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A METHD AND APPARATUS FOR VIEWING A NUMBER OF CHANNELS ON TV AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT MISSING THE HIGHLIGHTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016213D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Problem When watching television, viewers often like to watch more than one channel at the same time. For example, viewers may switch between channels in order not to miss the highlights of sports events, or in order to see the political summary on two news broadcasts. Currently, the available solutions include switching from one station to another (a practice known as zapping), using a split-screen television, or watching more than one TV set. If the viewer wants to monitor a multitude of stations, the only viable solution is zapping. Solution Our solution is for the broadcasters to add meta-information to the normal broadcast signal. This meta-information would contain information about program priority (how important they think a part of the program is) and content. The content information will change according to the type of program. For example, news broadcasts, general program categories (politics, sports, economics, fashion, foreign affairs, etc.), specific program information (NASDAQ, Israel, football), etc.