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Elliott Broadwin, Jon C Haass: Interactive television system and method for displaying web-like stills with hyperlinks. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Sun Microsystems, Jeffrey C Hood, Conley Rose & Tayon, May 11, 1999: US05903816 (320 worldwide citation)

A system and method for displaying still video images related to video content in an interactive broadcast television system. The system and method of the present invention may also be used for simulating an Internet home page on an interactive television system. The present invention thus supports ...


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Matthew W Dunn, Joseph H Matthews III, Edwin Thorne III: Video control user interface for interactive television systems and method for controlling display of a video movie. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes, May 14, 1996: US05517257 (269 worldwide citation)

A video control user interface is provided for use in an interactive television system. The video control user interface includes a remote control handset with a multi-purpose, multi-direction actuation pad and a set-top box configured to operate in different modes, including a movie-on-demand mode. ...


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Michael Dean Ellis, Barry L Smith, Constance J Borges, Rose A Reynolds, Dennis Tenney: Electronic program guide schedule localization system and method. News America Publications, Telecommunications of Colorado, Weil Gotshal & Manges, June 2, 1998: US05760821 (265 worldwide citation)

A system and method for localizing an aggregated electronic program guide (EPG) schedule covering a plurality of service environments includes an information filter located at the subscriber's set-top box conditioned to recognize which schedule information is relevant to the viewer's service environ ...


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Nobuo Ogasawara: Internet shopping system utilizing set top box and voice recognition. Fujitsu, Christie Parker & Hale, April 1, 2003: US06543052 (261 worldwide citation)

An Internet-based electronic shopping system hosted on a television-set-top-box combination controlled by a remote control unit. The set-top box (STB) includes a tuner, an internal or external modem and/or cable modem, configured to communicate with an Internet service provider over the appropriate ...


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Robert A Bednarek, Philip A Rubin: TV set top box using GPS. Rubin Bednarek & Associates, William L Kerkam Stowell Kondracki & Clarke P C Feeney, April 15, 1997: US05621793 (257 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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Daniel J Zigmond, Dean Blackketter, William M Gillon, Phillip Goldman: Communicating logical addresses of resources in a data service channel of a video signal. WebTV Networks, Workman Nydegger Seeley, June 4, 2002: US06400407 (251 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for communicating logical addresses within a broadcast television signal are provided. According to one aspect of the present invention, a logical address of a resource, e.g., a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), may be communicated to a receiving device, such as a set-top box, b ...


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Labeeb K Ismail, Amar N Gogoi, Manu Mehta: Method and apparatus for delivery of targeted video programming. Metabyte Networks, Kenneth L Sherman Esq, Myers Dawes Andras & Sherman, December 5, 2006: US07146627 (242 worldwide citation)

A system residing preferably in a television set-top box monitors the television watching habits of one or more viewers and creates one or more profiles for each viewers descriptive of various characteristics of each viewers, including television watching preferences and demographics. The set-top bo ...


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Steven J Reynolds, Elizabeth Fontana Fitzwilson, Michael D Ellis, Franklin E Boyer: Program guide with selectable advertisements and pseudo-ads. United Video Properties, Fish & Neave, September 28, 2004: US06799327 (238 worldwide citation)

Television program guides are equipped with advertisements and “pseudo-ads.” Pseudo-ads generally include non-advertising subject matter such as games, weather information, celebrity interviews, etc. Pseudo-ads are mixed in with regular advertisements as they are displayed. In one embodiment of the ...


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Dirk Epperson, David W Van Couvering: Maximum receive capacity specifying query processing client/server system replying up to the capacity and sending the remainder upon subsequent request. Sybase, John A Smart, May 19, 1998: US05754771 (233 worldwide citation)

An Interactive Television (ITV) Client/Server system comprises one or more Clients (e.g., set top boxes or "STBs") connected to a Server module, via a Broadband Communication Network, is described. The system provides a generic mechanism for deciding how much or how little data is to be sent in resp ...


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Steven M Hoffberg: Intelligent electronic appliance system and method. Ostrolenk Faber, Steven M Hoffberg, October 12, 2010: US07813822 (232 worldwide citation)

An intelligent electronic appliance preferably includes a user interface, data input and/or output port, and an intelligent processor. A preferred embodiment comprises a set top box for interacting with broadband media streams, with an adaptive user interface, content-based media processing and/or m ...