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A METHD AND APPARATUS FOR VIEWING A NUMBER OF CHANNELS ON TV AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT MISSING THE HIGHLIGHTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016213D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Problem

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  A METHD AND APPARATUS FOR VIEWING A NUMBER OF CHANNELS ON TV AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT MISSING THE HIGHLIGHTS

Problem

    When watching television, viewers often like to watch more than one channel at the same time. For example, viewers may switch between channels in order not to miss the highlights of sports events, or in order to see the political summary on two news broadcasts. Currently, the available solutions include switching from one station to another (a practice known as zapping), using a split-screen television, or watching more than one TV set. If the viewer wants to monitor a multitude of stations, the only viable solution is zapping.

Solution

Our solution is for the broadcasters to add meta-information to the normal broadcast signal. This meta-information would contain information about program priority (how important they think a part of the program is) and content. The content information will change according to the type of program. For example, news broadcasts, general program categories (politics, sports, economics, fashion, foreign affairs, etc.), specific program information (NASDAQ, Israel, football), etc.

    For the broadcast of a soccer match, for example, specific program information could include the replay of a goal, a penalty kick about to be performed, and the award of a red card.

    For American football, specific program information could include "first and goal" and the replay of a touchdown.

    For regular programs, such information might include violence, sex, and the name of the actor on screen.

    The user will be able to program the TV to see the parts of the programs which he is interested in. This may be performed in one of two options:

    One option is designed to be as easy for the viewer as possible. For example, a sport program could have a highlight version, and the vi...