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Method for one-click access to programming with a media center set-top box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021507D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for one-click access to programming with a media center set-top box. Benefits include improved functionality and improved user satisfaction.

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Method for one-click access to programming with a media center set-top box

Disclosed is a method for one-click access to programming with a media center set-top box. Benefits include improved functionality and improved user satisfaction.

Description

         The disclosed method is the availability of one preprogrammed or auto-tuned program without requiring the viewer to have channel or time information. The method includes easy access to programming, not the prediction of which program is most likely to interest the viewer. Two procedures provide easy access:

•         When the TV is powered on, the program/channel last viewed is tuned by the media center (the conventional method). For example, suppose you normally watch channel 5 every evening at 6pm. Later on in the evening, you can change the channel to 6, and turn off the TV. The next day, you turn on the TV around 6pm. The media center automatically tunes you in to the channel 5, instead of the last channel that was viewed (channel 6).

•         If the TV is already powered on and the current time is the same as a frequently watched program, a user interface (UI) is overlaid on top of the video, such as in the bottom left corner of the screen, which provides one-click access with the remote control.

         The determination of the program to be offered with one-click access could be based on any algorithm. It may be something as simple as a running history of channels/programs at any given time, or it may be based on a complex algorithm.

         For example, a user may have watched the same show/channel at a given time 8 out of the last 10 weeks. If the TV is turned on at a time just before or after the program starts, the viewer’s experience is enhanced if the program is automatically made available.

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