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Method and Systems for On Demand Television Channel Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030305D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention seeks to solve the problem of selecting a television (TV) program for viewing from hundreds of TV channels offered on multiple broadcasting networks independent of the physical location of the viewer and the viewing device (for example a TV). The solution involves assessing location specific broadcast content listing information then imposing a channel preference profile against it, such that a default or user specified program can be identified for viewing.

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Method and Systems for On Demand Television Channel Management

This invention seeks to solve the problem of selecting a television (TV) program for viewing from hundreds of TV channels offered on multiple broadcasting networks independent of the physical location of the viewer and the viewing device (for example a TV). The solution involves assessing location specific broadcast content listing information then imposing a channel

preference profile against it, such that a default or user specified program can be identified for viewing.

Advantages:

1. Allows a user to find a preferred TV program quickly from remote physical locations, such as the Gym and the Doctor's Office, without having to search through the channel listing for a particular broadcast service.
2. Is accessible from a browser such that any Internet enabled device (PDA, cell phone, laptop, or TV) can be used from any location to obtain
suggested viewing selections.

A web application is developed that has the following characteristics: a browser interface through which the user can access the application from an Internet enabled device, the ability to authenticate users (for example against an LDAP), the ability to store and retrieve user content preference profiles and past user viewing history from a database, and the ability to interface with services delivering broadcast content information.

Example of how the invention works:

1. A user accesses the web application by entering a specific URL in a browser. For first time users, an account must first be established.

    This includes the selection of a user name and password, and the creation of a content preference profile. The information entered is stored in the database. For returning users, profile and user behavior are retrieved from the database on login.

Through a browser interface, a user creates a content preference profile that includes information related to his/her preferred viewing genres

(News, Sports, Game Shows, PBS, Music Channels), viewing times (Mornin...