Video/audio system and method enabling a user to select different views and sounds associated with an event

  • US 8,239,910 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Issued: 08/07/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/08/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A content delivery network for delivering content to portable wireless handheld devices used by spectators while attending a live event, each of the portable wireless handheld devices having a wireless receiver, a display and a user interface, the network comprising:

  • an interface to receive video signals from a plurality of video cameras located at the live event, the video cameras being located at different locations around the live event, the video cameras producing video signals containing live video content of the live event from different viewing perspectives;

    the interface receiving said video signals comprising at least first and second video signals—

    from corresponding at least first and second video cameras located at said live event, the first and second video signals containing corresponding first and second live video content of the live event from different first and second viewing perspectives; and

    a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit said at least first and second video signals locally, in an area encompassing the live event, for reception by the wireless receivers of at least a portion of the portable wireless handheld devices at said live event and for selective display of the live video content;

    wherein, when first and second spectators select the first and second video signals, respectively, from said at least first and second video signals via the user interface of each of the corresponding first and second portable wireless handheld devices,i) the transmitter is configured to transmit said first video signal to the wireless receiver of the first portable wireless handheld device in a manner that enables continuous display of the first live video content on the display of the first portable wireless handheld device, wherein continuous display of the first live video content on the display of the first portable wireless handheld device is;

    a) only in response to the first spectator'"'"'s selection of the first video signal for viewing while said live event occurs andb) until the first spectator chooses to select another live video content from another of said at least first and second video signals; and

    ii) the transmitter is configured to transmit said second video signal to the wireless receiver of the second portable wireless handheld device in a manner that enables continuous display of the second live video content on the display of the second portable wireless handheld device, wherein continuous display of the second live video content on the display of the second portable wireless handheld device is;

    a) only in response to the second spectator'"'"'s selection of the second video signal for viewing while said live event occurs andb) until the second spectator chooses to select another live video content from another of said at least first and second video signals.

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