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Selwyn D Simmons, Carl J Ludewig: Transaction system for transporting media files from content provider sources to home entertainment devices. Selvyn D Simmons, Freilich Hornbaker & Rosen, September 11, 2007: US07269854 (89 worldwide citation)

A system and method for enabling a user to request and download selected media files from distributed content provider sites via the Internet. The system includes a plurality of user sites each including a player/receiver housed in an enclosure having a simple user interface, a plurality of content ...


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Jeffrey Schindler, Bradley A Forrest: System for assigning multichannel audio signals to independent wireless audio output devices. Gateway 2000, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, November 17, 1998: US05838384 (70 worldwide citation)

A home entertainment and information system is provided which assigns and transmits audio programming to audio output devices. Digital and analog signals from a variety of program sources are received by the home entertainment and information system. The system assigns and transmits to an audio outp ...


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Peter J Potrebic: Systems and methods for providing continuous recording of repeating programming. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, September 28, 2004: US06798971 (66 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for continuously and selectively recording a repeating program to provide a viewer instant access to a recent version of the repeating program without having to wait until the next start time, and to allow the viewer to only view the specific segments of the repeating program tha ...


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James A Gosling: System for transmission of embedded applications over a network. Sun Microsystems, Gary S Williams, Pennie & Edmonds, September 9, 2003: US06618754 (65 worldwide citation)

A system and method for transmitting embedded applications over a network is disclosed, wherein a user of a computer-controlled network client, such as a remote control device used for controlling a network of computer-controlled home entertainment devices, or a Web browser running on a Web client, ...


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Allan Miller: Dynamically adjustable network enabled method for playing along with music. Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds P C, April 1, 2003: US06541692 (61 worldwide citation)

Many non-musicians enjoy listening to music, and would like to be able to play along with it, but do not have the talent or the time to learn to play a musical instrument. The system described herein allows non-musicians to follow along with a display that is based on the principles of musical notat ...


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Phillip Y Goldman: Modifying an electronic program guide based on viewer statistics. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, June 23, 2009: US07552460 (60 worldwide citation)

Displaying the numbers of viewers who are watching currently-broadcasted television programs on electronic program guides (EPGs) using information gathered via back channels from home entertainment systems. A signal source transmits a television broadcast signal to televisions used by viewers. Proce ...


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Thomas N McJunkin: Home entertainment equipment control apparatus. James Creighton Wray, September 24, 1991: US05051837 (60 worldwide citation)

Home entertainment equipment control apparatus for limiting user access and limiting operation time. In various embodiments, the apparatus may limit the allowed operation time for one user or several specified users. In a more sophisticated embodiment, the apparatus is programmable to control the ti ...


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Andrew T McFadden, Mark Wagner, Wei Huang, Dean J Blackketter, Michael A Killianey, Alan G Bishop: Method and apparatus for remote update of clients by a server via broadcast satellite. WEBTV Networks, Workman Nydegger & Seeley, September 2, 2003: US06614804 (58 worldwide citation)

The invention involves transmission download of data to plural, mass storage medium-based remote users of content or software upgrades or multiple versions. Optionally provided are pre-download scheduling of one or more future download sessions and post-download remote scripted software execution by ...


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James W Wieder: Remote control with a single control button. James W Wieder, January 3, 2012: US08089455 (57 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for the remote control and/or interaction-with electronic-devices such as computers; home-entertainment-systems; media-centers; televisions; DVD-players; VCR-players; music systems; appliances; security systems; toys/games; and/or displays. A user may orient a pointer (e.g., ...


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William A Gates Jr: Two-input automatic source selector for stereo entertainment center. Warren F B Lindsley, May 11, 1976: US03956591 (55 worldwide citation)

An automatic electronic control system for a home entertainment center, the system utilizing audio signal sensors for the preferential selection of a record player or tape deck as a signal source but with provision for returning to a tuner upon the cessation of the signal from either of the preferre ...