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Kenneth L Naiff: Personal computer-based set-top converter for television services. General Instrument Corporation, Barry R Lipsitz, Ralph F Hoppin, November 9, 1999: US05982363 (132 worldwide citation)

A peripheral device is provided for a personal computer enabling the PC to provide the functions of a set-top box for television reception. Communication of television and control signals between the television and PC can be provided over the cable wiring already provided in the subscriber premises. ...


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Suban Krishnamoorthy, Ronald A Faccenda: System for downloading computer software programs. Digital Equipment Corporation, Dirk Brinkman, August 4, 1998: US05790753 (132 worldwide citation)

In a video-on-demand system, a disk-less set-top box is configured to download software programs from a video server via a network. The set-top box includes a read-only memory storing a boot program, a control protocol stack, and a video protocol stack. The control protocol stack is connected to a b ...


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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 (130 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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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 (130 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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Michael Ficco: Broadcast advertisement adapting method and apparatus. The DIRECTV Group, October 29, 2013: US08572639 (129 worldwide citation)

Techniques of adapting an advertisement previously broadcast or in the process of being broadcast are disclosed. An advertisement selection factor is generated in order to adapt ads to a particular recipient. The advertisement selection factor can be derived from a database of information concerning ...


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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 (129 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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Michael Kokernak, Madeleine Noland, Colin Campbell, Gordon Bechtel: Systems and methods for providing a network link between broadcast content and content located on a computer network. Backchannelmedia, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC, April 17, 2012: US08160064 (128 worldwide citation)

The invention relates, in various aspects, to systems and methods for linking content stored on a computer network with content broadcast over a television network. The system includes a database, a trigger mechanism, a communications interface, and a packet generator. The database stores tokens rep ...


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Douglas B Macrae, Thomas E Westberg: Systems and methods for capturing and storing an advertisement-related video clip. Index Systems, Ropes & Gray, July 29, 2014: US08793742 (126 worldwide citation)

In one embodiment, the present invention is a t-commerce platform, which is linked to the content from a video signal that the user is currently watching. At some point during the broadcast of the content, a close-up of the product is shown. Simultaneous with this, a VBI-based trigger is added to th ...


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Stephen Strong, Frederick R Tuck, Daniel Alexander Landreth: Satellite signal distribution. EchoStar Technologies L L C, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, October 29, 2013: US08572661 (126 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is a system and method for receiving satellite television signals. A centralized system component may be provided in association with the satellite antenna. The centralized system component includes at least one or more tuners and one or more demodulators. The centralized component may pro ...


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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 (125 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. ...