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post #91 of 93 Old 05-03-2012, 06:22 AM
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Now for Gemstar, I find this that appears to be the earliest (so far) of their EPG patents. Filed in 2000, granted in 2004;
http://www.google.com/patents/US6756...GfL06AG338zhCA

Wasn't Gemstar the owner of the Star-Sight service? If I remember correctly Star-Siight was the first available EPG back in the mid 90's. We had it before we bought a ReplayTV box. It was pretty cool for the time and we were disappointed when it was discontinued.
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My 2nd link in post 87 apparently is what you are talking about;
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But, I maybe found what I was looking for here. Filed in 1994 and granted in 1995;
http://www.google.com/patents/US5479...GfL06AG338zhCA
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Screen (10) for a user interface of a television schedule system and process consists of an array (24) of irregular cells (26), which vary in length, corresponding to different television program lengths of one half hour to one-and-one half hours or more. The array is arranged as three columns (28) of one-half hour in duration, and twelve rows (30) of program listings.

Here are two more from that company (in filing date order);
http://www.google.com/patents/US5353...GfL06AG338zhCA
http://www.google.com/patents/US5550...GfL06AG338zhCA

To answer your question, yes;
http://investing.businessweek.com/re...ivcapId=329353
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In December 1996, StarSight Telecast, Inc. entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Gemstar International Group Limited, whereby a wholly owned subsidiary of Gemstar would merge with and into the company. The company would survive the merger and become a wholly owned subsidiary of Gemstar. As of December 31, 1996, StarSight Telecast, Inc. was engaged in the marketing of patented on-screen interactive television program guide and VCR control service.StarSight Telecast, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Rovi Corporation.


Abundant OTA television is what makes this country different from all others. Lets keep it this way.
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The tide might turn: Cisco socks it to TiVo, then "lawsuit happy" TiVo does the only thing they know how to do and sues back;

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/05/us-tivo-cisco-lawsuit-idUSBRE85407920120605


More discussion here;
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/13/cisco_sue_countersue_tivo_dvr_patent/

This "NDS" that was mentioned is here;
http://www.nds.com/About_NDS/About_the_Company/

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