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1. WO2012069775 - MULTIZONE AUDIO-VISUAL SYSTEM

Publication Number WO/2012/069775
Publication Date 31.05.2012
International Application No. PCT/GB2011/001576
International Filing Date 09.11.2011
IPC
H04N 21/436 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB ; Operations thereof
43Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network or synchronizing decoder's clock; Client middleware
436Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
H04N 21/4227 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB ; Operations thereof
41Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
422Input-only peripherals, e.g. global positioning system
4227Remote input by a user located remotely from the client device, e.g. at work
H04N 21/258 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication or learning user preferences for recommending movies
258Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
H04L 29/06 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
29Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04L1/-H04L27/136
02Communication control; Communication processing
06characterised by a protocol
H04L 12/28 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
28characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN or WAN
CPC
H04L 12/2823
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
28characterised by path configuration, e.g. local area networks [LAN], wide area networks [WAN]
2803Home automation networks
2823Reporting information sensed by appliance or service execution status of appliance services in a home automation network
H04L 2012/2849
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
28characterised by path configuration, e.g. local area networks [LAN], wide area networks [WAN]
2803Home automation networks
2847characterised by the type of home appliance used
2849Audio/video appliances
H04N 21/25808
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication, learning user preferences for recommending movies
258Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics, processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
25808Management of client data
H04N 21/4227
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
41Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
422Input-only peripherals ; , i.e. input devices connected to specially adapted client devices; , e.g. global positioning system [GPS]
4227Providing; Remote input by a user located remotely from the client device, e.g. at work
H04N 21/43615
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
43Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network, synchronizing decoder's clock; Client middleware
436Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home ; ; Interfacing an external card to be used in combination with the client device
43615Interfacing a Home Network, e.g. for connecting the client to a plurality of peripherals
H04N 21/4516
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies, resolving scheduling conflicts
4508Management of client or end-user data
4516involving client characteristics, e.g. Set-Top-Box type, software version, amount of memory available
Applicants
  • HAMILTON, Keith, Alistair [GB]/[GB]
Inventors
  • HAMILTON, Keith, Alistair
Agents
  • SOMERS, Harold, Arnold
Priority Data
1019871.124.11.2010GB
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) MULTIZONE AUDIO-VISUAL SYSTEM
(FR) SYSTÈME AUDIOVISUEL MULTIZONE
Abstract
(EN)
A multi-zone audio-visual (AV) system comprises: (a) one or more AV devices (such as a TV) operable to provide audio and/or visual information; (b) a set-top box (STB) associated with the or each AV device; (c) a router; (d) an Ethernet connection between the or each STB and the router (e) a control server which operates to receive and record data from the router, the data including data indicative of the operating status (e.g., on or off) of the or each AV device, the operating configuration (e.g., TV channel) and the time of each change of status and/or configuration of the or each AV. The system comprises at least two remote AV control devices (Human Interface Devices, "HID") for each AV device. The HIDs associated with each AV device operate to be automatically synchronised to the same status aad configuration. The system may comprise a web server and a content server. The web server operates to store information about the usage of the or each AV device and to generate control signals which are polled by one or more STBs and/or HIDs and/or instreamers to change the operation of one or more source devices (e.g., DVD, camera, domestic equipment, etc). The content server operates to receive status and configuration data from the control server and responds thereto by generating information data (e.g., advertisements) at selected operating conditions of the AV deviceis), which information data is transmitted to the HID(s) and/or STB(s) for inclusion in the AV output of the HID(s) and/or STB(s) of the respective AV device(s).
(FR)
L'invention concerne un système audiovisuel multizone (AV) comprenant : (a) un ou plusieurs dispositifs AV (tels qu'un téléviseur) opérationnel pour obtenir des informations audio et/ou visuelles ; (b) un boîtier décodeur (STB) associé au dispositif AV ou à chaque dispositif AV ; (c) un routeur ; (d) une connexion Ethernet entre le STB ou chaque STB et le routeur ; (e) un serveur de commande qui fonctionne pour recevoir et enregistrer les données provenant du routeur, les données comprenant des données indicatives de l'état de fonctionnement (par exemple, marche ou arrêt) du dispositif AV ou de chaque dispositif AV, la configuration de fonctionnement (par exemple, la chaîne de télévision) et l'heure de chaque changement d'état et/ou de configuration du dispositif AV ou de chaque dispositif AV. Le système comprend au moins deux dispositifs de commande AV à distance (dispositifs d'interface humaine, « HID ») pour chaque dispositif AV. Les HID associés à chaque dispositif AV fonctionnent pour être synchronisés automatiquement sur le même état et la même configuration. Le système peut comprendre un serveur Web et un serveur de contenus. Le serveur Web fonctionne pour stocker des informations sur l'utilisation du dispositif AV ou de chaque dispositif AV et générer des signaux de commande qui sont interrogés par un ou plusieurs STB et/ou HID et/ou des dévideurs internes pour changer le fonctionnement d'un ou plusieurs dispositifs sources (par exemple, DVD, appareil photo, équipement domestique, etc.). Le serveur de contenus fonctionne pour recevoir des données d'état et de configuration provenant du serveur de commande et répond à celui-ci par la génération de données d'informations (par exemple, des publicités) à des conditions de fonctionnement sélectionnées du ou des dispositifs AV, lesquelles données d'informations sont transmises au(x) HID et/ou au(x) STB pour l'incorporation dans la sortie AV du ou des HID et/ou du ou des STB du ou des dispositifs AV respectifs.
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