US Patent No: 6,408,437

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Reprogrammable terminal for suggesting programs offered on a television program delivery system

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A novel reprogrammable set top terminal for a television program delivery system which suggests programs for viewing is described. The invention relates to methods and apparatus for reprogramming set top terminals, and selecting and displaying programs to suggest to subscribers for viewing. The invention is particularly useful in television program delivery systems with hundreds of channels of programming, a menu driven program selection system, and a program control information signal which carries data and identifies the available program choices. Specifically, the invention relates to remote reprogramming of terminal memory and the gathering and analysis of data for selecting programs to suggest to a subscriber. The invention is a terminal which includes a means for receiving incoming signals, a processor, memory, and a means to generate menu screens for display on a TV or monitor. Various data gathering and analysis techniques are used to customize selection of programs for display on a menu.

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COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.ATLANTA, GA287

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bonner, Alfred E Bethesda, MD 41 7629
Hendricks, John S Potomac, MD 96 10467
Wunderlich, Richard E Alpharetta, GA 19 3205

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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (3)
* 7,937,725 Three-way media recommendation method and system 16 2000
8,843,965 Method and apparatus for generating recommendation scores using implicit and explicit viewing preferences 0 2000
* 2002/0144,282 Personalizing CE equipment configuration at server via web-enabled device 7 2001
 
DEUTSCHE THOMSON-BRANDT GMBH (1)
* 7,061,549 Method for storage of a channel for a consumer electronics appliance 10 1999
 
OpenTV, Inc. (2)
* 7,020,888 System and method for providing an omnimedia package 75 2001
* 2002/0138,852 System and method for providing an omnimedia package 18 2001
 
BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (18)
* 8,429,688 Broadcast programming guide 0 2001
* 7,020,652 System and method for customizing content-access lists 39 2001
* 2003/0130,979 System and method for customizing content-access lists 6 2001
8,086,491 Method and system for targeted content distribution using tagged data streams 23 2001
8,677,384 Methods and systems for network based capture of television viewer generated clickstreams 0 2003
8,132,202 Methods and systems for providing targeted content 18 2004
* 2006/0288,398 Methods, systems, and products for providing sample content 1 2005
8,640,160 Method and system for providing targeted advertisements 2 2005
7,802,276 Systems, methods and products for assessing subscriber content access 5 2005
* 2006/0288,368 Methods, systems, and products for sampled content 4 2005
* 2005/0283,792 Systems, methods and products for assessing subscriber content access 40 2005
8,812,363 Methods, systems, and products for managing advertisements 0 2007
8,219,411 Methods, systems, and products for targeting advertisements 4 2009
8,224,662 Methods, systems, and products for developing tailored content 1 2009
7,934,227 Methods and systems for capturing commands 0 2009
* 2010/0083,298 Methods and Systems for Capturing Commands 13 2009
8,548,820 Methods, systems, and products for targeting advertisements 1 2012
8,700,419 Methods, systems, and products for tailored content 3 2012
 
THOMSON LICENSING (1)
* 2001/0037,512 Signal interface for a bi-directional communication device 8 2001
 
The DIRECTV Group, Inc. (5)
7,552,458 Method and apparatus for transmission receipt and display of advertisements 20 2000
7,882,518 Method and apparatus for transmission, receipt and display of advertisements 18 2009
* 2009/0193,458 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMISSION, RECEIPT AND DISPLAY OF ADVERTISEMENTS 25 2009
* 2011/0197,228 Digital Over-The-Air Entertainment And Information 0 2011
* 2014/0165,110 DIGITAL OVER-THE-AIR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME 0 2014
 
ROVI GUIDES, INC. (78)
7,487,529 Electronic program guide system with advertising messages in pop-ups 131 1998
8,850,477 Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters 4 2001
8,578,403 Systems and methods for improved audience measuring 0 2001
7,421,724 Systems and methods for displaying information regions in an interactive electronic program guide 33 2002
8,793,738 Television system with downloadable features 0 2003
7,493,641 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 100 2003
7,480,929 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 86 2003
* 7,984,468 Systems and methods for providing program suggestions in an interactive television program guide 14 2003
* 2005/0102,696 Systems and methods for providing program suggestions in an interactive television program guide 42 2003
7,996,864 Method and apparatus for displaying television programs and related text 28 2003
8,205,232 Interactive computer system for providing television schedule information 3 2004
8,761,584 System and method for searching a database of television schedule information 1 2004
8,973,056 Interactive program guide system providing an application program interface for non-program guide applications 0 2004
8,046,801 Interactive television program guide with remote access 88 2004
8,762,492 Electronic mail reminder for an internet television program guide 0 2004
8,006,263 Interactive television program guide with remote access 34 2005
9,113,107 Interactive advertising and program promotion in an interactive television system 0 2005
8,613,024 Cross-platform predictive popularity ratings for use in interactive television applications 14 2005
8,613,020 Program guide system with flip and browse advertisements 17 2006
8,010,979 Electronic program guide using markup language 4 2006
8,832,742 Systems and methods for acquiring, categorizing and delivering media in interactive media guidance applications 36 2006
8,869,204 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 0 2007
8,843,963 Interactive television system with programming-related links 1 2007
8,776,125 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 3 2007
8,615,782 System and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters 3 2007
8,578,423 Interactive television program guide with remote access 1 2007
8,181,200 Method and system for displaying advertising, video, and program schedule listing 0 2007
8,112,776 Interactive computer system for providing television schedule information 48 2007
8,931,008 Promotional philosophy for a video-on-demand-related interactive display within an interactive television application 0 2009
8,359,616 Systems and methods for automatically generating advertisements using a media guidance application 13 2009
8,863,170 System and method for metadata-linked advertisements 0 2009
8,612,310 Method and system for commerce in media program related merchandise 1 2010
* 2010/0192,172 PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH MONITORING OF ADVERTISEMENT USAGE AND USER ACTIVITIES 13 2010
9,003,451 Internet television program guide system 1 2010
8,272,011 Method and system for displaying advertisements between schedule listings 8 2010
9,122,701 Systems and methods for providing media content listings according to points of interest 0 2010
8,453,174 Method and system for displaying advertising, video, and program schedule listing 1 2010
8,528,032 Client-server based interactive television program guide system with remote server recording 9 2010
8,370,884 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 16 2010
8,646,005 Information system 6 2010
9,015,750 Interactive television program guide system for determining user values for demographic categories 0 2010
8,620,769 Method and systems for checking that purchasable items are compatible with user equipment 1 2011
* 2011/0179,129 TELEVISION MESSAGE SYSTEM 10 2011
9,113,207 Systems and methods for contextually linking television program information 0 2011
9,124,932 Systems and methods for contextually linking television program information 0 2011
8,799,971 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 0 2011
8,904,441 Systems and methods for providing program suggestions in an interactive television program guide 1 2011
9,172,987 Methods and systems for updating functionality of a set-top box using markup language 0 2011
9,204,184 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2011
8,584,172 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2011
8,578,413 Interactive television program guide with remote access 1 2011
9,118,958 Systems and methods for coordinating interactive and passive advertisement and merchandising opportunities 0 2011
9,232,254 Client-server based interactive television guide with server recording 0 2011
9,015,739 Systems and methods for improved audience measuring 0 2012
8,776,126 Client-server based interactive television guide with server recording 0 2012
9,197,943 Electronic program guide with related-program search feature 0 2013
9,226,012 Systems and methods for providing a program as a gift using an interactive application 1 2013
8,806,546 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 0 2013
9,118,948 Client-server based interactive guide with server recording 0 2013
8,768,148 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2013
8,755,666 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2013
9,055,318 Client-server based interactive guide with server storage 0 2013
9,191,722 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 0 2013
8,806,538 Information system 3 2014
9,015,749 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 0 2014
8,918,807 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 0 2014
9,154,843 Client-server based interactive guide with server recording 1 2014
9,021,538 Client-server based interactive guide with server recording 2 2014
9,288,521 Systems and methods for updating media asset data based on pause point in the media asset 0 2014
9,027,058 Information system 0 2014
9,071,872 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 2 2014
9,125,169 Methods and systems for performing actions based on location-based rules 0 2014
9,148,703 Interactive television system with programming-related links 0 2014
9,055,319 Interactive guide with recording 0 2014
9,191,719 Systems and methods for providing program suggestions in an interactive television program guide 0 2014
9,369,741 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 0 2015
9,226,006 Client-server based interactive guide with server recording 0 2015
9,294,799 Systems and methods for providing storage of data on servers in an on-demand media delivery system 0 2015
 
INDEX SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
7,941,818 System and method for utilizing EPG database for modifying advertisements 3 2007
 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS OF COLORADO, INC. (1)
9,319,735 Electronic television program guide schedule system and method with data feed access 0 2003
 
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC. (1)
8,468,556 Methods, systems, and products for evaluating performance of viewers 1 2007
 
ROVI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (3)
* 2010/0180,300 FEATURES FOR USE WITH ADVANCED SET-TOP APPLICATIONS ON INTERACTIVE TELEVISON SYSTEMS 36 2009
9,326,025 Media content search results ranked by popularity 0 2013
9,147,198 Systems and methods for providing an interface for data driven media placement 0 2013
 
KIM, DEOK-JUNG (1)
* 2010/0319,027 SEARCH ADVERTISEMENT BIDIRECTIONAL DATA BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND GENERATION METHOD THEREOF 2 2008
 
ARRIS ENTERPRISES, INC. (10)
6,915,528 System and method for managing television programs within an entertainment system 47 2001
7,107,532 System and method for focused navigation within a user interface 42 2002
* 8,151,293 System and method for event-based automatic tuning 0 2002
* 7,350,157 Filtering by broadcast or recording quality within an electronic program guide 40 2002
7,757,253 System and method for capturing video clips for focused navigation within a user interface 16 2002
* 2003/0221,192 System and method for capturing video clips for focused navigation within a user interface 36 2002
* 7,487,459 System and method for focused navigation using option type filters 20 2006
* 2006/0218,591 System and method for focused navigation using option type filters 19 2006
8,924,854 System and method for focused navigation within a user interface 1 2010
* 2010/0122,290 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FOCUSED NAVIGATION WITHIN A USER INTERFACE 1 2010
 
SHENZHEN TCLNEW TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (1)
* 2008/0297,306 Hardware and Software Activating Device and Methods Thereof 11 2008
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (3)
* 6,751,401 Method and apparatus for producing program information and receiving apparatus for processing the information in a broadcast system 36 1998
* 6,557,171 DIGITAL TV BROADCAST SENDING APPARATUS, DIGITAL TV BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND DIGITAL TV BROADCAST SENDING / RECEIVING SYSTEM WHICH FACILITATE PRESELECTION OF TV PROGRAMS, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM FOR ACHIEVING A FUNCTION OF THE DIGITAL TV BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS 19 1999
* 2002/0107,855 Viewing history using system and apparatus on it 3 2002
 
ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC (1)
* 2012/0117,339 FLEXIBLE CONTENT STORAGE MANAGEMENT FOR DVRS 6 2011
 
STEVEN M. HOFFBERG 2004-1 GRAT (1)
8,892,495 Adaptive pattern recognition based controller apparatus and method and human-interface therefore 0 2013
 
AT&T CORP. (2)
* 6,642,938 Real time personal channel 22 2000
* 6,885,733 Method of providing a user interface for audio telecommunications systems 16 2001
 
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION;INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS (1)
* 8,578,439 Method and apparatus for presentation of intelligent, adaptive alarms, icons and other information 3 2000
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