Patent Number: 8,578,414

Title: Television control interface with electronic guide

Abstract: An on-screen menu method and system for controlling the functions of integrated electronic devices and a television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day and an interconnected series of menus to control the features of the integrated electronic devices. An input device allows the viewer to move a pointer over different interactive areas of the guide and the function performed when the area is activated is displayed in a contextual help window. Various control glyphs provide for recursive interaction with the guide.

Inventors: Alba; Theresa A. (Fremont, CA), Casement; Marcy A. (Danville, CA), DeStein; William (Pleasanton, CA), Folker; David (Fremont, CA), Hunwick; Keith W. (Mountain View, CA), Johnson; Kenneth D. (Alameda, CA)

Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Inc.

International Classification: H04N 5/445 (20110101)

Expiration Date: 2022-11-05 0:00:00