Video input switching and signal processing apparatus

  • US 7,917,922 B1
  • Filed: 03/20/1997
  • Issued: 03/29/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of automatically changing from a first TV program to an alternate TV program at a TV viewer location, comprising the steps of:

  • entering, at the viewer location, information regarding a viewing preference;

    transmitting a TV program from a source to a viewer location;

    receiving the TV program at the viewer location over a first TV channel, the TV program including a pointer to an alternate TV channel providing an alternate TV program with subject matter directly related to the TV program; and

    automatically switching the TV program to the alternate TV program using the pointer and the information previously entered by the viewer without requiring any additional viewer intervention at the time of the switching.

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