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725 - Interactive video distribution systems

725037000 - OPERATOR INTERFACE

725038000 - To facilitate tuning or selection of video signal

725039000 - Electronic program guide

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725041000 Video still or clip 77
725043000 With separate window, panel, or screen 60
725042000 Commercial or advertisement 45
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20100058388DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - According to one embodiment, an display processing apparatus includes a display module, an operation receiver, a relation calculator, a display information generator, and a display controller. The display module displays a content list indicating contents of an identical type. The operation receiver receives operation to select a key content from the content list. The relation calculator calculates relation between the key content and second contents of a plurality of types including the identical type. The display information generator generates first display information of the key content and second display information of the second contents. The display controller displays list information including the first display information and pieces of the second display information around the first display information. The pieces of the second display information are arranged such that second display information of second content with higher relation is closer to the first display information.03-04-2010
20130031584Programming Contextual Interactive User Interface for Television - A user interface for interactive television services is represented as a visual overlay that provides a viewer with knowledge of a library of available content relating to a currently tuned to television channel and navigation options for selecting desired portions of the available content from the library, the available content being designated according to business rules specified by a provider of the interactive television services. The visual overlay may be displayed over full-screen or embedded television programming, which may be broadcast television programming or on-demand television programming.01-31-2013
20130031583ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER EXECUTABLE CONTROL PROGRAM OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes: an output instructing module which instructs a server, stored therein electronic program table information, to output the electronic program table information; a receiver which receives the electronic program table information and program related information output from the server; and an electronic program table output module which uses the received electronic program table information and program related information to output an electronic program table being attached with the program related information.01-31-2013
20130086612METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT LIST AND SUB-LIST, AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A broadcast receiving apparatus and method of providing a sub-list thereof are provided. A method of providing a sub-list of the present broadcast receiving apparatus displays a video contents list which contains a plurality of video contents and a sub-list on one screen, selects at least one video content of the plurality of video contents contained in the video content list, and adds the selected at least one video content to the sub-list and displays it.04-04-2013
20110202959NAVIGATING PROGRAMMING CONTENT VIA MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SURFACES - A method to separately assign and modify multiple attributes of information and structure to an individual block or to a larger unitary whole comprised of multiple blocks is disclosed. A number of block instances of a block is determined. Each block instance is associated with one or more structure attributes. A number of data elements is determined. Each data element is associated with one or more information attributes. The data elements are mapped to the block instances. The mapped block instances are displayed contiguously.08-18-2011
20130081083METHOD OF MANAGING CONTENTS AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE SAME - Provided are a method of managing the contents and an image display device using the same. The method includes: obtaining contents information on each of a plurality of contents sources; displaying the obtained contents information on one screen as a plurality of lists that are differently configured according a plurality of classified items; and receiving meta information on at least one content in the contents lists and displaying the received meta information in correspondence to the content.03-28-2013
20130036439METHOD OF PROVIDING CONTENT MANAGEMENT LIST INCLUDING ASSOCIATED MEDIA CONTENT AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING THE SAME - There are disclosed a method of providing a content management list which enables various contents to integrally used and managed and an apparatus for performing the same. A method of providing a content management list including associated media is performed by a content management list providing apparatus capable of accessing one or more local contents over a network and includes searching for information of an associated local content associated with a channel program included in Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information of a broadcasting program and displaying the searched information of the associated local content in such a way as to have an association with air time of the channel program of the content management list. Accordingly, a user can plan to use various contents more efficiently without the need to search for all available contents in order to directly check associated content and use the associated content.02-07-2013
20130036440RECEPTION APPARATUS, METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN ALERT SERVICE - A reception apparatus, method, computer program, and information providing apparatus for providing one or more alert services. The reception apparatus includes a receiver, a display interface, an input unit, and a processor. The receiver receives a notification of an alert service. The display interface presents the notification of the alert service on a display. Further, the input unit receives a request from a user of the reception apparatus to subscribe to the alert service. In response to receiving the subscription request, the processor registers a location of new content information associated with the alert service in a memory. Further, the processor determines whether new content corresponding to the alert service is available based on the new content information. When the new content is determined to be available, the processor downloads the new content and causes the display interface to present a pop-up alert based on the new content.02-07-2013
20120210358SOURCE-INDEPENDENT CONTENT RATING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A source-independent content rating system and method are provided. The system includes an electronic program guide extractor for extracting program guide information relating to at least one of, programs and channels, from multiple content subscription services. A filter generates identifying information that identifies at least one of a content and a category of the content based on the received program guide information. A subscription manager receives user specified ratings and the identifying information, and manages user interface information displayed to a user. The user interface information includes at least one of the content and the category identified by the identifying information and further includes a user specified rating there for. The subscription manager migrates any user specified ratings provided with respect to a particular one of the multiple content subscription services to all other relevant ones of the multiple content subscription services.08-16-2012
20130042270KIOSK SET-TOP-BOX - A device may include one or more processors. The one or more processors may be configured to receive user input via a user interface and provide an appearance of selecting a channel, via a content presentation device connected to the device, without actually selecting the channel when the user input requests a particular program channel. The one or more processors may also be configured to display interactive program guide data at the content presentation device when the user input requests an interactive program guide and when the device is disconnected from a network from which the device received the interactive program guide data.02-14-2013
20100043027Bi-directional remote control unit and method of using the same - A bi-directional communications link between a television set and a remote control unit assists a viewer in controlling the entertainment system. The television set can signal the remote control unit to confirm instruction signal received from the remote control unit. The television can also transmit electronic program guide information to the remote control unit which is displayed on a display device on the remote control unit. The television can send the remote control unit a listing of available sub-channels within a single digital channel. The listing is displayed on the remote's display device, and the viewer can then choose from among the sub-channels.02-18-2010
20100043026METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BROADCASTING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IN A SYSTEM FOR BROADCASTING VIDEO PROGRAMS - There is provided a method of displaying additional content by a user terminal, comprising: receiving by the terminal digital content items of video broadcasting services, the digital content items comprising video programs, displaying by the terminal a content item selected from the received digital content items, receiving by the terminal additional content items associated with one of the video broadcasting services and with context data, and displaying by the terminal a content item selected from the received additional content items if a current context of the terminal corresponds to the context data of the content item.02-18-2010
20100043025PROGRAM GUIDE DISPLAY APPARATUS - In order to provide a program guide display apparatus that improves the user convenience by performing identification display to a program guide according to a reception state of the broadcast, the program guide display apparatus of the present invention comprises a 1seg reception unit 02-18-2010
20100107194ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE WITH ADVANCE NOTIFICATION - A non-frame television program guide notification system is provided. The system allows a user at a system to order and receive notifications of non-frame television programs. The user can order notifications by selecting a program or supplying a program title directly. The user can specify when and how often the notifications will be generated and received. If desired, the user can view a list of all currently requested notifications. Entries can be added to the list or the user can cancel a previously ordered notification.04-29-2010
20090119712METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT LIST AND SUB-LIST, AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Methods for providing a multimedia content list and a sub-list and a broadcast receiving apparatus using the methods are provided. The method for providing a multimedia content list includes generating a broadcast program list using electronic program guide (EPG) information, extracting a video file list of video files stored in storage medium or an external device, and displaying a multimedia content list including the generated broadcast program list and the extracted video file list on a screen.05-07-2009
20130047184Utility Usage Presentation with Program Listings - A system to present program schedule information and utility usage information. An apparatus to generate display signals directing a display to present a program schedule that includes program schedule information and utility usage information. A method of presenting program schedule information with utility usage information.02-21-2013
20090044223BROADCAST/VOD RECEIVER AND VIEWING MANAGEMENT METHOD - According to one embodiment, a broadcast/VOD receiver comprises a broadcast reception processing unit which selectively receives broadcast signals and reproduces content of broadcast programs, a VOD communication processing unit which communicates with a server providing VOD content to acquire the VOD content, an EPG information acquisition unit which acquires EPG information, a viewing reservation unit which makes reservations for viewing the VOD content to the server, a display data generation unit which creates a schedule table of the broadcast programs on the basis of the EPG information, adds list information columns displaying list information of the VOD content on the schedule table, and inserts viewing schedules corresponding to viewing reservations for the VOD content to the list information columns to generate display data, and a display processing unit which reproduces to output the display data and display the schedule table on a display screen of a display unit.02-12-2009
20130074125PROGRAM HANDOFF BETWEEN DEVICES AND PROGRAM NETWORK OFFLOADING - Methods, devices, and non-transitory storage mediums provide a program handoff between user devices. The program handoff permits a user to select a user device with which to resume a playing of the program. The program handoff also permits a user to set a reminder for playing the program. Methods, devices, and non-transitory storage mediums provide for an application layer-based network offloading of programs. A program is buffered based on a network offloading time and the program is played from a buffer during an execution of a network offload. Network offload prediction is used to minimize network offload time and buffering.03-21-2013
20130061265METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REAL TIME DELIVERY TO AT LEAST ONE USER ADDITIONAL CONTENT/SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH TELEVISION/RADIO PROGRAMS - Methods and systems are provided for real time delivery to at least one user additional content/services associated with programs broadcast by television/radio and intended to be received/used by the user through a standard television/radio receiving device, said additional content/services being suitable for being accessed by the user through a client device equipped with a graphical display interface distinct from the standard television/radio receiving device.03-07-2013
20110067065SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A USER-SELECTED INFORMATION ELELMENT IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a television system for providing information associated with a user-selected information element in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20120311632VIDEO SEARCHING USING TV AND USER INTERFACES THEREFOR - Using a TV, a viewer watching broadcast TV or Internet video content on a display can select a “Video Search” application indicating viewer desire to obtain information about a currently playing video program. The application is invoked to send a name of the currently playing video program to a server on the Internet and associated with a database to cause the server to execute a search only of the database associated with the Internet server and not to execute a search of the Internet. The server returns metadata related to the currently playing vided program, which is presented on the display along with the currently playing video program.12-06-2012
20090271824IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - There is provided an image display apparatus that receives a broadcast program and displays video images relating to the broadcast program. The image display apparatus comprises, among other things, a communication interface for communicating with a rendering apparatus that is externally connected; an input unit that receives image data for displaying graphic images from the rendering apparatus, the graphic images being different from the video images relating to the broadcast program; and a control unit that gives an instruction to the rendering apparatus, via the communication interface, to generate the image data, and obtains, via the input unit, image data generated by the rendering apparatus according to the instruction.10-29-2009
20090055868System for collating data from multiple sources to form a composite program guide for display - A video decoder system collates program guide information acquired from a variety of local and remote sources. Program guide information is received from a first source and a selectable program guide menu icon is displayed. A category of program guide information items from the first source is collated by a display attribute in response to selection of the menu icon and the collated program guide information items are displayed. The display attribute allocated to the category of program guide information items is common to both the category of items and to the menu icon. Codes identifying program categories may be converted to other codes using equivalence mapping information for classifying programs according to a master set of program categories. Composite program map information may be formed including new data identifiers allocated to program guide information items for use in retrieving the items from a second source.02-26-2009
20120117598MERGED PROGRAM GUIDE - A merged program guide which includes program metadata from a plurality of different media controllers. A first media controller receives program metadata that identifies a first plurality of programs. The first plurality of programs corresponds to a first content package provided by a content provider. A first program record identifying a first program of the first plurality of programs is generated. The first program record includes first program metadata associated with the first program. The first program metadata is transmitted onto a network to make the first program metadata available to a second media controller. The first media controller receives second program metadata associated with a second program of a second plurality of programs which correspond to a second content package associated with the second media controller. The first program metadata and the second program metadata are stored in a program guide on the first media controller.05-10-2012
20130104170Method for Processing Electronic Television Program - A method for processing an electronic television program that arranges a viewing schedule for a user is provided, in which the method receives an electronic television program list that includes electronic television program information, and records the electronic television program selected by the user from the electronic television program list, and receives a calendar information including at least one schedule event, and compares and determines whether a time period of the electronic television program selected by the user conflicts with a time period of the scheduled event, and generates a reminder message reminding the user of recording the electronic television program in advance or to alter the scheduled event when the time periods are in conflict.04-25-2013
20090165052PROGRAM-BASED ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A program-based electronic program guide (EPG) system is provided, the EPG system including a search unit which searches for and finds programs broadcast within a predetermined time period around a predetermined time, a collection unit which collects program information of programs found by the search unit, a classification unit which classifies the program information collected by the collection unit based on program codes, and a display unit which displays program guide information, including the program information classified by the classification unit.06-25-2009
20130167175ELECTRIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An electronic device and a method of controlling the same are provided. The electronic device includes: a communication unit including a broadcasting receiver and an Internet module; and a controller for performing, when at least one broadcasting related information related to broadcasting data that can be acquired through the broadcasting receiver is included in data acquired from another electronic device through the Internet module while generating a display signal of broadcasting data acquired through the broadcasting receiver, a function according to broadcasting related information selected from the at least one broadcasting related information. Therefore, by enabling to perform a function according to specific broadcasting related information selected from broadcasting related information acquired from another electronic device, while viewing broadcasting, necessary information can be acquired and the acquired information can be easily executed.06-27-2013
20130167176METHOD OF DISPLAYING TV PROGRAM PROGRESS TIME AND DEVICE THEREOF - A method of displaying program progress time in a TV receiver which receives and processes program guide information containing a program schedule, includes storing the program guide information, and displaying time information about a relevant program on the picture tube when the user issues a command requesting the displaying of a program progress time with respect to a currently viewed program.06-27-2013
20130167177METHOD OF DISPLAYING TV PROGRAM PROGRESS TIME AND DEVICE THEREOF - A method of displaying program progress time in a TV receiver which receives and processes program guide information containing a program schedule, includes storing the program guide information, and displaying time information about a relevant program on the picture tube when the user issues a command requesting the displaying of a program progress time with respect to a currently viewed program.06-27-2013
20090328101USER INTERFACE FOR MOBILE TV INTERACTIVE SERVICES - A method includes providing an electronic program guide that presents content programming information for one or more program channels on a broadcast TV device; detecting a selection of a program block in the electronic program guide, the selected program block corresponding to a program scheduled on a program channel; and providing a program indicator block corresponding to the selected program block, the program indicator presenting detailed programming information related to the scheduled program including any program reminder or program recording state setting.12-31-2009
20110283320SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING A PROGRAM USING INFORMATION FROM A THIRD-PARTY DATA SOURCE - Information corresponding to a user may be received from a third-party data source. A program may be identified using the information received from the third-party data source. Then, it may be determined whether the identified program is scheduled to be broadcast by a first media content source within a pre-determined time period. If the identified program is scheduled to be broadcast by the first media content source within the pre-determined time period, an opportunity may be provided to perform an action on the program.11-17-2011
20110302609ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF COMMUNICATION - An entertainment system comprises a receiver operable to receive broadcast programmes and electronic programme guide data, a display generator operable to generate an image for display, a user interface generator operable to use received electronic programme guide data to generate an electronic programme guide indicating one or more programmes on a broadcast schedule, for display as some or all of the image, a user input operable to receive an input indicating a programme selected by a user from the electronic programme guide, and a network communicator operable to communicate with one or more remote entertainment systems over a network. The entertainment system is arranged to obtain information based upon the electronic programme guide data corresponding to the user's selected programme, and the communicator is arranged to transmit a message comprising the obtained information to one or more remote entertainment systems, thereby indicating to each remote system the user's selected programme.12-08-2011
20110173659SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED ENTERTAINMENT DATA ON A SET TOP BOX - Embodiments of the disclosed invention include an apparatus, method, and computer program product for distributing media content to a plurality of display devices. For instance, in one embodiment, a computer implemented method for distributing media content to a display device is disclosed. The method comprises configuring a middleware device to provide media content to the display device and to a set of display devices. In response to the middleware device receiving a request for media content from the display device, the method determines whether the there is sufficient bandwidth to provide a requested media content to the display device. In one embodiment, if the method determines that there is insufficient bandwidth to provide the requested media content to the display device, the method provides the requested media content to the display device based on a set of preconfigured user preferences.07-14-2011
20090282437System and Method for Controlling Media at a Plurality of Output Devices - A media managing system and method for controlling and distributing media output at a plurality of output devices includes at least one interface configured to provide to a user a visual graphical menu of a plurality of options to associate signals from media source(s) with the plurality of media output devices and effect signals to the media output devices. A computing device communicates with the interface(s) and the output devices and/or the media source to associate signals from the media source(s) with the plurality of output devices. The visual graphical menu provides a visual graphical display of the media source(s) and at least some of the output devices available for association to permit the user to select and associate the at least one media source with one or more of the plurality of media devices and distribute audio and/or video signals to user selected output devices.11-12-2009
20110296462APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGES ONTO A SCREEN - The disclosure relates to an apparatus, a system and a method for displaying images onto a screen. The apparatus can be used to display images onto the screen for displaying programmes and/or messages and/or additional images which temporarily replace and/or are combined with programmes and/or messages and/or main images which are generally reproduced onto the screen that is to say received by any signal transmission device and selected by the television set by a television tuner.12-01-2011
20130024894METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, RECEPTION APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS FOR TRIGGER COMPACTION - A method, computer program, and reception apparatus, and information providing apparatus. The method includes receiving a trigger parameters table (TPT). The TPT is associated with a triggered declarative object (TDO) and includes at least one parameter associated with a trigger event. The TPT is stored in a first memory of the reception apparatus. The TDO is executed by a processor of the reception apparatus and is stored in a second memory of the reception apparatus. The reception apparatus receives a trigger associated with the trigger event. At least one parameter associated with the trigger event is retrieved from the TPT based on information included in the trigger. Further, a function is performed based on the retrieved at least one parameter.01-24-2013
20100005490PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH BROWSING DISPLAY - An inter pap active television program guide system is provided in which a user may direct the program guide to display a browsing display screen. The browsing display screen includes a list of current programs including a movable highlight region, a video window containing a television program to which the system is currently tuned, and a detailed description of the highlighted program listing. The user may position the highlight region using remote control cursor keys. The user may then synchronize the content of the video window with the highlighted program listing by pressing a select key or a channel up or down key. If the user changes channels repeatedly using the channel up and down keys, the contents of the video window and the highlighted program listings remain in synchronization.01-07-2010
20100146549Graphical Indicator within an Interactive Program Guide - A system is presented having a graphical indicator in an interface screen of an electronic program guide. The graphical indicator is configured to focus a user's attention on a selectable program instance field. The indicator has a length that depends on the duration of the selectable program instance, thereby conveying the start and stop times of the selectable instance. At least one indicator attribute is controllable by the user. For example, the user may control the indicator height, weight, width or brightness.06-10-2010
20100011395Information processing unit - An information processing unit includes: a receiving unit which receives, via a communication network, first specifying information which is used by a content source to specify the content, from a display device which receives and displays broadcast content; a converting unit which, upon retrieval request from the display device for related information which is related to the content, converts the first specifying information into second specifying information, which is used by a source of the related information to specify the content; a retrieval controlling unit which transmits the second specifying information to a retrieval device, which retrieves the related information based on the second specifying information, via the communication network and controls retrieval of the related information; and a providing unit which provides the display device with the related information acquired from the retrieval device via the communication network upon retrieval request for the related information to the retrieval device.01-14-2010
20100169926SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING APPROXIMATED INFORMATION IN AN INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE - An interactive television program guide application on an interactive television system that determines approximated information using historical content is provided. The interactive television program guide application may retain and store interactive television program guide information. Using the available information, the interactive television program guide application may determine approximated information when information is not available or has not been received.07-01-2010
20100071002BROADCAST RECEIVER FOR DISPLAYING EXPLANATION OF TERMINOLOGY INCLUDED IN DIGITAL CAPTION AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DIGITAL CAPTION USING THE SAME - A broadcast receiver and a method for processing a digital caption using the same. A broadcast receiver receives a broadcast signal containing digital caption information, searches for an explanation of terminology to be explained if terminology in the digital caption information is included in a list of terminology to be explained, and displays the explanation found for the terminology to be explained on a screen.03-18-2010
20120272271Information Processing Apparatus, Tuner, And Information Processing Method - An information processing apparatus includes: a program guide displaying unit configured to display a program guide on a predetermined display, the program guide being such that program information is arranged in an area having a time axis and a channel axis; an indicator acquisition unit configured to acquire an indicator indicative of the number of viewers viewing each of a plurality of programs listed in the program guide in a similar time zone; and a popularity determination unit configured to determine the popularity of the program in accordance with the indicator. The program guide displaying unit displays at least some of the plurality of programs in a mode indicating the popularity of the program.10-25-2012
20090100466Electronic program guide (EPG) referencing past television content - Techniques are described that involve an electronic program guide referencing past television content. In an implementation, a reference to an episode of television content that has already been broadcast is output in an electronic program guide. An event is scheduled that relates to another episode of the television with the reference to the television content that has already been broadcast.04-16-2009
20110197230METHOD FOR WATCHING MISSED TELEVISION PROGRAMS AND USER TERMINAL - A method for watching a missed television (TV) program and a user terminal are provided. The method includes the following steps. Electronic program guide (EPG) information distributed by a headend is received, and a local table of missed programs and current time are obtained. It is determined that a missed program exits when the user terminal is in a non-working status according to the local table of missed programs and the current time. Information of the missed program in the local table of missed programs is updated according to the EPG information. It is detected whether the missed program is played currently, and if yes, a service of watching a missed program is implemented. By using the method for making up for watching the missed TV program and the user terminal, when the missed program of the user is played in a system, the user is reminded in time of watching the missed program, and a trouble that the user searches the missed program through the EPG is avoided.08-11-2011
20090150933IPTV receiver and method of providing channel details information - An IPTV receiver and a method of providing channel details information are provided. A network interface transmits and receives an IP packet through a network. An IP network stack checks a destination of the received IP packet and classifies the IP packet according to a protocol. A Service Information (SI) decoder parses a channel map record included in the IP packet to read a channel map instance included in the channel map record, parses a channel details record included in the IP packet to read the channel details information included in the channel details record, wherein the channel map instance includes channel details reception information. an IPTV terminal function (ITF) operation controller controls the reception of the channel details record based on the channel details reception information.06-11-2009
20120036534SYSTEM, METHOD, MOBILE TERMINAL AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING PUSH-TO-TALK CHAT IN INTERACTIVE MOBILE TV - An apparatus for providing an interactive service during a broadcast service includes a transmitting element and a processing element. The transmitting element is capable of communicating broadcast content of the broadcast service to a plurality of receiving terminals. The processing element is configured to at least partially control the transmitting element. The processing element is configured to communicate with a network device in order to request a program specific group for communication of the interactive service to a receiving terminal that is a member of the program specific group. The interactive service is communicated to the receiving terminal that is a member of the program specific group with reception of the broadcast service. The content associated with the interactive service originates from the receiving terminals.02-09-2012
20100083315SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GRAPHICAL CONTROL OF USER INTERFACE FEATURES PROVIDED BY A TELEVISION RECEIVER - Systems and methods provide for changing the presentation of a current channel to another channel on a display in response to a viewer input received via a remote control. Viewer input from a remote control is received at a set-top box (STB) or similar television receiver. Imagery on the display initially corresponds to the current channel. At least a portion of the imagery is scrolled in response to the viewer input to thereby tune the other channel on the display.04-01-2010
20100088724Broadcast program display apparatus and method - Received by a program display apparatus are: programs for each of which a receiving time has been determined; digest views corresponding to the programs; and receiving-time information for the programs. The received digest views and receiving-time information are stored in a memory. A moving picture is displayed on a main screen zone of a monitor screen, with the digest views that have been stored in the memory on a sub screen zone of the monitor screen, as being superposed on the moving picture, according to the user's operation. Each digest view is allowed to be displayed on the sub screen zone when a remaining time of the program corresponding the digest view, obtained based on the receiving-time information, is long than the reference time. The digest view is, however, inhibited from being displayed on the sub screen zone when the remaining time is equal to or shorter than the reference time.04-08-2010
20090013353Method and system for presenting TV channels - A method and system for presenting TV channels to a viewer is provided. One or more channel lists are generated based on selection criteria. The channel shuffle scanning is performed by presenting per channel content to a viewer from a channel list, for user viewing within a pre-selected period of time until the viewer picks a channel.01-08-2009
20110173660INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TELEVISION SCHEDULE INFORMATION - The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule and/or listing information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule and/or listing information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule and/or listing information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule and/or listing information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.07-14-2011
20090276807Facilitating indication of metadata availbility within user accessible content - In one embodiment of the present invention, a method for facilitating association of user accessible content and supplemental information that is at least one of audibly and visually outputted by a user terminal comprises a plurality of operations. An operation is performed for maintaining a data structure that associates supplemental information relating to such user accessible content with timeframe information corresponding to the supplemental information. Prior to a location within said user accessible content where content corresponding to the supplemental information is contained being outputted via the user terminal, an operation is performed for receiving a timeframe information query corresponding to said user accessible content from the user terminal. An operation is performed for transmitting the timeframe information for reception by the user terminal in response to receiving the timeframe information query and prior to the location within said user accessible content where content corresponding to the supplemental information is contained being outputted by the user terminal.11-05-2009
20090089837Electronic Apparatus and Display Method - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a storage device which stores section attribute information which specifies a start time point and an end time point of at least one predetermined attribute section of a plurality of attribute sections which are included in the video content data. A display process module displays, on a display screen, a section bar including a bar area which is indicative of a position of the predetermined attribute section in a sequence of the video content data, on the basis of the section attribute information. A playback process module executes, on the display screen, playback of moving picture data in the video content data which belongs to the predetermined attribute section, on the basis of the section attribute information, in a case where an event of requesting playback of the video content data of the predetermined attribute section is input.04-02-2009
20090089838Template Based System, Device and Method for Providing Interactive Content - A template based system, device and method of providing interactive content with broadcast programming is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes storing a plurality of templates for presenting interactive content in a memory, receiving a request for interactive content channel from a viewer, receiving interactive content data associated with the requested interactive content channel, receiving information for selecting a template for displaying the interactive content data, retrieving a template from memory based on the information for selecting a template; populating the retrieved template with the interactive content data to provide an interactive content display; and presenting the interactive content display to the viewer concurrently with the broadcast program. Each broadcast program may have multiple associated interactive content channels and some interactive content channels may be available for display with multiple broadcast programs.04-02-2009
20100088723BROADCAST RECEIVER, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR BROADCAST RECEIVER - The broadcast receiver includes a storage unit configured to store first broadcast information for specifying a broadcast channel and/or program viewable on the broadcast receiver, an acquisition unit configured to acquire second broadcast information from the other broadcast receiver for specifying a broadcast channel and/or program viewable on the other broadcast receiver, an extraction unit configured to extract a broadcast channel and/or program from the first and second broadcast information not viewable on the broadcast receiver and viewable on the other broadcast receiver, and a generation unit configured to generate an electronic program guide that a user can distinguish a broadcast channel and/or program extracted from a broadcast channel and/or program that is viewable on the broadcast receiver.04-08-2010
20090113477Digital Television Setting Information Storage Apparatus and Method for Accessing Digital Television Information - A digital television setting information storage apparatus and a method for accessing digital television information are provided. The apparatus includes a random access memory and a non-volatile memory. The method includes steps of: receiving a setting information change signal, storing setting information into the random access memory, clearing the non-volatile memory, and transferring the setting information from the random access memory to the non-volatile memory when the non-volatile memory is erased. The setting information includes channel information and on screen display setting information.04-30-2009
20120297420EXPANDED PROGRAMMING GUIDE - Systems, methods and computer program products utilize a content receiver to generate a dynamically modifiable expanded programming guide with a grid containing a plurality of regions. Each region is associated with a plurality of channels over a timeframe. The content receiver transmits the expanded programming guide to a content display. The grid may be utilized to navigate through regions and therefore across a large amount of programming information associated with a wide range of channels and timeframes. The content receiver may transmit a magnified view of the expanded programming guide and may display content-related information associated with a subset of regions for the associated channels and timeframes.11-22-2012
20080216119METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING GUIDES AND USING RECORDING INFORMATION IN DETERMINING PROGRAM TO COMMUNICATIONS CHANNEL MAPPINGS - A user recovers and records multiple programs communicated simultaneously using a communications channel, e.g., QAM communications channel. The simultaneous communication may be by communicating, e.g., an MPEG-2 transport stream including data corresponding to multiple programs through a corresponding to QAM communications channel. Thus a user device, e.g., a set top box, is able to receive and record programs corresponding to multiple simultaneously broadcast programs using a single tuner. This allows a device to receive and record or display more programs at any given time, than the number of QAM tuners and/or receivers in the user device. Novel user interface features which facilitate a user's ability to identify and record multiple programs corresponding to a QAM channel are also described. Methods and apparatus for determining program to communication channel mappings based on user program recordation information are also described.09-04-2008
20100146547Method of transmitting and receiving broadcast signal and apparatus for receiving broadcast signal - Disclosed are a method of transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal and an apparatus for receiving the broadcast signal. In the present invention, first program table information describing a broadcasting stream, and second program table information including additional service identifier information of the multiplexed stream and third program table information describing the additional service data for the multiplexed stream are obtained. The additional service can be provided with the additional service data by using the third program table information.06-10-2010
20120144424ON-DEMAND USER-INTERFACE - Embodiments described herein provide a method and system for creating and displaying a media presentation. Data is received corresponding to a video program from a content delivery network. The video program is displayed on a display device. A plurality of display features are generated and displayed on the display device concurrently with the video program. The display features are selectable, and in response to a user selecting a display feature, content from a specific site associated with the selected display feature is retrieved. The retrieved content is concurrently displayed with the video program.06-07-2012
20090265738METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY DISPLAYING AUXILIARY DISPLAY DATA - A method for dynamically displaying an auxiliary display data on a screen includes the following steps: (a) receiving a message carrier, and storing at least a data transmitted via the message carrier into a storage device; (b) comparing a received data of the message carrier and a stored data in the storage device; and when the received data differs from the stored data, storing the received data into the storage device for updating the stored data, thereby generating an updated stored data stored in the storage device; and (c) determining whether to display the auxiliary display data corresponding to an altered portion or not, wherein when the auxiliary display data is displayed, an adjusting operation is performed according to the updated stored data to thereby display the auxiliary display data on the screen.10-22-2009
20080276278USER INTERFACE PRESENTING ENHANCED VIDEO CONTENT INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH VIDEO PROGRAMS - Providing interactive access to video programming and video content information in a multimedia system. A processing device of the multimedia system receives video content information associated with video programming that is to be broadcast. The video content information includes at least video identification information and video content information. The display device of the multimedia system presents a first interface image that presents the video content information for one of the video programs of the video programming. In response to viewer input, a second interface image is displayed on the display device presenting video content information for another one of the video programs of the video programming or for more detailed information associated with the video program. In this manner, the viewer can conveniently navigate through the video content information and identify information that is useful in selecting a program to watch.11-06-2008
20090193463METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SHARING INFORMATION BETWEEN USERS IN MEDIA REPRODUCING SYSTEM - A method and system for sharing information between users while reproducing media in a media reproducing system, the method including: reproducing the media in the media reproducing system; capturing a part of the media in the media reproducing system; and registering a media related question including the captured part of the media in an information sharing server through a return channel of the media reproducing system. Accordingly, the users can share information in real time by generating the media related question by directly capturing the media in the media reproducing system, registering the media related question in the information sharing server, and displaying on the media reproducing system of another user that such media related question is registered. Also, since a question can be directly registered while reproducing the media, information can be conveniently shared without interrupting the media reproduction.07-30-2009
20080282289Interactive Television User Interface - An interactive television user interface (11-13-2008
20080271078Momentary Electronic Program Guide - A computer-implemented method includes determining a time relative to a playing media program to insert a user notification, automatically generating a suggestion regarding a media program other than the playing media program to be presented to an audience member of the playing media program, providing, in a format for presentation on a user-related media player, the generated suggestion at the location in the playing media program, and causing the generation of a control that, when selected, performs an action related to the non-playing media program.10-30-2008
20100146548BROADCASTING RECEIVING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided is a broadcasting receiving apparatus and a control method thereof capable of receiving recommendation information, the control method of a broadcasting receiving apparatus receiving recommendation information about a broadcasting program; comparing a time of confirming the recommendation information and a broadcasting time of a recommended program included in the recommendation information; and supplying a function of the broadcasting receiving apparatus for using the recommendation information to correspond to a comparison result. Accordingly, a broadcasting receiving apparatus and a control method thereof capable of supplying a broadcasting service having an improved user convenience is provided.06-10-2010
20120198496Video Related Tag Generating Apparatus, Video Related Tag Generating Method, Video Interacting Method, Video Interacting System and Video Interacting Apparatus - A video related tag generating apparatus, a video related tag generating method, a video interacting method, a video interacting system and a video interacting apparatus are provided. The video interacting method includes the following steps. A video broadcast program is received via a video signal receiver, and a video related tag is received via a network interface. The video related tag relates to a target object, and the video broadcast program includes a video frame having the target object. A synchronous information, an object position and object information are generated according to the video related tag. A triggering region is generated according to the object position. The triggering region is synchronously overlapped on the video frame according to the synchronous information. A key-press signal is received to select the triggering region, such that the object information is overlapped on the video frame.08-02-2012
20110209178Specialized Media Presentation Via an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) - An electronic program guide (EPG) may include entries that enable access to one or more images. In some implementations, when an image-related entry is selected by a user, a device presents the one or more images that are associated with the selected entry. In some implementations, portions of the EPG are presented as links. Selection of a link effectuates a search and may be followed by the visual presentation of one or more images resulting from the search. Additionally, in some implementations, an image can be communicated with an electronic communication. In response to the electronic communication, an image entry may be added to the channel lineup of the EPG. Selection of the image entry in the EPG may cause the device to visually present the image.08-25-2011
20120072952VIDEO STREAM ZOOM CONTROL BASED UPON DYNAMIC VIDEO MOSAIC ELEMENT SELECTION - The present invention teaches a method of creating and presenting a user interface comprising a Dynamic Mosaic Extended Electronic Programming Guide (DMXEPG) using video, audio, special applications, and service dynamic metadata. The system enables television or digital radio service subscribers to select and display of various programs including video, interactive TV applications, or any combination of audio or visual components grouped and presented in accordance with the dynamic program/show metadata, business rules and objectives of service providers, broadcasters, and/or personal subscriber choices, collectively referred to as mosaic element presentation criteria.03-22-2012
20090183201INTERACTIVE LEARNING - A method may include providing a live, interactive program or information associated with the live, interactive program on a video display device; and providing a live interactive content icon on the video display device when a current time is before an end time of the live, interactive program, the live interactive content icon indicating that live interactive content is available for the live, interactive program.07-16-2009
20090138913DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA IN DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM - A digital broadcast receiver and a control method thereof are disclosed. The control method of the digital broadcast receiver includes receiving a broadcast signal into which mobile service data and main service data are multiplexed, extracting transmission parameter channel (TPC) signaling information and fast information channel (FIC) signaling information from a data group in the received mobile service data, acquiring a program table describing virtual channel information and a service of an ensemble, which is a virtual channel group of the received mobile service data, using the extracted FIC signaling information, selectively detecting a first message descriptor mapped with time information or a second message descriptor not mapped with time information, using the acquired program table, performing a control operation to display a message defined in the detected message descriptor.05-28-2009
20090019484MOBILE TERMINAL, AND BROADCAST CHANNEL AND BROADCAST INFORMATION INDICTATION METHOD THEREOF - A method for displaying broadcast channel information in a mobile terminal is presented. The method includes entering a broadcast reception mode, and displaying channel information indicating whether each channel available for reception is a general channel or an integrated channel, wherein a general channel comprises one broadcast channel mapped onto a single broadcast path, and an integrated channel comprises at least two virtual channels mapped onto a single broadcast path.01-15-2009
20090031353INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION RECEIVING TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information receiving terminal includes a designation information transmitting portion to transmit designation information designating a program and a related information receiving portion. The information providing apparatus includes a related information storage portion to store related information containing a plurality of information to which each provision period is settable in association with a program, a designation information receiving portion, a related information extracting portion to extract the related information appropriate for a designated program, and a related information transmitting portion to transmit the extracted related information. The information receiving terminal or the information providing apparatus includes an information selecting portion to select information to which a provision period corresponding to a provision time point of the related information is set from a plurality of information constituting the received/extracted related information as information constituting the related information. An information providing system effectively providing program-related information is provided.01-29-2009
20090007178Video-Based Networking System with a Video-Link Navigator - A video-based system is described, which provides video link navigation between the various videos uploaded to the system. The video link navigation tool can be a graphically displayed interface that links multiple video nodes to one another and allows users to navigate the videos represented by the nodes. In various embodiments, the video link is a system representation of similarities in content between multiple videos, videos belonging to a same story or sequence, video comments submitted and published in response to a particular video and other forms of video relationships. The video nodes can be displayed as graphical thumbnails on a visual interface and can have various sizes, positions and/or color-codings which indicate the types of relations and other information regarding the videos.01-01-2009
20090019483SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING AN ELECTRONIC PROGRAMMING GUIDE IN A MEDIA SYSTEM - A system for presenting an electronic programming guide in a media system is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) media receiver having a controller element to transmit to a portal information associated with an Electronic Programming Guide (EPG). The portal processes the information to present a Graphical User Interface (GUI) window corresponding to a slideable canvas of the EPG in an Internet browser of a communication device requesting the EPG. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-15-2009
20110225612USER-INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS INCLUDING VIDEO-ON-DEMAND AVAILABILITY REMINDERS - The present invention teaches a method of creating and presenting a user interface comprising a Dynamic Mosaic Extended Electronic Programming Guide (DMXEPG) using video, audio, special applications, and service dynamic metadata. The system enables television or digital radio service subscribers to select and display of various programs including video, interactive TV applications, or any combination of audio or visual components grouped and presented in accordance with the dynamic program/show metadata, business rules and objectives of service providers, broadcasters, and/or personal subscriber choices, collectively referred to as mosaic element presentation criteria.09-15-2011
20090049473Providing a Video User Interface - Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a user interface. First, a first input may be received and a currently displayed programming content may be shrunken. Next, the shrunken programming content may be displayed. Then, in response to the received first input and concurrent with the shrunken programming content, a media guide comprising at least three display elements may be displayed. Each one of the three display elements may respectively include a first content element, a second content element, and a third content element. The first content element may display a plurality of available on-demand programming groups. The second content element may display further information with respect to a selected any of the plurality of available on-demand programming groups. The third content element may display cover art corresponding to content available within the selected any of the plurality of available on-demand programming groups.02-19-2009
20080301732Systems and methods for personalizing an interactive media guidance application - Systems and methods are provided for the personalization of an interactive media guidance application based on recording-related actions performed by at least one of a first user equipment device and a second user equipment device in a media network. For example, a central data system is used to receive information from the first user equipment device indicating a first action associated with recording a program. The central data system is also adapted to receive information from the second user equipment device indicating a second action associated with recording a program. Subsequently, the system generates a profile based on the received information from the first and second user equipment devices and personalizes an interactive media guidance application implemented on the first and second user equipment devices based on the generated profile.12-04-2008
20120079537CREATING AND USING A VIRTUAL VIDEO ASSET IN A VIDEO PROVISIONING SYSTEM - A system may receive, from a content provider, metadata associated with a video asset, where the metadata includes information associated with the video asset and identifies a future time when the video asset will be available for distribution. The system may further process the metadata to create a virtual asset associated with the video asset, where the processed metadata include at least an indication that the metadata is associated with the virtual asset; publish the virtual asset to a store front that allows the user device to select the virtual asset to obtain the virtual asset; and transmit a notification or the video asset, to the user device and at the future time, based on the selection of the virtual asset by the user device, where the notification indicates that the video asset is available to be downloaded.03-29-2012
20080263596APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PERSONAL SCHEDULE AND BROADCASTING PROGRAM - An apparatus for effectively managing a personal schedule and broadcasting programs includes a schedule management unit for managing a personal schedule, a broadcasting program management unit for managing basic information of broadcasting programs, an interface unit which receives an input signal, and a control unit which finds a first broadcasting program which overlaps with the personal schedule, searches for basic information for the first broadcasting program, and provides a first list including a title of the first broadcasting program, the basic information, and a display component for performing a control operation in response to an input signal.10-23-2008
20120144425DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - According to one embodiment, an display processing apparatus includes a display module, an operation receiver, a relation calculator, a display information generator, and a display controller. The display module displays a content list indicating contents of an identical type. The operation receiver receives operation to select a key content from the content list. The relation calculator calculates relation between the key content and second contents of a plurality of types including the identical type. The display information generator generates first display information of the key content and second display information of the second contents. The display controller displays list information including the first display information and pieces of the second display information around the first display information. The pieces of the second display information are arranged such that second display information of second content with higher relation is closer to the first display information.06-07-2012
20090210905Information providing apparatus, information acquisition terminal, broadcast reception terminal, information providing system, information providing method and program - An ECG server, which provides program contents-related ECG information to a television terminal and a user terminal, comprises a storage unit that stores the program contents-related ECG information, a configuring unit that configures an ECG module in correspondence to the program contents, made up with a plurality of sets of ECG information including tuning information to be used to allow the television terminal to select the program contents, a setting unit that sets timing information, which will allow the ECG module to be provided to the user terminal by linking with consignment of the program contents and a providing unit that provides, in conformance to the timing information, the ECG module to an user terminal capable of providing the tuning information to the television terminal. By utilizing the ECG server, the ratings of the program contents can be improved and the program contents can be more easily selected.08-20-2009
20100169925BROADCAST RECEIVER AND OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - According to one embodiment, a broadcast receiver is configured to receive a broadcast signal and output the broadcast signal to an external device. The broadcast receiver includes a program information obtaining module, a storage module, and a channel selection detector. The program information obtaining module obtains program information from the broadcast signal. The storage module stores the program information obtained by the program information obtaining module. The channel selection detector detects an operation of selecting a channel. When the channel selection detector detects that a channel is selected, the broadcast receiver controls the external device to mute audio output. The channel selection detector also reads program information corresponding to the selected channel from the storage module and output the program information.07-01-2010
20090222857CONTENT RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A content recommendation apparatus that can recommend contents suitable to user's taste immediately even after introduction of the system even if a TV set is used by unspecified users. Among previously-determined recommendation ranks of contents, the content recommendation apparatus of the present invention lowers the recommendation rank of a VOD content that is similar to TV programs broadcast in other media at a prescribed time. As the prescribed time, can be employed a time designated by a user, a time on a prescribed cycle, or a time when a TV program on the air in another media is changed, for example.09-03-2009
20090204992Method, apparatus and system for personalized broadcast media reception - The present invention advantageously provides a method, apparatus and system for personalized broadcast media content including a user interface for enabling personalization, which provides efficient use of network bandwidth and minimizes receiver device battery usage. In one embodiment, a user profile is pre-defined on a receiving device to indicate the recording interests of the user. Individual clips to be broadcast are associated with flexible metadata tags, such that when content, particularly video programs, is broadcast, the receiver device selects individual programs to record based upon content tags matching the user interests indicated in the profile. The selection process can also consider viewing statistics.08-13-2009
20120198497LIVE MEDIA CONTENT DISCOVERY AND MANAGEMENT - Mechanisms are provided for allowing a user to linearly or non-linearly discover and navigate media content including live events. A smart timeline includes panels of event information, previews, images, etc. Moving ahead allows discovery of future live media content and events and uncovers mechanisms for setting notifications and reminders. Moving back in time allows discovery of past events and mechanisms for replaying past video and audio content. Event navigation mechanisms can be integrated with calendaring applications to post and select events discovered using event navigation mechanisms.08-02-2012
20090100467Apparatus and Method for Providing Program Guide With Channel Signal Strength - An apparatus provides an on-screen program guide that includes information indicating channel signal strength. According to an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a memory operative to store data related to the program guide, and a processor operative to enable display of the program guide using the stored data. The program guide includes a plurality of program titles. The processor determines a program title pointed to by a pointer and determines a channel associated with the determined program title. Signal strength of the determined channel is displayed along with the program guide.04-16-2009
20080244653SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING AN INTERACTIVE USER INTERFACE - A system interactively controlled by a TV viewer remote control transmitter displays portions of a scroll program guide on the viewer's display screen. A tuner receives TV radio frequency or optical transmission signals in a plurality of cable channels and passes a viewer usable signal to a signal combiner. A computer receives control signals from the TV viewer remote control transmitter. It controls the tuner to pass the viewer usable signal in response to one of the control signals. Program information, such as TV program schedule information, may be displayed, and a user may select at least some of the displayed program information to be presented with additional program information related to the selected program information.10-02-2008
20120198495Recommendation Comparison Display - A method for consolidating and comparing recommendations in selecting TV content for viewing by compiling and displaying recommendation and rating values for the same TV content from Sony and a number of other recommendation and ratings providers. Presenting all recommendation values on a single visual display and providing the preferred Sony recommendation in the most prominent display position and font, and allowing the viewer to select the Sony recommendation value to select that content for viewing.08-02-2012
20080313673Continuous selection graphs - Continuous selection graphs are described. In embodiment(s), a continuous selection graph can be displayed that includes a similarity continuum to indicate media content that is progressively similar. The continuous selection graph can also include an axis of identifying criteria for the media content by which to associate the media content along the similarity continuum. Similar media content that is associated with the identifying criteria can be determined, and selectable indicators of the similar media content can be displayed to indicate a relationship between the identifying criteria and the similar media content along the similarity continuum.12-18-2008
20080313671MAINTAINING ACCURATE CHANNEL LINE-UP BY PERSISTENTLY MONITORING AVAILABILITY OF ACCESSIBLE CHANNELS - A channel updater. The channel updater maintains an accurate channel line-up by automatically testing accessible channels to determine if those channels are available for viewing. Available channels are added to the channel line-up, and unavailable channels are subtracted from the channel line-up. The updater persistently retests the channels so that changes in channel availability are reflected in the channel line-up.12-18-2008
20100162310DIGITAL BROADCASTING TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - According to an embodiment, there is a method of displaying digital broadcasting using a digital device, the method comprising: storing, in the digital device, a plurality of television program listings, each of the television program listing including a title, telecast time information and channel information; displaying the plurality of television program listings on a screen of the digital device; and if a program from the displayed television program listings is selected, displaying detailed information of the selected program on the screen, wherein the selected program has a plurality of data broadcasting programs related to the selected program, and wherein the detailed information includes information of the selected program and/or information of at least one of the data broadcasting programs related to the selected program.06-24-2010
20100186037TELEVISION CONTROL INTERFACE WITH ELECTRONIC GUIDE - An on-screen menu method and system for controlling the functions of integrated electronic devices and a television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day and an interconnected series of menus to control the features of the integrated electronic devices. An input device allows the viewer to move a pointer over different interactive areas of the guide and the function performed when the area is activated is displayed in a contextual help window. Various control glyphs provide for recursive interaction with the guide.07-22-2010
20100186036METHOD OF PROCESSING NON-REAL TIME SERVICE AND BROADCAST RECEIVER - A method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver, which receives and processes a service being transmitted in non-real time, and a broadcast receiver are disclosed. Herein, the method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver includes receiving a signaling information table including additional information on contents configuring a non-real time service and a content identifier for each content, acquiring and storing the additional information on contents and the content identifier for each content from the signaling information table, when a non-real time specific service guide is requested from a real-time specific service guide screen, configuring the non-real time specific service guide based upon the stored additional information and content identifier of the stored contents, thereby displaying a non-real time specific service guide screen, and performing a playback or download scheduling function on the content selected from the non-real time specific service guide screen.07-22-2010
20100186035METHOD OF PROCESSING NON-REAL TIME SERVICE AND BROADCAST RECEIVER - A method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver, which receives and processes a service being transmitted in non-real time, and a broadcast receiver are disclosed. Herein, the method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver includes receiving a signaling information table including additional information on contents configuring a non-real time service and a content identifier for each content, acquiring the additional information on contents and the content identifier for each content from the signaling information table, storing contents being downloaded through a FLUTE or an internet in a storage medium, based upon the additional information on contents and the content identifier for each content, and displaying a list of recordings including the contents stored in the storage medium, wherein a list of recordings screen displaying the list of recordings includes at least one of a content name, a channel name, a date of recording, and a content size.07-22-2010
20100186034INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE DEVICES - When selecting a television program for recording, a user may configure the delivery of the selected television program and associated data and interactive applications to different user equipment devices in a home network, which may have different capabilities. Because the user equipment devices in the home network may have different capabilities, the user may wish to deliver different types and amount of content, different amounts of data, and different versions of interactive applications to the user equipment devices in the home network.07-22-2010
20100192179INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH NICHE HUBS - A system for providing interactive television program guide features and other features and information related to a specific user interest or programming category in niche hubs is provided. All of the television programming features provided by user television equipment that relate to a specific user interest or programming category may be accessed from the niche hub. For example, a movie lovers niche hub may provide programming features such as television program listings for movies, video-on-demand listings for movies, pay-per-view listings for movies, web site links related to movies, movie-related merchandise, movie news groups, movie chat groups, movie e-mail clubs, movie contests, movie trivia questions, movie actor interviews, movie reviews, movie channel package ordering, etc. The programming features of the niche hubs may be transmitted from a server, database, or other storage facility via a television distribution facility. User television equipment may be connected via two-way communications paths to transmit messages to each other.07-29-2010
20100218213CONTROL USER INTERFACE DELIVERY METHOD AND APPARATUS IN DIGITAL BROADCAST SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for delivering a Control User Interface (CUI) using an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) is provided for a broadcast system. A transmission apparatus for a digital broadcast system includes a provider that provides one or more of services and content. The apparatus also includes an information generator that generates EPG information including CUI information. The apparatus further includes a transmitter that transmits the EPG information and the one or more of the services and content. The CUI information is provided per service and per content.08-26-2010
20100235861SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LINKING TELEVISION VIEWERS WITH ADVERTISERS AND BROADCASTERS - The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.09-16-2010
20100211975INTERNET TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM - An Internet television program guide system is provided that allows a user at a multimedia system to access information related to television programs over an Internet communications link. The user can view television program guide listings and related video stills and video clips. The user can perform database searches on the program guide listings (e.g., to search for a particular type of television program). If desired, the user can select an option that directs the multimedia system to tune directly to a television channel for a selected program or to a related television program guide or movie guide service on a television channel. The user can order pay-per-view events using the system.08-19-2010
20100205634Interactive program guide system and method - An interactive television program guide system and method is provided. Time separators are displayed within lists of program listings to allow users to more easily view the program listings. On-screen arrows have their display characteristics changed according to user actions. Similar program listings are displayed only once when using search program listings. Users are provided with an opportunity to view channel information before setting channels as favorites. Information from local information services is provided in program guide display screens that are configurable by a main facility. Users are provided with an opportunity to centrally lock and unlock programs, and to bypass locks when desired.08-12-2010
20110067064SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A USER-SELECTED OBJECT IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a television system for presenting information associated with a user-selected object in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20110067063SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A USER-SELECTED OBJECT IN A TELEVISON PROGRAM - A system and method in a television system for presenting information associated with a user-selected object in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20110067062SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION OF SELECTABLE OBJECTS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method for providing information of selectable objects in a television program as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20110067061SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING FOR USER-SELECTION OF AN OBJECT IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a television system for providing for user-selection of objects in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20090249397VIDEO EPISODE ORDER ADHERENCE - Viewing episodes of a video series in order allows for a good viewing experience and understanding of episode content of the individual episodes. Functionality can be implemented in a video recording device and/or at a content provider to collect data about viewing behavior to determine if a user(s) tends to view episodes of a series in order. The video recording device and/or content provider can also keep track of partially or fully viewed episodes and episodes that are ready for viewing to avoid acquiring already viewed episodes Being able to quickly catch up on missed episodes will allow for easier introduction to a video series and prevent viewers from abandoning programs. In addition, requests for particular episodes can be leveraged for dynamic episode scheduling and dynamic setting of advertisement rates.10-01-2009
20090019485INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH NICHE HUBS - A system for providing interactive television program guide features and other features and information related to a specific user interest or programming category in niche hubs is provided. All of the television programming features provided by user television equipment that relate to a specific user interest or programming category may be accessed from the niche hub. For example, a movie lovers niche hub may provide programming features such as television program listings for movies, video-on-demand listings for movies, pay-per-view listings for movies, web site links related to movies, movie-related merchandise, movie news groups, movie chat groups, movie e-mail clubs, movie contests, movie trivia questions, movie actor interviews, movie reviews, movie channel package ordering, etc. The programming features of the niche hubs may be transmitted from a server, database, or other storage facility via a television distribution facility. User television equipment may be connected via two-way communications paths to transmit messages to each other.01-15-2009
20090165051METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PRESENTING AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Methods and devices for presenting an interactive media guidance application are provided. In some embodiments, methods for presenting an interactive media guidance application in a user equipment device are provided, the methods comprising: determining a location of the user equipment device; determining a destination of the user equipment device; identifying, as local guide listings, listings corresponding to media available at the location of the user equipment device; identifying, as unavailable guide listings, the local guide listings corresponding to media that will not be available at the destination; and presenting the unavailable guide listings on the user equipment device.06-25-2009
20090320070ELECTRONIC DEVICE, DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An electronic device comprising: a content acquiring means capable of acquiring content acquired via a network or from inside of the electronic device, or generated inside of the electronic device; a first displaying means capable of displaying the acquired first content; a second displaying means arranged as a touch panel which is capable of accepting an input operation of a user, and capable of displaying the acquired second content; a display controlling means which, based on a predetermined condition, when the content acquiring means acquired third content in a state where the first and second content are displayed in the first and second displaying means, respectively, performs one of: (1) displaying in the second displaying means the third content clearing the second content, (2) presenting a split view by splitting the screen of the first display means into parts for the first and second content, and displaying in the second displaying means the third content, and (3) presenting a split view by splitting the screen of the second displaying means into parts for the second and third content.12-24-2009
20110131606Methods, Systems, and Products for Automated Control of Devices - Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for automated control of devices. A tag is received with Electronic Programming Guide data, and the tag includes control data. The tag is stripped from the Electronic Programming Guide data and communicated to a device.06-02-2011
20090133065Information accumulation apparatus, information display method and computer program - There is provided an information accumulation apparatus that accumulates contents and has a power-on state and a standby state as a power state, which includes an information collection portion to collect information including content information related to a content and internal information related to the information accumulation apparatus during the power-on state, an information acquisition portion to acquire the information collected by the information collection portion during transition from the power-on state to the standby state, and a display portion to sequentially display the information acquired by the information acquisition portion during the standby state.05-21-2009
20090113478SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTING WITH A PROGRAM GUIDE DISPLAYED ON A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for controlling the operation of a plurality of consumer electronic devices by displaying a plurality of broadcast channel identifiers each corresponding to a broadcast channel in a display of a controlling device adapted to command at least channel tuning operations of the plurality of consumer electronic devices. Input is accepted into the controlling device that functions to designate one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers and the controlling device uses the designation of the one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers to cause a transmission of a wireless signal from the controlling device to a one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to thereby cause the one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to tune to the broadcast channel corresponding to the designated one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers. A condition associated with at least one of the controlling device and the designated one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers functions to determine the one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to which the wireless signal is transmitted.04-30-2009
20090150934Electronic Programming Guide - An electronic programming guide (“EPG”) provides pictograms and/or logos, to indicate to a television viewer the programs being displayed on a television. The EPG information display format is thus easier to recognize than prior EPG formats. The EPG pictograms may have 3D characteristics. The EPG information can be displayed in a window within a television screen while a program is being shown on the remainder of the screen. The EPG comprises a set of geometric surfaces located in virtual 3D space. The pictograms and/or logos, along with alpha-numeric text data and video clips are applied to the geometric surfaces using a 3D graphics pipeline. The appearance of the pictograms, logos, alpha-numeric data and/or video clips can be modified in response to a user actuating a control element on a remote controller. In one embodiment, internet HTML pages are parsed and applied to geometric surfaces in 06-11-2009
20090070814METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING APPLICATION SERVICE - A method and a system for providing application service are disclosed. The method of providing application service in a digital data broadcasting system coupled to at least one broadcasting terminal through a network includes generating a preview contents by using first data combined with an application for data broadcasting service, wherein the preview contents has second data provided when a user requests the application service, and transmitting the generated preview contents to the broadcasting terminal. Here, the broadcasting terminal outputs the preview contents before data broadcasting standby time. Accordingly, useful information may be provided to the user before the application is executed.03-12-2009
20090070813Back up display system of a signal irregularity and a method of the same - A back up display system of a signal irregularity and a method of the same wherein the back up display system comprises of a transmission unit acquiring an image signal; a back up display unit having a back up image information; an irregularity detecting unit detecting image information and outputting a switching signal when it determines an image signal is in irregular state; a broadcasting unit acquiring and broadcasting the image signal of the transmission unit in regular state and discontinuing to broadcast the image signal of the transmission unit by broadcasting the back up image information of the back up display unit instead when the irregularity detecting unit outputs a switching signal.03-12-2009
20130133003METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING A VERSION OF AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM BASED ON USER PREFERENCES - A method and apparatus for selecting a version of an entertainment program based on user preference includes receiving entertainment programming input, identifying multiple available versions of an entertainment program, identifying, for each of the multiple versions, a set of descriptive information regarding the respective version, accessing user preferences, and selecting one of the multiple versions for display based on a comparison of the descriptive information to the user preferences.05-23-2013
20100306799BROADCASTING RECEIVER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION IN THE SAME - In a broadcasting receiver according to one implementation of this document, a method for providing information comprises displaying items to be included in a menu by arranging the items based on preference information managed by the broadcasting receiver; and, if a predetermined item is selected from the displayed menu, displaying sub-items to be included in a menu associated with the selected item by arranging the items based on the preference information or displaying a program list associated with the selected item. The preference information can comprise information categorized into multiple steps, information at each step can comprise more than one item, and each item of information at each step can store the number of reproduction of the program related to the corresponding item in an associated manner. Based on the number of reproduction, display order of items to be included in the corresponding menu can be changed.12-02-2010
20100319025METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA ON EPG IN RECEIVER CONNECTED TO NETWORK AND THE RECEIVER - A digital broadcast receiver is disclosed. The receiver includes a network interface configured to receive provisioning information from a service provider during SP (Service Provider) attachment, wherein the provisioning information has both first metadata on EPG provider information giving locations where EPG data from an EPG data provider can be accessed and second metadata on EPG data locator giving a location where EPG data can be accessed in a pull mode or a push mode, the first metadata having both a target service ID element giving the identifier of a service, which is covered by each of the EPG data provider's EPG data sources, and a type of target services element giving a type of service, which is covered by each of the EPG data provider's EPG data sources, and a controller configured to perform a services discovery procedure using service discovery metadata including at least two components supplied by the service provider.12-16-2010
20110131607SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RELOCATING MEDIA - A system and method may be provided that allows users to store, retrieve, and manipulate on-demand media content and data stored on a remote server network in an on-demand media delivery system. More particularly, the system may allow a user to access his or her on-demand media account from user equipment in different locations as long as the current user equipment can communicate with a remote server that stores user-specific information. The system upon user selection may freeze the delivery of on-demand media at a particular point and allow the user to resume the media at a later time from some other network location in system. Users may upload personal images or files to an on-demand delivery server for later retrieval and display. Users may be permitted to assign access rights to the uploaded files.06-02-2011
20110030006APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING CONTENT RATING INFORMATION - Provided are a method and apparatus for displaying content rating information for a plurality of programs including receiving the content rating information for each program of the plurality of programs; displaying a currently selected program on a display screen; determining a program rating for each program of the plurality of programs, wherein each program rating is determined from among a plurality of predetermined ratings based on the received content rating information for each program; and displaying an indicator for each program of the plurality of programs, wherein each indicator visually indicates the determined program rating for each respective program in the plurality of programs, wherein at least a portion of the currently selected program is displayed on the display screen simultaneously with the displayed indicators.02-03-2011
20110030007BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND DISPLAYING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a displaying method of a broadcast receiving apparatus using Internet, the method including: receiving and storing user's interesting information through the Internet; inspecting booting screen setting for displaying the user's interesting information if receiving a power-on command from a user; and displaying the stored user's interesting information according to inspecting results during a booting time needed for displaying a normal screen.02-03-2011
20110035774PREVIOUSLY VIEWED CHANNEL QUICK BAR - Methods are provided for storing and retrieving recently viewed programming channel information in a last-in-first-out (LIFO) memory register. The programming channel information comprises previously viewed channel information and subsequently viewed channel information where the previously viewed channel information is stored prior to the subsequently viewed channel information in the order of viewing. The methods also include, receiving a viewer instruction to render the imagery on the display device and reading the programming channel information from the LIFO register. The previously viewed channel information is read from the LIFO memory register after the subsequently viewed programming channel information is read in the reverse order of viewing. The method further includes the functions of modifying an imagery file associated with the imagery being rendered with the programming channel information and rendering the modified imagery to the user on the display device.02-10-2011
20110055869METHOD FOR PROVIDING PROGRAM INFORMATION AND DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for providing program information and a display apparatus using the same are provided. A method for providing program information includes extracting program information based on a finish time of a program, and generating and displaying a program information screen based on the extracted program information. Accordingly, since program information which the user actually needs is selectively provided, the user may view a program information screen with greater view stability.03-03-2011
20110055866UPDATING ELECTRONIC PROGRAMMING GUIDES WITH BLACKOUT DATA - Blackout event data is received that includes location codes for geographic areas affected by a blackout event. User location codes are received and compared to location codes for the geographic areas affected by the blackout event. A determination is made whether the user is subject to the blackout event based on the user location code. When the user is subject to the blackout event, an updated electronic programming guide is provided to the user.03-03-2011
20110126233METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING MEDIA CONTENT - A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a selection from a media device corresponding to a first media content, generating a play list at a server where the play list includes second media content that is associated with the first media content by at least one of genre, artist and being published in temporal proximity, and providing play list content comprising at least a portion of the first and second media content to the media device, where at least one of the generation of the play list and the providing of the play list content is based on metadata pointers associated with the first and second media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-26-2011
20110078739APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN EPG - The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for producing an EPG from program information in an EPG database for a plurality of channels. The EPG displays items relating to the programs available on a plurality of channels at a specified time. When the specified time is changed, the EPG updates the items corresponding to channels on which the available program is not the same at the newly specified time as at the previously specified time.03-31-2011
20110078737RECEIVER APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS - For executing a graphic display without generating the sense of incompatibility in a view, within a receiver apparatus enabling 3D display, and also for an improvement of usability thereof, a receiver apparatus or a reproducing apparatus for obtaining digital information including information of whether a cubic display can be made or not, together with video information, comprises a controller portion for producing graphic data for use of display added with a parallax thereto, wherein the graphic data without generating a sense of incompatibility to a user by changing all or a part of the graphic data for use of display into data for use of cubic display, when producing the data fitting to a condition of a cubic display of an output video. In particular, when producing data of electronic program table, the cubic display is executed, partially, fitting to an object, and thereby increasing usability for a user.03-31-2011
20110078736SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING AN OPEN AND COLLABORATIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Systems and methods for an open and collaborative media guidance application are provided. Users may join a distribution list to receive and/or provide modifications to media asset description information. A user may provide a modification to the media asset description information provided that he/she has sufficient authorization. The modification may be transmitted to a central server. The central server may filter the modification for improper information. The central server may update the media asset description information based on the received modification. The central server may transmit the modification or the updated media asset description information to media equipment devices associated with a distribution list. The media equipment devices may receive the modifications and process the modification based on local settings to update the locally stored media asset description information.03-31-2011
20110078735APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RICH MEDIA ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDES - Electronic program guide (EPG) systems and methods are operable to incorporate image information into an EPG generated at a media device. An exemplary embodiment receives an image associated with a program, processes the received image into a rich media EPG image, receives program presentation schedule information that specifies a presentation schedule of a plurality of programs, wherein the program is one of the plurality of programs scheduled for presentation, associates an identifier with the rich media EPG image and the program, and generates a rich media EPG schedule based upon the received program presentation schedule information and the identifier.03-31-2011
20110078738EPG aligning events by time on cylinder - An apparatus 03-31-2011
20100122293SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING INCONSISTENT USER ACTIONS AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK - Systems and methods are provided for detecting inconsistent user actions and providing feedback about assets. A user may perform a first action restricting access to a first asset. The system may detect whether a second action performed relative to a second asset that has a similar attribute as the first asset is inconsistent with the first asset. The inconsistency may be detected when the second action removes or is an inaction that does not place access restrictions on the second asset. The system may alert the user about the inconsistency and the user may act on the alert by providing feedback about the inconsistency and/or the first/second asset, ignoring the inconsistency and/or placing an access restriction or other action consistent with the first action relative to the second asset. The user may also provide detailed feedback about an inconsistency or asset through a website accessed on another device.05-13-2010
20110093896SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TELEVISION PROGRAM REMINDERS - There is provided a system and method for providing television program reminders. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a method comprising receiving television program selection data, comparing the television program selection data with descriptive data for a plurality of television programs, and presenting an alert message when the descriptive data for at least one of the plurality of television programs matches at least a portion of the television program selection data.04-21-2011
20090031352Method and system to process television program summary - Provided is a method and system for displaying video streams, including receiving video data from a plurality of video stream by a frame controller in communication with a television display including a first picture and a second picture, and also receiving a television program summary list. The television program summary list includes television program data corresponding to the received video streams, and displaying the television program summary list in the second picture, and allowing the selection of a program from the television program summary list by a consumer, and displaying the selected video stream in the first picture.01-29-2009
20100037261Display apparatus and display method - There is provided a display apparatus including display means for displaying images, electronic program guide display means for causing the display means to display an electronic program guide, selection means for draggably & droppably selecting the part of the electronic program guide displayed by the electronic program guide display means, icon display means for, when the part selected by the selection means is dragged, causing icons corresponding to the part to be displayed by being superimposed on the electronic program guide, and execution means for, when the part is dropped onto the icon caused by the icon display means to be displayed by being superimposed on the electronic program guide while the part displayed in the electronic program guide being dragged by the selection means, causing a function associated with the icon to be executed.02-11-2010
20110252445MOBILE TERMINAL AND RELATED CONTENT PROVIDING METHOD USING BROADCAST SERVICE GUIDE INFORMATION THEREOF - A related content providing method using broadcast service guide information of a mobile terminal is disclosed. The method includes playing broadcast content stored in the mobile terminal, searching for real-time broadcast content related to the played broadcast content while displaying the played broadcast content, and displaying information associated with the searched real-time broadcast content.10-13-2011
20100071001METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SEARCHING EPG - Provided are a method and apparatus for rapidly and exactly searching an electronic program guide (EPG) for a desired program. Even when only a program search command is input, program representative titles detected from an EPG are display in a sequential order based on a user command (e.g., in hangeul consonant order or alphabetical order). Therefore, a program search screen can be more easily recognized.03-18-2010
20120304228ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE FOR INDICATING AVAILABILITY OF PAST PROGRAMS IN THE FUTURE - A system and method for providing an electronic program guide for television or radio programs includes presenting listings of present or future programs on-screen, presenting listings of past programs on-screen and indicating whether the past program is available again at a future time. Also, a system and method for handling information controllable from an electronic program guide for television or radio programs comprises receiving information in a user's system, storing the received information in the user's system, displaying access to the stored information by means of a user interface and enabling the user to select one of a plurality of management options for controlling the operation of the stored information through the user interface.11-29-2012
20110252446IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - A method for operating an image display apparatus is discussed. The method according to an embodiment includes displaying a plurality of card objects on a display, displaying an application menu including at least one application item on the display, and displaying a broadcast image or broadcast image-associated information on the display. Accordingly, it is possible to increase user convenience.10-13-2011
20110072461NOTIFICATION FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT - A system may provide a video program or information associated with the video program on a video display device, and provide an interactive content icon on the video display device. The interactive content icon may indicate that interactive content is available for the video program.03-24-2011
20100281504AUTO-ZAPPING PROGRAMME FOR A DECODER FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A SELECTED TV EVENT USING DVB TECHNOLOGY AND MPEG ENCODING - The invention is of use to all television viewers who would like to watch a TV event in the near future, who fear missing said event due to forgetfulness or distraction when zapping through other programmes. By automatically zapping, the decoder places said TV event in the field of view of the viewer who has to do nothing. The aim of the invention is to provide a new DVB table with a supplementary service to those already on offer. This table is to inform the decoder of the beginning of each TV event on each channel which may be viewed using the same, whilst remaining tuned to one channel, such as to be able to compare the identity thereof with the event selected by the viewer at a previous moment with the goal of watching the same. At the start of a TV event, if the identity thereof is not recognised by the decoder the event is ignored. On the other hand where the event is recognised using the above comparison, the decoder starts the zapping to the channel broadcasting the event in an automatic manner. The viewer thus has no longer to fear missing the TV events he likes to watch, the task being left to the decoder such as a secretary manages the appointments of the boss.11-04-2010
20100262995SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NAVIGATING A MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVE VIEWS - Systems and methods are provided for navigating a media guidance application with multiple perspective views. A first of a plurality of media guidance objects may be displayed in a first perspective view that appears flat on the screen. A second media guidance object may be displayed in a second perspective view that appears to be going into the screen creating the appearance of a fold between the first and second media guidance application objects at a location where the first perspective view changes into the second perspective view. The second media guidance object in the second perspective view may be caused to slide through the fold into the first perspective view. The second media guidance object displayed in the first perspective view may be selected. An action may be performed for a media asset corresponding to the selected media guidance object.10-14-2010
20110162011PROGRAM GUIDE WITH A DIGITAL STORAGE DEVICE - An interactive television program guide system with digital storage is provided. The program guide gives users the ability to store information associated with recorded programs in a directory in the digital storage device thereby providing easy access to program information. The program guide may also provide a global media library for indicating the programs stored on removable storage media used with the program guide. The guide may also allow the user to manage and maintain a user media library to do the same. Non-time-sensitive data associated with recorded programs may be stored in a way that allows the user to interact with the data on playback as if the program were being originally aired. The program guide also allows the user to define “super-programs” for playback of a sequence of stored programs or program segments.06-30-2011
20110162009UNIFIED RECORDING LISTING ACROSS MULTIPLE DEVICES - A method may include requesting aggregated index information relating to media content stored on a least two digital video recorder (DVR) devices. The aggregated index information is received in response to the request. The aggregated index information includes a number of content entries, each entry including location information identifying a DVR device on which the associated media content is stored. A listing of the media content is displayed based on the aggregated index information.06-30-2011
20080229358Program selection assistant for IP TV - A method and a system are disclosed for providing program selection information to users of IP TV services. The program selection information provides users with real-time information about the viewing behavior of other users. The program selection information can be used by a user to select a particular television program, and can be used in addition to the information that is contained in an electronic program guide (EPG).09-18-2008
20080229357Video Content Identification Using Scene Lengths - Apparatus for identifying video content includes a scene detector to detect a plurality of consecutive scenes in the video content. The video content may include a video program and an advertisement contained within the video program. A timer determines a plurality of scene lengths for each of the plurality of consecutive scenes. A content identifier provides the plurality of scene lengths to a comparator that compares the plurality of scene lengths to a database having a plurality of video content items to identify the video program. The database includes an ordered plurality of previously determined scene lengths for each item of video content in the database. The content identifier receives an identification of the video content from the comparator. The content identifier may further receive information related to a position of the plurality of scene lengths within the ordered plurality of previously determined scene lengths for the identified video content.09-18-2008
20090241144INTERACTIVE TELEVISION SYSTEM WITH ONE-TOUCH RECORDING AND CONFLICT DETECTION FEATURES - A full service television system and method are provided. The system comprises a cable headend, at least one fiber transport, at least one distribution hub, at least one hybrid fiber coax plant, and a plurality of set-top terminals. The system delivers television programs, advanced cable services, and online services. Programs and services are transmitted to the set-top terminals in both digital and analog formats to maintain downward compatibility with existing systems. The set-top terminal includes a central processing unit, a unified memory architecture, a memory management unit, communications circuitry, I/O control circuitry, and audio and video output circuitry. Through these components, the set-top terminal provides advanced cable services such as a comprehensive channel navigator, an interactive program guide, one-touch recording, recording conflict detection and resolution, and advanced configuration controls. The set-top terminal also provides online services such as World Wide Web browsing, Internet e-mail, and home shopping.09-24-2009
20110154396METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING IPTV SERVICE USING MOBILE TERMINAL - Provided is a method for providing an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service using a mobile terminal. A mobile terminal of an IPTV service control system may include a viewpoint recognition unit to obtain information about a viewpoint where a user is viewing, a viewpoint processing unit to compute position coordinates corresponding to the viewpoint by comparing a screen displayed on the mobile terminal with the information about the viewpoint, and a set-top control client to display the same screen as a screen of a TV on the to mobile terminal, and to enable the set-top box to display a selection icon on the same position as a position indicated by the position coordinates of the TV.06-23-2011
20110154397PREMIUM CHANNEL PROMOTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention is directed to a television schedule guide which includes a detector for determining whether a previously scrambled program is unscrambled. If a previously scrambled program is momentarily unscrambled due to promotional efforts by the program provider, the system will visually distinguish the program on the guide, and a viewer may tune to or record the program from the guide. The view may also subscribe to the program provider through the guide during the promotional period.06-23-2011
20110162008DYNAMIC PROGRAM GUIDE INFORMATION - A set-top box may receive program guide information from a server. The program guide information may identify a group of programs and specify, for each program, an indicator of set-top boxes tuned to the each program or providing the each program. The set-top box may further provide, to a display and using the received program guide information, a program guide, where the program guide represents each program, in the group of programs, as a shape, and where a size of each shape corresponds to the indicator of set-top boxes tuned to the represented program or providing the represented program. The set-top box may also receive updated program guide information from the server and dynamically increase or decrease at least one shape in the program guide, based on the updated program guide information.06-30-2011
20090178078SYSTEMS, METHODS AND COMPUTER PRODUCTS FOR INDICATORS IN AN INTERACTIVE PROGRAM GUIDE - Systems, methods and computer program products for providing indicators in an interactive programming guide. Exemplary embodiments include a method for displaying an interactive program guide with program status indicators, the method including retrieving a set of program guide entries for the program guide, each of the program guide entries representing programs that have at least one indicator associated with, the program guide entry and illustrating the status of the programs, determining that a subset of the program guide entries represent programs include a particular status that includes a particular status indicator and displaying the status indicator adjacent each program guide entry of the subset of program, guide entries.07-09-2009
20120311633AUTOMATIC CLIP GENERATION ON SET TOP BOX - A system and method of identifying and providing content to a user is described. The method is performed by a controller with an internet interface. A controller receives electronic program guide data, the electronic program guide data being selectively displayed on a primary display device. An attribute processor parses the received electronic program guide data to identify at least one program description attribute for a currently tuned program. A content processor searches the received electronic program guide and detects at least one further program having the identified at least one program description attribute. The content processor identifies the at least one further program as recommended content in step and a user interface generator generates, a user interface display including the recommended content user interface including a user selectable data item representing the recommended content for display on a secondary display device different from the primary display device.12-06-2012
20090125941IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A control method of an image processing apparatus which communicates with a server, the control method including: receiving image content including additional information; processing and displaying the received image content; receiving a selection signal to select an information searching function; transmitting the additional information of the image content to the server; and receiving at least one search word related to the image content from the server and generating a list.05-14-2009
20090064226USER INTERFACE OF INTERACTIVE PROGRAM GUIDE AND METHOD THEREOF - A user interface of an interactive program guide includes a two-dimensional EPG area and a selected program area. The two-dimensional EPG area includes a list of channels, programs corresponding to the channels and an indicator pointing to a selected program. The selected program area includes an analog clock indicating the current time and display period of the selected program and a status area with text indicating the status of the selected program.03-05-2009
20080276277Method and system for presenting television program guide information based on viewer usage patterns - A method and system for presenting television program guide information is provided. A program guide is obtained, and program viewing patterns of a viewer are monitored. Information from the program guide is selectively presented to the viewer based on the viewing patterns. Selectively presenting information from the program guide includes displaying a listing of channels viewed more frequently on a guide screen in descending order of viewing frequency.11-06-2008
20110162010INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE WITH ON-DEMAND DATA SUPPLEMENTATION - An interactive television program guide system is provided in which data that must be available quickly to the user is stored locally in a receiver whereas data that is not readily needed but available on-demand is stored remotely where mass storage is available. Locally-stored data may include frequently-requested information that the user needs quick access to. Supplemental information stored remotely may include information for which a slight delay following a request for a particular item of information by the user is acceptable. The program guide may display locally-stored information either continuously as the user is browsing the guide or as soon as the user requests it. The program guide may request supplemental information that is stored remotely when the user requests it or as soon as it is clear the user may want to view it. Accordingly, the program guide may anticipate which information the user will need and may store it locally in advance of the user actually requesting it, thereby reducing any delays in viewing the information.06-30-2011
20080288981RECEIVING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAMS - There is provided an information providing device that includes a program listing information transmission portion that transmits, to a receiving device, program listing information showing a plurality of programs currently available for viewing; a related information storage portion that links to a program and stores related information in which a plurality of information items pertaining to a program have been edited to be displayed in order; a program designation information receiving portion that receives, from the receiving device, program designation information designating a program currently available for viewing; a related information extraction portion that extracts from the related information storage portion the related information being applicable to the program designated by the program designation information; and a related information transmission portion that transmits the extracted related information to the receiving device. Thus the information pertaining to the programs currently available for viewing can be effectively provided through a simple operation.11-20-2008
20100313221CLIENT-SERVER BASED INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH REMOTE SERVER RECORDING - An interactive television program guide system is provided. An interactive television program guide provides users with an opportunity to select programs for recording on a remote media server. Programs may also be recorded on a local media server. The program guide provides users with VCR-like control over programs that are played back from the media servers and over real-time cached copies of the programs. The program guide also provides users with an opportunity to designate gift recipients for whom programs may be recorded.12-09-2010
20110055867METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SEARCHING AND DOWNLOADING RELATED CONTENTS BY TERMINAL THROUGH BROADCAST SERVICE - A method and apparatus for receiving information regarding content related to particular content interested by a user and downloading the related contents in a terminal are disclosed. The method for receiving content related to a particular content, includes: transmitting a content request message including a content identifier of a particular content to a server; receiving a content response message including information regarding content related to the content identifier from the server, wherein if there are at least one or more contents related to a global content identifier, the global state code has a value indicating success; checking whether there exists second information in guide information referred to by the first information on the related contents; receiving the second information if there is not the second information; and initiating a service request procedure by using the referred reception information.03-03-2011
20080244652TELEVISION RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE - A television receiving apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive a broadcasting program, a program information obtaining unit configured to obtain program information about the broadcasting program, a language setting unit configured to set a language used to display an Electronic Program Guide (EPG), a selection unit configured to select a program to be broadcasted in a language set by the language setting unit using the program information, and a program guide generating unit configured to generate the EPG using the program information, wherein the program guide generating unit is configured to generate the EPG that displays and identifies a program selected by the selection unit while not displaying a program that is not selected by the selection unit.10-02-2008
20110010740DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA BROADCASTING - A device and method for receiving digital multimedia broadcasting include a method for receiving a digital broadcasting signals, creating a playlist containing plural program items scheduled to be broadcasted through at least one broadcast channel, each program item having delimiters and program information; monitoring an advent of one of the delimiters; and performing, if a delimiter is detected, an operation corresponding to the delimiter. The device and method for receiving the digital multimedia broadcasting allow the user to create and edit a playlist, which contains at least one program items obtained from EPG data and information on the program items, and automates channel switching and playbacks of the program item, resulting in improved user convenience.01-13-2011
20100293575LIVE INDEXING AND PROGRAM GUIDE - The system provides a program guide that uses advance or contemporaneous indexing to provide richer content descriptions than in the prior art. For example, if a program is in progress, the present system will present a program guide with a general description and additional description of what is currently being presented along with what has previously happened in the program. For example, if the program is a live sporting event, the system will let you know the score, the time, which players are playing, and the outcomes of prior plays. If it is a reality competition, the guide will let the user know which contestant is currently featured and the status of the other contestants, as well as what the current activity may be.11-18-2010
20110138417SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE CONTENT WITH A MEDIA ASSET ON A MEDIA EQUIPMENT DEVICE - Systems and methods for providing interactive content during writing and production of a media asset are provided. A script of a media asset that includes natural language textual annotations that define uniquely interactive content and timing contingencies during which to display the interactive content may be received. After the media asset corresponding to the script is produced, computer language instructions may be generated based on the natural language annotations. The computer language instructions and the media asset may be stored on a master storage medium. The media asset and computer language instructions may be transmitted to a media equipment device. Playback time codes may be transmitted with the media asset. When a playback time code corresponds to an event that identifies interactive content, the media equipment device may display the interactive content represented by the computer language instructions during a time interval defined by the computer language instructions.06-09-2011
20120030709Customized Interface Based on Viewed Programming - In one embodiment, a system generates a customized interface based on displayed programming. The system stores a program that a user displayed through a media device; searches through a network for information related to the displayed program; and extracts data associated with the information related to the displayed program. A custom interface is generated based substantially on the data associated with the information related to the displayed program.02-02-2012
20100180300FEATURES FOR USE WITH ADVANCED SET-TOP APPLICATIONS ON INTERACTIVE TELEVISON SYSTEMS - Advanced features for interactive television applications are described, including a back feature, a forward feature, a history feature, a go to feature, an extras feature, a reminder feature, a favorites feature, a parental control feature, and a search feature. Features may be inter-resource. Support for multiple data paths, Internet access, interactive services, and user profiles are also described.07-15-2010
20090210906VIDEO TAPE INDEXING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A video tape indexing system in which program broadcast identification information is entered into the system for use in recording the program. When the program is recorded, the system stores indexing information in an index memory. The system monitors a broadcast channel for electronic program guide information that includes titles and usually channel, date, time and length for the titles. The system matches the channel, date, time and length information from the broadcast channel with the identification information entered for the program to be recorded. The title in the broadcast channel associated with the channel, date, time and length information is then associated with the indexing information for the program.08-20-2009
20110258662APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO VIEWER-ORDERABLE TELEVISION EVENTS - A method of providing access to an orderable television event is presented. An orderable television event may be, for example, a pay-per-view television event or a video-on-demand television event. In the method, preview video content for the orderable television event is received and stored. The event is associated with one of a plurality of channel identifiers not associated with a television broadcast channel. A channel selection of the channel identifier associated with the orderable television event is received. In response to receiving the channel selection, the preview video content for the orderable television event is output for presentation to the user as a full-screen display.10-20-2011
20110093895METHOD OF PROCESSING APPLICATION IN DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER CONNECTED WITH INTERACTIVE NETWORK AND THE DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER - A digital broadcast receiver is disclosed. A method of processing an application in a digital broadcast receiver connected with an interactive network comprises receiving, from a broadcast network, a broadcast audio/video (A/V) content and an application information table (AIT) data, receiving, from an interactive network, at least one of applications, collecting applications included in the same group among the at least one of applications, wherein the same group corresponds to applications intended to be used together, and displaying a list indicating the collected applications.04-21-2011
20120151527Rule-Based Selection of Content - A method includes, at a customer premise equipment (CPE) device, accessing data descriptive of content available via a network coupled to a network interface of the CPE device. A plurality of rules are analyzed using a forward-inferencing rules engine to determine whether one or more of the rules are satisfied based on the data. The rules include at least one user defined rule and at least one automatically generated rule, where the at least one automatically generated rule is automatically generated based on user history information. The method includes selecting particular content of the content available via the network for presentation via a display device.06-14-2012
20090300679Information processing apparatus, information processing method, program and information processing system - An information processing apparatus according to the present invention includes a content information acquisition unit that acquires content related information related to content data managed by a content management server from the content management server managing the content data, a selection unit that selects content from a content list which is a list of the content based on the content related information, and an externally connected device control unit that notifies, when the selected content is executed by an externally connected device connected externally, the externally connected device of location information of content data corresponding to the selected content and acquires reproduction state information representing a reproduction state of content when the externally connected device reproduces the selected content from the externally connected device.12-03-2009
20110154398PROGRAM GUIDE DISPLAY APPARATUS - The portable terminal includes a receiving unit for selecting a channel and receiving a program, an obtaining unit for obtaining the program guide for each channel received by the receiving unit, a display unit for displaying the program guide obtained by the obtaining unit, a memory for storing setting information set up to view the program received by the receiving unit, a remaining battery capacity detecting unit for detecting the remaining capacity of the battery, and a control unit for determining the possible viewing time according to the operation mode stored in the memory and the remaining capacity of the battery detected by the remaining battery capacity detecting unit and controlling the display unit so as to identifiably display the possible viewing segment corresponding to the possible viewing time in the program guide.06-23-2011
20100017822METHOD OF DISPLAYING ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method and apparatus for displaying an electronic program guide in a television receiver provided with a PVR function enhance user convenience by providing information of a program recorded and stored in the television receiver as well as information of programs currently broadcast or scheduled to be broadcast. The method of controlling a receiver includes steps of extracting electronic program guide (EPG) information from a received broadcast signal, the EPG information indicating a broadcasting schedule for a plurality of broadcast programs; searching at least one broadcast program of the plurality of broadcast programs, the searched at least one broadcast program corresponding to a temporary storage of the received broadcast signal in a storage device enabling a time-shift function; and constructing an EPG in which the searched at least one broadcast program is visually distinguishable from other broadcast programs of the plurality of broadcast programs.01-21-2010
20110307922MAKING AVAILABLE PREVIOUSLY BROADCAST PROGRAMMING - An electronic program guide indicates the time of presentation and the channel or source of various programs. By use of a remote control device, a user is able to navigate the electronic program guide to highlight and then select a particular program which is being broadcast at the present time. The electronic program guide is displayed by a receiver which is networked with other receivers. The electronic program guide is also enabled to present details of various programs which were broadcast at a time earlier than the present time. Some of those earlier programs have been stored and that is also indicated. A user, by use of the remote control device can navigate backwards in time in the electronic program guide to an earlier stored program. This earlier program can then be highlighted and selected. It is then either downloaded to the user's receiver or streamed in real time to the user's receiver.12-15-2011
20110138418APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING PROGRAM SUMMARY INFORMATION REGARDING BROADCASTING CONTENT, METHOD OF PROVIDING PROGRAM SUMMARY INFORMATION REGARDING BROADCASTING CONTENT, AND BROADCASTING RECEIVER - An apparatus and method of receiving broadcasting content and generating program summary information corresponding to received broadcasting content, and an apparatus and method of providing the generated program summary information are provided. Real-time broadcasting content may be received through a tuner of a program summary information generating apparatus. The program summary information is extracted from the received real-time broadcasting content, and may be stored and provided to a user via a display unit. In view of the program summary information, a user may understand, for example, the flow of the broadcasting content, even if the user missed a part of the broadcasting content.06-09-2011
20090172736INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION WITH ACCESS TO MULTIPLE DATA PATHS - Systems and methods for an interactive media guidance application with access to multiple data sets are provided. One of the data sets may be selected to generate a media guidance application display screen. A data set may be selected based on the data source or data path from which the data set was received. A data set may also be selected based on a quality measure value associated with the data set. Portions of two or more data sets may also be merged to form a combined data set.07-02-2009
20080313672Electronic program guide (EPG) search - Techniques are described to perform electronic program guide (EPG) search. In an implementation, electronic program guide (EPG) data is searched that describes television content and has a plurality of categories. Results of the search are output in an EPG and arranged according to one or more of the categories.12-18-2008
20120005706METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROCESSING A CONTEXTUAL CHANNEL IDENTIFIER - Methods and systems are described for processing a contextual channel identifier. A channel identifier is detected. A context setting is detected identifying a first channel binding for the channel identifier. The first channel binding identifies a frequency channel accessible via a frequency tuner for presenting, via an output device, data from the first frequency channel. A detection is made that the context setting identifies a second channel context. The first channel identifier identifies a second channel binding based on the second channel context. In response to detecting that the context setting identifies the second channel context, a second data source identified by the second channel binding is accessed to present data from the second data source via an output device.01-05-2012
20110167448METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING ADVERTISING, VIDEO, AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE LISTING - A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.07-07-2011
20110167447SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A CHANNEL SURFING APPLICATION ON A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A wireless communications device provides users with opportunities to access interactive media guidance or other applications and to control user equipment and interactive media guidance applications. In an exemplary embodiment, users can access a surfing guide application which allows browsing of screenshots of programs playing on broadcast channels on the wireless communications device.07-07-2011
20120060186INFORMATION RECEPTION APPARATUS, INFORMATION RECEPTION METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR INFORMATION RECEPTION, AND INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS - An information reception apparatus which allows a user to easily understand, from an electronic program guide, the information announced in a broadcast program, and which contributes to increasing viewer ratings of the broadcast program. The information reception apparatus (broadcast reception apparatus) is provided with: an electronic program information acquisition unit (tuner, control unit) for acquiring electronic program information; an announcement information acquisition unit (control unit, DEMUX unit) for acquiring information announced in the broadcast program from information included in the electronic program information acquired by the electronic program information acquisition unit or from information transmitted together with the electronic program information; and an announcement information output unit (control unit, AV output unit) for outputting the electronic program information and for outputting information indicating the presence or absence of the announcement information, based on the information acquired by the announcement information acquisition unit.03-08-2012
20120159546Smart Phone as Remote Control Device - A communication device such as a smart phone is enabled for remotely controlling set-top boxes (STBs) over Internet protocol networks using an applet running on the communication device. Authentication from within a multimedia content distribution network may be achieved by verifying that a network identifier associated with the communication device is associated with an account that has granted access to the smart phone and that is associated with the controlled STB. A viewing pane on the communication device permits a user to remotely view content received on or available to the controlled STB.06-21-2012
20110107373System and Method to Facilitate Selection of Episodes of Serial Programs From a Media Service - Systems and methods to facilitate selection of episodes of serial programs from a media service are provided. A particular computer-implemented method includes retrieving a media service favorites list of programs associated with at least one user at a computing device. The media service favorites list includes at least one first serial program selected by at least one user and at least one second serial program selected by a recommendation engine. The method also includes sending from the computing device a display of the media service favorites list to a display device associated with the computing device. The display includes an entry for each of the programs in the media service favorites list and a first selectable indicator associated with each of the serial programs determined to have a new, unviewed episode.05-05-2011
20100095326PROGRAM CONTENT TAGGING SYSTEM - A program content tagging system for facilitating the development of an interactive social network during the viewing of a program comprising a base station, a database, an output device, and an input device. The base station serves as the conduit for bidirectional communication between the user and the output device. The database stores a library of program content and/or other program content identification to provide a means for identifying the program content transmitted to the user. The output device allows the user to view any additional information synchronized with the program content. The input device allows the user to request or send information to the base station for processing. The user may activate a tag mark displayed on the output device to view additional information. With this information users, vendors, and visitors can engage in commerce through the use of advertisements and sales of goods and services.04-15-2010
20110099578DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA IN DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM - A digital broadcasting system and a method for processing data in the same are disclosed. A method for controlling a digital television (DTV) located in one independent space among a plurality of independent spaces physically separated from one another is disclosed. The method includes receiving display type information from a compact wireless device, wherein the display type information is type information of data capable of being processed by the compact wireless device, transmitting the received display type information to a management server, receiving general additional information and additional information dependent on the display type information from the management server, and controlling the general additional information to be displayed on the DTV and transmitting the additional information dependent on the display type information to the compact wireless device.04-28-2011
20090133066Apparatus and method for displaying broadcasting program guide information - Provided are an apparatus and a method for displaying a broadcasting program guide information.05-21-2009
20090133064INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, INFORMATION ACQUISITION TERMINAL, BROADCAST RECEIVING TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An ECG server for providing ECG information about a program to broadcast receiving terminals and user terminals includes an ECG information storage unit for storing the ECG information including attribute information, an emotion information acquisition unit for acquiring emotion information representing emotions of viewers about content of the program displayed by the broadcast receiving terminals via at least one of the information acquisition terminals, an emotion information analysis unit for analyzing at least one piece of the acquired emotion information, and an ECG unit configuration unit for configuring an ECG unit by associating at least one piece of the ECG information with the program and associating at least one piece of the acquired emotion information with the program based on attribute information of the ECG information to suit analysis results of the emotion information. Accordingly, viewers can be lured to view the program by inviting viewers to view the program.05-21-2009
20090133063Preference Based Electronic Programming Guide - A set top box is provided that includes a receiver for receiving programming content over a broadband access network and an electronic program guide (EPG) unit for outputting to a display scheduling information associated with programs deliverable over the broadband access network. The EPG is further configured to present on the display a plurality of user-selectable program cells for selecting a program identified by each of the respective cells. The program cells have dimensions that are substantially equal to one another. A processor is operationally associated with the receiver and the EPG unit. A user interface device is provided for selecting among the user-selectable program cells.05-21-2009
20120317600STORING CONTENT CORRESPONDING TO PROGRAMS - A broadcast receiving apparatus, a broadcast receiving method and a display apparatus are provided. A broadcast receiving apparatus connectable to a display apparatus includes a receiving unit which receives a broadcast stream, a processing unit which processes a signal so as to obtain a program usable in the broadest stream, a plurality of content items respectively corresponding to the program and content item information regarding each of the plurality of content items, a storage unit which stores the plurality of content items which are signal processed and the content item information, and the content item information includes a program identifier and at least one group identifier related to the content items.12-13-2012
20120222073System and Method to Send Information Identifying Recommended Media Content Items - A method includes receiving information identifying at least one recommended media content item at a computing device. The information is received from a sender device. The at least one recommended media content item is selected from an electronic program guide and an address associated with the computing device is selected via a graphical user interface at the sender device. The method includes receiving a user selection of at least one item of media content from the at least one recommended media content item. The method includes automatically scheduling recording of the at least one item of media content at a media recorder device when the at least one item of media content is a scheduled program. The method also includes automatically placing the at least one item of media content in an on demand queue when the at least one item of media content includes on demand media content.08-30-2012
20120317601METHOD OF TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNAL AND APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNAL - Disclosed are a method of transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal and an apparatus for receiving the broadcast signal. In the present invention, first program table information describing a broadcasting stream, and second program table information including additional service identifier information of the multiplexed stream and third program table information describing the additional service data for the multiplexed stream are obtained. The additional service can be provided with the additional service data by using the third program table information.12-13-2012
20120167141ELECTRONIC PROGRAMMING GUIDE (EPG) AFFINITY CLUSTERS - Techniques are described in which electronic program guide (EPG) affinity clusters may be formed based upon an assumption that programs scheduled in corresponding timeslots are targeted to the same or similar audiences. In at least some embodiments, data for an EPG is examined to identify programs that are scheduled in timeslots designated as corresponding. Metadata related to the identified programs is collected. The metadata may include titles as well as cast/crew data related to the programs. One or more affinity clusters may be formed using the collected metadata to establish relationships between actors, directors, titles and other items of the metadata. The affinity clusters may be used to provide recommendations including recommendation to view, record, or set a reminder for programs according to the relationships established by the affinity clusters.06-28-2012
20120131615CONTENT VIEWING/LISTENING DEVICE AND CONTENT DISPLAY DEVICE - A content viewing/listening device for viewing and listening to contents has a content information obtaining section that obtains content information, and a content information display control section that performs control to display a content list on a content display section with respect to each of content categories based on the content information obtained in the content information obtaining section. When receiving an instruction to display the content list, the content information display control section produces, on a content presently being viewed and listened to, a presently-viewed/listened-to-content display in such a form as to be visually recognizable and to indicate that the content is presently being viewed and listened to, and displays the content list so that the content list is divided into portions on a plurality of pages if the content list cannot be displayed on one page.05-24-2012
20120131614ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE AND A METHOD OF USE THEREOF - This invention relates to an electronic program guide (EPG) for viewing on a display screen comprising a table or grid containing a plurality of cells. Each cell is individually selectable by a user to allow navigation of the table or grid. One or more of the cells contain information relating to one or more programs. At least one of said cells is capable of containing information relating to more than one program.05-24-2012
20110185385METHOD FOR DISPLAYING EPG INFORMATION INCLUDING BUDDY INFORMATION AND RECEIVER APPLYING THE SAME - A method for displaying Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information and a receiving apparatus where the receiving apparatus displays buddy information on an EPG screen, for displaying EPG information, allowing a user to easily identify which programs his or her friends registered in a buddy list, are watching.07-28-2011
20100175088Apparatus and Method for Processing Audio and/or Video Data - An apparatus and a method are provided for processing audio and/or video data comprising a module for displaying an element comprising at least one absolute time or at least one time indicator, wherein a sector or portion associated with the element indicates a duration or a length of the audio and/or video data, wherein time marks are displayed that are set automatically or by user interaction.07-08-2010
20120174157SOCIAL TELEVISION - A system may include a media content processing subsystem configured to provide media content to a display device. The system may further include an adjunct computing device in communication with the media content processing subsystem and configured to receive interactive program guide data, receive social information associated with an account on a social network, and display the interactive program guide data augmented with the social information.07-05-2012
20120174158Entertainment Content Rendering Application - Methods and system for generating companion content for rendering on a secondary device during presentation of content on a main device include detecting execution of a local application on the secondary device by a server application. The local application establishes a wireless connection through an application programming interface (API) with the secondary device and a device that interfaces with the main device and accesses metadata defining content being rendered on the main device. The local application transmits the metadata received from the device to the server application. Historical data is generated based on the metadata received from the secondary device. The metadata within the historical data is analyzed to identify surfing paths of one or more users over time. Companion content is generated based on the surfing paths of the one or more users and forwarded to the secondary device for rendering while the secondary device is connected to the device that interfaces with the main device.07-05-2012
20120174156SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A CONTACT FOR VIDEO CALLING - A method for presenting information associated with a contact for video calling is disclosed. The method comprises storing a list of favorite contacts of a user. In an electronic program guide (EPG) user interface, a plurality of contact identifiers corresponding to the list of favorite contacts is displayed together with program information. An input from the user is received to highlight a selected one of the contact identifiers. In the EPG user interface, a status video associated with a contact associated with the selected one of the contact identifiers is displayed.07-05-2012
20120174155ENTERTAINMENT COMPANION CONTENT APPLICATION FOR INTERACTING WITH TELEVISION CONTENT - Methods and system for providing companion content at a secondary device for a content being rendered on a main device includes establishing a connection between the secondary device and a device that interfaces with the main device so as to enable the secondary device to access and control the content being rendered on the main device. The method further includes detecting data associated with the content being rendered on the main device through the connection, wherein the data includes metadata associated with the content rendered on the main device. The metadata is communicated to a remote application over the internet. The remote application is configured to analyze the metadata to produce communication content that relates to the content rendered on the main device. Companion content for the content being rendered on the main device is obtained from the remote application and rendered on the secondary device while the content is rendering on the main device. The analysis of the metadata detects changes in the content being rendered on the main device which results changes in the obtained companion content that is rendered on the secondary device.07-05-2012
20100011394METHOD FOR PROVIDING WIDGETS AND TV USING THE SAME - A method for providing widgets and a TV using the same are disclosed. The method for providing widgets includes searching for widgets related to a certain keyword or a broadcast program among widgets provided by a plurality of content providers, and displaying the searched widgets on a widget search list classified according to content provider. A user can thereby search for and use the widgets provided from various content providers more easily.01-14-2010
20130174199METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND MEANS FOR PRESENTING MENU OPTIONS IN A MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Methods, systems, and means for presenting menu options in a media guidance application are provided. In particular, a user selection of a primary menu option is received in the media guidance application. A plurality of sub-menu options that correspond to the primary option selected is determined. Subsequently, for each of the plurality of sub-menu options, it is determined whether the sub-menu option has guidance data and/or content associated with the primary menu option selected. This guidance data and/or content can be either data and/or media in accordance with some embodiments of the invention. For each of the plurality of sub-menu options that does not have guidance data and/or content associated with the primary menu option selected, the sub-menu option is prevented from being presented to a user.07-04-2013
20130174200SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING MULTIPLE ASSETS IN AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Systems and methods for presenting multiple assets in an interactive media guidance application are provided. A guidance display containing media guidance application listings is provided, where non-linear media assets are extracted from the media guidance application listings and the guidance display is divided into different portions to present media guidance application listings of non-on-demand media assets and non-linear media assets. One portion of the guidance display may include media guidance application listings of non-on-demand assets and may indicate the non-linear media assets extracted from the portion of the guidance display. Another portion may include media guidance application listings of non-linear media assets that were extracted from the media guidance application listings. This portion may also include additional non-linear assets that are available for retrieval and playback.07-04-2013
20130174201SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS IN AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Systems and methods for presenting an interactive media guidance application are provided. One or more three-dimensional objects are presented in a guidance display, where each three-dimensional object represents a media asset. In response to receiving an indication from the user of one of the three-dimensional objects, the selected three-dimensional object or a region containing the selected three-dimensional object may be animated. The animation of the selected three-dimensional object or the region containing the selected three-dimensional object in the guidance display may be made relative to the remainder of three-dimensional objects that have not been selected by the user.07-04-2013
20120227071APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DATA FOR A CAROUSEL - An apparatus and method of providing data for a carousel from which iTV pages may be obtained including defining a plurality of information templates, each information template specifying content for an iTV page, defining a plurality of presentation templates, each presentation template specifying the presentational appearance for an iTV page, assigning a presentation template to an information template, and modifying the information template as required for presentation by the presentation template and outputting, for a carousel, data representing the presentation template and the modified information template, an iTV page being obtained from the carousel by displaying the content specified by the modified information template with the presentational appearance specified by the presentation template.09-06-2012
20120266192PROGRAM SELECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PROGRAM SELECTING APPARATUS - An assistance method for selecting a program using a display device (10-18-2012
20110004904ON-DEMAND SYSTEM INTERFACES AND FEATURES - Broadband system interfaces and features are described. An example includes a user interface for use with a content delivery system including an on-demand service comprising at least one channel dedicated to an on-demand content provider, wherein the channel is accessible in a same manner as a broadcast channel of the content delivery system; and at least one homepage to be presented when a user navigates to the at least one channel, wherein the homepage includes a template of sections to provide a single-level user interface by altering the contents of at least one section in response to an input.01-06-2011
20110047571METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING BOOKMARK SERVICE AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING BOOKMARK SERVICE - A method and system for processing a bookmark service and an apparatus for providing a bookmark service are provided. The method for processing a bookmark service includes: receiving a bookmark association trigger message; acquiring a bookmark list associated with a program content according to the bookmark association trigger message; sending the bookmark list to display a bookmark operation interface associated with the program content and perform an operation on a bookmark When the program content is played normally by a user, the method and system for processing a bookmark service and the apparatus for providing a bookmark service indicates the bookmark associated with the program content to the user, so as to help the user to perform operations such as bookmark jumping.02-24-2011
20110047570APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR QUICK NAVIGATION BETWEEN RECOMMENDATION SETS IN A TV CONTENT DISCOVERY SYSTEM - A method for quick navigation between recommendation sets in a TV content discovery system includes mapping of several physical buttons on a remote controller to a single virtual representation button on a TV screen. The virtual representation button provides a one click function of selecting and changing recommendation domains and/or recommendation sets within the recommendation domains. The virtual representation button may also be changed with the single click to indicate the status of the selected content02-24-2011
20120272272METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY OBTAINING AND SYNCHRONIZING CONTEXTUAL CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS - Methods and systems to present data to a viewer, where the data is specific to the viewer and his viewing experience and is stored locally. This data may be, for example, supplemental content or an application, such as a widget. In an embodiment, supplemental content, such as advertising, may be presented to the viewer where this content is aimed at the particular viewer in light of his or her viewer profile. In an alternative embodiment, a widget or other application may be presented to the viewer where the widget is specific to the current programming and thus tailored to the viewer's current viewing experience. In both situations, the data is stored locally and made available with minimal delay.10-25-2012
20110055868METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING A DIGITAL TELEVISION CONVEYANCE STREAM, AND CORRESPONDING DIGITAL TELEVISION RECEIVER AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE - The reception method including: 03-03-2011
20100229197DIGITAL BROADCAST WIDGET SYSTEM - Provided is a digital broadcast (digital TV) widget system. The digital broadcast widget system includes: a transmitter for providing widget information for generating a widget and for providing one or more of broadcast information (A/V stream), EPG information, VOD information and Internet information for digital broadcast; a receiver for displaying the widget on a TV screen by processing the broadcast information (A/V stream), the EPG information, the VOD information, the Internet information and the widget information; and a user input unit for enabling a user to input to the receiver information responding to the widget. The receiver includes an application platform which having a browser for processing information provided from the transmitter or the user input unit and for generating the widget corresponding to the widget information, based on the broadcast information (A/V stream), the EPG information, the VOD information, the Internet information, and device information of the receiver.09-09-2010
20110307923IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus including a genre information retrieval section retrieving genre information about a program, an image quality control signal generation section generating an image quality control signal for controlling image quality of an image in the program on the basis of the genre information retrieved by the genre information retrieval section, and an image quality control section controlling the image quality of the image in the program on the basis of the image quality control signal generated by the image quality control signal generation section.12-15-2011
20110321094IPTV EPG LINKING BROADCAST CHANNELS TO INTERNET SOURCES OF SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING - An EPG presented on an IPTV lists broadcast TV programming but when an entry on the EPG is selected, an Internet server, and not the TV broadcast source, is accessed and streams the listed programming to the IPTV.12-29-2011
20110321093SELECTING ATTACHED CONTENT THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE - A system includes one or more devices connected to a television. The television has software that displays both program information and information about the devices in an electronic program guide. Upon selecting of a program information entry in the electronic program guide, the software changes a current channel of the television to the channel associated with the program entry information. Upon selecting of one of the device entries in the electronic program guide, the software displays an exploration menu for the viewer to select content from the device for viewing (or listening to) at the television. The software performs scrolling operations on the electronic program guide responsive to directional inputs from a remote control device.12-29-2011
20120291070METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSOCIATING MICRO-BLOGS WITH MEDIA PROGRAMS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may operate, for example, according to a method for identifying subsets of blogs from a collection of blogs according to a relevance of each subset of blogs to one of a plurality of media programs deliverable to a plurality of subscriber devices, determining for each subset of blogs one or more trends, detecting a subscriber device from the plurality of subscriber devices, selecting a media program from the plurality of media programs, selecting one of the subsets of blogs that is relevant to the media program, and supplying the subscriber device the selected subset of blogs with the one or more trends determined for the select subset of blogs. Other embodiments are disclosed.11-15-2012
20100199308Channel Change Insert - Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to displaying supplemental content during a time period that occurs when a receiver switches from a first broadcast channel to a second broadcast channel. The supplemental content may include still or motion graphics, logos, animation, advertisements and/or modified frames of one or more of the first and second display channels. In connection with displaying supplemental content during a channel change, a receiver may use electronic program guide information to obtain graphics or scheduling information.08-05-2010
20100131981METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A WIDGET AND A BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS THEREOF - A method for displaying a widget and a broadcast receiving apparatus thereof are provided. The apparatus includes an information receiving unit which receives information for at least one widget, a broadcast receiving unit which receives a broadcast signal, a signal processing unit which processes the broadcast signal to obtain a video signal and an audio signal, a storage unit which stores the information for the at least one widget and category information of the at least one widget, a control unit which determines which is a current category and controls the display unit to display an icon of a widget in the current category, an on-screen display (OSD) generating unit which generates the icon of the widget in the current category, a display unit which displays an image corresponding to the video signal and the icon of the widget in the current category, and a speaker which output a sound corresponding to the audio signal.05-27-2010
20130019265LAUNCHING AN APPLICATION FROM A BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS - An apparatus for receiving a broadcast stream, and a method for use of the apparatus, are disclosed. The apparatus includes an application portal for launching a predefined application. The apparatus receives application information including identification ID information which identifies an application and protocol information which indicates a protocol to be used to launch the identified application, and launches the predefined application from the application portal in response to the ID information identifying the predefined application and the protocol information indicating the application portal. The apparatus may be arranged to only launch the identified application from the portal in response to the predefined application has at least the minimum version number. The application information can be received as an Application Information Table (AIT), and the ID information can be provided as organisation_id and application_id fields in the AIT.01-17-2013
20110247036PREFERENTIAL PROGRAM GUIDE - A method may include selecting a plurality programs to recommend to a user based on preferences of the user. The method may include displaying a program guide including a timeline, wherein the program guide indicates times that the plurality of recommended programs are scheduled to play. The program guide may also include a gap between the displayed recommended programs, the gap indicating a time during which one or more programs not selected to recommend to the user is scheduled to play. In one embodiment, the method may include displaying a video on demand (VOD) program or a personal video recorder (PVR) program in the gap between the displayed recommended programs10-06-2011
20130179922ELECTRONIC DEVICE, PROGRAM INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a touchpanel display and a program information display module. The program information display module is configured to display, while a first screen is displayed, a second screen if a first touch operation is recognized. The first screen presents an electronic program guide. The second screen presents first information on a television broadcast program. The program information display module is further configured to display, while the first screen is displayed, a third screen if a second touch operation is performed. The third screen presents second information on the television broadcast program.07-11-2013
20130179923APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEARCHING TV PROGRAM - A TV program searching apparatus includes: an image receiving unit that receives an image having additional information from an external device; an additional information reading unit that reads the additional information from the image received from the image receiving unit; and a TV program searching unit that searches for a TV program related to the additional information using the additional information read by the additional information reading unit.07-11-2013
20120254918CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, CONTENT DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, CONTENT PLAYBACK TERMINAL, AND CONTENT DISTRIBUTION METHOD - In a content distribution system in which a content distribution device distributes video content to a content playback terminal, the content distribution device multicasts video content added with cash control information to the content playback terminal and other content playback devices, before a user plays back video content selected from a distribution menu. The distribution playback terminal writes the video content in a temporal storage unit included in the distribution playback terminal. If the video content selected by the user is stored in the temporal storage unit, the video content is played back. On the other hand, if the video content selected is not stored in the temporal storage unit, a distribution request for the video content selected is made to the content distribution device.10-04-2012
20120254917System and method for real-time processing, storage, indexing, and delivery of segmented video - Disclosed embodiment providing for the capture of video content. The video content is segmented in real-time into clips by topic, and those clips are delivered as customized queues of video items relevant to the consumer according to their interests as aggregated from their social graph data and manual entry.10-04-2012
20110271303INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, CONTENT DISPLAY TERMINAL, PORTABLE TERMINAL, SERVER DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM - A method, apparatus, and computer-readable storage medium for providing information to a user is provided. The method includes providing, on an output device, program content, generating, by a processor, descriptive data including identification information corresponding to the program content, and providing a notification to a user based on the descriptive data, the notification corresponding to the program content.11-03-2011
20080216120PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM FOR RECORDING TELEVISION PROGRAMS - An interactive program guide system is provided. The system facilitates recording of programs selected from the program guide. The system handles the recording and viewing of pay programs, parentally-controlled programs, consecutive programs on different television channels, and programs with and without copy protection. Programs may be recorded using combination television videocassette recorder (TV/VCR) units.09-04-2008
20130145395IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An image display apparatus, a server, and methods for operating the same are disclosed. The method for operating an image display apparatus includes displaying a broadcast program list listing a plurality of broadcast programs, receiving, upon selection of one of the plurality of broadcast programs, a broadcast signal of the selected broadcast program, and displaying the received broadcast program. The broadcast program list includes real-time viewer rating information, a thumbnail image, and a name for each of the plurality of broadcast programs.06-06-2013
20130145396DIGITAL TV AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - Disclosed are a digital TV and a method for controlling same. The method for controlling a digital TV according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: displaying a user interface (UI) capable of selecting the standby mode for a power-off operation; and disconnecting the power source for a display panel so as to enter the standby mode when the standby mode is set through the UI in the power-off operation, and a power-off command is received. The standby mode includes a lower standby mode based on the operation of the digital TV and a network function, and the digital TV in the standby mode stops AV channel communication and performs SI channel communication.06-06-2013
20100281503System and Method for Recording a Multi-Part Performance on an Internet Protocol Television Network - An Internet protocol television (IPTV) system includes a server operable to send a performance guide and a time code over the IPTV system to two or more clients. The server receives a performance from each of the clients over the IPTV system, combines the performances into an overall performance, and sends the overall performance over the IPTV system to the clients.11-04-2010
20080201741INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND TELEVISION SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An information processing apparatus has: an input unit for inputting image data and program information data, the program information data indicating information on a program including the image data; a display unit for displaying an image corresponding to the image data input from the input unit; and a control unit responsive to a change in a program including images displayed by the display unit for controlling the display unit to display the changed program and the images on the same screen.08-21-2008
20100287588METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE WITH PERSONALIZED SELECTION OF BROADCAST CONTENT USING AFFINITIES DATA AND USER PREFERENCES - An apparatus and method are provided to inform a user of a broadcast stream, which has multiple, concurrently received channels of program content, about recommendations of a subset of the content currently playing across the available channels or to be played within a selected future time period. The subset of content is selected based on user preferences and system data (e.g., program topic and channel affinities among the broadcast content and channels) to recommend a more diverse subset of content than would be discovered if only user preferences were employed to make the selection of recommended content.11-11-2010
20130145397SERVER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SYNCHRONIZATION INFORMATION, CLIENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WITH BROADCAST PROGRAM - A synchronization information providing server to synchronize a broadcast program with additional information related to the broadcast program, a synchronization information providing method of synchronizing a broadcast program with additional information related to the broadcast program, a client apparatus to process synchronization information received from the synchronization information processing server and a method of processing synchronization information received from the synchronization information processing server are provided. The synchronization information providing server manages metadata of a broadcast frame constituting a broadcast program and additional information related to the metadata. The metadata includes time information and image feature information of the broadcast frame. Upon receiving synchronization request information, which includes time information and image feature information about at least one broadcast frame of a predetermined broadcast program, synchronization information to synchronize the predetermined broadcast program with additional information related to the predetermined broadcast program is provided to the client apparatus.06-06-2013
20110239251Electronic Program Guide Generation - An electronic program guide may be provided. A plurality of encoded content streams may be received along with associated program guide information. The content streams may be re-modulated and associated with new channel assignments. Program guide entries for the content streams may be created and/or updated to reflect the new channel assignments. The re-modulated content streams and program guide entries may then be distributed to a plurality of display devices.09-29-2011
20120278836ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD - According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a generator configured to generate key information items associated with the information integration screen information items, a selection module configured to select one information integration screen information item from information integration screen information items based on in-device information and key information items the in-device information includes the electronic program table data acquired from the electronic device, and the key information items associated with the respective information integration screen information items, and a display data generator configured to generate display data to display, on a display screen, an information integration screen includes one or more Web page and/or the specified area of Web page, the information integration screen corresponding to the one information integration screen information selected by the selection module.11-01-2012
20130139199METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS, AND BROADCAST RECEPTION DEVICE USING SAID METHOD - Disclosed are a method and device for transmitting and receiving broadcast signals. The disclosed reception method comprises a step for extracting second programme table information which indicates the association properties between a plurality of programmes, the programmes being obtained by using a broadcast stream which comprises at least one programme, programme table information which indicates the broadcast stream, and at least one broadcast service, from a received broadcast signal. The method further comprises a step for parsing the broadcast stream by using the extracted programme table information; and a step for acquiring information about the groups to which the plurality of programmes belong by using the extracted second programme table information.05-30-2013
20100319026CLIENT SERVER BASED INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH REMOTE SERVER RECORDING - An interactive television program guide system is provided. An interactive television program guide provides users with an opportunity to select programs for recording on a remote media server. Programs may also be recorded on a local media server. The program guide provides users with VCR-like control over programs that are played back from the media servers and over real-time cached copies of the programs. The program guide also provides users with an opportunity to designate gift recipients for whom programs may be recorded.12-16-2010
20110283321REMOTE CONTROL WITH TV LISTING DISPLAY - A device includes a keypad that further includes first keys related to selecting television channels associated with a set top box and a second key related to requesting a television listing. The device further includes an infra-red transceiver that transmits a request for television listing information to a set top box based on user selection of the second key, and receives television listing data, from the set top box, that includes program information related to a plurality of channels over a period of time. The device also includes a color display unit that displays the television listing data.11-17-2011
20110314500Method and System for Providing a Program Guide and Multiple Video Streams Using Slice-Based Encoding - Methods for slice-based encoding of program guides and user interfaces. The program guides include multiple video streams for picture-in-picture and other applications. A method for encoding the program guide includes encoding a first set of slices for each of a plurality of graphics pages; and encoding a second set of slices for each of a plurality of video streams.12-22-2011
20110314499TELEVISION CONTROL INTERFACE WITH ELECTRONIC GUIDE - An on-screen menu method and system for controlling the functions of integrated electronic devices and a television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day and an interconnected series of menus to control the features of the integrated electronic devices. An input device allows the viewer to move a pointer over different interactive areas of the guide and the function performed when the area is activated is displayed in a contextual help window. Various control glyphs provide for recursive interaction with the guide.12-22-2011
20130191868Method for Displaying Information Associated with Television Program, Electronic Program Guide, and Processing Apparatus - The present invention relates to a method for displaying information associated with television program, which includes: acquiring at least one sequentially arranged program listings and corresponding program notes; generating an electronic program guide according to the program listings and corresponding program notes; and displaying the electronic program guide on a display screen. The electronic program guide includes a background area, at least one program listing, and a program note corresponding to one of the program listing. The background area is opaque and covers most of the display area. The present invention further provides an electronic program guide and a processing apparatus for generating the electronic program guide. The electronic program guide doesn't completely affect the normal television viewing.07-25-2013
20120036533INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE WITH REMOTE ACCESS - An interactive television program guide with remote access is provided. The interactive television program guide is implemented on interactive television program guide equipment. A remote program guide access device is connected to the interactive television program guide equipment by a remote access link to provide a user with remote access to program guide functions. An interactive television program guide system based on multiple user television equipment devices in a single household is provided. The system provides a user with an opportunity to adjust program guide settings with a given one of the interactive television program guides. Program guide setting include features related to setting program reminders, profiles, program recording features, messaging features, favorites features, parental control features, program guide set up features (e.g., audio and video and language settings), etc.02-09-2012
20120096496SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING AN INTERACTIVE MENU THROUGH STREAMING VIDEO - A method of providing a menu for video content is disclosed and may include delivering a looping video clip over a first video channel. The looping video clip may be configured to be displayed on a video plane. The method may also include delivering side channel data over a second video channel. The side channel data may include two or more navigable menu elements that may be configured to be displayed on a graphics overlay plane.04-19-2012

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