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Michael E Pietraszak, Robert M Fries, Robert S T Gibson, Jonathan A Wray: Application program interfaces for electronic program guide data services. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, January 24, 2006: US06990677 (130 worldwide citation)

EPG services are provided, which enables a device such as a computer, a set top box or the like to collect EPG data from multiple EPG data providers or sources. The EPG data is collected at the device by EPG loaders. Each EPG loader collects EPG data from a particular source. The EPG loaders deliver ...


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Elliott Broadwin, Jon C Haass: Interactive television system and method for displaying web-like stills with hyperlinks. Opentv, Jeffrey C Hood, Conley Rose & Tayon PC, August 14, 2001: US06275989 (130 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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Anne P McClard: Method and system for selecting television programs based on the past selection history of an identified user. MediaOne Group, Brooks Kushman P C, August 20, 2002: US06438752 (129 worldwide citation)

A system and method for selecting programs based on the past selection history of an identified user that allows the identified user to “surf” directly between desired programs. The system includes a head-end server operable to receive program signals from a programming source, and a user input appa ...


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Henry C Yuen: Two-way interactive television system incorporating pager transmitter and receiver for conducting messaging with information provider. Christie Parker & Hale, September 22, 1998: US05812931 (127 worldwide citation)

A system for two-way communication between a television viewer operating a remote control unit to control a television and a television signal or other information provider located at a central site. A set-top box coupled to the television includes an infrared receiver to receive command signals fro ...


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William B Boyle, William P Price, Timothy J Elliott: Communicating program identifiers from a digital video recorder (DVR) to a set top box (STB) independent of when the STB demodulates the associated program data. Keen Personal Media, Howard H Sheerin Esq, November 6, 2007: US07292775 (126 worldwide citation)

A digital video recorder (DVR) is disclosed for use with a monitor and a set top box (STB), the STB for demodulating program data from a program signal received over a communication channel and for generating a STB graphical user interface (GUI). The DVR comprises a local memory for storing the prog ...


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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, Myers Dawes Andras & Sherman, May 6, 2008: US07370342 (123 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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William B Boyle, Tim J Elliott: Electronic program guide subsystem for receiving and processing electronic program guide information from a set-top box. Keen Personal Media, Jason T Evans Esq, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, April 17, 2007: US07206497 (123 worldwide citation)

An electronic program guide processing device is connectable to a set-top box configured to receive electronic program guide information. The set-top box includes at least one auxiliary interface that supports communication between the electronic program guide processing device and the set-top box. ...


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John Michael Merjanian: Fingerprint controlled set-top box. The National Registry, Darby & Darby, February 22, 2000: US06028950 (120 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is a method for commerce through a set-top box in which fingerprint data is employed. After prompting an operator to make a purchase through the set-top box, the operator provides fingerprint data to the set-top box. Account information of the operator is also obtained and conveyed to a re ...


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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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Steven Mark Hoffberg: Intelligent electronic appliance system and method. Steven M Hoffberg, Ostrolenk Faber, July 5, 2011: US07974714 (119 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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