SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (Suwon-si, KR)
The disclosure relates to a display device and a way to operate it, and more specifically, to display devices that provide an integrated channel list and a way to operate the display device.
2. Description of Related Art
Image display devices have the purpose of showing an image that is viewed by users. Viewers can stream broadcast content through an image display device. Image display apparatuses display on the display therein, broadcastcontent that a user selects from the broadcasting signals sent by the broadcasting station. The majority of countries in the world have moved from analog broadcasting to broadcasting digitally.
Digital broadcasting is when a digital image signal as well as an audio signal are sent. In comparison to analog broadcasting digital broadcasting is more robust against external noise, thus having little data loss, is a great option for error correction and provides high-resolution and high-definition screen images. Additionally digital broadcasting is able to provide a bidirectional broadcasting service, unlike analog broadcasting.
Smart televisions (TVs) offering a variety of content, in addition to a digital broadcasting function are now available. Smart TVs aim to analyze and provide user needs with no manipulation by the user rather than being controlled manually in accordance with a choice made by the user.
Similar art asserts that when a channel can be watched, it is connected to a set top box through an HDMI source. To watch general TV broadcasting as well as a virtual channel, the content on the set-top boxes is output to the TV via an HDMI interface. The user has to change to TV mode in order to view the channel. Also, general TV channels as well as virtual channels operate independently of the channel selections of the set-top boxes. Therefore, if the user wishes to view the set-top box channel and simultaneously watch a TV channel or a virtual channel the channel’s mode on a TV must be changed.
The background information provided is intended to assist in understanding the disclosure. It is not clear and is not stated whether any of these details are considered to be prior art in connection with the disclosure.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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