07185355 is referenced by 294 patents and cites 96 patents.

An interactive television program guide system is provided in which a user may inform a program guide of the user's interests. Information on the user's interests may be stored in a preference profile. There may be more than one preference profile, each for a different user. Each preference profile contains a number of preference attributes (program titles, genres, viewing times, channels, broadcast characteristics, etc.). A preference level (e.g., strong or weak like, strong or weak dislike, illegal, mandatory, don't care, etc.) that is indicative of the user's level of interest is associated with each preference attribute. Preference profiles may be used to restrict the programs that are listed in various program listings display screens and may be used to limit the channels to which the program guide allows the user to tune.

Title
Program guide system with preference profiles
Application Number
9/34934
Publication Number
7185355 (B1)
Application Date
March 4, 1998
Publication Date
February 27, 2007
Inventor
Kevin B Easterbrook
Monument
CO, US
Robert A Knee
Lansdale
PA, US
Joel G Hassell
Arvada
CO, US
Thomas R Lemmons
Sand Springs
OK, US
Edward B Knudson
Littleton
CO, US
Michael D Ellis
Boulder
CO, US
Agent
Tae Bum Shin
Fish & Neave IP Group Ropes & Gray
Assignee
United Video Properties
CA, US
IPC
H04N 5/455
G06F 13/00
G06F 3/00
View Original Source