Client-server electronic program guide

  • US 7,065,709 B2
  • Filed: 05/21/2002
  • Issued: 06/20/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/21/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for use in a client-server interactive program guide system for scheduling reminders according to user defined expressions and providing a customized viewing experience to a user based on programs having scheduled reminders, comprising:

  • providing a user with an opportunity to define an expression with an interactive program guide client implemented on user equipment without requiring the user to navigate the Internet;

    storing the expression on a program guide server;

    processing the expression with the program guide server to find programs that satisfy the expression;

    scheduling with the program guide server reminders for programs that satisfy the expression;

    determining at least one program criteria associated with the programs that satisfy the expression;

    determining a set of programs for which reminders have not yet been scheduled; and

    applying the at least one associated program criteria to the set of programs for which reminders have not yet been scheduled to generate at least one personal viewing recommendation.

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