(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2003/0012555 Al
Yuen et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jan. 16,2003
(54) TELEVISION AND VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER SYSTEM WITH AN ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE
(76) Inventors: Henry C. Yuen, Pasadena, CA (US);
Daniel S. Kwoh, La Canada/Flintridge,
CHRISTIE, PARKER & HALE, LLP
350 WEST COLORADO BOULEVARD
PASADENA, CA 91105 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/164,035
(22) Filed: Jun. 4, 2002
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A television for controlling a video cassette recorder to access programs on a video cassette tape, the television retrieving a directory of programs from a television signal received from the video cassette recorder, retrieving a program identifier from the television signal received from the video cassette recorder, displaying the directory of programs to allow a user to select a program from the directory, determining from the retrieved program identifier and the selected program the amount to either advance or rewind the video cassette tape to position the video cassette tape in the video cassette recorder at the beginning of the selected program, and commanding the video cassette recorder to position the video cassette tape at the beginning of the selected program. An indexing VCR system which responds to broadcast information to record a program guide which may subsequently be displayed to apprise the user of programs to be broadcast during the next day or week, etc. The program guide enables the user to condition the VCR to record selected programs when they are broadcast. The program guide may also include film clips of selected programs to assist the user in making a decision as to whether he/she desires to record any particular program. The program guide is preferably recorded on the video tape in the VCR in the form of a multi-cell grid and as full frame video so that information concerning each program may be displayed in respective cells in the grid. Other information, such as the PLUSCODETM , address of the corresponding clip, etc., may be transmitted to the user during the VBI intervals, or by other means.