Description: BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to an information distribution apparatus.
In particular, the present invention relates to an apparatus for distributing a plurality of pieces of information data.  In recent years, households have been receiving various media.
Information has been delivered. For example, terrestrial waves, satellites, CATV (cave)
TV, radio, and data broadcasting through broadcast waves such as
Transmission, and the Internet,
Images such as e-mail, audio, information services, etc. are provided.
Have been.  Particularly in the broadcasting system, digital broadcasting systems
Systems are progressing, and in these systems
Is achieved by adopting digital compression coding and multiplexing method.
More TV / radio in the same bandwidth
It is possible to distribute an e (music) program. further,
In addition to video and audio, various information and data
It is also possible to add and distribute data.  Then, the user can use these many programs and information.
To be able to select programs and information appropriately from within
In digital broadcasting systems, information on programs
Information (SI: Service Information) for video and audio data
With the electronic program guide (E
PG: System displayed as Electronic Program Guide)
System is in operation. From this EPG screen, the user can
Watching programs relatively easily by selecting programs with a heart
You can listen.  Further, depending on the receiver, a broadcaster may provide a receiver.
Attribute information of the program such as category and subcategory provided
Allows users to select from among EPG programs
It also has a function to search for desired programs and information.
You.  Recently, as a function of the receiver, a large
Open multiple windows simultaneously on the display
So-called multi-channels that assign independent input sources to each
The window function has been realized. In digital broadcasting, a new broadcasting
Called "multi-view TV" as a form of transport service
Services have been proposed. This is a maximum of three S
One support is provided by DTV (Standard Definition TV) channel.
Service that simultaneously broadcasts related content within a service
But currently has a multi-window function
Specifications are specified to operate without failure even with no receiver
From the default screen according to the user's instruction.
It is designed to switch to the sub screen. Problems to be solved by the present invention
Many programs and information from various media flow to homes
In an environment where the
Select programs and information of interest to the user (viewer) and
A system for efficiently delivering and presenting is required.  One solution to this problem is to provide a receiver-side malware.
Multi-view program distribution utilizing the multi-window function,
Presentation. Users can simultaneously access multiple related programs
You can enjoy and check related information at once.
This is because new viewing and browsing modes can be enjoyed. However, the conventional multi-window system
In your system, screen layout and input source
Must be set by the user each time.
Select the content that interests you and reach your viewing style
However, it took a lot of trouble and time. For example, in a two-screen display on a TV receiver,
If so, the user first selects the two-screen display mode and
After switching to the screen display, the desired input source
Needs to be selected and set so that
Was. In addition, the aforementioned “multi-view TV” service
At present, the multi-window function is
Standards are set to operate with receivers that do not have
From the standard default screen,
The display screen is switched sequentially to the sub screen.
ing. Therefore, the multi-window function on the receiver side
Broadcasting services that make use of the Internet are not actually being provided.  Also, as a viewpoint of a program supplier, a digital
Support for "increase in the number of programs" and "higher image quality"
There are problems in providing programs and delivering advertisements (CM).  With the increase in the number of programs due to digitization,
Assuming that the body's advertising fee is the same as before, one program was eventually won
Advertising fees will be reduced. For this reason, one program
Compelling content to reduce production costs
Is difficult to produce. Further, with the improvement of image quality by digitization,
HD (high resolution) program CMs are basically HD quality C
There is a demand to broadcast M, and the conventional SD level
Convert the CM to HDTV or add a new C for HDTV.
M must be made. As a result, many CM productions
Costly. In addition, a conventional single-screen
In the transmission system, since the CM occupies the entire screen,
You can only deliver ads in units. In addition, one program
Only one set of pre-set advertisements
Can not. In such an environment, programs and information are
As a program supplier to distribute, more detailed viewer information
Collected, targeted and efficient distribution of programs and advertisements
Need to be performed. The present invention has been made in view of such circumstances.
Therefore, it is necessary to solve various problems as described above.
Aim. Further, the other objects of the present invention are various.
Operations such as content selection and screen layout specification
Open users and easily establish broadcasters (media)
Simultaneously display multiple related information and programs (multi-view
Information distribution apparatus and method that can be enjoyed as a program)
Is to provide. Still another object of the present invention is to provide a user
Providing multi-view programs with high interest information and programming
Providing an information distribution apparatus and method capable of
is there. It is another object of the present invention to provide a method for controlling a user's interest.
Information distribution apparatus and method that enable highly efficient advertisement distribution
To provide. Another object of the present invention is to improve the performance of the receiver.
Information distribution that can provide multi-view programs according to
Communication device and method. Another object of the present invention is to provide a multi-view
Detailed information and services related to the contents that make up the program
Information distribution device and method that can link to website
Is to provide a law. Means for Solving the Problems The present invention has been made to solve the above problems.
Therefore, in the present invention, a plurality of information data different from each other
And an information storage unit for storing information stored in the storage unit.
Based on attribute data indicating attributes of the information data of
If you select information data to be delivered from the number of information data
Together, they determine the display form of the selected information data.
Knitting means, and a plurality of information selected by the knitting means.
Report data from the storage unit,
Multiplexed information indicating one program by multiplexing a plurality of information data
Generates a report sequence and is determined by the knitting means.
Multiplexing the display information according to the display mode and the multiplexed information sequence
A multiplexing unit that generates a distribution data sequence by
Distribution means for distributing the obtained distribution data sequence to the receiving device.
And a step. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS (First Embodiment) FIG.
Main blocks of the information distribution device according to the first embodiment of the present invention
FIG. The information distribution device 100 shown in FIG.
Input and store information on broadcast stations and the Internet
And combine these pieces of information according to predetermined conditions.
Generate a multi-view program and present it with the presentation information on the receiver.
These are multiplexed and transmitted. The information distribution apparatus 100 shown in FIG.
Content storage unit 101, content attribute extraction unit 102,
Content attribute storage unit 103, knitting unit 104, extraction unit 10
5. Presentation information storage unit 106, association unit 107, multiplexing
Unit 108, sending unit 109, user interface (here
Keyboard 110). Note that the content storage unit 101 and the content
The attribute storage unit 103 and the presentation information storage unit 106 are logically
It is divided and physically, hard disk or optical
It may be constituted by one storage means such as a disk. Ma
Of the knitting unit 104, the extracting unit 105, and the associating unit 107.
Function is software processing using microprocessor
More realization is also possible. The content storage unit 101 is an information distribution device
100 to store various digital information handled by
The main body of the information is broadcasters and various sites on the Internet.
Provided by independent content suppliers, etc.
Programs and information. Video / audio data handled here
Is digital data compressed and encoded by MPEG-2, etc.
Data for analog information,
The data is converted and stored. This information is
Content via a communication line with the content supplier
The information is sequentially updated and input to the storage unit 101. The content attribute extraction unit 102
Metadata of content (attribute information about content:
Category, sub-category, broadcast date, day, broadcast channel
Distribution network names such as files)
A list of contents that can be extracted, viewed and viewed by extracting attribute information
The information is stored in the content attribute storage unit 103 as information. Here, here, the contents are attached to the contents in advance.
Content list information based on the attribute information
Video content, audio analysis,
Analysis by analysis processing such as Kist analysis allows
Extract the characteristic elements from the body of the tents and assign
It may be added as gender information. The organizing unit 104 controls the content of the multi-view program.
Block that determines the content configuration and presentation style.
According to the conditions input from interface 110,
Referring to the data in the content attribute storage unit 103, the content
Out of the contents stored in the
Select content to combine as a multiview program
Select and determine, and determine the presentation format on the receiver side
I do. The extraction unit 105 receives an instruction from the knitting unit 104
Therefore, the content selected to compose the multi-view program
Content is extracted from the content storage unit 101. Change
Then, the presentation information storage unit 106 determines
The specified presentation information is extracted. The associating unit 107 is controlled by the extracting unit 105
Each content that makes up the extracted multi-view program and
The relationship with the presentation form of these contents is associated. The multiplexing unit 106 extracts each content.
Are multiplexed into one MPEG2 stream (MPEG2
(Defined elementary stream). Soshi
Various types of MPEG-2 that are essential for decoding
Tables and descriptors, and information from the association unit 107
PSI (Program Spec) containing presentation information
ific Information) / SI information and each content stream
And multiplex the MPEG2-TS to generate an MPEG2-TS. Transmission section 109 is generated by multiplexing section 108
MPEG2-TS that has been
According to the standards for transmission lines such as
After adjusting the tone and compression, it is sent. The features here are selected by the knitting unit 104.
Each of the various types of content
After converting to Taristream and multiplexing, one MPEG
This is a configuration for transmitting as 2-TS. Also, in this form
Transmits the generated multi-view program to BS digital broadcast 1
Broadcast as one channel. Next, the multi-view of the information distribution apparatus 100
About the program generation operation, using the flowchart of FIG.
explain.  Content from each broadcasting station or content provider
Is basically via a network such as a dedicated line.
The latest one is updated in the content storage unit 101 as needed.
It is dated (step S701). Of course, tape
Input at any time by media or disk media
There are cases. Each time the content is updated, the content
Content attribute information is extracted and the content attribute information storage unit 1
03 is updated (step S702). Basic
Until programming starts, multi-view
Content itself as the source (material) of the program and its attributes
The update of sex information is repeated. Next, a finger for starting the composition of the multi-view program
When the notification is received (step S703), first, the user interface
Input the program composition conditions from the face 110 or the like.
Step S704). These knitting conditions are usually
Combination of relevant content in one hour
Search keywords to search for. For example, during the Olympic Games
Means that each broadcaster broadcasts different competitions.
Of these, the most popular of these
It is possible to organize one multi-view program
available. In such a case, it may be "Olympic" or
Uses keywords related to the Olympics in the user interface.
Input from face 110. In the case of broadcasting contents, each content
Has its category and subcategory as content attributes.
Sex information, and MPEG-7
Is provided with metadata compliant with standards such as
With tents, cross-media and more detailed
It is possible to specify the content. When the knitting conditions are input, the conditions are met.
Whether there is any content that has been
A search is made with reference to the data (step S705). Eye
Required to compose a multiview program
If the content exists (step S706), the target content
The conditions for determining and extracting the tents are sent to the extraction unit 105.
(Step S707). On the other hand, the desired content
If the search condition does not exist in the storage unit 101,
The user is requested to input (step S713), and
Return to 704. Next, the knitting unit 104 executes the multi-view program
What kind of presentation form the contents that make up the
It is determined whether to display (Step S708). This presentation
The pattern data of the form is
Number of contents to be simultaneously displayed in the presentation information storage unit 106
And the multi-screen display
A plurality of rates are prepared and stored. Contents constituting a multi-view program,
Once the presentation format has been determined, the content and presentation information
It is extracted from each storage unit (step S709). That
After that, each content is displayed in the display window
Association to determine whether to display at about the size of
And generate that information as association information (scan
Step S710). The association information is PSI / SI information
And add a descriptor in it and write the PSI / SI information
The information is transmitted as extended information. Thereafter, a plurality of contents are multiplexed and generated.
Multiplexes the association information between the stream and body and presentation
(Step S711), the BS, CS, ground wave, etc.
Modulation according to the distribution means is performed and transmitted (step S7)
12). Although not described in detail here, multiple content
Multiplexing and PSI / SI information multiplexing
MPEG-2 system operated by the digital broadcasting system
This is a system that conforms to the system. Also, distribution is performed on the Internet or the like.
If you have several transmission formats,
There are various combinations depending on the relationship between
Service providers select their own from the viewpoint of QoS etc.
Just do it. Next, the information thus distributed is received.
The receiver will be described. FIG. 5 shows a receiving device according to the first embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is a diagram showing main blocks of the transceiver 200. The receiver 200 shown in FIG.
Digital broadcast reception for processing of broadcast media
A terminal that receives broadcast waves from an antenna (not shown) and
The program selected by the user under the control of the mocon 211
Is output to the display unit 208. The receiver 200 shown in FIG.
01, information separation unit 202, presentation information storage unit 203,
Channel information storage unit 204, guide screen generation unit 205,
Code unit 206, display combining unit 207, display unit 208, visual
Listening history storage unit 209, control unit 210, remote control 211,
User profile generator 212, calendar clock 21
3. User profile storage unit 214, receiver profile
215 and a communication line 216. The tuner 201 has an antenna or a cable.
Digital broadcast waves transmitted via the
From among the radio waves of the frequency that follows the specified channel
After selective reception, demodulation, A / D conversion, error correction,
And descrambling for conditional access as needed
Processing of MPEG2-Transport Stream
A data sequence called a data stream (TS) is generated.  The information separating unit 202 is the information receiving unit 201.
MPEG2-TS input from the video information, audio information,
Data broadcast information and related information accompanying these information
Demultiplexer, decoder 206, channel information storage unit 20
4. Each is sent to the presentation information storage unit 203. As described above, video, audio, and data
Related information is basically stored in tables in PSI / SI,
It is described in the descriptor and sent. Broadcast of each channel
Information such as the program title, broadcast date, and time
The multi-view program presentation information is stored in the
Are stored in the presentation information storage unit 203, respectively. On the other hand, the decoding unit 206 is
Video signal, audio signal and data broadcast signal from 2
Video signal and data broadcast signal after decoding.
This is sent to the display synthesis unit 207. Note that the decoding unit 206
Multiple elementary elements included in one MPEG2-TS
Function to decode up to 4 streams (ES) simultaneously
have. In the multi-view program of this embodiment, one
Send content as one elementary stream
In the receiver of FIG. 5, four contents are simultaneously
Decoding processing is possible. The audio signal is not shown in the figure.
Output to the speaker and the audio of the selected program is output
You.  The guide screen generation unit 205 outputs the channel information.
Program selection based on the information stored in the
To generate an EPG screen. EPG screen generated
Is sent to the display combining unit 207. The display synthesizing unit 207 receives the
Display data such as video signals and data broadcast signals
The EPG data from the screen generation unit 205
Generate display screen data. The display combining unit 207 also
Presented when the user selects the aforementioned multi-view program
Multi-view according to the presentation information stored in the information storage unit 203
The screen data is generated and sent to the display unit 208. The remote control 211 is provided by television broadcasting.
User interface when trying to view programs or information
This is one of the key elements of the face.
Based on the displayed guide screen, the user can directly operate
Select the desired program or information. Control unit 210 is operated by remote controller 211
A remote control 2 having a command receiving unit for receiving a command;
11 and the channel information storage unit 2
04 based on the channel information stored in the tuner.
201 and the information separating unit 202 so that the user
The program of the specified channel is selected and displayed on the display unit 208.
Show. Also, the control unit 210 receives a command from the remote control 211.
Based on the command, which program the user is currently watching
Judge whether the program has shifted to the program and send it to the viewing history storage unit 209.
You. The calendar clock 213 is connected to the control unit 210
The date on which the user switched and watched the channel in cooperation
The date, time, and day are provided to the viewing history storage unit 209.
Only when you have watched for a certain period of time
The viewing history storage unit 209 is controlled to record. The viewing history storage unit 209 stores which channel
What programs and information did you watch on the channel?
It is a data table which stores a history. Parameters to remember
Data includes the program channel, broadcast date, day of the week, and time.
Basic information such as interval, category, subcategory, title, etc.
Plus more information and examples provided by the broadcaster on its own
For example, information such as creator name, production date, performer name, player name
May be included.
It changes according to the processing algorithm of the file generator.
You. The user profile generation unit 212
Based on data input from the history storage unit 209, a predetermined
Performs arithmetic processing using an algorithm,
User profile, which is pattern data related to information browsing
Create a file and store it in the user profile storage unit 214
I do. Note that the user profile relating to this information viewing is
The file is for each individual user of this receiver.
The person profile itself, and the television receiver is usually
When used at home, each family member, for example,
Accumulate and manage each father, mother and child independently. However,
In some cases, the profile of family members is not individual.
File information as one family profile
May be accumulated. The receiver profile storage unit 215 stores
Profiles mainly related to reception and display performance of the device 200
Is stored. Specifically, the receiving frequency range of the tuner
Enclosure and number, display screen resolution, multi-screen performance, for example,
Information such as number, size, display position limit, graphics
Performance. The communication line connection unit 216 is a telephone line, CAT
It is a connection to the V network, etc.
File information and receiver profiles on the Internet
This is for sending the information to the information distribution device via the Internet. First, in such a receiver 200,
The normal receiving operation will be described. Channel setting instruction from remote controller 211
When there is, the control unit 210 makes the channel information storage unit 204
Channel specified based on the channel information stored in
Control the tuner 201 to receive the channel carrier.
You. Tuner 201 is the MPEG of the specified channel.
2-TS is detected and output to the information separation unit 202. information
The separation unit 202 is configured to output one
From the MPEG2-TS, the image of the specified channel,
Detects audio data and related data broadcast data
And outputs the result to the decoding unit 206. Decoding section 206 receives information from information separating section 202
The output image data is decoded, and the display
Is displayed on the display unit 208 via. Next, the operation of receiving a multi-view program will be described.
Will be explained. In this embodiment, the multiview number is set using the EPG.
A case where a set is searched and received will be described. Remote control 2
When an instruction to display an EPG is issued by the control unit 11, the control unit 210
The EPG screen generated by the guide screen generation unit 205
The display synthesizing unit 207 is controlled to be displayed on the display unit 208.
You. Then, the user checks the displayed EPG and checks the EPG.
Search for a TV program and use the remote control 211 to
Instruct switching. The control unit 210 controls the channel of the multi-view program.
When there is an instruction to switch to the channel, the tuner 201 is controlled.
And, as described above,
Output the MPEG2-TS of the channel to the information separating unit 202.
You. The information separating unit 202 receives a finger from the control unit 210.
As shown, from MPEG2-TS from tuner 201
Multi-view program images, audio and data broadcast data
After being separated and output to the decoding unit 206,
Multiplexed into the MPEG2-TS of the TV program and distributed
Detected presentation information from the PSI / SI information
It is stored in the storage unit 203. Decoding section 206 receives information from information separating section 202
Image data of the output multi-view program, data broadcasting
The data is decoded and output to the display synthesis unit 207. This
, The MPEG2 of the multi-view program
-In the TS, ESs indicating multiple contents are multiplexed.
Since the decoding unit 206
Content data, and decodes them independently.
207. The display synthesizing unit 207 receives a finger from the control unit 210.
Information to display the multi-view program,
The presentation information is read from the storage unit 203. And this presentation
Decoded according to the display layout indicated in the information
Images of a plurality of contents on a single screen
208. FIG. 13 shows a multiview according to the present embodiment.
-Shows an example of a program. FIG. 13 shows each separate broadcast
Morning information programs provided by stations and content suppliers
And headline news and weather forecasts centered on text information
And three programs combined to form one multi-view program
It is organized as. Here, in the morning time zone,
General needs such as information, weather forecasts, and traffic information
It is organized by combining content that seems to be
You. At this time, the positional relationship between the content and presentation,
Transmit the layout etc. as presentation information
In the receiver of this embodiment, the user has
Just select one channel,
At the same time, this much information can be obtained. FIG.
3 uses the timer clock function of the receiver 200,
Also send presentation information for clock display at the top right of the screen
I have. As described above, the information distribution apparatus according to the present embodiment
In the case of receivers with multi-window function
Across broadcasters and various content providers
And combine related programs and information into one multi-view
Organized as a program, together with the presentation information on the receiver
Broadcasts to the
Open users from any operation and easily cross media
It is possible to enjoy multiple related information and programs at the same time.
You. (Second Embodiment) FIG. 2 shows a second embodiment of the present invention.
The main blocks of the information distribution apparatus according to the embodiment are shown.
FIG. The information distribution apparatus shown in FIG.
Commercial message (CM) for the device
The storage unit 111 and the CM information storage unit 112 are added.
You. In FIG. 2, functional blocks having the same names as those in FIG.
Are the same as those in FIG. 1, and the detailed description thereof is omitted.
You. In FIG. 2, the CM storage unit 111 normally stores
Multiple Cs provided with the program or provided independently
Stores the body of M information. At the same time, the CM storage unit 11
1 stores the attribute information on the CM data stored in
It is stored in the storage unit 112. In this embodiment, the CM
Attribute data representing the contents of the
In the communication device 200, the attribute is detected using the CM data.
Not to do. The knitting section 104 in FIG.
Multiview including not only data but also CM data
-Organize programs. For example, the content to display
An operation such as insertion of a CM with a deep ream is performed. Next, the operation of this embodiment will be described.
You. FIG. 8 shows a multi-view according to the present embodiment.
The basic operation flow for programming and transmission was shown.
It is. The basic operation is the same as in the first embodiment.
In addition, CM information is added to the information to be handled. The CM information is, like ordinary contents,
Dedicated line or tape from each broadcasting station or advertising agency
CM storage unit 1 using a storage medium such as a disk or disk
11 and stored. At the same time, the CM attributes are updated appropriately
And stored in the CM attribute storage unit 112 as a database.
I have. As in the first embodiment, the program organization work
Until it is started, the content that will be the source of the multi-view program
Content data and its attribute information, CM data and its
Is updated (step S80).
1, S802, S803, S804). Operation after the work of organizing a multi-view program
Also basically conforms to the first embodiment, but
When performing, added a point to determine CM closely related to the program
Have been. That is, according to the program scheduling condition, the content
When the content is searched and the content is determined, the determined
Stored in the CM attribute storage unit 112 based on the content
Search for CM attributes (steps S805, S806, S
807, S808, S809, S810). Programs and commercials
There is a designation from the program provider regarding the relationship with
And the multiview program organization service provider,
In some cases, the content is organized independently based on the content of the program. The knitting conditions are the same as in the first embodiment.
Input from a keyboard or the like. As an example,
If you organize a multi-view program with a port-based program
Is used for soft drinks, sports equipment, sports clubs, etc.
Combined with CM, and so on. As a result of retrieving the CM attribute,
The CM data to be performed is determined (step S811). So
Then, a display form including this CM data is determined (step
Step S812), organized content, CM data and presentation
The form information is stored in the content storage unit 101 and the CM
Extracted from the storage unit 111 and the presentation information storage unit 106,
Generates, multiplexes, and transmits data related to content
(Steps S813, S814, S815, S81
6).  The mask including the CM data transmitted in this manner is included.
Multiview programs are received by the receiver shown in FIG. 5 or FIG.
You can watch and watch. Multi-view program of this embodiment
Now, CM data is also multiplexed as one content
Display synthesizing unit 207, based on the presentation information,
Generate and display a multi-view screen containing data. As described above, the information distribution according to the present embodiment
In the device, furthermore, in one multi-view program,
Combines and combines CMs related to
Will be distributed along with the presentation information. Thus, the user can easily perform multi-view.
-You can enjoy broadcasting, of course,
For the side, the time unit based on the conventional single screen
Not only advertisement delivery but also part of the screen in TV broadcasting
It is possible to provide a spatially used advertisement. (Third Embodiment) FIG. 3 shows a third embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating main blocks of an information distribution device according to an embodiment.
is there. The information distribution device shown in FIG.
The user device storage unit 113
A transceiver profile storage unit 114 has been added. In FIG. 3, the same functions as those in FIGS.
The blocks have the same numbers. User profile
The storage unit 113 is not shown via the Internet or the like.
Record the user profile information received by the receiver.
Remember In this embodiment, the transmission medium of the user profile
As a body, for example, a package such as a memory card
Media and questionnaire papers are also possible. This place
In this case, the user interface 110 provided
Perform the input work separately. Also, as this user profile information,
Is the user profile sent from the receiver shown in FIG.
Created by taking a questionnaire in advance in addition to the file information
User preferences, programs of interest, information, etc.
Registered as a profile for that user.
come. The receiver profile storage unit 114 stores
As with the profile, you can enter via the Internet, etc.
Stores performance information about the destination receiver
You. Here, the knitting unit 104 in FIG.
In addition to the functions of the distribution device of FIG. 1 and FIG.
File storage unit 113 and receiver profile storage unit 11
4 based on the information stored in the multi-view program.
It has a function to determine knitting conditions. Specifically, the user
Select and combine your favorite content into one multi-view
Or as a user-interested program
Incorporating expensive commercials into some multi-view programs
Perform such operations. At this time, the performance of the receiver at the
The number of multi-screens that can be displayed simultaneously
Organize the view program. FIG. 9 shows a multi-view program according to the present embodiment.
This shows the basic operation flow for knitting and sending.
is there. The basic operation is the same as in the first and second embodiments.
However, in the present embodiment, the composition of the multi-view program
Profile information of the user who uses the receiver for
The feature is that the receiver profile information is reflected to the
You. In FIG. 9, the program scheduling process is started.
Up to content data, content attribute update, and
Updates of CM data and CM attributes are repeated.
Steps S901, S902, S903, and S904). So
Then, when there is an instruction to start the composition, the multiview program is composed
The processing starts (step S905). At this time, in determining the knitting conditions,
1. In the second embodiment, a key is used to input the knitting condition.
By the board, the organizer himself can specify keywords etc.
However, in the present embodiment, the user profile
Storage unit 113, stored in receiver profile storage unit 114
User profile information and receiver profile
The knitting condition is determined with reference to the file information. Also, regarding the CM to be inserted, the second actual
In the embodiment, emphasis is placed on the relevance to the content of the program.
CM was inserted, but in this embodiment,
Even if it is not directly related to the content of the program,
Insert a CM that seems to be of interest to the user according to the file
Enter. That is, steps S906 to S90 in FIG.
At 8, determine the content structure of the multi-view program
However, at this time, the user profile storage unit 11 shown in FIG.
3 obtained from the viewing history information of the user stored in
Search criteria for programs and information based on user profile
decide. Therefore, the multi-view program according to the present embodiment
Can be organized to reflect the user's past viewing history
Become.  CMs are generated from the program viewing history.
Not only user profiles that are
Search based on events of high user interest collected at
Determine the conditions. In this embodiment, the receiver profile is stored.
Refer to the performance information of the receiver stored in section 114.
You. This is mainly presented to receivers owned by the user (multiple
Window) function information and can be displayed simultaneously.
Multiple screens, screen size, resolution, etc.
You. In this embodiment, based on this information,
Organize multi-view programs with optimal content structure
I do. Search conditions for constituent contents and CM candidates
When the case is determined, the content attribute storage unit 103 and the CM
The desired content and CM are stored in the attribute storage unit 112.
Or search. If the desired content and CM exist,
If it is possible (step S909), the content
And the combination of CMs is determined (step S91)
0). On the other hand, the content, CM, etc.
Source content storage unit 101 and CM storage unit 111
If you do not have all of them, review the content candidates,
Search again. At this time, usually the user profile
Search in a form that relaxes conditions such as the degree of interest from
U. Finally, the composition condition of the multi-view program is
Then, as in the previous embodiment, the presentation form
Decide, extract contents, multiplex and send (step
S910, S911, S912, S913, S914,
S915). In the present embodiment, the user profile
And the receiver profile together to determine the knitting conditions
However, it is of course possible to use only one of them.
is there.  The mask including the CM data transmitted in this manner is included.
Multiview programs are received by the receiver shown in FIG. 5 or FIG.
You can watch and watch. Multi-view program of this embodiment
Now, CM data is also multiplexed as one content
Display synthesizing unit 207, based on the presentation information,
Generate and display a multi-view screen containing data. FIG. 14 shows a multi-view image according to the present embodiment.
This is an example in which a CM is incorporated in a program. in this case,
The PC (Personal Computer)
Computer), reflecting the high interest in
The CM of C is selected and inserted. FIG. 12 shows a receiver having relatively high presentation performance.
This is an example presented to a shinki. Normal multi-window display
Means that each window is arranged in a tile as shown in FIG.
In many cases, the size is also fixed.
The display has a high degree of freedom in its size and arrangement,
It is assumed that a simple graphic expression is possible. Distribution
If the communication target is a receiver with such a function,
The communication device knows its capabilities in advance, so that
It is possible to organize multi-view programs utilizing functions,
In particular, if you have advanced features,
It can be organized and distributed. As described above, the information distribution according to the present embodiment
In the device, the user needs
By reflecting the user's profile information
Multi-view numbers organized from programs and information of interest
It becomes possible to provide pairs. At the same time, user interest
, High-quality advertisement distribution becomes possible. In addition, the user's receiver
Providing multi-view programs according to profiles
Becomes possible. (Fourth Embodiment) FIG. 4 shows a fourth embodiment of the present invention.
The main blocks of the information distribution apparatus according to the embodiment are shown.
FIG. The information distribution device shown in FIG.
A link information storage unit 115 is added to the information distribution device.
ing. In FIG. 4, the same function blocks as those in FIGS.
The same numbers are assigned to the locks. The link information storage unit 115 stores contents
And websites with more information about CM
Address (URL) information is stored. In this form
Is link information from a content provider such as a broadcasting station in advance.
Obtain these link information by receiving
However, the multi-view number for operating the information distribution apparatus of this embodiment
The organization organization independently searches related databases and databases
It may be. FIG. 6 shows a reception according to Embodiment 4 of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a view showing main blocks of the machine. Receiver shown in FIG.
Is different from the receiver of FIG.
Has been added. In FIG. 6, the same machine as FIG.
Functional blocks are assigned the same numbers as in FIG. Link information
The information storage unit 217 transmits the information from the information distribution apparatus shown in FIG.
Link information sent as supplementary information of the TV program
After being separated by the information separating unit 202. The display combining section 207 in FIG.
Content and C that make up the multi-view program
If there is link information in M, use OSD function etc.
To generate and display buttons such as “Details”
Processing such as adding a link function to the entire window frame
Features have been added. The control unit 210 shown in FIG.
"Details" displayed in the window of a program or CM with
When the user selects a button such as "Fine", the communication line connection
By using the section 216, detailed information on the Internet
Access websites and information servers of manufacturers
And download that information. Details after download
Although the detailed information flow is not shown in FIG. 6,
Stored in the buffer memory,
Displayed according to user operation. Also, the user input
If the site is necessary, input information from the remote control 211
To the site via the communication line connection unit 216 as appropriate.
You. As detailed information corresponding to the content,
Contact information and location of car CMs and their catalogs and nearest dealers
Sites presenting figures, shopping programs and their programs
Shopping sites and travel programs operated by suppliers and their
Ryokan and hotel sites introduced in the program, commercials of banks
And online banking sites.
And use broadcasts that take advantage of broadcast characteristics as portals,
The part that responds to the needs
To support hybrid services such as
You. Further, in this embodiment, detailed information and related services are provided.
Services are scattered on the Internet
General site, but using this information distribution device
The service provider collectively manages the detailed information server.
May be performed. In that case, the broadcasting system which has been mainly described
Detailed information is stored in the same way that content is stored and organized.
Collect information from each information supplier, manage and operate on a server
This can be realized by: Especially for future content.
Metadata, which is attribute information to be transmitted, is MPEG-7 or the like.
Media so that any media content can be used in common
If it becomes a specification that works across the contents,
The basic parts that make up the extraction unit, knitting unit, extraction unit, etc. are shared.
It is available through. FIG. 10 is a diagram showing a multiview according to the present embodiment.
-Shows the basic operation flow for programming and transmission
Things. Select receivers for multi-view program
User profile information and receiver profile
The point of reflecting the file is the same as in the third embodiment.
However, in the present embodiment, the configuration content and CM
Destination address information that holds the detailed information of
In this case, the feature is that the information is also multiplexed and transmitted.
is there. In FIG. 10, from step S1001
Processing until the start of programming in S1006
Of the link information of S1005
Except for the processing of steps S901 to S905 in FIG.
It is like. Link information is multiview number as described above.
More detailed information related to the content and CM that make up the set
The address information of the website where the information is located
In the present embodiment, the content is determined in step S1005.
External media as well as update data and commercial data
It is updated from time to time and stored in the link information storage unit 115.
You. After that, the processing up to step S1014 is
This is the same as the processing up to step S912 in FIG. In step S1014, the selected
Judge whether there is link information related to content or CM
You. If not, the same processing as in the third embodiment is performed.
U. If link information exists, the link information is
Extracted from the link information storage unit 115 (step S101).
5) After associating with the content (step S
1016), a part of the PSI / SI information descriptor
Multiplexing and transmission with the content itself, including linking information
Is performed (steps S1017 and S1018). In the receiver of FIG. 6, the link information
You can receive and watch multi-view programs including
You. That is, the control unit 210
Of a multi-view program with link information multiplexed
Received, the tuner 201 and the information separation unit 202 are controlled.
To detect the stream of the multi-view program. information
The separating unit 202 converts an image from a stream of a multi-view program into an image.
Outputs content data such as signals to the decoding unit 206
Then, the presentation information is output to the presentation information storage unit 203. Change
In this embodiment, the link to the stream of the multi-view program is
Information is multiplexed, the information separation unit 202
Detect link information and output to link information storage unit 217
You. The control section 210 stores the link information in the link information storage section 217.
If the link information is stored, the display
Control and use the OSD function, etc. button for "Details" etc.
And compose it on the display screen, or
Performs processing such as providing a link function for the entire dough frame.
U. FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing the operation when link information exists.
An example of a display screen (OSD display) of a multiview program is shown.
You. The control section 210 further operates the remote controller 211.
By displaying, it is displayed on programs and commercials with link information
When the user selects a button such as "Details"
In the link information stored in the link information storage unit 217,
The communication line connection unit 216 is controlled based on the
Websites and manufacturers that provide detailed information on
Accesses the information server, receives detailed information, and displays and synthesizes
207 is displayed. As described above, the information distribution according to the present embodiment
In the device, the constituent contents of the multi-view program and
Link with detailed information about CM and related services
If address information exists, also multiplex that information
From the multi-view program
Can link to related sites and services
It works. As described above, each embodiment of the present invention
According to the state, receivers having a multi-window function
Across broadcasters and various content providers
Combining related programs and commercials into one multiview number
Organized as a set, together with the information presented by the receiver
Broadcasting allows you to select stations and specify screen layout, etc.
Releases the user from the operation of multiple, easily related multiple programs
And information at the same time. Also, the user's viewing profile is used.
By doing so, programming and more tailored to the needs of the user
Ad distribution becomes possible. Further, using a receiver profile
The number that matches the performance of the receiver owned by the user.
Group organization and advertisement distribution become possible. In addition, multi-view
There is link information on each content that makes up the program
In the case of
Depending on the user's choice, more detail from TV viewing
Information and related services.
You. As explained above, according to the present invention,
Eliminates the hassle of finding programs that fit your purpose from many programs
And select the screen layout and screen layout for each of multiple screens.
Telecommunications with multi-screen function
Advanced functions can be used more easily for video receivers
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information distribution device to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 2 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information distribution device to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 3 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information distribution device to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 4 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information distribution device to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating a configuration of a television receiver to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a configuration of a television receiver to which the present invention is applied. FIG. 7 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of the information distribution device according to the present invention. FIG. 8 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of the information distribution device according to the present invention. FIG. 9 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of the information distribution device according to the present invention. FIG. 10 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of the information distribution device according to the present invention. FIG. 11 is a diagram showing a state of a display screen of the television receiver according to the present invention. FIG. 12 is a diagram showing a state of a display screen of the television receiver according to the present invention. FIG. 13 is a diagram showing a state of a display screen of the television receiver according to the present invention. FIG. 14 is a diagram showing a state of a display screen of the television receiver according to the present invention. FIG. 15 is a diagram showing a state of a display screen of the television receiver according to the present invention.
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(72) Inventor Teruki Yoshikawa
Kyano 3-30-2 Shimomaruko, Ota-ku, Tokyo
(72) Inventor Shuntaro Aratani
Kyano 3-30-2 Shimomaruko, Ota-ku, Tokyo
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