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Television Remote Crawl Blocker

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030933D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method that will allow television viewers to dynamically block the crawl feed that moves along the bottom of the screen.

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Television Remote Crawl Blocker

Disclosed is a method that will enable television viewers the capability to block the horizontal crawl feed or any information presented to the viewer at the bottom of the screen that the viewer does not want to see. A physical control line will be added to the television screen to allow viewers to block information on a channel basis without distorting the viewing area. This control line is similar to the volume control line that is also controlled from the television remote.

    Today it is pervasive for channels to display information on the bottom of the screen that the viewer does not necessarily want to see at the time. The viewer should have the ability to dynamically block this information on any individual channel being viewed.

The method disclosed is controlled by the viewer from the television remote control. Below is the three new control buttons on the remote and a description of each;

1.) + Add Vertical Block

When pressed this function will add a 1/16 inch horizontal line at the bottom

of the screen for the width of the screen.

Each time the function is pressed or held down the line size will increase by

a 1/16 of an inch up to 2 inches or 25% of the viewing area. This will allow

viewers to select how much information they want to block.

2.) -Subtract Vertical Block

When pressed this function will reduce the horizontal blocking line at the

bottom of the screen.

Each time the function is pressed or held down the line size...