Method and apparatus for identifying content using IPTV devices

  • US 9,628,842 B2
  • Filed: 03/31/2011
  • Issued: 04/18/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/11/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for identifying content using one or more IPTV devices, the method comprising:

  • accessing a user'"'"'s account using a secondary device, the user'"'"'s account being associated with a plurality of IPTV devices registered by a user;

    selecting content from a content list provided by a service provider, the content list identifying content selected for display by the user;

    sending an identifier, from the service provider, to a first IPTV device that is selected to manipulate the selected content, wherein the identifier is added to the content list and the identifier includes metadata specifying the selected content;

    modifying, when the content list is provided to the secondary device, the content list according to device data of the secondary device;

    manipulating the selected content on the first IPTV device, andexecuting a subscription to the service provider that provides the content list to view the selected content,wherein during the time of manipulation on the first IPTV device, the secondary device or another IPTV device is operable to manipulate other content,wherein each user has a public content list that is available to unauthorized users, and a private content list that is available to authorized users and from which content included in the private content list is selected by authorized users for playback on an IPTV device selected from IPTV devices linked to the user'"'"'s account,wherein the method further comprises;

    determining whether the selected content is viewable by the selected IPTV device; and

    determining whether the selected content is available,wherein the method automatically removes unavailable selected content from a user'"'"'s content list, when the user determines to remove the unavailable selected content from the user'"'"'s content list; and

    the method leaves unavailable selected content on the user'"'"'s content list and marks the unavailable selected content using an indicator, when the user determines to leave the unavailable selected content on the user'"'"'s content list, the indicator indicating when the selected content is available.

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