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Programmable television and cable/satellite receiver

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000023854D
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

The television made programmable (just like the VCR) so that the channel is changed automatically to the specified channel at the specified time. In certain instances where the channel setting is controlled by the cable box or the satellite box, these would have to be programmable. The programming methodology will be similar to current programming methods used for VCRs.

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Programmable television and cable/satellite receiver

The method of achieving this is best described by an example. The current time is 8 p.m. John wants to watch a program that will be aired at 9 p.m. on channel 2. While waiting John watches another program that is currently being aired on channel 4. The program on channel 4 is interesting enough that he forgets to change to channel 2 at 9 p.m. He remembers at 9:15 p.m. that he wanted to watch the program on channel 2 only to find that he has missed 15 minutes of the program.

Furthermore, in many homes, the channel setting is controlled by the cable box or the satellite box. Hence, if one wants to setup the VCR to record a program, then he/she cannot watch another channel while it it being recorded on the VCR since the output of the cable box or the satellite box has to be fed into the VCR. It is impossible to program to record multiple programs that occur at different times or different channels. Hence, the cable/satttllite box is made programable to allow VCR recording.

Disclosed by Hitachi Corporation

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