System and method for configuring controlling device functionality

  • US 9,641,785 B2
  • Filed: 06/13/2016
  • Issued: 05/02/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system, comprising:

  • a media source device; and

    a controlling device in communication with the media source device via a first communications link;

    wherein the media source device is programmed to provide to the controlling device via the first communications link a message having data which indicates whether a media sink device coupled to the media source device is responsive or unresponsive to a command communication transmitted to the media sink device by the media source device via a second communications link between the media source device and the media sink device and wherein the controlling device is programmed to use the data within the message to automatically configure the controlling device such that the controlling device will respond to an activation of an input element of the controlling device by issuing a communication directly to the media sink device via a third communications link between the controlling device and the media sink device to control the functional operation of the media sink device when the data in the message indicates that the media sink device is unresponsive to the command communication and by issuing a communication directly to the media source device via the first communications link to cause the media source device to issue a command to control the functional operation of the media sink device via the second communications link in the event that data indicates that the media sink device is responsive to the command communication.

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