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Daniel J Zigmond, David R Anderson, Christopher M White, Jeffrey D Yaksick: Television/internet terminal user interface. Microsoft Corporation, Klarquist Sparkman, February 20, 2007: US07181756 (41 worldwide citation)

A viewer of television programming is alerted to the availability of content related to the programming (e.g. an associated Internet web page) by an icon momentarily displayed on the screen. Using a remote control, the viewer can select the icon. A control panel then appears, superimposed over the t ...


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Daniel J Zigmond, David R Anderson, Christopher M White, Jeffrey D Yaksick: Television with set top internet terminal with user interface wherein auxiliary content is received that is associated with current television programming. Microsoft Corporation, Klarquist Sparkman, December 7, 2010: US07849226 (36 worldwide citation)

A viewer of television programming is alerted to the availability of content related to the programming (e.g. an associated Internet web page) by an icon momentarily displayed on the screen. Using a remote control, the viewer can select the icon. A control panel then appears, superimposed over the t ...


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Daniel J Zigmond, Dov Green: Context-sensitive remote controls. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, June 20, 2006: US07064675 (36 worldwide citation)

Subject matter includes a reprogrammer for roving remote controllers that are capable of being used in multiple locations with different devices to be controlled at each location. An exemplary roving remote controller changes control code sets to operate whatever devices are present in a particular ...


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John R Matheny, Daniel J Zigmond: System and method for encouraging viewers to watch television programs. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, November 23, 2010: US07840975 (32 worldwide citation)

Described are methods and apparatus for encouraging viewers to pay attention to television programs, commercials in particular, by offering viewers some incentive to watch. In one embodiment, viewers are notified that they can receive frequent-flier miles for answering one or more simple questions a ...


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Diane Lambert, Daniel J Zigmond: Estimating demographic compositions of television audiences. Google, Fish & Richardson P C, March 17, 2015: US08984547 (29 worldwide citation)

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for estimating demographic compositions of television audiences. In an aspect, audience demographics are estimated from viewing device log records and household demographic data describing demographic ...


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Daniel J Zigmond: Combining real-time and batch mode logical address links. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, January 16, 2007: US07165266 (29 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for displaying Internet content associated with television programming. Content associated with a program included in the television programming is automatically displayed by a set top box. Before the broadcast of a program, listing information or EPG data is stored at the set to ...


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Per R Anderson, Diane Lambert, Daniel J Zigmond: Estimating demographic compositions of television audiences from audience similarities. Google, Fish & Richardson P C, May 28, 2013: US08453173 (28 worldwide citation)

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for estimating demographic compositions of television audiences from audience similarities. In an aspect, pairwise cosine similarities of segment of viewers of rated and unrated television programs are ...


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Daniel J Zigmond, David R Anderson, Dean J Blackketter: Document data structure and method for integrating broadcast television with web pages. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, July 11, 2006: US07076792 (27 worldwide citation)

Described are a method and apparatus for incorporating broadcast television into Web pages. Broadcast television can be embedded into Web pages using, for example, a “tv:” attribute in conjunction with common HTML tags. Within the “tv:” attribute, a Web-page author can reference a TV station by chan ...


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Bruce A Leak, Daniel J Zigmond, Dean J Blackketter: Interactive television triggers having connected content/disconnected content attribute. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nidegger, February 6, 2007: US07174562 (26 worldwide citation)

An interactive television system includes “connected” receiver units capable of establishing bi-directional connections to remote information stores, such as Web servers, and “disconnected” receiver units unequipped to make such connections. The system supports the use of broadcast triggers that inc ...


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Daniel J Zigmond, Dean J Blackketter: Interactive television receiver unit browser that waits to send requests. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, November 15, 2005: US06966066 (25 worldwide citation)

In interactive television, a broadcaster may broadcast triggers to a great many receiver units prompting the receiver units to attempt to send requests to a single destination on the Internet at roughly the same time. Such a large number of simultaneous requests can give rise to throughput problems ...