Patent Number: 6,310,661

Title: Method of broadcasting controlling data streams and apparatus for receiving the same

Abstract: A method of broadcasting controlling data streams and remote receiving apparatus for using the same are disclosed. A viewer-channel-to-broadcast channel (VCBC) map is employed to map one or more controlling data streams to one or more channels. The VCBC map is stored in memory. When a user tunes to a channel, the VCBC map is checked to determine if a controlling data stream is associated with the tuned channel. The VCBC map is periodically updated and broadcasted.

Inventors: Arsenault; Robert G. (Redondo Beach, CA)

Assignee: Hughes Electronics Corporation

International Classification: H04N 7/24 (20060101); H04N 5/00 (20060101); H04N 5/50 (20060101); H04N 009/74 (); H04N 005/50 (); H04N 005/268 (); H04N 005/44 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018