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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.
Recording free OTA TV for 'time shifting' has been here since 1977. Will there be DVR's to do the same when ATSC3 obsoletes existing DVR's??