CN100484236C - Mechanism for distributing content data - Google Patents

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CN100484236C
CN100484236C CNB018158927A CN01815892A CN100484236C CN 100484236 C CN100484236 C CN 100484236C CN B018158927 A CNB018158927 A CN B018158927A CN 01815892 A CN01815892 A CN 01815892A CN 100484236 C CN100484236 C CN 100484236C
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Abstract

The current invention provides a system for distributing content data to user locations. The content data is preferably comprises digital video data that is available on demand form a requesting location. A system server stores user accounts and generates customized program schedules for the user account based user criteria which includes user preferences. Authorized users access their accounts to modify user criteria and to select program transmissions. Preferably, a computer and a television set receive program transmissions from a system network, wherein the computer provides a logical interface between the television set and content data transmitted over the system network.

Description

The distributor of content-data

Related application:

That present patent application requires is that 2000.7.20 submits to, exercise question be that " MECHANISM FORDIGITAL VIDEO RENTAL DISTRIBUTION AND CATCHING (digital image lease distribution and gathering-device) ", sequence number are No.60/219, the priority under 857 unsettled jointly U.S. Provisional Patent Application 35 U.S.C.119 (e).2000.7.20 the exercise question of submitting to is that " MECHANISM FOR DIGITAL VIDEO RENTAL DISTRIBUTION ANDCATCHING (digital image lease distribution and gathering-device) ", sequence number are No.60/219,857 temporary patent application also is hereby incorporated by.

Invention field:

The present invention relates to the device and system and the method that content are dispensed to station address.More precisely, the present invention relates to program transmission is dispensed to station address from the program contents account.

Background of invention:

There are multiple media services that the program of catalogue is provided on watching device such as television set.Having general broadcast service to provide in fact can be by the channel of any TV tuner by the antenna connector reception.Cable service is arranged, and it provides complete previous channel feature and requires on the TV tuner or on the power circuit of external address decoder is being arranged to the user usually.Cable service is play the program of catalogue continuously by a cover previous channel feature, and receives these previous channel features by the wire connector on the television set.Also have some charge rating services, it allows the user can receive the disposable program transmission of non-catalogue by cable network.Other available services comprise satellite programming, and it makes the user overlap the charge rating program of selecting the receivable program on demand from one.

All these program service all require the user will monitor the availability of program to determine whether to provide desired program.Existing program service does not provide the program that is suitable for individual consumer's needs specially.In addition, existing service does not offer the flexibility of user with quick change service range and/or program availability.

Summary of the invention:

The invention provides the distribution of content-data.The service range that the present invention makes the user easily change to be provided better also monitors according to individual consumer's needs and may programs of interest.

Therefore, The present invention be directed to structure and system and the method that content-data is dispensed to station address.Preferably, content-data comprises the program data from one or more content feeders.Program can be the program of catalogue and/or the video frequency program of storage.Content-data is preferably being dispensed to station address in the transfer of data of station address broadcast or rating.Program transmission preferably transfers to station address by grid, perhaps broadcasts to station address selectively by wireless device.

Transfer of data preferably includes digital of digital video data, and wherein program transfers to station address by express network and plays back on the reception/display unit with sound and display capabilities.Preferably reception/display unit is a digital device, and disposing it is to be used for receiving digital video data and watch video frequency program from the network download to the storage arrangement.Digital device can be any this conventional equipment, and it can include, but are not limited to personal computer, PDA, Web television machine or web devices.In a kind of preferred embodiment of the present invention, receiving system comprises personal computer and television set.Personal computer preferably has a video card, it television set is provided and the digital of digital video data that distributes as video frequency program ground warp grid transmission between logic interfacing.

Optimum decision system of the present invention comprises the network that in accordance with regulations the content-data availability is ad hoc enrolled program contents.Grid comprises the internet, special toll collection network, local network, cable network, the combination in any of commercial radio network or these networks.System server is connected and stores the personal code work of each user account on program contents and the system server with grid.System server preferably enrolls program contents according to personal code work with the content-data availability.Preferably, personal code work comprises each account's one group or a cover preference, wherein sets up account Shi Ke on system server user preference is submitted to system server.

One group of user preference preferably can be made amendment by authorized user.The content feeder that user preference can include, but are not limited to identify, user's hobby and detest, and the preferred time of program receiving transmission.In other embodiments of the present invention, user preference automatically upgrades according to the program transmission of selecting by respective account.

According to corresponding program contents among the account, program transmission automatically enters station address, and perhaps the user can select program transmission according to account's program contents.

System server is preferably got in touch through grid and content feeder.The availability of system server scope of examination data is also enrolled program contents according to personal code work with the content-data availability.According to another embodiment of the invention, the content-data feeder automatically sends to system server with the program availability data of upgrading.Perhaps conversely, system server is visited each different content-data supply and is taken out data about program availability through grid.

According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the user of mandate can utilize login process to visit its account on system server, and this user provides a specific user ID to discern its own authorized user as this system thus.In case enter the account, the user preferably can revise user preference and preferably can check other account informations.

Preferably server is supported graphical user interface, and this interface can be selected the user from the program contents mid point beat time order in its account.The program transmission that selected program and then starting require on demand from catalogue.According to other embodiments, the user can discern will program receiving the address of transmission.For example, the form of programs that provides at home after the user can be selected of these characteristics.By provide with the network port or the corresponding logical address of receiving system can identification address.

The user program that obtains from its people's program contents is selected under the uninterested situation, system preferably makes the user and select other available programs by network browsing.Perhaps conversely, or except that above-mentioned situation, the user can change in the account its user preference and come the retrieval server database to seek other available programs according to these user preferences new or that revise.

Program transmission can distribute or distribute from the content feeder by system server.Program transmission both can be play immediately in the address that the user selectes, and perhaps also can deposit this machine storage device in and be provided with the back use.

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Fig. 1 a-c illustrates several network configuration of distributing content-data according to the present invention.

Fig. 2 illustrates the system configuration of distributing content according to the present invention by the network that is connected with a plurality of content feeders.

Fig. 3 has illustrated according to the present invention the personal computer of one preferred embodiment, and it receives with the process network and the TV of viewing content data docks.

Fig. 4 explanation distributes the system configuration of content-data according to another embodiment of the invention by dedicated network.

Fig. 5 illustrates that the control content data are from the system configuration of first address transfer to the second address according to the present invention.

Fig. 6 is the flow chart of a method according to the present present invention summarized content data allocations step.

Fig. 7 is the flow chart that method for optimizing general introduction program according to the present invention is selected step.

Fig. 8 a-b is the block diagram of content-data distribution system this machine side and server side according to the present invention.

Fig. 9 explanation computer block diagram that optimum decision system docks with watching device with video card according to the present invention.

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System configuration of the present invention is used server unit, and it is connected with at least one content feeder.The central hub that server unit provides content-data to distribute.Server unit monitors from the content-data availability of at least one content feeder and the content-data availability is enrolled the program contents of customization according to personal code work.

Personal code work preferably guarantees to select desired service from least one content feeder.Personal code work can also guarantee according to the information of prospective users is come the chosen content data, wherein these content-datas with can be corresponding at the catalogue of station address rating or broadcast or program on request.

The user preferably can check or visit its account and select to transfer to the program of presumptive address and/or revise account preferences, comprises the changed content feeder and/or by its service that provides.To utilize Fig. 1 a-c to represent several different modes that the system according to the invention server is connected with the content feeder that content-data is dispensed to station address now.

Fig. 1 a illustrates the system configuration 100 that content-data according to one embodiment of the present invention distributes.System configuration 100 preferably has central site network 103.Central site network 103 can be special use or public access network, as the internet.System server 105 is connected with at least one content feeder 111 by network 103.In system configuration shown in Figure 1 100, the user can be from installing 101 through network 103 its accounts at server 105 of visit, and forming device 101 also is for the program receiving transmission.Perhaps, the user can visit its account at server 105 from other device (not shown).Preferably the user can change preference 107 and 109 or select program according to its personal account.Preferably, system server 105 is sent to device 101 by network 103 command content feeders 111 with program transmission.

According to one embodiment of the invention, by logical address or 101 addresses of the device on the network to content feeder 111 generators 101, system server 105 is authorized program transmission access to plant 101.Perhaps conversely, server makes device 101 authorize program transmission from feeder 111 accesss to plant 101.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, according to preference 107 and 109 and/or program contents make program transmission automatically not require that from content feeder 111 to device 101 user carries out program and selects.

Fig. 1 b represents to distribute according to the present invention another system configuration 120 of content-data.System configuration 120 has server 125, and its storage is used to set up the preference 127 and 129 of customizing programming catalogue.System configuration 120 has first network 133, and it is public network preferably, and as the internet, wherein the user can be by public network 133 its accounts of visit.System server 125 is connected by other network 135 with content feeder 13, and network 135 can be local area network (LAN) or other limited accesses network.The network 135 that constitutes preferably provides the availability of content-data to server 125 from content-data feeder 131.Network 134 provides from content feeder 131 to receiving system 121 program data distributor.Preferably network 133 is the special toll collection network.

Fig. 1 c represents the system configuration 140 that the content-data of the another optional embodiment according to the present invention distributes.System configuration 140 preferably includes a server unit 149, and it is connected with receiving system 141 by network 143.Server unit 149 comprises content information source 147 and system server 145, and wherein content information source 147 provides program by system server 145 to device 141.System server 145 is included into the content-data availability program contents and automatically transmits program by the user from the selection of catalogue or its combination according to stored preference 146 and 148.

Fig. 2 illustrates the system configuration 200 that content-data is assigned to multiple arrangement 201 and 202 from a plurality of content feeders 211,213 and 215.Content feeder 211 and 213 transfers to device 201 and 202 by network 203 with content-data.Network 201 is the special toll collection network preferably, or public network, as the internet.Device 201 and 202 preferably has receiver to come the received content data, has display to be used for showing the processing of apparent station address reception or untreated content-data simultaneously.

Still referring to Fig. 2, broadcasted content feeder 215 broadcast contents data 217 are as the broadcasted content data of TV programme transmission or any other kind.Feeder 215 can with system server 207 irrespectively, work selectively, perhaps can be connected with server 207, wherein server 207 provides instruction that selectivity is play to feeder 215 and enters one or more devices 201 or 202.Therefore, server 207 is configured to acceptor device 201 is programmed so that receive broadcasting data 215 according to catalogue from content feeder 213.Server 207 preferably stores according to user preference 210 and the 209 customizing programming catalogues that produce.

Fig. 3 illustrates the content-data distribution system configuration 300 of one preferred embodiment according to the present invention, and wherein acceptor device 304 comprises personal computer 302 and television set 305.Personal computer 302 can be connected and be configured as energy access server 307 with network 303, program contents deposits personal account in server 307.Content feeder 311 preferably is connected and is configured as and can program data be transferred to device 304 by network 303 according to program contents with network 303.As previously mentioned, program contents preferably produces according to the user preference 309 and 310 that also is stored in the server 307.

Fig. 4 illustrates content-data distribution system configuration 400 according to another embodiment of the invention.System configuration 400 can comprise a plurality of servers 407 and 411.System configuration 400 preferably includes network 403, its preferably dedicated network for the user one or more servers 407 and 411 predetermined accounts.Each server 407 preferably is connected with 417 with content-data feeder 415 with 411.Server 407 and 411 monitorings are from the availability of the content-data of content-data feeder 415 and 417 and to the catalogue listing of every group of user preference 410 and 412 editing customized.Device 401 and 402 preferably has the receiver of program receiving and the display of procedure for displaying program data.The user can be from one or more receiving systems 401 and 402, or from other device (not shown) by internet 420 its user accounts of visit with check program contents in the account.Which program the user can select to be transferred to receiving system 401 and 402 and/or revise account information then.Preferably each user has user's inventory server of the related preferences of oneself then to store a plurality of accounts corresponding to a plurality of station addresss.

In another embodiment of the present invention, program contents is distributed to or is incorporated into to device 401 and 402, wherein according to the program contents of distributing to device program automatically is transferred to device 401 and 402.Correspondingly, the user sets up the preference inventory of each device 401 and 402 and can install 401 and 402 program transmission that receive at each as the program contents that the device 401 and 402 is produced are determined.Preferably server 407 and 411 is responsible for control device 401 and 402 mandates from feeder 412 and the transmission of 415 program receivings.

Fig. 5 illustrates another system configuration 500 of distributing according to content-data of the present invention.In system configuration 500, server 510 is from broadcasted content feeder 515 and 516 receiving broadcast content data 517 and 518.Like this, server 510 is exactly " the medium content feeder " that content-data transmission 517 and 518 is offered indirectly receiving system 501.As top described in detail, the distribution of broadcasted content data is best by determining based on user or device preference corresponding inventory, the program contents that is stored in server 510.

Still referring to Fig. 5, content feeder 511 is connected in order to give receiving system 501 with program transmission with network 503 with 513.These programs are digital video programs preferably.Receiving system 501 preferably includes computer 504 and TV 502.The user can and revise preference 508 and 509 by their catalogues of network 503 visit and comprise selection to feeder 511 and 513, and select will be from each feeder 511 and 513 programs that receive.

System configuration 500 provides selects the ability of second receiver address 509 to transmit with program receiving.Second receiver address 509 preferably is connected with network 503 and/or forms can be from feeder 511,513,515 and 516 one of them receiving broadcast content data at least.When program transmission was the digital video programs transmission, second address was preferably discerned by server 510 being provided with second receiver address, 509 corresponding logical addresses.

Fig. 6 is the schematic block diagram 600 of a method according to the present present invention summarized content data allocations step.When the user at first when the system server of step 601 is set up the account, the request of pair user profile is preferably arranged.User information request can be passed through phone, Email, and surface mail, investigation or any other proper method comprise that uncalled method proposes.Preferably the user can visit network address and set up its oneself account.User profile can include, but are not limited to the feeder selection and server is selected.In addition, user profile preferably includes the preference inventory.Information that user preference can comprise such as user's interest program category, the preferred time of user's hobby and detest and/or program receiving transmission.User preference can also be stipulated the station address of program receiving transmission.After the account set up, system preferably provided rough cost and predetermined service inventory and personal identification number to the user.

In step 603, program catalogue standard has been proposed.Program catalogue standard can be any simple or complicated algorithm, but preferably includes the weighted factor of resulting user preference in the step 601.For example, the user has imported its special interest and has comprised health care in step 601.Like this, relate in the customizing programming catalogue that the program of health care problem proposes in step 609 and just give high priority.If the user has imported them and dislikes sports events in step 601, I sports program can be deleted from the program contents of customization so, perhaps gives its low priority in the customizing programming catalogue for this user's proposition step 609 in.

Produce program catalogue standard in step 603 after, server is checked the program availability of all given content feeders in step 605 then.Server can automatically obtain program availability from the content feeder, perhaps obtains program availability by network.In other embodiments, program availability can manually enter server.Program availability is preferably in and obtains upgrading when new program or program availability change.After the server place of program availability in step 607 edited, server enrolled the customizing programming catalogue according to user with program.

Preferably can check the customizing programming catalogue by grid, wherein user's program contents is presented on the display unit of user graphical interface.In addition, the customizing programming catalogue can have any number or form.Catalogue can show corresponding to day, week, the program availability of the moon or any other suitable time frame.Program availability can be made into form, or enrolls column or classification, as physical culture or news.According to one embodiment of the invention, the user can select and/or revise program format.Though preferably can check the customizing programming catalogue by grid, program contents can utilize any other suitable way to comprise that mail and Email offer the user.

After the user provided the customizing programming catalogue, the user just can select program and makes program transmission enter station address in step 611 then in step 609.Perhaps program transmission is not required that to station address the user selects.

Fig. 7 illustrates the flow chart 700 of the preferred implementation method general introduction program selection step according to the present invention.In step 701, the user preferably can login its personal account as the user ID number by the secured user is provided code.In step 703, the user can check its people's program contents then.In step 705, the user can select program from its catalogue.Preferably program contents is by the graphical user interface support, and the image that this interface makes the user can click display program is selected program.Behind the selected program of step 705, just start the transmission of program content data in step 707 then to station address.

After step 703 was checked individual program contents, the user preferably can revise account and/or user preference.By updated account, server updates program availability according to the information or the amended preference of new account.Preferably the user uses simple gopher to search server data according to the alternative program that does not show in the individual program contents.

After program is selected in step 705, conventional equipment by any number starts the transmission of program to station address in step 707 then, these conventional equipments include, but are not limited to start the broadcasting of program, to receiving this machine receiver decoding of broadcast encryption, with transfer of data to the grid port or route to receiving system from server, perhaps directly be assigned to station address from the content feeder of reception server transmission program mandate.According to the preferred embodiments of the invention, the content-data distribution system wherein as detailed below, all automatically notifies the user to pay the bill to each program transmission for the charge TV receiving system.

Fig. 8 a-b illustrates this machine side 800 of the content-data distribution system according to the present invention and the device of server side 810.Directory interface 801 links to each other with authentication server 806 and fetches checking user's identity.Directory interface 801 preferably can be visited from this machine side 800 and the server side 810 of system.After the user is identified, directory interface 801 will be collected the information about the user then, preferably include payment information and credit card number.Directory interface 801 is sent to information authentication server 806 then, and server 806 deposits user profile in customer data base 811.Directory interface 801 can also be checked payment information with record keeping server 807 before user account is come into force.

After the user has set up effective account, directory interface 801 will and preferably provide available programs inventory with menu format to the user by watching device 805 to LIST SERVER 808 inquiry available programs inventories.The user can select program by directory interface 801 and select from menu, directory interface 801 passes to LIST SERVER 808 with this selection thus.LIST SERVER 808 passes to record keeping server 807 to the program expense again.

If record keeping server 807 can not be selected to keep accounts to program, record keeping server 807 will return this fault to LIST SERVER 808, and LIST SERVER 808 will be passed to directory interface 801 to fault.Directory interface 801 is passed to the user with the record keeping fault again and is waited for another program selection.

Under the situation that record keeping server 807 is successfully selected to keep accounts to user's program, the server 807 of keeping accounts is so just passed to LIST SERVER 808 to the received situation of this selection.LIST SERVER 808 is passed to this selection media delivery system 809 and is told that to media delivery system 809, content-data is the digital video content data preferably the stream of the mandate of content-data then.

After media delivery system 809 mandate video data streams, media delivery system 809 just can make LIST SERVER 808 these video datas of visit then.The situation that LIST SERVER 808 has been received the payment of this video frequency program more and video data now has been authorized to transmit passes to directory interface 801.

In order to come work by the fire compartment wall that may be present in system this machine side 800, media manager 803 preferably is connected with media delivery system 809, after directory interface 801 notified received payment of user's program and video data to be ready to for situation about transmitting, directory interface 801 just sent to media manager 803 to license confirmation like this.Media manager 803 is set up then with the communication channel of media delivery system 809 and the affirmation of authorizing and is passed to media delivery system 809, and the latter begins video data to flow to media manager 803 from remote storage device 810.Media manager 803 receiving video datas stream and preferably video data is deposited in this machine storage device 804.Remote storage device 810 can be by addressable single storage device of grid (not shown) or any amount of storage device.

According to embodiment of the present invention, in addition mark of identifying information that a content-data and user account are linked is encrypted or used to video data.In addition, though the parts in this machine side 800 can place on the same processor device, preferably media manager 803 and this machine storage device 804 are placed on the master server device, directory interface 801 and playback interface 802 then place on the desktop computer.

Be downloaded and during this machine of depositing in storage device 804, can use directory interface 801 and/or playback interface 802 to monitor downloading process in data flow.In addition, any time after image begins to download can use playback interface 802 to come playing video data.But,, can not obtain complete image at any given time if download or flow rate when slower than playback rate.

Preferably use playback interface 802 to select watching device 804, wherein playback interface receives the instruction from any suitable control device 812.For example, watching device 805 is the monitor or the television set of desktop computer.Control device 812 can comprise explorer, software application, Infrared remote controller, cursor control and/or keyboard.

Playback interface 802 preferably to media manager 803 which kind of video of inquiry is stored in this machine storage device 804 and shows stored video frequency program by directory interface 801 to the user.

When the user play by control device 812 requests, playback interface 802 was just passed to media manager 803 to this request so.Media manager 803 is passed to media delivery system 809 with mandate then, and media delivery system 809 is authorized playing video data.

Perhaps opposite, if if authorize the out of date or selected video data broadcast of user's unauthorized rating of time limit, playing request can not be accepted so.Authorizing under the situation about playing, when video data was enciphered data, media delivery system 809 can be passed to the required media manager of playing video data 803 to the enciphered message label.

After 803 pairs of video flowings of media manager and user were through with video frequency program rating on watching device 805, the user can cancel this video data from this machine storage device 804.Preferably the user transmits the request of cancellation video data from this machine storage device 804 by control device 812.Control device 812 is passed to playback interface 802 with this request then.Playback interface 802 order media managers 803 are cancelled this video data from this machine storage device 804.Media manager 803 is eliminated from this machine storage device 804 by playback interface 802 these video datas of affirmation and this result is conveyed to the user by watching device 805 then.

In preferred this machine system 900 of station address, it is used for processing video data stream and shows the video data stream of handling at watching device 25 according to the present invention in Fig. 9 explanation.System preferably uses the computer 910 of video card 920.Video card 920 preferably has figure out connector 26 and computer display logic circuit 16 in order to support and display program figure on computer monitor.Television set or computer monitor that watching device 25 preferably is connected with computer 910 by video output connector 23.Use acceptance control device 12, as keyboard, cursor control (for example computer mouse) or Infrared remote controller, as mentioned above, the user can send to request him will be on the remote control control server of watching picture recording on the watching device 25.The data flow that 13 pairs in Streaming Media mixer logic circuit is stored in hard disk memory device 24 is retrieved and video data is sent to cpu i/f 15.Cpu i/f 15 is sent to digital stream compression/decomposition logic 18 on the video card 18 with video data.Digital stream compression/decomposition logic 18 is decomposed video data, and where necessary video data is sent to display logic circuit 19 and is converted into displayable signal.Sending displayable signal by Streaming Media logical hybrid device 13 then treats to show on watching device 25.

When control device 12 is filed a request, the content that display logic circuit 16 usefulness are suitable is set up the graphical display frame in its memory.This display frame is sent to Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13.Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13 preferably comprises the compression/decomposition algorithm as digital stream compression/decomposition logic 18.Replace simply the display frame of compression being sent to cpu i/f, the logic 13 that Streaming Media mixes uses its logic foundation and decomposes display frame.On the logic 13 of Streaming Media mixing is added to the display frame that decomposes with the graph data frame from display logic circuit 22 then.The display frame that Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13 will newly make up compresses and should make up display frame and is sent to watching device 25.

To complete mobile video, Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13 preferably produces the combination display frame with per second 30 frames or higher speed.If used computer 910 does not have enough disposal abilities for the usefulness of handling complete mobile video, so same display frame just becomes some multiples ground to show that intermediate frame subsequently then is left in the basket at cpu i/f.

In other cases, the user can watch the live video program on watching device 25, and wherein video data arrives video card from video input connector 14 or from TV tuner logic 17 by wireless input connector 21.Therefore, user's request arrives from control device 12, and content-data then is sent to video output connector 23 by display logic circuit 19 and treats to show on watching device 25.In this example, 900 pairs of video datas of computer do not deal with.

Under the third situation, the user files a request from control device 12, and interface display logic circuit 22 then produces suitable graphic display data frame.When the graphic display data frame offered Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13, Streaming Media blender logic 13 sent an information by cpu i/f 15 to video card 920.Video card 920 is accepted by showing the signal of looking logic 19 transmissions and ordering 18 pairs of graphic display data frames of digital stream compression/decomposition logic to carry out digitlization and optionally compression before will being sent to Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13 by cpu i/f 15 to the graphic display data frame of display logic circuit 19.

Streaming Media mixer logic circuit 13 has had the graphic display data frame of compression now, and use on above-mentioned same quadrat method is added to current display frame with the graphical display frame from user interface display logic circuit 22, send display frame after the combination that to compress/to decompose logic 18 decomposition by digital stream by cpu i/f 15 simultaneously.Digital stream compression/decomposition logic 18 is sent to display logic circuit 19 with unpressed combination display frame then, and the latter outputs to signal video output connector 23 again and treats to show on watching device 25.

Describe the present invention according to including the specific embodiments that helps to understand structure of the present invention and operation principle details.These specific embodiments and details thereof are described here and are not intended to the scope of claims here that limits.Will be clearly concerning those skilled in the art: can in selected embodiment, make amendment and don't depart from design of the present invention and scope for describing.

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1. the system configuration of content-data is provided to the user, and this system configuration comprises:
A. server unit, it is used to store a plurality of personal code works and each personal code work is generated program contents; And
B. content source unit, it will provide the server of dynamic program catalogue data to be connected with server unit, wherein server unit will be configured to the dynamic program catalogue data of each personal code work is edited to generate program contents.
2. the system configuration of claim 1, wherein user's operations server unit is by server at least one catalogue chosen content data from program contents.
3. the system configuration of claim 2, wherein the content source unit is connected with the network that comprises a plurality of network ports, and wherein selected content-data is given the user by at least one port transmission in a plurality of network ports.
4. the system configuration of claim 3 is wherein by providing logical address to discern at least one port in a plurality of network ports to server unit.
5. the system configuration of claim 4, wherein the user provides distinctive user ID number to visit this at least one program contents by network to server.
6. the system configuration of claim 1, wherein the content source unit is to station address broadcast contents data.
7. the system configuration of claim 6, wherein the user is by providing logical address to discern station address to server unit.
8. the system configuration of claim 7, wherein logical address is corresponding with the receiving system at station address.
9. the system configuration of claim 1, wherein the content source unit is connected by content network with server unit, content network comprises a plurality of network ports of transmitting content data, and wherein the user can select that at least one port receives the content-data that at least one catalogue from program contents is selected in a plurality of network ports.
10. the system configuration of claim 9, wherein content network is the special toll collection network.
11. the system configuration of claim 10, wherein server unit further is connected with the internet, and wherein content-data is to select by internet at least one catalogue from program contents.
12. the system configuration of claim 11 is wherein by providing distinctive user ID number to visit at least one catalogue in the program contents to server unit.
13. the system configuration of claim 9, wherein the user selects at least one port in the network port by providing with the corresponding logical address of receiving system.
14. the system configuration of claim 9, wherein content network comprises the internet.
15. the system configuration of claim 1, wherein personal code work comprises user preference.
16. the system configuration of claim 15, wherein the content source unit comprises a plurality of content feeders, and wherein said preference comprises selected feeder from a plurality of content feeders.
17. the system configuration of claim 1, wherein program contents automatically upgrades.
18. the system configuration of claim 1, wherein personal code work automatically upgrades according to selected content-data.
19. the system configuration of claim 1 wherein becomes the content source configuration of cells transmission by the selected digital video content data of user's at least one catalogue from program contents.
20. the system configuration of claim 1 wherein becomes the content source configuration of cells transmission by the selected broadcasted content data of user's at least one catalogue from program contents.
21. the system of customizing programming catalogue is provided to the long-distance user address, this system is included as and checks that from the content feeder available program also and then according to user generates the webserver that the customizing programming catalogue is configured to automatically, and wherein the system that is disposed makes the user select program transmission from the customizing programming catalogue.
22. the system of claim 21, wherein program transmission is started by logging program, and wherein the long-distance user provides distinctive user ID number to server.
23. system 22, wherein program transmission is by further providing logical address to start in the long-distance user address.
24. the system of claim 21, wherein user is included in the availability of long-distance user's address user and content-data before to the program transmission of long-distance user address.
25. the system of claim 21, wherein customizing programming catalogue regular update.
26. the system of claim 25, wherein the customizing programming catalogue is according to the program transmission regular update.
27. the system of claim 21, wherein the server inspection by the internet from the available program of content feeder.
28. the system of claim 21, wherein program transmission is included in the digital video content data of station address.
29. the system of claim 21, wherein program transmission is included in the broadcasted content data of long-distance user address.
30. generate the system of program contents, it comprises:
A. discern the device of user;
B. generate the device of program contents according to user;
C. program contents is reached the device of station address; And
D. make the user can select the device of program from the program contents of station address.
31. the system of claim 30, the device that wherein generates user comprises checks the user preference that contains subject of interest in the New Zealand Journal of Health Physical Education classification.
32. the system of claim 30, the device that wherein generates user comprises the program historical record that received at station address in the past.
33. the system of claim 30, wherein the device according to user generation program contents comprises server, wherein the server stores program contents.
34. the system of claim 33, the device of wherein program contents being passed to station address comprises network.
35. the system of claim 34 wherein selects the device of program to comprise graphical user interface from server operation from program contents.
36. the method for workout content data directory, it comprises:
A. be the client stores the client at server address preference;
B. according to customer priorities to making a catalogue from the available content-data of selected content feeder; And
C. available content-data is transferred to the remote client address.
37. the method for claim 36, wherein available content-data is reached the remote client address comprise to server provide user ID and with the corresponding logical address in remote client address.
38. the method for claim 37, wherein logical address is corresponding with the receiving system at remote address place.
39. the method for claim 37, wherein logical address is corresponding with the network node of remote address.
40. the method for claim 36 is wherein transmitted available content-data and is comprised by the Network Transmission digital of digital video data.
41. the method for claim 40, wherein network comprises the internet.
42. the method for claim 36, wherein available content-data is transferred to the personal computer of remote address.
43. the method for claim 42, wherein available content-data automatically is transferred to personal computer.
44. the method for claim 43, it further comprises available content-data is stored into personal computer.
45. the categorization of content-data:
A. provide the preference inventory to remote server, wherein remote server is preserved the catalogue of content-data according to the preference inventory;
B. discern station address; And
C. the content-data with catalogue transfers to station address.
46. the method for claim 45, wherein Bian Mu content-data automatically transfers to the station address that identifies.
47. the method for claim 45, wherein Bian Mu content-data comprises digital of digital video data.
48. the method for claim 45, wherein Bian Mu content-data by Internet transmission to the long-distance user address.
49. the method for claim 45, wherein remote server is by checking the catalogue of preserving content-data from the available content-data of a plurality of content feeders.
50. the method for claim 49, wherein available content-data at least one feeder from a plurality of content feeders transfers to the station address that identifies.
51. provide the system of content-data to comprise:
A. the network that is connected with at least one content feeder;
B. the remote server that is connected with this network, it comprises:
I. store the storage arrangement of a plurality of user ID codes, wherein each user ID code is corresponding to a user preference inventory; And
Ii. generate the program of the content-data catalogue of each code in a plurality of user ID codes according to each relative users preference inventory, wherein the user is by providing at least one code in user ID code catalogue in can the accessed content data directory, and wherein the user can select and the corresponding program of one of them catalogue of content-data catalogue, and it remains to be transferred to remote address; And
C. be received in the device of the selected program of remote address.
52. the system of claim 51 wherein receives and has selected the device of program to comprise:
A. the computer that comprises video card; And
B. the watching device that is connected with this computer.
53. the system of claim 52, wherein video card provides the TV tuner logical circuit, and wherein watching device is a television set.
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