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US20140152899 USER PROXIMITY RECOGNITION AND HANDS-FREE CONTROL  
A set-top box provides for touch free operation of home entertainment system. The set-top box detects the mobile phone of a of a user and initiates a configuration of the home entertainment system...
US20110093908 REQUESTING EMERGENCY SERVICES VIA REMOTE CONTROL  
A method and system for contacting emergency service providers may allow using a remote control (RC) at a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) client location. An MCDN user may use the...
US20110032423 ADAPTIVE USER PROFILING FOR TV-CENTRIC HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM  
A TV seamlessly connects to and controls home automation equipment such as lighting, audio/video control, climate control, etc. The TV provides users with a friendly UI to control the equipment,...
US20130088650 TELEVISION SIGN ON FOR PERSONALIZATION IN A MULTI-USER ENVIRONMENT  
Systems and methods according to the present invention provide sign on systems for devices, e.g., televisions, which balance ease of use with security and access control that is amenable to, e.g.,...
US20150055023 REMOTE CONTROL WITH USER PROFILE CAPABILITY  
A control unit (101), such as a remote control device, includes a profile selector (104). The profile selector (104), which may be a single profile selector button integrated into the side or top...
US20140285724 REMOTE CONTROL WITH CONTENT MANAGEMENT  
A remote control unit includes stored user profiles to facilitate and possibly limit access to media content. In some embodiments, a biometric sensor or smart card reader provides user...
US20110221974 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF AN INTERNET PROTOCOL TV  
The invention relates to a gesture recognition system for remote controlling a TV, which comprises: (a) video capturing device for capturing a video sequence of a user which is composed of video...
US20140184922 DETERMINING REMOTE CONTROL STATE AND USER VIA ACCELEROMETER  
Methods, and system, and entertainment device are provided for identifying a user. A method includes detecting acceleration of a user manipulated component, comparing the detected acceleration...
US20130148034 COMBINED TELEPHONE/ TV REMOTE CONTROL  
When a person arrives home with his mobile phone, the phone sends a presence signal via Bluetooth to the TV system in the home, which enables a telephone feature in which phone calls to the phone...
US20140028920 USER-SENSING REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD  
A method is provided for a user-sensing remote control system including a TV and a remote control. The method includes obtaining sensing data from a plurality of sensors in the remote control...
US20110265123 Method and System for Presenting Customized Content on a Television In Conjunction with Regular Programming  
A method and system for presenting content selectable by the viewer on a television screen simultaneously with standard television programming. The system includes a video/audio system such as...
US20050216951 Anticipatory video signal reception and processing  
A system and method that provide reduced latency in a video signal processing system. Various aspects of the present invention may comprise receiving a current request from a user for first video...
US20140002747 ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING SELECTABLE IR RECEIVE AND TRANSMIT CODES AND DAY/NIGHT PICTURE MODES  
An entertainment system for a vehicle, including a media player and a control panel having an option that allows a user to select either a first communication mode or a second communication mode,...
US20110088055 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING DURING A PROGRAMMING EVENT AN INVITATION TO FOLLOW CONTENT ON A SOCIAL MEDIA SITE  
A system and method for linking the account of a subscriber of a multi-channel video programming distributor (MVPD) network to an account of the subscriber on a social networking site and to...
US20110221964 Remote Frames  
A device that can operate according to a menu. A first aspect describes an array of preview frames were each preview frame can represent a program such as a video program or an intranet site. A...
US20110069178 MULTIMEDIA INTERACTIVE SIMULATOR  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device, including a centralized controller to: distribute multimedia content to permit a television (TV)...
US20130265501 REMOTE TOUCH GESTURES  
A remote control (RC) has a touch pad and user touches on the pad are correlated to pad positions. The positions are sent to a remote display device and mapped to corresponding locations on the...
US20110099596 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH A MEDIA DEVICE USER SUCH AS A TELEVISION VIEWER  
A personalized television or internet video viewing environment, where the user can respond to messages. Messages are received over the internet and overlaid onto the video program. A light and...
US20120057081 Gesture-Based Control of IPTV System  
Methods and apparatus for controlling an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system by gestures on a remote control involve determining a number of fingers touching a screen of the remote control;...
US20140078404 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING TELEVISION VOLUME, TELEVISION SET AND TELEVISION REMOTE CONTROLLER  
A method and system for automatically adjusting television volume, and a television set or a remote controller are disclosed. In the method and system, it judges whether the environmental sound...
US20090015726 RECEIVER AND RECEIVING SYSTEM PROVIDED THEREWITH  
In a receiving system including an analog TV 1 (first receiver unit), an STB (second receiver unit) externally connected to the analogy TV 1, and a STB remote control transmitter unit 5, the STB...
US20140022461 INTERNET TV MODULE FOR ENABLING PRESENTATION AND NAVIGATION OF NON-NATIVE USER INTERFACE ON TV HAVING NATIVE USER INTERFACE USING EITHER TV REMOTE CONTROL OR MODULE REMOTE CONTROL  
A display device receive icon or application information from an audio visual application module (AVAM) and presents, on the native UI of the display, a selectable AVAM icon according to the...
US20090002571 Television Card with Remote Control Module  
The television card with remote control module includes a 34 mm express card type TV card, a TV card remote control, and a connecting structure. The 34 mm express card type TV card has a TV card...
US20110265126 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A FAVORITES LIST OF MOVIE TITLES  
In one embodiment, a system is disclosed allowing a cable subscriber to identify a movie title that is available for viewing using a VOD service offered by a cable service provider to be included...
US20110298980 RESIZING TV GRAPHIC ELEMENTS AND REORIENTING GRAPHICS PLANE FOR USER POSITION  
The size of UI elements on a TV display are enlarged responsive to a determination from sensors that a viewer is beyond a nominal distance from the TV. As well, the graphics plane in which the UI...
US20110055866 UPDATING ELECTRONIC PROGRAMMING GUIDES WITH BLACKOUT DATA  
Blackout event data is received that includes location codes for geographic areas affected by a blackout event. User location codes are received and compared to location codes for the geographic...
US20110197214 TRACKING USER REMOTE SIGNATURES  
Disclosed is an apparatus and method for identifying a particular user of an receiver, such as a set-top box or receiver. A user is identified by the manner in which she uses an input device, such...
US20130057777 DETECTING BATTERIES WITH NON-UNIFORM DRAIN RATES  
A remote control is powered by multiple batteries connected in series. The remote control includes a voltage comparison circuit configured to compare a midpoint voltage from a node connecting two...
US20060103767 Network device having IR remote control and audio and video signal transmitting capabilities  
A network device for A/V products having IR remote control has first and second network transmitters connected to a common network media to transmit network packages to each other. The first...
US20130057778 EASY RF REMOTE CONTROL PAIRING FOR NETWORKED SET TOP BOXES  
A television service provider system includes a first set top box, a second set top box, and a remote control. The remote control transmits an infrared pairing signal which is only received by one...
US20130329141 METHOD FOR PROVIDING GUI FOR SELECTING BROADCAST CHANNEL WITH KEYPAD OPERATED BY POINTER AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS THEREOF  
A method for providing Graphical User Interface (GUI) for selecting a broadcast channel, and a broadcast receiving apparatus having the same are provided. The GUI for selecting a broadcast channel...
US20130002967 METHOD FOR PROVIDING GUI FOR SELECTING BROADCAST CHANNEL WITH KEYPAD OPERATED BY POINTER AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS THEREOF  
A method for providing Graphical User Interface (GUI) for selecting a broadcast channel, and a broadcast receiving apparatus having the same are provided. The GUI for selecting a broadcast channel...
US20110025924 DUAL SLIDER BAR CONTROL  
An application for a slider bar on a display has a series of ticks, each indicating one or more gradations of a parameter ranging between a minimum value and a maximum value. Two marker icons are...
US20100053466 SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TELEVISION WITH INTEGRATED SURROUND PROJECTION SYSTEM  
Systems and methods that facilitate the use and operation of a television with an integrated sound projection system. The sound projector preferably comprises an array of speakers configurable to...
US20120162515 Mobile to Hardware Device Linking  
Allowing a user of a mobile computing device to link the mobile computing device and its associated network or system to a subject piece of hardware operating via a second network or system is...
US20090288109 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO BROADCAST NETWORK CONTENT  
A request for information (RFI) system is provided for use in communications networks including broadcast networks and the internet. In one implementation, a viewer of a cable television network...
US20120162541 AUDIO/VISUAL DEVICE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE  
A user interface for an audio/visual device incorporates one or both of a touch sensor having a touch surface on which is defined a racetrack surface having a ring shape and a display element on...
US20110096244 REMOTE COMMANDER INJECTING NEW USER INTERFACE (UI) INTO LEGACY CONTROLLED DEVICE TO PERMIT LEGACY CONTROLLED DEVICE TO WORK WITH NEW REMOTE COMMANDER  
A controlled device such as a TV is vended with a legacy remote commander (RC) and legacy user interfaces (UI), but is programmed with authentication information to accept downloaded UI updates...
US20090265748 HANDHELD MULTIMEDIA RECEIVING AND SENDING DEVICES  
A handheld multimedia device connect to the internet to obtain internet content and transmits formatted content, including internet content, to a display, such as a television. Thus, users of the...
US20150055022 GESTURE-BASED REMOTE CONTROL  
A method and system for operating a remote-controlled device using a gesture-enabled remote control (RC) includes activating a communication link between the RC and the remote-controlled device....
US20140078406 GESTURE-BASED REMOTE CONTROL  
A method and system for operating a remote-controlled device using a gesture-enabled remote control (RC) includes activating a communication link between the RC and the remote-controlled device....
US20110090407 GESTURE-BASED REMOTE CONTROL  
A method and system for operating a remote-controlled device using a gesture-enabled remote control (RC) includes activating a communication link between the RC and the remote-controlled device....
US20120162542 Audio/Visual Device Touch-Based User Interface  
A user interface for an audio/visual device incorporates one or both of a touch sensor having a touch surface on which is defined a racetrack surface having a ring shape and a display element on...
US20130038800 Universal User Interface App and Server  
A method and system for universal user interface is provided. The method comprises steps for downloading from a web server and installing a universal user interface App software (UUIA) to a mobile...
US20120036542 HANDHELD MULTIMEDIA RECEIVING AND SENDING DEVICES  
A handheld multimedia device connect to the internet to obtain internet content and transmits formatted content, including internet content, to a display, such as a television. Thus, users of the...
US20110222153 3D GLASSES CHARGEABLE BY REMOTE CONTROLLER, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND CHARGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME  
Three-dimensional (3D) glasses which are capable of being charged by a remote controller, the remote controller, and a charging system using the same are provided. The charging system includes: a...
US20110078001 FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS  
A video client receives an advertisement for presentation on a display and presents to a user, on the display, the advertisement and a rating interface for the advertisement. The video client...
US20050120383 System for saving settings of an audiovisual system  
A system for saving settings of an audiovisual system includes a first audiovisual device with a setting and a second audiovisual device communicatively coupled to the first audiovisual device,...
US20120236209 SMART REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE WITH TEXT EDITING AND BATCH TRANSMITTING FUNCTIONALITY  
A smart remote control device is disclosed having local text editing functionality. User can use the smart remote control device to input and edit text and URL address using the local mini...
US20100162299 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING VIDEO-ON-DEMAND (VOD) CONTENT DURING EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) EVENTS  
A system and method for delivering VOD content during emergency alert system events including receiving a request for a programming session at VOD system and transmitting the requested programming...