Method and apparatus automatic pause and resume of playback for a popup on interactive TV

  • US 7,536,704 B2
  • Filed: 10/05/2001
  • Issued: 05/19/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/05/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for automatically pausing the display of content and processing events at a client device, said content being provided by a server at a head-end operator, broadcaster, web content provider or network operator, said method comprising:

  • displaying content on a client device;

    detecting an event at the client device during the display of the content;

    assigning a priority to the detected event, said priority being selected from a plurality of priorities which may be assigned to an event;

    pausing display of the content and recording the content while the display is paused, wherein said pausing is automatically performed in response to determining said priority is relatively high;

    continuing display of the content, in response to determining said priority is relatively low;

    providing a viewer discernable notification of the detected event; and

    removing the viewer discernable notification of the detected event, in response to detecting said priority is relatively low and a timeout for acknowledgement of said event has expired.

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