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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Controlling Delivery of Video Programs Using User Defined Identifiers for Video Receiver Devices", for...

February 26, 2014



Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Controlling Delivery of Video Programs Using User Defined Identifiers for Video Receiver Devices", for Approval

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Dasher, Charles Hammett (Lawrenceville, GA); Phillips, Chris (Hartwell, GA), filed on October 9, 2013, was made available online on February 13, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Ericsson Television Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Consumers can now access to a large number of television programs over an increasing number of television channels. Set-top boxes such as cable television receivers, satellite television receivers, and internet television receivers are becoming more popular because they provide certain advantages that were not previously available. Set-top boxes, for example, can allow users to digitally record programming content such as television programs, lock certain channels from being accessed without permission, view electronic program guide data, and/or set personal preferences that control how the program guide data and/or programming content is presented to the user.

"It is becoming increasingly common for users to have set-top boxes in many different rooms of a house. Each of the set-top boxes can be independently controlled to play different programs. While some television networks allow only one-way communications from the back office to set-top boxes, it is becoming more common for television networks to allow bi-direction communications between the back office and set-top boxes. With two-way communication capabilities, a user may be able to operate one set-top box to control the functions of another set-top box via communications between the set-top boxes through the back office.

"It is desirable to improve the user's ability to control all set-top boxes that are registered to the user, including enabling a user to operate a single remote control device anywhere in the user's house to control each of the set-top boxes and to do so irrespective of whether the television network allows one-way or bi-directional communications between the back office and the set-top boxes."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Some embodiments are directed to a method of controlling delivery of video programs from video distribution equipment to video receiver devices, such as set-top boxes. Messages are received 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.

"Accordingly, the user can define identifiers for each of the video receiver devices, and can then subsequently use those identifiers to control the delivery of video programs to the video receiver devices. As will be explained in further detail below, the user defined identifiers may include textual descriptions (e.g., 'home theater') and/or graphical icons that represent different ones of the video receiver devices.

"In some further embodiments, the mobile terminal may be used to scan an optical machine-readable representation (e.g. barcode) of the equipment identifiers of the video receiver devices. Alternatively, the video distribution equipment may communicate different images to different video receiver devices for display to a user, and may communicate all of the images to the mobile terminal. A user can sequentially move between the video receiver devices to view which of the images is being displayed through each of the video receiver devices, and can select corresponding images that are displayed on the mobile terminal and can assign identifiers to each of the selected video receiver devices.

"Some other embodiments are directed to video distribution equipment that controls delivery of video programs to video receiver devices. The video distribution equipment is configured to receive messages from a mobile terminal containing user defined identifiers that are associated with equipment identifiers of different ones of the video receiver devices. The video distribution equipment is further configured to store the user defined identifiers associated with the equipment identifiers in a subscriber account, and to control delivery of video programs to the video receiver devices in response to commands received from the mobile terminal which request delivery of identified video programs to identified ones of the user defined identifiers.

"Some other embodiments are directed to a mobile terminal that includes a user interface, a transceiver, and a microprocessor. The user interface is configured to receive user defined identifiers for video receiver devices from a user. The transceiver is configured to communicate with video distribution equipment. The microprocessor is configured to communicate, through the transceiver, commands containing the user defined identifiers for the video receiver devices to control delivery of video programs from the video distribution equipment to the video receiver devices.

"Other systems, methods, and/or computer program products according to embodiments of the invention will be or become apparent to one with skill in the art upon review of the following drawings and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, and/or computer program products be included within this description, be within the scope of the present invention, and be protected by the accompanying claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the disclosure and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this application, illustrate certain non-limiting embodiment(s) of the invention. In the drawings:

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram that illustrates a system that controls delivery of video programs from video distribution equipment in a back office to video receiver devices according to some embodiments;

"FIG. 2 is a data flow diagram that illustrates operations and methods performed by the video distribution equipment and the mobile terminal of FIG. 1 according to some embodiments;

"FIGS. 3a-c are data flow diagrams that illustrates operations and methods performed by the video distribution equipment, the video receiver devices, and the mobile terminal of FIG. 1 according to some embodiments;

"FIG. 4 is a flowchart that illustrates operations and methods performed by a functional controller of the video distribution equipment of FIG. 1 according to some embodiments;

"FIG. 5 is a data flow diagram that illustrates operations and methods performed by the video distribution equipment, the video receiver devices, and the mobile terminal of FIG. 1 according to some embodiments;

"FIG. 6 is a block diagram that illustrates a functional controller of the video distribution equipment of FIG. 1 that is configured according to some embodiments;

"FIG. 7 illustrates the mobile terminal of FIG. 1 that is configured according to some embodiments; and

"FIGS. 8-15 are flowcharts that illustrate operations and methods of the video distribution equipment of FIG. 1 according to some embodiments."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Dasher, Charles Hammett; Phillips, Chris. Controlling Delivery of Video Programs Using User Defined Identifiers for Video Receiver Devices. Filed October 9, 2013 and posted February 13, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=139&p=3&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140206.PD.&OS=PD/20140206&RS=PD/20140206

Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Microprocessors, Ericsson Television Inc.

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