TV recording and viewing control system

  • US 5,253,066 A
  • Filed: 11/05/1991
  • Issued: 10/12/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of controlling a video appliance comprising the steps of:

  • receiving a first signal representative of a television program schedule, a second signal indicating which television program is currently being received and a third signal indicating the class of program being received;

    converting said first signal into a display of text representative of said television program schedule;

    nominating a subset of items of said displayed text as items to be permitted andselecting a set of classifications which are to be prohibited; and

    , if said second signal indicates that a television program currently being received corresponds to one of said items to be permitted;

    activating a video appliance;

    comparing said third signal to said set of prohibited classifications, and, if said classification signal indicates that a received program is a member of the set of prohibited classifications;

    causing the video appliance to be temporarily deactivated until said classification signal indicates that a received program is no longer a member of the set of prohibited classifications.

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