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William B Boyle: Set-top box that provides video data stream to a display device based on selection between recorded video signal received from the digital video recorder and a real-time video signal. Keen Personal Technologies, Keen Personal Media, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, December 5, 2006: US07146094 (120 worldwide citation)

A video system for presenting content from a content provider to a user includes a tuner to select a program from a plurality of programs. The tuner outputs the selected program at an analog output when the selected program is represented by an analog signal. An analog output port is coupled to the ...


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Christopher Mills: Processing system with register-based process sharing. C Cube Semiconductor II, Proskauer Rose, October 30, 2001: US06311204 (120 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for preventing interference between simultaneously-running processes in a set top box processing system which attempt to access certain shared processing hardware such as a drawing acceleration engine. A graphics processor or other device such as a CPU associated with the proc ...


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Wayne R Howe, Fred Thomas Danner III, John R Mauney: System and method for providing television services. BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation, Brenda O Holmes, Cynthia R Parks, Kilpatrick Stockton, May 20, 2003: US06567982 (120 worldwide citation)

A system and method are described for providing interactive television services and for switching between television programs, such as to an interactive program session from another program. An interactive server, capable of providing requested interactive video services to a set of subscribers in a ...


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Wiltse J Carpenter: Managing access to set-top box objects using television conditional access system. WebTV Networks, Workman Nydegger, June 1, 2004: US06745245 (116 worldwide citation)

Methods for using a conditional access system to modify access control information maintained at a set-top box or another client system. The access control information regulates the availability of information or entertainment services at the client or controls the ability of scripts executed at the ...


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Haruo Oba: Remote control unit with keyboard cover and cover position detector. Sony Corporation, Jay H Maioli, July 20, 1999: US05926170 (115 worldwide citation)

An input apparatus capable of controlling a plurality of electronic devices including a set-top box includes comprises: a first operation key part having a plurality of operation keys; a second operation key part having a plurality of operation keys; a control key part having at least one control ke ...


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Patrick Ladd, George W Sarosi: Methods and apparatus for event logging in an information network. Time Warner Cable, Gazdinski & Associates, September 4, 2007: US07266726 (114 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for logging, analysis, and reporting of events such as reboots in a client device (e.g., consumer premises equipment in a cable network) using applications. In one aspect, an improved event logging and monitoring system is provided within the device with which the application(s ...


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Robert E Novak: System and method for providing conditional access to digital content. Digeo, Kory D Christensen, Stoel Rives, March 8, 2005: US06865555 (114 worldwide citation)

In response to a user request to view specific digital content, the user's set top box (STB) accesses a verification entity via a persistent network connection. The STB establishes the user's identity with the verification entity, for instance, by reading identity credentials from a smart card. In r ...


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Robert A Bednarek, Philip A Rubin: GPS TV set top box with regional restrictions. Philip A Rubin and Associates, William L Feeney, Kerkam Stowell Kondracki & Clarke P C, December 28, 1999: US06009116 (112 worldwide citation)

An integrated receiver decoder (IRD), commonly called a set-top box, has a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. The GPS receiver checks to see if the IRD is at an authorized location and allows descrambling of video signals only if the location is authorized. A central access control system, re ...


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Lida Nobakht, James R W Clymer: User terminal for channel-based internet network. Viaclix, Patrick T Bever, Bever Hoffman & Harms, June 1, 2004: US06745223 (110 worldwide citation)

A channel-based network user terminal including a set-top box, a display, and input devices. A non-volatile memory stores a semi-permanent copy of a channel table downloaded from a server via the Internet. The channel table includes a list of channel numbers, associated Internet site names, and asso ...


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Christopher M White, Mark H Krueger, David R Anderson, Jeffrey D Yaksick, Joe F Britt Jr: User interface for controlling audio functions in a web browser. Webtv Networks, Workman Nydegger & Seeley, December 17, 2002: US06496205 (110 worldwide citation)

Web browser software is implemented in a processing system housed in a set-top box connected to a television and communicating over a wide-area network with one or more servers. The browser allows a user to use a remote control device to navigate between hypertex, anchors in World-Wide Web pages dis ...