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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Remote-Controlled Recording", for Approval

July 25, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Entertainment Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Harwell, Olof (Stockholm, SE); Zaloshnja, Farjola (Solna, SE), filed on March 10, 2011, was made available online on July 10, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) service is typically delivered to an end-user device from an IPTV Backend and via a set-top box, and an IPTV service may comprise e.g. linear television (i.e. real-time television). The set-top box is capable of receiving a media stream of the television service from an IPTV feed, e.g. a satellite, a terrestrial aerial or a cable, and display on a suitable display device, e.g. a TV-screen or a personal computer.

"A home network or an office network may comprise several interconnected electronic devices, e.g. personal computers, mobile phones, recording devices, set-top-boxes and gaming consoles. Electronic devices within a conventional LAN (Local Area Network) may communicate with each other e.g. using the HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol).

"Alternatively, in a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) network, the electronic devices are adapted to communicate according to the DLNA-standard, which allows electronic devices to communicate with other DLNA-compatible devices within the same DLNA network without a complicated configuration process. However, the DLNA standard does not involve any end-user authentication.

"A recording device, e.g. a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or a PVR (Personal Video Recorder), is an electronic device or application software that is capable of recording video in a digital format and store on a disk drive or on any other local or networked storage device. Further, a set-top box with a recording and playback facility may also be denoted a DVR or a PVR. However, a conventional standardized DVR or PVR is not able to authenticate a user, and it is not possible to know which user that is controlling the DVR/PVR.

"Nowadays, an end-user may want to share his/her experiences with other persons belonging to his/her social network, such as e.g. friends, family members, colleagues, or with friends on a social networking web-site, e.g. Facebook, even if the persons are not at the same place as the end-user. This may involve e.g. sharing the experience to view a linear TV program with a friend, but on different devices. Thus, a person watching a TV-program on a PC located in a the kitchen may want e.g. another family member to view the same TV-program on a TV screen located in the living room, and/or may want a Facebook-friend in another city to view the TV program on a suitable device in his/her own home.

"However, the family member, friend or colleague may not be able to view the linear TV program at the time of broadcasting, e.g. since he/she is not at home, is not logged-in, or is busy. Further, even if the friend is at home and logged in, the friend may not have payed for viewing the TV program."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "It is an object of the embodiments described hereinafter to address at least some of the issues outlined above, and this object and others are achieved by the method and the arrangement according to the appended independent claims, and by the embodiments according to the dependent claims.

"A first aspect of exemplary embodiments provides a method for a Media management server of remote-controlled recording of selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to a selected Subscriber A. The recording is initiated by a User equipment belonging to Subscriber B, i.e. to a different subscriber than said selected Subscriber A. The method comprises the Media management server performing the following: retrieving a listing of available linear media, and forwarding to the User equipment; sending a listing of subscribers associated with Subscriber B to the User equipment; receiving a command from the User equipment to remote-control a recording of the selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to the selected Subscriber A; determining if Subscriber B is authorized by Subscriber A to remote-control the Recording device, and sending a command to the Recording device to record the selected linear media, if Subscriber B is authorized.

"The Media management server may further determine if the selected Subscriber A subscribes to the selected linear media, and send a request to the User equipment to accept a charge for the media, if Subscriber A does not subscribe to the selected media.

"The Media management server may further allow a play-out of the selected recorded media, if receiving an acceptance from the User equipment, and lock the play-out of the selected recorded media until a payment is received, if receiving a rejection of the request from the User equipment.

"A second aspect of exemplary embodiments provides a method for a Recording device connected to a Media management server of recording selected linear media. The Recording device belongs to Subscriber A, and the recording is remote-controlled from the Media management server, and initiated by a User equipment belonging to Subscriber B, i.e. to a different subscriber than Subscriber A. The method comprises the Recording device receiving a command from the Media management server to record a selected linear media, wherein the linear media and the recording device is selected from the User equipment, and detecting and recording the linear media.

"The Recording device may further store the recorded media content in an encrypted or non-encrypted format, and the selected linear media may be received e.g. from a Linear media source.

"A third aspect of exemplary embodiments provides a method for a User equipment, connected to a Media management server, of initiating a remote-controlled recording of selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to a selected Subscriber A. The User equipment belongs to Subscriber B, i.e. to a different subscriber than said selected Subscriber A, and the recording is remote-controlled by the Media management server. The method comprises the User equipment performing the following: browsing the Media management server for receiving and, displaying a listing of available linear media, and a listing of associated subscribers; receiving a user-input of a selected linear media and a selected Subscriber A, and sending a command to the Media management server to record the selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to the selected Subscriber A.

"The User equipment may further receive and display a request from the Media management server to accept a charge for the selected linear media. Next, the User equipment may receive a user-input in response to the displayed request, the response accepting or rejecting the request, and send a corresponding response to the Media management server.

"A fourth aspect of exemplary embodiments provides a Media management server connectable to a Recording device belonging to Subscriber A, and to a User equipment belonging to Subscriber B, e.g. to a different subscriber than Subscriber A. The Media management server is arranged to remote-control a recording of selected linear media on the Recording device, and the recording is initiated from the User equipment. The Media management server comprises the following units: a Retrieval unit configured to retrieve a listing of available linear media; a Sending unit configured to send the listing of available linear media and a listing of subscribers associated with Subscriber B to the User equipment; a Receiving unit configured to receive a command from the User equipment to remote-control a recording of selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to the selected Subscriber A; a Remote-control unit configured to determine if Subscriber B is authorized by Subscriber A to access the Recording device, and to send a command to the Recording device to record selected linear media, if Subscriber B is authorized by Subscriber A to access the Recording device.

"The Media management server may further comprise a Storage unit configured to store listings of other subscribers associated with each subscriber, the listing comprising devices belonging to each of the associated subscribers, and the Storage unit may also be configured to store listings of other subscribers that are authorized to access a device of a subscriber.

"The Media management server may be further configured to retrieve a listing of other subscribers that are associated with each subscriber, as well as a listing of other subscribers that are authorized to access a device of a subscriber, from a separate social network-node connected to the Media management server.

"The Media management server may also comprise a Billing unit configured to determine if a subscriber subscribes to a selected media, and to charge a subscriber for a selected media.

"A fifth aspect of exemplary embodiments provides a Recording device connectable to a Media management server and arranged to record linear media. The recording is remote-controlled from the Media management server and is initiated by a User equipment belonging to another subscriber and connected to the Media management server. The Recording device comprises the following units: a Receiving unit configured to receive a command from the Media management server to record a selected linear media, wherein the linear media and the Recording device is selected from the User equipment, and a Recording unit configured to detect and record the selected linear media.

"The Recording device may further comprise a Linear Media-receiver configured to receive a media stream from a Linear media source, and a Media storage unit configured to store recorded media in an encrypted or non-encrypted format.

"A sixth aspect of exemplary embodiments provides a User equipment connectable to a Media management server and arranged to initiate a remote-controlled recording of selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to a selected other subscriber. The recording is remote-controlled from the Media management server, and the User equipment comprises the following units: a Browsing unit configured to browse the Media management server for receiving a listing of available linear media, and a listing of associated other subscribers; a Display unit configured to display said listings; a User-input unit configured to receive a user input selecting a linear media and an associated subscriber from the listings; a Sending unit configured to send a command to the media management server to record the selected linear media on a Recording device belonging to the selected other subscriber.

"The User equipment may be further arranged to receive and display a request from the Media management server to accept a charge for a selected linear media. It may also be arranged to receive a user input in response to the request, and to send a corresponding response to the request to the Media management server, the response accepting or rejecting the request.

"It is an advantage with exemplary embodiments that an end-user can enable a friend to view a selected linear TV program, even if the friend is not able to watch the TV program at the time of broadcasting, and even if the friend does not subscribe to the channel showing the TV program.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Exemplary embodiments of the invention will now be described in more detail, and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 schematically illustrates an exemplary architecture for remote-controlled recording;

"FIG. 2 illustrates an exemplary signalling diagram for the architecture in FIG. 1;

"FIG. 3 illustrates a further exemplary signalling diagram;

"FIG. 4 illustrates an alternative exemplary signalling diagram;

"FIG. 5 is a flow diagram schematically illustrating an exemplary method for a Media management server;

"FIG. 6 is a flow diagram schematically illustrating a further exemplary method for a Media management server;

"FIG. 7 is a flow diagram schematically illustrating an exemplary method for a Recording device;

"FIG. 8 is a flow diagram schematically illustrating an exemplary method for a User equipment;

"FIGS. 9 and 10 schematically illustrates an exemplary Media management server, and

"FIG. 11 schematically illustrates an exemplary recording device, e.g. a PVR or a DVR, and

"FIG. 12 schematically illustrates an exemplary User equipment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Harwell, Olof; Zaloshnja, Farjola. Remote-Controlled Recording. Filed March 10, 2011 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=3911&p=79&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140703.PD.&OS=PD/20140703&RS=PD/20140703

Keywords for this news article include: Television, Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ).

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