Patent Number: 6,169,879

Title: System and method of interconnecting and using components of home entertainment system

Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for interconnecting multiple consumer electronics devices in a home entertainment system. The consumer electronics devices are connected in a hub and spoke configuration, with each one being directly connected to a central electronics device. The central electronics device includes multiple identical, interchangeable jacks, each of which can receive cables connected to any of the consumer electronics devices, thereby significantly simplifying the process of connecting the components of the home entertainment system. The jacks are compatible with S-video and RCA video cables, such that the user does not need to understand the differences between these cables. In the hub and spoke configuration, all signals in the home entertainment system are accessible by the central electronics device. Accordingly, the central electronics device can process, route, or otherwise respond to any signal. For example, any video or audio signal can be routed to a VCR, where it can be recorded.

Inventors: Perlman; Stephen G. (Mountain View, CA)

Assignee: WebTV Networks, Inc.

International Classification: H04N 5/44 (20060101); H04N 5/765 (20060101); H04B 1/20 (20060101); H04N 5/775 (20060101); H04N 5/782 (20060101); H04N 007/16 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018