US20050044569A1 - Method and apparatus for efficient, entertaining information delivery - Google Patents

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Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and apparatus for efficient, entertaining information delivery. In one embodiment, information is partitioned into clips. Clips are selected for a user packaged together for presentation to the user in an entertaining manner. In one embodiment, the clips are selected and packaged together in accordance with a template. In another embodiment, information about the user is used to select clips. In one embodiment, a user presented with a stream of information comprised of clips of information assembled for the user. The user may select a clip to retrieve additional information related to the clip. In one embodiment, the selected clip is a portion of a program (e.g., a television show, a movie, a song, an advertisement, etc.) and the additional information is a larger clip of the program and/or the entire program.

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    RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application is claiming the benefit of a co-pending provisional application Ser. No. 60/482,597 filed on Jun. 24, 2003. The material of the related provisional application is incorporated by reference herein. This application hereby also incorporates by reference the disclosures of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/896,838 filed Jun. 29, 2001; U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/953,569 filed Sep. 13, 2001; U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/953,086 filed Sep. 10, 2001; and U.S. Pat. No. 6,032,156 filed Apr. 1, 1998.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to the field of information delivery, and in particular to a method and apparatus for efficient, entertaining information delivery.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Typical information delivery systems (e.g., the World Wide Web, video on demand, television, etc.) provide information to users inefficiently. Some systems deliver information in a rigid, non-searchable manner that limits the ability of a user to retrieved information of interest to the user. Other systems allow a more flexible search for specific information, but the search is generally performed in a non-entertaining manner and typically requires the user to examine and select from a list of retrieved, potentially relevant items. This problem can be better understood by a review of prior art information delivery systems.
  • Television Delivery of Information
  • One of the most commonly used information delivery system is television. A user selects a channel and information is delivered to their speakers and/or screens. Some means of transmitting the information include broadcast, cable and satellite communications. Channel programming is varied. Some channels carry a specific type of programming (e.g., the History Channel or the Movie Channel) and others carry a mix of programming. However, a user has very little control over what information is presented at a specific time. The user's only control is to change channels. If programming content desired by the user is not currently being delivered by one of the available channels, the user is unable to do anything to prompt delivery of the desired content.
  • Video on Demand
  • Video on demand (VOD) enhances the user's ability to control the content of the information delivered by the system. In a VOD system, the user is able to select desired content from a list of available content. The selected program is retrieved by the system and sent to the user. However, VOD systems typically do not provide users with an efficient or entertaining interface for requesting information. A user must search through and select from a list of available content.
  • World Wide Web
  • The world wide web is another system for delivering a wide variety of information to system users. Typically, a user locates desired information by typing in a web address, performing a search or following links. This method is similar to the VOID method in that the user has more control over what content is delivered. However, in both systems, information retrieval is inefficient and non-entertaining.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and apparatus for efficient, entertaining information delivery. In one embodiment, information is partitioned into clips. Clips are selected for a user and packaged together for presentation to the user in an entertaining manner. In one embodiment, the clips are selected and packaged together in accordance with a template. In another embodiment, information about the user is used to select clips. In one embodiment, clips are associated with headers. One type of header is a content header that describes the content of the clip. Other headers describe aesthetic qualities of a clip. In one embodiment, the clip headers contain both content and aesthetic information.
  • In one embodiment, a user is presented with a stream of information comprised of clips of information assembled for the user. The user may select a clip to retrieve additional information related to the clip. In one embodiment, the selected clip is a portion of a program (e.g., a television show, a movie, a song, an advertisement, etc.) and the additional information is a larger clip of the program and/or the entire program. In one embodiment, selections made by the user are monitored and used in association with templates to determine which clips will be selected and how they will be presented to the user in the stream of information in the future.
  • In one embodiment, clips are provided to the user at no cost. In another embodiment, the user pays to view certain clips. In one embodiment, the user pays through a debit to an account (similar to ordering a pay-per-view event). In another embodiment, the user pays by viewing other clips and/or information (e.g., an advertisement). In another embodiment, advertisers pay to have information inserted into the information packaged for streaming to a user, thereby subsidizing the user's information retrieval experience.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • These and other features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with regard to the following description, appended claims and accompanying drawings where:
  • FIG. 1 is a flow diagram of the process of delivering information in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an information display in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention; and
  • FIG. 3 is a data flow diagram in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • The invention is a method and apparatus for efficient, entertaining information delivery. In the following description, numerous specific details are set forth to provide a more thorough description of embodiments of the invention. It is apparent, however, to one skilled in the art, that the invention may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well known features have not been described in detail so as not to obscure the invention.
  • In one embodiment, information is partitioned into clips. Clips are selected for a user and packaged together for presentation to the user in an entertaining manner. In one embodiment, the clips are selected and packaged together in accordance with a template. In another embodiment, information about the user is used to select clips. In one embodiment, clips are associated with headers. One type of header is a content header that describes the content of the clip. Other headers describe aesthetic qualities of a clip. In one embodiment, the clip headers contain both content and aesthetic information.
  • In one embodiment, a user is presented with a stream of information comprised of clips of information assembled for the user. The user may select a clip to retrieve additional information related to the clip. In one embodiment, the selected clip is a portion of a program (e.g., a television show, a movie, a song, an advertisement, etc.) and the additional information is a larger clip of the program and/or the entire program. In one embodiment, selections made by the user are monitored and used in association with templates to determine which clips will be selected and how they will be presented to the user in the stream of information in the future.
  • FIG. 1 illustrates the process of delivering information in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. At block 100, user information is collected. The user information collected varies amongst embodiments. For example, one embodiment collects demographic information (e.g., sex, age, race, geographic location, education level, etc.) about a user as well as information regarding the user's interests and prior history of interaction with the system.
  • At block 110, the user information is used in combination with templates to select and package the information for delivery to the user. In one embodiment, the templates are used to connect clips in an appealing manner. In another embodiment, the clips also assist in selecting the information (e.g., by placing length and/or style limitations on which clips are eligible to be incorporated at a specific location). In one embodiment, the information is packaged by concatenating clips together to form a stream of data. For example, the clips are media clips and the information is delivered as an observable stream of media (e.g., video and/or audio).
  • At block 120, the information is delivered to the user. At block 130, the user selects a clip. For example, the user may be interested in learning more about a product displayed in a 6 second clip. At block 140, more information related to the selected clip is retrieved. In the example above, a longer, more detailed ad for the product is retrieved. In another embodiment, the selected clip is a portion of a media program (e.g., a movie or show) and the entire media program is retrieved.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates an information display in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. The display area 200 is partitioned into a current viewing area 210 and a menu of options area 220. The current viewing area 210 is used to display information the user is currently focusing on. This information may be a continuous program (e.g., a movie or show), or it may be a stream of short previews and/or ads. In one embodiment, the menu of options area 220 may be used as a traditional menu that allows the user to exercise control over what information is delivered.
  • In another embodiment, the menu of options area 220 is partitioned into a plurality of mini-display regions 230. In one embodiment, once a clip has displayed in the current viewing area 210, the clip continues to display in one of the mini-display regions 230. In one embodiment, the clip replays in a loop in the mini-display region 230 until it is replaced or selected. In another embodiment, a representation of the clip is displayed in the mini-display region 230 until it is replaced.
  • In one embodiment, clips cycle through the mini-display regions 230 so that the most recently displayed clip is in a first mini-display region and the least recently displayed clip is in a second mini-display region. When a new clip is moved to the menu of options area 220, the least recently displayed clip is replaced by the second least recently displayed clip in the corresponding mini-display region, and other clips are similarly moved to new mini-display regions until the old most recent clip is replaced by the new most recent clip. In another embodiment, the new most recent clip simply replaces the least recently displayed clip in the corresponding mini-display region.
  • In another embodiment, each mini-display region 230 displays a separate stream of information retrieved for a user. For example, one mini-display region may stream sports-related content while another streams content related to nostalgic ads from the 70's and 80's. In one embodiment, the user controls what content is delivered to each mini-display region by selecting from a list of general categories or channels. In another embodiment, the content delivered to each mini-display region is altered by the user's selections from that and/or other mini-display regions.
  • In one embodiment, the user selects information for display in the current viewing area 210 by selecting a clip either from a stream of clips delivered to the current viewing area 210 or to one of the mini-display regions 230. In one embodiment, the user has the ability to hide or display the menu of options area 220. Thus, a user can select a movie for viewing by selecting a clip of the movie from a stream of clips and then view the movie using the entire display area 200.
  • In one embodiment, clips are provided to the user at no cost. In another embodiment, the user pays to view certain clips. In one embodiment, the user pays through a debit to an account (similar to ordering a pay-per-view event). In another embodiment, the user pays by viewing other clips and/or information (e.g., an advertisement). In another embodiment, advertisers pay to have information inserted into the information packaged for streaming to a user, thereby subsidizing the user's information retrieval experience.
  • One example of methods, apparatus and systems, suitable for implementing the invention, is set forth in the Appendix attached hereto and which is specifically incorporated by reference herein.
  • Thus, a method and apparatus for efficient, entertaining information delivery is described in conjunction with one or more specific embodiments. It will be apparent from the foregoing that, while particular forms of the invention have been illustrated and described, various alternatives, modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is intended to embrace all such alternatives, modifications and variations and it is not intended that the invention be limited, excepted as by the appended claims.

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1. A method of delivering information comprising:
selecting a plurality of clips;
arranging said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
presenting said stream of information to a user;
determining a first clip wherein said first clip is associated with a second clip wherein said second clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said second clip is selected by said user; and
delivering said first clip to said user.
2. A method of financing delivery of information comprising:
selecting a plurality of clips;
arranging said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
presenting said stream of information to a user;
determining a first clip wherein said first clip is associated with a second clip wherein said second clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said second clip is selected by said user;
securing payment; and
delivering said first clip to said user.
3. A method of claim 2 wherein said method of securing comprises:
debiting an account associated with said user.
4. A method of claim 2 wherein said method of securing comprises:
packaging said first clip with information from an advertiser; and
receiving payment from said advertiser.
5. A method of compensating a content provider comprising:
selecting a plurality of clips wherein a first clip of said plurality of clips is generated by said content provider;
arranging said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
presenting said stream of information to a user;
determining a second clip wherein said second clip is associated with a third clip wherein said third clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said third clip is selected by said user;
securing payment;
delivering said second clip to said user; and
compensating said content provider out of said payment.
6. The method of claim 5 wherein said first clip is a voice.
7. The method of claim 5 wherein said first clip is a logo.
8. The method of claim 5 wherein said first clip is a song.
9. The method of claim 5 wherein said first clip is a likeness.
10. An information delivery system comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a plurality of clips;
an arranging unit configured to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
a presentation unit configured to present said stream of information to a user;
a determiner configured to determine a first clip wherein said first clip is associated with a second clip wherein said second clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said second clip is selected by said user; and
a delivery unit configured to deliver said first clip to said user.
11. An information delivery financing system comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a plurality of clips;
an arranging unit configured to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
a presentation unit configured to present said stream of information to a user;
a determiner configured to determine a first clip wherein said first clip is associated with a second clip wherein said second clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said second clip is selected by said user;
a payment securing unit configured to secure payment; and
a delivery unit configured to deliver said first clip to said user.
12. An information delivery financing system of claim 11 wherein said payment securing unit comprises:
a debiting unit configured to debit an account associated with said user.
13. An information delivery financing system of claim 11 wherein said payment securing unit comprises:
a packaging unit configured to package said first clip with information from an advertiser; and
a payment receiving unit configured to receive payment from said advertiser.
14. A content provider compensation system comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a plurality of clips wherein a first clip of said plurality of clips is generated by a content provider;
an arranging unit configured to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
a presentation unit configured to present said stream of information to a user;
a determiner configured to determine a second clip wherein said second clip is associated with a third clip wherein said third clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said third clip is selected by said user;
a payment securing unit configured to secure payment;
a delivery unit configured to deliver said second clip to said user; and
a compensation unit configured to compensate said content provider out of said payment.
15. The content provider compensation system of claim 14 wherein said first clip is a voice.
16. The content provider compensation system of claim 14 wherein said first clip is a logo.
17. The content provider compensation system of claim 14 wherein said first clip is a song.
18. The content provider compensation system of claim 14 wherein said first clip is a likeness.
19. A computer program product comprising:
a computer usable medium having computer readable program code embodied therein configured to deliver information, said computer program product comprising:
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to select a plurality of clips;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to present said stream of information to a user;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to determine a first clip wherein said first clip is associated with a second clip wherein said second clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said second clip is selected by said user; and
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to deliver said first clip to said user.
20. A computer program product comprising:
a computer usable medium having computer readable program code embodied therein configured to finance information delivery, said computer program product comprising:
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to select a plurality of clips;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to present said stream of information to a user;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to determine a first clip wherein said first clip is associated with a second clip wherein said second clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said second clip is selected by said user;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to secure payment; and
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to deliver said first clip to said user.
21. A computer program product of claim 20 wherein said computer readable code configured to cause a computer to secure comprises:
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to debit an account associated with said user.
22. A computer program product of claim 20 wherein said computer readable code configured to cause a computer to secure comprises:
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to package said first clip with information from an advertiser; and
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to receive payment from said advertiser.
23. A computer program product comprising:
a computer usable medium having computer readable program code embodied therein configured to compensate a content provider, said computer program product comprising:
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to select a plurality of clips wherein a first clip of said plurality of clips is generated by said content provider;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to present said stream of information to a user;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to determine a second clip wherein said second clip is associated with a third clip wherein said third clip is part of said stream of information and wherein said third clip is selected by said user;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to secure payment;
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to deliver said second clip to said user; and
computer readable code configured to cause a computer to compensate said content provider out of said payment.
24. The computer program product of claim 23 wherein said first clip is a voice.
25. The computer program product of claim 23 wherein said first clip is a logo.
26. The computer program product of claim 23 wherein said first clip is a song.
27. The computer program product of claim 23 wherein said first clip is a likeness.
28. A method of delivering information comprising:
selecting a plurality of clips;
arranging said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
presenting said stream of information to a user in accordance with user selection of one of said clips.
29. An information delivery financing system comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a plurality of clips;
an arranging unit configured to arrange said plurality of clips into a stream of information;
a presentation unit configured to present said stream of information to a user in accordance with users selection of one clips; and
a payment securing unit configured to secure payment.
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