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"Method and System for Using a Second Screen Device for Interacting with a Set Top Box to Enhance a User Experience" in Patent Application Approval...

July 25, 2014



"Method and System for Using a Second Screen Device for Interacting with a Set Top Box to Enhance a User Experience" in Patent Application Approval Process

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Entertainment Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventors Cansino, Don E. (Redondo Beach, CA); Tsurutani, Brady C. (Los Angeles, CA); Bonovich, Earl J. (Tinley Park, IL); Beeson, Charles W. (La Mirada, CA), filed on February 26, 2014, was made available online on July 10, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to The Directv Group, Inc.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The statements in this section merely provide background information related to the present disclosure and may not constitute prior art.

"Television content providers are continually increasing the amount of television content provided. In addition to the actual television programming content, television providers also provide limited information regarding the content such as a brief description, running time, parental ratings, and the like. The limited data may be metadata delivered with the content or guide data and may be delivered directly to the set top box. Content users increasingly desire further information relative to the content.

"Mobile devices such as touch-screen mobile devices have also increased in popularity. Such devices are typically connectable to the internet to obtain content from various sources. Mobile touch-screen devices include the iPad.RTM. by Apple and various android operating system devices."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present disclosure provides a system and method for using a second screen device for interacting with a set top box to enhance the user experience. The second screen device allows a user to interact with the set top box and obtain data related to the content displayed at the set top box. Various types of data modules may be established so that a customizable user interface may be formed.

"In one aspect of the disclosure, a method includes displaying content on a display associated with a set top box, generating a content information request signal at a second screen device requesting data corresponding to the content, communicating the content information request signal to the set top box, communicating a content information signal to second screen device from the set top box comprising a content identifier, generating a request for related data signal corresponding to the content at the second screen device using the content identifier, communicating the request for related data signal from the second screen device, aggregating related content data corresponding to the content to form an aggregated related content data signal, communicating the aggregated related content data signal to the second screen device and displaying the aggregated related content data at the second screen device.

"In a further aspect of the disclosure, a system for displaying data related to a content displayed through a set top box includes a second screen device generating a content information request signal requesting data corresponding to the content, communicates the content information request signal to the set top box. The set top box communicates a content information signal to second screen device comprising a content identifier. The second screen device generates a request for related data signal corresponding to the content using the content identifier, communicates the request for related data signal through a network, receives aggregated related content data corresponding to the content from a data center and displays the aggregated related content data.

"Further areas of applicability will become apparent from the description provided herein. It should be understood that the description and specific examples are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.

DRAWINGS

"The drawings described herein are for illustration purposes only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure in any way.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagrammatic view of a communication system for content playback and delivery according to the present disclosure.

"FIG. 2 is a high-level block diagrammatic view of the head end of FIG. 1.

"FIG. 3 is a high-level block diagrammatic view of the set top box of FIG. 1.

"FIG. 4 is a high-level block diagrammatic view of a second screen device of FIG. 1.

"FIG. 5 is a flowchart of a method for displaying related data on a second screen device associated with the set top box.

"FIG. 6 is a flowchart of a method for aggregating related data.

"FIG. 7A is a flowchart of a method for sharing the screen display of the second screen device with the display associated with the set top box.

"FIG. 7B is a flowchart of a method for displaying an image of a screen capture signal associated on a display associated with the set top box.

"FIG. 7C is an alternative method for displaying an image of the screen capture signal on a display associated with the set top box.

"FIG. 8 is a flowchart of a method for starting the application on the second screen device.

"FIG. 9 is a flowchart of a method for obtaining program details.

"FIG. 10 is a flowchart of a method for obtaining playlist data from a set top box.

"FIG. 11 is a flowchart of a method for obtaining movies or a movie list from the set top box.

"FIG. 12 is a flowchart of a method for performing a search.

"FIG. 13 is a flowchart of a method for recording a program.

"FIG. 14 is a screen display of a homepage of a second screen device application on the second screen device.

"FIG. 15 is a screen display of an alternative home screen of a second screen application on the second screen device.

"FIG. 16 is a screen display for editing a quick guide channel list on the second screen device.

"FIG. 17 is a screen display for customizing the layout of the homepage on the second screen device.

"FIG. 18 is a screen display of a remote control device on the second screen device.

"FIG. 19 is a screen display for displaying guide data on the second screen device.

"FIG. 20 is a screen display of the second screen device when the movies tab has been selected.

"FIG. 21 is a screen display when the sports tab is selected.

"FIG. 22 is a screen display of a control box for editing the sports screen display.

"FIG. 23 is a flowchart of a method for generating an event-specific remote control on the second screen device.

"FIG. 24 is a screen display of an event-specific remote control."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Cansino, Don E.; Tsurutani, Brady C.; Bonovich, Earl J.; Beeson, Charles W. Method and System for Using a Second Screen Device for Interacting with a Set Top Box to Enhance a User Experience. Filed February 26, 2014 and posted July 10, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=182&p=4&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140703.PD.&OS=PD/20140703&RS=PD/20140703

Keywords for this news article include: Television, The Directv Group Inc.

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