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US20150189390A1
US20150189390A1 US14/407,593 US201314407593A US2015189390A1 US 20150189390 A1 US20150189390 A1 US 20150189390A1 US 201314407593 A US201314407593 A US 201314407593A US 2015189390 A1 US2015189390 A1 US 2015189390A1
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Abstract

The system, method, and computer instructions search a network to identify media sources. A process determines a number of media items associated with the media sources. A media item can be any type of media item, such as a video, a music file, a photo, a social networking posting, and the like. Metadata associated with the determined number of media items is identified. The metadata is stored in a memory. A request is received from a user to display one or more of the media item. The one or media items are displayed to the user based on the stored metadata.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • The present application claims the benefits of and priority, under 35 U.S.C. §119(e), to U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/659,626 filed Jun. 14, 2012, “Method and System for Customizing Televised Content”; 61/684,672 filed Aug. 17, 2012, “Smart TV”; 61/702,650 filed Sep. 18, 2012, “Smart TV”; 61/697,710 filed Sep. 6, 2012, “Social TV”; 61/700,182 filed Sep. 12, 2012, “Social TV Roadmap”; 61/736,692 filed Dec. 13, 2012, “SmartTV”; 61/798,821 filed Mar. 15, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/804,942 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/804,998 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/804,971 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/804,990 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/805,003 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/805,053 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/805,030 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/805,027 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/805,042 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV”; 61/805,038 filed Mar. 25, 2013, “SmartTV.” Each of the aforementioned documents is incorporated herein by reference in their entirety for all that they teach and for all purposes.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Consolidation of device features or technological convergence is in an increasing trend. Technological convergence describes the tendency for different technological systems to evolve toward performing similar tasks. As people use more devices, the need to carry those devices, charge those devices, update software on those devices, etc. becomes more cumbersome. To compensate for these problems, technology companies have been integrating features from different devices into one or two multi-functional devices. For example, cellular phones are now capable of accessing the Internet, taking photographs, providing calendar functions, etc.
  • The consolidation trend is now affecting the design and functionality of devices generally used in the home. For example, audio receivers can access the Internet, digital video recorders can store or provide access to digital photographs, etc. The television in home audio/video systems remains a cornerstone device because the display function cannot be integrated into other devices. As such, consolidating home devices leads to integrating features and functionality into the television. The emergence of the Smart Television (Smart TV) is evidence of the trend to consolidate functionality into the television.
  • A Smart TV is generally conceived as a device that integrates access to the Internet and Web 2.0 features into television sets. The Smart TV represents the trend of technological convergence between computers and television sets. The Smart TV generally focuses on online interactive media, Internet TV, on-demand streaming media, and generally does not focus on traditional broadcast media. Unfortunately, most Smart TVs have yet to provide seamless and intuitive user interfaces for navigating and/or executing the various features of the Smart TV. As such, there are still issues with the consolidation of features and the presentation of these features in Smart TVs.
  • SUMMARY
  • There is a need for a Smart TV with intuitive user interfaces and with seamless user interaction capability. These and other needs are addressed by the various aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations of the present disclosure. Also, while the disclosure is presented in terms of exemplary embodiments, it should be appreciated that individual aspects of the disclosure can be separately claimed.
  • The system, method, and computer instructions search a network to identify media sources. A number of media items associated with the media sources are determined. A media item can be any type of media item, such as a video, a music file, a photo, a social networking posting, and the like. Metadata associated with the determined number of media items is identified. The metadata is stored in a memory. A request is received from a user to display one or more of the media item. The one or media items are displayed to the user based on the stored metadata.
  • The present disclosure can provide a number of advantages depending on the particular aspect, embodiment, and/or configuration. ENTER ADVANTAGES HERE
  • These and other advantages will be apparent from the disclosure.
  • The phrases “at least one”, “one or more”, and “and/or” are open-ended expressions that are both conjunctive and disjunctive in operation. For example, each of the expressions “at least one of A, B and C”, “at least one of A, B, or C”, “one or more of A, B, and C”, “one or more of A, B, or C” and “A, B, and/or C” means A alone, B alone, C alone, A and B together, A and C together, B and C together, or A, B and C together.
  • The term “a” or “an” entity refers to one or more of that entity. As such, the terms “a” (or “an”), “one or more” and “at least one” can be used interchangeably herein. It is also to be noted that the terms “comprising”, “including”, and “having” can be used interchangeably.
  • The term “automatic” and variations thereof, as used herein, refers to any process or operation done without material human input when the process or operation is performed. However, a process or operation can be automatic, even though performance of the process or operation uses material or immaterial human input, if the input is received before performance of the process or operation. Human input is deemed to be material if such input influences how the process or operation will be performed. Human input that consents to the performance of the process or operation is not deemed to be “material.”
  • A “blog” (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website supposed to be updated with new content from time to time. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
  • A “blogging service” is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries.
  • The term “cable TV” refers to a system of distributing television programs to subscribers via radio frequency (RF) signals transmitted through coaxial cables or light pulses through fiber-optic cables. This contrasts with traditional broadcast television (terrestrial television) in which the television signal is transmitted over the air by radio waves and received by a television antenna attached to the television.
  • The term “channel” or “television channel,” as used herein, can be a physical or virtual channel over which a television station or television network is distributed. A physical cannel in analog television can be an amount of bandwidth, typically 6, 7, or 8 MHz, that occupies a predetermine channel frequency. A virtual channel is a representation, in cable or satellite television, of a data stream for a particular television media provider (e.g., CDS, TNT, HBO, etc.).
  • The term “computer-readable medium,” as used herein, refers to any tangible storage and/or transmission medium that participate in providing instructions to a processor for execution. Such a medium may take many forms, including but not limited to, non-volatile media, volatile media, and transmission media. Non-volatile media includes, for example, NVRAM, or magnetic or optical disks. Volatile media includes dynamic memory, such as main memory. Common forms of computer-readable media include, for example, a floppy disk, a flexible disk, hard disk, magnetic tape, or any other magnetic medium, magneto-optical medium, a CD-ROM, any other optical medium, punch cards, paper tape, any other physical medium with patterns of holes, a RAM, a PROM, and EPROM, a FLASH-EPROM, a solid state medium like a memory card, any other memory chip or cartridge, a carrier wave as described hereinafter, or any other medium from which a computer can read. A digital file attachment to e-mail or other self-contained information archive or set of archives is considered a distribution medium equivalent to a tangible storage medium. When the computer-readable media is configured as a database, it is to be understood that the database may be any type of database, such as relational, hierarchical, object-oriented, and/or the like. Accordingly, the disclosure is considered to include a tangible storage medium or distribution medium and prior art-recognized equivalents and successor media, in which the software implementations of the present disclosure are stored.
  • The term “enhanced television” refers to a collection of specifications developed under the OpenCable project of CableLabs (Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.) that define an ETV Application consisting of resources (files) adhering to the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) content format as well as PNG images, JPEG images, and PFR downloadable fonts. An ETV application is normally delivered through an MPEG transport stream and accompanies an MPEG program containing video and audio elementary streams. An “ETV Application” is a collection of resources (files) that include one or more EBIF resources that represent viewable information in the form of pages. Two forms of a given ETV Application may be distinguished: (1) an interchange form and (2) an execution form. The interchange form of an ETV Application consists of the resources (files) that represent the compiled application prior to its actual execution by an ETV User Agent. The execution form of an ETV Application consists of the stored, and possibly mutated forms of these resources while being decoded, presented, and executed by an ETV User Agent. An “ETV User Agent” is a software component that operates on a set-top box, a television, or any other computing environment capable of receiving, decoding, presenting, and processing an ETV Application. This component usually provides, along with its host hardware environment, one or more mechanisms for an end-user to navigate and interact with the multimedia content represented by ETV Applications.
  • The term “high-definition television” (HDTV) provides a resolution that is substantially higher than that of standard-definition television. HDTV may be transmitted in various formats, namely 1080p-11620×1080p: 2,073,600 pixels (approximately 2.1 megapixels) per frame, 1080i (which is typically either 11620×1080i: 1,036,1500 pixels (approximately 1 megapixel) per field or 2,073,600 pixels (approximately 2.1 megapixels) per frame or 1440×1080i:[1] 777,600 pixels (approximately 0.8 megapixels) per field or 1,555,200 pixels (approximately 1.6 megapixels) per frame), or 720p-1280×720p: 1621,600 pixels (approximately 0.9 megapixels) per frame. As will be appreciated, “frame size” in pixels is defined as number of horizontal pixels×number of vertical pixels, for example 1280×720 or 11620×1080. Often the number of horizontal pixels is implied from context and is omitted, as in the case of 720p and 1080p, “scanning system” is identified with the letter “p” for progressive scanning or “I” for interlaced scanning, and “frame rate” is identified as number of video frames per second. For interlaced systems an alternative form of specifying number of fields per second is often used. For purposes of this disclosure, high-definition television” is deemed to include other high-definition analog or digital video formats, including ultra high definition television.
  • The term “internet television” (otherwise known as Internet TV, Online Television, or Online TV) is the digital distribution of television content via the Internet. It should not be confused with Web television—short programs or videos created by a wide variety of companies and individuals, or Internet protocol television (IPTV)—an emerging internet technology standard for use by television broadcasters. Internet Television is a general term that covers the delivery of television shows and other video content over the internet by video streaming technology, typically by major traditional television broadcasters. It does not describe a technology used to deliver content (see Internee protocol television). Internet television has become very popular through services such as RTÉ Player in Ireland; BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player (also STV Player and UTV Player) and Demand Five in the United Kingdom; Hulu in the United States; Nederland 24 in the Netherlands; ABC iview and Australia Live TV in Australia; Tivibu in Turkey; iWanTV! in the Philippines.
  • The term “internet protocol television” (IPTV) refers to a system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite over a packet-switched network such as the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal, and cable television formats. IPTV services may be classified into three main groups, namely live television, with or without interactivity related to the current TV show; time-shifted television: catch-up TV (replays a TV show that was broadcast hours or days ago), start-over TV (replays the current TV show from its beginning); and video on demand (VOD): browse a catalog of videos, not related to TV programming. IPTV is distinguished from Internet television by its on-going standardization process (e.g., European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and preferential deployment scenarios in subscriber-based telecommunications networks with high-speed access channels into end-user premises via set-top boxes or other customer-premises equipment.
  • The term “silo,” as used herein, can be a logical representation of an input, source, or application. An input can be a device or devices (e.g., DVD, VCR, etc.) electrically connected to the television through a port (e.g., HDMI, video/audio inputs, etc.) or through a network (e.g., LAN WAN, etc.). Rather than a device or devices, the input could be configured as an electrical or physical connection to one or more devices. A source, particularly a content source, can be a data service that provides content, (e.g., a media center, a file system, etc.). An application can be a software service that provides a particular type of function (e.g., Live TV, Video on Demand, User Applications, Photograph display, etc.). The silo, as a logical representation, can have an associated definition or property, such as a setting, feature, or other characteristic.
  • The term “panel,” as used herein, can mean a user interface displayed in at least a portion of the display. The panel may be interactive (e.g., accepts user input) or informational (e.g., does not accept user input). A panel may be translucent whereby the panel obscures but does not mask the underlying content being displayed in the display. Panels may be provided in response to a user input from a button or remote control interface.
  • The term “screen,” as used herein, refers to a physical structure that includes one or more hardware components that provide the device with the ability to render a user interface and/or receive user input. A screen can encompass any combination of gesture capture region, a touch sensitive display, and/or a configurable area. The device can have one or more physical screens embedded in the hardware. However a screen may also include an external peripheral device that may be attached and detached from the device. In embodiments, multiple external devices may be attached to the device. For example, another screen may be included with a remote control unit that interfaces with the Intelligent TV.
  • The term “media” of “multimedia,” as used herein, refers to content that may assume one of a combination of different content forms. Multimedia can include one or more of, but is not limited to, text, audio, still images, animation, video, or interactivity content forms.
  • A “smart TV”, sometimes referred to as connected TV or hybrid TV, (not to be confused with IPTV, Internet TV, or with Web TV), describes a trend of integration of the Internet and Web 2.0 features into television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets/set-top boxes. The devices have a higher focus on online interactive media, Internet TV, over-the-top content, as well as on-demand steaming media, and less focus on traditional broadcast media than traditional television sets and set-top boxes
  • The term “television” is a telecommunication medium, device (or set) or set of associated devices, programming, and/or transmission for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome (black-and-white) or colored, with or without accompanying sound. Different countries use one of the three main video standards for TVs, namely PAL, NTSC or SECAM. Television is most commonly used for displaying broadcast television signals. The broadcast television system is typically disseminated via radio transmissions on designated channels in the 54-890 MHz frequency band. A common television set comprises multiple internal electronic circuits, including those for receiving and decoding broadcast signals. A visual display device which lacks a tatter is properly called a video monitor, rather than a television. A television may be different from other monitors or displays based on the distance maintained between the user and the television when the user watches the media and based on the inclusion of a tuner or other electronic circuit to receive the broadcast television signal.
  • The term “Live TV,” as used herein, refers to a television production broadcast in real-time, as events happen, in the present.
  • The term “standard-definition television” (SDTV) is a television system that uses a resolution that is not considered to be either high-definition television (HDTV 720p and 1080p) or enhanced-definition television (EDTV 480p). The two common SDTV signal types are 576i, with 576 interlaced lines of resolution, derived from the European-developed PAL and SECAM systems; and 480i based on the American National Television System Committee NTSC system. In the US, digital SDTV is broadcast in the same 4:3 aspect ratio as NTSC signals. However, in other parts of the world that used the PAL or SECAM analog standards, standard-definition television is now usually shown with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Standards that support digital SDTV broadcast include DVB, ATSC and ISDB. Television signals are transmitted in digital form, and their pixels have a rectangular shape, as opposed to square pixels that are used in modern computer monitors and modern implementations of HDTV. The table below summarizes pixel aspect ratios for various kinds of SDTV video signal. Note that the actual image (be it 4:3 or 16:9) is always contained in the center 704 horizontal pixels of the digital frame, regardless of how many horizontal pixels (704 or 720) are used. In case of digital video signal having 720 horizontal pixels, only the center 704 pixels contain actual 4:3 or 16:9 image, and the 8 pixel wide stripes from either side are called nominal analogue blanking and should be discarded before displaying the image. Nominal analogue blanking should not be confused with overscan, as overscan areas are part of the actual 4:3 or 16:9 image.
  • The term “video on demand (VOD),” as used herein, refers to systems and processes which allow users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content on demand. VOD systems may stream content, to view the content in real time, or download the content to a storage medium for viewing at a later time.
  • The term “satellite positioning system receiver” refers to a wireless receiver or transceiver to receive and/or send location signals from and/or to a satellite positioning system, such as the Global Positioning System (“GPS”) (US), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo positioning system (EU), Compass navigation system (China), and Regional Navigational Satellite System (India). The term “display,” as used herein, refers to at least a portion of a screen used to display the output of the television to a user. A single physical screen can include multiple displays that are managed as separate logical displays. Thus, different content can be displayed on the separate displays although part of the same physical screen.
  • The term “displayed image,” as used herein, refers to an image produced on the display. A typical displayed image is a television broadcast or menu. The displayed image may occupy all or a portion of the display.
  • The term “display orientation,” as used herein, refers to the way in which a rectangular display is oriented by a user for viewing. The two most common types of display orientation are portrait and landscape. In landscape mode, the display is oriented such that the width of the display is greater than the height of the display (such as a 4:3 ratio, which is 4 units wide and 3 units tall, or a 16:9 ratio, which is 16 units wide and 9 units tall). Stated differently, the longer dimension of the display is oriented substantially horizontal in landscape mode while the shorter dimension of the display is oriented substantially vertical. In the portrait mode, by contrast, the display is oriented such that the width of the display is less than the height of the display. Stated differently, the shorter dimension of the display is oriented substantially horizontal in the portrait mode while the longer dimension of the display is oriented substantially vertical.
  • The term “module,” as used herein, refers to any known or later developed hardware, software, firmware, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, or combination of hardware and software that is capable of performing the functionality associated with that element.
  • The terms “determine,” “calculate” and “compute,” and variations thereof, as used herein, are used interchangeably and include any type of methodology, process, mathematical operation or technique.
  • The term “touch screen” or “touchscreen” refer to screen that can receive user contact or other tactile input, such as a stylus. The touch screen may sense user contact in a number of different ways, such as by a change in an electrical parameter (e.g., resistance or capacitance), acoustic wave variations, infrared radiation proximity detection, light variation detection, and the like. In a resistive touch screen, for example, normally separated conductive and resistive metallic layers in the screen pass an electrical current. When a user touches the screen, the two layers make contact in the contacted location, whereby a change in electrical field is noted and the coordinates of the contacted location calculated. In a capacitive touch screen, a capacitive layer stores electrical charge, which is discharged to the user upon contact with the touch screen, causing a decrease in the charge of the capacitive layer. The decrease is measured, and the contacted location coordinates determined. In a surface acoustic wave touch screen, an acoustic wave is transmitted through the screen, and the acoustic wave is disturbed by user contact. A receiving transducer detects the user contact instance and determines the contacted location coordinates.
  • The term “web television” is original television content produced for broadcast via the World Wide Web. Some major distributors of web television are YouTube, Myspace, Newgrounds, Blip.tv, and Crackle.
  • The term “display” refers to a portion of one or more screens used to display the output of a computer to a user. A display may be a single-screen display or a multi-screen display, referred to as a composite display. A composite display can encompass the touch sensitive display of one or more screens. A single physical screen can include multiple displays that are managed as separate logical displays. Thus, different content can be displayed on the separate displays although part of the same physical screen.
  • The terms “instant message” and “instant messaging” refer to a form of real-time text communication between two or more people, typically based on typed text.
  • The term “internet search engine” refers to a web search engine designed to search for information on the World Wide Web and FTP servers. The search results are generally presented in a list of results often referred to as SERFS, or “search engine results pages”. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Web search engines work by storing information about many web pages, which they retrieve from the html itself. These pages are retrieved by a Web crawler (sometimes also known as a spider)—an automated Web browser which follows every link on the site. The contents of each page are then analyzed to determine how it should be indexed (for example, words are extracted from the titles, headings, or special fields called meta tags). Data about web pages are stored in an index database for use in later queries. Some search engines, such as Google™, store all or part of the source page (referred to as a cache) as well as information about the web pages, whereas others, such as AltaVista™, store every word of every page they find.
  • The term “module” as used herein refers to any known or later developed hardware, software, firmware, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, or combination of hardware and software that is capable of performing the functionality associated with that element. Also, while the disclosure is presented in terms of exemplary embodiments, it should be appreciated that individual aspects of the disclosure can be separately claimed.
  • The terms “online community”, “e-community”, or “virtual community” mean a group of people that primarily interact via a computer network, rather than face to face, for social, professional, educational or other purposes. The interaction can use a variety of media formats, including wikis, blogs, chat rooms, Internet forums, instant messaging, email, and other forms of electronic media. Many media formats are used in social software separately or in combination, including text-based chatrooms and forums that use voice, video text or avatars.
  • The term “remote control” refers to a component of an electronics device, most commonly a television set, DVD player and/or home theater system for operating the device wirelessly, typically from a short line-of-sight distance. Remote control normally uses infrared and/or radio frequency (RF) signaling and can include WiFi, wireless USB, Bluetooth™ connectivity, motion sensor enabled capabilities and/or voice control. A touchscreen remote control is a handheld remote control device which uses a touchscreen user interface to replace most of the hard, built-in physical buttons used in normal remote control devices.
  • The term “satellite TV” refers to television programming delivered by the means of communications satellite and received by an outdoor antenna, usually a parabolic reflector generally referred to as a satellite dish, and as far as household usage is concerned, a satellite receiver either in the form of an external set-top box or a satellite tuner module built into a TV set.
  • The term “social network service” is a service provider that builds online communities of people, who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web-based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services.
  • The term “social network” refers to a web-based social network.
  • The term “gesture” refers to a user action that expresses an intended idea, action, meaning, result, and/or outcome. The user action can include manipulating a device (e.g., opening or closing a device, changing a device orientation, moving a trackball or wheel, etc.), movement of a body part in relation to the device, movement of an implement or tool in relation to the device, audio inputs, etc. A gesture may be made on a device (such as on the screen) or with the device to interact with the device.
  • The term “gesture capture” refers to a sense or otherwise a detection of an instance and/or type of user gesture. The gesture capture can occur in one or more areas of the screen, A gesture region can be on the display, where it may be referred to as a touch sensitive display or off the display where it may be referred to as a gesture capture area.
  • The term “electronic address” refers to any contactable address, including a telephone number, instant message handle, e-mail address, Universal Resource Locator (“URL”), Universal Resource Identifier (“URI”), Address of Record (“AOR”), electronic alias in a database, like addresses, and combinations thereof.
  • It shall be understood that the term “means,” as used herein, shall be given its broadest possible interpretation in accordance with 35 U.S.C., Section 112, Paragraph 6. Accordingly, a claim incorporating the term “means” shall cover all structures, materials, or acts set forth herein, and all of the equivalents thereof. Further, the structures, materials or acts and the equivalents thereof shall include all those described in the summary of the invention, brief description of the drawings, detailed description, abstract, and claims themselves.
  • The preceding is a simplified summary of the disclosure to provide an understanding of some aspects of the disclosure. This summary is neither an extensive nor exhaustive overview of the disclosure and its various aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations. It is intended neither to identify key or critical elements of the disclosure nor to delineate the scope of the disclosure but to present selected concepts of the disclosure in a simplified form as an introduction to the more detailed description presented below. As will be appreciated, other aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations of the disclosure are possible utilizing, alone or in combination, one or more of the features set forth above or described in detail below.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1A includes a first view of an embodiment of an environment or a intelligent television;
  • FIG. 1B includes a second view of an embodiment of an environment or a intelligent television;
  • FIG. 2A includes a first view of an embodiment of a intelligent television;
  • FIG. 2B includes a second view of an embodiment of a intelligent television;
  • FIG. 2C includes a third view of an embodiment of a intelligent television;
  • FIG. 2D includes a fourth view of an embodiment of a intelligent television;
  • FIG. 3 is a block diagram of an embodiment of the hardware of the intelligent television;
  • FIG. 4 is a block diagram of an embodiment of the intelligent television software and/or firmware;
  • FIG. 5 is a second block diagram of an embodiment of the intelligent television software and/or firmware;
  • FIG. 6 is a third block diagram of an embodiment of the intelligent television software and/or firmware;
  • FIG. 7 is a plan view of an embodiment of a handheld remote control;
  • FIG. 8 is a side view of an embodiment of a remote control;
  • FIG. 9A is a bottom view of an embodiment of a remote control with a joystick in a neutral position;
  • FIG. 9B is a bottom view of an embodiment of a remote control with the joystick in a lower position;
  • FIG. 9C is a bottom view of an embodiment of a remote control with the joystick in an upper position;
  • FIG. 10 is a plan view of another embodiment of a handheld remote control;
  • FIG. 11A is a front view of an embodiment of an Intelligent TV screen;
  • FIG. 11B is a front view of an embodiment of an Intelligent TV screen;
  • FIG. 11C is a front view of an embodiment of an Intelligent TV screen;
  • FIG. 12 is a block diagram of an embodiment of a handheld remote control of either FIG. 7 or 10;
  • FIG. 13 is a block diagram of an embodiment of a content data service;
  • FIG. 14 is a diagram of a user interface for displaying a media center.
  • FIG. 15 is a diagram of a user interface for displaying a collection of media items.
  • FIG. 16 is a diagram of a user interface for displaying favorite media items.
  • FIG. 17 is a diagram of a user interface for displaying a collection of devices in a media center.
  • FIG. 18 is a diagram of a user interface for displaying a state of devices in a media center.
  • FIG. 19 is a diagram of a user interface for identifying media sources that have media items.
  • FIG. 20 is a flow diagram of a method for searching a network to identify media sources.
  • FIG. 21 is a flow diagram of a method for identifying media sources that have a media item.
  • In the appended figures, similar components and/or features may have the same reference label. Further, various components of the same type may be distinguished by following the reference label by a letter that distinguishes among the similar components. If only the first reference label is used in the specification, the description is applicable to any one of the similar components having the same first reference label irrespective of the second reference label.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • Presented herein are embodiments of a device. The device can be a telecommunications device, such as a television, an electronic visual display device, or other smart device. The device can include one or more screens, or sections of a screen, that are configured to receive and present information from a number of sources. Further, the device can receive user input in unique ways. The overall design and functionality of the device provides for an enhanced user experience making the device more useful and more efficient.
  • Intelligent Television (TV) Environment:
  • Referring to FIGS. 1A and 1B, an Intelligent TV, or device, 100 is shown. It is anticipated that the Intelligent TV 100 may be used for entertainment, business applications, social interaction, content creation and/or consumption, and to organize and control one or more other devices that are in communication with the Intelligent TV 100. As can be appreciated, the Intelligent TV can be used to enhance the user interactive experience whether at home or at work.
  • In some embodiments, the Intelligent TV 100 may be configured to receive and understand a variety of user and/or device inputs. For example, a user may interface with the Intelligent TV 100 via one or more physical or electrical controls, such as buttons, switches, touch sensitive screens/regions (e.g., capacitive touch, resistive touch, etc.), and/or other controls associated with the Intelligent TV 100. In some cases, the Intelligent TV 100 may include the one or more interactive controls. Additionally or alternatively, the one or more controls may be associated with a remote control. The remote control may communicate with the Intelligent TV 100 via wired and/or wireless signals. As can be appreciated, the remote control may operate via radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR), and/or a specific wireless communications protocol (e.g., Bluetooth™, Wi-Fi, etc.). In some cases, the controls, whether physical or electrical, may be configured (e.g., programmed) to suit a user's preferences.
  • Additionally or alternatively, smart phones, tablets, computers, laptops, netbooks, and other smart devices may be used to control the Intelligent TV 100. For example, control of the Intelligent TV 100 may be achieved via an application running on a smart device. The application may be configured to present a user with various Intelligent TV 100 controls in an intuitive user interface (UI) on a screen associated with the device 100. The screen may be a touch sensitive, or touch screen, display. Selections input by a user via the UI may be configured to control the Intelligent TV 100 by the application accessing one or more communication features associated with the smart device.
  • It is anticipated that the Intelligent TV 100 can receive input via various input devices including, but in no way limited to, video, audio, radio, light, tactile, and combinations thereof. Among other things, these input devices may be configured to allow the Intelligent TV 100 to see, recognize, and react to user gestures. For instance, a user may talk to the Intelligent TV 100 in a conversational manner. The Intelligent TV 100 may hear and understand voice commands in a manner similar to a smart device's intelligent personal assistant and voice-controlled navigator application (e.g., Apple's Siri, Android's Skyvi, Robin, Iris, and other applications).
  • The Intelligent TV 100 may also be a communications device which can establish network connections 104 through many alternate means, including wired 108 or wireless 112 means, over cellular networks 116, and by using a telephone line 120 to connect to telephone networks operated by telephone companies. These connections 104 enable the Intelligent TV 100 to access one or more communication networks. The communication networks may comprise any type of known communication medium or collection of communication media and may use any type of protocols to transport messages or signals between endpoints. The communication networks may include wired and/or wireless communication technologies. The Internet is an example of the communication network 132 that constitutes an Internet Protocol (IP) network consisting of many computers, computing networks, and other communication devices located all over the world, which are connected through many telephone systems and other means.
  • Other examples of the communication network 132 include, without limitation, a standard Plain Old Telephone System (POTS), an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), a Local Area Network (LAN), a Wide Area Network (WAN), a cellular network, and any other type of packet-switched or circuit-switched network known in the art. In addition, it can be appreciated that the communication network 132 need not be limited to any one network type, and instead may be comprised of a number of different networks and/or network types.
  • In some embodiments, the Intelligent TV 100 may be equipped with multiple communication means. The multiple communication means may allow the Intelligent TV 100 to communicate across Local Area Networks (LANs) 124, wireless local area networks (WLANs) 128, and other networks 132. The networks may be connected in a redundant manner to ensure network access. In other words, if one connection is interrupted, the intelligent TV 100 can use an alternate communications path to reestablish and/or maintain the network connection 104. Among other things, the intelligent TV 100 may use these network connections 104 to send and receive information, interact with an electronic program guide (EPG) 136, receive software updates 140, contact customer service 144 (e.g., to receive help or service, etc.), and/or access remotely stored digital media libraries 148. In addition, these connections can allow the Intelligent TV 100 to make phone calls, send and/or receive email messages, send and/or receive text messages (such as email and instant messages), surf the Internet using an internet search engine, post blogs by a blogging service, and connect/interact with social media sites and/or online community (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, GooglePlus, MySpace, and the like) maintained by a social network service. In combination with other components of the Intelligent TV 100 described in more detail below, these network connections 104 also enable the Intelligent TV 100 to conduct video teleconferences, electronic meetings, and other communications. The Intelligent TV 100 may capture and store images and sound, using associated cameras, microphones, and other sensors. Additionally or alternatively, the Intelligent TV 100 may create and save screen shots of media, images, and data displayed on a screen associated with the Intelligent TV 100.
  • Further, as shown in FIG. 1B, the Intelligent TV 100 can interact with other electronic devices 168 by either by the wired 108 and/or wireless 112 connections. As described herein, components of the Intelligent TV 100 allow the device 100 to be connected to devices 168 including, but not limited to, DVD players 168 a, BluRay players 168 b, portable digital media devices 168 c, smart phones 168 d, tablet devices 168 e, personal computers 168 f, external cable boxes 168 g, keyboards 168 h, pointing devices 168 i, printers 168 j, game controllers and/or game pads 168 k, satellite dishes 1681, external display devices 168 m, and other universal serial bus (USB), local area network (LAN), Bluetooth™, high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) compliant devices, and/or wireless devices. When connected to an external cable box 168 g or satellite dish 1681, the Intelligent TV 100 can access additional media content. Also, as further described below, the Intelligent TV 100 is capable of receiving digital and/or analog signals broadcast by TV stations. The Intelligent TV 100 can be configured as one or more of a standard-definition television, enhanced television, and high-definition television. It may operate as one or more of cable, Internet, Internet Protocol, satellite, web, and/or smart television. The Intelligent TV 100 may also be used to control the operation of, and may interface with, other smart components such as security systems 172, door/gate controllers 176, remote video cameras 180, lighting systems 184, thermostats 188, refrigerators 192, and other appliances.
  • Intelligent TV:
  • FIGS. 2A-2D illustrate components of the Intelligent TV 100. In general, as shown by FIG. 2A, the Intelligent TV 100 can be supported by a removable base or stand 204 that is attached to a frame 208. The frame 208 surrounds edges of a display screen 212, leaving a front surface of the display screen 212 uncovered. The display screen 212 may comprise a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen, a plasma screen, Light Emitting Diode (LED) screen, or other screen types. In embodiments, the entire front surface of the screen 212 may be touch sensitive and capable of receiving input by the user touching the front surface of the screen 212.
  • The Intelligent TV 100 may include integrated speakers 216 and at least one microphone 220. A first area of the frame 208 may comprise a horizontal gesture capture region 224 and second areas comprise vertical gesture capture regions 228. The gesture capture regions 224, 228 may comprise areas or regions that are capable of receiving input by recognizing gestures made by the user, and in some examples, without the need for the user to actually touch the screen 212 surface of the Intelligent TV 100. However, the gesture capture regions 224, 228 may not include pixels that can perform a display function or capability.
  • One or more image capture devices 232, such as a camera, can be included for capturing still and/or video images. The image capture device 232 can include or be associated with additional elements, such as a flash or other light source 236 and a range finding device 240 to assist focusing of the image capture device. In addition, the microphone 220, gesture capture regions 224, 228, image capture devices 232, and the range finding device 240 may be used by the Intelligent TV 100 to recognize individual users. Additionally or alternatively, the Intelligent TV 100 may learn and remember preferences associated with the individual users. In some embodiments, the learning and remembering (i.e., identifying and recalling stored information) may be associated with the recognition of a user.
  • An IR transmitter and receiver 244 may also be provided to connect the Intelligent TV 100 with a remote control device (not shown) or other IR devices. Additionally or alternatively, the remote control device may transmit wireless signals via RF, light, and/or a means other than IR. Also shown in FIG. 2A is an audio jack 248, which may be hidden behind a panel that is hinged or removable. The audio jack 248 accommodates a tip, ring, sleeve (TRS) connector, for example, to allow the user to utilize headphones, a headset, or other external audio equipment.
  • The Intelligent TV 100 can also include a number of buttons 252. For example, FIG. 2A illustrates the buttons 252 on the top of the Intelligent TV 100, although the buttons could be placed at other locations. As shown, the Intelligent TV 100 includes six buttons 252 a-f, which can be configured for specific inputs. For example, the first button 252 a may be configured as an on/off button used to control overall system power to the Intelligent TV 100. The buttons 252 may be configured to, in combination or alone, control a number of aspects of the Intelligent TV 100. Some non-limiting examples include, but are not limited to, overall system volume, brightness, the image capture device, the microphone, and initiation/termination of a video conference. Instead of separate buttons, two of the buttons may be combined into a rocker button. This rocker button arrangement may be useful in situations where the buttons are configured to control features such as volume or brightness. In some embodiments, one or more of the buttons 252 are capable of supporting different user commands. By way of example, a normal press has a duration commonly of less than about 1 second and resembles a quick input. A medium press has a duration commonly of 1 second or more but less than about 12 seconds. A long press has a duration commonly of about 12 seconds or more. The function of the buttons is normally specific to the application that is active on the Intelligent TV 100. In the video conference application for instance and depending on the particular button, a normal, medium, or long press can mean end the video conference, increase or decrease the volume, increase a rate speed associated with a response to an input, and toggle microphone mute. Depending on the particular button, a normal, medium, or long press can also control the image capture device 232 to increase zoom, decrease zoom, take a photograph, or record video.
  • In support of communications functions or capabilities, the Intelligent TV 100 can include one or more shared or dedicated antennae 256 and wired broadband connections 260 as shown in FIG. 2B. The antennae 256 also enable the Intelligent TV 100 to receive digital and/or analog broadcast TV channels. The wired broadband connections 260 are, for example, a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), an optical line, an Ethernet port, an IEEE 1394 interface, or other interfaces. The Intelligent TV 100 also has a telephone line jack 262 to further provide communications capability.
  • In addition to the removable base 204, the Intelligent TV 100 may include hardware and mounting points 264 on a rear surface to facilitate mounting the Intelligent TV 100 to a surface, such as a wall. In one example, the Intelligent TV 100 may incorporate at least one Video Equipment Standards Association (VESA) mounting interface for attaching the device 100 to the surface.
  • As shown in FIG. 2C, the Intelligent TV 100 may include docking interfaces or ports 268. The docking ports 268 may include proprietary or universal ports to support the interconnection of the Intelligent TV 100 to other devices or components, which may or may not include additional or different capabilities from those integral to the Intelligent TV 100. In addition to supporting an exchange of communication signals between the Intelligent TV 100 and a connected device or component, the docking ports 268 can support the supply of power to the connected device or component. The docking ports 268 can also comprise an intelligent element that comprises a docking module for controlling communications or other interactions between the Intelligent TV 100 and the connected device or component.
  • The Intelligent TV 100 also includes a number of card slots 272 and network or peripheral interface ports 276. The card slots 272 may accommodate different types of cards including subscriber identity modules (SIM), secure digital (SD) cards, MiniSD cards, flash memory cards, and other cards. Ports 276 in embodiments may include input/output (I/O) ports, such as universal serial bus (USB) ports, parallel ports, game ports, and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connectors.
  • An audio/video (A/V) I/O module 280 can be included to provide audio to an interconnected speaker or other device, and to receive audio input from a connected microphone or other device. As an example, the audio input/output interface 280 may comprise an associated amplifier and analog to digital converter.
  • Hardware Features:
  • FIG. 3 illustrates components of a Intelligent TV 100 in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure. In general, the Intelligent TV 100 includes a primary screen 304. Screen 304 can be a touch sensitive screen and can include different operative areas.
  • For example, a first operative area, within the screen 304, may comprise a display 310. In some embodiments, the display 310 may be touch sensitive. In general, the display 310 may comprise a full color, display.
  • A second area within the screen 304 may comprise a gesture capture region 320. The gesture capture region 320 may comprise an area or region that is outside of the display 310 area, and that is capable of receiving input, for example in the form of gestures provided by a user. However, the gesture capture region 320 does not include pixels that can perform a display function or capability.
  • A third region of the screen 304 may comprise a configurable area 312. The configurable area 312 is capable of receiving input and has display or limited display capabilities. In embodiments, the configurable area 312 may present different input options to the user. For example, the configurable area 312 may display buttons or other relatable items. Moreover, the identity of displayed buttons, or whether any buttons are displayed at all within the configurable area 312 of a screen 304, may be determined from the context in which the Intelligent TV 100 is used and/or operated.
  • In an exemplary touch sensitive screen 304 embodiment, the touch sensitive screen 304 comprises a liquid crystal display extending across at least those regions of the touch sensitive screen 304 that are capable of providing visual output to a user, and a capacitive input matrix over those regions of the touch sensitive screen 304 that are capable of receiving input from the user.
  • One or more display controllers 316 may be provided for controlling the operation of the screen 304. The display controller 316 may control the operation of the touch sensitive screen 304, including input (touch sensing) and output (display) functions. The display controller 316 may also control the operation of the screen 304 and may interface with other inputs, such as infrared and/or radio input signals (e.g., door/gate controllers, alarm system components, etc.). In accordance with still other embodiments, the functions of a display controller 316 may be incorporated into other components, such as a processor 364.
  • The processor 364 may comprise a general purpose programmable processor or controller for executing application programming or instructions. In accordance with at least some embodiments, the processor 364 may include multiple processor cores, and/or implement multiple virtual processors. In accordance with still other embodiments, the processor 364 may include multiple physical processors. As a particular example, the processor 364 may comprise a specially configured application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or other integrated circuit, a digital signal processor, a controller, a hardwired electronic or logic circuit, a programmable logic device or gate array, a special purpose computer, or the like. The processor 364 generally functions to run programming code or instructions implementing various functions of the Intelligent TV 100.
  • In support of connectivity functions or capabilities, the Intelligent TV 100 can include a module for encoding/decoding and/or compression/decompression 366 for receiving and managing digital television information. Encoding/decoding compression/decompression module 366 enables decompression and/or decoding of analog and/or digital information dispatched by a public television chain or in a private television network and received across antenna 324, I/O module 348, wireless connectivity module 328, and/or other wireless communications module 332. The television information may be sent to screen 304 and/or attached speakers receiving analog or digital reception signals. Any encoding/decoding and compression/decompression is performable on the basis of various formats (e.g., audio, video, and data). Encrypting module 324 is in communication with encoding/decoding compression/decompression module 366 and enables the confidentiality of all the data received or transmitted by the user or supplier.
  • In support of communications functions or capabilities, the Intelligent TV 100 can include a wireless connectivity module 328. As examples, the wireless connectivity module 328 can comprise a GSM, CDMA, FDMA and/or analog cellular telephony transceiver capable of supporting voice, multimedia and/or data transfers over a cellular network. Alternatively or in addition, the Intelligent TV 100 can include an additional or other wireless communications module 332. As examples, the other wireless communications module 332 can comprise a Wi-Fi, Blutooth™, WiMax, infrared, or other wireless communications link. The wireless connectivity module 328 and the other wireless communications module 332 can each be associated with a shared or a dedicated antenna 324 and a shared or dedicated I/O module 348.
  • An input/output module 348 and associated ports may be included to support communications over wired networks or links, for example with other communication devices, server devices, and/or peripheral devices. Examples of an input/output module 348 include an Ethernet port, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, Thunderbolt™ or Light Peak interface, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1394 port, or other interface.
  • An audio input/output interface/device(s) 344 can be included to provide analog audio to an interconnected speaker or other device, and to receive analog audio input from a connected microphone or other device. As an example, the audio input/output interface/device(s) 344 may comprise an associated amplifier and analog-to-digital converter. Alternatively or in addition, the Intelligent TV 100 can include an integrated audio input/output device 356 and/or an audio jack for interconnecting an external speaker or microphone. For example, an integrated speaker and an integrated microphone can be provided, to support near talk or speaker phone operations.
  • A port interface 352 may be included. The port interface 352 may include proprietary or universal ports to support the interconnection of the device 100 to other devices or components, such as a dock, which may or may not include additional or different capabilities from those integral to the device 100. In addition to supporting an exchange of communication signals between the device 100 and another device or component, the docking port 136 and/or port interface 352 can support the supply of power to or from the device 100. The port interface 352 also comprises an intelligent element that comprises a docking module for controlling communications or other interactions between the Intelligent TV 100 and a connected device or component. The docking module may interface with software applications that allow for the remote control of other devices or components (e.g., media centers, media players, and computer systems).
  • An Intelligent TV 100 may also include memory 308 for use in connection with the execution of application programming or instructions by the processor 364, and for the temporary or long term storage of program instructions and/or data. As examples, the memory 308 may comprise RAM, DRAM, SDRAM, or other solid state memory.
  • Alternatively or in addition, data storage 312 may be provided. Like the memory 308, the data storage 312 may comprise a solid state memory device or devices. Alternatively or in addition, the data storage 312 may comprise a hard disk drive or other random access memory.
  • Hardware buttons 358 can be included for example for use in connection with certain control operations. One or more image capture interfaces/devices 340, such as a camera, can be included for capturing still and/or video images. Alternatively or in addition, an image capture interface/device 340 can include a scanner, code reader, or motion sensor. An image capture interface/device 340 can include or be associated with additional elements, such as a flash or other light source. The image capture interfaces/devices 340 may interface with a user ID module 350 that assists in identifying users of the Intelligent TV 100.
  • The Intelligent TV 100 can also include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver 336. In accordance with embodiments of the present invention, the GPS receiver 336 may further comprise a GPS module that is capable of providing absolute location information to other components of the Intelligent TV 100. As will be appreciated, other satellite-positioning system receivers can be used in lieu of or in addition to GPS.
  • Power can be supplied to the components of the Intelligent TV 100 from a power source and/or power control module 360. The power control module 360 can, for example, include a battery, an AC to DC converter, power control logic, and/or ports for interconnecting the Intelligent TV 100 to an external source of power.
  • Firmware and Software:
  • An embodiment of the software system components and modules 400 is shown in FIG. 4. The software system 400 may comprise one or more layers including, but not limited to, an operating system kernel 404, one or more libraries 408, an application framework 412, and one or more applications 416. The one or more layers 404-416 can communicate with each other to perform functions for the Intelligent TV 100.
  • An operating system (OS) kernel 404 contains the primary functions that allow the software to interact with hardware associated with the Intelligent TV 100. Kernel 404 can include a collection of software that manages the computer hardware resources and provides services for other computer programs or software code. The operating system kernel 404 is the main component of the operating system and acts as an intermediary between the applications and data processing done with the hardware components. Part of the operating system kernel 404 can include one or more device drivers 420. A device driver 420 can be any code within the operating system that helps operate or control a device or hardware attached to or associated with the Intelligent TV. The driver 420 can include code for operating video, audio, and/or other multimedia components of the Intelligent TV 100. Examples of drivers include display, camera, flash, binder (IPC), keypad, WiFi, and audio drivers.
  • Library 408 can contain code or other components that may be accessed and implemented during the operation of the software system 400. The library 408 may contain one or more of, but is not limited to, an operating system runtime library 424, a TV services hypertext application language (HAL) library 428, and/or a data service library 432. The OS runtime library 424 may contain the code required by the operating system kernel 404 or other operating system functions to be executed during the runtime of the software system 400. The library can include the code that is initiated during the running of the software system 400.
  • The TV services hypertext application language 428 can include code required by TV services either executed in the application framework 412 or an application 416. The TV services HAL library 428 is specific to the Intelligent TV 100 operations that control different functions of the Intelligent TV. The TV service HAL library 428 can also be formed from other types of application languages or embodiments of different types of code or formats for code beyond the hypertext application language.
  • The data services library 432 can include the one or more components or codes to implement components for the data services function. The data services function can be implemented in the application framework 412 and/or applications layer 416. An embodiment of a function of the data services and the type of components that may be included is shown in FIG. 6.
  • The application framework 412 can include a general abstraction for providing functionality that can be selected by one or more application 416 to provide specific application functions or software for those applications. Thus, the framework 412 can include one or more different services, or other applications, that can be accessed by the applications 416 to provide general functions across two or more applications. Such functions include, for example, management of one or more of windows or panels, surfaces, activities, content, and resources, The application framework 412 can include one or more, but is not limited to, TV services 434, TV services framework 440, TV resources 444, and user interface component 448.
  • The TV services framework 440 can provide an additional abstraction for different TV services. TV services framework 440 allows for the general access and function of services that are associated with the TV functionality. The TV services 436 are general services provided within the TV services framework 440 that can be accessed by applications in the applications layer 416. The TV resources 444 provide code for accessing TV resources including any types of storage, video, audio, or other functionality provided with the Intelligent TV 100. The TV resources 444, TV services 436, and TV services framework 440 provide for the different implementations of TV functionality that may occur with the Intelligent TV 100.
  • One or more user interface components 448 can provide general components for display of the Intelligent TV 100. The user interface components 448 might be general components that may be accessed by different applications provided in the application framework 412. The user interface components 448 may be accessed to provide for panels and silos as described in conjunction with FIG. 5.
  • The applications layer 416 can both contain and execute applications associated with the Intelligent TV 100. Applications layer 416 may include one or more of, but is not limited to, a live TV application 452, a video on demand application 456, a media center application 460, an application center application 464, and a user interface application 468. The live TV application 452 can provide live TV over different signal sources. For example, the live TV application, 452, can provide TV from input from cable television, over air broadcasts, from satellite services, or other types of live TV services. Live TV application 452 may then present the multimedia presentation or video and audio presentation of the live television signal over the display of the Intelligent TV 100.
  • The video on demand application 456 can provide for video from different storage sources. Unlike Live TV application 452, video on demand 456 provides for display of videos that are accessed from some memory source. The sources of the video on demand can be associated with users or with the Intelligent TV or some other type of service. For example, the video on demand 456 may be provided from an iTunes library stored in a cloud, from a local disc storage that contains stored video programs, or from some other source.
  • The media center application 460 can provide application for different types of media presentation. For example, the media center application 460 can provide for displaying pictures or audio that is different from, but still accessible by the user and different from live TV or video on demand. The media center application 460 allows for the access of different sources to obtain the media in the display of such media on the Intelligent TV 100.
  • The application center 464 allows for the provision, storage and use of applications. An application can be a game, a productivity application, or some other application generally associated with computer systems or other devices, but may be operated within the Intelligent TV. An application center 464 may obtain these applications from different sources, store them locally and then execute those types of applications for the user on the Intelligent TV 100.
  • User interface application 468 provides for the specific user interfaces associated with the Intelligent TV 100. These user interfaces can include the silos and panels that are described in FIG. 5. An embodiment of the user interface software 500 is shown in FIG. 5. Here the application framework 412 contains one or more code components which help control the user interface events while one or more applications in the applications layer 416 affects the user interface use for the Intelligent TV 100. The application framework 412 can include a silo transition controller 504 and/or an input event dispatcher 508. There may be more or fewer code components in the application framework 412 than those shown in FIG. 5. The silo transition controller 504 contains the code and language that manages the transitions between one or more silos. A silo can be a vertical user interface feature on the Intelligent TV that contains information for user. The transition controller 504 can manage the changes between two silos when an event occurs in the user interface. The input event dispatcher 508 can receive user interface events that may be received from the operating system and provided to the input even dispatcher 508. These events can include selections of buttons on a remote control or on the TV or other types of user interface inputs. The input even dispatcher may then send these events to a silo manager 532 or panel manager 536 depending on the type of the event. The silo transition controller 504 can interface with the silo manager 532 to affect changes in the silos.
  • The application framework 416 can include a user interface application 468 and/or a silo application 512. The application framework 416 can include more or fewer user interface applications as necessary to control the user interface of the Intelligent TV 100 than those shown in FIG. 5. The user interface application can include a silo manager 532, a panel manager 536, and one or more types of panels 516 through 528. The silo manager 532 manages the display and/or features of silos. The silo manager 532 can receive or send information from the silo transition controller 504 or the input event dispatcher 508 to change the silos displayed and/or to determine types of input received in the silos.
  • A panel manager 536 is operable to display panels in the user interface to manage transitions between those panels or to affect user interface inputs received in the panel. The panel manager 536 may thus be in communication with different user interface panels such as a global panel 516, a volume panel 520, a settings panel 524, and/or a notification panel 528. The panel manager 536 can display these types of panels depending on the inputs received from the input event dispatcher 508. The global panel 516 may include information that is associated with the home screen or top level hierarchal information for the user. A volume panel 520 may display information about an audio volume control or other settings for volume. A settings panel 524 can include information displayed about the settings of the audio or video, or other settable characteristics of the Intelligent TV 100. A notification panel 528 can provide information about notifications to a user. These notifications can be associated with information, such as, video on demand displays, favorites, currently provided programs, or other information. Notifications can be associated with the media or with some type of setting, or operation or the Intelligent TV 100. The panel manager 536 may be in communication with the panel controller 552 of the silo application 512.
  • The panel controller 552 may operate to control portions of the panels of the types described previously. Thus, the panel controller 552 may be in communication with a top panel application 540, an application panel 544, and/or bottom panel 548. These types of panels may be differently displayed in the user interface of the Intelligent TV 100. The panel control thus may be based on the configuration of the system or the type of display being used currently, put the types of panels 516-528 into a certain display orientation governed by the top panel application 540, application panel 544, or bottom panel application 548.
  • An embodiment of the data service 432 and the operation of the data management is shown in FIG. 6. The data management 600 can include one or more code components that are associated with different types of data. For example, there may be code components within the data service 432 that execute and are associated with video on demand, the electronic program guide, or media data. There may be more or fewer types of data service 432 components than those shown in FIG. 6. Each of the different types of data may include a data model 604-612. The data models govern what information is to be stored and how that information will be stored by the data service. Thus, the data model can govern regardless of where the data comes from, how the data will be received or managed within the Intelligent TV system. Thus, the data model 604, 608, and/or 612, can provide a translation ability or affect the ability to translate data from one form to another to be used by the Intelligent TV 100.
  • The different types of data services (video on demand, electronic programming guide, media) each have a data subservice 620, 624, and/or 628 that is in communication with one or more internal and/or external content providers 616. The data subservices 620, 624, and 628 that communicate with the content providers 616 to obtain data that may then be stored in databases 632, 636, and 640. The subservices 620, 624, and 628 may communicate with and initiate or enable one or more source plug-ins 644, 648, and 652 to communicate with the content provider. For each content provider 616, there may be a different source plug-in 644, 648, and 652. Thus, if there is more than one source of content for the data, each of the data subservice 620, 624, and 628 may determine and then enable or initiate a different source plug-in 644, 648, and/or 652. The content providers 616 may also provide information to a resource arbitrator 656 and/or thumbnail cash manager 660. The resource arbitrator 656 may operate to communicate with resources 664 that are external to the data service 632. Thus, the resource arbitrator 656 may communicate with cloud based storage, network based storage, or other types of external storage in the resources 664. This information may then be provided through the content provider module 616 to the data subservices 620, 624, 628. Likewise, a thumbnail cash manager may obtain thumbnail information from one of the data subservices 620, 624, 628 and store that information in the thumbnail database 666. Further the thumbnail cash manager 660 may extract or retrieve that information from the thumbnails database 666 to provide to one of the data subservices 620, 624, 628.
  • An exemplary content aggregation architecture 1300 is shown in FIG. 13. The architecture can include a user interface and content aggregation layers 1304 and 1308. The user interface layer 1304 may include a TV application 1312, media player 1316, and application(s) 1320. The TV application 1312 enables the viewer to view channels received via an appropriate transmission medium, such as cable, satellite, and/or the Internet. The media player 1316 views other types of media received via an appropriate transmission medium, such as the Internet. The application(s) 1320 include other TV-related (pre-installed) applications, such as content viewing, content searching, device viewing, and setup algorithms, and coordinates with the media player 1316 to provide information to the viewer.
  • The content source layer 1308 includes, as data services, a content source service 1328, a content aggregation service 1332 and a content presentation service 1336. The content source service 1328 can manage content source investigators, including local and/or network file system(s), digital network device manager (which discovers handheld and non-handheld devices (e.g., digital media servers, players, renderers, controllers, printers, uploaders, downloaders, network connectivity functions, and interoperability units) by known techniques, such as a multicast universal plug and play or UPnP discovery techniques, and, for each discovered device, retrieves, parses, and encodes device descriptors, notifies the content source service of the newly discovered device, and provides information, such as an index, on previously discovered devices), Internet Protocol Television or IPTV, digital television or DTV (including high definition and enhanced TV), third party services (such as those referenced above), and applications (such as Android applications).
  • Content source investigators can track content sources and are typically configured as binaries. The content source service 1328 starts content source investigators and maintains open and persistent channels for communications. The communications include query or command and response pairs. The content aggregation service 1332 can manage content metadata fetchers, such as for video, audio, and/or picture metadata. The content presentation service 1336 may provide interfaces to the content index, such as an Android application interface and digital device interfaces.
  • The content source service 1328 can send and receive communications 1344 to and from the content aggregation service 1332. The communications can include notifications regarding new and removed digital devices and/or content and search queries and results. The content aggregation service 1332 can send and receive communications 1348 to and from the content presentation service 1336 including device and/or content lookup notifications, content-of-interest advisories and notifications, and search queries and results.
  • When a search is performed, particularly when the user is searching or browsing content, a user request may be received from the user interface layer 1300, by the content presentation service 1336, which responsively opens a socket and sends the request to the content aggregation service 1332. The content aggregation service 1332 first returns results from the local database 1340. The local database 1340 includes an index or data model and indexed metadata. The content source service 1328 further issues search and browse requests for all content source investigators and other data management systems. The results are forwarded to the content aggregation service 1332, which updates the database 1340 to reflect the further search results and provides the original content aggregation database search results and the data updates, reflecting the additional content source service search results, over the previously opened socket to the content presentation service 1336. The content presentation service 1336 then provides the results to one or more components in the user interface layer 1300 for presentation to the viewer. When the search session is over (e.g., the search session is terminated by the user or an action of the user), the user interface layer 1300 disconnects the socket. As shown, media can be provided directly by the content aggregation service 1332 to the media player 1316 for presentation to the user.
  • Remote Control:
  • A handheld remote control can be provided to enable user interaction with the Intelligent TV 100. An exemplary handheld remote control is shown in FIGS. 7-9. The remote control 700 can include one or more of, but is not limited to, top, side and bottom housings 704, 708, and 712, an (on/off) power button 716, an input source button 720 (to select input source such as Live TV, video on demand, media center, application center, high definition multimedia interface or HDMI, component or COMP, audio/Video or AN, digital or analog television or DTV/ATV, and video graphics array (VGA)), a (volume) mute button 724, a Live TV button 728 (to activate or select the Live TV silo), a video on demand (VOD) button 732 (to activate or select the video on demand silo), a media center button 736 (to activate or select the media center application or silo, which access various types of media such as music, TV programming, videos, and the like), an application center button 740 (to activate or select the application center application or silo), a global panel button 744, an application panel button 748, a back button 752 (to select a prior user operation or Intelligent TV state and/or navigate up a hierarchy of any displayed image or object(s) (in which case the back button 752 does not navigate within application panels or across application silos), a play button 756 (to play or pause media), a D-pad 760 (which includes north, east, west, and south directional arrows to navigate among displayed images and/or move between levels of an application's or object's hierarchy such as application view navigation, panel navigation, and collection navigation), an OK (or select) button 764 (to select a highlighted displayed image (such as displayed speed control, rewind, forward, play, and pause objects and/or objects on menu bar or in a menu box) and/or navigate down a hierarchy of any displayed image or object(s)), a rocker-type volume-up and volume-down button 768 (to adjust the volume), a menu/guide button 772 (to select for display a menu or guide of programming), a 0-9 (number) button 776 (to display a number pad on the TV screen), a settings button 780 (which launches an application to access current and change TV settings (such as channel settings and settings used to adjust picture and sound effects (e.g., image mode (e.g., standard, playground, game, cinema, concert, and studio), brightness, contrast, saturation, color temperature, energy savings, 3D noise reduction, hue, sharpness, zoom mode (e.g., full screen, standard, smart zoom, and dot-to-dot), picture position, 3D mode, for picture, and sound retrieval system or SRS TruSurround, sound mode (e.g., standard, live 1, live 2, theatre, music, speech, user equalizer mode, Left/Right speaker balance, auto volume control, Sony/Philips Interconnect Format or S/PDIF (off, auto, pulse code modulation or PCM) for sound) and system settings (such as system (e.g., selected language for graphical user interface, user geographical and/or geopolitical location information, input method, area settings, and sleep time), network (e.g., WiFi, WiFi hotspot, WiFi direct, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet or PPPoE (asymmetric digital subscriber line or ADSL), Ethernet) settings (e.g., enabled and disabled and selected and non-selected) and information (e.g., network information (e.g., electronic address such as Internet Protocol or IP address, subnet mask, gateway, domain name server information, domain name, Media Access Control or MAC address, service set identification or SSID, security information, and password information) and inline status), manage applications (e.g., currently installed applications, currently executing applications, and internal and external computer readable medium usage), and view user information regarding the Intelligent TV 100)), a rocker-type channel-up and channel-down button 784 (to increment or decrement the selected channel), and first, second, third and fourth hotkeys 788, 792, 794, and 796, and/or a moveable joystick 900 on a bottom of the remote control 700. The first, second, third, and fourth hotkeys are generally assigned different colors, which color indexing is depicted as displayed images on a selected panel to show the currently assigned function, if any, for each hotkey. As can be seen, the actuator layout can provide a highly efficient, satisfactory, and easily usable experience to the end user.
  • Unlike the functional associations and functions of many of the actuators, those of some of the actuators are not readily apparent. A number of examples will now be discussed by way of illustration.
  • The media center button 736, when selected, can provide information regarding music, videos, photographs, collections or groupings of music, videos, and/or photographs, and internal and external computational devices (such as personal computers, laptops, tablet computers, wireless phones, removable computer readable media, and the like), which can be grouped in a selected manner (such as favorites, most recently viewed, most watched or viewed, and most recently added). The information can includes previews (which can include selected portions of the media content, duration, file size, date created, date last watched, times watched or viewed, and audio and/or video format information).
  • The application center button 740, when selected, may provide information regarding pre-installed and downloaded applications. Unlike downloaded applications, pre-installed applications cannot be removed by the user or manually updated. Exemplary pre-installed applications include web browser, settings control, and content search algorithms. By way of illustration, the application center button 740 can provide a scrollable graphical grid of icons (each icon being associated with an application) currently available in the application center.
  • The global panel button 744, when selected, can provide the user, via one or more panels or windows, with access to one or more of, but not limited to, silos, notifications, a web browser, system settings, and/or information associated therewith. For example, the global panel button 744 can enable the user to determine what external devices are currently connected to and/or disconnected from the Intelligent TV 100, determine what inputs (e.g., HDMI ports) are currently available for connecting to external devices, determine a connection and/or operational status of a selected external device and/or network (e.g., WiFi connected, Ethernet connected, and offline), assign a custom (or user selected) name to each input source, determine what content is currently being offered on Live TV, on demand, the media center, and/or the application center, access vendor messages and notifications to the user (e.g., system and/or application updates are available), activate the Internet browser, and/or access shortcuts on a displayed shortcut bar to more frequently used and desired applications. Common shortcuts are Internet browser (e.g., Internet search engine), system settings, and notifications. The common types of panels are for information (which is typically information related to a currently displayed image and/or content (e.g., title, date/time, audio/visual indicator, rating, and genre), browse requests, and/or search requests (such as search term field)). Each of the panel types may include a panel navigation bar, detailed information or relevant content to the panel function, operation and/or purpose, and a hotkey bar (defining currently enabled functional associations of hotkeys).
  • The application panel button 748, when selected, can display an application window or panel. One application panel may be an information panel regarding a selected (pre-installed or previously downloaded) application icon. The information panel can one or more of identify the selected application, provide a description of the functionality (including application developer and/or vendor, version, release, and/or last update date and a category or type of application based on the application's functionality) and user ratings and/or degree of other user downloading of the application (e.g., a star rating assigned based on one or more of the foregoing inputs), provide the option to launch, remove, update, and add to favorites the identified application, and provide a listing of selectable links of other (not yet downloaded) recommended applications that provide similar functionality to the identified application. The latter listing can, in turn, provide a description of the functionality (including application developer and/or vendor, version, release, and/or last update date and a category or type of application based on the application's functionality) and user ratings and/or degree of other user downloading of the application (e.g., a star rating assigned based on one or more of the foregoing inputs).
  • The functions of the first, second, third, and fourth hotkeys 788, 792, 794, and 796 can change depending on system state, context, and/or, within a selected screen and/or panel, based on a content or currently selected portion of (or relative cursor position on) the screen. Commonly, a currently assigned function of any of the first, second, third, and fourth hotkeys 788, 792, 794, and 796 depends on a currently accessed silo and/or panel (with which the user is currently interacting within the silo). In other words, a first function of one of the first, second, third, and fourth hotkeys 788, 792, 794, and 796 is activated by the respective hotkey in a first system state while a different second function is activated by the respective hotkey in a different second system state. In another example, a third function of one of the first, second, third, and fourth hotkeys 788, 792, 794, and 796 is activated by the respective hotkey when a user focus (or currently selected cursor position or screen portion) is at a first screen position while a different fourth function is activated by the respective hotkey when a user focus (or currently selected cursor position or screen portion) is at a different second screen position. The first screen position can, for instance, be within an icon while the second screen position is outside of the icon. Hotkey functionality that could be enabled when in the first screen position may be “configure” and “remove” and disabled is “add”, and, when in the second position hotkey functionality enabled can be “add” and disabled is “configure” and “remove”. Generally, the states of hotkeys can include normal (for enabled actions or functions), disabled (when an action or function is temporarily disabled), pressed (when selected by a user to command an action or function to be performed), and unavailable (when no association between the hotkey and an action or function is currently available). While examples of hotkey functions are discussed below, it is to be understood that these are not intended to be exhaustive or limiting examples.
  • The first hotkey 788, when selected in a first system state, can enable the user to assign, change, or edit a name of an input source. It is typically enabled only when the input source of HDMI, Comp/YPbPr (e.g., component video cables), video output, and VGA is in focus. When selected in a second system state, the first hotkey 788 can return the user to a top of a scrollable collection of objects, such as application icons.
  • The second hotkey 792 may show all or less. In other words, the hotkey 792 can allow the user to show all inputs, including the unconnected/undetected ones and to hide the unconnected/undetected inputs, e.g., to expand and collapse the silo/input list. Each input source can have one of two states, namely connected/detected and unconnected/undetected. Some input sources, including Live TV, video on demand, media center, and application center are always connected/detected.
  • The moveable joystick 1600 on the bottom of the remote control 700, when manipulated, can cause a displayed image on the Intelligent TV 100 screen to be displaced a proportional amount. In other words, the displayed image is displaced substantially simultaneously with displacement of the joystick 1600 within the joystick aperture 904 in the bottom housing 712 of the remote control. As shown in FIGS. 9B-C, the joystick 1600 moves or slides between forward and reverse positions. Releasing the joystick 1600 causes the joystick 1600 to return to the center position of FIG. 9A, and the window to move or slide upwardly (when the joystick is released from the joystick position of FIG. 9B) or downwardly (when the joystick is released from the joystick position of FIG. 9C) until it disappears from view as shown in FIG. 11A. The effect on the screen of the Intelligent TV 100 is shown in FIGS. 11A-C. In FIG. 11A, video content, such as TV programming, a video, movie, and the like, is being displayed by front surface of the screen 212. In FIG. 11B, the joystick 1600 is moved or slid to the upper position of FIG. 9B, and a drop down window or panel 1800 moves or slides down (at the substantially the same rate of joystick 1600 movement) at the top of the screen 212. In FIG. 11C, the joystick 1600 is moved or slid to the lower position of FIG. 9C, and a drop up window or panel 1800 moves or slides up (at the substantially the same rate of joystick 1600 movement) at the bottom of the screen 212. The window 1800 partially covers the video content appearing on the remainder of the screen 212 and/or causes a portion of the screen 212 displaying video content to move and/or compress up or down the height of the window 1800.
  • The window 100 can include one or more of information (which is typically information related to a currently displayed image and/or content (e.g., panel navigation bar, detailed information (e.g., title, date/time, audio/visual indicator, rating, and genre), and hotkey bar (defining current functional associations of hotkeys)), browse requests, and/or search requests. Commonly, the window 1800 includes suitable information about the content (such as name, duration, and/or remaining viewing duration of content), settings information, TV or system control information, application (activation) icons (such as for pre-installed and/or downloaded applications such as application center, media center and WEB browser), and/or information about input source(s), When the joystick 1600 is in either the forward or reverse position, the user can select an actuator on the front of the remote control, such as the OK button 764, and be taken, by displayed images on the screen 212, to another location in the user interface, such as a desktop. This can be done in an unintrusive manner and without affecting the flow of content that is pushed up or down. The joystick 1600 could be moved, additionally or differently, from side-to-side to cause the window to appear at the left or right edge of the screen 212.
  • An alternative actuator configuration is shown in FIG. 10. The actuators are substantially the same as those of FIGS. 7-9 except that the social network button 1600, when selected, can automatically select content and publish, via a social network service or other social media, the content to a social network or online community. User or viewer comments and/or other messages can be included in the outbound message. For example, all or one or frames or portions of media content (such as a video, music, a photograph, a picture, or text) can be provided automatically to a predetermined or selected group of people via Linked-In™, Myspace™, Twitter™, YouTube™, DailyMotion™, Facebook™, or Second Life™. The user, upon activating the button 1600 could, in response, select a social forum or media upon which the selected content (which is the content displayed to the user when the social network button 1600 is activated) is to be posted and/or a predetermined group within that social media to which the content is to be posted. Alternatively, these selections could be preconfigured or preselected by the user.
  • The social network button can also be used to “turn up” or “turn down” a social volume visualization. The Intelligent TV 100 can create dynamically a visualization of aggregated connections (and inbound and/or outbound messages) from a variety of social networks. The aggregation (and inbound and outbound messages) can be depicted graphically on the screen as a volume of connections to influence the viewer user. With a social volume visualization, selected contents of each linked social network profile of a social contact (and inbound and/or outbound messages from or to the linked social network contact and/or current activity of the social contact (such as watching the same programming or content the viewer is currently watching) can be presented in a separate tile (or visually displayed object). The size of the tile can be related to any number of criteria, including a relationship of the linked social contact (e.g., a relative degree of importance or type of relationship can determine the relative size of the tile, a degree of influence of the linked social contact to the current viewer, a geographic proximity of the linked social contact to the current viewer, a degree to which the currently provided media content is of interest to both the viewer and linked social contact (e.g., both parties enjoy war movies, murder mysteries, musicals, comedies, and the like), an assigned ranking of the linked viewer by the viewer, a type of social network type linking the viewer with the linked social contact, a current activity of the social network contact (e.g., currently watching the same content that the viewer is currently watching), a current online or offline status of the linked social contact, and a social network grouping type or category to which both the viewer and linked social contact belong (e.g., work contact, best friend, family member, etc.).
  • The viewer can designate a portion of the screen to depict the social network aggregation. By turning the social volume up (+) or down (−), the viewer can increase the size and/or numbers of linked contact tiles provided to the viewer. In other words, by increasing the social volume the viewer can view, access, and/or push more social content from those of his or her social networks associated with him or her in a memory of the Intelligent TV. By decreasing the social volume, the viewer can view, access, and/or push less social content from his or her associated social networks. By selecting the mute button 724, the viewer can stop or pause any interactivity with his or her associated social networks (e.g., inbound or outbound messages). Social volume and/or mute can be separated into two (or more) volume settings for outbound and inbound social network activity. By way of illustration, a first volume setting, control, and/or button can control the volume for outbound social network activity (e.g., outbound social messages) while a second (different) volume setting, control, and/or button can control the volume for inbound social network activity (e.g., inbound social messages). By way of further illustration, a first mute setting, control, and/or button can stop or pause outbound social network activity (e.g., outbound social messages) while a second (different) mute setting, control, and/or button can stop or pause inbound social network activity (e.g., inbound social messages).
  • A functional block diagram of the remote control is shown in FIG. 12. The remote control 700 includes a controller 1208 to control and supervise remote control operations, optional wireless (RF) transceiver 1224 and antenna 1244 to send and receive wireless signals to and from the Intelligent TV 100 and other external components, optional infrared emitter 1228 to emit infrared signals to the Intelligent TV 100, optional light emitting diode or LED driver 1232 to control LED operation to provide video-enabled feedback to the user, actuators 1920 (including the various buttons and other actuators discussed above in connection with FIGS. 7 and 10), and joystick 1600, all interconnected via a bus 1228. An on board power source 1900 and power management module 1204 provide power to each of these components via power circuitry 1240. The infrared emitter 1228 and receiver (not shown) on the Intelligent TV system 100 can be used to determine a displayed object illuminated by the infrared signal and therefore adjust the displayed image, for example to indicate a focus of the user (e.g., illuminate a displayed object or show cursor position relative to displayed objects on the screen) and to determine and activate a desired command of the user. This can be done by tracking a position of the remote control in relation to infrared tracking reference points (e.g., a sensor bar or infrared LED's) positioned on or adjacent to the screen of the Intelligent TV 100. Motion tracking can further be augmented using position information received from a multi-axis gyroscope and/or accelerometer on board the remote control (not shown).
  • FIG. 14 is a diagram of a media center application 460. The media center application 460 application comprises a search engine 1410 and a media module 1411. The search engine 1410 can be any hardware/software that can search devices for media, such as, files, networks, servers, social media sites, USB devices, disk drives, memories, and the like. The media that the search engine 1410 can search for can be any type of media, such as videos, photos, music, social media (i.e., a social media site), recordings, video calls, audio calls, text conversations, and the like. The media module 1411 can be any hardware/software that can process media, such as a Digital Signaling Processor (DSP), a media processor, an operating system, and/or the like.
  • The search engine 1410 searches a network (e.g., LAN 124, WLAN 128, the network 132, a combination of these, and the like) to identify media sources. A media source may be any type of device that can contain media. The search engine 1410 determines a number of media items (e.g., videos, music files, photos, text media, live media (TV/Radio), media streams, and the like) associated with the media sources (e.g. Digital Media Library 148, devices 168, and the like). The search engine 1410 can search the network(s) in any manner. For example, the search engine 1410 can limit the search only to devices 168 that are connected to the WILAN 128 or the LAN 124. Alternatively, the search engine 1410 can search multiple networks, such as WILAN 128, a cellular network, the Internet, and/or the network 132.
  • The search engine 1410 can search devices 168 based on a profile. For example, the user may define a profile listing specific devices for the search engine 1410 to search. In other embodiments, the search engine may determine the device type. Based on the device type, the search engine 1410 may search the device 168 or not. For example, the search engine 1410 may search an audio device, such as an iPod™ when the iPod™ connects to WILAN 128. Alternatively, if the search engine 1410 determines that the device is a printer, the search engine 1410 may elect to not search the printer for media items. The search engine 1410 may only search for specific types of media items based on the device type. For example, if the search engine 1410 determines that the device 168 is a cellular phone with a camera, the search engine will only search the cell phone for photographs or videos.
  • The search engine 1410 can search the network in various ways, such as actively, periodically, upon detection of a device being added to the network, upon detection of a file being copied or moved, and/or the like. For example, the search engine 1410 can detect that a USB device (a media source) has been connected to a Personal Computer (PC) that is connected to WILAN 128. Upon detecting that the USB device has been connected the to the PC, the search engine 1410 searches the USB device for media items, such as videos, music files, photos, text media, and/or the like.
  • The media sources can include a variety of devices. For example, the media sources may be a video server, an audio server, a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), a set-top box (external cable box 168 g), a social media site, a voice mail server, a source marked by the user, a content provider, a Compact Disk (CD) player, a Digital Video Device (DVD) player 168 a, a blue ray player 168 b, a cellular telephone, a smart phone 168 d, a personal digital assistant, a notebook, an audio player, a document server, a Personal Computer (PC), a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed, a social media site, a USB device, a portable digital media device 168 c, a tablet device 168 e, a email server, an Instant Messaging device, a Tweet service, and/or the like.
  • The media module 1411 identifies metadata associated with the determined number of media items. The determined metadata may include a variety of information in a variety of formats. For example the metadata may include information, such as a title, a length, a release date, an author, a composer, a list of actors, a rating, an artwork associated with an album or video, a location of the media item, a genre, a director, a poster (the person who posted information on a blog site), a source of an audio recording, a person speaking on an audio recording, a caption, a caller name, and/or the like. The metadata can be in various formats, such as Extended Markup Language (XML), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), text files, and/or the like. The metadata is stored in the memory 308.
  • The user interface 468 receives a request from a user to display one or more of the media items. The one or more media items are displayed to the user based on the stored metadata. The request to display the one or more media items can be accomplished in various ways, such as via a touch screen, via a voice command, via a gesture, via a selection with a remote control device or mouse, and/or the like. The request to display the media items can be a request to display all the media items, a subset of the media items (e.g., only videos or photos), a specific media item, a grouping of media items (e.g., a series of a show, a photo album, or a grouping of blog posts on a specific subject), a combination of these, and the like.
  • The displayed media item(s) may be displayed to the user based on the metadata in various ways. For example, a video may be displayed using artwork associated with the video, an music file may be shown based on an artwork associated with an album, a photo may be displayed with a date taken, a blog posting may be shown with an author and/or date, a video recording may be displayed with a length, a voice mail may shown with caller ID, an email may be shown with a date/sender, a music file may be shown with device where the music file is located, a video game may be show with an artwork associated with a video game, and/or the like.
  • The user can optionally select an option to have a media item translated when accessed in the future. For example, the user can select that the next time a video is accessed that the video use subtitles or is translated to text or voice of another language.
  • FIG. 15 is a diagram of a user interface 1500 for displaying a media center application 460. The user interface 1500 for displaying the media center application 460 is one illustrative example of a way to show the media center application 460. However, one of skill in the art would recognize that there can be a variety of other ways that the media center application 460 can be displayed. The user interface 1500 comprises a showcase button 1510, a my videos button 1511, a my photos button 1512, a my devices button 1513, a my games button 1514, a my social networks button 1515, and a my music button 1516. In addition, the user interface 1500 includes an all media panel 1520, a most accessed panel 1521, a my favorites panel 1522, a last accessed panel 1523, a recently added panel 1524, a most recently added media panel 1525, a 2nd most recently added media panel 1526, and a 3rd most recently added media panel 1527.
  • The showcase button 1510 allows a user to view all the user's media items. In this example, the user has selected the showcase button 1510 (indicated by the grey highlight). When the user selects the showcase button 1510, the panels 1520-1527 are shown. In this embodiment, all the panels 1520-1527 are shown. However, in other embodiments, any number of the panels 1520-1527 may be shown. The number of panels shown can be based on a user or administrator configuration. The panels 1520-1527 can show various types of lists, artwork, icons, and the like to allow the user to access the user's various media items.
  • The user, by selecting the all media panel 1520, can view all the user's media items (video, voice, music, text, multimedia, etc.) that were determined by the search engine 1410 (i.e., using a similar view as shown in FIG. 16). By selecting the most accessed panel 1521, the user can view the most recently accessed media items (i.e., using a similar view as shown in FIG. 16). By selecting the my favorites panel 1522, the user can view the user's favorite media (i.e., using a view as shown in FIG. 16). By selecting the last accessed panel 1523 the user can view the last accessed media(s). In this example, the last accessed panel 1523 may show information associated with last accessed media item(s), such as artwork associated with the media, a text of a blog posting (or the blog site), and/or the like.
  • By selecting the recently added panel 1524, the user can view the most recently added media items (i.e., using a similar view as shown in FIG. 16). The recently added media items can be based on new media that the user copied to a device, a new device being add to the network, a new posting to a blog site, receiving a new voice mail, receiving an email, taking a picture with a device connected to the network, a user making a recording on a device connected to the network, receiving an attachment in an email, a recorded voice or video call, a live voice or video call a detection of a start of a RSS feed or video feed, and/or the like.
  • The user, by selecting the most recently added media panel 1525 can view a list (or single media item) of the most recently added media items (i.e., using a similar view as shown in FIG. 16). Likewise, the user can select the second most recently added media panel 1526 and the 3rd most recently added media panel 287 to display a list (or single media item) of the second and third most recently added media items (i.e., using a similar view as shown in FIG. 16).
  • If the user selects the my videos button 1511, a similar view of user selectable panels can be displayed. For example, an all videos panel, a most viewed panel, a my favorites panel, a last viewed panel, a recently added panel, an most recently added video panel, a 2nd most recently added video and a 3rd most recently added video panel can be displayed in a similar manner as shown in FIG. 15.
  • If the user selects the my photos button 1512, a similar view of user selectable panels can be displayed. For example, an all photo albums panel, a most viewed panel, a my favorites panel, a last viewed panel, an most recently added panel, a most recently added album panel, a 2nd most recently added album and a 3rd most recently added album panel can be displayed in a similar manner as shown in FIG. 15.
  • If the user selects the my games button 1514, a similar view of user selectable panels can be displayed. For example, an all games panel, a most played panel, a my favorites panel, a last played panel, an most recently added panel, a most recently played panel, a 2nd most recently played panel and a 3rd most recently played panel can be displayed in a similar manner as shown in FIG. 15.
  • If the user selects the my social networks button 1515, a similar view of user selectable panels can be displayed. For example, an all posts panel, a most posted panel, a my favorites panel, a most recently accessed panel, an most recently added panel, a most recently posted panel, a 2nd most recently posted panel a 3rd most recently added posted panel, a last viewed panel, and a recently added panel can be displayed in a similar manner as shown in FIG. 15. For example, selecting the most recently posted panel links (via a URL) the user to a recent posting by the user. Selecting the most recently added panel can link the user to the most recently accessed social media site. Selecting the my favorites panel can bring up a list of favorite social media sites or postings that the user can use to link to the site or posting. Selecting the recently added panel can bring up a list of newly added social media sites or postings that allows the user to link to the social media site or posting. Selecting the recently viewed panel can link the user to the last viewed social media site.
  • If the user selects the my music button 1516, a similar view of user selectable panels can be displayed. For example, an all music panel, a most played panel, a my favorites panel, a last played panel, an most recently added panel, a most recently played panel, a 2nd most recently played panel and a 3rd most recently played panel can be displayed in a similar manner as shown in FIG. 15.
  • In another embodiment, other types of media can be accessed. For example, a button may be provided to access radio stations (e.g., accessed over the network 132), voice mail, email, instant messaging, instant messaging groups, tweets, and/or the like in a similar manner as shown in FIG. 15.
  • FIG. 16 is a diagram of a user interface 1600 for displaying a collection of media items. In this illustrative example, the user has selected the my favorites panel 1522 in FIG. 15 to display the user's favorite media as shown in user interface 1600. The user interface 1600 shows eight media items (1620-1627). However, the number of media items displayed can be any number, including zero media items. The media items 1620-1627 can be represented to the user in various ways. For example, the media items 1620-1627 can be based on an artwork of a video, artwork of music album, text of a posting on a blog, an icon of a voice mail system, and/or the like. The media items 1620-1627 can be ordered in various orders, such as based on alphabetical order, based on recently accessed, based on media type, and/or the like.
  • The media items 1620-1627 in this example are media items that have been tagged by the user as favorites (also indicated by the Fav. box in each of the media items 1620-1627). The user can tag the media items 1620-1627 in various ways, such as by selecting the media item 1620-1627 to bring up an info panel (not shown) that allows the user to tag the media item as a favorite media item. Alternatively, the user could add the media items 1620-1627 as favorites based on a gesture, a voice command, a selection from a menu, and/or the like.
  • In this example, media item 1621 is a video media item that was previously watched by the user. Media item 1623 is a new media item. Media item 1624 is an audio media item that has been listened to by the user (e.g., a podcast or audio book). Media item 1625 is a photograph that has been viewed. Media item 1626 is a media item that is unavailable. For example, the media item 1626 is on a music media device that is currently not connected to the network. Media item 1627 is a media item that is in progress. For example, the media item may be a live TV show, a live radio stream, or a media item that the user is currently viewing or listening to.
  • The media items can include additional information, such as a number of times watched, a number of times played, a number of times accessed, a freshness (i.e., a time since being added to the media center), and/or the like. The media items can be added on a temporary basis (e.g., a guest mode). For example, the media items 1620-1627 can be added only when the device is connected and removed when the device disconnects from the network. The guest mode can be used to connect a friend's device to the network to temporarily access the media items from the friend's device. This process may be controlled based on a user profile, based on the user indicating that the device is a temporary device, and/or defined rules.
  • If the user wants to view, play, link to the media item, the user can select an individual media item. For example, the user can select the media item 1625 to view the video media item.
  • The user interface 1600 is shown using different media types. However, if the user had selected the my videos button 1511, a user interface with different panels would be displayed as discussed above. If the user selected the my favorites panel (for videos), a similar user interface as shown in FIG. 15 would be displayed listing the user's favorite videos. Likewise, a similar user interface would be show for photos, games, social networks, and music.
  • FIG. 17 is a diagram of a user interface 1700 for displaying a collection of devices in a media center. The user interface 1700 comprises the showcase button 1510, the my videos button 1511, the my photos button 1512, the my devices button 1513, the my games button 1514, the social networks button 1515, and the my music button 1516. In addition, the user interface 1700 comprises an all devices panel 1720, a most recently connected device panel 1721, a 2nd most recently connected panel 1722, a 3rd most recently connected device panel 1723, a my favorite folders panel 1724, and a most recently browsed folder 1725.
  • When the user selects the my devices button 1513 (as indicated by the grey color), the user is presented with the panels 1720-1726. In this illustrative embodiment six panels 1720-1725 are shown. However, in other embodiments, more or less panels may be shown. The all devices panel 1720 may contain a listing of all the devices that were searched. This can include devices that are currently connected, plugged in (e.g., a thumb drive) and devices that at one point in time were connected or plugged in, but no longer are connected/plugged in. The devices can be listed in various ways, such as by a list, by icons, by groupings, and/or the like. Alternatively, the user can select the all devices panel 1720 to display a list of all the devices 168 (i.e., as shown in FIG. 18).
  • The most recently connected device panel 1721 displays the most recently connected device. The user can select the most recently connected device panel 1721 to browse media items in the device 168. Likewise, the user can select the 2nd most recently connected device panel 1722 and the 3rd most recently connected device panel 1723 to access media items on the respective devices 168.
  • The my favorite folders panel 1724 displays a list of the user's favorite folders. The user can select folders from a list, from icons, and/or the like to bring the user's favorite folders. The user, in one embodiment, can add a folder to the favorites as the user browses folders in a device (e.g., folders in a PC or game console) using an information panel (not shown).
  • The most recently browsed folder panel 1725 displays the most recently browsed folder. The user can select the most recently browsed folder panel 1725 to view the media items in the most recently browsed folder.
  • When a new device connects to the network the user can optionally approve the media source for searching and displaying. For example, if a new wireless scanner attaches to the WLAN 128, the user may be asked if this is a media source that the user wants searched.
  • FIG. 18 is a diagram of a user interface 1800 for displaying a state of devices in the media center application 460. In this embodiment, the user interface 1800 is displayed when the user selects the all devices panel 1720 in FIG. 17. However, in other embodiments, the user interface 1800 may be displayed differently. The user interface 1800 comprises a listing of connected devices 1810-1812, a list of offline devices 1813-1814, and a device content panel 1820.
  • The connected device 1810 is a new device that was just recently connected to the network and scanned. In this example, the new device is an iPod™ owned by Doug. The connected device 1811 is also new and is in the process of being scanned for media items and metadata. The connected device 1811 is Tracy's PC. The connected device 1812 is a server at a social networking site (Facebook® in this example). The offline device 1813 is Jim's game console. The offline device 114 is Doug's camera.
  • The user can select the connected devices to access the media items in the connected devices. In this example, the connected device 1812 has been selected (indicated by the grey color). When the user selects the connected device 1812 in this example, the device content panel displays posts of the user on Facebook®. The user can then browse the postings by selecting individual postings displayed in the device content panel 1820. In another embodiment, selecting the device content panel may display a separate user interface that allows the user to browse various media content in the device.
  • The user may select one of the offline devices 1813-1814. The metadata from the search is used to display the media items in the selected offline device. If the user sees a media item that the user wants to access, the user can connect the offline device to access the media item. For example, assume that the offline device is a blue ray player 168 b that the user plays various movies on. The user, by selecting the offline blue ray player 168 b can see the list of movies that the user has played in the blue ray player 168 b. The user can power up the blue ray player 168 b and insert one of the played movies (or a new movie). The offline blue ray player 168 b will now show up in the list of connected devices. The user can select the now connected blue ray player 168 and select the device content panel 1820. When the user selects the device content panel 1820, the user can be presented with a list of all the movies that the user played in the blue ray player 168 b. Only the inserted movie will show up as available, while the other movies will show up as unavailable. The available move can be displayed at the top of the list. The user can then select the inserted movie from the list to play the movie.
  • FIG. 19 is a diagram of a user interface 1900 for identifying media sources that have media items. The user interface 1900 comprises a search button 1910, a search field 1911, and a list of media items 1920. The list of media items 1920 is a list where the user may access the searched media item entered in the search field. If the user wants to find a specific media item, the user can enter the name of the search item (e.g. the term “Star Wars” in this example) in the search field 1911. The user can then select the search button 1910 to do a search for the user of possible locations of the media item entered in the search field 1911. In this example, the search engine 1410 has identified five options in the list of media items 1920 where the user can access the searched for media item. In this example, the search engine 1410 has identified that the user has a copy of Star Wars Episode 1 on device 3. The search engine 1410 has identified that the user can purchase a blue ray of Star Wars Episode 4 from Company XYZ at CompanyXYZ.com. The search engine 1410 has identified that the user can rent a DVD of Star Wars Episode 2 from Company HIJ at CompanyHIJ.com for one dollar. The search engine 1410 has identified that the user may purchase a ticket to Star Wars Episode 7 from the company MovieABC.com for $10.00 at 7:00 P.M. today. The search engine 1410 has identified that the user can preview Star Wars Episode 6 at EFG.com.
  • If the user selects the play offer, the system will play Star Wars Episode 1 from device 3. If the user selects the purchase offer, the will be directed to the web site of Company XYZ to purchase Star Wars Episode 4. If the user selects the Rent offer, the user will be directed to the web site of Company HIJ to rent the video. If the user selects the purchase ticket offer, the user will be directed to the Movie ABC.com web site in order to purchase a ticket to Star Wars Episode 7. Likewise, if the user selects the preview offer, the user will be directed to the EFG.com website to preview Star Wars Episode 6.
  • Based on a type of the media item, the user may be offered various options. For example the offer may be an offer to play the individual media item, an offer to view the individual media item, a pay per view offer to view the individual media item, an offer to rent the individual media item, an offer to purchase a ticket to a movie theater showing the individual media item, an offer to purchase the individual media item, a trial access offer to the individual media item, and an offer to access the individual media item on a social media site.
  • The user may optionally select which sites/devices (media sources) the search engine 1410 will search when doing a search for a media item. For example, the user may define the sites to purchase, rent and get movie tickets based on a preference. The list may be organized based on a user preference in a user profile.
  • FIG. 20 is a flow diagram of a method for searching a network to identify media sources. Illustratively, the elements described herein are stored-program-controlled entities, such as a computer or processor, which performs the method of FIGS. 20-21 and the processes described herein by executing program instructions stored in a tangible computer readable storage medium, such as a memory or disk. Although the methods described in FIGS. 20-21 are shown in a specific order, one of skill in the art would recognize that the steps in FIGS. 20-21 may be implemented in different orders and/or be implemented in a multi-threaded environment. Moreover, various steps may be omitted or added based on implementation.
  • The process starts in step 2000. The process searches 2002 a network to identify media sources. The process determines 2004 a number of media items associated with the media sources. The process identifies 2006 metadata associated with the determined number of media items. The process stores 2008 the metadata in the memory. The process determines in step 2010 if the user wants to display the media items. If the user does not want to display the media items in step 2010, the process determines in step 2012 if a new search is needed. If a new search is not needed in step 2012, the process goes to step 2010. Otherwise, if a new search is needed in step 2012, the process goes to step 2002.
  • If the user wants to display media items in step 2010, the process displays 2014 the media items based on the stored metadata. The process determines if the process is complete in step 2016. If the process is complete in step 2016, the process ends in step 2018.
  • FIG. 21 is a flow diagram of a method for identifying media sources that have a media item. The process starts in step 2100. The process determines if a search request has been made in step 2102. If a search request has not been made in step 2102 the process repeats step 2102. If a search request has been made in step 2102, the process identifies 2104 media sources that have the media item. The process presents 2106 a list of offers from the media sources that are for the same media item or for related media items. The process determines in step 2108 if the user has selected one of the offers. If the user has not selected one of the offers in step 2108, the process repeats step 2108. If the user has selected one of the offers in step 2108, the process provides 2110 access to the selected item. The process determines in step 2112 if the process is complete. If the process is not complete in step 2112, the process goes to step 2102. Otherwise, if the process is complete in step 2112, the process ends 2114.
  • The exemplary systems and methods of this disclosure have been described in relation to a Smart TV. However, to avoid unnecessarily obscuring the present disclosure, the preceding description omits a number of known structures and devices. This omission is not to be construed as a limitation of the scopes of the claims. Specific details are set forth to provide an understanding of the present disclosure. It should however be appreciated that the present disclosure may be practiced in a variety of ways beyond the specific detail set forth herein.
  • Furthermore, while the exemplary aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations illustrated herein show the various components of the system collocated, certain components of the system can be located remotely, at distant portions of a distributed network, such as a LAN and/or the Internet, or within a dedicated system. Thus, it should be appreciated, that the components of the system can be combined in to one or more devices, such as Personal Computer, or collocated on a particular node of a distributed network, such as an analog and/or digital telecommunications network, a packet-switch network, or a circuit-switched network. It will be appreciated from the preceding description, and for reasons of computational efficiency, that the components of the system can be arranged at any location within a distributed network of components without affecting the operation of the system. For example, the various components can be located in a switch such as a PBX and media server, gateway, in one or more communications devices, at one or more users' premises, or some combination thereof. Similarly, one or more functional portions of the system could be distributed between a telecommunications device(s) and an associated computing device.
  • Furthermore, it should be appreciated that the various links connecting the elements can be wired or wireless links, or any combination thereof, or any other known or later developed element(s) that is capable of supplying and/or communicating data to and from the connected elements. These wired or wireless links can also be secure links and may be capable of communicating encrypted information. Transmission media used as links, for example, can be any suitable carrier for electrical signals, including coaxial cables, copper wire and fiber optics, and may take the form of acoustic or light waves, such as those generated during radio-wave and infra-red data communications.
  • Also, while the flowcharts have been discussed and illustrated in relation to a particular sequence of events, it should be appreciated that changes, additions, and omissions to this sequence can occur without materially affecting the operation of the disclosed embodiments, configuration, and aspects.
  • A number of variations and modifications of the disclosure can be used. It would be possible to provide for some features of the disclosure without providing others.
  • In yet another embodiment, the systems and methods of this disclosure can be implemented in conjunction with a special purpose computer, a programmed microprocessor or microcontroller and peripheral integrated circuit element(s), an ASIC or other integrated circuit, a digital signal processor, a hard-wired electronic or logic circuit such as discrete element circuit, a programmable logic device or gate array such as PLD, PLA, FPGA, PAL, special purpose computer, any comparable means, or the like. In general, any device(s) or means capable of implementing the methodology illustrated herein can be used to implement the various aspects of this disclosure. Exemplary hardware that can be used for the disclosed embodiments, configurations and aspects includes computers, handheld devices, telephones (e.g., cellular, Internet enabled, digital, analog, hybrids, and others), and other hardware known in the art. Some of these devices include processors (e.g., a single or multiple microprocessors), memory, nonvolatile storage, input devices, and output devices. Furthermore, alternative software implementations including, but not limited to, distributed processing or component/object distributed processing, parallel processing, or virtual machine processing can also be constructed to implement the methods described herein.
  • In yet another embodiment, the disclosed methods may be readily implemented in conjunction with software using object or object-oriented software development environments that provide portable source code that can be used on a variety of computer or workstation platforms. Alternatively, the disclosed system may be implemented partially or fully in hardware using standard logic circuits or VLSI design. Whether software or hardware is used to implement the systems in accordance with this disclosure is dependent on the speed and/or efficiency requirements of the system, the particular function, and the particular software or hardware systems or microprocessor or microcomputer systems being utilized.
  • In yet another embodiment, the disclosed methods may be partially implemented in software that can be stored on a storage medium, executed on programmed general-purpose computer with the cooperation of a controller and memory, a special purpose computer, a microprocessor, or the like. In these instances, the systems and methods of this disclosure can be implemented as program embedded on personal computer such as an applet, JAVA® or CGI script, as a resource residing on a server or computer workstation, as a routine embedded in a dedicated measurement system, system component, or the like. The system can also be implemented by physically incorporating the system and/or method into a software and/or hardware system.
  • Although the present disclosure describes components and functions implemented in the aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations with reference to particular standards and protocols, the aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations are not limited to such standards and protocols. Other similar standards and protocols not mentioned herein are in existence and are considered to be included in the present disclosure. Moreover, the standards and protocols mentioned herein and other similar standards and protocols not mentioned herein are periodically superseded by faster or more effective equivalents having essentially the same functions. Such replacement standards and protocols having the same functions are considered equivalents included in the present disclosure.
  • The present disclosure, in various aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations, includes components, methods, processes, systems and/or apparatus substantially as depicted and described herein, including various aspects, embodiments, configurations embodiments, subcombinations, and/or subsets thereof. Those of skill in the art will understand how to make and use the disclosed aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations after understanding the present disclosure. The present disclosure, in various aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations, includes providing devices and processes in the absence of items not depicted and/or described herein or in various aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations hereof, including in the absence of such items as may have been used in previous devices or processes, e.g., for improving performance, achieving ease and\or reducing cost of implementation.
  • The foregoing discussion has been presented for purposes of illustration and description. The foregoing is not intended to limit the disclosure to the form or forms disclosed herein. In the foregoing Detailed Description for example, various features of the disclosure are grouped together in one or more aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations for the purpose of streamlining the disclosure. The features of the aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations of the disclosure may be combined in alternate aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations other than those discussed above. This method of disclosure is not to be interpreted as reflecting an intention that the claims require more features than are expressly recited in each claim. Rather, as the following claims reflect, inventive aspects lie in less than all features of a single foregoing disclosed aspect, embodiment, and/or configuration. Thus, the following claims are hereby incorporated into this Detailed Description, with each claim standing on its own as a separate preferred embodiment of the disclosure.
  • Moreover, though the description has included description of one or more aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations and certain variations and modifications, other variations, combinations, and modifications are within the scope of the disclosure, e.g., as may be within the skill and knowledge of those in the art, after understanding the present disclosure. It is intended to obtain rights which include alternative aspects, embodiments, and/or configurations to the extent permitted, including alternate, interchangeable and/or equivalent structures, functions, ranges or steps to those claimed, whether or not such alternate, interchangeable and/or equivalent structures, functions, ranges or steps are disclosed herein, and without intending to publicly dedicate any patentable subject matter.

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What is claimed is:
1. A method for accessing media comprising:
searching a network to identify a plurality of media sources;
determining a number of media items associated with the media sources;
identifying metadata associated with the determined number of media items;
storing the metadata in a memory;
receiving a request from a user to display one or more of the media items; and
displaying the one or more media items based on the stored metadata.
2. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
receiving a search request from the user for an individual media item;
in response to receiving the search request, identifying multiple media sources in the plurality of media sources that have the individual media item;
presenting a list of offers from the multiple media sources to the user for the individual item;
receiving a selection by the user of an individual offer from the list of offers; and
in response to receiving the selection by the user, providing access to the individual item.
3. The method of claim 2, wherein the list of offers comprise is at least one of:
an offer to play the individual media item, an offer to view the individual media item, a pay per view offer to view the individual media item, an offer to rent the individual media item, an offer to purchase a ticket to a movie theater showing the individual media item, an offer to purchase the individual media item, a trial access offer to the individual media item, and an offer to access the individual media item on a social media site.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein at least one of the displayed one or more media items is a link to a social media site and wherein the link to the social media site comprises at least one of:
a link to a most recent posting by the user;
a link to a most recently accessed social media site;
a link to a favorite social media site;
a link to a recently added social media site;
a link to a last view social media site.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein the plurality of media sources comprises at least two of a video server, an audio server, a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), a set-top box, a social media site, a voice mail server, a source marked by the user, a content provider, a Compact Disk (CD) player, a Digital Video Device (DVD) player, a cellular telephone, a personal digital assistant, a notebook, an audio player, a document server, a Personal Computer (PC), a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed, a social media site, a USB device, and a tablet device.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein at least one of the media sources is a device that is temporarily connected to the network.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein the displayed one or more media items are organized based at least one of: a media type, a most viewed, a favorites list, a last viewed, a most recently added, a most recently visited, a most recently played, and a most recently purchased.
8. The method of claim 1, wherein the user can temporarily add a media source to the plurality of media sources.
9. The method of claim 1, wherein the user approves the identified plurality of media sources.
10. The method of claim 1, wherein the user can identify a media item to be translated when accessed in the future.
11. A system for accessing media comprising:
a search engine configured to search a network to identify a plurality of media sources, and determine a number of media items associated with the media sources;
a media module configured to identify metadata associated with the determined number of media items;
a memory configured to store the metadata;
a user interface configured to receive a request from a user to display one or more of the media items; and
a display configured display the one or more media items based on the stored metadata.
12. The system of claim 11, wherein:
the search engine is further configured to receive a search request from the user for an individual media item and identify multiple media sources in the plurality of media sources that have the individual media item in response to receiving the search request;
the media module is further configured to present a list of offers from the multiple media sources to the user for the individual item and provide access to an individual item in response to receiving a selection by the user; and
the user interface is further configured to receive the selection by the user of the individual offer from the list of offers.
13. The system of claim 12, wherein the list of offers comprise is at least one of: an offer to play the individual media item, an offer to view the individual media item, a pay per view offer to view the individual media item, an offer to rent the individual media item, an offer to purchase a ticket to a movie theater showing the individual media item, an offer to purchase the individual media item, a trial access offer to the individual media item, and an offer to access the individual media item on a social media site.
14. The system of claim 11, wherein at least one of the displayed one or more media items is a link to a social media site and wherein the link to the social media site comprises at least one of:
a link to a most recent posting by the user;
a link to a most recently accessed social media site;
a link to a favorite social media site;
a link to a recently added social media site;
a link to a last view social media site.
15. The system of claim 11, wherein the plurality of media sources comprises at least two of a video server, an audio server, a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), a set-top box, a social media site, a voice mail server, a source marked by the user, a content provider, a Compact Disk (CD) player, a Digital Video Device (DVD) player, a cellular telephone, a personal digital assistant, a notebook, an audio player, a document server, a Personal Computer (PC), a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed, a social media site, a USB device, and a tablet device.
16. The system of claim 11, wherein at least one of the media sources is a device that is temporarily connected to the network.
17. The system of claim 11, wherein the displayed one or more media items are organized based at least one of: a media type, a most viewed, a favorites list, a last viewed, a most recently added, a most recently visited, a most recently played, and a most recently purchased.
18. The system of claim 11, wherein the user can temporarily add a media source to the plurality of media sources.
19. The system of claim 11, wherein the user approves the identified plurality of media sources.
20. A non-transient computer readable medium having stored thereon instructions that cause a processor to execute a method, the method comprising:
instructions to search a network to identify a plurality media sources;
instructions to determine a number of media items associated with the media sources;
instructions to identify metadata associated with the determined number of media items;
instructions to store the metadata in a memory;
instructions to receive a request from a user to display the one or more media items; and
instructions to display the media items based on the stored metadata.
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