CN1085007C - Context sensitive ITV channel information - Google Patents

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CN1085007C
CN1085007C CN97122289A CN97122289A CN1085007C CN 1085007 C CN1085007 C CN 1085007C CN 97122289 A CN97122289 A CN 97122289A CN 97122289 A CN97122289 A CN 97122289A CN 1085007 C CN1085007 C CN 1085007C
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The present invention relates to a system and method for accessing television program information, particularly context sensitive information, some of which m ay be found through the Internet. A method according to the present invention is prese nted for interactively displaying program information on a television, the method compris ing the steps of receiving a request for program information; displaying program informa tion; receiving a request for additional information; and generating at least one auto matic search term for a search for the additional information.

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The method and the television system of the interactive tv information that search content is relevant

The present invention relates to choose the system and method for TV program information, more specifically to content-related information, some such information can find by Internet.

TV program information can find now on TV.Yet current ITV (interactive television) is the static development of television and the continuation of old-fashioned center channel information.Channel information generally comprises program start and end time, programm name and explanation.

Many current ITV systems adopt top setting box and overhead software to also have remote controller to work together if possible.Top setting box has been used for various systems, comprises the television set of putting on the table, the video dial-tone of (DTH) in directly getting home, and wireless connections (MMDS).Top setting box can be fitted together with television set, and available remote controller.Typical top setting box can comprise controller, memory, be used for the receiver of remote control, also has television interface if possible.

The example of conventional ITV is that " trailer channel " arranged.All channel information is all in a place.This is very inconvenient to spectators.For example, the user waits the quite a long time to watch the information of a certain channel possibly.Owing to only show the minority channel in preset time, so can not obtain a certain specific channel immediately.Conventional programme information service only provides the most basic information.If spectators want to see the out of Memory relevant with program, for example program author's film review or interview, spectators generally need search for the required additional information in other place.

The Chinese patent application 96197357.9 (CN1200221A) that is proposed by Starsight Telecast Inc. discloses a kind of system and method that television schedule information is provided, the system and method that this invention provides can be used for television schedule information is provided on the visual interface and allow that spectators retrieve, search, selection and interactive access be positioned at the information in remote data base, computer network or the online service.

The present invention is the improvement invention on the prior art basis, its purpose is to provide a kind of method and system of choosing the relevant interactive TV program information of content, this method and system can overcome way of search complexity, the search content finite sum long problem of waiting time that exists in the conventional system of display of television programmes information, for spectators provide the more friendly interface and the way of search of more convenient and quicker.

The present invention relates to choose the system and method for TV program information, more specifically to content-related information, some such information can find by online server, for example America Online and Internet.

For on TV alternatively displays program information the method according to this invention is provided, this method may further comprise the steps: the program receiving information request; Displays program information; Receive the request of search additional information; Request according to the search additional information produces at least one automatic search terms; Show at least one automatic search terms; According to the automatic search terms search additional information and the display additional information that show.

Fig. 1 is according to a system of the present invention.

Fig. 2 is an example that is stacked in the interactive content certain dialog on the television reception program.

Fig. 3 is stacked in dialog interaction on the program according to searching request.

Fig. 4 is the example of demonstration based on the dialog interaction of the catalogue of search terms.

Fig. 5 is an example of the dialog interaction of the relevant content of the project selected with Search Results.

Fig. 6 is according to the interactive flow chart that shows the method that is stacked in a content correlated information on the program of the present invention.

Fig. 7 is according to interactive retrieval of content relevant information of the present invention and the flow chart that shows the method that is stacked in the result on the TV programme.

Fig. 8 be according to of the present invention will be from the flow chart of the method the memory that Internet content retrieved relevant information is stored in TV links to each other.

Fig. 9 is the flow chart that the content correlated information with storage according to the present invention refreshes and show the method for the information that is refreshed on TV.

The present invention relates to choose the system and method for TV program information, more specifically to content-related information, some such information can find by online server, for example America Online and Internet.Below describing is in order to make one of ordinary skill in the art can implement the present invention.Under the prerequisite that does not depart from the scope of the present invention, one of ordinary skill in the art can be done various improvement.

Fig. 1 is according to system of the present invention.This system comprises television indicator 100, top setting box 102, input equipment 104 and Internet interface 106, and Internet interface 106 both can place in the top setting box, also can place outside the top setting box.The basic element of character of top setting box 102 comprises interface 114, controller 108, memory 110 and receiver 112.Input equipment 104 can be the input equipment of any kind, comprises TV remote controller or keyboard.The input signal that receiver 112 receives from input equipment 104.The input signal that controller 108 utilizes receiver 112 to receive if desired, is gone back addressable memory 110, Internet interface 106 and interface 114.

Fig. 2 is an example that is stacked in a content pertinent program information on the program that is showing on the television indicator.The content pertinent program information comprises performer, time started and the concluding time in programm name, the program.When the user sends request, should be able to manifest lap 200.

Can send request as remote controller by input equipment 206.Input equipment 206 preferably includes overlapping request key, as navigation button 214.Can cancel lap 200, or send searching request from lap 200.Lap 200 can comprise cancellation selection 202 and search selection 204, and they can adopt input equipment 206 to select.Can show and select from lap 200 and cancel and function of search, or can in input equipment 206, comprise cancel button 216 and search button 212.

If select search to select 204, new lap 300 then appears, and this can see from Fig. 3.Lap 300 preferably includes the automatic search terms that will search for, as movie name, performer and director.Automatically search terms can obtain in various manners.A kind of mode is the program guiding data storehouse that visit is kept by program guide supplier such as cable companies.Can use as shown in Figure 1 Internet interface 106 or the such equipment of telephone wire at the direct accessing database in cable companies place.If current program guide is retained in the database in the top setting box, then can interview show guiding in top setting box.Required channel information is preferably supposed the current channel that shows just on TV, and the time of supposing is the current time or the one period following short time preferably, as half an hour.The information relevant with channel and time can retrieve from the program guiding data storehouse, and as search terms demonstration automatically.Can produce the information that is stacked on the TV programme by this way and be used for the automatic search terms that Internet is searched for.

Before beginning search, can remove search terms or increase search terms.Automatically search terms preferably relates to the program that the current program of watching maybe will be watched.A kind of mode that the user can search for the program that will watch is to remove automatic search terms and increase additional search terms.Utilize cancellation selection 202 ' or, can cancel function of search at any time by pressing the cancel button 216 ' in the input equipment.The user can also begin search selection 302 or begin search by the search button of pressing on the input equipment 206 ' 212 ' by selection.

If the user selects to begin search, then new lap 400 appears on the program.Lap 400 comprises the catalogue based on search terms.For example comprise the film review of selected film, interview performer and director are to the explanation of special scenes.The user can watch catalogue, and decision is cancelled lap 400 and returned program, and perhaps the user can select one, watches relevant with it content.

Fig. 5 represents an example of the lap 500 of appearance when selecting, can be the film review of selected power supply.Lap 500 can comprise scroll bar 402 ', allows user's scroll-up/down content.Can select cancel button 216 on 202 or the input equipment to cancel lap 500 at any time by cancellation.

Fig. 6 is according to the interactive flow chart that shows the method that is stacked in the content correlated information on the current program of the present invention.By step 600, turn on television set and receive a television channel.Receive navigation commands by step 602 then.Show the content pertinent program information text that is stacked on the current program by step 604.Content pertinent program information text can comprise the explanation to program, as the current program on the current channel, or the program in the future on the current channel.

Also can show the interactive search selection by step 604, determine whether selected cancellation by step 606.If, videotex and to return program full frame no longer then.If do not select cancellation, then determine to have selected search by step 608.If non-selected, then determine whether to have selected cancellation once more by step 606.

If selected search, then show search dialog by step 610.Search dialog preferably includes search terms, and search terms is selecteed automatically in the above described manner.Search dialog also comprises selects to change, deletes or increases search terms.Determine whether to change search terms by step 611 then.If, will be included in the search terms through the change of input equipment input by step 613.

Determine whether to have selected cancellation once more by step 612.If, then by step 607 videotex and to return program full frame no longer.

If do not select cancellation by step 612, then determine whether to have selected to search for by step 614.Search for any input that selection comprises that expression is searched for.If do not select to search for, then determine whether to have selected cancellation once more by step 612.

If selected to search for, then by step 616 request search Internet by step 614.This request comprises the final search item group of having been selected by the user.Final search item group can comprise some or all the automatic search termses except that any additional searching item that the user has selected.

Fig. 7 is according to interactive retrieval of content relevant information of the present invention and the flow chart that shows the method that is stacked in the result on the TV programme.Turn on television set by step 700 and receive a channel.Determine whether to receive searching request by step 702.If do not receive, then determine whether to be subjected to searching request once more by step 702.

If receive searching request, then produce and show automatic search terms by step 703.As mentioned above, the information that preferably adopts the program guiding data storehouse by the program guide supplier to provide produces automatic search terms.Determine whether to change search terms by step 705 then, as the search terms of deletion, increase or improvement demonstration.If user's input then is included in change in the search terms by step 707 the change signal of search terms.

If do not change, or in case change is then searched for Internet by step 704 request.This request can be limited in the category of program, as physical culture or film, so that the content number is limited in a rational number.This category also can be used as automatic search terms and produces, and hypothetical program guiding supplier has identified that program is in this category.

Obtain request results by step 706, by step 708 displaying contents catalogue.Determine whether to have selected cancellation by step 710.If, then by step 712 videotex and to return program full frame no longer.Determine whether to have received new searching request by step 702 then.

If, then determine whether to have selected a content by step 714 by the non-selected cancellation of step 710.If not, then determine whether to have selected cancellation once more by step 710.If from catalogue, selected a content, then select by step 716 contents processing by step 714.By the selected text of step 718 retrieval, show selected text then by step 720.If by the non-selected cancellation of step 722, then continue to show selected text.Yet, if selected cancellation, by step 712 videotex and to return program full frame no longer.

Fig. 8 be according to of the present invention will be from the flow chart of the method the memory that Internet content retrieved relevant information is stored in TV links to each other.Turn on television set by step 800 and receive a channel.Determine whether to receive searching request by step 801.If do not receive, then determine whether to receive searching request once more by step 801.If receive searching request, then produce and show automatic search terms by step 803.

Determine whether to change search terms by step 805 then.If change, comprise as the search terms of deletion, increase or improvement input, then change is included in the search terms by step 807.Send request by step 802 to Internet, return its result by step 804.Show request results by step 806.

Determine whether to select storage by step 808.If not, then determine whether to have selected cancellation by step 810.If not, determine whether to have selected storage once more.If selected storage by step 808, then by step 814 with information stores with memory that television set links to each other in.

Fig. 9 is the flow chart that the content correlated information with storage according to the present invention refreshes and show the method for the information that is refreshed on TV.Refresh memory command by step 902 reception.Refresh the information that is stored by step 904 from memory.In dialogue, show the item of storing by step 906, preferably be stacked on the TV programme.

Determine whether to select cancellation by step 908 then.If then handle the next one and refresh memory command by step 902.If not, then determine whether to select any display items so that watch text by step 910.If not, then determine whether to select cancellation once more by step 908.If select videotex,, preferably be stacked on the program then by step 912 retrieval with show selected text by step 910.

More than disclosed a kind of method and system of interactive displays program information on TV.The software of writing according to the present invention is stored on the computer-readable media, as memory or CD-ROM, or in transmission over networks, is carried out by processor.

Embodiments of the invention described above are that under the premise without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention, one of ordinary skill in the art can be done various improvement for illustrative purposes.

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1. one kind in the TV method of displays program information alternatively, and this method may further comprise the steps: a) displays program information;
B) receive additional information requests; It is characterized in that further comprising the steps of:
C) request of response search additional information produces at least one automatic search terms;
D) show at least one automatic search terms;
E) according to the automatic search terms search additional information that shows;
F) display additional information.
2. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that programme information comprises programm name.
3. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that programme information comprises program start time.
4. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that programme information comprises program end time.
5. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that programme information comprises the performer's name in the program.
6. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that programme information comprises the director's name in the program.
7. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that programme information comprises the programm name of the current program that is just showing on indicated channel.
8. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that at least one automatic search terms comprises the information of the relevant current program of performing.
9. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that at least one automatic search terms comprises the information of the relevant program that will perform on current channel.
10. according to the method for claim 1, it is characterized in that at least one automatic search terms comprises the information of the next program that will perform after the current program on the relevant current channel.
11. according to the method for claim 1, the step of at least one the additional searching item that it is characterized in that comprising that also reception is not selected automatically.
12., it is characterized in that additional information comprises program review according to the method for claim 1.
13., it is characterized in that receiving additional information requests by an options of selecting to show on the TV according to the method for claim 1.
14., it is characterized in that also comprising the step that stops the step in this method according to the cancellation request according to the method for claim 1.
15., it is characterized in that sending the cancellation request on TV by an options of selecting to show according to the method for claim 14.
16., it is characterized in that by selecting a key on the remote controller to send additional information requests according to the method for claim 1.
17., it is characterized in that by selecting a key on the keyboard to send additional information requests according to the method for claim 1.
18., it is characterized in that programme information is stacked on the current program on the selected channel according to the method for claim 1.
19., it is characterized in that searching on the Internet additional information according to the method for claim 1.
20. the system of displays program information alternatively on TV, this system comprises:
Television set;
The input equipment of input information;
Reception is from the receiver of the information of input equipment input;
The interface of visit online server;
Be used to receive to the request of programme information and the device of displays program information;
Be used to receive the device of the request of searching for additional information;
It is characterized in that also comprising:
Be used to respond the device that the request of searching for additional information produces at least one automatic search terms;
The device that shows automatic search terms;
And the device of searching for additional information according to the automatic search terms that shows.
21., it is characterized in that controller search Internet obtains additional information according to the system of claim 20.
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