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My 2nd link in post 87 apparently is what you are talking about;
But, I maybe found what I was looking for here. Filed in 1994 and granted in 1995;http://www.google.com/patents/US5479...GfL06AG338zhCA
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...GfL06AG338zhCAhttp://www.google.com/patents/US5550...GfL06AG338zhCA
To answer your question, yes;http://investing.businessweek.com/re...ivcapId=329353
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.
Free, abundant OTA television separates this country from many others. ATSC1 has only been in force since 2009. The wireless industry has enough spectrum. Enough of 'planned obsolesce'.