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

  • US 7,603,695 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Issued: 10/13/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/08/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of receiving a virtual channel table in a broadcasting protocol, said method comprising:

  • receiving identification information in the virtual channel table, said identification information identifying a channel as being one of an active and an inactive channel; and

    determining whether the channel is inactive based upon the identification information defined in the virtual channel table, by parsing the virtual channel table,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; and

    wherein the inactive channel is capable of being automatically skipped.

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