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1. (WO2013032582) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING A SECOND SCREEN DEVICE FOR INTERACTING WITH A SET TOP BOX TO ENHANCE A USER EXPERIENCE
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method comprising:

displaying content on a display associated with a set top box;

generating a content information request signal at a second screen device requesting data corresponding to the content;

communicating the content information request signal to the set top box;

communicating a content information signal to second screen device from the set top box comprising a content identifier;

generating a request for related data signal corresponding to the content at the second screen device using the content identifier;

communicating the request for related data signal from the second screen device; aggregating related content data corresponding to the content to form an aggregated related content data signal from at least one social media source;

communicating the aggregated related content data signal to the second screen device; and

displaying the aggregated related content data at the second screen device.

2. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein displaying content comprises displaying content stored with a digital video recorder of the set top box.

3. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein displaying content comprises displaying content in real time from a set top box tuner.

4. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein displaying content comprises displaying content in real time from a satellite tuner in a set top box.

5. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein generating a content information request signal at a second screen device comprises generating the request for content data signal at a mobile device.

6. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein generating a content information request signal at a second screen device comprises generating the request for content data signal at a touch screen device.

7. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information request signal comprises communicating the content information request signal through a local area network.

8. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information request signal comprises communicating the content information request signal through a local area network and a router associated with the local area network.

9. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information request signal comprises communicating the content information request signal using hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) from the second screen device to an http engine of the set top box through a local area network.

10. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information signal comprises commumcating the content information signal comprising a channel identifier.

11. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information signal comprises communicating the content information signal comprising the content identifier comprising a content name.

12. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information signal comprises communicating the content information signal comprising the content identifier comprising an episode identifier.

13. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information signal comprises communicating the content information signal through a local area network.

14. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating a content information signal comprises commumcating the content information signal using hyper-text transfer protocol (HTTP) from an http engine of the set top box through a local area network to the set top box.

15. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating the request for related data signal comprises communicating the request for related data signal through a local area network and a router associated with the local area network to a data center.

16. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein aggregating related content data comprises aggregating related content data at a data services center from a plurality of data sources.

17. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein aggregating related content data comprises aggregating related content data at a data services center from a plurality of data sources, wherein the aggregated related content data comprises at least one of pictures, trivia data, actor data and scores.

18. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein aggregating related content data comprises aggregating related content data from the social media source related to an actor associated with content or title of the content.

19. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein communicating the aggregated related content data signal comprises communicating the aggregated related content data signal to the second screen device through a local area network.

20. A method as recited in claim 1 further comprising displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules.

21. A method as recited in claim 20 wherein displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules comprises displaying a currently watching module that displays the aggregated related content data.

22. A method as recited in claim 20 wherein displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules comprises displaying a guide listing module that displays channel listings for a predetermined time.

23. A method as recited in claim 20 wherein displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules comprises displaying a channel listing module that displays channel listings for a user-selected channel.

24. A method as recited in claim 20 wherein displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules comprises displaying a sports module that displays sports events listings.

25. A method as recited in claim 20 wherein displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules comprises displaying a sports module displaying sports scores.

26. A method as recited in claim 20 wherein displaying a plurality of user-selectable modules comprises displaying a sports module that displays sporting events and sports scores and further comprising displaying a score toggle button on the second screen device for selectably displaying and not displaying the sports scores.

27. A method as recited in claim 1 further comprising:

after displaying the aggregated related content data, saving a screen image signal of a second display of the second screen device in a memory of the second screen device; and communicating the screen image signal to the set top box; and

displaying the screen image signal on the display associated with the set top box.

28. A method as recited in claim 27 wherein displaying the screen image signal comprises displaying the screen image signal through a hypertext transfer protocol engine of the set top box.

29. A method as recited in claim 27 wherein communicating the screen image signal comprises communicating the screen image signal to the set top box through a data server external to the set top box and the second screen.

30. A method as recited in claim 27 further comprising registering the second screen device with the set top box as a web server, publishing a location identifier for the screen image signal, initiating a viewing application at the set top box and receiving the screen image signal through the viewing application using the location identifier.

31. A method as recited in claim 1 further comprising displaying a remote control user interface having a touch screen button on the second screen device.

32. A method as recited in claim 31 further comprising selecting the touch screen button displayed on the second screen device, generating a button signal corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicating the button signal to the set top box.

33. A method as recited in claim 31 further comprising selecting the touch screen button, generating a button signal corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicating the button signal to the set top box through a local area network.

34. A method as recited in claim 31 further comprising selecting the touch screen button, generating a button signal using hypertext transfer protocol corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicating the button signal to the set top box through a local area network and a router.

35. A method as recited in claim 34 further comprising receiving advertising data at the second screen device and displaying the advertisement data within the touch screen button.

36. A method comprising:

displaying content on a display associated with a set top box;

generating a content information request signal at a second screen device requesting data corresponding to the content;

communicating the content information request signal to the set top box;

communicating a content information signal to the second screen device from the set top box comprising an event type identifier;

displaying a remote control interface on the second screen device having a touch screen buttons configured based on the event identifier.

37. A method as recited in claim 36 wherein the event type identifier comprises a sporting event identifier.

38. A method as recited in claim 37 wherein the touch screen button are configured in response to the sporting event identifier which corresponds to a specific sport.

39. A method as recited in claim 36 wherein displaying content on a display associated with a set top box comprises displaying content on the display from a digital video recorder.

40. A method as recited in claim 36 further comprising selecting the touch screen button, generating a button signal corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicating the button signal to the set top box.

41. A method as recited in claim 36 further comprising selecting the touch screen button, generating a button signal corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicating the button signal to the set top box through a local area network.

42. A method as recited in claim 36 further comprising selecting the touch screen button, generating a button signal using hypertext transfer protocol corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicating the button signal to the set top box through a local area network and a local area router.

43. A method as recited in claim 36 further comprising receiving advertising data at the second screen device and displaying an advertisement data within the touch screen button.

44. A method comprising:

saving a screen image signal of a display of a second screen device;

communicating the screen image signal to a set top box; and

displaying the screen image signal on the display associated with the set top box.

45. A method as recited in claim 44 further comprising communicating content data to the second screen device.

46. A method as recited in claim 44 further comprising displaying content on a display associated with the set top box; and

displaying related content data at the second screen device related to the content.

47. A method as recited in claim 44 further comprising generating a request for related data signal corresponding to the content at second screen device using a content identifier associated with the content;

communicating the request for related data signal from the second screen device; aggregating related content data corresponding to the content to form a related content data signal; and

communicating the related content data signal to the second screen device.

48. A method as recited in claim 44 wherein displaying the screen image signal comprises displaying the screen image signal through a hypertext transfer protocol engine of the set top box.

49. A method as recited in claim 44 wherein communicating the screen image signal comprises communicating the screen image signal to the set top box through a data server external to the set top box and the second screen.

50. A method as recited in claim 44 further comprising registering the second screen device with the set top box as a web server, publishing a location identifier for the screen image signal, initiating a viewing application at the set top box and receiving the screen image signal through the viewing application using the location identifier.

51. A system comprising:

a set top box displaying content on a display associated therewith;

a second screen device generating a content information request signal requesting data corresponding to the content, communicates the content information request signal to the set top box; and

a data services center aggregating data from a plurality of data sources including at least one social media source to form aggregated related content data;

said set top box communicating a content information signal to second screen device comprising a content identifier;

said second screen device generating a request for related data signal corresponding to the content using the content identifier, communicating the request for related data signal through a network, receiving aggregated related content data corresponding to the content from the data services center and displaying the aggregated related content data.

52. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the set top box comprises a digital video recorder storing the content therein.

53. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the set top box displays content in real time from a set top box tuner.

54. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the second screen device comprises a mobile touch screen device.

55. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the set top box communicates the content information request signal through a local area network having a router.

56. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the content information signal comprises a channel identifier.

57. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the content information signal comprises a content name.

58. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the content information signal comprises an episode identifier.

59. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein aggregated related content data comprises at least one of pictures, trivia data, actor data and scores.

60. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein aggregated related content data comprises data related to an actor associated with the content or title of the content.

61. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the display displays a plurality of user-selectable modules.

62. A system as recited in claim 61 wherein the display displays a currently watching module that displays the aggregated related content data.

63. A system as recited in claim 61 wherein the plurality of user-selectable modules comprises a guide listing module that displays channel listings for a predetermined time.

64. A system as recited in claim 61 wherein the plurality of user-selectable modules comprises a channel listing module that displays channel listings for a user-selected channel.

65. A system as recited in claim 61 wherein the plurality of user-selectable modules comprises a sports module that displays sports events listings.

66. A system as recited in claim 61 wherein the plurality of user-selectable modules comprises a sports module displaying sports scores.

67. A system as recited in claim 61 wherein the plurality of user-selectable modules comprises a sports module that displays sporting events and sports scores and further wherein the display displays a score toggle button on the second screen device for selectably displaying and not displaying the sports scores.

68. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the second screen device saves a screen image signal of a second display of the second screen device in a memory, and communicates the screen image signal to the set top box;

said set top box displaying the screen image signal on the display.

69. A system as recited in claim 51 wherein the second screen device displays a remote control user interface having a touch screen button on the second screen device.

70. A system as recited in claim 69 wherein the second screen device generates a button signal corresponding to the touch screen button, and communicates the button signal to the set top box.

71. A system as recited in claim 69 wherein the second screen device displays advertisement data within the touch screen button.

72. A method comprising:

a set top box displaying content on a display associated therewith; and

a second screen device generating a content information request signal requesting data corresponding to the content and communicating the content information request signal to the set top box;

said set top box communicating a content information signal to second screen device comprising a content identifier comprising an event type identifier;

said second screen device displaying a remote control interface having a touch screen buttons configured based on the event identifier.

73. A system as recited in claim 72 wherein the event type identifier comprises a sporting event identifier.

74. A system as recited in claim 73 wherein the touch screen button are configured in response to the sporting event identifier which corresponds to a specific sport.

75. A system as recited in claim 72 wherein the set top box displays content from a digital video recorder within the set top box.

76. A system as recited in claim 72 wherein the second screen generates a button signal corresponding to the touch screen button and communicates the button signal to the set top box through a local area network.

77. A system as recited in claim 36 wherein the second screen device displays advertisement data within the touch screen button.

78. A system comprising:

a set top box; and

a second screen device displaying a screen image signal, capturing the screen image and communicating the screen image signal to the set top box;

said set top box displaying the screen image signal on the display associated therewith.

79. A system as recited in claim 78 further comprising communicating related content data to the second screen device corresponding to content displayed at the set top box.

80. A system as recited in claim 79 wherein the second screen device displays related content data related to the content.

81. A system as recited in claim 78 wherein the second screen device generates a request for related data signal corresponding to the content using a content identifier associated with the content and communicates the request for related data signal therefrom; and further comprising a data services center communicating the related content data signal to the second screen device.

82. A system as recited in claim 44 further comprising a data server external to the set top box and the second screen communicating the screen image signal to the set top box.

83. A system as recited in claim 44 wherein the second screen device registers with the set top box as a web server and publishes a location identifier for the screen image signal;

said set top box receiving the screen image signal through a viewing application using

the location identifier.