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725038000 To facilitate tuning or selection of video signal 1963
725061000 Interactive program selection 90
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20110202954ELECTRONIC DEVICE - According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes an input module and a video output module. The input module is configured to receive video contents data including motion picture data. The video output module is configured to output the motion picture data to a first display device and to output image data of a first screen for command entry for the video contents data to a second display device when video contents are displayable at the first and the second display devices. The video output module is configured to output image data of a second screen for displaying the motion pictures and an image for the command entry to one of the first and second display devices at which the video contents are displayable.08-18-2011
20120180087METHOD OF PROCESSING NON-REAL TIME SERVICE AND BROADCAST RECEIVER - A method of receiving and processing a broadcast signal including a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver, the method comprises receiving and processing a signaling information table including access information of the NRT service, receiving data of the NRT service based on the signaling information table in non-real time and storing the received data of the NRT service in a storage medium, extracting service information including service type of the NRT service and detail information of the NRT service from the signaling information table, and controlling processes of the NRT service based on the extracted service information.07-12-2012
20120246678Distance Dependent Scalable User Interface - A graphical user interface control for a home entertainment system. The distance between a user and a display is determined. The informational content of the graphical user interface and the size of the text and graphic images shown on the display are scaled based on the distance of the user from the display.09-27-2012
20100077429SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA SERVICE - The present invention relates to a system and method for providing a multimedia service, which support event based home network service mobility through a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The system for providing a multimedia service, includes a RFID tag, and a home server for performing a login authentication operation using RFID tag information provided from the RFID tag, storing service usage information of a multimedia service provided for a login user, and providing a corresponding multimedia service based on the service usage information of the multimedia service when a multimedia service is requested again.03-25-2010
20130081080TELEVISION RECEIVER - A television receiver that allows an application to flexibly present a message regardless of a state of the television receiver, the television receiver including: an application engine that executes a first application program and a second application program; an application registration API that receives activation program information and an activation time from the executed first application program, and registers the activation program information and the activation time; and an application timer that activates the application engine at the registered activation time, wherein the application engine executes the second application program indicated by the registered activation program information, and presents a message specified by the execution of the second application program.03-28-2013
20130086610Visual Element, Method and System - The present invention relates to a method for displaying a user interface comprising a number of elements on which the user can focus his/her attention as desired, comprising steps for: rendering elements which together form the graphic user interface, distinguishing the element of the actual focus of the user, providing a visual effect to be further rendered in respect of the element of the actual focus, and rendering the visual effect in the user interface, whereby the attention of the user is directed relatively easily to the element of the actual focus.04-04-2013
20130036437USING IPTV AS HEALTH MONITOR - An IPTV can receive a user name and present a screen enabling a user by means of a remote control to select health information categories, inputting numeric parameters into the selected categories which can be uploaded to an Internet server for analysis and viewed by the user for subsequent monitoring/charting.02-07-2013
20130081079AUTOMATED ENVIRONMENTAL FEEDBACK CONTROL OF DISPLAY SYSTEM USING CONFIGURABLE REMOTE MODULE - A television apparatus is described which performs automated dynamic content playback in response to environmental feedback from a plurality of real time connective and configurable remote external modules. Remote modules may be hosted on a smart device, such as cell phone, smart phone, netbook, notebook, and so forth into which a sensor application is loaded which is configured to communicate with the television. The television detects and can selectively enable external modules, the sensor information from which is analyzed in response to a user profile from which control decisions are made in selecting content to be played back. The image and video media being output by the television, and preferably also its output modes, are changed in response to the information from the external modules.03-28-2013
20130042268DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A system and a method for providing a digital broadcasting service simultaneously with documented information related to a digital broadcast are provided. The system includes a broadcasting station for transmitting digital broadcast data on each broadcast channel; a data server for storing document information corresponding to the digital broadcast data on each broadcast channel, for searching for requested document information corresponding to prescribed digital broadcasting data, and for transmitting the requested document information; and a digital broadcast receiving apparatus for requesting the data server to transmit the document information corresponding to the digital broadcast data received from the broadcasting station, and for outputting the corresponding document information simultaneously with the digital broadcast data if the corresponding document information is received from the data server in reply to a request.02-14-2013
20130042267USING IPTV AS HEALTH MONITOR - An IPTV can receive a user name and present a screen enabling a user by means of a remote control to select health information categories, inputting numeric parameters into the selected categories which can be uploaded to an Internet server for analysis and viewed by the user for subsequent monitoring/charting.02-14-2013
20130042266EXPANDED MEDIA CONTENT ACCESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In one of many possible embodiments, an exemplary method includes an expansion media content processing device receiving media content in a format not supported by a set-top box to which the expansion media content processing device is communicatively connected by a local communication link, converting the media content from the format not supported by the set-top box to a format supported by the set-top box, and providing the media content in the format supported by the set-top box to the set-top box by way of the local communication link. In some examples, the method further includes the set-top box receiving and using the media content in the format supported by the set-top box to provide the media content to an output device for presentation.02-14-2013
20100100902Device Name Editing Apparatus and Device Name Display Method - According to an aspect of the invention, a device name editing apparatus includes: a connector to which a device is connected; a display unit configured to display a device name of the device; and a device name editor configured to allow a user to input character information so as to edit the device name to be displayed on the display unit.04-22-2010
20100043023Digital File Management System - A method for managing digital content is provided. The method includes accessing the digital content and applying at least one content management rule by a set-top box to the digital content. The content management rule operative to place the digital content in one of a first storage location and a second storage location, which are associated with the set-top box. The digital content may include programs or movies and the storage locations are generally operable to store multiple programs and/or movies.02-18-2010
20090158324METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING TELEVISION SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS - A method for providing a television service enhancement includes receiving a first user input requesting a television service, providing the user with an option to receive an enhancement to the television service for a charge, and receiving a second user input selecting the option to receive the enhancement to the television service.06-18-2009
20090044219DEVICE CONTROL METHOD USING AN OPERATION SCREEN, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SYSTEM USING THE METHOD - An electronic device (e.g., a display device) (02-12-2009
20090044218Font Changing Method for Video Subtitle - A font changing method for the subtitles of a video is provided. The method utilizes a playback program, which is implemented as a software application or a program embedded in a playback device, to provide a font selection function for the subtitles of the video. Therefore, a user can configure the subtitles easily. This method is used for a DVD that allows separating video streaming and subtitle data. After the playback program has received an activation signal, several steps for changing the font before playing the video are included. Firstly, the playback program receives a subtitle settings signal, and then receives a font selection signal in the settings item. Next, the program accesses a font database built in a storage medium. After that, the program links up to a selected font data. Consequently, the program can play the video after incorporating the font data into the video stream.02-12-2009
20130074123Methods, Systems And Computer Program Products For Providing Internet Protocol Television Communication Services - A method of providing communications services to customer premise equipment (CPE) coupled to a television. The method includes operating a network element as a communications terminal server, the network element being part of a communications network. The network element receives from the CPE a request to initiate communications with a diagnostic system coupled to the communications network. The network element accesses a communications application executing on a communications server coupled to the communications network and pushes a communications interface to the CPE. The network element receives message information from the CPE and routes the message information to the communications server to initiate delivery of a message to the diagnostic system.03-21-2013
20130061264Method and Apparatus for Browsing Using Alternative Linkbases - Systems and methods for navigating hypermedia using multiple coordinated input/output device sets. Disclosed systems and methods allow a user and/or an author to control what resources are presented on which device sets (whether they are integrated or not), and provide for coordinating browsing activities to enable such a user interface to be employed across multiple independent systems. Disclosed systems and methods also support new and enriched aspects and applications of hypermedia browsing and related business activities.03-07-2013
20110067054SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM FOR RESPONDING TO USER-SELECTION OF AN OBJECT IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a distributed television system for responding to user-selection of an object in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20090271821Method and Apparatus For Real-Time Viewer Interaction With A Media Presentation - Real-time participation within a media presentation is disclosed. A participant overlay may be generated by preprocessing a media presentation to extract a time-variant metadata stream associated with one or more interactive regions depicted in the media presentation. The participant overlay includes simulated physics, which may include boundaries of the interactive regions defined in accordance with content in said media presentation. A participant's interaction with said media presentation through the interactive regions may be captured and combined with the media presentation for display on a display. The interaction may comprise a user action upon one or more elements in the media presentation, a user action expressed in the media presentation through an avatar, or a user action in said media presentation in connection with a game element.10-29-2009
20090271820Method of recommending broadcasting contents and recommending apparatus therefor in multimedia contents reproducing device - Provided are a method and apparatus for recommending broadcasting contents by using a multimedia contents reproducing device, the method including the operations of generating a user list about one or more second users related to a first user; displaying the user list on a screen of the multimedia contents reproducing device; selecting at least a third user from among the one or more second users in the user list; and transmitting a recommendation message to the third user, wherein the recommendation message is related to recommending a first broadcasting content currently being watched by the first user, or a second broadcasting content selected from an Electronic Program Guide (EPG).10-29-2009
20080288977System and method of indicating video content quality - A method of indicating video content quality is disclosed that includes receiving performance data at a video content quality server from a set-top box device. The performance data may include values of a plurality of video content quality parameters. The method also includes generating a graphical user interface indicating a quality of video content received at the set-top box device. The graphical user interface may include the values of each of the plurality of video content quality parameters. Further, the method includes sending data corresponding to the graphical user interface from the video content quality server to the set-top box device. The method may include the video content quality server receiving a request from the set-top box device to send the data corresponding to the graphical user interface.11-20-2008
20130067514SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A COMMUNICATION EXCHANGE WITH AN AVATAR IN A MEDIA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a processor that causes a STB to present an avatar. The processor can receive from the STB a response of the user, detect from the response a change in an emotional state of the user, adapt a search for media content according to the change in the emotional state of the user, and adapt a portion of the characteristics of the avatar relating to emotional feedback according to the change in the emotional state of the user. The processor can cause the STB to present the adapted avatar presenting content from a media content source identified from the adapted search for media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-14-2013
20090013348SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXPORTING DIGITAL CONTENT USING AN INTERACTIVE TELEVISION APPLICATION - The present invention relates to methods and systems for extracting digital content using an interactive television application. The interactive television application may allow the user to record programs on a set-top box. The interactive television application may also allow the user to extract the audio from one of the recorded programs and transfer the extracted audio to removable media (e.g., a CD-R). The interactive television application also be configured to perform a future transfer of digital content to removable media. The future transfer may occur without requiring any further user interaction.01-08-2009
20130167173Media Processing Methods and Arrangements - A variety of technologies using portable devices in connection with media content are detailed. Some enable users to participate interactively in entertainment content, such as by submitting plot directions, audio input, character names, etc., yielding more engaging, immersive, user experiences. Other aspects involve a program directory database, compiled automatically from information reported by network nodes that watch and identify content traffic. By identifying content resident at a number of different repositories (e.g., web sites, TV networks, P2P systems, etc.), such a directory allows users to identify the diversity of sources from which desired content can be obtained—some available on a scheduled basis, others available on demand. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.06-27-2013
20130167174METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUXILIARY DATA DETECTION AND DELIVERY - A method and system for auxiliary data detection. Data is received on a hand-held device from a display of a signal on a monitor. The signal is visually displayed on the monitor at a frequency. A modulated video signal is received on the hand-held device from a display device. The modulated video signal contains auxiliary data modulated within a video signal in a substantially invisible way. The modulated video signal is demodulated to obtain the auxiliary data. At least one of the data or the auxiliary data is processed to identify a promotional opportunity available through the hand-held device. The user of the hand-held device is notified of availability of the promotional opportunity through the hand-held device.06-27-2013
20110093889USER INTERFACE FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL TELEVISION - A method of controlling an interactive television includes displaying a layout on the interactive television that includes one or more visual cues to prompt a user regarding an action (click action) to be taken on an input device to activate a predetermined function (click event). The visual cues may include multiple visual cues, at least one of which is a visual cue for a cursor-based action that includes positioning a cursor with an input device, and another is a visual cue for a movement-based action that includes moving the input device.04-21-2011
20110283315Video processing system providing interactivity independent of service provider equipment and video output device - Described herein is a video display arrangement in which a video signal from a video source is intercepted and, in response to a command from a user, a desired video signal is obtained by at least one of substituting a different video signal for the video signal from the video source and augmenting the video signal from the video source to add interactivity information for display to the user. The desired video signal is applied to a display device and displayed to the user. The arrangement may use a smart cable or a small accessory.11-17-2011
20110283314CONFIGURABLE COMPUTER SYSTEM - According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a computer system comprising a base station having a communication interface adapted to communicate with an external network, an external display device configured to receive output display signals from the base station, a user interface displayed on the external display device and generated in response to the output display signals, wherein the user interface is selectively configurable in one of a plurality of modes of content, and a remote control configured to interact with the user interface displayed by the external display device, wherein the remote control is selectively operable in at least two configurations and wherein the selectively operable remote is configured to permit a user to select for display on the external display device one of the plurality of modes of content of the user interface based on the selected configuration of the remote control.11-17-2011
20110283313Content Placeholder Markers - Content placeholder markers may be provided. A request to insert a placeholder marker may be received during output of a content asset to a device. If memory storage is available to record the content asset, the asset may be recorded. Otherwise, the placeholder marker may be stored and/or used to resume playback of the content asset from another source.11-17-2011
20110302602BROADCAST RECEIVING DEVICE AND BROADCAST RECEIVING SYSTEM - A broadcast receiving device includes: a display control unit for causing a display unit to display a video based on received data; an input unit, through which information input operation is performed; a first network communication unit communicably connected to a wide area network; a second network communication unit communicably connected to an information processing device; a network bridge processing unit for creating a bridge connection between the first network communication unit and the second network communication unit to make possible communication between the information processing device and the wide area network; and a user interface providing unit for receiving graphical user interface generated by the information processing device via the second network communication unit and supplying graphics data based on the graphical user interface to the display control unit, the user interface providing unit supplying information inputted from the input unit to the information processing device via the second network communication unit.12-08-2011
20120090002DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEPTION DEVICE AND DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEPTION METHOD - Disclosed are a digital broadcast reception device and digital broadcast reception method which can quickly present a data broadcast presentation screen once a user instructs that data broadcast be presented. The digital broadcast reception device (04-12-2012
20110289529 USER INTERFACE FOR CONTENT BROWSING AND SELECTION IN A TELEVISION PORTAL OF A CONTENT SYSTEM - A computer-implemented system and method for providing a user interface for content browsing and selection in a content system. Embodiments include: gathering available content information related to a plurality of content items from a plurality of content sources via a data network, the plurality of content items including television content items from at least two different content sources; processing the content information, using a processor, to provide digital representations of the television content items in a television portal; receiving a selection of at least one of the television content items in the television portal, the selection being in response to a user action performed on the digital representation corresponding to the selected television content item; and displaying available content information related to the selected television content item in response to receiving the selection of the television content item, the displayed available content information including a first user-selectable command option for obtaining an additional level of detailed information related to the selected television content item, the displayed available content information including a second user-selectable command option for requesting a rendering of the selected television content item.11-24-2011
20110296459SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network device including a controller programmed to receive security video content associated with a premises where the security video content has been captured by one or more cameras located within or in proximity to the premises and where the premises have one or more Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), and transmit the security video content to the DVR for forwarding to a communication device that is remote from the premises, where the security video content is wirelessly transmitted over a wireless television (TV) channel dynamically selected from available wireless TV channels associated with the premises. Other embodiments are disclosed.12-01-2011
20090158323Method and apparatus for video navigation - A method of deriving a representation of a video sequence comprises deriving metadata expressing at least one temporal characteristic of a frame or group of frames, and one or both of metadata expressing at least one content-based characteristic of a frame or group of frames and relational metadata expressing relationships between at least one content-based characteristic of a frame or group of frames and at least one other frame or group of frames, and associating said metadata and/or relational metadata with the respective frame or group of frames.06-18-2009
20110265118IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An image display apparatus and a method for operating the same are discussed. The method according to an embodiment includes displaying an image on a display, selecting, when a pointer displayed in response to movement of a remote controller is dragged from a first position to a second position on the display, an area corresponding to the first position and the second position, and performing, under a condition that the selection area is pointed out and a first button of the remote controller is pressed, if the remote controller moves away from the display or approaches the display, a zoom-in or zoom-out operation of the selection area, and displaying the zoomed-in or zoomed-out result on the display. As a result, user convenience is increased.10-27-2011
20130219429SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A TELEVISION AND SET-TOP BOX APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT PLATFORM - Systems and method are disclosed for creating or updating an application. An application development platform is adapted to assist a user with creating or updating an application. The platform includes tools that permit a user to determine application features for the application. A plurality of application modules associated with the application are determined. The application modules are associated with one or more customization interfaces that permit the user to customize the functionality, design and content of the application. A plurality of selections are received from the user via the one or more customization interfaces associated with the application modules. A user input is also received that identifies at least one content delivery device on which the application is to be executed. Compiled data is generated for the application based on the selections received from the user.08-22-2013
20090165042Methods of receiving and sending digital television services - The invention relates to a method of receiving digital television services, which comprises a step of receiving at least one information representative of the lag in the display of a new service, the information being inserted into control data which comprise at least one list of services. Thus, the invention allows the receiver to perform an action during the loading of a service as a function of this time. The invention also relates to the corresponding sending method.06-25-2009
20110197225VIDEO/AUDIO OUTPUT APPARATUS AND VIDEO/AUDIO OUTPUT METHOD - A video/audio output apparatus comprises a control unit adapted to perform screen management of output video, and generate positional relationship information for each input video data; an extraction unit adapted to generate partial image data from the each input video data; an input unit adapted to input audio source differentiated audio data; and a tile generation unit adapted to configure tile data by compiling the partial image data generated by the extraction unit and the audio source differentiated audio data for each drawing region on a screen, based on the positional relationship information generated by the control unit.08-11-2011
20080244644MANAGING MULTIPLE MEDIA CONTENT SOURCES - Media content is received through a plurality of inputs, each input being associated with one of a plurality of media content sources. Media content is provided to a media player for display in a first viewing frame based on a first one of the media content sources. A request is received for a second viewing frame. A list of available media content sources is provided. A source selection of a second one of the media content sources is received. Media content from the selected second one of the media content sources is provided in the second viewing frame.10-02-2008
20100269135VIRTUAL DESKTOP SERVICES - Methods and apparatus are described for providing access to arbitrary applications via an interactive television service using a pool of remote virtual desktops.10-21-2010
20090094642COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION TO A USER ON A DISPLAY OF A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A communication device (04-09-2009
20100100904COMMENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, COMMENT DISTRIBUTION SERVER, TERMINAL DEVICE, COMMENT DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A comment distribution server includes: a first comment information storage unit that stores comment information including a comment assignment time that is a point of time when comment data is assigned shown by an elapse time from a dynamic image reproduction start time; and the comment data, and being correlated with the dynamic image data, and a comment information distribution unit that reads out a plurality of the comment information, and that distributes them to a terminal device. The terminal device includes: a dynamic image reproduction unit that receives and reproduces the dynamic image data distributed from a dynamic image distribution server; a comment information reception unit that receives the plurality of the comment information correlated with the dynamic image, from the comment distribution server; and a display unit that displays the dynamic image reproduced by the dynamic image reproduction unit, that reads out comment data correlated with a point of time shown by the comment assignment time, from the plurality of the comment information, and that displays the read out comment data along with the dynamic image.04-22-2010
20100100903DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING WIDGET - A display apparatus and a method for displaying a widget thereon are provided. The display apparatus includes a generation unit which generates a displayable target widget, a display unit which displays the generated target widget, and a controlling unit which processes one or more target widgets related to a program a user is viewing so that the target widgets are displayed.04-22-2010
20090288115Systems and Methods for Determining User Output Preferences - A method is disclosed for determining audiovisual output preference. The method comprises providing first and second stimuli having respective sets of audio and visual characteristics. The method receives a user selection between the first and second stimuli, and includes the set of audio and visual characteristics corresponding to the selected stimuli in the audiovisual output preference.11-19-2009
20080276273SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FOCUSED NAVIGATION IN A MEDIA CENTER/EXTENSION DEVICE ARCHITECTURE - A home entertainment system includes a home media center for providing media content to a plurality of remotely located televisions within a home. The home media center includes a user interface module to generate graphical commands usable by a separate media center extension to render a focused navigation user interface on one of the plurality of televisions.11-06-2008
20120297418EXTERNAL APPLICATION PROCESSOR FOR MULTIMEDIA DEVICES - An embodiment is a technique to provide enhancement functionality to a multimedia device. A system interface provides interface to a system processor embedded in a device having multimedia capabilities. A communication interface provides connection to a communication network for accessing to an application source. An application processor provides an enhancement functionality to the device utilizing the application source and the multimedia capabilities.11-22-2012
20100131979SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHARED MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCES - An embodiment of the invention provides systems and methods for a shared multimedia experience. An embodiment of the invention identifies media content, automatically obtains related media content and provides a wide variety of options for users of the system to interact with the system and each other via other electronic devices of choice. An embodiment of the invention provides users with previews of related content, the ability to select related content from the previews for combined display with input media content, and the ability to augment the related content with content obtained and/or transmitted via the other electronic devices.05-27-2010
20110202955Identifying Ancillary Information Associated With An Audio/Video Program - A system communicates video information including television content associated with a plurality of channels and ancillary information. Information may be transmitted with the ancillary information that is indicative of the type of content included in the ancillary information. This provides the user, in one embodiment of the present invention, with a visual indication of the type of information that accompanies television content. This helps the user to decide whether the user wishes to view the ancillary information and provides the opportunity to select that enhancement for viewing.08-18-2011
20080244643System and Method for Alphanumeric Channel-Changing - Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a method and system for alphanumeric channel-changing comprising receiving one or more entries corresponding to a name of a channel, matching the name of the channel against channel data stored in at least one database to form a match, and providing the channel corresponding to the one or more entries based on the match.10-02-2008
20080244645METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING AN UPDATEABLE NON-LINEAR CONTENT LINEUP DISPLAY - A method and system may include sending a linear content signal to cause display of linear content, receiving a graphical user interface display request signal requesting display of a graphical user interface, and sending a graphical user interface signal to cause display of a graphical user interface, which is associated with a non-linear content identifier field, which is associated with a non-linear content identifier.10-02-2008
20090265736BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND FIRMWARE UPGRADE METHOD THEREOF - Provided are a broadcast receiving apparatus and a firmware upgrade method thereof The firmware upgrade method includes receiving firmware which is transmitted from headend equipment through an Ethernet and upgrading the firmware in the broadcast receiving apparatus. The determination whether to upgrade is based on product information transmitted from the headend equipment.10-22-2009
20090265735METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OUTPUTTING MEDIA CONTENT - A mobile communication device comprises receiver circuitry operable to receive broadcast real-time media data over a communication interface, and signal processing logic operable to extract real-time media content from the broadcast real-time media data, and output the extracted real-time media content via a user interface of the mobile communication device. In response to determining a partial loss of data for the broadcast real-time media data, the signal processing logic is operable to retrieve stored media content from a memory element of the mobile communication device, and output the retrieved media content via the user interface of the communication device.10-22-2009
20080282287METHOD FOR PROCESSING A SPORTS VIDEO AND APPARATUS THEREOF - The present invention discloses a method of processing a sports video. The method includes the steps of: analyzing the sports video to detect at least one semantic event and each of the at least one semantic event associated with a segment length; and generating a summarized video according to the detected at least one semantic event.11-13-2008
20080271073METHOD OF PROVIDING KEY CODE INFORMATION AND VIDEO DEVICE THEREOF - A method of providing key code information of an external device and a video device thereof are provided. The method of providing key code information includes transmitting a message for requesting supportable key code information of a connected external device, and receiving a response message regarding the supportable key code information from the external device in response to the request message. Accordingly, the video device can provide the key code information supported by the external device to a user.10-30-2008
20100146544CONCURRENT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION FOR NETWORK CONNECTED DEVICES - Techniques are disclosed herein for processing iTV. A request to play a first interactive television signal at a first electronic device is received. A first virtual machine for processing the first interactive television signal is instantiated at the first electronic device. A first file that includes information associated with playing interactive TV on the first electronic device is accessed from non-volatile storage on the first electronic device. A request to play a second interactive television signal at a second electronic device that is communicatively coupled to the first electronic device is received. A second virtual machine for processing the second interactive television signal is instantiated at the first device. A second file that includes information associated with playing interactive TV on the second electronic device is stored in non-volatile storage on the first electronic device.06-10-2010
20110119705Apparatus and Methods For Storing Packetized Video Content - A receiving device receives video content in a plurality of packets, such as internet protocol (IP) packets. The receiving device processes the packets to strip header information from the packets and stores the associated video content on a storage medium for subsequent viewing by a user.05-19-2011
20090183200AUGMENTING CLIENT-SERVER ARCHITECTURES AND METHODS WITH PERSONAL COMPUTERS TO SUPPORT MEDIA APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods according to exemplary embodiments provide systems and methods for augmenting the capabilities of a client device. The client device can be augmented by a device which has additional processing and memory capability to perform additional functions such as, for example, the translation of desired media into a format usable by the client device.07-16-2009
20090138909RECORDING APPARATUS - Provided is a recording apparatus that generates and records an on-screen menu having a different resolution depending on a type of a loaded recording medium. The recording-reproducing apparatus (05-28-2009
20090138908Differentiated PSIP table update interval technology - An apparatus, method and data structure for generating at least one table in a broadcast environment, are provided. The apparatus includes a generator to generate an event information table (EIT) and an extended text table (ETT). The ETT has program guide information for an n-hour span and has a transmission interval. The ETT has a transmission interval and program description information according to the EIT. The transmission interval of the EIT is shorter than the transmission interval of the ETT.05-28-2009
20090025029Digital channel generation apparatus - A digital channel generation apparatus is provided for easily setting up a digital channel by a user. The digital channel generation apparatus includes a storage unit, a user interface, and a processing unit. The storage unit stores a plurality of set-top box data, a plurality of electronic device data, a plurality of multimedia data, and at least one channel set-up template. The user interface provides the user a functionality of selecting at least one electronic device data from the plurality of electronic device data. Furthermore, the user interface provides the user a functionality of inputting a set-up data of the digital channel based on the channel set-up template. The processing unit coupled to the user interface generates the digital channel for broadcasting the plurality of multimedia data based on the selected electronic device data, the plurality of set-top box data, the channel set-up template and the set-up data.01-22-2009
20090019475BROADCAST PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A broadcast processing apparatus which has a time shift function, includes: a buffer unit which buffers a broadcast signal; a selection unit which is provided to select a broadcast signal recording function; a storage unit; a user interface (UI) generator which generates UI information; a display unit; and a controller which controls the UI generator to display the UI information on the display unit and select a recording range of the buffered broadcast signal and records the broadcast signal corresponding to the selected recording range in the storage unit if the broadcast signal recording function is selected.01-15-2009
20120079535SOCIAL TELEVISION SERVICE - A a method, a receiver, a computer program and a system for providing an interactive service in association with a motion picture service. The motion picture is displayed to the spectator via a receiver able to modify the motion picture displayed to the spectator and having a bi-directional network connection. The method, receiver, computer program and system are characterized in that a connection is formed that connects a plurality of participants to an interactive motion picture session, a selection of a target area in the motion picture is received, a selection of a graphical element to be associated with the target area is received, the target area is translated to a coordinate system shared by each participant in the interactive motion picture session and the graphical element is provided between the participants.03-29-2012
20120079534SET-TOP BOX AND METHOD FOR SEARCHING TEXT IN VIDEO PROGRAMS - A set-top box captures a video frame of a video program of a television, and analyzes the video frame to retrieve text in the video frame. The set-top box further searches information regarding the text on the Internet, and transmits the information regarding the text to the television for display.03-29-2012
20120079533TECHNIQUES FOR DEVELOPING A CUSTOMIZED TELEVISION USER INTERFACE FOR A SECONDARY DEVICE - Techniques for developing a television user interface for a secondary device include selecting a set of user interface rules from one or more pre-defined user interface rules, and selecting a set of user interface objects from one or more pre-defined user interface objects. The set of user interface rules are applied to the set of user interface objects to create a mapping between the inputs and outputs of a user interface of the secondary device to television remote control commands.03-29-2012
20120079532TECHNIQUES FOR DEVELOPING A TELEVISION USER INTERFACE FOR A SECONDARY DEVICE - Techniques for developing a television user interface for a secondary device include creating a set of user interface rules and a plurality of user interface objects. The set of user interface rules are applied to the plurality of user interface objects to create a mapping between the inputs and output of the user interface of the secondary device to television remote control commands.03-29-2012
20080263590Method and apparatus for displaying entertainment system data upon selection of a video data display - A graphical user interface (GUI) includes a first window that displays video data of a first entertainment selection. A first area of the first window displays entertainment system data that corresponds to the first entertainment selection. The GUI includes a second window that displays video data of a second entertainment selection. A second area of the second window, displays entertainment system data that corresponds to the second entertainment selection. Upon selection by a user of the respective window, entertainment system data regarding the entertainment selection corresponding to the respective window is displayed.10-23-2008
20110231874Smart Address Book - A database of a user's contacts and associated contact addresses and real-time presence data may be received and stored in a network-based smart address book. A smart address book application may receive and store one or more contact names, one or more contact addresses for each contact name, and presence data for each contact address. Contact and presence information stored in a smart address book may be transmitted via a network to an endpoint computing device and displayed thereon.09-22-2011
20090204989METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to obtain display parameters associated with a display device, adjust a format of media content at the set top box based at least in part on the display parameters where the adjustment is of one or more portions of a display of the media content, and transmit the media content from the set top box to the display device. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-13-2009
20100275227DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - Disclosed are a display apparatus and a control method of the same. The display apparatus with a display unit includes: a broadcasting receiving unit which receives a broadcasting signal; a display unit; a broadcasting receiving unit which receives a broadcasting signal; and a controller which controls the display unit to display the broadcasting signal and at least one window for executing a selected application, wherein, if the application is selected to be executed while the broadcasting signal is displayed on the display unit, the broadcasting signal and the at least one window are displayed on different display areas of the display unit so that the display of the broadcasting signal and the at least one window are not overlapped.10-28-2010
20100162304BROADCAST PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a broadcast processing apparatus including: an image processor which processes an image received through at least one transmission method and at least one processing method; a display unit which displays thereon the image processed by the image processor; a user interface (UI) provider which provides a setup UI to select a transmission method and a processing method, through which an automatic channel setup is performed, among the at least one transmission method and the at least one processing method, respectively; and a controller which displays the setup UI on the display unit if the automatic channel setup is initiated, and performs the automatic channel setup through the transmission method and the processing method selected through the setup UI.06-24-2010
20100162303SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AN OBJECT IN A VIDEO DATA STREAM - A method for selecting an object in a video data stream is disclosed, the method including but not limited to receiving at a client device the video data stream; displaying the video data stream at the client device on a client device display; selecting a pixel location within a video data frame in the video data stream; associating the pixel location with an object in the video data frame; reading Meta data, associated with the object in the video data stream; and presenting based on the Meta data, information data associated with the object at the client device. A system and computer program product are also disclosed for selecting an object in a video data stream.06-24-2010
20100251293NETWORK STREAMING OF A VIDEO MEDIA FROM A MEDIA SERVER TO A MEDIA CLIENT - Adjusting utilization of network bandwidth in a network comprising a media server and a media client is provided. The media client is connected to a display screen, and a video media is streamed from the media server to the media client. Light on at least a portion of the display screen is measured, and an indication of the measured light intensity is sent to the media server. Bits of the streaming video media are then adjusted in accordance with the indication, and the streaming video media with adjusted bits is received by the media client.09-30-2010
20100251294MOVING IMAGE PROCESSOR AND MOVING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a moving image processor includes a receiver, a storage module, a rendering module, an overlay module, and an output module. The receiver receives moving image data. The storage module stores image data as a template of a user interface screen. The rendering module generates bitmap data representing the user interface screen, through which input is received, based on the image data stored in the storage module. The overlay module overlays the bitmap data representing the user interface screen on the moving image data. The output module outputs the moving image data on which the bitmap data is overlaid.09-30-2010
20100235858SERVICE BROWSER PROCESS AND RELATED SYSTEM - The invention concerns a service browser process and a system for controlling navigation events between a plurality of services and/or channels of a digital interactive Radio-Broadcasting system (09-16-2010
20100235857DISTRIBUTED SYNCHRONIZED VIDEO VIEWING AND EDITING - A single composite stream of data is streamed to a user's terminal and displayed in two separate viewers. This composite stream embeds a series of substreams that are views of the same event, taken from different point of views. A first viewer, the global viewer, displays the entire composite stream of data, thus displays the n substreams the composite stream may contain. The second viewer, the focus viewer, displays only part of the composite stream in order to display the substream currently selected by the user. While the stream is played back, the user may interact with an external application's user interface to select which of the n embedded streams he wants to be displayed in the focus viewer, thus creating a cut. The series of cuts created by the user is stored internally for playback management. The user may export the series of cuts he created in an editing file (EDL formatted, for instance, without being restricted to) that can be loaded into a professional editing application. This professional editing application will then be used to create the final version of the clip.09-16-2010
20100251292Smartphone for interactive television - A mobile device (09-30-2010
20100122289Portable Client-Side Settings for a Multimedia Content Distribution Network - A disclosed portable settings service for use in conjunction with a multimedia content distribution service includes enabling a user to define settings for aspects of a multimedia content delivery network (MCDN) client. The service may include storing the defined settings to a settings file. The service may further include enabling the user to designate any of a set of multiple MCDN clients and, in response, applying the settings in the settings file to the designated MCDN client. In some embodiments, the settings application operates in conjunction with a user interface that enables the user to modify the defined settings. The user interface enables the user to modify the defined settings while interacting with a first customer premises equipment (CPE). Enabling the user to designate any of a plurality of MCDN clients may include, in some embodiments, enabling the user to designate a second CPE that is different than the first CPE.05-13-2010
20110067055SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A USER-SELECTED PERSON IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a television system for providing information associated with a user-selected person in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20090320066Referencing Data in Triggers from Applications - In accordance with one or more aspects of the referencing data in triggers from applications, a device can store multiple triggers for media content. For each of these triggers, a check is made as to whether a presentation of media content satisfies a criteria portion of the trigger. When the presentation satisfies the criteria portion, one or more actions in a payload portion of the trigger are performed. Additionally, data in the triggers can be referenced by applications executing on the device. These applications include applications that are launched as part of the one or more actions when the criteria portion of a trigger is satisfied, as well as other applications executing on the device.12-24-2009
20090320065CONTENT SELECTION AND OUTPUT - Content selection and output techniques are described. In an implementation, a user interface is output at a client device that provides for selection of television content via a website for output on a television. A communication is formed to be communicated to the website based on interaction with the user interface to cause the television content to be output by the television automatically and without user intervention.12-24-2009
20110113446METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE TUNING AND CLOCK SYNCHRONIZATION - The disclosed embodiments relate to a system for providing remote tuning and clock synchronization in a network. The system includes a device that receives a signal that includes a plurality of channels, a device that receives a user request indicative of a desire to view at least one of the plurality of channels, and a filter that filters the received signal and transmits a user signal corresponding to the at least one of the plurality of channels to the user. An alternative embodiment of the system includes a device that receives a signal that includes a plurality of packets, at least a portion of the plurality of packets comprising an embedded time stamp, a device that detects the at least a portion of the plurality of packets containing the embedded time stamp, and a device that computes an adjusted time stamp based on the embedded timestamp and a precision local clock and incorporates the adjusted timestamp into the at least a portion of the plurality of packets containing the embedded timestamp prior to transmitting the at least a portion of the plurality of packets to the network.05-12-2011
20090037952VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF FOR SELECTING A CHANNEL AMONG A PLURALITY OF CHANNELS - There are provided a video processing apparatus and a control method thereof. The video processing apparatus includes: a receiver which receives a broadcast signal of a major channel; and a controller which controls the receiver to receive the major channel selected by a user among the plurality of major channels, and controls to automatically select one of a plurality of minor channels of the selected major channel if the selected major channel has the plurality of minor channels. The control method includes: determining whether one of a plurality of major channels is selected; receiving a broadcast signal of the selected major channel; determining whether the selected major channel has a plurality of minor channels; and automatically selecting one of the minor channels according to the selected major channel if the selected major channel has the plurality of minor channels.02-05-2009
20090037951Identification of Streaming Content Playback Location Based on Tracking RC Commands - Apparatus for identifying a playback position in a audiovisual content stream received from an audiovisual content source includes an audiovisual content display that displays the audiovisual content stream to a user. A command receiver receives remote control commands directed to the audiovisual content source. A playback position identifier estimates the playback position in the audiovisual content stream by analyzing the remote control commands for the audiovisual content source. A presentation unit presents additional information related to the playback position to the user.02-05-2009
20130133000Video Interaction System - Apparatus and methods are described that allow content associated with specified passages of a video program to be retrieved from a network and presented to the viewer of the video program in synchronization with the identified passages. A video waymark host that may be located in a television monitor or attached equipment such as a set-top box is disclosed. The waymark host identifies the occurrence of various points as the video is viewed and communicates this information to connected viewing devices such computers or mobile phones, allowing for the synchronized presentation of content on these devices.05-23-2013
20130133001Television Receiver, Method of Controlling the Receiver, and Network Construction Device - According to one embodiment, the present invention is designed to automatically determine the language of the content distributed when connecting to the Web server so as to agree with the language configured at the initial setup. The present invention has following elements. An initial setup module maintains initial setup information that indicates at least a menu language. A setup information association process module which determines a language request signal to request a language the same as the menu language indicated in the initial setup information. And a network control module which accesses the World Wide Web while transmitting the language request signal to determine a browser language.05-23-2013
20100325661VIDEO/AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND CUSTOMIZED BROADCASTING METHOD OF SAME - A video/audio broadcasting system and customized video/audio broadcasting method selects a corresponding graphic user interface among multiple graphic user interfaces according to an operation of a user on the video/audio broadcasting system, and uses the corresponding graphic user interface to operate the video/audio broadcasting system, for receiving and broadcasting corresponding contents of a video/audio signal.12-23-2010
20110010738SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTION OF TELEVISION CONTENT USING TAB-BASED SELECTION FEATURES - There is provided a system and method for selection of television content. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided an electronic device, comprising a processor that is adapted to receive video data from a plurality of source types and to create an on-screen content selection interface on a display, the on-screen content selection interface including a graphical tab corresponding to each of the plurality of source types of video data.01-13-2011
20110030005USER-CONTROLLED DATA/VIDEO INTEGRATION BY A VIDEO CONTROL SYSTEM - A video control system transfers a video signal to display a data/video integration menu and receives user instructions indicating user-selected data and display positioning for the user-selected data. The video control system transfers a data request and receives the user-selected data. The video control system receives video content. The video control system integrates the user-selected data and the video content into a video signal that positions the user-selected data relative to the video content according to the display positioning in the user instructions. The video control system transfers the video signal to display the integrated video content and user-selected data.02-03-2011
20110113445IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method for operating an image display apparatus having a first display and a second display different from the first display includes displaying an image on the first display, displaying a search window on the second display, and displaying search results matching a search term entered in the search window.05-12-2011
20100138859IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - Disclosed are an image processing apparatus which easily plays contents, a server and a control method of the same. The image processing apparatus includes: a communication unit which communicates with a server; a signal processor; and a controller which determines whether a received content is processed by the signal processor and controls the communication unit to transmit the received content to the server and receive a converted content from the server if it is determined that the received content is not processed by the signal processor.06-03-2010
20090217321SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONDUCTING CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box (STB) operating in an interactive television communication system having a controller to receive metadata describing a charitable media program associated with a charitable organization, present images of the charitable media program and a selectable graphical user interface (GUI) element, detect a transition event in the presentation of the charitable media program according to the metadata or a selection of the GUI element, and present a GUI to enable a viewer to make a charitable contribution by way of the STB. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-27-2009
20090217320METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DISPLAYABLE APPLICATIONS - An approach is provided for presenting, via a set-top box, a displayable application providing content (e.g., community content) that is generated based on information corresponding to a user of the set-top box. The displayable application is overlay on video content of the set-top box.08-27-2009
20110179450DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LABELING AV SIGNAL INPUT SOURCES - A method for labeling input sources in a display device includes connecting to a plurality of input sources, at a plurality of input terminals within the display device, and then controlling display of a main input menu listing the input terminals and corresponding ones of the input sources. An image from one of the input sources or input terminals selected from the main input menu is displayed with a name of the input source and a name of the input terminal corresponding to the selection made from the main input menu. The main input menu may not be displayed when the image and names of the input source and input terminal are displayed.07-21-2011
20100064312METHOD, APPRARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PLAYOUT DEVICE CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, apparatus and system for the control and optimization of playout devices such as displays and speakers. In various embodiments of the present invention, high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) applications are provided for communication between a control device and a content playout device for controlling the playout functionality of the content playout device using HDMI communication means and vendor specific commands. That is, associated control signals are provided for controlling or optimizing display and speaker settings for providing a desired viewing and listening experience. The concepts of the present invention provide for remote command of display functions and, in addition, for remote monitoring of display status and settings. In addition, applications are provided that lock out or limit the functionality of display and speaker controls from user inputs or settings.03-11-2010
20100083308PRESENTATION OF AN AVATAR IN A MEDIA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system having a controller to retrieve a user profile associated with a user of the IPTV system, cause a set-top box (STB) operating in the IPTV system to present an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, receive from the STB one or more responses of the user, wherein the one or more responses are collected by the STB from a communication exchange between the avatar and the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to communicate with a content source, establish a communication session with the content source, receive from the content source an avatar profile, adapt the characteristics of the avatar to correlate at least in part to the avatar profile, and cause the STB to present the adapted avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.04-01-2010
20110258660System and Method for Commanding a Controlled Device - A system and method for commanding a controlled device. An intelligent navigation server detects a transition from a current state of a remote control device. A context for transition is also determined. The current state, the new current state and the context are evaluated to select a set of commands appropriate to the context and the new current state. The selected commands determine behavior options for the controlled device. The set of selected commands are sent to the remote control device. Text and/or graphical data appropriate to the new current state may also be sent to the remote control device. The remote control device may generate display data based on the selected commands to provide one or more soft buttons linked to one or more of the selected commands. The remote control device may also display the text and/or graphical data.10-20-2011
20120311630METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING REMOTE DIAGNOSTICS TO A TELEVISION RECEIVER - Described herein are techniques for allowing a customer support agent to remotely analyze a television receiver. A television receiver is communicatively coupled to a customer support center through a communication network. A customer support agent remotely accesses the television receiver and the television receiver transmits video content to the customer support center through the communication network. The video output is outputted to the customer support agent at the customer support center for analysis of the television receiver.12-06-2012
20080276272Animated Video Overlays - A video server provides video content to a client via a network. At the instruction of the video server, a player at the client contacts an ad server and downloads one or more creatives and a controller file to the client. The controller file indicates how the creative manifests itself in play. The player displays the video content in a display area at the client. The controller file causes the creative to appear as an animated overlay over the video content. User interface elements indicate the point in the video when the creative appears, and allow the user to minimize and replay the creative. The player can also display other creatives, such as a static creative that is associated with the animated creative. A user can select the creative to view additional information about a product advertised by the creative.11-06-2008
20130198776Mobile Device Remote Retour Channel - System and methods for manipulating the display of images on a user's display device where the images originate from a processing device by means of a control device, such as a handheld device. The processing device and the control device are in network communication. Additionally, the processing device and a client device associated with the display device are also in network communication. The control device provides manipulation instructions using manipulation software to the processing device. The processing device may be a remote server or a local rendering device. The processing device renders one or more images based upon the manipulation instructions by combining encoded image fragments.08-01-2013
20100115550GRAPHICAL INTERFACE NAVIGATION BASED ON IMAGE ELEMENT PROXIMITY - A method of facilitating navigation of a graphical user interface is presented. In the method, an image associated with the graphical user interface is generated for presentation to a user. The image includes a plurality of image elements, wherein the image elements collectively occupy less than the entirety of the image. An input indicating a location not coinciding with at least one of the image elements is received. One of the image elements is selected based upon the proximity of the location with the one of the image elements.05-06-2010
20110093890USER CONTROL INTERFACE FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL TELEVISION - A method of controlling a television increasing a control function when a user-movable object is on one side of a line displayed on a layout, and decreasing the control function when the user-movable object is on the other side of the line. The method may involve movements in one, two, or three dimensions.04-21-2011
20110093888USER SELECTION INTERFACE FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL TELEVISION - A method of selecting content for display on an interactive television may involve a multilevel selection process that includes selectable hot zones, for example in corners of a graphical user interface, and a central menu area. Selection of a hot zone may cause an increase in size or extension of the zone, prompting a further selection. This may lead to a display of content items in a central menu, with the user selecting content for display from the central menu.04-21-2011
20110093887DISPLAY APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed are a display apparatus and a video processing method of the display apparatus, the display apparatus including a user interface (UI) generator which generates and outputs UI information to a display unit; a user selection unit which allows a user to select a view zone; a signal processor which processes a received video signal displayable through the display unit; and a controller which controls the UI generator to display a selection menu including at least one view zone item on the display unit if a control signal for adjusting the view zone is selected from the user selection unit, and controls the signal processor to change at least one of an image quality adjusting value and a grayscale value of the received video signal if the view zone item is selected through the selection menu.04-21-2011
20100070997SYSTEM FOR MANAGING MEDIA PRESENTATIONS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a remote controller adapted to present a graphical user interface (GUI) with a first portion for selecting one or more set-top boxes (STBs) and one or more user accounts, and with a second portion corresponding to a console comprising a plurality of selectable icons, disable access to at least a portion of the plurality of selectable icons of the console, detect a selection of one of the STBs, detect a selection of one of the user accounts, establish a communication session with the selected STB, and enable access to the plurality of selectable icons of the console to manage operations of the selected STB. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-18-2010
20100125873Event-calendar display apparatus, event-calendar display method, event-calendar display program, and event-information extraction apparatus - An event-calendar display apparatus includes: a content acquisition section acquiring a television program; an event-information extraction section analyzing the television program acquired by the content acquisition section and extracting event information from the television program; a storage control section storing the event information extracted by the event-information extraction section into a storage section; and a display control section displaying the event information stored on the storage section in a display section in a calendar format.05-20-2010
20100023968Community-Based Enhanced Television - The invention pertains to a method and apparatus for generating an enhanced television event at a set top box in a television network comprising, playing a television program via the set top box, selecting a point in the television program using the set top box, generating content comprising the enhanced television event, storing the content in a memory storage device in the set top box, and creating an enhanced television event dataset by associating the content with the television program and the point in the television program.01-28-2010
20100017821Software based Internet/Television convergence methods and systems for organizing and displaying Internet media content on computers and Television sets - Convergence systems described in the prior art typically focus on advancing hardware architecture. Such systems provide limited solutions as consumers are restricted to the use of proprietary networks, incur significant extra costs upgrading their equipment and pay subscription fees. General public demands low cost solutions for the consumption of the Internet media content in a traditional TV watching experience in the living room.01-21-2010
20110154394User Interface With Menu Abstractions And Content Abstractions - Media menu items are generated within a media interface environment. Media menu item abstractions are generated, one of the media menu item abstractions arranged in a foreground position, and one or more of the media menu item abstractions arranged in background positions in the media interface environment. Selection of a media menu items transitions to a corresponding content menu interface.06-23-2011
20120042340GUIDE DISPLAY FOR ANTENNA DIRECTION - Improved systems and methods that facilitate orienting the direction of an antenna for viewing digital television signals from available broadcast stations. An embodiment includes an antenna directional guide displayable on a screen of a television enabling the viewer to select an antenna direction to view television signals receivable by the antenna from broadcast stations located along selected reception direction of the antenna.02-16-2012
20110173656Video Distribution - A video distribution system includes a local network interface operable to modulate video data to frequency blocks for communication via a local network. A first frequency block of the frequency blocks is associated with a first user. The video distribution system also includes a metrics engine operable to track at least one metric associated with the first user based on the video data modulated to the first frequency block.07-14-2011
20120066714IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROVIDING USER INTERFACE THEROF - An image processing apparatus includes a reception unit receiving broadcasting data, a signal processing unit which processes the received broadcasting data, a storage unit which stores the processed broadcasting data when a recording function starts, an output unit which provides a user interface, and a control unit which controls the output unit to provide the user interface that includes information on a available space of the storage unit and a record proceeding space against the available space when the recording function starts. Accordingly, convenience of a user who uses the recording function can be sought.03-15-2012
20120047531Server Load Balancing for Interactive Television - A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggered declarative object (TDO) to a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when activated; receiving a trigger object associated with the TDO to the digital television receiver device; receiving a back-off parameter that represents a time interval during which the trigger is to initiate an operation; the digital television receiver device having a processor that establishes a random time within the time interval of the backoff parameter in which the TDO is activated; and the digital television receiver device processor initiating the operation at the random time. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.02-23-2012
20120210353SECOND DISPLAY INTERACTION WITH SOCIAL NETWORKING FEED - Systems and methods are disclosed for publishing data to one or more social networking services in which data pertaining to a user's behavior in browsing, selecting, and playing an asset (e.g., media) from particular sources on a particular Internet television platform (IPTV), is tracked so that a feed representative of such behavior may be transmitted to the social networking services for publication as recommendations. In response to the feed, information pertaining to the user, the platform, the selected media, and the service providing the media may be presented on one or more pages provided by the social networking service. Viewers of the pages can add a recommended asset to an IPTV list for playback, add the user as an IPTV friend on their social networking page, and launch an application on a second display which may be used to control the platform.08-16-2012
20120210352INTERFACE FOR BROWSING AND PLAYING CONTENT OVER MULTIPLE DEVICES - Browsing and displaying content over multiple devices, including: displaying a graphical user interface program on a second device; associating the second device with a main device; receiving transactions performed by a user on the second device with the graphical user interface; sending at least one command to the main device after the transactions performed by the user on the second device with the graphical user interface are received by the second device; and executing the at least one command on the main device. Keywords include visual BIVL interface and IPTV client without GUI.08-16-2012
20120180086TERRESTRIAL/ SATELLITE SET-TOP-BOX SYSTEM WITH DOCKING STATION - A terrestrial/satellite set-top-box (STB) system is provided. The system includes a handheld device and an STB. The handheld device has a built-in interactive application program. The STB includes a docking station and a playing circuit. The docking station carries the handheld device. The handheld device can be used for setting or remotely controlling the STB. The STB is linked to a wireless network via the handheld device so as to play movies and news programs from the network. The invention can solve the disadvantage of failing wirelessly to link network in the prior art.07-12-2012
20120072951CONFIGURATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONFIGURING ONE OR MORE DEVICES HAVING HIDDEN CONFIGURATION SETTINGS - A configuration apparatus includes a user interface allowing a user to initiate configuration of at least a target configurable device selected from a plurality of configurable devices. A command module is coupled to the user interface for dynamically generating a sequence of commands required to configure the target configurable device. The sequence of commands includes commands for entering a hidden service-configuration menu of the target configurable device. A communication module is coupled to the command module for transmitting the sequence of commands to the target configurable device.03-22-2012
20090133060Still-Frame Content Navigation - Still-frame content navigation techniques are described. In an implementation, content is received via a real-time broadcast. A still frame is identified for each of a plurality of segments of the content that is representative of a respective segment. A plurality of the still frames is output in a user interface. Each of the still frames is selectable to navigate to a respective one of the segments that includes the still frame.05-21-2009
20120222070System and Method of Problem Detection in Received Internet Data, Video Data, and Voice Data - A method for problem detection related to received data includes monitoring data to detect a first problem and a second problem related to the data. The first problem may be related to a first data type and the second problem may be related to a second data type. The first data type and the second data type may be distinct from each other. The method includes determining a first remedial action in response to detecting the first problem and a second remedial action in response to detecting the second problem. The method includes determining a priority order for the first remedial action and the second remedial action.08-30-2012
20120222069ADVANCED USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL PARADIGM FOR MULTIPLE SERVICE OPERATOR EXTENDED FUNCTIONALITY OFFERS - Methods and systems for presenting information regarding multiple categories of content are provided. In addition, methods and systems that suggest activities by a user in relation to content and determined affinity for content in relation to user contacts are provided. A user interface application is provided that operates to display status and/or historical information regarding content, suggested activities, and suggested contacts. The user can interact with the interface to access detailed information and to act on suggestions.08-30-2012
20120260285NEXT GENERATION USER INTERFACE FOR AUDIO VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE SUCH AS TV - A viewer of an audio video display device (AVDD) and transition from a nine panel graphical user interface (GUI) showing a summary degree of metadata to a six panel GUI showing a higher degree of metadata using a horizontal motion.10-11-2012
20120227070Navigation Method and System to Provide a Navigation Interface - A communication device includes a memory storing computer instructions and a processor coupled to the memory to execute the computer instructions to provide a graphical user interface at a display coupled to the communication device. The graphical user interface includes a visual navigation trail having a selectable category. The memory also includes instructions executable by the processor to receive a signal at the communication device indicating a selection of the selectable category. Further, the memory includes instructions executable by the processor to cause the graphical user interface to display, in response to the signal, a menu including the selectable category and a peer category related to the selectable category. The menu automatically becomes navigable via directional keys at a remote control device when the menu is displayed.09-06-2012
20120260284USER INTERFACE FOR AUDIO VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE SUCH AS TV PERSONALIZED FOR MULTIPLE VIEWERS - Settings for an audio video display device (AVDD) such as a TV are established by combining settings from multiple individual viewer profiles when viewers of the respective individual profiles are recognized through image recognition as viewing the AVDD.10-11-2012
20120260283Associating Interactive Notes with Program Content - A method for allowing a user to interactively take notes while watching program content, the method including the operations of: receiving, at a content receiver, an indication from a remote device, the indication associated with initiation of a note; in response to the indication, providing an input field for a user to input a note; associating the note with the program content; and storing the note in a storage medium along with the association of the note and the program content.10-11-2012
20120260282CONTROLLING DELIVERY OF VIDEO PROGRAMS USING USER DEFINED IDENTIFIERS FOR VIDEO RECEIVER DEVICES - A method of controlling delivery of video programs from video distribution equipment to video receiver devices includes receiving messages at the video distribution equipment from a mobile terminal operated by a user. The messages contain user defined identifiers that are associated with equipment identifiers of different ones of the video receiver devices. The user defined identifiers are stored associated with the equipment identifiers in a subscriber account. Delivery of video programs from the video distribution equipment to the video receiver devices is controlled in response to commands received from the mobile terminal which request delivery of identified video programs to identified ones of the user defined identifiers. Related video distribution equipment and mobile terminals are disclosed.10-11-2012
20120240161GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE (GUI) CONTROL BY INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) REMOTE INTERNET ACCESS DEVICES - An Internet protocol television (IPTV) system is driven by a graphical user interface (GUI) controlled by an input device attached to an Internet access device that in turn connects to the GUI over IPTV connections. The input device may be a keyboard, smart phone, iPad, mouse, personal computer, laptop, touch screen, or other generic universal serial bus (USB), IEEE 1394 (FireWire), or other connected device. Connection between the input device and the GUI may be either wired (including, but not limited to USB, IEEE 1394, and Ethernet) or wireless (including, without limitation, infrared (IR), radio frequency, or other form of electromagnetic transmission). Regardless of connection method, the input device acts to operate and command the IPTV GUI so as to navigate and control the IPTV. By appropriate GUI implementations, a single input device may be configured to operate one or more windows on one or more display via IPTV connections.09-20-2012
20120324507Interactive Ticker - Methods, apparatuses, graphical user interfaces and computer readable mediums are described for a ticker. The present invention describes, among other things, various ways of processing and displaying data in the ticker, interacting with the ticker, altering characteristics of the ticker and preparing and transmitting data to the ticker.12-20-2012
20110239247Electronic device and information processing program - There is provided an electronic device and an information processing program, which may improve user's convenience in operation using an electronic manual. The electronic device includes: a first determination section selecting one operation mode from one or more kinds of operation modes which are provided to operate the electronic device, and determining the selected operation mode as an operation mode to be executed; and a second determination section determining, in response to an input signal from a user, manual data of operation procedure for the determined operation mode in execution, as transmission information to be transmitted to a user terminal device.09-29-2011
20120090001APPARATUS HAVING MULTIMEDIA INTERFACE AND NETWORK ACCESS MANAGEMENT INTEGRATED THEREIN - An apparatus includes a multimedia interface module and a network module. The multimedia interface module has a plurality of connection ports including at least an input port and at least an output port, and supports network data transmission. The network module, coupled to the multimedia interface module via a first network protocol, is for accessing a network, wherein the multimedia interface module is arranged for selectively coupling the network module to one of the connection ports.04-12-2012
20110271300Image Receiver with Network Function, Liquid Crystal Television Set with Network Function and Settop Box with Network Function - This image receiver with a network function includes a control portion controlling a display portion to display a service menu screen at least partially displaying a plurality of network services in the order of use counts (lowest first) or the dates of use (oldest first) at least on the basis of the use counts or the dates of use of the plurality of network services used by the user.11-03-2011
20110296460METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING REMOTE USER INTERFACE (UI) SERVICE - A method and apparatus for providing a remote User Interface (UI) service in a remote UI server, including: receiving description information of a remote UI client and an Audio Video (AV) device from a remote UI proxy server; generating a first UI resource based on the received description information; and transmitting the first UI resource to the remote UI client in response to a request of the remote UI client.12-01-2011
20100131978VISUALIZING MEDIA CONTENT NAVIGATION WITH UNIFIED MEDIA DEVICES CONTROLLING - A method (and a computer-readable medium comprising executable instructions for generating a user interface on a display) are disclosed for controlling a plurality of media objects connected to a network. The method displays a subset of a group of predefined functional interfaces. A functional interface comprises one or more user menus and each user menus is associated with at least one media object. The method forwards a user request to a control server and to receive a response to the user request from the control server. A user request comprises one or more user interactions with the subset of the functional interfaces. The method further comprises updating the subset of the functional interfaces on the display screen.05-27-2010
20100131977INTERACTIVE MEDIA PORTAL - Techniques are disclosed herein for a media center portal. One implementation includes displaying first content in an expanded state and second content in a contracted state. At least a portion of the first content is presented in a viewport. A request is received to expand the second content. The first content is contracted for display in the contracted state. The second content is expanded for display in the expanded state. The contracted first content is displayed while displaying the expanded second content. At least a portion of the second content is presented in a text reader when in the expanded state.05-27-2010
20130019264Remote Control Learning/Identification Module in Combination with a TV SetAANM Rui; Ming-ZhaoAACI XiamenAACO CNAAGP Rui; Ming-Zhao Xiamen CN - A remote control learning/identification module which is built in a TV set consists of command receiving module, store module, activation module and interface module, and processing module. The processing module is connected to the command receiving module, the store module, the activation module and the interface module. The command receiving module receives infrared signal from the remote control and the infrared signal is magnified and modulated to become a level signal. The store module stores system program, standard protocol, the mapping unit information and the user's information. The activation module sends in predetermined command to inform the processing module to enter a learning mode to be familiar with new commands from a new remote control. The interface module displays guides for the user to learn the operation of the interactive interface.01-17-2013
20130019263MECHANISM FOR FACILITATING MULTIPLE MULTIMEDIA VIEWING PLANES IN MEDIA DISPLAY SYSTEMS - A mechanism is described for facilitating multiple multimedia viewing planes in media display systems according to one embodiment of the invention. A method of embodiments of the invention includes using a plurality of multimedia planes corresponding to a plurality of multimedia content types. The plurality of multimedia planes may be integrated to be presented through an integrated user interface at a media processing device. The method may further include selecting, via the integrated user interface, one or more content categories from a plurality of multimedia content categories, and presenting, via a multimedia plane of the plurality of multimedia planes, contents associated with the one or more selected content categories.01-17-2013
20110162005COMPUTER-CONTROLLED VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - A computer-controlled video entertainment system providing user-related input data to said system. The invention provides an rich input sensor device having direct access to an IP-based network, in particular to the Internet, for transmitting sensor signals or data derived thereof as user-related input data via the IP-based network to a remote computing device or server, preferably to a cloud of servers, which then process these input data for controlling the running entertainment program. The sensor device can be made simple, since it is mainly designed to detect user activities and to generate sensor signals which are directly transmitted as input data to the remote computer(s) or server(s). The sensor device can directly communicate with any IP-based computing device (gaming server or the like) being installed remotely and having powerful hardware and software to process the received input data.06-30-2011
20110162004SENSOR DEVICE FOR A COMPUTER-CONTROLLED VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - A sensor device for a computer-controlled video entertainment system, in particular to a sensor device providing user-related input data to said system. The invention provides an easy-to-install sensor device having direct access to an IP-based network, in particular to the Internet, for transmitting sensor signals or data derived thereof as user-related input data via the IP-based network to a remote computing device or server, preferably to a cloud of servers, which then process these input data for controlling the running entertainment program. The sensor device can be made simple, since it is mainly designed to detect user activities and to generate sensor signals which are directly transmitted as input data to the remote computer(s) or server(s). The sensor device can directly communicate with any IP-based computing device (gaming server or the like) being installed remotely and having powerful hardware and software to process the received input data.06-30-2011
20080263589System and method using web database and video caching and streaming programming for video classified advertisements - The present application discloses a video classified advertisement web-enabled operation combining advertisements with videos specifically designed to advertise items and services for sale. The website, www.RealPeopleRealStuff.com, combines the methodology of Drupal modules, but not limited to Drupal open source modules, creates a content data model for video ads using such as Drupal's CCK module, converts most video formats, MPEG, QuickTime, and AVI, into flash (FLV) format using such as Drupal's FFMPEG module or maintain native video format if not convertible to flash format (FLV), creates a software routine that determines the most cost effective way to download videos, moves the video storage from the hosting servers to the Simple Storage Server (S3) such as Amazon S3 servers, creates an Application programming interface (API) between the hosting and storage servers, and simultaneously or later creates a category taxonomy for grouping ads for a video classified advertisement website. This present application presents a programming system that allows the seller to showcase the attributes of their product or service through video advertisements in a way that text and still photos cannot. This system provides sellers or businesses the ability to star in their own commercials appealing to their desire for celebrity. This application provides businesses a method to advertise via videos. This application's web interface allows users to post their video advertisements under uniquely named categories, which encourages users to be creative with their video ads. The present application allows users to schedule their frequency, track the effectiveness of their campaign(s), and pay for their advertisements without the assistance of a sales rep. Performing all these functions online, 24/7, is another distinct advantage over any known web-enabled service.10-23-2008
20130097635INTERACTIVE REMOTE PARTICIPATION IN LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - A system and method for remote participation in live events are described. The system comprises one or more interactive environments, each hosting a live event and including means for continuously recording the interactive environment; a transmitter coupled to the one or more interactive environments, configured to receive from each interactive environment the respective recording and to transfer each recording to at least some of a plurality of remote viewers; a processing unit configured to receive feedback related to one of said live events from two or more of the remote viewers, wherein, based on the feedback, the processing unit is configured to determine an interactive environment hosting the related live event and to directly update the determined interactive environment based on the feedback.04-18-2013
20080201737FREEZING LIVE VIDEO FRAMES WITH INTERACTIVE LINKS - An embodiment of the present invention allows a user to maintain the display of a video frame containing one or more interactive links while also maintaining access to the links. Thus allowing the user to select and examine any desired links at his own pace. For one embodiment, the display of a video frame is maintained by interrupting the refreshing of the frame buffer and the interactive link stream. Interrupting both the frame buffer refresh and the interactive link stream refresh results in the frame being “frozen” along with its associated links. For one embodiment, pressing a button on a control device effects the interruption of the frame buffer refresh and the interactive link refresh. The button may toggle to resume the video display. Alternatively, or additionally, the video display may resume if no action is taken in regard to the interactive links within a specified time.08-21-2008
20130152127RECEIVING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, BROADCASTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is a receiving apparatus including: a broadcast reception block; a network connection block; an operation input block; a display block; a broadcast content display block; a network content processing block; a pseudo-data broadcast content processing block configured to process pseudo-data broadcast content having a first designation part and a second designation part, and a data broadcast content processing block.06-13-2013
20100319023MOBILE TERMINAL, METHOD OF PARTICIPATING IN INTERACTIVE SERVICE THEREIN, INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION TERMINAL AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME - A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) terminal and to receive participation information for participating in an interactive service from the IPTV terminal, an output unit configured to output the received participation information for the interactive service, a user input unit configured to receive an input of response information corresponding to the output participation information for the interactive service, and a control unit configured to control the wireless communication unit to transmit the input response information to the IPTV terminal or to a IPTV related server performing the interactive service with the IPTV terminal, and to receive information corresponding to the interactive service.12-16-2010
20130125167METHOD OF TAGGING MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT - A method and system for micro-cloud computing is described. An application serving node, which is a specifically configured piece of customer premises equipment such as a set-top box, is the server for a micro-cloud network. Various user devices that form part of the micro-cloud network, such as television sets and smart phones, communicate with the application serving node. The application serving node is configured with software that allows various heterogeneous types of data to be obtained and streamed to the user devices in multiple ways. The application serving node performs much of the processing necessary for such content streaming itself and thus represents an edge-based network architecture.05-16-2013
20120017241HANDHELD DEVICE AND TEXT INPUT METHOD - A handheld device establishes a wireless connection with an Internet television including a television display, sends a detection message to the Internet television, and then receives a first feedback from the Internet television. The handheld device determines whether a cursor of the television display shows a text input area of the television display according to the first feedback, and determines a text type of the text input area if the cursor shows the text input area. The handheld device selects one input method corresponding to the text type of the text input area, and inputs a text in the text input area by use of the corresponding input method.01-19-2012
20130198777REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD USING THE SAME - A method for controlling a reproduction apparatus is provided. The method for controlling a reproduction apparatus includes receiving contents including video data and audio data, transmitting a request for transmission of external audio data regarding the contents to an external server, and outputting the external audio data along with the video data in accordance with a user command for transmitting the external audio data.08-01-2013

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