores scripts that include program content for controlling the operation of a plurality of these devices from the STB. A user of the STB selects the desired scripts, and the STB accesses the selected scripts from storage based on a triggering mechanism such as time, content, event, etc. The STB selectively controls operation of certain devices designated in the script. The method provides ease of control over multiple and diverse devices, applications and media within a user's own home environment, with more functionality and flexibility than currently available.

Title
Device control via digitally stored program content
Application Number
9/878855
Publication Number
6868292 (B2)
Application Date
June 11, 2001
Publication Date
March 15, 2005
Inventor
Rajeshwari Karthikeyan
Germantown
MD, US
Ernest Seah
Gaithersburg
MD, US
Adrian Yap
Gaithersburg
MD, US
Michael Ficco
Silver Spring
MD, US
Agent
Georgann S Grunnbach
Assignee
The DIRECTV Group
CA, US
IPC
G06F 009/44
G06F 009/40
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