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1. (WO1997018670) ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE WITH ENHANCED PRESENTATION
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. Apparatus for displaying program guide
information on a screen, said apparatus comprising:
means for displaying a table of program information on said screen, a first axis of said table representing a time of transmission, a second axis of said table representing a channel, wherein an entry of said table comprises an icon representing a class of program to be transmitted on the channel at the time represented by the position of said entry;
means for receiving user input specifying a
transmission time of particular interest; and
means for overlaying, over a section of said table corresponding to said transmission time of particular
interest, a plurality of magnified text entries, each text entry including text representing the program to be
transmitted at the transmission time of particular interest on the channel represented by the position of said text entry.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said icon comprises a shape representing a class of program to be transmitted.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said icon comprises a block having a color representing a class of program to be transmitted.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising means for storing said program information.

5. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising means for receiving said program information from an external source.

6. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising:
means for receiving user input specifying a
particular program to be transmitted; and means for highlighting a text entry corresponding to said particular program.

7. The apparatus of claim 6 further comprising:
means for receiving user input requesting further information on said particular program; and
means for displaying further information on said particular program in response to said request for further information.

8. The apparatus of claim 6 further comprising:
means for receiving user input requesting reception of said particular program; and
means for selecting said particular program.

9. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said means for receiving user input is an IR receiver.

10. A method for displaying program guide
information, said method comprising the steps of:
displaying a table of program information on said screen, a first axis of said table representing a time of transmission, a second axis of said table representing a channel, wherein an entry of said table comprises an icon representing a class of program to be transmitted on the channel at the time represented by the position of said entry;
receiving user input specifying a transmission time of particular interest; and
overlaying, over a section of said table
corresponding to said transmission time of particular
interest, a plurality of magnified text entries, each text entry including text representing the program to be
transmitted at the transmission time of particular interest on the channel represented by the position of said text entry.

11. The method of claim 10 wherein said icon comprises a shape representing a class of program to be transmitted.

12. The method of claim 10 wherein said icon comprises a block having a color representing a class of program to be transmitted.

13. The method of claim 10 further comprising the steps of:
receiving user input specifying a particular program to be transmitted; and
highlighting a text entry corresponding to said particular program.

14. The method of claim 13 further comprising the steps of:
receiving user input requesting further information on said particular program; and
displaying further information on said particular program in response to said request for further information.

15. The method of claim 13 further comprising the steps of :
receiving user input requesting reception of said particular program; and
selecting said particular program.

16. A terminal adapter coupled to a broadcast medium carrying a plurality of video programs and electronic program guide information and further coupled to a display, said terminal adapter configured to:
display a table of program information on said screen, a first axis of said table representing a time of transmission, a second axis of said table representing a channel, wherein an entry of said table comprises an icon representing a class of program to be transmitted on the channel at the time represented by the position of said entry;
receive user input specifying a transmission time of particular interest; and
overlay, over a section of said table corresponding to said transmission time of particular interest, a plurality of magnified text entries, each text entry including text representing the program to be transmitted at the transmission time of particular interest on the channel represented by the position of said text entry.

17. The adapter of claim 16 wherein said icon comprises a shape representing a class of program to be transmitted.

18. The adapter of claim 16 wherein said icon comprises a block having a color representing a class of program to be transmitted.

19. The adapter of claim 16 further configured to:
receive user input specifying a particular program to be transmitted; and
highlight a text entry corresponding to said
particular program.

20. The adapter of claim 19 further configured to:
receive user input requesting further information on said particular program; and
display further information on said particular program in response to said request for further information.

21. The adapter of claim 19 further configured to:
receive user input requesting reception of said particular program; and
select said particular program.

22. The adapter of claim 16 implemented as a settop unit.

23. The adapter of claim 16 implemented as a computer.