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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 (109 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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Tristan Savatier: Apparatus for video data quantization control. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Eric P Herrmann, Ronald H Kurdyla, September 1, 1992: US05144424 (108 worldwide citation)

Apparatus for quantizing compressed viedo data arranged in macroblocks calculates a quantizing parameter independently for each macroblock. The apparatus determines the relative coding complexity of respective macroblocks, and then determines which of the more complex macroblocks can withstand relat ...


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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 (107 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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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 (106 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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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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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 (104 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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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 (103 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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John William Chaney: Digital television system channel guide having a limited lifetime. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Peter M Emanuel, Robert D Shedd, November 24, 1998: US05841433 (103 worldwide citation)

A television system for receiving a plurality of digitally-encoded television programs includes circuitry for selecting a particular digital data transmission channel from a plurality of digital data transmission channels containing a desired digitally-encoded television program in response to a con ...


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Stephen G Perlman: System and method of interconnecting and using components of home entertainment system. WebTV Networks, Workman Nydegger Seeley, January 2, 2001: US06169879 (102 worldwide citation)

Apparatus, systems, and methods for interconnecting multiple consumer electronics devices in a home entertainment system. The consumer electronics devices are connected in a hub and spoke configuration, with each one being directly connected to a central electronics device. The central electronics d ...


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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 (102 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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