A video program guide

 

(57) Abstract:

The invention relates to interactive video communication systems. To managed the viewer to select a channel. The display system of the clips includes a computer having input means to control device settings to select the channel, means for simultaneous display of video and the selected television channel, the tool receiving program data transmission and video clips relevant television programs listed in the program guide. The technical result of the invention is the presence of the viewer display descriptive data of the video clip, and video clips related to the EPG. 8 C. and 24 C.p. f-crystals, 8 ill.

The present invention relates to interactive radiosvjazi, and more particularly, to controlled by the viewer to display the program guide channel.

Prior art

Program information of the channel currently demonstrates to the viewer of the television in the form of interactive pages or moving vertically symbols representing the program information of the channel.

Can be used and the electronic program guide for demons is timedia cable television in the United States in 1990," the authors Matthew D. Miller, abstracts of the IEEE, T. 82, No.4, April 1994, pages 585-89.

In these systems the programming menu image videos with content of the selected program is available only to management and operations staff, and not the viewer. Information of the video clip is not available to the viewer, except in those cases when the viewer is configured to image software menu during a demonstration video clip.

The aim of the present invention is to provide a method, device for display in the home menu picture through which a viewer of the television could actively manage the programming menu of the channel. Another objective of the present invention is a method and device for demonstrating image menu through which the viewer, as desired, could cause to view a video clip of one or more of the programs listed in the programming menu of the channel. Another objective of the present invention is a method and device for displaying the menu at home, which would have identified the programs listed in the menu of the channel for which the videos available on-demand viewers.

Brief description of the invention

According to us the control of the viewer, which at the request of viewers and the demo screen, the viewer displays the descriptive data and video related to the program specified in the program guide. Device configuration receives television signals on the radio frequency or optical signals in conjunction with cable channels and transmits useful for the viewer signal of one of the selected channels on the multiplexer signals. The computer accepts any set of control signals from the remote control transmitter of the viewer. In addition, he manages the device configuration to provide useful for the viewer signal of any selected channel in response to one of the control signals received from the transmitter of the remote control viewer. In addition, it receives and stores the input image signal containing data local listings, descriptive data and the video clips corresponding to the selected programs specified in the program guide. The computer generates an output image signal comprising at least part of the input image signal. The viewer remotely controls the computer to select the contents of the output image signal for the viewers to signal any of the selected channels, obtained from the device configuration, with the output image signal transferred from the computer to provide the image signal with the selected descriptive data and video, applied to the image for transmission to the screen of the viewer.

Brief description of drawings

The invention is further explained by the specific version of its embodiment with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 depicts a block diagram illustrating the preferred embodiment of the device according to the invention;

Fig. 2 depicts the sequence of operations that illustrate the main method, choice of video interactive program guide according to the invention;

Fig. 3 depicts a main menu of an interactive program guide that allows you to access the program guide according to the invention;

Fig. 4 depicts data interactive program guide mode, allowing the viewer to choose the date required programming, according to the invention;

Fig. 5 depicts data interactive program guide mode, allowing the viewer to choose the time required programming, according izobreteniya program according to the invention;

Fig. 7 depicts data interactive programme guide, on which the viewer has selected the program for which is available as a video, and descriptive data, according to the invention;

Fig. 8 depicts data interactive program guide, which shows the data description and the video.

Description of the preferred embodiment variants of the invention

The computer 11 (Fig. 1) having an information receiver 13, which is preferably an infrared radiation or radio frequency receiver, transmits the control signal 15 to the device settings 17, and the image signal 19 to the digital video Board 21. Device configuration converts or demodulates the radio frequency or optical signals useful for the viewer output signal 23, selected from the submitted cable (not shown) on the device settings 17 aggregate signal 25, which usually video signals with frequency multiplexing, speech signals and data transmitted over a coaxial cable, radio frequency signals transmitted over the air or by fiber optics. Digital video 21 converts the digital data into a video signal. The output signal of the device settings ily from digital video card 21 on a device combining external synchronization signal or device overlay 29 for receiving the video signal 31, transmitted to the screen of a television receiver of the viewer 33. Information signal image 27 includes a written description or written description, and the segments of the video that provides a brief description and a preliminary review of the one or more selected programs included in the schedule of programming listings. In each segment of the video are scenes from the selected program to demonstrate to the user the core content of this program. In the programming chart displays the picture with the name of those programs that are suitable as descriptive information, and a video. If you select a video, it will be continued description and clip. The viewer sends commands to the receiver 13 to the control computer 11 and to select the video clip, which must be demonstrated through a remote control transmitter, which preferably is a transmitter of infrared radiation or radio frequency transmitter 35. The computer is made on the basis of the microprocessor and can use RAM or ROM. The software required for the operation of the microprocessor, can be inserted in the device or downloaded to the device via cable to the computer 11. While viewing the viewer software image to be displayed on its reproducing unit 33 in response to the transmission device configuration 17 of any signal the main program 23 from the device selection input signal 25 to the device joins the external synchronization signal 29, the viewer may choose to view more information and the program guide available device Association 29 from the computer 11 through a digital video card 21. To do this, the viewer need only to press a predetermined key block 35 remote control to select the image "program guide". The screen will be shown components of a program" (Fig. 3) other information the main menu, such as "view program" or "custom install". Preferably, the menu automatically select "program guide". In this regard, the viewer presses a predetermined key block 35 remote control, such as light key to enter program "program guide" (Fig. 4). It is preferable that the viewer through the arrows move the cursor up or arrow keys move the cursor down could choose the date on which you are programming. To interval time (Fig. 5) for programming, preferably by arrow move the cursor to the right to walk through the available values. The selected time will be highlighted, and, as shown, the spectator chose the time interval 9:00 in the afternoon. By pressing another predetermined key on the unit 35 remote control, such as light key, the user can highlight or specify the program for which the program is installed to the transmission (Fig. 6). Then, by using predetermined key block 35 remote control preferably, the arrows move the cursor up or arrow keys move the cursor down, the viewer can move the cursor highlight to select the program that contains the picture, which indicates that the video clip is available in relation to this particular program.

The lighting in the initial condition was set at the program "learn to count" (Fig. 6). In Fig. 7, the user turned the backlight down on the program "Comedians from Beverly hill, which contains a picture of 40, indicating that the video is available. Then the user presses a predetermined key on the unit 35 remote control, such is authorized by the program (Fig. 8).

In addition to the image when the viewer selects the program review 41 (Fig. 2), the video is transmitted from the computer 11, asks, "is there a review for the program" 43. If the answer is "no", 45, will be set route through the "image description page" 47, which is available only written description related to the displayed program. Demonstration of this image will continue during the period of "waiting user" 49 as long as the user will not leave this mode by pressing a predetermined key on the unit 35 remote control, for example, as the escape key to exit from the page describing" 60. If the answer to the query "is there a preview for" 43 "51, the computer 11 then "downloads video preview overview" 53 through a digital video card 21 in the external device synchronization 29 for Association with the signal 23 from the device settings 17. The video display of the viewer 33 is configured to perform the step 55: "show details page" and to perform "step display image" 57, the result will be a continuous cycle of displaying the video clip together with work described is of ihoda spectator mode by pressing a predetermined key on the unit 35 remote control, such as the escape key to exit from the page description of" 60.

Thus, in accordance with the present invention, presents a video program that meets the above goals and advantages.

TRANSLATION OF CAPTIONS

Fig. 1

11. Computer

17. Device settings

21. Digital video

29. The external device synchronization

33. Display

Fig. 2

41. The user selects the program to preview

43. Is there a preview for the program?

51. Yes

45. No

53. Download the preview.

47. To show the details page

55. To show the details page

49. To expect a user exit

57. To start displaying images

59. To expect a user exit

60. Exit pages

Fig. 3

1. Preview

2. Full scale

3. Program guide

4. View program

5. Custom installation

Fig. 4

1. Preview

2. Select a day to view

3. Hour comedies Smothers Brothers

4. Mouse track

5. Keep on>/BR>1. Preview

2. The timing of view

3. Castle Eureka

4. To determine the account

5. Scene screen

6. What is happening

7. View 40th anniversary childhood friends

8. Comedians from Beverly hill (1993, Comedy) (PG)

Fig. 8

1. Preview

2. Comedians from Beverly hill

5. Greedy woman wants to get Jed Clampett to marry NAC

1. System display video corresponding to the programs specified in the program guide presented on the screen of the playback device containing a computer having means output to control device settings to send the selected output television signal corresponding to the selected program, the device configuration for receiving television signals corresponding to the combination of television channels, and to provide the selected output television signals corresponding to one of the selected television channels, means for simultaneous display of video and the selected television signal by combining the selected television signal and the output image signal for signal transmission image transmission and video clips the relevant television programs specified in the program data transmission, and means for generating an output image signal including at least one of the video clips.

2. The system under item 1, which further comprises means (11, 21, 29 and 33) to specify that has the appropriate videos.

3. The system under item 2, in which the means (11, 21, 29 and 33) to specify whether the video contains a tool (11,21,29 and 33) to display images (40) related to the titles of programs for which there are videos.

4. The system under item 1, which further comprises means(35, 13, 11, 21, 29 and 33), allowing the user to choose from the programs listed in the program guide, the user needs a program to view by browsing one of the related videos.

5. The system under item 4, which further comprises means (11, 21, 29 and 33) to display pages written descriptions with descriptions of at least some of the programs listed in the program guide.

6. The system under item 5, which further comprises means (11, 21, 29 and 33) for simultaneous display pages with a written description and video clips.

8. The system under item 7, in which, when the tool definition (11) determined that one of the clips does not exist in the program selected by the user preview tool (11, 21, 29 and 33) to display the page written description displays a page written description corresponding to that selected by the user program.

9. The system under item 7, in which, when the tool definition (11) establishes the existence of one of the videos selected by the user to preview the program, a means of generating generates the output image signal that includes one of the videos selected by the user program.

10. The system under item 7, which further comprises means (11) for the waiting user.

11. The system under item 1, which further comprises means (11, 21, 29 and 33) to demonstrate one of the videos in a continuous loop.

12. The system under item 1, which further comprises means (11) for ordering time intervals and select a specific time interval for which you want to display the program guide.

13. The system under item 1, which additionally is.

14. How to display video corresponding to the programs specified in the program guide on the screen of the playback device (33), namely, that taking device (17) tuning television signals corresponding to the number of TV channels, use the device configuration (17) to provide the selected output television signal corresponding to one of the selected television signals, use a computer (11) to control device settings (17) to provide the selected output television signal, to receive the data of the program guide and videos relevant to the programs specified in the program guide, generate the output image signal, including at least one of the clips, and simultaneously demonstrate the clip, and the selected television channel on the screen of the playback device (33) by combining the selected output television signal and the output signal of the image to obtain the image signal for an input screen playback device (33).

15. The method according to p. 14, which further determine which one of the videos there in the program specified in the program is that display some kind of picture related to the titles of programs, for which there is a video clip.

17. The method according to p. 14, in which additionally the user selects (41) of the programs listed in the program guide, the program preview by preview of one of the videos.

18. The method according to p. 17, which further displays (47 and 55) page written description that describes the contents of at least some of the programs listed in the program guide.

19. The method according to p. 8, in which additionally at the same time display (55 and 57) pages written descriptions and videos.

20. The method according to p. 18, which define (43) the existence of clips for selection by the user to preview.

21. The method according to p. 20, which demonstrate (47) page written description corresponding to the selected user program when it is established that one of the clips does not exist for the selected user program to preview.

22. The method according to p. 20, which further generate an output image signal that includes one of the clips corresponding to the selected user program when viewing.

23. The method according to p. 19, in which step (59) out of the user.

24. The method according to p. 14, which show one of the videos in a continuous loop.

25. The method according to p. 14, which further regulate the time intervals, as well as choose a specific interval of time during which it must be drawn in program data transmission.

26. The method according to p. 14, in which load the software into the computer (11) through the cable system.

27. Way to show video clips of relevant television programmes, namely, that receive television signals corresponding to the combination of television channels through the device setup to obtain the output television signal selected from these television signals, take the written description corresponding to the number of TV programs via computer circuit, generating an output image signal including one written descriptions corresponding to the selected television program, reproduce the specified output image signal on the screen of the playback device by feeding the output si is MMU, for which you want to view one of the videos, take the clips corresponding to the number of TV programs using a computer circuit, and generate an output image signal including one written descriptions and one of the clips corresponding to the selected television program.

28. Way to show video clips of relevant television programmes, namely, that receive television signals corresponding to the combination of television channels through the device settings (17), use the device configuration (17) to obtain the output television signal selected from the television signals, allow the viewer to select a television program for which you want to view one of the videos, take the help of computer schema written descriptions and videos that correspond to the aggregate of television programs, generate an output image signal including one written descriptions and one of the clips corresponding to the selected television program, and simultaneously demonstrate the written description and the video clip corresponding to the selected television program NGO device (33).

29. The system to be displayed on the screen playback device (33) of the videos listed in the television programs listed in the program guide that contains the schema of the computer (11), controlled by the viewer, having means for simultaneous reception of the program data transmission and video clips relevant television programs listed in the program guide, a means of storing data, program guide and video clips, and means for generating an output image signal including at least one of the clips, and means (11, 13, 21, 29 and 35) for selection by the viewer of television programs from the program guide thereby sending the outline of the computer (11) signal that causes it to display one of the appropriate clips for the selected television program on the screen of the playback device (33).

30. The method of display on the screen of the playback device (33) of the clips corresponding to the television programs listed in the program guide, which consists in the fact that at the same time accept the program guide for the program guide and video clips relevant television programs listed in the program guide through computer circuits (11), the Oh you want to view one of the videos through the computer circuit (11), pointing computer scheme (11) to generate an output image signal that includes the video for the selected television program, and demonstration video of the selected television program on the screen of the playback device (33).

31. A system for displaying video corresponding to television programs that are on the pictures in the program guide containing means (11) for receiving the program guide means (11) for receiving clips corresponding to at least some of the television programs listed in the program guide, means (11, 21, 29 and 33) to display the program guide means (11, 21, 29 and 33) to display images on the program guide to indicate that each program has a corresponding video clips, means (11, 13 and 35) to provide the viewer a choice of one of the clips, and means (11, 21, 29 and 33) for displaying the selected video clip.

32. How to display video on the screen of the playback device (33) in accordance with the television program specified by the pictures in the guide, namely, that accept data of a program by a computer (11), piniperda, displays the program guide on the screen of the playback device (33) by using a computer (11), display images in the program guide to indicate which program has the appropriate videos give viewers the opportunity to choose one of the videos and show the selected video on the screen of the playback device (33).

 

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