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Steven Mark Hoffberg: Intelligent electronic appliance system and method. Steven M Hoffberg, Ostrolenk Faber, July 5, 2011: US07974714 (124 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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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 (124 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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Hélène Bouilloux Lafont, Oliver Bister, Franck Bachet, Axel Taldir: Selecting advertisement on a set top box in a television network. Thomson Licensing, Osha • Liang, December 29, 2009: US07640562 (124 worldwide citation)

A method for selecting advertisement in a Set Top Box (STB) of a television network comprises receiving advertisement selection information for one or a plurality of advertisement associations. Each advertisement association associates an advertisement space with an advertisement. The advertisement ...


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William B Boyle, William P Price: Communicating a channel-change event from a set top box to a digital video recorder. Keen Personal Media, Jason T Evans Esq, Howard H Sheerin Esq, September 12, 2006: US07106947 (123 worldwide citation)

A digital video recorder (DVR) for use with a monitor and a set top box (STB) is disclosed. The STB demodulates program data by tuning to at least one of a plurality of channels and comprises a DVR interface. The DVR comprises a local memory for storing the program data received from the STB, and a ...


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John Michael Merjanian: Fingerprint controlled set-top box. The National Registry, Darby & Darby, February 22, 2000: US06028950 (121 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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Chatschik Bisdikian, Richard Chernock, Milan Milenkovic, Antonio Ruiz, Frank Schaffa: System and method for enabling a user to rapidly access images in cyclically transmitted image streams. International Business Machines Corporation, Ohlandt Greeley Ruggiero & Perle, April 4, 2000: US06047317 (120 worldwide citation)

A video presentation system receives a plurality of series of digital data segments (e.g., image frames) that are cyclically transmitted, wherein certain of the digital data segments manifest a higher priority and are present in the form of plural, time-spaced copies during a series of the digital d ...


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William B Boyle: Set-top box that provides video data stream to a display device based on selection between recorded video signal received from the digital video recorder and a real-time video signal. Keen Personal Technologies, Keen Personal Media, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, December 5, 2006: US07146094 (120 worldwide citation)

A video system for presenting content from a content provider to a user includes a tuner to select a program from a plurality of programs. The tuner outputs the selected program at an analog output when the selected program is represented by an analog signal. An analog output port is coupled to the ...


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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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STRONG STEPHEN: Satellite signal distribution. ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES, Hemenway S Craig, December 23, 2010: WO/2010/147806 (119 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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Henry R Williams Jr, David A Ferris, Maurice B Richard: Apparatus and method for providing computer display data from a computer system to a remote display device. Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, January 16, 2001: US06175861 (118 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 ...