Method and apparatus for identifying content using IPTV devices

  • US 10,158,915 B2
  • Filed: 04/17/2017
  • Issued: 12/18/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/11/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for identifying content using one or more IPTV devices, the method comprising:

  • accessing a user'"'"'s account using a secondary device;

    selecting content provided by a service provider;

    sending an identifier, from the service provider, specifying the selected content to a first IPTV device that is selected to manipulate the selected content; and

    manipulating the selected content on the first IPTV device,wherein during the time of manipulation on the first IPTV device, the secondary device or another IPTV device is operable to manipulate other content, andwherein the method further comprises setting up a direct communication between the first IPTV device and the secondary device by;

    storing a local IP address of the first IPTV device in a proxy server;

    sending the stored local IP address of the first IPTV device from the proxy server to the secondary device after the secondary device is authenticated by the proxy server; and

    the secondary device directly accessing the first IPTV device via the local IP address,wherein the user'"'"'s account has a public content list that accepts subscriptions from all IPTV devices associated with the user'"'"'s account, and the method further determines whether a content in the public content list is viewable by an IPTV device.

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