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1. (WO2014200548) DIRECTING A PLAYBACK DEVICE TO PLAY A MEDIA ITEM SELECTED BY A CONTROLLER FROM A MEDIA SERVER

Pub. No.:    WO/2014/200548    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/061058
Publication Date: Fri Dec 19 00:59:59 CET 2014 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 21 01:59:59 CEST 2013
IPC: H04N 21/41
H04N 21/422
H04N 21/436
H04N 21/482
Applicants: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
Inventors: KLEMETS, Anders Edgar
WILSSENS, Steven
FROST, Gabriel
RAHMAN, Shafiq
ANDREWS, Matthew
Title: DIRECTING A PLAYBACK DEVICE TO PLAY A MEDIA ITEM SELECTED BY A CONTROLLER FROM A MEDIA SERVER
Abstract:
A remote media server provides a resource identifier to a digital media controller. A digital media controller passes this resource identifier to a digital media renderer. The digital media renderer launches an application that processes the resource identifier to access the remote media server and play back the media. Playback is responsive to controls from the digital media controller. The digital media renderer can play back media identified by the digital media controller, but that is encoded and protected in a manner specific to the digital media renderer. The digital media controller can shut down or become dormant to save battery power without affecting playback by the digital media renderer. By providing the information about available applications from the digital media renderer to the digital media controller, the digital media controller can reliably send resource identifiers for which applications are available the digital media renderer.