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Method and System for Mobile Viewing Preference Transport

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019047D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed here is a method for transporting television viewer preference information while traveling, including channel selection vehicles.

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Method and System for Mobile Viewing Preference Transport

       Confusion and unfamiliarity arises for traveling persons when they wish to watch television while in distant cities, due to the many different television and cable networks scattered across geographic areas. In virtually all cases, the configuration of networks upon the dial is very different than those in the home viewing area of the traveler. This means that each time a person arrives in a new location, they must go through the cumbersome process of reading a comprehensive listing of available networks and channels, or actually scanning through the channels on the set to see what the network/cable to channel correlation is. This is inefficient, and often causes the annoyance of the viewer missing the beginning of a desired program as they search the viewing guide to locate the correct channel. As an example, in a traveller's home viewing area, a given broadcast might be on local channel 4 and cable channel 68, where the same network in another location may be on local channel 18 and cable channel 71. The need then arises for an automated method for the traveling viewer to correlate preferred home viewing channel configuration and preferences to the specifics of the remote environment. In this embodiment, availability of an IP Network would be required for internet access. A nationwide (region-wide, or world-wide) database of all relevant stations, cable providers, and each of their channel configurations could then be the source for the data required by this invention. The database would be relational in nature thus allowing indexing and correlation of records within the database.

     The user could access this internet database via a standard web browser pointed at the correct address. A web-based interface could be presented to the user by allowing them to enter origin and destination cities, as well as any specifics of their service providers. This functionality would also be of interest as a service by several industries. As an example, web sites or other travel brokers which already provide travel-related services would be interested in providing this additional service for their clients. Additionally, hotel chains, (resorts, conference centers, etcetera), could also adopt this invention and provide an additional level of service to their patrons. In an ideal implementation, such a mechanism as outlined below could be entered once in a hotel preference profile, and the resultant correlation could be waiting at the front desk for a hotel guest upon check-in at the given hotel in any city.

     Logic behind these web screen selections would build a relational database query specific to the selections made. Relational databases are data storage applications which store data in tables comprised of rows and columns. These tables are indexed such that any row/column in one table can be compared- to/merged with/associated with any row/column from the same table, or a different table...