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Information system

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

Brian Lee Klosterman, Steven Schein

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A system and method for displaying an electronic program schedule guide is provided. The system has areas for displaying program schedule information. In addition, the system also has areas that may be used for advertising programs, products or services. In another embodiment, the system has areas for displaying messages to the user.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates a preferred embodiment of a system on which a program schedule guide according to the present invention may be displayed;

FIG.

2(

a) is an illustration of a program schedule guide screen according to the present invention with program information, information icons, and information regions;

FIG.

2(

b) is an illustration of a promotional message screen shown to the user when the user selects the information region of FIG.

2(

a);

FIG.

3(

a) is an illustration of a program schedule guide screen according to the present invention with program information, and information regions;

FIG.

3(

b) is an illustration of a promotional message screen shown to the user when the user selects the information region of FIG.

3(

a);

FIG.

4(

a) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the program schedule guide screen according to the present invention with program information and an information region;

FIG.

4(

b) is an illustration of a promotional message screen shown to the user when the user selects the information region of FIG.

4(

a);

FIG.

5(

a) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the program schedule guide screen according to the present invention with program information and an information region;

FIG.

5(

b ) is an illustration of a promotional message screen shown to the user when the user selects the information region of FIG.

5(

a );

FIG.

6(

a ) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the program schedule guide screen according to the present invention with program information and an information region;

FIG.

6(

b ) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the program schedule guide screen which includes virtual channels;

FIG.

6(

c ) is an illustration of a submenu screen shown to the user when the user selects the information region of FIG.

6(

a ) or the virtual channel of FIG.

6(

b );

FIG.

6(

d ) is an illustration of a data page shown to the user when the user selects one of the options shown in the submenu screen of FIG.

6(

c );

FIG. 7 is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the program schedule guide which includes information regions;

FIG. 8 is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the program schedule guide screen which includes information icons;

FIG.

9(

a ) is an illustration of an embodiment of the information guide;

FIG.

9(

b ) is an illustration of a submenu of the information guide with news highlighted;

FIG.

9(

c ) is an illustration of a news information screen;

FIG.

10(

a ) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of a submenu of the information guide with sports highlighted;

FIG.

10(

b ) is an illustration of a sports submenu;

FIG.

10(

c ) is an illustration of a sports information screen;

FIG.

11(

a ) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the information screen with weather highlighted;

FIG.

11(

b ) is an illustration of a weather submenu;

FIG.

11(

c ) is an illustration of a weather information screen;

FIG.

11(

d ) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of the weather submenu;

FIG.

11(

e ) is an illustration of an alternate embodiment of a weather information screen; and

FIG. 12 illustrates the hardware elements of a preferred embodiment of the invention.

Claims

1. A method of displaying an interactive electronic program guide on a display comprising the steps of:

2. The method of claim 1 further comprising the step of concealing the new screen when the user confirms tuning or recording the selected program at the scheduled telecast time.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein the displaying promotional information comprises displaying advertisement for products.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein the displaying promotional information comprises displaying advertisement for a second current or future television program.

5. The method of claim 1 wherein the displaying promotional information comprises displaying advertisement for services.

6. The method of claim 1 wherein the television program listings include titles, channels, times, and program lengths.

7. The method of claim 1 wherein the first area is the only area of the display, and the new screen is the only area of the display displayed in place of the first area.

8. The method of claim 1 wherein the step of selecting a television program comprises of moving an on-screen cursor to highlight a program listing.

9. An electronic program guide system comprising:

10. The electronic program grid of claim 9 further comprising means for concealing the new screen when the user confirms tuning or recording the selected program at the scheduled telecast time.

11. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein the promotional information includes advertisement for products.

12. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein the promotional information includes advertisement for a different current or future television program.

13. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein the promotional information includes advertisement for services.

14. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein the television program listings include titles, channels, times, and program lengths.

15. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein the first area is the only area of the display, and the new screen is the only area of the display displayed in place of the first area.

16. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein means for selecting a television program comprises of moving an on-screen cursor to highlight a program listing.

17. A method of arranging and managing information for an on-screen electronic program guide having a display screen comprising the steps of:

18. The method of claim 17 wherein the displaying a second promotional information comprises displaying advertisements for products or services.

19. The method of claim 17 wherein the displaying a second promotional information comprises displaying advertisement for a second current or future television program.

20. The method of claim 1 wherein the displaying detail information about the selected program comprises displaying one or more of text, still image, and video clip about the selected program.

21. The electronic program grid of claim 9 wherein the detail information about the selected program includes one or more of text, still image, and video clip about the selected program.

22. The method of claim 17 wherein the displaying detail information about the current or future-schedule program comprises displaying one or more of text, still image, and video clip about the current or future-schedule program.