Client-server electronic program guide

CAFC
  • US 6,898,762 B2
  • Filed: 08/13/1999
  • Issued: 05/24/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/21/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for use in a client-server interactive television program guide system for tracking a user'"'"'s viewing history, comprising:

  • tracking a user'"'"'s viewing history;

    storing the user'"'"'s viewing history on a program guide server;

    finding programs with the program guide server that are consistent with the user'"'"'s viewing history;

    determining, with the program guide server, whether the programs found by the program guide server were not previously viewed on user television equipment; and

    displaying, with a program guide client implemented on the user television equipment, a display of program titles, wherein the display;

    includes the programs found by the program guide server, wherein some of the programs have been previously viewed on the user television equipment and some of the programs have not been previously viewed on the user television equipment; and

    visually distinguishes the programs determined by the program guide server to have been previously viewed from the programs that have not been previously viewed.

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