Patent Number: 6,166,778

Title: Broadcast receiving apparatus

Abstract: The present invention relates to, in a broadcast receiving apparatus for receiving broadcast in multiple channels, controllability of setting of desired programs out of multiple programs being broadcast, and various manipulations and selections about such programs, inspection of the charge amount situation, and prevention of wrong use about connection to a telephone circuit, and these manipulations are effected in an interactive manner with the screen display shown in appropriate display format, layout, shape and color, considering psychological effects, according to the natural flow of thought of general users who manipulate. More specifically, the menu panel showing manipulation items in layers is displayed characters and expression of proper size suited to the broadcast receiving apparatus, and the layer index is attached to the menu panel, so that the layer of the present manipulation may be known at a glance, and moreover in the program list display, an official program name display column is displayed in a predetermined specific position, outside of the program list display column, and the display state of this official program name display column is maintained if the picture is changed to the broadcast content briefing picture or reserve condition customize picture. In addition, the access to the modem or IC card is indicated by the indicator, and the charge amount detail can be known from the IC card.

Inventors: Yamamoto; Sozo (Osaka, JP), Monma; Ayako (Kyoto, JP), Hirose; Chie (Ibaraki, JP), Hirai; Yoshikazu (Ibaraki, JP), Maekawa; Emiko (Joyo, JP), Naito; Eiichiro (Amagasaki, JP), Harada; Yoshinori (Osaka, JP)

Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H04N 7/16 (20060101); H04N 5/445 (20060101); H04N 005/50 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017