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1. (WO1999043160) A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM FOR ADAPTIVELY FORMING AND PROCESSING EXPANSIVE PROGRAM GUIDES

Pub. No.:    WO/1999/043160    International Application No.:    PCT/US1999/003513
Publication Date: Fri Aug 27 01:59:59 CEST 1999 International Filing Date: Fri Feb 19 00:59:59 CET 1999
IPC: H04N 5/00
H04N 5/44
H04N 5/445
H04N 7/025
H04N 7/03
H04N 7/035
H04N 7/16
H04N 7/24
H04N 5/45
Applicants: THOMSON LICENSING S.A.
OZKAN, Mehmet, Kemal
TENG, Chia-Yuan
HEREDIA, Edwin, Arturo
Inventors: OZKAN, Mehmet, Kemal
TENG, Chia-Yuan
HEREDIA, Edwin, Arturo
Title: A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM FOR ADAPTIVELY FORMING AND PROCESSING EXPANSIVE PROGRAM GUIDES
Abstract:
A program guide information data structure and processing system for processing large quantities of guide information facilitates achieving a desirable compromise between transmission bandwidth and decoder complexity. A decoder acquires data for collating program guide information including objects by both area (e.g. a geographic, broadcast, or network market area), and by scheduled time of broadcast. The decoder collates the program guide information using the collation data which comprises channel and program map information for associating the program guide information with particular areas and broadcast times. The decoder collates the program guide information to provide a program guide selected from at least two available program guides associated with different areas in response to a User selection input. The collated program guide information is processed for display.