System, method and apparatus for using a wireless device to control other devices

  • US 9,547,981 B1
  • Filed: 11/03/2014
  • Issued: 01/17/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for downloading and viewing a movie or video on a display device, the method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) electrically coupling for consumer electronic entertainment purposes a display device suitable for use in a media center environment with a mobile communications device that does not form a part of the media center environment;

    (b) causing a first graphic user interface to be displayed on the display device that conveys information to a viewer of the display device about movies or videos that are individually downloadable from a server for display on the display device for consumer electronic entertainment purposes;

    (c) receiving entertainment selection commands by the mobile communications device to allow a particular one of the movies or videos to be selected for downloading from the server based on visual feedback the viewer receives by reading or interacting with the first graphic user interface shown on the display device;

    (d) receiving by the mobile communications device of the particular movie or video that is sent to it from the server based on the viewer'"'"'s reading or interaction with the first graphic user interface shown on the display device;

    (e) transmitting by the mobile communications device of at least some of the particular movie or video to the display device for display thereon simultaneously while at least some of the particular movie or video is being downloaded from the server to the mobile communications device; and

    (f) wherein the electrical coupling between the mobile communications device and the display device allows the particular movie or video to be sent there between when the mobile communications device is located a distance away from the display device at which a person watches a movie at home.

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