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Method for a media center set-top box list of favorite programming

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021508D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for method for a media center set-top box list of favorite programming. Benefits include improved functionality and improved user satisfaction.

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Method for a media center set-top box list of favorite programming

Disclosed is a method for method for a media center set-top box list of favorite programming. Benefits include improved functionality and improved user satisfaction.

Background

         Conventionally, attempts are made to record programming that may be interesting to the user. Unfortunately, this often results in a hard disk full of unwanted shows, and the user must remove programming before more shows can be recorded.

General description

         The disclosed method is a media center set-top box list of favorite programming. The method includes an algorithm that selects programming based on a viewer’s habits. Scheduling information is provided by an extended program guide (EPG).

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to providing an Internet data exchange function

•         Improved user satisfaction due to improved ease of program selection

Detailed description

         The disclosed method is a list of shows that are currently available. The listed programs are a small subset of all the available shows. Programs are selected based on the viewer’s past viewing habits. The viewer looks at the list and picks a program that is appealing. If the user does not want to watch any of the listed programs, she can switch to the standard program list that contains the entire program schedule.

         The disclosed method can be expanded to an Internet model where a user can add other networked use...