Apparatus, systems and methods for accessing and synchronizing presentation of media content and supplemental media rich content

  • US 9,009,339 B2
  • Filed: 12/14/2010
  • Issued: 04/14/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/29/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • communicatively coupling a portable media device to a media device via a network,wherein the network comprises one of an Internet system, a telephony system, a microwave communication system, a cable system, and a cellular system,wherein the media device is located at a customer premises,wherein the portable media device is remote from the customer premises such that the network enables the portable media device to communicatively couple to the media device,wherein the media device initially receives a media content stream comprising at least one supplemental media rich content trigger from a media content provider, andwherein the supplemental media rich content trigger includes access information configured to enable the portable media device to access at least one media rich content server via the network;

    receiving at the portable media device a portion of the media content stream with the supplemental media rich content trigger at the portable media device from the media device, wherein the portion of the media content stream is communicated to the portable media device over the network;

    establishing a communication link over the network between the portable media device and the media rich content server based upon the access information in the received supplemental media rich content trigger;

    receiving supplemental media rich content at the portable media device from the media rich content server, wherein the supplemental media rich content is communicated to the portable media device over the network;

    pausing presentation of the media content stream on a display of the portable media device and presenting at least the received supplemental media rich content on the display of the portable media device while the presentation of the media content stream is paused;

    ending presentation of the supplemental media rich content after a predefined duration;

    receiving a user selection corresponding to a request to end presentation of the supplemental media rich content, wherein the user selection is received before the end of the predefined duration;

    ending presentation of the supplemental media rich content in response to receiving the user selection; and

    resuming presentation of the media content stream after ending presentation of the supplemental media rich content.

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