US Patent Application No: 2002/0019,981

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System and method for using television schedule information

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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.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
STARSIGHT TELECAST, INC.FREMONT, CA16

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Alba, Theresa Fremont, CA 9 822
Folker, David M Fremont, CA 13 1381
Hunwick, Keith Mountain View, CA 12 1381
King, Molly K Fremont, CA 21 1625
Leftwich, James J Palo Alto, CA 28 1133
Schein, Steven M Menlo Park, CA 62 4560

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