Methods, systems, and computer program products for controlling play of media streams

  • US 10,547,895 B1
  • Filed: 02/06/2019
  • Issued: 01/28/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/29/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus, comprising:

  • means for detecting that a visibility condition associated with a visual component of a graphical user interface of a single application that includes at least a portion of a media stream is not met, where the visibility condition associated with the visual component of the graphical user interface is detected as not being met in the event that at least a portion of the visual component of the graphical user interface is invisible based on a change in a size of an area in which the at least portion of the visual component of the graphical user interface is displayed, and further where the change in the size of the area is changed in response to user input on the graphical user interface of the single application that changes the location of the at least the portion of the media stream in the graphical user interface of the single application; and

    further for detecting that the visibility condition is met; and

    means for, in the event that the visibility condition is not met, automatically avoiding sending update information associated with the media stream to a display device to avoid an update of the visual component of the graphical user interface that includes the at least portion of the media stream, where the avoiding the sending of the update information associated with the media stream results in the at least portion of the media stream not being played; and

    further for, in the event that the visibility condition is met, automatically sending the update information associated with the media stream to the display device to update the visual component of the graphical user interface that includes the at least portion of the media stream, where the sending of the update information associated with the media stream results in the at least portion of the media stream being played.

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