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Title: US6075575: Remote control device and method for using television schedule information
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Schein, Steven M.; Menlo Park, CA
Leftwich, James J.; Palo Alto, CA
Folker, David M.; Fremont, CA
Hunwick, Keith; Mountain View, CA
Alba, Theresa; Fremont, CA
King, Molly K.; Fremont, CA

Assignee: StarSight Telecast, Inc., Fremont, CA
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Published / Filed: 2000-06-13 / 1997-04-28

Application Number: US1997000847731

IPC Code: Advanced: H04N 5/445; H04N 5/782; H04N 7/08; H04N 7/088; H04N 7/16; H04N 21/258; H04N 21/442; H04N 21/45; H04N 21/462; H04N 21/4782; H04N 21/482; H04N 21/81; H04N 21/84; H04N 21/858; H04N 5/44; H04N 5/45; H04N 5/775; H04N 21/422; H04N 21/431; H04N 21/47;
IPC-7: H04N 5/44;

ECLA Code: H04N21/258U3; H04N5/445M; H04N5/782; H04N7/08; H04N7/088P; H04N7/16E2; H04N7/16E3; H04N21/442E2; H04N21/45M3; H04N21/462S; H04N21/4782; H04N21/482; H04N21/81C; H04N21/84; H04N21/858U; T04N5/45; T04N5/775; T04N5/44R2V; T04N21/422R; T04N21/431L3; T04N21/47;

U.S. Class: Current: 348/734; 345/684; 345/690; 348/569; 348/E05.104; 348/E05.105; 348/E05.112; 348/E07.024; 348/E07.036; 348/E07.061; 348/E07.063; 386/E05.043; 715/716; 725/041; 725/043;
Original: 348/734; 348/569; 348/906; 345/146;

Field of Search: 348/734,569,570,563,564,906 <240825.72,825.69

Priority Number:
1997-04-28  US1997000847731
1995-10-02  US1995000537650
1996-06-17  US1996000020280P

Abstract:     A remote control device 2 for navigating and interacting with a television schedule information system that is displayed, for example, on the viewer's television screen. The remote control device comprises a casing 4, a local controller 20 for scrolling a movable cursor 110 within an individual screen area or window on the television screen and a global controller 22 for moving the cursor between adjacent screen areas. The local controller includes a rolling cylinder 24 for vertical scrolling and a pair of buttons 32, 34 on either side of the cylinder for horizontal scrolling. The local and global controllers allow viewers to quickly and efficiently browse through the television guide, perform various actions, such as selecting or activating items, and interact with services related to the television programs without having to remove their eyes from the television.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Lee, Michael H.;

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
    This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 60/020,280, filed on Jun. 17, 1996 now abandoned, and U.S. patent application Ser. No. 08/537,650, filed on Oct. 2, 1995 now abandoned, the complete disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference. This application is also related to pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 08/837,025, filed on Apr. 11, 1997, and its Appendices A, B, and C, of which are also incorporated herein by reference.

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What is claimed is:     1. A remote control device for use with a television having a display for presenting information to a viewer in a plurality of different screen areas, the remote control device comprising:
  • a casing having an exterior surface;
  • a viewer input assembly located on the exterior surface of the casing, the viewer input assembly including a controller having a first scroll mechanism adapted for displacing a movable cursor within each screen area and a second scroll mechanism adapted for displacing a movable cursor between the plurality of different screen areas on the television display; and
  • a transmitter within the casing for transmitting signals from the viewer input assembly; and
  • wherein actuation of the first scroll mechanism causes the cursor to move in X and Y directions within each screen area on the television display and actuation of the second scroll mechanism causes the curser to move in the X and Y directions between the plurality of different screen areas on the television display.


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Get PDF - 27pp WO9528055 1995-10  G06F 3/00 PREVUE INTERNATIONAL INC INTERACTIVE SCROLL PROGRAM GUIDE 
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Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1997-226528 DERABS G1998-063515 DERABS G2000-136046

Other References:
  • Product Information for Panasonic Omnivision® PV-2501 Video Cassette Recorder, 2 pgs.
  • Leftwich et al., "StarSight Interactive Television Program Guide--Functional/Interactional Architecture Specification Document, Interaction Analysis and Design Project--Phase III", pp. 1 to K1 (36 pages).
  • StarSight Telecast, Inc., Brochure, "Using StarSight 2", 1994 (26 pages).


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