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JP2008035192A
JP2008035192A JP2006206138A JP2006206138A JP2008035192A JP 2008035192 A JP2008035192 A JP 2008035192A JP 2006206138 A JP2006206138 A JP 2006206138A JP 2006206138 A JP2006206138 A JP 2006206138A JP 2008035192 A JP2008035192 A JP 2008035192A
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Mitsufumi Onuma
Takayuki Suzuki
Toshimasa Tanaka
充史 大沼
利征 田中
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Provided is a display device that can visualize and present a connection state of an external device connected to an HDMI network.
The display device is connected to a plurality of external devices via an HDMI cable compliant with the HDMI standard, and searches for a physical address that defines the positional relationship between the plurality of external devices and the display device. Device search control means for determining the presence and physical address of the external device in response to a physical address request, and a device for determining and displaying the connection state of the device from the presence and physical address of the external device determined by the device search control means Connection state presenting means. Thereby, the user can easily recognize the connection state between the display device and the external device.
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  The present invention relates to a display device compatible with HDMI / CEC (High-Definition Multimedia Interface / Consumer Electronics Control).

Conventionally, a plurality of AV (Audio Visual) devices (for example, video, audio devices, game devices, DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) recorders, etc.) and a display device (for example, a television receiver) are connected to each AV device. When switching between audio signal and video signal input and output to perform video playback, recording, etc., the connections between the AV devices are directly switched.
However, when the number of AV devices to be connected increases, switching of the connection becomes complicated and connection mistakes frequently occur.

In order to solve this problem, Patent Document 1 discloses a video image from each connected AV device in an AV system including a display device, for example, a television receiver, in which a plurality of AV devices are connected via a digital interface. The connection state of the signal and / or audio signal flow is displayed on the screen, and the setting can be appropriately changed from the screen.
Thereby, the connection state of the flow of the video signal and / or the audio signal can be easily understood visually without being constrained by the physical connection state of the plurality of AV devices and the display device.

Further, in Patent Document 2, in a home bus system in which various devices (including a television) are connected by an IEEE serial bus, for example, a television currently being viewed by a user is arranged in the first stage and is directly connected to the television. Connected devices are arranged in the second row without discrimination between the parent and child, and in the third and subsequent rows, an image in which devices directly connected to the devices in the same row are arranged in the next row without discrimination between the parent and child is displayed. For example, an image showing the connection status of all devices on the serial bus viewed from the television currently being viewed by the user is displayed on the television.
As a result, in a bus system in which various devices are connected by a serial bus, the connection relationship can be displayed in a format that makes it easy to understand the connection relationship between the currently viewed display device and other devices.

According to the above-described prior art, the connection state between a plurality of devices can be easily grasped, but the state of the connected device is not displayed.
In order to solve this problem, in Patent Document 3, it is detected that the television is connected to the VTR by communication on the digital control signal line, and the VTR is connected together with the EPG data decoded by the EPG decoder of the television. A character or an image indicating that is displayed on the EPG screen of the display unit.
This makes it possible to select a broadcast program received by a TV tuner or a program to be played back by a VTR and to make a VTR recording reservation while viewing the EPG screen.

  Recently, as a digital interface standard for next-generation televisions, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) standard has been established (see Non-Patent Document 1). This HDMI is arranged for AV equipment such as adding an audio transmission function, a copyright protection function, and a color difference transmission function to DVI (Digital Visual Interface). Conventionally, a plurality of cables are used for video / audio / control signals for connection between devices, but HDMI requires only one HDMI cable, and there is a merit that wiring of troublesome AV devices can be simplified. .

  In addition, TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) is used for the physical layer, HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Contents Protection) is used as an anti-fraud function, EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) is used for inter-device authentication, and the control system for the entire system. CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) is adopted for connection. With this CEC, for example, the entire AV system can be operated with a single remote control by relaying control signals from a TV to an AV device such as an STB (Set-Top Box) or DVD player connected via HDMI. It has become.

Among these, CEC is described in the Supplement 1 of the HDMI standard document. Recommended functions that can be used for CEC, definitions of electrical characteristics, signals and bit timing, header / data blocks, etc., and rules for communication between devices Etc. are explained.
Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 9-1554077 JP 2000-244836 A JP-A-10-150611 Hitachi, Ltd, et al. "High-Definition Multimedia Interface Specification Version 1.3", [online], June 22, 2006, HDMI Licensing, LLC [searched June 29, 2006], Internet <URL: http: / /www.hdmi.org/manufacturers/download.asp>

  Conventionally, it is necessary for the user to manage all information on the connection relationship between devices (which device is connected to which device). For example, for each device (recorder, AV amplifier) connected to a television However, it is very difficult for the user to visually understand the connection status of the devices on the network.

On the other hand, in Patent Documents 1 and 2 described above, a large number of AV devices are connected via a digital interface that conforms to the IEEE 1394 standard.
Of these, in Patent Document 1, each AV device is arranged and displayed so that the flow of image data and audio data can be clearly understood without being constrained by the physical connection state, but all AV devices connected to the IEEE 1394 network are displayed. It does not display the connection status of devices and the setting status of each AV device.
In Patent Document 2, the connection status of all AV devices connected to the IEEE 1394 network is displayed in a tree structure, but the setting status of each AV device is not displayed.
In Patent Document 3, a list of devices connected on the IEEE 1394 network can be acquired, but connection information between the devices is not displayed visually, and further, based on the connection state of the devices, The TV input cannot be switched to a certain device.

  As described above, in Patent Documents 1, 2, and 3, HDMI is not used, and in the HDMI network, AV devices existing in the HDMI CEC network are efficiently searched and managed, and to the user. Means for presenting the connection status and setting information of each AV device has not been established.

  The present invention has been made in consideration of the above-described circumstances, and efficiently searches and manages AV devices existing in the HDMI CEC network and presents connection status and setting information of each AV device to the user. An object of the present invention is to provide a display device.

In order to solve the above problems, the display device of the present invention is configured as follows.
The display device of the present invention is connected to a plurality of external devices via an HDMI cable conforming to the HDMI standard, and searches for a physical address that defines a positional relationship between the plurality of external devices and the display device. Device search control means for determining the presence and physical address of the external device upon request, and device connection status presentation for determining and displaying the connection status of the device from the presence and physical address of the external device determined by the device search control means Means.

The device search control means transmits a physical address request at the timing of any of the following or any combination thereof.
(1) When power is turned on, a physical address request is made to all logical addresses, and the connection state of each logical address is determined by the device connection state determination means.
(2) When a specific trigger on the display device side occurs, a physical address request is made to all logical addresses, and the connection state of each logical address is determined by the device connection state determination means.
(3) A physical address request is made to all or arbitrary logical addresses at a specific time, and the connection state of each logical address is determined by the device connection state determination means.
(4) When CEC data is received from an external device whose physical address is unknown, a physical address request is executed for the device (logical address).

The device connection state determination means determines the following three connection states.
(1) When there is no reply from the transmission device of the physical address request, it is determined that the transmission device is in a disconnected state.
(2) If a physical address request is not returned even if a physical address request is transmitted from the transmitting device, the transmitting device is determined to be in a connected state.
(3) When a physical address is replied from the physical address request transmission device, the transmission device is determined to be in a completely connected state.

  Further, as each means of the display device having the above-described configuration, a program for causing the computer to function is created, or the program is recorded on a computer-readable recording medium, and this program is provided in the display device. The above problem can also be solved by executing the program on a computer.

According to the present invention, the following effects can be achieved.
(A) By using the communication result via CEC, the device connection state can be visualized and provided to the user. In addition to this, the status of each device (whether the player has a disc, the remaining HD capacity of the recorder, etc.) and the setting information of each device are also displayed at the same time. And the setting state can be easily recognized.
(B) On the visualized display, the user can select a desired device using a cursor to each connected device, and can easily switch the input to the display device to that device.

Moreover, the following effects can be expected in the internal processing.
(C) Since <Give Physical Address> is transmitted instead of <Polling Message>, processing for requesting a physical address again after transmitting <Polling Message> is reduced, and processing time is reduced.
(D) By preparing various search start triggers, the connection state of the devices can be maintained with high accuracy.

DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, preferred embodiments according to a display device of the invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
FIG. 1 is an example of a display system using the display device according to this embodiment. In this display system, a display device and a plurality of external devices are connected via an HDMI cable conforming to the HDMI standard.
For example, there is a television receiver as a display device, and there are AV amplifiers, STB (Set Top Box), players, recorders, and other devices as external devices, all of which comply with the HDMI standard (see Non-Patent Document 1). HDMI connector is provided.

In FIG. 1, there are two branches from the display device (television), one of which is connected to the AV amplifier 1 and further connected to the STB 1.
The recorder 1 is connected to another branch from the display device.
There are two branches from the recorder 1, one of which is connected to the player 1 and further connected to the STB 2. The other branch from the recorder 1 is connected to the player 2 and further connected to the recorder.

When the external device is a player, the digital video signal and digital audio signal supplied from the external device are received by the display device via the HDMI cable. When the external device is a recorder, the digital video signal and digital audio signal supplied from the display device are received by the desired external device via the HDMI cable and recorded on a recording medium or the like.
Also, this HDMI cable transmits and receives not only digital video signals and digital audio signals but also control signals based on the CEC protocol. In addition, the display device and each external device are normally in a standby mode, and a signal can be sent to a device ahead even if there is a device that is not turned on.

  FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the display device 11 to which the present invention is applied. The display device 11 has a function of receiving a television broadcast signal and a function of transmitting and receiving a digital signal and a control signal compliant with the HDMI standard.

  That is, the television broadcast signal is received by the antenna 12 and supplied to the television signal processing unit 14 via the input terminal 13. The television signal processing unit 14 extracts a signal of a predetermined channel from the input television broadcast signal by the tuner unit 14a, restores the video signal and the audio signal by the signal processing unit 14b, and sends them to the selection unit 15 respectively. Output.

  A digital signal supplied from the external device 17 via the CEC transmission bus 18 compliant with the HDMI standard is received by the HDMI connector 19 and supplied to the HDMI signal processing unit 20. The HDMI signal processing unit 20 restores the video signal and the audio signal from the input digital signal conforming to the HDMI standard, outputs the restored signal to the selection unit 15, and outputs the control signal to the control unit 23.

  A control signal from the control unit 23 to the external device 17 is supplied to the HDMI signal processing unit 20. The HDMI signal processing unit 20 outputs the supplied control signal to the external device 17 via the HDMI connector 19 and the CEC transmission bus 18. Here, it is assumed that the CEC transmission bus 18 transmits and receives control signals in accordance with the CEC protocol described above. Hereinafter, a network in which a display device and an external device are connected by an HDMI cable conforming to the HDMI standard and each external device is controlled by the CEC protocol will be referred to as an HDMI network.

  When the reception of the television broadcast signal is selected, the control unit 23 controls the television signal processing unit 14 and selects the video signal and the audio signal output from the television signal processing unit 14. Thus, the selection unit 15 is controlled. In addition, when the reception of the digital signal conforming to the HDMI standard is selected, the control unit 23 sets the operation of the HDMI signal processing unit 20 and the video signal and audio signal output from the HDMI signal processing unit 20 The selection unit 15 is controlled to select.

The selection unit 15 selectively selects the video signal and audio signal output from the television signal processing unit 14 and the video signal and audio signal output from the HDMI signal processing unit 20 in accordance with control from the control unit 23. The video signal is supplied to the video processing unit 21 and the audio signal is supplied to the audio processing unit 22.
Then, the video signal processed by the video processing unit 21 and the OSD signal generated by the OSD (On Screen Display) signal generation unit 28 are supplied to the synthesis unit 29, and the synthesis unit 29 superimposes the video signal and the OSD signal. Then, it is supplied to the display 30, and the audio signal processed by the audio processing unit 22 is supplied to the speaker 40, so that video and audio are reproduced.

The control unit 23 controls most operations of the display device 11 including the various transmission / reception operations described above. The control unit 23 is a microprocessor with a built-in CPU (Central Processing Unit) or the like, and receives operation information from the operation unit 24 using the storage unit 27, or operation information sent from the remote controller 25. Are received via the receiving unit 26, and each unit is controlled so that the operation content is reflected.
The storage unit 27 mainly includes a read-only memory that stores a control program executed by the CPU of the control unit 23, a read / write memory that provides a work area to the CPU, and various setting information and control information. Non-volatile memory to be stored.

  The remote controller 25 mainly includes a power key, a direct channel selection channel key, a quick key, a channel up / down key, a cross key, a determination key, a program guide key, an end key, a return key, and a color key (blue, red, (Green, yellow), volume adjustment key, menu key, etc. In addition to recorder direct key (record / play), connect selection key (recording list, media switching, surround, HDMI device switching, device list display, etc.) When each key is pressed, information regarding the pressed key is sent to the receiving unit 26 as operation information.

  Next, FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing a functional configuration of the display device according to the present embodiment. In the figure, in addition to the general functions of a television receiver, the display device includes a device search control unit 50, a device connection state determination unit 51, a device connection state storage unit 52, a device connection state presentation unit 60, and device switching. Part 61.

The device search control unit 50 acquires the connection state of external devices on the HDMI network to which the display device is connected, the state and setting state of each external device, and stores those values in the device connection state storage unit 52. Manage.
First, the contents stored and managed in the device connection state storage unit 52 will be described. As illustrated in FIG. 4, the device connection state storage unit 52 stores the next data item for each logical address of the external device.

Logical address: The standard of the current version of HDMI CEC can handle 0-15 as shown in FIG. 5, and is the only name in the HDMI network. Here, logical addresses from 0 to 9 that are currently valid are handled.
Further, when the connection status is displayed using the fact that the logical address is different depending on the type of the external device, for example, the display is changed by changing the color so that the type of the external device can be known. For example, in FIG. 1, the logical address of each external device is represented as shown in the following table.

  Physical address: This physical address is the only name in the HDMI network, but is automatically adjusted when an external device is added to or disconnected from the HDMI network. The physical address has a five-layer address and is composed of a unique number n in the same layer, n. n. n. Expressed in n form. The hierarchy of the external device directly connected to the display device is defined as the first hierarchy, and the external device connected to the device of the first hierarchy is increased to the second hierarchy, and the hierarchy number is increased as the distance from the display device increases. The above format n. n. n. The hierarchy number is described so as to increase from n at the left end of n to the right.

  For example, the display device is a root device and has a physical address of 0.0.0.0. When two external devices are directly connected to this display device, the physical address of the first external device is 1.0.0.0, and the physical address of the second external device is 2.0. Indicated as 0.0. When three external devices are connected to the second external device, their physical addresses are expressed as 2.1.0.0, 2.2.0.0, and 2.3.0.0. . Hereinafter, the physical addresses of the external devices, which are similarly described and shown in FIG. 1, are represented as shown in the following table.

Device connection state: The connection state between devices is divided into three states (a connection state, a complete connection state, and a connection release state) (to be described later), and one of these states is held.
Device name, status information, and setting information: These pieces of information are acquired from each external device by a CEC command or a vendor command, and held when each external device is connected to the HDMI network. You may make it acquire all or some of these items.
Here, the status information indicates, for example, the presence or absence of a disk when the external device is a player, and the status of the device such as the remaining HD capacity when the external device is a recorder. In this case, it is information such as characteristic parameters when reproducing video and audio.

  The device search control unit 50 transmits a physical address request to a device on the HDMI network at an appropriate timing as described below, and acquires a connection state between the display device and the external device.

(1) Executed when the display device is activated.
It is detected that the display device is turned on, and a physical address request is transmitted to all the logical addresses (1 to 9), and the device connection state determination unit 51 determines the connection state between the display device and the external device. to decide. The determination result is set in the device connection state storage unit 52 in association with each logical address.

(2) Executed when a specific trigger on the display device side occurs.
For example, a “search start” button or the like is provided on the operation unit 24 or the remote controller 25, and when the user presses the button, a device search request is explicitly generated, and all logical addresses (1 to 9) are assigned. A physical address request is transmitted to each device, and the device connection state determination unit 51 determines the connection state between the display device and the external device. The determination result is set in the device connection state storage unit 52 in association with each logical address.

(3) Execute regularly.
A specific time is set in advance, a device search request is generated at this specific time, a physical address request is transmitted to all logical addresses (1 to 9), and the device connection state determination unit 51 displays the display device. And the connection status between external devices. The determination result is set in the device connection state storage unit 52 in association with each logical address. Here, the specific time may be one or plural.

(4) When CEC data is received from an external device whose physical address is unknown, a physical address request is executed for the device (logical address).
For example, a “connection status display” button or the like is provided on the operation unit 24 or the remote controller 25, and when the user presses the button, a device search request is implicitly generated, and the logic of an external device whose physical address is unknown. A physical address request is transmitted to the address, and the device connection state determination unit 51 determines the connection state between the display device and the external device. This determination result is updated to the device connection state storage unit 52 in correspondence with the logical address.
Alternatively, when an external device is connected to the HDMI network, when a broadcast command sent from the external device is received, a physical address request is transmitted to the logical address attached to the command, and the device is connected. The state determination unit 51 determines the connection state between the display device and the external device. This determination result is updated to the device connection state storage unit 52 in correspondence with the logical address.

As described above, since <Give Physical Address> is transmitted instead of <Polling Message>, the processing for making a physical address request again after transmitting <Polling Message> is reduced, and the processing time is reduced.
In addition, since various search start triggers are prepared as described above, the connection state of the devices can be maintained with high accuracy.

Next, processing of the device connection state determination unit 51 will be described.
When activated by the device search control unit 50, the device connection state determination unit 51 transmits a physical address request <Give Physical Address> to the designated logical address via the HDMI network, and sends a physical address request. The connection state of the sent external device is determined, and the device connection state storage unit 52 is updated with the result. Further, when the external device is in a completely connected state, the state and setting information of the external device are acquired from the external device, and the device connection state storage unit 52 is updated.

Here, the connection state of the external device refers to the following three states.
(1) Connection state: A case where a logical address is fixed and a physical address is not fixed. For example, when CEC data is received from a device whose physical address is unknown, the logical address is called a connection state.
(2) Completely connected state: A case where both logical address and physical address are fixed.
(3) Connection release state: A logical address that was NoAck when CEC data was transmitted from the display device to an external device is referred to as this state.

The processing of the device connection state determination unit 51 will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG.
First, a physical address request <Give Physical Address> is transmitted to the designated logical address via the HDMI network (step S10).
When the received data is Ack from the transmission destination device (step S11 / YES), the process proceeds to step S13.
On the other hand, if there is no Ack received data from the transmission destination device at a predetermined time (step S11 / NO), the physical address of the designated logical address in the device connection state storage unit 52 is set to “undefined”, and the device connection state is set. The “connection release state” is set (step S12), and the process ends.

If CEC data is not received from the transmitting device (step S13 / NO), the process returns to step S10 to transmit the physical address request again.
On the other hand, when CEC data is received from the transmitting device (step S13 / YES), the device connection state of the designated logical address in the device connection state storage unit 51 is set to “connection state” (step S14).

Next, when the received data is not a physical address reply <Report Physical Address> from the transmission destination device (step S15 / NO), the process returns to step S10 to transmit the physical address request again.
On the other hand, when the received data is a physical address reply from the destination device (step S15 / YES), the device connection state of the designated logical address in the device connection state storage unit 52 is set to “completely connected state” ( Step S16).

Next, a vendor request for requesting all or a part of the “device name, device state, device setting information” is transmitted to the device having the logical address / physical address (step S17).
When there is a reply to this vendor request, the name of the device, the state of the device, and the setting information in the device connection state storage unit 52 corresponding to the logical address are returned to the name of the device, the state of the device, and the setting of the device. Each piece of information is set (step S18), and the process ends.

  By using such a physical address request, it is possible to know the existence of a specific logical address in the network and its physical address at the same time, and to define a more detailed connection state internally as the connection state of the external device. Thus, the controllability of the connected device can be determined according to the control content.

  The device connection state presentation unit 60 is provided with a “connection state display” button or the like on the operation unit 24 or the remote controller 25, and the physical address stored in the device connection state storage unit 52 or the like when the user presses the button. By using a logical address or the like, the connection state between the display device and the external device is visualized and displayed on the display 30.

The connection state of the external device is expressed as one external device for external devices having the same device name and the same physical address. In the case of the display system of FIG. 1, a tree structure as illustrated in FIG. The display device is arranged on the leftmost side, all external devices connected to this display device are arranged on the second level, and all the external devices connected to these second level external devices are also arranged The external devices are arranged in the third hierarchy, and all the external devices connected to the third hierarchy external devices are arranged in the fourth hierarchy, respectively. The process of arranging all the external devices in the next hierarchy is repeated and displayed in a tree structure.
Needless to say, the display device may be arranged not only at the leftmost position but also at the rightmost, upper or lower position.

The display of each external device in the above tree structure includes the name of the external device, physical address, logical address, input / output terminal name, status of each external device (whether the player has a disk, remaining capacity of the recorder, etc.) All or part of the setting information of the external device may be written together (FIGS. 7 and 8). Also, change the color of the rectangle representing each external device according to the type of external device, or change the rectangular frame of the external device where the cursor is located to be different from the rectangular frame of other external devices (change the color, You may make it display.
The cursor position is first placed on the external device that has been viewed on the display device until now (“Recorder 2” in FIG. 8), and is moved in accordance with the up / down / left / right operation of the user's cross key (FIG. 9). "Player 1").

As for the display of the connection state described above, only this display may be displayed on the screen, or it may be displayed so as to be overlapped so that the video being viewed can be seen through, or displayed on a divided screen. Also good.
In addition, if there is no area for displaying the status or setting information of each external device, the name of the external device, physical address, logical address, input / output terminal name, external device for the external device where the cursor is located This state (whether or not the player has a disc, the remaining capacity of the recorder, etc.) and all or part of the setting information of each external device may be displayed in a pop-up.

Thus, since the connection state of the device can be acquired by using the communication result via CEC, the device connection state to the user can be visualized and provided.
In addition to this, the status of each device (the presence or absence of a disk for a player, the remaining HD capacity for a recorder, etc.) and the setting information for each device can be displayed simultaneously.

  In addition, the device connection state presentation unit 60 selects the external device on which the cursor was present when the enter key is pressed, activates the device switching unit 61, and sets the input to the display device to the selected external device. Let them switch.

The device switching unit 61 refers to the device connection state storage unit 52, determines the controllability of the connected device based on the connection status of the external device designated by the device connection state presentation unit 60, and determines the selected external device. Change output to display input.
In other words, in the case of CEC control that does not require a physical address, an external device in a connected state or a fully connected state can be controlled. In the case of CEC control that requires a physical address, only a device in a fully connected state is controlled. Yes, using CEC control, the output of the selected external device is switched to the input of the display device.

  FIG. 10 is a flowchart for describing processing for switching an external device to be input to the display device using the device connection state display. Here, in the display system of FIG. 1, the user is currently viewing the signal from the recorder 2 on the display device (TV A) and then wants to view the signal from the player 1 on the display device (TV A). An example will be described.

When the user presses the “connection state display” button of the operation unit 24 or the remote controller 25, the operation information is analyzed by the control unit 23 and the device connection state presentation unit 60 is activated.
The device connection state presentation unit 60 visualizes the connection state between the display device and the external device by using the physical address, the logical address, and the like stored in the device connection state storage unit 52 and displays them on the display 30 (step S20). ).

This connection state is displayed in a tree structure as shown in FIG. 8, and in the rectangular frame representing the display device and each external device, the name of the external device, physical address, logical address, input / output terminal name, each The external device status (whether the player has a disk, the remaining capacity of the recorder, etc.) and all or part of the setting information of each external device are also written. Further, a rectangle representing each external device is displayed with a color changed according to the type of the external device. Also, the rectangular frame of the current input device with the cursor ("Recorder 2" in FIG. 8) is displayed differently from the rectangular frame of other external devices (changing the color, making it thick, etc.).
In addition, all or part of the external device name, physical address, logical address, input / output terminal name, status of each external device, and setting information of each external device are only for the external device to which the cursor has moved. It may be displayed in a pop-up.

Since the connection state of the device is visually displayed in a tree structure as described above, the user moves the cursor to the external device desired to be the next input device using the cross key and presses the enter key.
The device connection state presentation unit 60 detects that the user has pressed the enter key, determines that the external device (“Player 1” in FIG. 9) at which the cursor is located has been selected, and the device switching unit 61 Is activated (step S21).
The device switching unit 61 deletes the screen displaying the connection status of the device (step S22), and the HDMI output of the device is output to the selected external device (“Player 1” in FIG. 9) by the CEC command. Is set to the HDMI terminal (HDMI terminal 2) of the display device, and control is returned to the control unit 23 (step S23).
And the control part 23 inputs the input signal from an external apparatus from an HDMI terminal (HDMIM terminal 2), and displays the input signal on the display 30 (step S24).

  In this way, the user can easily recognize the device connection state, device state, and device setting information provided by visualization, and therefore uses the cursor to each connected device on the visualized display. Thus, a desired external device can be selected, and the input to the display device can be easily switched to the external device.

Next, another display example of the device connection state presentation unit 60 and the device switching unit 61 will be described.
When the user presses the “connection state display” button of the remote controller 25, the device connection state presentation unit 60 associates the logical address, physical address, device vendor ID, connection state, and routing information as illustrated in FIG. Display the CEC device list.
When the user selects a desired device from the CEC device list using the cross key (up / down arrow key) of the remote controller 25, the state and setting state of the selected device as shown in FIG. 12 are displayed. . When the user confirms the displayed content and presses the return key of the remote controller 25, the screen returns to the original CEC device list selection screen.

After the confirmation is completed, when the user presses the enter key of the remote controller 25, a screen for confirming switching of the input signal to the display device as illustrated in FIG. 13 is displayed.
Here, when the user presses the enter key of the remote controller 25 again, the device switching unit 61 changes the output of the selected external device to the input of the display device.

  Note that the present invention is not limited to the above-described embodiment, and various modifications and corrections can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.

  The embodiment of the present invention can also be realized by converting each function of the display device into a computer program, and installing and executing the computer program on the display device. Further, the computer program can be recorded on a detachable recording medium or downloaded via a network, so that the transfer can be simplified and implemented easily.

It is an example of the display system using the display apparatus which concerns on embodiment of this invention. It is a block diagram which shows the structure of the display apparatus with which this invention is applied. It is a block diagram which shows the function structure of the display apparatus which concerns on embodiment. It is an example of a data structure of an apparatus connection state memory | storage part. It is a definition table of a logical address. It is a flowchart explaining the process of an apparatus connection state determination part. It is the example which displayed the connection state of the external apparatus in the display system of FIG. 1 by the tree structure. It is a display example when a cursor is placed on an external device that has been viewed on a display device until now. This is a display example when the cursor is moved and an external device to be viewed on the display device is selected. It is a flowchart explaining the process which switches the external apparatus input into a display apparatus using the display of an apparatus connection state. It is an example of a display screen of a CEC device list. It is an example of a display screen of the state and setting state of a selected device. It is an example of a confirmation display screen for switching an input device to the display device.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 11 ... Display apparatus, 12 ... Antenna, 13 ... Input terminal, 14 ... Television signal processing part, 14a ... Tuner part, 14b ... Signal processing part, 15 ... Selection part, 17 ... External apparatus, 18 ... CEC transmission bus, 19 ... HDMI connector, 20 ... HDMI signal processing section, 21 ... Video processing section, 22 ... Audio processing section, 23 ... Control section, 24 ... Operation section, 25 ... Remote controller, 26 ... Reception section, 27 ... Storage section, 28 ... Signal generation unit 29 ... composition unit 30 ... display 40 ... speaker 50 ... device search control unit 51 ... device connection state determination unit 52 ... device connection state storage unit 60 ... device connection state presentation unit 61 ... Device switching unit.

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  1.   In a display device connected to a plurality of external devices via an HDMI cable compliant with the HDMI standard, a request for a physical address defining a positional relationship between the plurality of external devices and the display device causes a physical address request to search for the external device. Device search control means for determining presence and physical address, and device connection status presentation means for determining and displaying the connection status of the device from the presence and physical address of the external device determined by the device search control means. A display device.
  2.   2. The display device according to claim 1, wherein the device search control unit makes a physical address request to all or an arbitrary logical address at a specific trigger or a predetermined time when the power is turned on.
  3.   3. The display device according to claim 1, wherein when the CEC data is received from an external device whose physical address is unknown, the device search control unit makes a physical address request to the external device. .
  4.   4. The display device according to claim 1, wherein the device search control unit includes a device connection state determination unit, and the device connection state determination unit transmits the transmission when there is no reply from the transmission device of the physical address request. If it is determined that the device is in a disconnected state and no physical address is returned even if there is a response from the physical address request transmission device, the transmission device is determined to be in a connected state, and the physical address request A display device characterized in that when a physical address is returned, the transmitting device is determined to be in a completely connected state.
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