Play control of content on a display device

  • US 8,904,289 B2
  • Filed: 06/10/2011
  • Issued: 12/02/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/21/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of controlling presentation of content on a content presentation device that loads any one of a plurality of different media players, the method comprising:

  • receiving, in a server system, one or more messages from a personal computing device that is separate from the server system and separate from the content presentation device, wherein the one or more messages, taken together, (i) include information associated with a unique identification code assigned to the content presentation device, (ii) specify a file to be acted upon, (iii) identify a particular media player for playing content from the specified file wherein the media player is a computer application operable to present content and control presentation of the content, (iv) identify a location of the particular media player, and (v) include an action control command for presentation of the content on the content presentation device by the particular media player, the action control command being independent of the particular media player;

    using the information associated with the unique identification code to store a record establishing an association between the personal computing device and the content presentation device; and

    identifying, by the server system, programming code corresponding to the action control command, wherein the programming code is for controlling presentation of the content by the content presentation device using the particular media player,wherein, based on information received or retrieved from the server system, the content presentation device uses the particular media player to execute the programming code with respect to the file.

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