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1. WO1998037695 - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A FULL SERVICE TELEVISION SYSTEM

Publication Number WO/1998/037695
Publication Date 27.08.1998
International Application No. PCT/US1998/003228
International Filing Date 19.02.1998
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 10.09.1998
IPC
H04N 5/445 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
44Receiver circuitry
445for displaying additional information
H04N 7/16 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
7Television systems
16Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
H04N 7/173 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
7Television systems
16Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
173with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
H04N 5/44 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
44Receiver circuitry
H04N 5/45 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
44Receiver circuitry
445for displaying additional information
45Picture in picture
H04N 5/46 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
44Receiver circuitry
46for receiving on more than one standard at will
CPC
H04N 21/42204
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
41Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
422Input-only peripherals ; , i.e. input devices connected to specially adapted client devices; , e.g. global positioning system [GPS]
42204User interfaces specially adapted for controlling a client device through a remote control device; Remote control devices therefor
H04N 21/426
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
41Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
426Internal components of the client ; ; Characteristics thereof;
H04N 21/4316
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
43Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network or synchronising decoder's clock; Client middleware
431Generation of visual interfaces ; for content selection or interaction; Content or additional data rendering
4312involving specific graphical features, e.g. screen layout, special fonts or colors, blinking icons, highlights or animations
4316for displaying supplemental content in a region of the screen, e.g. an advertisement in a separate window
H04N 21/4622
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies, resolving scheduling conflicts
462Content or additional data management, e.g. creating a master electronic program guide from data received from the Internet and a Head-end, controlling the complexity of a video stream by scaling the resolution or bit-rate based on the client capabilities
4622Retrieving content or additional data from different sources, e.g. from a broadcast channel and the Internet
H04N 21/47
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
47End-user applications
H04N 21/4782
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
47End-user applications
478Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification, shopping application
4782Web browsing ; , e.g. WebTV
Applicants
  • TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY, L.P., doing business as TIME WARNER CABLE [US]/[US]
  • SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, INC. [--]/[US]
Inventors
  • DEFREESE, Darryl, L.
  • ADDINGTON, Timothy, H.
  • LAJOIE, Mike, L.
  • BUEHL, Joseph, G.
Agents
  • JACKSON, Robert, R.
  • WITHERS & ROGERS
Priority Data
08/802,83319.02.1997US
09/025,57718.02.1998US
60/041,38826.03.1997US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A FULL SERVICE TELEVISION SYSTEM
(FR) SYSTEME ET PROCEDE DE PRODUCTION D'UN SYSTEME DE TELEVISION A SERVICE INTEGRAL
Abstract
(EN)
A system and method are provided for providing a full service cable television system. The cable system incorporates a digital and analog transmission architecture capable of delivering a high number of high quality television programs, advanced cable services, and online services to a subscriber's home. The cable system comprises a cable headend, at least one fiber transport, at least one distribution hub, at least one hybrid fiber coax plant, and a plurality of set-top terminals. Programs and services are transmitted to the set-top terminals in both digital and analog formats to maintain downward compatibility with existing systems. The set-top terminal incorporates a central processing unit, a unified memory architecture, a memory management unit, communications circuitry, I/O control circuitry, and audio and video output circuitry. Through these components the set-top terminal provides advanced cable services.
(FR)
On décrit un système et un procédé de production d'un système de télévision par câble à service intégral. Le système de câble comprend une architecture de transmission numérique et analogique capable de délivrer un grand nombre de programmes de télévision de haute qualité, des services de câble de pointe et des services en direct sur le poste de l'abonné. Le système de câble comprend une tête de câble, au moins un porte-fibre, au moins un noeud de distribution, au moins une unité cooxiale de fibre hybride et une pluralité de postes d'abonnés. Des programmes et des services sont envoyés aux postes d'abonnés dans des formats numériques et analogiques pour maintenir la compatibilité descendante avec les systèmes existants. Le poste d'abonné comprend une unité centrale de traitement, une architecture de mémoire unifiée, une unité de gestion de mémoire, un circuit de communication, un circuit de commande d'entrée/sortie et un circuit de sortie audio et vidéo. Ces éléments permettent au poste d'abonné de fournir des services de câble de pointe.
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