The method of controlling the display of the electric program menu and device for its implementation

 

The invention relates to control the display menu of the broadcast programs. The technical result is to increase the convenience of such management. This result is achieved in the device contains a means of remembering information about a broadcast program, a means of remembering information about recorded programs and the means to control the display, which can display various types of information in the appropriate boxes and contains a tool of manipulation for separate control of the mappings in each of the boxes, and the pointing device cursor. 4 C.p. f-crystals, 15 ill.

The prior art 1. The technical field to which the invention relates the Present invention relates to a control device showing the electrical program menus and the way to control the display of electric software menu to control information about many broadcast programs, as well as information about programs recorded on a videotape recorder (VTR), and then output to a display such organized information in the form of a table of programs.

2. A description of the existing state of the art Broadcast program broadcasted and then transmitted either over the air the MMU of the broadcast channels and watching the selected program on a television receiver or writes it on the VTR. In this case, typically, the user selects a desired program by reading a printed table of programs.

Usually, as in the case of, for example, cable television system, the number of transmitted channels is around 150 and the user is not easy to find the right program in the programs table, if the list contains programs, for example, 150 channels.

To ensure a quick search of the required program features a method comprising the data entry table programs of each channel in the vertical interval pulse blanking the video signal of the specific channel, and thus, so as not to cause any disturbance in the television signal of this program. Meanwhile, at the receiving side user displays the transferred data table programs on the TV screen, and the user, having found the channel, selects a desired program of this channel.

This kind of data table programs are also called electric program menu. Information about programs in this electric software menu includes, for example, the name of the planned program, the broadcast receiving stations, and the corresponding time intervals broadcast.

The user selects consult the selected broadcast program or reserve time for recording the selected program.

It is natural to assume that having any videotape (VHS), which were recorded some of the broadcast program that the user wants to access it as electric program menu for information about programs, representing the names of the recorded programs and the order of their entry.

To meet such requirements is proposed a device in which, for example, for the case of the VTR in a predetermined area on the magnetic tape stored information related to the recorded program, and later this area with information about the programs is reproduced to display information about programs recorded on videomagician the ribbon. However, the above function is independent and for VTR additional and differs from the above function display electrical software menu. For any user that uses audiovisual (AV) system in which, for example, provides such function display electrical software menu, it is desirable that these functions were carried out integrally, since the function display electrical software menu and the function display information about the programs recorded on the VTR, CA integrally as a single electrical software menu it allows the user easier to access information related to all programs.

All the currently known electric program menu display electric table of programs is performed using the entire screen. In this case, if the functions provided by electric software menu, run through the manipulation of the commands to make changes to display information about the programs, find the program content and the different settings in accordance with the classified features information about programs, the whole picture on the screen is changed in accordance with the contents of the command and therefore will differ from the previous content that was displayed before this, that is certain inconvenience for the user. This issue becomes especially important when a wide variety of information to be displayed as electric program menu, or for a wide variety of functions.

At the present time to control various settings and so on in the electric program menu is customary to first display a separate key or the cursor, the corresponding managed something similar. In this case, the number of keys to be displayed, or the number keys on the remote controller, which manipulates the user increases with the expansion of functions, which complicates management. To avoid such a complex manipulation you can suggest a way associated with the use of shared keys for many functions. However, in this case, unless you consider the format, it becomes difficult to correct the actuation keys, subject to manipulation, then the user may get confused.

Summary of the invention In connection with the above-mentioned problems, the aim of the present invention is to provide an improved device and method adapted to the achievement of increased facilities for managing the display of electric software menu.

According to the first aspect of the present invention proposes a control device for displaying electric software menu containing: a tool for remembering information about a broadcast program for storing, as information about a broadcast program, information related to the broadcast programs to be extracted from the pre-defined plots the form of recorded programs information related to the broadcast programs recorded on the recording medium; another means of remembering information about recorded programs for remembering information about recorded programs, including derived from information about the past records relating to the broadcast programs recorded on the recording medium; and a management tool display, capable of displaying, in the form of electrical software menu to provide information relating to programs, information programs relating to the broadcast programs and recorded programs on the basis of the information about the broadcast programs stored in the means of memorizing of the broadcast programs, as well as information about the recorded programs stored in the means of memorizing information about the recorded programs.

In the device management tool display capable of displaying in the form of electrical software menu at least: information scope of programs in the window view to display information about the programs, the command area in the window view to display items for selecting manipulation related to the program menu, and the input area in the form window to display the creation according to the present invention also provides a means of manipulation to control the desired manipulation on the displayed frame electric program menu. This means of manipulating includes the first manipulator edit mode for selective change of the operation mode between a mode of displaying the electrical programming menu mode and normal mode display image; a second optical drive change mode for selective change of the operation mode between mode when in display mode, the electric software menu is activated, the management information about the programs, and mode when in display mode, the electric software menu is activated management in the command area; a third manipulator edit mode for selective change of the operation mode between mode, when activated by the management in command areas, and mode, when activated by a control in the input area; and the pointing device cursor is adapted at least to control the movement of the cursor or the setting information about the programs, the command area and the input area.

According to another aspect of the present invention proposes a method of controlling the display of the electric program's menu, which manages the display by: remembering information about the broadcaster is Alov; remember, in the form of information about recorded programs, information related to the broadcast programs recorded on the recording medium; and displaying, in the form of electrical software menu to provide information about programs, program information relating to the broadcast programs and recorded programs on the basis of stored information on a broadcast program, and remember information about the recorded programs.

In the above system as the information about the broadcast programs and information about recorded programs on videomagician tape, etc. can be handled within a single function electric program menu.

The display format electric software menu differs from the known, when the programming menu is displayed on the entire screen, completely changed in accordance with the display content, the fact that instead of the menu screen is divided into the display area of the software menu display area commands and the display area of the input data. The result is the ability to perform in relation to electrical software menu various control manipulation in any of these otobrajati as keys, necessary to switch on the selected mode of operation in electric software menu, and manipulators indicating direction, such as cursor keys for entering instructions to move up, down, left and right.

The above and other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description, in which reference to the accompanying illustrative drawings.

A brief description of the drawings Fig. 1 is a block diagram showing an example of the structure of the control device of electric software menus according to a variant implementation of the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a top view of the part with the keys to manipulate with EPN (electric software Navigator) in the remote controller.

Fig.3 is a schematic diagram illustrating the transitions from mode to mode in EPN.

Fig. 4 is a diagram illustrating transitions from mode to mode in EPN with display formats.

Fig. 5A and 5B is a diagram showing the content displayed in the MAIN window.

Fig. 6 is a diagram showing examples of display formats of the MAIN window and the COMMAND window.

Figures from 7A through 7D is a diagram explaining the functions distributed across the keys MOSTLY R is for 9C - chart disclosing the contents displayed in the INPUT window.

Figures 10A through 10E is a diagram explaining the control examples in EPN.

Figures 11A through 11F is a diagram explaining the control examples in EPN.

Fig. 12 is a flowchart showing the processing for displaying the EPN.

Fig.13 is a flowchart showing another processing data for display EPN.

Fig. 14 is a block diagram illustrating further process the data for display EPN and Fig. 15 is a flowchart showing similar/for further data processing to display the EPN.

A detailed description of the preferred variant embodiment of the invention Hereinafter with reference to figures 1 through 15 will be described in detail the preferred implementation of the present invention.

Explanations are given in the following order.

1. An example of the structure of the device control the display of electric software menu under option.

2. The transition EPN from mode to mode option.

3. Description of the main window.

4. Description the command window.

5. Description of the input window.

6. Examples of control in the EPN.

7. Description of data processing.

1. An example of the structure of the device management mywaysa an example of the structure of the device control the display of electric software menu according to a preferred variant implementation of the present invention. In this embodiment, as will be described below, information about the broadcast programs and information about programs recorded on videomagician the tape of the VTR, is output for display in the form of electrical software menu. The software menu is called EPN (electric software Navigator).

In Fig.1, the broadcast signals received by the antenna 1, are fed into the tuner 2, which is a selective setting of the received channel. Selected video signal is supplied to the video processor 4 and the controller EPN 8, while the audio signal is fed to the audio processor 3.

Introduced in audio 3 audio signal is processed in advance in a certain way and then removed from it as the audio output (Audio Out. Audio processor 3 is connected to the cylinder, audio recording/playback NAndin the VTR 11.

In the record mode, the audio signal processed in the audio processor 3, is fed to the cylinder, audio recording/playback NAndwhich then records the audio signal on the magnetic tape T. At the same time in playback mode, the audio processor 3 is fed to the audio signal reproduced from the magnetic tape T head audio recording/playback NAndand after the processing is>The video processor 4 can process the inputted video signal in a predictable way, and then to apply the processed signal to the head recording/playback HV VTR11 and on the unit display information on the TV screen (OSD)5.

In this case, when a write operation VTR11 in the recording mode, the video signal processed in the video processor 4, is fed to the head recording/playback HV to be recorded on a magnetic tape T. however, in playback mode, the video processor 4 is supplied to the video signal reproduced from the magnetic tape T-head recording/playback HV, and after processing the input video processor 4 supplies the processed signal to the display unit of the information on the TV screen (OSD) 5.

The unit appears on the TV screen 5, the video signal representing the desired character, sign, etc., is superimposed on the video signal from the video processor 4, resulting in a symbol, character, or so on, is superimposed on a predetermined position on the image displayed in the monitor 12.

The extremely 6 selectively switches or combines the normal video signal output from the imaging unit on the screen 5 (video, poluchenii image EPN, the output of the above-mentioned controller EPN 8. In the extremely 6 used in this embodiment, it is possible to combine the video images EPN output from the controller EPN 8, with the video signal output from the imaging unit on the screen 5, thereby superimposing the video signal EPN on a normal picture on unit screen of the monitor 12 for subsequent display image EPN in the form of a window.

Monitor unit 12 displays the video signal supplied to it from videoerectile 6.

In the VTR 11 audio and video signals supplied respectively from the audio processor 3 and the video processor 4, is recorded on the magnetic tape T head audio recording/playback NAndand head recording/playback Hvrespectively. In addition, the audio and video signals recorded on videomagician the tape T is reproduced with her head audio recording/ playback NAndand head recording/playback Hvrespectively, and then fed respectively to the audio processor 3 and the video processor 4.

In this embodiment, the operation control for recording and playback VTR 11 is performed in the controller of the tuner/timer 7, and using the control performed by the controller unit settings/timeine, performed by the controller of the tuner/timer 7 can be recorded broadcast program (channel, the received and selected by the tuner 2) within the reserved time based on the selected channel, the reserved recording time and so on.

Control head Hwithin the VTR 11 records and/or reproduces the control signal generated in response to the vertical synchronization signal used for synchronization in write mode, and also writes in this embodiment of the invention an information signal representing information on a recorded program, which is output from the controller 9 thus, in order to put this information signal on the control signal. In playback mode control head Hwithreproduces an information signal representing information on a recorded program recorded with the control signal on the control track of the magnetic tape T, and then delivers the reproduced information signal to the system controller 9.

The controller tuner/timer 7 is designed to control the channel selection of the tuner 2 and the reservation recording time of the VTR 11.

The EPN controller 8 performs upravlaemaja menu giving information relating to the broadcast programs are entered in a predetermined horizontal lines during the vertical interval pulse blanking the video signal sent from the transmitting side. Then on the EPN controller 8 is supplied to the video signal received through the reception and channel selection by the tuner 2, and, after separation of the information signal components of the electric program menu of the video signal, the controller 8 decodes the selected component of the signal, thereby obtaining data of the electric program menu. The decoded data thus electrical software menus are stored in the data memory 10. If necessary, the video signal EPN is created by reading data electrical software menu stored in the data memory 10 (referred to below data tape library) and then fed to the extremely 6, resulting in the EPN is displayed in the unit of the monitor 12.

The system controller 9, for example, consists of a microcomputer and controls the operation of each functional circuit. The system controller 9 is equipped with a receiver (not shown), which receives the input signal from the remote controller 13 as Komandorskiye scheme, above.

The data memory 10 consists of, for example, non-volatile memory and has an area for storing data electrical software menu related to a broadcast program is received, as mentioned, the controller EPN 8.

This variant embodiment of the invention is arranged so that when recording the broadcast program on the VTR 11 required data (hereinafter referred to as data tape library), related to the recorded program, created in the EPN controller 8, as the act of writing in such a way that ensures proper compliance with videomagician tape on which is recorded the program, and these data tape library are stored in the data memory 10. To this end, the data memory includes a memory tape library 10A as a region for storing data tape library.

Next, the data is "electric" software menu relating to the broadcast programs and data tape library, called together EPN data.

As for the content data tape library, then the data required to achieve compliance with videomagician tape on which is recorded the program include data about the number of cassettes videomagician tape with the recorded programma using the above-mentioned control head Hwithyou must provide at least data about the number of tapes and data about programs, identifying the recorded program and indicates the starting position of the writing videomagician tape.

As information related to each of the recorded programs can be considered different data, including program name, start and end times and so on. Such information on programs can be obtained based on the electrical data programming menu, the respective recorded programs.

The remote controller 13 is equipped with various keys to perform the necessary manipulations corresponding to the functional operations of the circuits shown in this diagram, and the command signal in the form of infrared or electromagnetic radiation is transmitted through the manipulation of each key.

In Fig.2 shows the position of the keys placed on the keypad of the remote controller 13 for performing the various described below image manipulations EPN under this option.

This diagram shows the key EPN 13-1, the command key 13-2 and joystick 13A.

Key EPN 13-1 is used to selectively change the mode to "normalnym settings 2, or images, the playback VTR 11) or "EPN mode to display images EPN. Command key 13-2 are provided for switching from the "mode EPN" in the MAIN window (MAIN mode) or COMMAND window (COMMAND mode).

The joystick 13A contains four buttons indicating the direction, including press up, 13A-1, press down 13A-2, press right key 13A-3 and press left 13A-4 and press EXE (execute) 13A-5. Four keys that indicate the direction used to move a colored box or cursor displayed on the picture EPN in accordance with the direction of manipulation of each key, as well as to increase or decrease the input numerical value or set on/off by pressing the up-13A-1 or down keys 13A-2. Further, these four keys indicating the direction, called together the cursor keys as they are used in principle to move the colored box or cursor.

Key EXE 13A-5 is used to switch from the image EPN in a COMMAND window (COMMAND mode) or in the INPUT window (INPUT mode), as described below.

2. The transition of EPN mode in this embodiment of the invention.

Now obratimoi chart revealing the movement of EPN mode in this embodiment, and Fig. 4 shows the transition of EPN mode with the display window on the frame EPN.

In Fig. 3 and 4, the normal mode is the normal mode for displaying the image received by the reception and channel selection by the tuner 2 or video playback VTR 11, as described earlier. In this embodiment, the EPN mode to display images EPN is set as opposite to the normal mode. Selection of operation mode between a normal mode or mode EPN is performed by manipulating key EPN 13-1 shown in Fig.2.

In the EPN mode, in addition, there is a BASIC mode, COMMAND mode and INPUT mode.

In this embodiment, if, through the manipulation of key EPN status changes from normal mode to EPN, first enter the MAIN mode, as shown in figures 3 and 4.

In native mode the MAIN window W1 is displayed, for example, inside the frame P on the screen, as shown in Fig.4. In this case, the image in the normal mode, for example, is displayed continuously in any other area of the frame R, which does not coincide with the MAIN window W1. In a modified version may also appear blue background is Oia, displays information about the program electric program menu (information about scheduled broadcast program), and in accordance with the navigation mode displays information about the programs already recorded on videomagician tape suitable VTR 11.

In this case, the navigation modes that can be selected in the MAIN mode, as shown in Fig. 3, include modes: Navigation all channels", "Navigation of the channel, "Navigation of all tapes" and "Navigating the ribbon", which definitions are given below.

If during the MAIN mode selected in the mode EPN, manipulate the command key 13-2, there is a change of mode from MAIN mode to COMMAND mode, as shown in Fig.3 and 4. In this state, in addition to the MAIN window W1, as shown in Fig.4, is also displayed and the COMMAND window W2. This COMMAND mode is selected when performing specific desired manipulation of EPN, and inside the COMMAND window W2 to perform specific manipulations appear various command elements.

In the display state in Fig.4 in the COMMAND mode, the content in the MAIN window W1 is represented by the inclined lines, while the contents of the COMMAND window is ICEM it plays some image indicates what kind of manipulation with the cursor keys, shown in Fig.2, is made.

In Fig. 3 presents the six manipulations related to the COMMAND window W2, such as [edit source/ edit distribution]... [set EPN], which are described below.

Further, if during COMMAND mode EPN is the manipulation of key EXE 13A-5 and, when selected some specific manipulation, it switches from COMMAND mode to INPUT mode, as shown in Fig.3 and 4. In this mode, INPUT in addition to the COMMAND Windows W1 and W2, as shown in Fig.4, is also displayed and the INPUT window W3. In this case, the input window W3 is activated, as can be seen from the fact that only what is displayed in the INPUT window W3 is depicted as white characters on a colored background.

The INPUT mode is selected to enter the desired setting or etc., related to the element of manipulation, defined, for example, in the COMMAND window W2, and displayed in the INPUT window W3 is to be able to enter this parameter.

In Fig. 3 with respect to the INPUT window W3 describes all six input elements, such as [entry]... [edit tape] disclosed below.

If during any mode selected in the mode EPN, is the manipulation of key EPN 13-1, then return directly to normal mode.

3. Description of the MAIN window.

Here are some specific formats display the MAIN window W1, the COMMAND window W2 and the INPUT window W3, each of which is displayed in the form of a frame EPN in Fig.3 and 4. First, with reference to Fig. 5 through 7 describes the MAIN window W1.

In Fig. 5 shows the separated area of the MAIN window W1 shown in Fig.4.

As shown in this diagram, the MAIN window W1 is divided, for example, five display areas: the status area (A1), the scope of information about programs (prog info) (A2), the information area time info) (A3), the list pane (A4) and unit details (A5).

In Fig. 5B shows the display contents in the respective fields of the MAIN window W1 in a separate modes.

As mentioned above, in native mode are four modes of navigation: Navigation all channels", "Navigation of this channel", "Navigation of all tapes" and "Navigating the ribbon". First will be given definitions of these navigation modes.

Navigation "all channels" mode to ensure that all information relevant rd this point in time, while Navigating this channel" is a mode for providing information related to the program being broadcasted at the present time, or programs scheduled for broadcast later this time in a channel selected by a predetermined manipulation.

At the same time, "Navigation of all tapes" is a mode for providing information, with access to all data tape library stored in the memory tape library 10A relating to all programs written in the moment at all VHS VTR 11. And finally, "Navigating the tape" is a mode for providing information relating to the programs recorded on one video selected by a predetermined manipulation of all videotapes, recorded at the moment of the VTR 11.

Thus the contents of the display EPN modified properly by selective switching of the four navigation modes, leading to the inclusion of options in the form of electrical software menu relating to programmes broadcast on all channels or any one particular channel, or to activate a function in the form of electrical software menu related to the recorded programs on all ve modes can be performed by selecting the appropriate command element in the COMMAND window W2 and perform the necessary manipulations.

According Fig.5V status area (A1) is an area to display the current state (navigation mode) EPN indicating which of the above four navigation modes set in the present time.

Area info prog (program information) (A2) is an area for displaying information relating to the program (where the cursor is located), that is currently selected in the list pane (A4). When working in the "Navigation all channels" or the "Navigation this channel displays the channel number corresponding to the broadcast program, the start/end of the program, and so forth. At the same time when working in the "Navigation all feeds" or "Navigation on the tape, displays information, including the number assigned to the tape on which is recorded a program (i.e., the number of tape), the position of the beginning/end of the program on the tape, and so forth.

Area time info time) (A3) is used to display the current time regardless of the mode.

The list pane (A4) is an area for displaying information about the program in a single line in accordance with the attribute profile displayed in the status area (A1). In the "Navigation all channels" or the "Navigation of this channel is Chala) and channel broadcast. At the same time in the "Navigation all feeds" or "Navigation of this tape displays information, including program title, program duration (or start position) and video tape on which is recorded the program.

Unit details (A5) is used to display some of the comments to the program selected in the list pane (A4). In that case, when working in the "Navigation all channels" or the "Navigation of this channel is to display characters (1st detail), revealing the total content of the program based on the electrical data programming menu. However, in this embodiment mode, the Navigation of all tapes" or "Navigation on the tape" is not displayed.

In Fig.6 shows a specific example of the display of the MAIN window. In this case, the image denoting the "Navigation all channels" is displayed in the status area (A1), and the days start/end program called "Sisters" (Sisters) selected in the list pane (A4), are displayed using the rectangle in the field of prog info (A2) and also, time info (A3) digits displays the current time. Program name, a broadcast start time and the name of the broadcast station display the column names of the program "Sisters", indicating that the currently selected program "Sisters". Comment representing the total maintenance program "Sisters" is displayed in the block details (A5).

In Fig. 7A-7D shows the functions assigned to the key EPN 13-1, the command key 13-2, and cursor keys (13A-1 TO 13A-4) mainly by mode. Key EXE 13A-5 in native mode is not used, and the manipulation of it in this mode is invalid. In Fig.7A, 7B, 7C and 7D are examples in the "Navigation all channels" in the "Navigation of the channel" in the "Navigation all feeds" and "Navigation on the tape," respectively.

As can be seen from these charts, in any of four modes selected in native mode, in response to the manipulation of key EPN 13-1 is returning to normal mode or switch to COMMAND mode in response to a manipulation command key 13-2. When the manipulation button up 13A-1 or button down 13A-2, which is the cursor keys, colored rectangle ST. in the list area is shifted on the column in accordance with the direction of the manipulated keys to change the selected program.

Meanwhile, when the manipulation key right key 13A-3 or left 13A-4, which is the cursor keys, and the delegation of all channels", as shown in Fig.7A for key right key 13A-3 fixed function "next time interval, and for left 13A-4 fixed function of the previous time interval, respectively. In this case, when the manipulation key right key 13A-3 in the list pane (A4) in the list displays the programs in the next time interval of the broadcast. Meanwhile, when the manipulation key left 13A-4 in the list pane (A4) in the list displays the programs in the previous time interval broadcast before the program currently displayed.

In the "Navigation of the channel, as shown in Fig.7B, right click 13A-3 fixed function "next channel", and left 13A-4 fixed function "previous channel", respectively. In this case, when the manipulation key 13A-3 in the list pane (A4) in the list displays the programs of the channel with the next number in relation to the channel currently selected. Meanwhile, when the manipulation key left 13A-4 in the list pane (A4) in the form of a list displays the channel with the previous number in relation to the channel currently selected.

In the regime of Navigation on the tape, as shown in Fig.7D for key right 13A-3 SACO. In this case, when the manipulation key right key 13A-3 in the list pane (A4) in the form of a list display program recorded on videomagician the tape with the next number in relation to the number videomagician tape installed at the moment. Meanwhile, when the manipulation key left 13A-4 in the list pane (A4) in the form of a list display program recorded on videomagician the ribbon with the previous number in relation to the number videomagician tape installed at the moment.

4. Description the COMMAND window.

Next, with reference to figures from 8A through 8C are explanations on specific display format of the COMMAND window W2.

In Fig.8A shows a divided display area of the COMMAND window W2. As shown in the diagram, the COMMAND window W2, divided into eight regions display a10-A17, which displays the icons of the teams. In this case the COMMAND window W2 has two display modes: mode comandi 0 and mode komandy. Mode kamandi and mode comandi defined so that icons of commands that are displayed in the areas a10-A17, are mutually different. In particular, in mode comandi in the areas a10-A17 are displayed respectively icons teams 0_0-0_7,sledovatelno in this version you can install a maximum of sixteen icons commands in the COMMAND window W2, with eight display areas, so that under this option in a limited space to display in the COMMAND window W2 can be displayed more functions.

Mode change comandi 0 and mode kamandi is performed through the manipulation command key 13-2 as shown in Fig.8S. For example, when the manipulation command key 13-2 in native mode you can switch to COMMAND mode, when the selected mode komandy. If in this state to manipulate key 13-2, the supported COMMAND mode, while the mode kamandi is changed to the mode komandy. Additionally, when the manipulation in this state, the command key 13-2 is returning again in the MAIN mode.

In Fig.8B shows the contents of the display fields in the COMMAND window W2 in accordance with the numbers of teams. This chart includes the number of teams 0_ 0-0_7 1_0-1_7. These team numbers correspond to command the elements designated respectively pictograms 0_0-0_7 1_0-1_7, as described with reference to Fig.8A.

According to this chart 0_0 is defined as [edit source] and is an element to change the navigation mode of the channel and the navigation mode of the tape.

"This" in the navigation channel and the navigation mode of the tape.

0_ 2 is defined as [on/off - more images] to enable or disable the display unit details (A5).

0_3 is defined as [change display attribute] is the element for selective changes display information related to the time of the program in the list pane. 0_4 is defined as [change location display] to change the display order of the programs in the list pane. 0_5 is defined as [changes the display] to select the source in the list.

0_6 and 0_7 not defined.

team 1_ 0 is defined as [browse] and is an element to view the program selected in the list pane.

team 1_ 1 is defined as [REC - rec] recording (including the reserved recording) of the program selected in the list pane.

team 1_ 2 is defined as [set EPN] and an element to set the picture EPN different ways. As will be explained hereinafter, if this item is selected in the COMMAND mode, then switches to the INPUT mode to display the INPUT window, which displays the required installation parameters.

team 1_ 3 DMS 1_4 is defined as [edit tape] to edit the tape, selected in the list pane. If you selected any of these command elements for editing, then there is a transition in the INPUT mode to display the INPUT window, which shows the required parameters for editing.

The number of teams with 1_5 1_7 not defined. In particular, in COMMAND mode, command the elements defined above command 0_ 0-0_7 1_0-1_7, shall be allocated in accordance with the regime kamandi and mode comandi 1. Mode kamandi and mode commands _1 in the areas a10-A17 COMMAND window W2 is displayed icons representing the elements of the command rooms 0_0-0_7 1_0-1_7.

The display area corresponding to any of the undefined command of rooms, in the COMMAND window W2 is not displayed.

In Fig. 6 shows a specific example of a display COMMAND window W2. In this chart, in the areas a10-A15 are shown as examples of icons used in the mode command _0.

In COMMAND mode, when, as shown in Fig.6, displays a COMMAND window W2, the user can select the desired command element by manipulating, for example, by pressing the right A or left A and move the cursor in the appropriate area of the display in the COMMAND ornamentea element. In another case, the system switches to the INPUT mode to display the INPUT window W3, which displays the parameter corresponding to the selected team member.

5. Description of the INPUT window.

Next, with reference to figures 9A-9C describes the specific format of the INPUT window W3.

The entire display area of the INPUT W3 is defined as the input area, which is displayed below the COMMAND window W2, as shown in the example of Fig.4.

The transition in the INPUT mode shown in Fig.9C. For example, in the COMMAND mode when subjected to press EXE 13A-5 to enter the state where the cursor is positioned on the desired command icon (command element) by manipulating the cursor key, or so on, switches to the INPUT mode to display the INPUT window W3, which displays the parameter corresponding to the selected command. In INPUT mode, actually activates the INPUT window W3.

When exposed to the press EXE 13A-5 after any parameter change in the INPUT window W3 is changed, for example, by a predetermined manipulation, then the INPUT window W3 is erased and instead activates a COMMAND window W2. That is, there is a transition from INPUT mode to COMMAND Riihimaki navigation "Navigation all channels", "Navigating this channel", "Navigation of all tapes" and "Navigation of this tape.

In this diagram, command elements (see Fig.8B), selected in the COMMAND mode, shown in the far left (vertical) column.

For example, if in COMMAND mode, the selected command item [changes the display] , it follows that in the region of the selected source. In this case, as shown in Fig.9B, the mode is set to "Navigating this channel" or "Navigation on the tape, then displays the INPUT window W3, where as the selected source is introduced to the channel.

If the "Navigation all channels (feeds) selected command item [change image object], the INPUT window is not displayed (that is, there is no switching in the INPUT mode).

If the "Navigation all (this) channels selected command item [REC], the INPUT window W3 is displayed parameters representing the speed of the tape, the tape and the position of the start of recording on the tape.

If in the "Navigation all (this) tape selected command item [REC] , the INPUT window W3 is displayed parameters representing the recorded program, the tape speed, the tape and the position of the start of recording on the tape.

In this embodiment, T in the INPUT mode does not occur, that is, any function of editing for the program or tape is selected in the list pane is not installed. However, in the future this editing function may be provided and in this case, in the INPUT box displays the appropriate options command element [edit programs] or [edit tape].

If in COMMAND mode, the selected command item [set EPN], the INPUT window W3 to install EPN is displayed in the "Navigation all (this) channels" and the "Navigation all (this) tapes".

At this point in the INPUT window W3 is displayed parameters such as clock setting, auto channel setting unit details, to set the time data reception and skipping channel.

The user has the ability to perform on/off functions or input numerical values by manipulating the keys, which are located on the remote controller 13 and correspond to the parameters in the INPUT window displayed in the INPUT mode, as described above. Keys to manipulate to install on/off settings or enter numerical values can be different, including ten numeric keys, and can form telesistema by pressing the keys 13-1 up and down keys 13A-2. That is, the device may be constructed in such a way that the EPN mode all control functions are performed by manipulating just a few keys shown in Fig. 2, the number of keys provided in the remote controller 13, thereby eliminating the possibility for the user to confuse the keys for manipulation.

6. Examples of manipulation in the EPN.

Next with reference to Fig.10 and 11 will be described some examples of manipulation in EPN according to this variant embodiment of the invention.

In Fig. 10A through 10E together with the display image shows examples of manipulation when selecting the desired program to be viewed by the user at the moment, from the table of programs displayed on the picture EPN.

In Fig.10A shows the image in the normal mode. In this state, as the image P on the screen actually displays the image of the broadcast program selected by the tuner, or the image of the video tape, the playback VTR 11. If in this state to manipulate key 13-1, the transition occurs in the MAIN mode, where, as shown in Fig. 10B shows the MAIN window W1. Here it is assumed that in the MAIN window W1 on atmosenv colored rectangle ST. is located in the column with "Sisters" in the list pane. In this state, after finding the desired program, the user can put on it colored rectangle ST. by manipulating the cursor keys.

Here it is assumed that the user, for example, wants to see the program "Splash" ("Splash").

In this case, the user manipulates the key up 13A-1 or button down 13A-2 from a set of cursor keys in order to put a colored rectangle ST. in column program "Splash", as shown in Fig. 10S. If in this state to manipulate the command key 13-2, as shown in Fig.10D, displays a COMMAND window W2. Because at this point there was a switchover from the PRIMARY mode to the COMMAND mode, it activates a COMMAND window W2.

In the display mode in Fig.10D, the user, if necessary, manipulates the command key 13-2 to set komandy. Then, the user places the cursor on the command element [view], which corresponds to the command 1_0 by manipulating key right 13A-3 or left 13A-4 (in this case, the cursor position is indicated by white characters on a colored background). If in this state to influence key EXE 13A-5, it is set to display the marks in Fig.10TH, displays the image of the program "Splash". In this case, due to the execution of the command element [view] there is a natural transition to the normal mode.

If necessary manipulation is performed in accordance with the same procedure as in Fig.10, after the mode is "Navigating all (this) tape in a state where the tape containing the recorded video data as a data tape library is loaded into the VTR, then you can search for and play back the recorded program selected VTR11. Such playback control can be achieved by the detection signal, which is recorded on a control track of the magnetic tape T and indicates the position of the start of recording of the recorded program.

In Fig. 11A through 11F together with the display image shows examples of manipulations that are performed when a user reserves a recording of the desired program, referring to the table of programs displayed in the frame EPN.

Also, as in the previous case in Fig. 10A through 10B, switch to native mode to display the MAIN window through manipulation of key EPN 13-1 during the display frame R in the normal mode in Fig. 11A, and the desired program is selected with the write to save the program "Splash". In contrast to the previous case in Fig.10, where the program "Splash" is broadcast at a given point in time, Fig.11 it is assumed that this program is not currently transmitted, and is scheduled for broadcast at a later date.

First, the user places a colored rectangle ST. in column program "Splash", as shown in Fig.11C, by manipulating key up 13A-1 or button down 13A-2. If in this state to act on the command key 13-2 displays the COMMAND window W2, as shown in Fig. 11D.

In the display mode in Fig.11D, the user, if necessary, manipulates the command key 13-2 to set komandy. Then, the user places the cursor on the command item [REC], which corresponds to the command 1-1, by manipulating the key to the right 13A-3 or left 13A-4.

If in this state, the user operates the key EXE 13A-5 displays the INPUT window W3 corresponding to the command element [entry] (i.e., the transition occurs in the INPUT mode is activated when the INPUT window W3), as shown in Fig. 11TH. Then, the user performs the INPUT window W3 predefined setting for reserved recording of the desired program.

If Rezervirovannye entry program "Splash", selected by the user in the picture EPN.

In this case, in fact, as shown in Fig.11F, as the selected image R image is displayed in the COMMAND mode.

7. The description of the processing operation.

Let us now turn to the block diagrams in Fig. 12 through 15, which describes the processing performed for the implementation of control actions in response to manipulation of the keys (shown in Fig.2) in each mode. This operation performs processing system controller 9.

In Fig.12 shows the processing operation in the normal mode. In this standard program, if at step S101 is set to normal mode, in step S102 is the expectation of the impact on key EPN 13-1. At the Exodus, meaning the impact on key EXE 13-1 transitions to step S103 to switch to native mode.

In Fig.13 shows the processing operation in the basic mode, the selected mode EPN.

First, at step S201 in BASIC mode, in step S202, it turns out, was or no impact on key EPN 13-1. If the result of this check means that the impact on key EPN was 13-1, the program proceeding to the step S203 to switch to normal mode, and thus% the manipulation key EPN was not, the process continues to step S204, where it is made a different decision about whether it was or no effect on the command key. If the result of the decision to that effect on the command key 13-2 was the changeover in COMMAND mode. However, if the above solution indicates no manipulation of the command key, then the process continues at step S206.

In step S206, the decision about whether it was or no impact on key up 13A-1 or press down 13A-2. If the result of decision indicates that the impact on key up 13A-1 or press down 13A-2 was, then the process proceeds to step S207, where a colored rectangle (see Fig.6) located in the list pane, A4, moves the control up or down, and then the operation proceeds to step S208.

In step S208, the decision about what was or was not the impact on key right key 13A-3 or press the left 13A-4. If the result of decision indicates that the manipulation of the key to the right 13A-3 or left 13A-4 was not, the operation returns to the processing of step S202. At the same time, if the result of the above decision indicates that the manipulation button to the right 13A-3 or the key on the display is changed in accordance with the current regime "Navigation all (this) channels" mode or "Navigation all (this) tapes". Thereafter, the operation returns to step S202.

In Fig. 14 shows the processing operation in COMMAND mode, the selected mode EPN.

First, at step spider S301 demonstration in COMMAND mode, at step W302 decision was or not a manipulation key EPN 13-1. If the result of decision indicates that the manipulation key EPN has occurred, the operation proceeds to step S303 to switch to normal mode. However, if the result of the above decision indicates the absence of the manipulation key EPN, the operation proceeds to step S304.

In step S304 is accepted another solution, namely, was or no manipulation of the command key. If the result of this decision signifies the presence of a manipulation command key, then execute the processes in steps S305, S306 and S307 to go in the mode described with reference to Fig.3C.

At the same time, if the result of decision at step S304 means no manipulation of the command key, the operation proceeds to step S308, where a decision is made about whether there was manipulation key right 13A-3 or left 13A-4. If the result of this decision signifies the presence of the manipulation key right 13A-3 or left 13A-4, the display upravlyayuschii key and then the operation proceeds to step S310.

In step S310, the decision was or not a manipulation key13A-5. If the result of decision indicates the absence of the manipulation key, the operation returns to step W302. However, if the result of the above solution indicates the presence of a manipulation key13A-5, the operation proceeds to step S311.

In step S311, in accordance with the selected command item is executed or the process #1, or the process #2.

Process #1 is for direct control operation in accordance with the function of a command element that is currently selected. In particular, for example, this process corresponds to the operation control to display the selected program, as shown in figures 10D on the 10TH, by selecting the command element [view] in the COMMAND window W2 and the impact on press EXE.

At the same time, the process #2 is executed after the transition in the INPUT mode, to display the INPUT window in accordance with the currently selected command element. In particular, this process corresponds to the operation of the display shown in figures 10D on the 10TH.

In Fig.15 shows another operate INPUT in step S402, the decision on whether or not the manipulation key EPN 13-1. If the result of this decision demonstrates the impact on key EPN, the operation proceeds to step S403 to switch to normal mode. However, if the result of the above decision indicates the absence of the manipulation key EPN, the operation proceeds to step S404.

In step S404 taken another decision, namely, whether there was any input through action on a predefined key to change the setting. If the result of decision indicates that the manipulation of a predetermined key, the operation proceeds to step S405, where is the change process parameter in accordance with a manipulation key input. Next, the process proceeds to step S406. Meanwhile, if the result of the above decision indicates the absence of the manipulation key to change the setting, the operation directly proceeds to step S406.

In step S406, the decision was or not a manipulation keyIf the result of decision indicates the absence of a keythe operation returns to g_data/58/585816.gif">the operation proceeds to step S407.

Following this, in step S407, if you have any modified at step S405 option, change the setting EPN in accordance with this parameter. Next, in step S408 switches to COMMAND mode, and the process then passes this standard program.

Thus, as mentioned above, the present invention is arranged so that it can display in accordance with each mode as electric program menu program information related to the broadcast programs, as well as information about recorded programs related to the broadcast programs recorded on videotape, so that the user is able to obtain information about the broadcast programs and recorded programs in a single system electric program's menu, which results in the advantage that such a promising electric program menu.

In accordance with this electric software menu in the formats window to display information about the program (MAIN window), the command area (COMMAND window) and the input area (INPUT box) in the frame on the screen. Therefore, in atlive display electrical software menu includes a whole at each change of mode, that provides considerable convenience in practical use.

In addition to the above, when performing the present invention for a variety of control operations or manipulations of the input in the displayed electric program menu, the execution of each manipulation is possible by use of cursor keys (the four keys indicating the direction) for moving up, down, right and left, and a small number of keys to switch modes. Therefore when the device has many functions in the form of electrical programming menu, the user has the ability to perform the necessary manipulation corresponding to each desired goal, without danger of any confusion.

Although the present invention has been described with reference to preferred embodiments, it should be clear that the invention is not limited to this option and may be offered a wide variety of modifications. For example, can be adapted to specific formats window display mode EPN or display elements defined in each window, in accordance with the actual conditions of use.

Thus the volume of the invention ODA/p> 1. Device to control the display of electric software menu that contains a means of remembering information about a broadcast program for storing as information about a broadcast program, information related to the broadcast programs are allocated from the previously identified areas of video signals, a means of remembering information about recorded programs for storing as information about the recorded programs, information related to the broadcast programs recorded on the recording medium, and means controlling the display that can display in the form of electrical software menu to provide information relating to programs, program information relating to broadcast programs, and to the recorded programs on the basis of information about the broadcast program, stored in the means of memorizing of the broadcast programs, as well as information about the recorded programs stored in the means of memorizing information about the recorded programs, the management tool display capable of displaying in the form of electrical software menu, at least, information about programs in the window view to display information about the software menu and the input area in the window view to display the items to enter the desired parameter corresponding to the selected command manipulation, and further comprises a means of manipulation to control the desired manipulation on the displayed image electric software menu, and a means of manipulating includes the first manipulator edit mode for selectively changing the mode of operation of the electric program menu between display electrical programming menu mode and normal mode display image, a second optical drive change mode for selective change of the operation mode between mode when in display mode, the electric software menu is activated keying in information about the programs, and mode, when in display mode, the electric software menu activated by keying in the command area, the third manipulator edit mode for selective change of the operation mode between mode, when activated by keying in the command field, and mode, when activated by keying in the input area, and the pointing device cursor movements made with the possibility, at least, to control the movement 2. The device under item 1, characterized in that the means controlling the display configured to selectively display one region that is activated by using the manipulation differently than any other area.

3. The device under item 1, characterized in that when the renderer is set to display information about the programs that apply to all broadcast programs currently being broadcast or to be broadcast according to a schedule, based on the information about the broadcast programs stored in the means of memorizing of the broadcast programs, the left and right directions of the behaviors that indicate the direction means of manipulation correspond to time intervals prior to the time interval of the broadcast program currently being displayed, and accordingly time intervals following the time interval of the broadcast program currently being displayed.

4. The device under item 1, characterized in that when the renderer is set in a mode to display information about programs related to the program broadcast, isolated from all programs that are currently being broadcast time or be broadcast according to Rasi right direction manipulators, indicate the direction, tools manipulations correspond to the previous channel to the program currently being displayed, and, consequently, the channels after the program currently displayed.

5. The device under item 1, characterized in that when the renderer is set in a mode to display information about programs related to the recorded programs on the recording media selected on the basis of information about the recorded programs stored in the means of memorizing information about the recorded programs, the left and right directions of the behaviors that indicate the direction means of manipulation correspond to the preceding number of the recording media to the media that is currently selected, and, consequently, the number of the recording media after the media is currently selected.

 

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