WO1998016056A2 - Implementation of vcr plus+ in dss receivers - Google Patents

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WO1998016056A2
WO1998016056A2 PCT/US1997/018534 US9718534W WO9816056A2 WO 1998016056 A2 WO1998016056 A2 WO 1998016056A2 US 9718534 W US9718534 W US 9718534W WO 9816056 A2 WO9816056 A2 WO 9816056A2
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
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Abstract

A system for automatically controlling the recording of a television program by a video recorder including means for receiving identifying information regarding a television program having a channel identifier, a memory for storing a plurality of identifiers, each correlating to a city and for each identifier, storing mappings between channel identifiers in the received identifying information and the over the air channel number for the correlated city for all channels where the channel identifier is different from the over the air channel.

Description

IMPLEMENTATION OF VCR PLUS+ IN DSS RECEIVERS

BACKGROUND

As a result of DSS's successful launch in 1994, there has been considerable interest in the compatibility of VCR Plus+ instant programmer technology (see publications WO 90/07844 and

WO 93/0771) with DSS. In North America, the PlusCode System has 1 through 8 digits and is capable of representing 191 channels, which is more than adequate to cover all the meaningful

DSS channels.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

CHANNEL LINE-UP

DSS Channel Line-up

At present, the DSS has approximately 200 channels. Among these are 29 Digital Audio Channels with no published scheduled programming. These 29 channels (DSS 501-529) will therefore NOT be represented in the PlusCode System.

DSS also has channels 100 - 199 reserved for Pay-per-view channels, of which 77 are being used. A Pay-per-view movie is typically shown many times a day, and repeated every day for the whole month. A viewer can, pretty much watch a desired pay-per-view movie any time (at roughly 2 hour intervals), any day. There is therefore no need to do pre-programmed VCR recording. As a result, these channels are also NOT represented in the PlusCode System.

The DSS Channel Line-up has many extra channels not normally found in cable systems. For example, DSS has both HBO-East and HBO-West. Cable systems usually will carry one or the other, but not both HBO feeds. If a user reads the TV Guide or a local newspaper and enters a PlusCode corresponding to an HBO program, then depending on the TV Guide edition or the newspaper, the program can correspond to either an HBO-East program or an HBO-West program. Furthermore, this correspondence may change in time. A cable company may decide to switch its HBO reception from the East feed to the West feed. It is therefore NOT POSSIBLE to use PlusCodes as published in TV Guide or local newspapers to do DSS VCR Plus+ programming. Instead, he must use a TV listing dedicated to DSS programming which lists all the DSS channels separately. Any magazine that carries PlusCodes for DSS channels will have the same Guide Channel assignments. Local Over-The Air Channel Line-up

DSS does not include local over-the-air broadcast channels. As a result, users who wishes to receive local channels must have a separate antenna. The PlusCode System obviously should still allow such users to record over-the-air channels by entering the PlusCodes printed in his local newspaper or TV Guide.

GUIDE CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT

By judicious assignment of Guide Channels, the DSS user will be able to record both local over-the-air channels as well as DSS channels.

Guide Channel Assignment for Local Over-The-Air Channels

For local over-the-air channels, if their natural channel numbers are less than or equal to 32, then the Guide Channel numbers typically remain the same. In this case, no channel mapping is necessary. If the natural channel number is between 33 and 64, then the Guide Channel number typically will be reassigned to a value between 1 and 32. In any event, to avoid conflict with DSS channels, the assigned guide channel numbers for all over-the-air channels will remain the same, i.e. DSS channels will avoid using guide channel numbers which have already been assigned to local over-the-air channels.

Guide Channel Assignment for DSS Channels

The Guide Channel assignment for DSS channels is listed in Appendix C, which also includes the actual DSS channel numbers. In VCR Plus+ terminology, the DSS Channel numbers are in fact "TV Channel" numbers. In effect, to VCR Plus+, the DSS system acts like one cable system. Table A is in fact a definition of the Guide Channel - TV Channel channel map for this system.

METHOD OF DOING CHANNEL MAPPING

Channel Mapping for Local Over-The-Air Channels

To establish guide channel map of local over-the-air channels into the VCR, there are 3 methods: V-Set

This relies on using a VBI decoder to capture channel map data broadcast by Gemstar local hosts in all ADI's in support of Index Plus+, Guide Plus+ and V-Set VCR Plus+. This method involves additional hardware cost, e.g. VBI decoder.

Using channel maps stored in memory

There are 2 variations in this method:

1. Maps are stored in memory and indexed by a City Number. List of major cities in the U.S. can be listed as a table in the user's manual in state alphabetical order. A user looks up his city to find the City Number. He enters the City Number into the VCR during the set-up process. The VCR then looks up the channel map from memory. In this manner, the user does not need to understand terminologies like Guide Channel, TV Channel, double channel mapping, etc. There is also no danger of his inputting Guide Channel number and TV channel number in reverse. The whole process of channel mapping (for over-the-air channels) is reduced to one single step of entering a 3 digit city number. Next to each city is a city number and a multi-digit number. The multi-digit number summarizes the Guide Channel - TV Channel mapping for over-the-air channels whose Guide Channel numbers are not the same as the TV Channels. For example, for New York City, the multi-digit number 06471241 means:

Guide Channel TV Channel

06 47

12 41

The storage of city numbers together with the Guide Channel - TV Channel information in VCR's micro-controller's ROM takes roughly 1200 bytes. Other than the extra ROM, this method does not involve any additional hardware cost.

2. This method is similar to 1. above. However, instead of having to user to look up a table of cities in the user's manual, the list of states and then cities can be presented on screen for the user to choose as part of the set-up process. The memory requirement in this case is the

1200 bytes mentioned in 1. above, together with the names of about 290 major cities, which takes an additional 3000 bytes. Manual entry

This requires the user to look up the channel map from TV Guide or the local newspaper and then enter the guide channel - TV channel numbers by hand.

Channel Mapping for DSS Channels

To the VCR, the DSS receiver acts like a cable box. Since the DSS channel map is well defined in this case, it is highly recommended that it is stored in memory (ROM). This way, instead of having the user manually doing channel mapping for close to 100 DSS channels, he can simply choose the "DSS" option during setup and the whole map is automatically entered. The manufacturer should allow for manual entry of DSS channel number in case it is changed in the future. Such entry should be stored in EEPROM and overwrites the DSS channel number stored in ROM.

OPERATIONS

It is important that the manufacturer well specifies how the DSS receiver, external antenna

(for over-the-air local channel reception) and the VCR should be connected. The connection configuration deteirnines how the VCR should carry out VCR Plus+ recordings. We recommend that the DSS output should be connected to the VIDEO IN or S-VIDEO IN of the VCR while the antenna signal should be connected to the ANTENNA IN of the VCR. We also recommend that DSS receiver should be left on, consistent with our past treatment of cable boxes.

Assume a user during setup indicates he has DSS. Then when he enters a PlusCode, the VCR can quickly decode the Guide Channel number. If the Guide Channel Number corresponds to an over-the-air channel, the VCR should switch its input to ANTENNA IN and then use the VCR's tuner to tune to the over-the-air channel to record. If the Guide Channel Number corresponds to a DSS channel, the VCR should switch its input to VIDEO IN (or S-VIDEO IN), then send IR signal to the DSS receiver to tune to the right channel, and then start the recording.

.A. TABLE A

DSS GUIDE CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT

VCR Plus+ CHANNEL ASIGNMENTS for DSS, based on

Satellite DIRECT magazine-Pacific zone edition,

July 1996 issue

Guide DSS

Channel Channel DSS

Number Number Identifier Description

1-32 * (reserved)

33 980 HBO-E Home Box Office-East feed

34 206 ESPN Entertainment & Sports Programming Network

35 219 AMC American Movie Classics

36 * (reserved)

37 225 DSC The Discovery Channel

38 968 NIK Nickelodeon

39 221 A&E Arts & Entertainment Network

40 * (reserved)

41 985 SHO-E Showtime-East feed

42 202 CNN Cable News Network

43 233 TBS TBS Superstation

44 229 USA USA Network

45 973 MAX-E Cinemax-East feed

46 967 LIF Lifetime

47 232 FAM The Family Channel

48 989 MTV Music Television

49 235 TNN The Nashville Network

50 * (reserved)

51 226 TLC The Learning Channel

52 212 TNT Turner Network Television

53 223 DIS-E The Disney Channel-East feed

54 258 BRAVO Bravo

55-56 * (reserved) - 57 217 BET Black Entertainment TV

58 977 TMC-E The Movie Channel-East feed

59-61 * (reserved)

62 965 VH1 Video Hits One

63 215 E1 ENT E! Entertainment TV

64-91 * (reserved)

92 271 ENCOR Encore

93-94 * (reserved)

95 981 HB02-E Home Box Office-Eastern feed

96 982 HB03 Home Box Offica 3

97 986 SH02 Showtime 2

98 974 MAX2 Cinemax 2

99-101 * (reserved)

102 287 ABC WJLA Washington D.C. (ET)

103 282 CBS WRAL Raleigh NC (ET)

104 284 NBC WNBC New York NY (ET)

105 286 PBS National

106 289 FOX FoxNet (ET)

107 288 ABC-W KOMO Seattle WA (PT)

108 283 CBS-W KPLX San Francisco CA (MT)

109 285 NBC-W KNBC Los Angeles CA (PT)

110 * (reserved)

111 983 HBO-W Home Box Office-West feed

112 984 HB02-W Home Box Office 2-West feed

113 987 $ HO-W Showtime-West feed

114 975 MAX-W Cinemax- West feed

115 224 DIS-W The Disney Channel-West feed

116 978 TMC-W The Movie Channel- West feed

117 970 FLLX Flix

118 220 TCM Turner Classic Movies

119 270 STARZ Starz!

120 272 EN-LOVE Love Stories (Encore 2)

121 273 EN-WSTN Westerns (Encore 3)

122 274 EN-MYST Mystery (Encore 4)

123 275 EN-ACTN Action (Encore 5)

124 276 EN-TRUE True Stories & Drama (Encore 6) 125 277 EN-WAM! WAM! America's Youth Network (Encore 7) -128 * (reserved)

129 269 STRZ-W Starz!-West feed

130 266 IFC Independent Film Channel

131 995 SUND Sundance Film Channel -136 * (reserved)

137 208 ESPN2 ESPN2

138 304 GOLF The Golf Channel

139 315 KBL KBL Sports

140 325 PS-SW Prime Sports Southwest

141 326 PRIME Prime Sports

142 331 PS-W Prime Sports West

143 316 HTS Home Team Sports

144 311 NESN New England Sports Network

145 310 MSGN Madison Square Garden Network

146 320 PASS Pro Am Sports System

147 317 SPTSO SportSouth Network

148 318 SUN Sunshine Network

149 309 SCNE SportsChannel New England

150 312 SCNY SportsChannel New York

151 314 SCPHL SportsChannel Philadelphia

152 * (reserved)

153 321 SCOH SportsChannel Ohio

154 322 SCCIN SportsChannel Cincinnati

155 323 SCCHI SportsChannel Chicago

156 332 SCPAC SportsChannel Pacific

157 330 PS-NW Prime Sports Northwest

158 324 MSC Midwest Sports Channel

159 313 EMP Empire Sports Network

160 303 NEWSP NewSport

161 305 CSN Classic Sports Network

162 306 SPEED Speedvision

163 307 OUT Outdoor Life

164 214 HGTV Home & Garden Television

165 222 HIST The History Channel

166 960 TVLAND Nick at Nite's TV Land 167 * (reserved)

168 227 TOON Cartoon Network

169 990 COM Comedy Central

170 240 SCIFI Sci-Fi Channel

171 203 COURT Court TV

172 230 TRIO TRIO

173 298 TVAS TV Asia

174 246 CNBC Consumer News & Business Channel

175 252 CNN-I/CNNfh CNN International/CNNfh

176 250 NWI Newsworld International

177 254 TRAV The Travel Channel

178 216 MUCH MuchMusic

179 402 PLBY Playboy TV

180 236 CMT Country Music Television

181 247 MSNBC MSNBC 2-183 * (reserved)

184 213 HSN Home Shopping Network

185 242 C-SPAN Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network

186 243 C-SPAN2 C-SPAN2

187 963 ANC All News Channel

188 204 HNN CNN-Headline News

189 245 BLOOM Bloomberg Direct

190 248 WEATH The Weather Channel

191 * (reserved)

Reserved: not applicable to current DSS lineup.

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1. A system for automatically controlling the recording of a television program by a video recorder comprising: means for receiving identifying information regarding a television program, including a channel identifier; a memory for storing a plurality of identifiers, each conelating to a city and for each identifier, storing mappings between channel identifiers in the received identifying information and the over the air channel number for the conelated city for all channels where the channel identifier is different from the over the air channel.
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