United States Patent n9]
 VIDEO RECEIVER DISPLAY OF MENU OVERLAYING VIDEO
 Inventor: Randal L. Bertram, Raleigh, N.C.
 Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, N.Y.
[ * ] Notice: The term of this patent shall not extend beyond the expiration date of Pat. No. 5,602,597.
 Appl. No.: 455,787
 Filed: May 31, 1995
 Int. CI.6 H04N 5/45
 U.S. CI 348/565; 348/601; 348/734;
 Field of Search 348/734, 906,
348/473, 563, 564, 565, 569, 601, 589; 345/23, 113, 114, 116, 119, 158, 160; H04N 5/45,
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U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS 5,237,417 8/1993 Hayashi et al 348/565
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US005606374A [ii] Patent Number: 5,606,374  Date of Patent: *Feb. 25, 1997
5,367,316 11/1994 Dcezaki 345/158
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Primary Examiner—John K. Peng
Assistant Examiner—Jeffrey S. Murrell
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Anthony N. Magistrate; Daniel E.
A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control which controls modification of the visual images displayed. By use of the remote control, a human observer may cause a processor controlling the video display to execute a control program formulated in a particularly concise language and controlling the display of menus and the like. Menus are displayed as overlays onto a live motion video image. A display controller and video reception circuitry cooperating for displaying full motion video visual images occupying substantially the entirety of a viewable screen area and a menu display occupying a minor portion of the screen area and overlying the full motion video visual images.
41 Claims, 17 Drawing Sheets