Patent Issued for Methods, Communication Device, and Communication System for Presenting Multi-Media Content in Conjunction with User Identifications Corresponding to the Same Channel Number
The patent's assignee for patent number 8813163 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to a system for presenting multi-media content and a related method, and more particularly, to an interactive multi-media environment having dynamic communications and the related method.
"In the prior art, multi-media content can be displayed on television sets, monitors, and other such devices. Additionally, interactive and dynamic communications can be displayed whereby people can communicate via typing words or speaking. The communications is often called a chat or discussion room. In the prior art, it is common for a person to maintain a list of known people that also use the same dynamic communications chat system. This list is often called a friends or a buddy list.
"Unfortunately, it is not currently possible for a user to combine the functionality of the two systems. Therefore, the following drawbacks exist today.
"First, when watching the multi-media content people do not know who else is watching the same multi-media content. Second, people cannot determine what specific available content is the most popular. For example, most popular can be defined as the multi-media content that is currently being watched by the most number of people contained in the buddy list. Obviously many other definitions are possible. Third, a person watching a specific content might have friends watching the same content but because the multi-media content display is static in the prior art and not combined with the dynamic communications of the chat systems these friends are not able to communicate to one another regarding the content that they are both watching.
"As a result, people have a very static multi-media viewing experience and this experience is disjoint from that environment people have a parallel environment that is very dynamic and interactive where they are able to communicate via text, voice, and video image with other people. The two environments are not linked to each other; they operate in isolation from each other.
"Therefore, it is apparent that new and improved methods and devices are needed."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "It is therefore one of the objectives of the claimed invention to provide a method for presenting multi-media contents on a specific communication device and the related apparatus thereof to solve the above mentioned problems.
"According to an embodiment of the claimed invention a method for presenting multi-media contents on a specific communication device is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: detecting a multi-media content channel currently tuned by the specific communication device; and in addition to a specific multi-media content corresponding to a specific channel number currently tuned by the specific communication device, presenting an information communication user interface.
"According to an embodiment of the claimed invention a communication device for presenting multi-media contents on a display device is disclosed. The communication device includes a video processor, for receiving a specific multi-media content and processing the specific multi-media content to drive the display device; a microprocessor, coupled to the video processor; and a storage device, coupled to the microprocessor, for storing a program execution code, the program execution code executed by the microprocessor being for: detecting a multi-media content channel currently tuned by the specific communication device; and in addition to the specific multi-media content corresponding to a specific channel number currently tuned by the specific communication device, controlling the video processor to drive the display device to present an information communication user interface.
"The static multi-media viewing experience is vastly improved by the present invention by facilitating communication between the plurality of communication devices that are tuned (i.e., watching) the same channel number.
"These and other objectives of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings."
For additional information on this patent, see: Chiang, Yueh-Hsuan. Methods, Communication Device, and Communication System for Presenting Multi-Media Content in Conjunction with User Identifications Corresponding to the Same Channel Number. U.S. Patent Number 8813163, filed
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