Channel selection in digital television

  • US 6,661,472 B2
  • Filed: 09/27/1999
  • Issued: 12/09/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A digital television, comprising:

  • a display;

    a tuner including a connection for an externally supplied broadcast signal, where the tuner provides a signal carried on a physical channel selected from the broadcast signal;

    a channel control circuit which derives major and minor channel number sequences from received control signals, where a major and minor channel number sequence indicates a specific channel carried in the broadcast signal;

    a channel processing circuit connected to the channel control circuit, the display, and the tuner, where the channel processing circuit determines, when a physical channel indicated at least by the major channel number is digital, a major and minor channel number sequence by displaying a list of channels associated with the physical channel;

    receives a selection of a minor channel from the list, and generates a major and minor channel number sequence based thereon.

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