Method for collecting, presenting and charging for contextual information in media
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-11
Disclosed is a method for intelligently collecting and presenting the user with media information. The system identifies that the user is about to select a program for viewing and provides an option for viewing the context of the program prior to having the program start.
- The system gathers contextual information from content annotation submitters.
1. In one embodiment, the user is viewing a program and agrees to submit contextual information.
a) (Critical scene/summary information) First, consider the content that is shown at the beginning of a show to remind one in the previous show. That is valuable contextual information, but more importantly, it can be put in context. The viewers of the program can easy select a button that indicates the last scene, last 10 seconds or specific target is an important segment of the story.
b) (Character development) Second, the user can add more value and context to their submission above and beyond the simple indication of important story lines, by further qualifying the segment. In the typical example, the system provides the user with a list of contextual qualifiers for selection. For example, the main objects/characters 1-9 are displayed during a scene and the user selects option 1 and 3, indicating that the scene is important relative to characters 1 and 3. For example, "Luke, I am your father" is important segment of the story, but also to Luke and Vader specifically.
c) (Mini browser) Finally, somewhat related to having the scene content tied to the characters, we envision a mini browser display that allows the submitter to jump to other episodes or scenes of the program and associate the target scene with other scenes indicated by the browser. This is accomplished through direct scene selection, or previously submitted bookmarks or entries. It should be clear that the business model for On Demand programs ($1.99 for this episode) can be pretty significantly improved by this sort of annotation.
2. In an additional embodiment, the system includes a mechanism that allows content providers to pay submitters by either giving them programs for free (directly from the digital video recorder (DVR) company, as you annotate an episode, the next episode becomes available), or by micro-transactions for annotations.
a) The result of submitting annotations to the DVR content provider pushes the annotations to the server side. Thro...