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1. (WO1997010682) UPGRADABLE ON-SCREEN DISPLAY SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/1997/010682    International Application No.:    PCT/US1996/014733
Publication Date: Mar 20, 1997 International Filing Date: Sep 13, 1996
IPC: H04N 5/92
H04N 5/44
H04N 5/445
H04N 5/765
H04N 5/775
H04N 5/93
H04N 9/00
H04N 9/64
H04N 9/804
H04N 9/87
H04N 5/46
H04N 5/926
H04N 9/79
H04N 9/888
Applicants: THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, INC.
BLATTER, Harold
KVINTUS, Michael, Francis, Jr.
McLANE, Michael, Joseph
Inventors: BLATTER, Harold
KVINTUS, Michael, Francis, Jr.
McLANE, Michael, Joseph
Title: UPGRADABLE ON-SCREEN DISPLAY SYSTEM
Abstract:
The absence of MPEG processing in a consumer digital recorder player may preclude on-screen message display of recorder status. Various methods are disclosed which facilitate the on-screen display of recorder player status meassages. A first embodiment returns a reproduced decoded, analog video signal (102) to the digital recorder player (200) for insertion of status messages. In a further embodiment recorder message data (221) is coupled to the digital signal decoder (100, 117, 520) for inclusion with the decoded analog video signal (102). In another embodiment a recorder message command (TAG/CMD) is coupled to the decoder (100, 510) to access recorder specific graphical messages. In yet a further embodiment, recorder message data (221) is tagged and coupled to the decoder (100, 510) to select recorder specific graphical messages if available or to display recorder (200) message data. In yet another embodiment, digital or analog operating mode determines recorder message display position and timing.