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William L Thomas, Daozheng Lu: Audience measurement system utilizing ancillary codes and passive signatures. A C Nielsen Company, Marshall O Toole Gerstein Murray & Borun, January 2, 1996: US05481294 (620 worldwide citation)

An audience measurement system collects data representative of tuned programs rather than of tuned channels, and includes (i) a household metering apparatus which records ancillary codes or extracts program signatures from the programs if no ancillary codes are found therein, (ii) a reference appara ...


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Bruce Davis, Michael Dean Ellis, Edward Bruce Knudson, William L Thomas: Electronic television program guide schedule system and method with pop-up hints. Weil Gotshal & Manges, October 13, 1998: US05822123 (471 worldwide citation)

An electronic program schedule system which includes a receiver for receiving broadcast, satellite or cablecast television programs for a plurality of television channels and a tuner for tuning a television receiver to a selected one of the plurality of channels. A data processor receives and stores ...


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William L Thomas, Steven J Sletten, John W Mathews Jr, Jeffrey C Swinehart, Michael W Fellinger, John E Hershey, George P Hyatt, Robert F Kubichek: Method, apparatus and system for recognizing broadcast segments. Control Data Corporation, Laurence S Rogers, Jeffrey H Ingerman, April 19, 1988: US04739398 (374 worldwide citation)

A method, apparatus and system are provided for recognizing broadcast segments, such as commercials, in real time by continuous pattern recognition without resorting to cues or codes in the broadcast signal. Each broadcast frame is parametized to yield a digital word and a signature is constructed f ...


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Jerry Alten, Bruce Davis, Michael Morris, William L Thomas, Roger Youman: Electronic television program guide channel system and method. News America Publications, Telecommunications of Colorado, Weil Gotshal & Manges, June 3, 1997: US05635978 (372 worldwide citation)

An electronic program schedule system which includes a receiver for receiving television program schedule information and promotional information transmitted via satellite, a digital playback system for storing the schedule and promotional information and formatting pages of said information, and a ...


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Michael D Ellis, Thomas R Lemmons, William L Thomas: Client-server electronic program guide. United Video Properties, Fish & Neave IP Group of Ropes & Gray, May 24, 2005: US06898762 (330 worldwide citation)

A client-server interactive television program guide system is provided. An interactive television program guide client is implemented on user television equipment. The interactive television program guide provides users with an opportunity to define expressions that are processed by the program gui ...


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Daozheng Lu, Ceril T Shagrin, William L Thomas, Morris Lee, Bruce Bernard, Jia Zhang: Audience measurement system and method. Nielsen Media Research, Marshall O Toole Gerstein Murray & Borun, June 23, 1998: US05771307 (285 worldwide citation)

In a passive identification apparatus for identifying a predetermined individual member of a television viewing audience in a monitored viewing area, a video image of a monitored viewing area is captured. A template matching score is provided for an object in the video image. A Eigenface recognition ...


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Daozheng Lu, Ceril T Shagrin, William L Thomas, Morris Lee, Bruce Bernard, Jia Zhang: Audience measurement system and method. A C Nielsen Company, Marshall O Toole Gerstein Murray & Borum, August 27, 1996: US05550928 (254 worldwide citation)

In a passive identification apparatus for identifying a predetermined individual member of a television viewing audience in a monitored viewing area, a video image of a monitored viewing area is captured. A template matching score is provided for an object in the video image. A Eigenface recognition ...


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Edward B Knudson, Michael D Ellis, William L Thomas, Bruce L Davis: Interactive television program guide system with pay program package promotion. United Video Properties, G Victor Treyz, Fish & Neave, January 18, 2000: US06016141 (223 worldwide citation)

A system is provided that allows a user to select a pay program for purchase from a program guide. The program guide determines whether the selected program is part of a package of pay programs. If the selected program is part of a package, information regarding the package is provided to the user s ...


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William L Thomas, Paul C Kempter, David H Harkness: Universal broadcast code and multi-level encoded signal monitoring system. A C Nielsen Company, Marshall O Toole Gerstein Murray & Borun, June 13, 1995: US05425100 (217 worldwide citation)

A multi-level encoded signal monitoring system and a universal broadcast code are provided. A plurality of encoders are provided for encoding a predetermined program source signal. The program source signal has a plurality of sequential segments. Each encoder is arranged for selectively encoding inf ...


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Peter C Boylan III, William L Thomas, Joel G Hassell, Michael D Ellis: Interactive television program guide system with local advertisements. United Video Properties, Fish & Neave, September 28, 2004: US06799326 (208 worldwide citation)

A program guide system is provided in which local advertisements may be distributed to interactive television program guides implemented on the user television equipment associated with a television distribution facility such as a cable system headend. The local advertisements contain information th ...



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