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David J Duffield, Robert D Altmanshofer: Signal swap apparatus for a television receiver having an HDTV main picture signal processor and an NTSC Pix-in-Pix signal processor. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Peter M Emanuel, Thomas F Lenihan, September 26, 1995: US05453796 (105 worldwide citation)

A television receiver system having PIP capability includes two NTSC tuners and signal processing arrangements, and an HDTV tuner and signal processing arrangement. In order to accomplish a CHANNEL SWAP function, a controller searches a table for data indicative of pairing of NTSC channels and HDTV ...


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Jean Rene Menand, Kuriacose Joseph, Ansley W Jessup Jr: Apparatus and method for formulating an interactive TV signal. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Eric P Herrmann, Ronald H Kurdyla, August 20, 1996: US05548532 (104 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and a method for formatting executable codes and data, defining interactive applications, with video and audio program material, for reliable and convenient access includes compressing (18, 21) audio and video programs according to a protocol such as MPEG. The compressed audio and video (A ...


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Barth Alan Canfield, Wai Man Lam, Billy Wesley Beyers Jr: MPEG system which decompresses and then recompresses MPEG video data before storing said recompressed MPEG video data into memory. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Eric P Herrmann, Ronald H Kurdyla, December 8, 1998: US05847762 (104 worldwide citation)

An MPEG compatible decoder receives encoded, compressed data in the form of image representative pixel blocks. The decoder includes a frame memory (20) for storing reconstructed pixel blocks incident to the decoding process. The previously decompressed data is re-compressed (30) before being written ...


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Gunther Haas: Twisted nematic liquid crystal display devices with optical axis of birefringent layer inclined with respect to birefringent layer normal. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt, December 20, 1994: US05375006 (103 worldwide citation)

The disclosure relates to electrically controlled display devices that use the polarization rotation properties of twisted nematic liquid crystal layers. A display device comprises an optical cavity formed by two polarizers enclosing a layer of twisted nematic liquid crystal with which uniaxial bire ...


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Hailey James Edwin, Nigborowicz John Joseph: Deletion of entries from the channel mapping list of a videocassette recorder.. Thomson Consumer Electronics, December 9, 1992: GB2256546-A (103 worldwide citation)

In a videocassette recorder including VCR PLUS TM capability and autoprogramming capability, the channel-mapping procedure may be greatly simplified by using the autoprogramming feature to locate and program all active channels, and then by mapping only those channels which are active, instead of re ...


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Kevin E Bridgewater, Michael S Deiss: Packet video signal inverse transport processor memory address circuitry. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Eric P Herrmann, Ronald H Kurdyla, December 12, 1995: US05475754 (102 worldwide citation)

In an inverse transport processor, program component packet payloads of respective program components are directed to select areas of random access memory (RAM) (18) in accordance with a plurality of start and end pointers which are stored in a first plurality (86, 89) of registers, one for each pro ...


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Naccache David, Fremanteau Patrice, Hartnack Wolfgang: Card, card reader and method for protocol selection.. Thomson Consumer Electronics, February 23, 1994: EP0583526-A1 (101 worldwide citation)

In a lot of cases memory-cards or smart-cards operate with two protocols, whereby the first protocol informs the smart-card reader of the kind of the second protocol. If the smart-card reader is equipped with a sequence of light emitting diodes and photoreceptors, and holes (11) coding the protocol ...


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Gregory G Tamer, Michael S Deiss: Packet TV program component detector. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Eric P Herrmann, Ronald H Kurdyla, October 17, 1995: US05459789 (101 worldwide citation)

Apparatus for selecting predetermined ones of packets of signal components, from a signal stream of packets includes a control device, responsive to user selection and a transmitted program guide, for determining packet identifier codes, SCID's, for respective program signal components. The respecti ...


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Naccache David, Fremanteau Patrice, Hartnack Wolfgang: Card, card reader and method for protocol selection.. Thomson Consumer Electronics, February 23, 1994: EP0583723-A1 (100 worldwide citation)

In a lot of cases memory-cards or smart-cards operate with two protocols, whereby the first protocol informs the smart-card reader of the kind of the second protocol. If the smart-card reader is equipped with a sequence of light emitting diodes and photoreceptors, and holes (11) coding the protocol ...


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John Douglas Steinberg: System and method for using a networked electronic device as an occupancy sensor for an energy management system. EcoFactor, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, May 15, 2012: US08180492 (99 worldwide citation)

The invention comprises systems and methods for detecting the use of networked consumer electronics devices as indications of occupancy of a structure for purposes of automatically adjusting the temperature setpoint on a thermostatic HVAC control. At least one thermostat is located inside a structur ...



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