Patent Number: 7,770,201

Title: Interactive entertainment and information system using television set-top box

Abstract: An interactive entertainment and information system using a television set-top box, wherein pages of information are periodically provided to the set-top box for user interaction therewith. The pages include associated meta-data defining active locations on each page. When a page is displayed, the user interacts with the active locations on the page by entering commands via a remote control device, whereby the system reads the meta-data and takes the action associated with the location. Actions include moving to other active locations, hyperlinking to other pages, entering user form data and submitting the data as a form into memory. The form data may be read from memory, and the pages may be related to a conventional television program, thereby providing significant user interactivity with the television.

Inventors: Fries; Robert M. (Redmond, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: H04N 7/173 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/03/12018