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

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PATENT NO 6408437
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08906469

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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, GA314

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bonner, Alfred E Bethesda, MD 41 8368
Hendricks, John S Potomac, MD 96 11560
Wunderlich, Richard E Alpharetta, GA 19 3470

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BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (4)
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THOMSON LICENSING (1)
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8006263 Interactive television program guide with remote access 58 2005
9113107 Interactive advertising and program promotion in an interactive television system 9 2005
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8843963 Interactive television system with programming-related links 3 2007
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9204184 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2011
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8768148 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2013
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9423936 Information system 0 2013
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8918807 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 0 2014
9154843 Client-server based interactive guide with server recording 2 2014
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9027058 Information system 0 2014
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9635406 Interactive television program guide system for determining user values for demographic categories 0 2015
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ROVI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (3)
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KIM, DEOK-JUNG (1)
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8086491 Method and system for targeted content distribution using tagged data streams 26 2001
8677384 Methods and systems for network based capture of television viewer generated clickstreams 0 2003
8132202 Methods and systems for providing targeted content 25 2004
8640160 Method and system for providing targeted advertisements 3 2005
7802276 Systems, methods and products for assessing subscriber content access 5 2005
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8468556 Methods, systems, and products for evaluating performance of viewers 1 2007
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