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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 (255 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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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 (255 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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Nobuo Ogasawara: Internet shopping system utilizing set top box and voice recognition. Fujitsu, Christie Parker & Hale, April 1, 2003: US06543052 (245 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 (242 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 (233 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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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 (225 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 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 (218 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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Joseph H Matthews III: Interactive television system and method for viewer control of multiple camera viewpoints in broadcast programming. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, February 4, 1997: US05600368 (217 worldwide citation)

An interactive television system has a set-top box adapted for use with a television and a remote control handset. The set-top box is connected to receive a television broadcast that is filmed using multiple cameras situated at various camera viewpoints. The television broadcast has a primary channe ...


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Timo A Bruck, Bruce A Leak, Steven C Wasserman: Method and apparatus for adjusting television display control using a browser. WebTV Networks, Workman Nydegger & Seeley, December 28, 1999: US06008836 (206 worldwide citation)

Web browser software implemented in a set-top box as part of a client system communicating over the Internet with one or more servers allows a user to adjust the picture quality of a monitor through World-Wide Web pages displayed on the monitor. The web browser software provides picture adjustment s ...


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Henry R Williams Jr: Method and apparatus for providing television signals to multiple viewing systems on a network. Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, March 13, 2001: US06202211 (205 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus are provided for enabling multiple users to concurrently access a PC-based server in a home local area network using conventional TVs as display devices. A client system includes a TV, conventional input devices, such as a keyboard and a mouse, and a set top box for interfacin ...



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