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Steven M Hoffberg: Intelligent electronic appliance system and method. Ostrolenk Faber, Steven M Hoffberg, October 12, 2010: US07813822 (219 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 ...


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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 (214 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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Douglass A Wistendahl, Leighton K Chong: System for converting media content for interactive TV use. Ostrager Chong & Flaherty, December 17, 2002: US06496981 (210 worldwide citation)

A system for allowing media content to be used as an interactive media program comprises: (a) media content in the form of successive image display frames indexed in a time sequence; (b) object mapping data specifying the locations of objects appearing in the display of media content which are to be ...


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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 (209 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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Donald F Hooper, Dave M Tongel, Michael B Evans: Distributed interactive multimedia service system. Digital Equipment Corporation, A Sidney Johnston, Dirk Brinkman, Ronald C Hudgens, September 23, 1997: US05671225 (200 worldwide citation)

In a distributed interactive multimedia service system, a client application of a set-top box located at a customer premises generates an attach request. A session manager, in response to receiving the attach request via a network, generates an allocation request and a create request. A resource man ...


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Masood Garahi, Connie T Marshall, William L Thomas: Systems and methods for cross-platform access to a wagering interface. ODS Properties, Fish & Neave, Evelyn C Mak, Adam M Saltzman, January 4, 2005: US06837789 (192 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for providing a consistent wagering interface to a variety of platforms are presented. A wagerer may access wagering information using a set-top box, computer, wireless device, or telephone. A central database can be used to store and maintain the wagerer's preferences for the wa ...


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Joe F Britt Jr, Andrew T McFadden, Phillip Y Goldman, Bruce A Leak: Remote upgrade of software over a network. WebTV Networks, Workman Nydegger & Seeley, August 17, 1999: US05940074 (190 worldwide citation)

A World Wide 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 software allows a user to navigate using a remote control through World-Wide Web pages in which a ...


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Christopher J Schultheiss, Michael A McCafferty, Todd D Cutler, Sreekrishna V Sunkavalli: Methods and systems for providing television related services via a networked personal computer. Douglas G Brown, Christopher J Schultheiss, Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, April 8, 2003: US06545722 (190 worldwide citation)

A set top box is provides that interfaces a television and a personal computer that is connected to the Internet. The set top box includes a wireless remote control receiver that receives user commands from a wireless remote control unit. A radio frequency transceiver that transmits computer command ...


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Dan Kikinis: Simulcast WEB page delivery using a 3D user interface system. Lextron Systems, Donald R Boys, Central Coast Patent Agency, March 20, 2001: US06205485 (186 worldwide citation)

A multimedia broadcast system provides program schedule information simulcast as a Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) data stream including commands and displayable, selectable indicia associated with the commands, along with programs for display. A set top box is adapted to separate the HTML data st ...


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Venkata C Majeti, Mowaffak T Midani, Richard J Watson, Kenneth A Zabriskie: Apparatus and method for diplaying an alert to an individual personal computer user via the users television connected to a cable television system. AT&T, Charles L Warren, April 30, 1996: US05512935 (186 worldwide citation)

A user's personal computer is coupled to a home controller which is, in turn connected to the input cable from a cable television system and to a set top box which determines the channel to be delivered to an associated television. The service provider transmits over a conventional modem communicati ...



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