Multiple user profile remote control

  • US 6,359,661 B1
  • Filed: 11/05/1996
  • Issued: 03/19/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/05/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An apparatus for controlling access to and display of television programming, comprising:

  • a television receiver, comprising a display;

    a first remote control device for requesting programming to be transmitted to the display by the television receiver, wherein the first remote control device includes a unique identifier in the signal sent to the television receiver when programming is selected using the first remote control device, wherein the first remote control device further comprises user profile data for controlling television programming by the first remote control device, wherein the user profile data is customizable by a user;

    a memory for storing program control data, wherein the program control data comprises programming restrictions associated with the unique identifying signal of the first remote control device;

    a processor electrically connected to the television receiver and the memory, the processor for processing programming requests sent by the first remote control device; and

    a second remote control device for requesting programming to be transmitted to the display by the television receiver, wherein the second remote control device includes a unique identifier in the signal sent to the television receiver When programming is selected using the second remote control device, and wherein the program control data stored in the memory further comprises programming restrictions associated with the unique identifying signal of each of the first and second remote control devices, and wherein the processor processes programming requests sent by each of the first and second remote control devices.

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