JP6518410B2 - Content management apparatus and content management method - Google Patents

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JP6518410B2
JP6518410B2 JP2014137860A JP2014137860A JP6518410B2 JP 6518410 B2 JP6518410 B2 JP 6518410B2 JP 2014137860 A JP2014137860 A JP 2014137860A JP 2014137860 A JP2014137860 A JP 2014137860A JP 6518410 B2 JP6518410 B2 JP 6518410B2
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  The present invention relates to a content management apparatus and a content management method.

  In recent years, networks are rapidly becoming broadband, and IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) services and VOD (Video) are used to transmit television programs broadcast using terrestrial waves and satellite waves via IP (Internet Protocol) broadband networks. On Demand service is becoming a reality. For this reason, not only content provided using conventional ground waves and satellite waves, but also content provided by IPTV and VOD services will be added as a viewing option for the user.

  The inventor of the present application is able to select the content by aggregating the content provided from different sources and the content provided via different media so that one program guide can be accessed. We came to recognize the possibility that the convenience could be improved.

  An object of the present invention is to provide a technology for improving the convenience in accessing content provided from different providers and content provided via different media.

  In order to solve the above problems, a content management apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes a table acquisition unit that acquires a table in which a plurality of contents and a provision time zone of the contents are associated, and among the plurality of contents A viewing request acquiring unit for receiving a viewing request for the content to be operated from the screen, a route selecting unit for selecting an acquisition route for the content for which the viewing request has been made, and a list of operation options to be performed on the content for which the viewing request is made And an operation candidate generation unit that generates an operation candidate based on the selected acquisition path.

  Another aspect of the present invention is a content management method. This method comprises the steps of acquiring a table in which a plurality of contents and a provision time zone of the contents are associated, a step of receiving a view request of contents to be operated from among the plurality of contents, and a view request The processor executes a step of selecting an acquisition path of the made content, and a step of changing and generating a list of operation options to be performed on the content requested to be viewed based on the selected acquisition path. .

  Yet another aspect of the present invention is a program that causes a computer to realize the steps of the above method.

  This program may be provided as part of firmware incorporated into a device to perform basic control of hardware resources such as video and audio decoders. This firmware is stored, for example, in a semiconductor memory such as a ROM (Read Only Memory) or a flash memory in the device. In order to provide the firmware or update a part of the firmware, a computer readable recording medium recording the program may be provided, and the program may be transmitted via a communication line.

  It is to be noted that any combination of the above-described components, and any conversion of the expression of the present invention among methods, apparatuses, systems, computer programs, data structures, recording media, etc. are also effective as aspects of the present invention.

  According to the present invention, it is possible to improve the convenience in accessing content provided from different providers and content provided via different media.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS It is a figure which shows typically the outline of the whole structure of the content provision system which concerns on embodiment. It is a figure which shows typically the internal structure of the content management apparatus which concerns on embodiment. It is a figure which shows typically an example of the program schedule which the acquisition part which concerns on embodiment acquires. It is a flowchart explaining the flow of the content management process which the content management apparatus which concerns on embodiment performs. It is a flowchart explaining the flow of branching processing A performed when the offer time zone of the contents which a user selected is in the future. 6 (a) and 6 (b) are diagrams showing an example of a list of option candidates generated by the operation candidate generator according to the embodiment. It is a flowchart explaining the flow of branching processing B performed when the offer time zone of the contents which a user selected is present. It is a figure which shows an example of the list of the option candidate which the operation candidate production | generation part produces | generates when the provision time slot | zone of the content which the user selected is present. FIG. 14 is a diagram showing an example of an operation screen that the operation candidate generation unit causes the output unit to output when the user selects “live auditioning” of the content. When a user purchases the content of the part provided already, it is a figure which shows an example of the operation screen which a production | generation candidate production | generation part makes an output part output. It is a flowchart explaining the flow of branching processing C performed when the offer time zone of the contents which a user selected is in the past. It is a figure which shows an example of the list of the option candidate which the operation candidate production | generation part produces | generates when the provision time slot | zone of the content which the user selected is in the past.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. In the description, the same elements will be denoted by the same reference signs, and overlapping descriptions will be omitted as appropriate. Further, the configurations described below are exemplifications and do not limit the scope of the present invention.

  FIG. 1 is a view schematically showing an outline of an entire configuration of a content providing system 1 according to an embodiment. In the following description, it is assumed that the content provided by the content providing system 1 is a television program. Therefore, in the following specification, the terms "content" and "program" or "television program" have the same meaning. However, the content provided by the content providing system 1 is not limited to a television program, and may be any content that can be provided again, such as a radio program, an online game, streaming of moving images, and the like.

  The content provider 2 is, for example, a television broadcasting station. Although only one content provider 2 is shown in FIG. 1, a plurality of different content providers 2 may exist.

  The content provider 2 broadcasts a television program through the radio tower 3 in accordance with the system of terrestrial digital television broadcasting (hereinafter referred to as "terrestrial digital broadcasting"). The user receives the terrestrial digital with the terrestrial digital antenna 5 installed in the user home 4. Although not shown, the content provider 2 may broadcast a program using BS (Broadcasting Satellite) or CS (Communications Satellite).

  The content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment is installed, for example, in the user home 4. Although the details will be described later, the content management apparatus 100 demodulates the terrestrial digital signal received by the terrestrial digital antenna 5. The display unit 6 is, for example, a monitor of a liquid crystal television, a PC (Personal Computer), a projector, or the like, and displays a television program demodulated by the content management apparatus 100.

  The content provider 2 comprises a server 7. The server 7 provides a so-called VOD service that provides content via the network 8. Here, the VOD service includes at least the following four aspects.

1. VOD in the general sense of unicasting content such as movies and dramas to users who have requested viewing.
2. IPTV packetizing the program being provided at Present Location Digi and broadcasting over Network 8
3. IPTV Catch Up which unicasts the content which recorded the television program provided in the past including the television commercial to the user who made the viewing request.
4. A pre-provided service that unicasts to the user who made a request to view a content that has recorded a program scheduled to be broadcast in the future, which has not yet been broadcast on terrestrial digital broadcasting.

  The content management apparatus 100 receives packetized content from the server 7 via the network 8. The content management apparatus 100 decrypts the received content and outputs the decrypted content to the display unit 6. As described above, the content management apparatus 100 can receive the terrestrial digital broadcast currently provided by the content provider 2 live or can receive the IPTV live via the network 8. The content management apparatus 100 can also receive the provision of the VOD service from the content provider 2 via the network 8.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram schematically showing an internal configuration of the content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment. The content management apparatus 100 includes an RF (Radio Frequency) reception unit 10, a viewing unit 12, a transmission / reception unit 14, a content recording unit 16, a storage 18, a table acquisition unit 20, an operation execution unit 22, a clock 24, a comparison unit 26, and a user interface. 28 includes an operation candidate generation unit 30, a view request acquisition unit 32, and a route selection unit 38. As a non-limiting example, the content management device 100 is implemented using a stationary game machine. In addition to this, the content management apparatus 100 can also be realized using a portable game machine, a video recorder, a PC, a tablet, a smartphone, a NAS (Network Attached Storage) having a recording function, or the like.

  FIG. 2 shows a functional configuration for realizing the content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment, and the other configuration is omitted. In FIG. 2, each element described as a functional block that performs various processes is, in terms of hardware, configured by a central processing unit (CPU) of the content management apparatus 100, a main memory, and other large scale integration (LSI). can do. Also, software is realized by a program or the like loaded to the main memory. Therefore, it is understood by those skilled in the art that these functional blocks can be realized in various forms, and is not limited to any one.

  The RF receiving unit 10 receives a terrestrial digital broadcast wave from the content provider 2 via the radio tower 3 and the terrestrial digital antenna 5. The broadcast waves received by the RF receiving unit 10 include EPG (Electronic Program Guide) data as well as television programs. The transmission / reception unit 14 receives the packetized content from the content provider 2 via the network 8.

  The viewing unit 12 demodulates the broadcast wave received by the RF receiving unit 10 and generates program data. The viewing unit 12 also decodes the content received by the transmitting and receiving unit 14 and generates program data.

  The table acquisition unit 20 demodulates the broadcast wave received by the RF reception unit 10 and generates EPG data. The EPG data is, for example, a tabular television program guide with a television program provider, ie, the content provider 2 as a first axis and a television program provision date as a second axis. Therefore, the television program guide can be said to be a table in which a plurality of contents and the provision time zone of the contents are associated. Hereinafter, EPG data may be simply described as a "program guide" or a "table".

  If the table acquisition unit 20 can acquire the program guide from the site existing on the Internet via the network 8, the program guide from the site may be used instead of or in addition to acquiring the program guide from the broadcast wave. You may get

  FIG. 3: is a figure which shows typically an example of the program schedule which the table | surface acquisition part 20 which concerns on embodiment acquires. The program guide shown in FIG. 3 is a table in which the vertical axis represents the date of provision and the time zone of provision, and the horizontal axis represents the provider. In the program guide shown in FIG. 3, May 21 is selected as the provision date, and the provision time zone is the content provided by each provider in the past during the four hours from 12:00 to 15:00, currently Content being provided or content to be provided in the future is displayed.

  In the program guide shown in FIG. 3, the broken line indicated by the arrow 50 indicates the current time. That is, the program guide shown in FIG. 3 has a current time of about 12:50, and provider 1, provider 2, and provider N are providing content A, content E, and content I, respectively. Is shown. Also, the content H is content that has already been provided, and the content B, C, D, F, G, J, K, and L are content to be provided in the future.

  It returns to the explanation of FIG. The user interface 28 exchanges information between the content management device 100 and its user. For this purpose, the user interface 28 comprises an input unit 34 and an output unit 36.

  The input unit 34 receives the user's operation on the content management apparatus 100. The input unit 34 can be realized using, for example, a pointing device such as a keyboard or a mouse, a controller, a touch panel, a voice recognition technology, a gesture recognition technology, or the like. The output unit 36 includes an interface for displaying and outputting a television program on the display unit 6 described above, and writing data on a memory card (not shown) or a universal serial bus (USB).

  The table acquisition unit 20 causes the output unit 36 to output the acquired program guide. The user selects one or more contents from the plurality of contents included in the program guide output to the output unit 36 via the input unit 34. The viewing request acquisition unit 32 receives the selection of the content to be operated from the plurality of contents in the program guide, based on the information acquired by the input unit 34.

  Here, operations that can be performed on the content to be operated include live viewing of content, live recording of content, viewing and recording of content (so-called chase playback), recording reservation of content, reservation of viewing of content, recorded content Export of the content, deletion of the recorded content, purchase of the content, purchase operation of a part of the content, and the like. That is, the viewing request received by the viewing request acquisition unit 32 includes a purchase request for the content for which the user has made a viewing request. The purchase request also includes the use of the VOD service by the user who has made a subscription contract with the content provider 2 and the fact that the user pays money and downloads the content charged for each content unit. In the former case, the user may not be able to use the content after the period set in the subscription contract has passed.

  The operation execution unit 22 acquires the selection of the user from the input unit 34. The operation execution unit 22 controls the viewing unit 12, the content recording unit 16, or the transmission / reception unit 14 according to the acquired selection to execute the selected operation.

  When the user selects the live preview of the content, the operation execution unit 22 controls the viewing unit 12 to demodulate or decode the program currently provided by the content provider 2 to the viewing unit 12 and output the program to the output unit 36. . When the user selects live recording of content, the viewing unit 12 outputs the demodulated or decoded data to the content recording unit 16 under the control of the operation execution unit 22. The content recording unit 16 stores the data acquired from the viewing unit 12 in the storage 18 under the control of the operation execution unit 22.

  When the user selects the recording reservation of the content, the operation execution unit 22 controls the viewing unit 12 and the content recording unit 16 to record the content in the storage 18 when the content provision time comes. When the user selects a content viewing reservation, the operation execution unit 22 causes the viewing unit 12 to perform live viewing when the content provision time has come. When the user selects chasing playback, the operation execution unit 22 controls the viewing unit 12 and the content recording unit 16 to execute live audition of content, live recording, and reproduction of a recorded program.

  When the user selects the writing of the recorded content, the operation execution unit 22 writes the recorded content stored in the storage 18 to an external recording medium such as a memory card via the output unit 36. When the user selects deletion of the recorded content, the content recording unit 16 deletes the content to be deleted from the storage 18 under the control of the operation execution unit 22.

  When the user selects the purchase of the content, the operation execution unit 22 purchases the content to be the target of the viewing request from the external server via the transmission / reception unit 14 and the network 8. Here, the external server may be the server 7 in the content provider 2 described above, or another server specializing in the VOD service. When the user selects the purchase of a part of the content, the operation execution unit 22 purchases a part of the target content from an external server via the transmission / reception unit 14. As described above, the purchase of content also includes the download of content executed based on a subscription contract.

  Thus, the operation execution unit 22 executes an operation on the content according to the user's selection. However, it is not preferable that the content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment provides the user with all the operations described above for each content as options. For example, it is assumed that the user purchases unspent content ahead of it before offering. It is preferable that only the user who paid the corresponding consideration makes this content browsable, and it is not always preferable to permit writing to an external recording medium or the like.

  Further, for example, it is assumed that a program that the user desires to view is a program recorded by the user in the past and stored in the storage 18. In this case, some users may decide that it is not necessary to purchase similar content using the VOD service. Also, if a program that the user wants to view or record is a program currently provided, it is sufficient to perform live audition or live recording, and to purchase only the beginning portion of the missed program.

  The path selection unit 38 selects an acquisition path of the content for which the viewing request has been made. Here, the acquisition path of content includes a path acquired from the storage 18 included in the content management apparatus 100, a path acquired from terrestrial digital or satellite broadcasting, or a path acquired from the server 7 via the network 8. Among these, content for which terrestrial digital or satellite broadcasting is used as an acquisition route and IPTV among the content acquired from the server 7 are contents for which live viewing is a premise. The route selection unit 38 determines whether the content requested to be viewed is the currently provided content or not as one index for selecting an acquisition route.

  For this reason, the content management device 100 includes the clock 24. The comparison unit 26 compares the current time acquired from the clock 24 with the provision time zone of the content for which the viewing request has been made. Based on the comparison result of the comparison unit 26, the route selection unit 38 selects an acquisition route of the content for which the viewing request has been made.

  For example, if the content requested to be viewed is content that can be viewed live, the route selection unit 38 selects terrestrial digital or IPTV as a candidate for an acquisition route. As another example, if the content requested to be viewed is content provided in the past, the route selection unit 38 selects a general VOD or IPTV Catch Up as an acquisition route candidate. If the content requested to be viewed is a content to be provided in the future, the route selection unit 38 selects the VOD as a candidate for an acquisition route. Even if the content requested to be viewed is content that can be viewed live, if the content is a rebroadcast program, the route selection unit 38 may select VOD as a candidate for an acquisition route. Good. Furthermore, when the same content as the content requested to be viewed is already recorded and stored in the storage 18, the route selection unit 38 selects the storage 18 as a candidate for the acquisition route. As described above, the route selection unit 38 may select a plurality of acquisition route candidates when there are a plurality of acquisition destinations of the content requested to be viewed.

  The operation candidate generation unit 30 generates operation options to be performed on the content for which the viewing request has been made. At this time, based on the acquired route selected by the route selection unit 38, the operation candidate creation unit 30 changes the configuration of the option to be created to create an operation candidate. For example, when a VOD is included in the acquired route selected by the route selection unit 38, the operation candidate creation unit 30 includes the purchase of content in the configuration of the option to be created. In addition, if the operation candidate generation unit 30 includes terrestrial digital or IPTV in the acquired route selected by the route selection unit 38, the operation candidate generation unit 30 performs live audition or live recording of the content in the configuration of the option to be generated. include. In other words, the operation candidate generation unit 30 changes the operation option executable by the user and provides the user with the operation option by the resource providing the content for which the viewing request has been made.

  Here, as described above, the route selection unit 38 selects an acquisition route based on the comparison result of the comparison unit 26. Therefore, the operation candidate generation unit 30 also reflects the comparison result between the current time by the comparison unit and the provision time zone of the content requested to be viewed, in the generation of the option to be generated.

  The operation candidate generation unit 30 includes the purchase operation of the content in the option to be generated and excludes the export operation of the content from the options to be generated, when the provision time zone of the content for which the view request is made is later than the current time. Do. This allows the user to purchase a program to be provided in the future and view it immediately. This is a prior provision service of an unprovided program. Also, the user can purchase a program to be provided in the future, but can not write it out to an external recording medium. This makes it possible to prevent a program that has not been broadcasted from being released before the broadcast.

  As a matter of course, programs to be provided in the future and available for purchase by the user are programs that have already been recorded, such as movies, dramas, and variety programs. It is not possible to purchase live broadcast programs such as live concerts and news programs.

  Even if the provision time zone of the content for which the viewing request has been made is later than the current time, the operation candidate generation unit 30 generates the content if the content has been provided in the past. Include the content export operation in the options you want. For example, if the content that the user wishes to view is a rebroadcast program, the program is a program that has already been provided in the past. If the content is provided in the past, even if it is distributed via a recording medium external to the content management apparatus 100, there is no situation where a program that is not being broadcast is distributed before the broadcast. Therefore, even if the content provided in the future in the program guide is the content that has been provided in the past, the operation candidate creation unit 30 writes the content as the option of the operation candidate. Include the operation. Thereby, the convenience of the user can be improved.

  The operation candidate generation unit 30 realizes the determination as to whether the content has been provided in the past, for example, by analyzing a program name. A technique for analyzing two different program names and determining whether or not both are the same program is a known technique, and therefore details thereof will be omitted.

  The operation candidate generation unit 30 purchases the content from the provision start time to the current time when the provision start time is over when the current time is included in the provision time zone of the content for which the view request is made. Operations to be included in the options to be generated. Thereby, the content currently provided by the content provider 2 can be auditioned live on terrestrial digital or IPTV. In addition, the user can purchase the content of the relevant part for the part provided between the provision start time and the current time and missed by the user.

  The content recording unit 16 starts recording of the content from the current time, when an operation for purchasing the content from the provision start time to the current time is selected. The viewing unit 12 reproduces the content partially purchased by the user. This allows the user to view the content from the beginning.

  The flow of the content management process executed by the content management apparatus 100 and an example of a graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on the display unit 6 by the content management apparatus 100 will be described below with reference to FIGS. 4 to 12.

  FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating the flow of the content management process performed by the content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment. The processing in this flowchart starts, for example, when the content management apparatus 100 is activated.

  The table acquisition unit 20 acquires, from the broadcast wave received by the RF reception unit 10 or a site on the Internet, a program guide in which a plurality of contents and the provision time zone of the contents are associated (S2). The output unit 36 displays the program guide acquired by the table acquisition unit 20 on the display unit 6 (S4).

  The view request obtaining unit 32 obtains the selection of the content to be operated by the user from among the plurality of contents included in the program guide (S6). Specifically, the user selects a desired content from the program guide displayed on the display unit 6 through the input unit 34. The view request obtaining unit 32 receives information selected by the user from the input unit 34.

  When the view request acquisition unit 32 acquires the selection of the content, the comparison unit 26 acquires the current time from the clock 24 (S8). The comparison unit 26 compares the acquired current time with the provision time zone of the content selected by the user (S10). If the content provision time zone is in the future as a result of comparison by the comparison unit 26 (future in S12), the content management process branches to branch process A shown in FIG. As a result of the comparison by the comparison unit 26, when the present time is included in the provision time zone of the content (the present of S12), the content management processing branches to the branch processing B shown in FIG. If the content provision time zone is in the past as a result of the comparison by the comparison unit 26 (past in S12), the content management process branches to the branch process C shown in FIG.

  When the processing in the branch processing A, the branch processing B, and the branch processing C ends, the processing returns to the branch processing D. When each branch process is executed, the process in this flowchart ends.

  FIG. 5 is a flow chart for explaining the flow of the branching process A performed when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is in the future.

  The operation candidate generation unit 30 excludes the content export operation from the option list listing the operations selectable by the user, when the content requested to be viewed is a content not provided in the past (N in S14). (S16). If the content requested to be viewed is already provided in the past (Y in S14), the operation candidate generation unit 30 stores the content in the local storage 18 or the purchase history in the past. Determine if there is.

  If the content requested to be viewed is stored in the storage 18 or there is a purchase history in the past (Y in S18), the operation candidate creation unit 30 displays in the option list listing the operations selectable by the user, The reproduction operation of the existing content provided in the past is added (S20). When the recording of the content for which the viewing request has been made is not stored in the storage 18 and there is no purchase history in the past (N in S18), the operation candidate generation unit 30 searches for the same content provided in the past.

  In the content providing system 1 according to the embodiment, the price of the content sold by the VOD service is changed according to the difference between the providing time zone of the content and the current time. Specifically, as the provision time zone of a certain content departs from the current time, the price of that content rises. In addition, when the difference from the current time is the same, the content to be provided in the future has a higher price than the content provided in the past.

  Therefore, if the content requested to be viewed is provided in the past, the operation candidate generation unit 30 adds the price of the content requested to be requested (ie, the content to be provided in the future) and the content provided in the past. Compare prices. If the past content is cheaper (past in S22), the operation candidate creation unit 30 adds the past content purchase operation as an operation candidate to the option list (S24).

  The operation of generating the operation candidate is added if the purchase operation of the past content is added to the option list as the operation candidate (S24), or the future content is cheaper (future of S22), or the writing operation is excluded from the candidate (S16) The unit 30 adds the future content purchase operation to the option candidate without adding the past content purchase operation (S26).

  When the future content purchase operation is added to the option candidate (S26) or the past content reproduction operation is added to the option candidate (S20), the operation candidate generation unit 30 generates the list of options generated. It is displayed on the output unit 36 (S28). When the user selects an operation from among the options, the operation execution unit 22 executes the selected operation (S30). When the operation execution unit 22 executes the selected operation, the processing in this flowchart returns to the branch processing D of the flowchart shown in FIG.

  6 (a) and 6 (b) are diagrams showing an example of a list of option candidates generated by the operation candidate generator 30 according to the embodiment. More specifically, FIG. 6A is a diagram showing an example of a list of option candidates generated by the operation candidate generator 30 when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is in the future. If the content requested to be viewed is provided in the future, and the user does not possess or purchase similar content, the user can not immediately view the content. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 6A, the operation candidate generation unit 30 presents, as an option, whether to purchase the content or to reserve a recording of the content. Note that the operation candidate generation unit 30 may add viewing reservation of content as an option.

  Although not shown, when the user selects the purchase of content, if the content is provided in the past, the operation candidate generation unit 30 may select one of the options including the purchase operation of the content provided in the past. The list is output to the output unit 36.

  FIG. 6B is a diagram showing an example of a list of option candidates generated by the operation candidate generator 30 after the user purchases the content when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is in the future. . As described above, when the provision time zone of the content purchased by the user is in the future, the user can not write the content to an external recording medium or the like. In FIG. 6 (b), the fact that the option "write out content" is highlighted in comparison with other options indicates that the user can not select the corresponding option.

  However, even if the provision time zone of the content purchased by the user is in the future, if the content is already provided in the past, the user can export the purchased content to the outside. In this case, although not shown, in FIG. 6 (b), the option "write content" is not highlighted, and the user can select the "write content" operation.

  FIG. 7 is a flow chart for explaining the flow of the branching process B executed when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is at present, more specifically, the live after the user has provided the content provision time. It is a figure which shows the flow of a process in, when the operation to audition is selected.

  If the content requested to be viewed is the content provided in the past (Y in S32), the operation candidate generation unit 30 stores the content in the local storage 18 or has a purchase history in the past Determine if If the content requested to be viewed is stored in the storage 18 or there is a purchase history in the past (Y in S34), the operation candidate creation unit 30 displays in the option list listing the operations selectable by the user, The reproduction operation of the existing content provided in the past is added (S36).

  When the content requested to be viewed is not provided in the past (N in S32), or when the content is not stored in the local storage 18 and there is no purchase history in the past (N in S34) The operation candidate generator 30 adds the purchase operation of the content to the list of option candidates (S38). The operation candidate generation unit 30 causes the output unit 36 to display the generated list of options (S40).

  When the user purchases the content or purchases the content of the portion provided from the start of the provision to the present, the content management apparatus 100 can also perform the cue playback of the content. In such a case, when the user selects cue reproduction (Y in S42), the operation execution unit 22 controls the viewing unit 12 and the content recording unit 16 to execute chasing reproduction (S44). More specifically, the operation execution unit 22 causes the content recording unit 16 to live-record the content, and causes the viewing unit 12 to reproduce the content from the beginning.

  If the user does not select quick play (N at S42), the operation execution unit 22 causes the viewing unit 12 to perform a live audition of the content selected by the user (S46). When content cue playback or live audition is performed, the processing in this flowchart returns to branch processing D of the flowchart shown in FIG.

  FIG. 8 is a diagram showing an example of a list of option candidates generated by the operation candidate generator 30 when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is current. Since the content selected by the user is currently being provided, the user can listen to the content live or chase it back. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 8, the operation candidate generation unit 30 generates, as candidates, options of “live auditioning” and “recording while viewing”. In addition, since the user can also perform recording without viewing the content, the operation candidate generation unit 30 also generates an option of “record without viewing” as a candidate.

  FIG. 9 is a view showing an example of an operation screen which the operation candidate generation unit 30 causes the output unit 36 to output when the user selects “live auditioning” of the content. More specifically, the operation screen illustrated in FIG. 9 is an operation screen generated by the operation candidate generation unit 30 when provision of the content has already started when the user starts the live audition of the content. This allows the user to select whether or not to purchase the content of the part already provided.

  FIG. 10 is a diagram showing an example of the operation screen that the operation candidate generation unit 30 causes the output unit 36 to output when the user purchases the content of the provided portion. Since the user has purchased the start portion of the content, the user can view the content from the beginning. For this reason, in the operation screen shown in FIG. 10, an operation for “viewing content from the beginning” is added as an option as compared with the operation screen shown in FIG.

  By selecting “view content from the beginning”, the user can cue and play the content. When the reproduction of the purchased part is completed, the viewing unit 12 generates a program recorded in the storage 18 by the content recording unit 16. This allows the user to view all the content.

  FIG. 11 is a flowchart for explaining the flow of the branching process C which is executed when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is in the past.

  The operation candidate generation unit 30 determines whether the content selected by the user is stored in the local storage 18 or there is a purchase history in the past. If the content requested to be viewed is stored in the storage 18 or there is a purchase history in the past (Y in S48), the operation candidate creation unit 30 displays in the option list listing the operations selectable by the user, The reproduction operation of the existing content provided in the past is added (S50).

  If the content selected by the user is not stored in the local storage 18 and there is no purchase history in the past (N in S48), or if the reproduction operation of the existing content is added, the operation candidate generation unit 30 The purchase operation of is added to the list of option candidates (S52). The operation candidate generation unit 30 causes the output unit 36 to display the generated list of options (S54).

  When the user selects an operation from the options, the operation execution unit 22 executes the selected operation (S56). When the operation execution unit 22 executes the selected operation, the processing in this flowchart returns to the branch processing D of the flowchart shown in FIG.

  As described above, when the content selected by the user is to be provided in the future, the operation candidate generation unit 30 may add the purchase operation of the content to be provided in the future to the list of operation candidates.

  FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating an example of a list of option candidates generated by the operation candidate generator 30 when the provision time zone of the content selected by the user is in the past. An example shown in FIG. 12 is an example of a list of option candidates in the case where content similar to the content selected by the user in the local storage 18 is stored or content similar to the content is purchased in the past. FIG. As shown in FIG. 12, it is possible to select whether to purchase and view the content the user desires to view or to reproduce the existing content.

  As described above, the operation candidate generation unit 30 generates the list of operation options that can be performed on the content selected by the user, based on the comparison result of the provision of the content and the current time.

  As described above, according to the content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment, a technique for improving convenience when accessing content provided from different providers and content provided via different media. Can be provided.

  In particular, the content management apparatus 100 according to the embodiment centrally manages terrestrial digital content and VOD service content using a program guide. As a result, terrestrial digital broadcasting, which is mainly used for real-time viewing, and VOD which is not restricted in the viewing time zone can be accessed from the same interface, and the convenience of the user is improved.

  The present invention has been described above based on the embodiments. It is understood by those skilled in the art that the embodiment is an exemplification, and that various modifications can be made to the combination of each component and each processing process, and such a modification is also within the scope of the present invention. .

The present invention may be specified by the following items.
[Item 1]
A table acquisition unit that acquires a table in which a plurality of contents and a provision time zone of the contents are associated;
A viewing request acquisition unit that receives a selection of content to be operated from the plurality of contents;
An operation candidate generation unit that generates an operation option to be performed on the content for which a viewing request has been made;
A comparison unit that compares the current time with the provision time zone of the content for which the viewing request has been made,
The content management device, wherein the operation candidate generation unit changes a configuration of options to be generated based on a comparison result of the comparison unit.
[Item 2]
The operation candidate generation unit includes the purchase operation of the content in the option to be generated and excludes the export operation of the content from the options to be generated, when the provision time zone of the content for which the view request is made is later than the current time. The content management device according to item 1, characterized in that:
[Item 3]
The operation candidate generation unit generates the operation content even if the provided time zone of the content requested to be viewed is later than the current time, if the content has been provided in the past, The content management device according to Item 2, wherein the option to include includes a content export operation.
[Item 4]
The operation candidate generation unit purchases the content from the provision start time to the current time when the provision start time is over when the present time is included in the provision time zone of the content for which the view request is made. The content management device according to any one of Items 1 to 3, wherein the operation to be performed is included in the option to be generated.
[Item 5]
The content management according to Item 4, further including a content recording unit for starting recording of the content from the current time when an operation to purchase the content from the provision start time to the current time is selected. apparatus.
[Item 6]
Acquiring a table in which a plurality of contents are associated with a provision time zone of the contents;
Accepting a selection of content to be operated among the plurality of contents;
Comparing the current time with the provision time zone of the content for which the viewing request has been made;
A content management method characterized in that the processor executes the steps of changing and generating a list of operation options that can be performed on content for which a viewing request has been made based on a comparison result.
[Item 7]
A function of acquiring a table in which a plurality of contents and a provision time zone of the contents are associated;
A function of accepting selection of content to be operated among the plurality of contents;
A function of comparing the current time with the provision time zone of the content requested to be viewed;
A program which causes a computer to realize a function of changing and generating a list of operation options that can be performed on content for which a viewing request has been made based on a comparison result.

  Reference Signs List 1 content providing system, 12 viewing unit, 14 transmitting / receiving unit, 16 content recording unit, 20 table acquisition unit, 22 operation execution unit, 26 comparison unit, 30 operation candidate generation unit, 32 viewing request acquisition unit, 100 content management apparatus.

Claims (7)

  1. A table acquisition unit for acquiring a table in which a plurality of contents and a broadcast time zone of the contents by terrestrial waves or satellite waves are associated;
    A viewing request acquisition unit that receives a viewing request for content to be operated among the plurality of pieces of content;
    A comparison unit that compares the current time with the broadcast time zone of the content for which the view request has been made, by terrestrial waves or satellite waves;
    A route selection unit that selects an acquisition route of content for which a viewing request has been made based on the comparison result by the comparison unit;
    An operation candidate generation unit configured to generate a list of operation options to be performed on the content for which a viewing request has been made based on the selected acquisition route;
    The route selection unit acquires the content for which the viewing request has been made, when the comparison unit determines that the broadcast time zone of the content for which the viewing request is made is due to terrestrial waves or satellite waves is later than the current time. Choose VOD as the path,
    The operation candidate generation unit is a purchase operation of the content as an option to be generated when the comparison unit determines that the broadcast time zone by the ground wave or satellite wave of the content for which the view request is made is later than the current time. And allows prior viewing to unicast to a user who has made a request to view the content that has not yet been broadcast by terrestrial waves or satellite waves, but has been recorded a program scheduled to be broadcast by terrestrial waves or satellite waves in the future and inhibits the writing from the choices to the recorded contents of the outside of the broadcast schedule with the future terrestrial or satellite wave program the write operation preceded watched excluded to the recording medium of the external storage medium Content management device.
  2. 2. The content management apparatus according to claim 1 , wherein the view request received by the view request obtaining unit includes a purchase request for the content for which the view request has been made.
  3. The operation candidate generation unit may determine that the content is in the past even if the comparison unit determines that the broadcast time zone of the content for which a view request has been made is due to terrestrial waves or satellite waves than the current time. claim, characterized in that inclusion of write operation when a content of the rebroadcast who have been broadcast by terrestrial or satellite wave, to an external recording medium recorded content choices to be generated in one or two Content management apparatus according to claim 1.
  4. The operation candidate generation unit determines the broadcast start time by the ground wave or satellite wave when it is determined by the comparison unit that the current time is included in the broadcast time zone by the ground wave or satellite wave of the content for which the view request is made. When it is over, include the operation to purchase the missing part of the content from the broadcast start time to the current time by the terrestrial wave or satellite wave as an option to generate ,
    A content recording unit that starts recording of content from the current time, when an operation to purchase the missed portion of the content from the broadcast start time to the current time by the terrestrial wave or satellite wave is selected;
    The content management apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3 , further comprising: a viewing unit that plays back the content whose recording has been started from the current time after playing back the missed portion of the purchased content. .
  5. The acquisition path selected by the path selection unit includes a path acquired from a storage unit included in the content management apparatus, a path acquired from terrestrial broadcasting or satellite broadcasting, or a path acquired from a server via a network. The content management device according to any one of claims 1 to 4 , characterized in that:
  6. Obtaining a table in which a plurality of contents are associated with a broadcast time zone of the contents by terrestrial waves or satellite waves ;
    Accepting a viewing request for content to be operated among the plurality of content;
    Comparing a current time with a broadcast time zone of terrestrial or satellite waves of the content requested to be viewed;
    Selecting an acquisition path of the content requested to be viewed based on the comparison result of the comparing step;
    Generating a list of operation options to be performed on the content requested to be viewed, based on the selected acquisition route;
    When it is determined in the comparison step that the broadcast time zone of the terrestrial wave or satellite wave of the content requested to be viewed is later than the current time when selecting an acquisition path of the content requested to be viewed or not, Select VOD as the acquisition path of the content for which the viewing request has been made,
    When generating the list of operation options, if it is determined in the comparison step that the broadcast time zone by terrestrial waves or satellite waves of the content requested to be viewed is determined to be future than the current time, the option to be generated It is possible to preview in advance the user who made a request to view the content that recorded a program scheduled to be broadcast by terrestrial waves or satellite waves in the future including the purchase operation of the content, which has not yet been broadcast by terrestrial waves or satellite waves. to, and prohibits writing from option of generating to an external recording medium recorded content outside of the broadcast schedule with the future terrestrial or satellite wave program the write operation preceded watched excluded on the recording medium A content management method characterized in that the processor executes the steps.
  7. A function of acquiring a table in which a plurality of contents and a broadcast time zone of the contents by terrestrial waves or satellite waves are associated;
    A function of receiving a viewing request for content to be operated among the plurality of contents;
    A function of comparing a current time with a broadcast time zone of terrestrial or satellite waves of the content requested to be viewed;
    A function of selecting an acquisition path of content requested to be viewed based on a comparison result by the function to be compared ;
    A function of generating, based on the selected acquisition route, a list of operation options to be performed on the content for which a viewing request has been made;
    When it is determined by the comparison function that the broadcast time zone of the terrestrial wave or satellite wave of the content requested to be viewed is later than the current time when selecting an acquisition path of the content requested to be viewed, A function of selecting a VOD as an acquisition path of the content for which the viewing request has been made;
    When generating the list of operation options, if it is determined by the comparing function that the broadcast time zone of the terrestrial wave or satellite wave of the requested content is determined to be future than the current time, the option to be generated It is possible to preview in advance the user who made a request to view the content that recorded a program scheduled to be broadcast by terrestrial waves or satellite waves in the future including the purchase operation of the content, which has not yet been broadcast by terrestrial waves or satellite waves. to, and prohibits writing from option of generating to an external recording medium recorded content outside of the broadcast schedule with the future terrestrial or satellite wave program the write operation preceded watched excluded on the recording medium A program characterized by causing a computer to realize the functions.
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