Virtual channel table for a broadcast protocol and method of broadcasting and receiving broadcast signals using the same

  • US 7,051,359 B2
  • Filed: 07/16/2004
  • Issued: 05/23/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/08/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A digital television receiver, comprisingreceiving means for receiving a digital broadcasting signal including a virtual channel table, the virtual channel table including a program number field indicating whether a corresponding virtual channel is an active or an inactive channel;

  • detecting means for detecting the program number field included in the virtual channel table; and

    control means for controlling display of the corresponding virtual channel when the virtual channel is selected by a user and the virtual channel is determined to be inactive,wherein said inactive channel is a channel that is not presently carrying a broadcast program;

    however, the same inactive channel is scheduled to carry a broadcast program at a predetermined later time from a broadcasting station without local viewer interaction,wherein said inactive channel is a channel that is not presently carrying a broadcast program;

    however, the same inactive channel is scheduled to carry a broadcast program at a predetermined later time from a broadcasting station without local viewer interaction, wherein the inactive channel is capable of being automatically skipped.

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