Addressable subscriber cable television system
Recorded program communication system
Game of skill playable by remote participants in conjunction with a live event
Remote control hand apparatus for operating different modules
Remote programming of CATV channel authorization unit
Interactive video method and apparatus
Remote control apparatus for electronic equipment
Remote control device
Universal remote control device
ApplicationNo. 984120 filed on 12/04/1992
US Classes:348/734, Remote control340/825.72, Wireless link359/196, DEFLECTION USING A MOVING ELEMENT OR MEDIUM (OFFSETTING OR CHANGING AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE BEAM)379/102.07, Having indication455/151.2, Wireless link (sonic, RF, or infrared)725/38, To facilitate tuning or selection of video signal725/80, Coordinating diverse devices725/133With diverse device (e.g., personal computer, game player, VCR, etc.)
ExaminersPrimary: Groody, James J.
Assistant: Murrell, Jeffrey S.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassH04N 005/44
AbstractA universal remote control device which is programmed to operate a variety of consumer products is disclosed. The device is connected over a bidirectional link to either a cable converter or a telephone interface for receiving programming information. A touch screen display is employed on the programmable remote control device for displaying icons of functions to be selected. By selecting a particular displayed icon, a command can be decoded and sent via an infrared link to one or more appliances. Infrared codes for operating a virtually unlimited number of devices can be supplied to the device over the bidirectional communications link. Further, a provision is provided to permit a telephone connection to be set up between the user's home and a facility advertising products or services over a cable television broadcast. The touch screen display will permit the actual display of these advertisements as messages received from the cable head end system. Orders may be placed from the universal remote control device based on these displayed advertisements.