CONSUMER INTERFACE FOR A DIGITAL
 Inventors: John William Chaney, Nobeville; Billy
Wesley Beyers, Jr., Greenfield;
Michael Wayne Johnson, Indianapolis;
James Edwin Hailey, Indianapolis;
Kevin Elliott Bridgewater,
Indianapolis; Michael Scott Deiss,
Zionsville; Raymond Scott Horton,
Fishers, all of Ind.
 Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
 Appl. No.: 363,235
 Filed: Dec 23,19M
 Foreign Application Priority Data
Jan. 5, 1994 [GB] United Kingdom 9400101
 IntCl.6 H04N7/10
 U.S. CI 348/7; 348/906; 348/731;
 Field of Search 348/906,7, 12,
348/13, 6, 569, 731; 455/3.1, 4.2, 3.2; H04N 7/10
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS 5,359,601 10/1994 Wasilewski et al 348/906 X
A television system for receiving a plurality of digitallyencoded television programs includes circuitry for selecting a particular digital data transmission channel from a plurality of digital data transmission channels containing a desired digitally-encoded television program in response to a control signal, at least one of the data transmission channels also including television program schedule data. The system also includes user-operable data entry circuitry for entering data, and a controller for generating the above-noted control signal in response to user-entered data. The controller selects a virtual channel from a plurality of virtual channels in response to user-entered data, each virtual channel being subject to reassignment to a different one of said a plurality of digital data transmission channels, the television program schedule data defining the relationship of each of the television programs to respective ones of the plurality of digital data transmission channels.
7 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets