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Publication numberCA2629277 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberCA 2629277
Publication date8 Apr 2001
Filing date6 Oct 2000
Priority date8 Oct 1999
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Publication numberCA 2629277, CA 2629277 A1, CA 2629277A1, CA-A1-2629277, CA2629277 A1, CA2629277A1
InventorsJin Pil Kim
ApplicantLg Electronics Inc., Jin Pil Kim
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: CIPO, Espacenet
Virtual channel table for a broadcast protocol and method of broadcasting and receiving broadcast signals using the same
CA 2629277 A1
Abstract
A virtual channel. table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
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Claims(22)
1. A virtual channel table for a broadcast protocol, comprising identification information in a bit stream syntax thereof, said identification information identifying each channel as one of an active and an inactive channel.
2. The virtual channel table of claim 1, wherein said virtual channel table is included in a program and system information protocol for a digital broadcast.
3. The virtual channel table of claim 2, wherein said digital broadcast is any one of a digital terrestrial broadcast and a digital cable broadcast.
4. The virtual channel table of claim 1, wherein said identification information sets a value of a program number field in the virtual channel table to "0" to indicate that a corresponding channel is an inactive channel.
5. The virtual channel table of claim 1, wherein said identification information sets a value of a number of elements field of a service location descriptor in the virtual channel table to "0" to indicate that a corresponding channel is an inactive channel.
6. The virtual channel table of claim 1, wherein said identification information indicates that a corresponding channel is an inactive channel whenever a service location descriptor is not included in the virtual channel table.
7. The virtual channel table of claim 1, wherein said identification information assigns at least one bit of a reserved field to indicate that a corresponding channel is an inactive channel.
8. The virtual channel table of claim 7, wherein said reserved field is positioned in a statement of a for loop in a bit stream syntax of the virtual channel table.
9. The method of broadcasting using a virtual channel table in a broadcasting protocol, said method comprising:

including identification information in the virtual channel table, said identification information identifying a channel as being one of an active and an inactive channel, and transmitting the virtual channel table; and determining at a receiver whether the channel is inactive based upon the identification information defined in the virtual channel table, by parsing the virtual channel table.
10. The method of claim 9, wherein including identification information further comprises, when a channel is inactive, setting a value of a program number field in the virtual channel table to "0" and inhibiting a service location descriptor from being transmitted through the virtual channel table.
11. The method of claim 9, wherein including identification information further comprises setting a value of the program number field and a value of a reserved field assigned for recognizing an inactive channel in the parsed virtual channel table to "0."
12. The method of claim 9, wherein determining at the receiver whether the channel is inactive comprises determining that the channel is inactive when a corresponding service location descriptor is not received in the virtual channel table.
13. The method of claim 9, wherein determining at the receiver whether the channel is inactive comprises determining that the channel is inactive when a value of a reserved field assigned for recognizing an inactive channel in the parsed virtual channel table is "0."
14. The method of claim 9, wherein determining at the receiver whether the channel is inactive comprises determining that the channel is inactive when a value of a program number field in the virtual channel table is "0."
15. In a digital television receiver, a method of inhibiting display of an inactive channel, comprising:

receiving a digital broadcast signal comprising a virtual channel table;
parsing the virtual channel table;

retrieving identification information from the parsed virtual channel table indicating whether a channel is inactive; and and, in response to said identification information indicating that the channel is inactive, inhibiting display of said channel when said channel is selected by a user.
16. The method of claim 15, wherein retrieving the identification information comprises reading a value of a reserved field for identifying an inactive channel in the parsed virtual channel table.
17. The method of claim 15, wherein retrieving the identification information comprises reading a value of a program number field in the parsed virtual channel table.
18. The method of claim 15, wherein retrieving the identification information comprises determining whether a service location descriptor is found in the parsed virtual channel table.
19. In a digital broadcast transmitter, a method of indicating an inactive channel, comprising:

generating a virtual channel table, including within the virtual channel table information indicating the inactive channel; and transmitting the virtual channel table as part of a digital broadcast signal.
20. The method of claim 19, wherein including within the virtual channel table information indicating the inactive channel comprises setting a value of a program number field in the virtual channel table to indicate the inactive channel.
21. The method of claim 19, wherein including within the virtual channel table information indicating the inactive channel comprises assigning at least one bit of a reserved field to indicate the inactive channel.
22. The method of claim 19, wherein including within the virtual channel table information indicating the inactive channel comprises omitting a service location descriptor.
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