I just spotted this last night -- WebTV have a US patent on web browsing
using a remote control, which is what the Unison/NetGem box does.
I wonder if they've licensed it, or if they'd be willing to back the
Eurolinux petition? It sounds like the patent covers virtually any
set-top box internet product with a remote.
Browser software implemented in a set-top box as part of a client system
communicating over the Internet with one or more servers allows a user to
navigate using a remote control through World-Wide Web pages in which a
plurality of hypertext anchors are displayed on a television. A user input
entered from a remote input device is received by the client system over
an infrared (IR) link. The user input specifies a direction in which the
user wishes to move a selection relative to a currently selected hypertext
anchor. Based on the user input, a determination is made of which one of
the hypertext anchors is a best selectable hypertext anchor, and that
hypertext anchor is then selected and indicated as such to the user. The
user interface allows for the selection of hypertext anchors which are
part of either clientside or server-side image maps.
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