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Method and system for advertisement insertion and playback for stb with pvr functionality

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Method and system for advertisement insertion and playback for stb with pvr functionality


A personal video recorder (PVR) enabled set-top box (STB) may be operable to store an advertisement and associated playback control information received from a media provider into a storage device in the PVR enabled STB, schedule the stored advertisement for viewing based on the associated playback control information. The PVR enabled STB may be operable to insert the stored advertisement into media content for one or more times based on the scheduling. The PVR enabled STB may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement and the media content in different transport formats. At a forward/reverse playback position during a PVR playback, the PVR enabled STB may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement when a play count associated with the stored advertisement is less than a count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position.

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Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Xuemin Chen
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120308208 - Class: 386249 (USPTO) - 12/06/12 - Class 386 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120308208, Method and system for advertisement insertion and playback for stb with pvr functionality.

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED PATENTS/PATENT APPLICATIONS Continuation Priority Claim, 35 U.S.C. §120

The present U.S. Utility Patent Application claims priority pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §120, as a continuation, to U.S. Utility patent application Ser. No. 12/617,849, filed Nov. 13, 2009, pending, entitled “METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION AND PLAYBACK FOR STB WITH PVR FUNCTIONALITY”, pending, which is hereby incorporated herein by reference in its entirety and made part of the present U.S. Utility Patent Application for all purposes.

U.S. Utility patent application Ser. No. 12/617,849 claims priority pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §120, as a continuation-in-part (CIP), to U.S. Utility patent application Ser. No. 10/675,468, entitled “MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM SUPPORTING PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENT CHANNEL AND ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION INTO BROADCASE MEDIA”, filed Sep. 30, 2003, pending, which is hereby incorporated herein by reference in its entirety and made part of the present U.S. Utility Patent Application for all purposes.

U.S. Utility patent application Ser. No. 10/675,468 claims priority pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §119(e) to the following U.S. Provisional Patent Applications which are hereby incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and made part of the present U.S. Utility Patent Application for all purposes: a. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/457,179, entitled “SERVER ARCHITECTURE SUPPORTING A PERSONAL MEDIA EXCHANGE NETWORK”, filed Mar. 25, 2003, now expired; b. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/447,110, entitled “MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM SUPPORTING PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENT CHANNEL AND ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION INTO BROADCAST MEDIA”, filed Feb. 12, 2003, now expired; c. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/443,894, entitled “ACCESS AND CONTROL OF MEDIA PERIPHERALS VIA A MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM”, filed Jan. 30, 2003, now expired; and d. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/432,472, entitled “PERSONAL INTER-HOME MEDIA EXCHANGE NETWORK”, filed Dec. 11, 2002, now expired.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field of the Invention

Certain embodiments of the invention relate to advertising over a communication network. More specifically, certain embodiments of the invention relate to a method and system for advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality.

2. Description of Related Art

Currently, television (TV) commercials or advertisements are provided by third (3rd)) arty broadcasters independent of the person that may be viewing the commercial or advertisement. Inserting commercials or advertisements into the TV programs or media content and showing these advertisements to audiences or consumers are key applications for the broadcast service providers or media providers.

In order to reach a wide range of consumers, advertisers make various attempts at predicting, based on the type of media content, those who may be consuming the media content and, therefore, who would be more likely to view their advertisements. Based on these predictions, advertisers may target those consumers that are more likely to consume a particular type of media content that may be associated with certain types of commercials or advertisements. However, many consumers of various types of media content often ignore many commercials or advertisements because the consumers are not interested in those commercials or advertisements. Also, commercials or advertisements that are of interest to a consumer may not be viewed by a consumer since a consumer may be unavailable when the commercials or advertisements are being presented. For example, a consumer may not be watching television at the instants when a particular commercial is being broadcasted.

Further limitations and disadvantages of conventional and traditional approaches will become apparent to one of skill in the art, through comparison of such systems with the present invention as set forth in the remainder of the present application with reference to the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary media exchange network that is operable to provide advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary PVR enabled STB that is operable to provide advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary Ad processing module that is operable to provide advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating exemplary steps for advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating exemplary steps for controlling advertisement insertion and playback during PVR playback, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE INVENTION

A system and/or method for advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims. Various advantages, aspects and novel features of the present invention, as well as details of an illustrated embodiment thereof, will be more fully understood from the following description and drawings.

Certain embodiments of the invention can be found in a method and system for advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality. In various embodiments of the invention, a personal video recorder (PVR) enabled set-top box (STB) may be operable to store an advertisement and associated playback control information received from a media provider into a storage device in the PVR enabled STB, schedule the stored advertisement for viewing based on the associated playback control information, and cause display of the stored advertisement at a scheduled time based on the scheduling and a PVR operation of the PVR enabled STB. The PVR enabled STB may be operable to insert the stored advertisement into media content for one or more times based on the scheduling. In this regard, the PVR enabled STB may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement and the media content in different transport formats. The PVR enabled STB may be operable to replace an original advertisement carried in the media content with the stored advertisement. The PVR enabled STB may be operable to convert a transport format associated with the stored advertisement to a different transport format associated with the media content for display.

The PVR enabled STB may be operable to receive the media content remotely from the media provider or receive the media content locally from the storage device during a PVR playback of the PVR operation. In this regard, the PVR enabled STB may be operable to set a play count associated with the stored advertisement to a value of zero at a beginning of the PVR playback, increase the play count according to the display of the stored advertisement during the PVR playback and compare the play count to a count threshold at a forward/reverse playback position during the PVR playback. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is less than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the PVR enabled STB may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement, increase the play count associated with the stored advertisement by a value of one at an end of the display of the stored advertisement and cause display of the media content at the end of the display of the stored advertisement. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is equal to or greater than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the PVR enabled STB may be operable to cause display of the media content directly.

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary media exchange network that is operable to provide advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention. Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a media exchange network 100. The media exchange network 100 may comprise a media provider 103, a communication infrastructure 104 and a user location which may be a user\'s home 102. The user\'s home 102 may comprise a PVR enabled STB 105 and a display device such as a TV screen 106.

The media provider 103 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to provide media content or TV programs to user locations such as the user\'s home 102 via the communication infrastructure 104. The media provider 103 may be operable to supply commercials or advertisements in video, audio and/or textual formats to the PVR enabled STB 105 for local advertisement insertion and playback. The media provider 103 may be a television broadcaster, a portal, a radio broadcaster, an advertisement company and/or an Internet service provider (ISP), any of which may provide media content in a digital format.

The communication infrastructure 104 may comprise suitable logic, devices, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to provide access and/or transport functionality that may facilitate the exchange of media between, for example, the user\'s home 102 and the media provider 103. The communication infrastructure 104 may comprise cable infrastructure, DSL infrastructure, satellite network infrastructure, Internet infrastructure, intranet infrastructure or other similar access and/or transport infrastructure.

The PVR enabled STB 105 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to receive, process and/or decode the media content and/or advertisements from the media provider 103 via the communication infrastructure 104. The PVR enabled STB 105 such as, for example, a cable TV receiver or a satellite TV receiver may be operable to provide personal video recorder (PVR) or digital video recorder (DVR) functionality and record video or media in a digital format into a storage device such as, for example, a hard disk a flash drive or other non-volatile storage device in the PVR enabled STB.

The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to store an advertisement and associated playback control information such as, for example, an insertion descriptor received from a media provider 103 into the storage device in the PVR enabled STB 105, schedule the stored advertisement for viewing based on the associated playback control information, and cause display of the stored advertisement at a scheduled time based on the scheduling and a PVR operation of the PVR enabled STB 105. The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to insert the stored advertisement into media content for one or more times based on the scheduling. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement and the media content in different transport formats. Different transport formats may comprise MPEG-2, ASF, Flash, MP4, DIRECTV DSS, etc. In this regard, for example, the stored advertisement may be in a DIRECTV DSS format while the media content may be in a MPEG-2 transport format. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to replace an original advertisement carried in the media content with the stored advertisement. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to convert a transport format associated with the stored advertisement such as a DIRECTV DSS format to a different transport format associated with the media content such as a MPEG-2 transport format for display.

The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to receive the media content remotely from the media provider 103 or receive the media content locally from the storage device during a PVR playback of the PVR operation. In this regard, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to set a play count associated with the stored advertisement to a value of zero at a beginning of the PVR playback, increase the play count according to the display of the stored advertisement during the PVR playback and compare the play count to a count threshold at a forward/reverse playback position during the PVR playback. The forward/reverse playback positions may comprise, for example, FF, REW or the like. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is less than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement, increase the play count associated with the stored advertisement by a value of one at an end of the display of the stored advertisement and cause display of the media content at the end of the display of the stored advertisement. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is equal to or greater than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to cause display of the media content directly. In this regard, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be able to enforce the display of correlated advertisements and/or allow no skipping of advertising during the PVR playback.

The TV screen 106 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to display or present processed or decoded media content or TV programs as well as inserted advertisements to users.

In operation, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to receive media content and/or advertisements from the media provider 103 via the communication infrastructure 104. The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to store an advertisement and associated playback control information received from the media provider 103 into the storage device in the PVR enabled STB 105, schedule the stored advertisement for viewing based on the associated playback control information, and cause display of the stored advertisement at a scheduled time based on the scheduling and a PVR operation of the PVR enabled STB 105. The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to insert the stored advertisement into media content for one or more times based on the scheduling. The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement and the media content in different transport formats. The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to replace an original advertisement carried in the media content with the stored advertisement. The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to convert a transport format associated with the stored advertisement to a different transport format associated with the media content for display.

The PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to receive the media content remotely from the media provider 103 or receive the media content locally from the storage device during a PVR playback of the PVR operation. In this regard, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to set a play count associated with the stored advertisement to a value of zero at a beginning of the PVR playback, increase the play count according to the display of the stored advertisement during the PVR playback and compare the play count to a count threshold at a forward/reverse playback position such as, for example, FF, REW during the PVR playback. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is less than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to cause display of the stored advertisement, increase the play count associated with the stored advertisement by a value of one at an end of the display of the stored advertisement and cause display of the media content at the end of the display of the stored advertisement. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is equal to or greater than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the PVR enabled STB 105 may be operable to cause display of the media content directly. The TV screen 106 may be operable to display or present the processed media content and/or advertisements to users.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary PVR enabled STB that is operable to provide advertisement insertion and playback for STB with PVR functionality, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention. Referring to FIG. 2, there is shown a PVR enabled STB 200. The PVR enabled STB 200 may comprise an Ad processing module 202, an audio and video decoder 204, a storage device 206, a memory 208 a processor 210 and a system bus 212.

The Ad processing module 202 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to receive advertisements from the media provider 103 and process the advertisements for viewing. The Ad processing module 202 may be operable to store an advertisement and associated playback control information such as, for example, an insertion descriptor received from a media provider 103 into the storage device 206, schedule the stored advertisement for viewing based on the associated playback control information, and insert and playback the stored advertisement at a scheduled time based on the scheduling and a PVR operation of the PVR enabled STB 200. The Ad processing module 202 may be operable to insert the stored advertisement into media content for one or more times based on the scheduling. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the Ad processing module 202 may be operable to insert or splice the stored advertisement into the media content in different transport formats. Different transport formats may comprise MPEG-2, ASF, Flash, MP4, DIRECTV DSS, etc. In this regard, for example, the stored advertisement may be in a DIRECTV DSS format while the media content may be in a MPEG-2 transport format. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the Ad processing module 202 may be operable to replace an original advertisement carried in the media content with the stored advertisement. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the Ad processing module 202 may be operable to convert a transport format associated with the stored advertisement such as a DIRECTV DSS format to a different transport format associated with the media content such as a MPEG-2 transport format for processing.

The Ad processing module 202 may be operable to insert the stored advertisement into media content that may be broadcast content received remotely from the media provider 103 or pre-recorded content received locally from the storage device 206 during a PVR playback of the PVR operation of the PVR enabled STB 200. In this regard, the Ad processing module 202 may be operable to set a play count associated with the stored advertisement to a value of zero at a beginning of the PVR playback, increase the play count according to the playback of the stored advertisement during the PVR playback and compare the play count to a count threshold at a forward/reverse playback position during the PVR playback. The forward/reverse playback positions may comprise, for example, FF, REW or the like. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is less than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the Ad processing module 202 may be operable to playback the stored advertisement, increase the play count associated with the stored advertisement by a value of one at an end of the playback of the stored advertisement and enable a playback of the media content at the end of the playback of the stored advertisement. In instances when the play count associated with the stored advertisement is equal to or greater than the count threshold at the forward/reverse playback position, the Ad processing module 202 may be operable to enable a playback of the media content directly without a playback of the stored advertisement.

The audio and video decoder 204 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to process or decode the audio and video streams of media content and/or the inserted advertisements. The processed or decoded audio and video streams may be presented at the TV screen 106. The audio and video decoder 204 may be configured to specify and display the inserted advertisement and the media content in different transport formats.

The storage device 206 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to store media content or TV programs for playing and/or advertisements for insertion and playback utilizing the PVR functionality of the PVR enabled STB 200. The storage device 206 may comprise, for example, a hard disk, a flash drive or other non-volatile storage device.

The memory 208 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to store information such as executable instructions and data that may be utilized by the processor 210, the audio and video decoder 204 and the ad processing module 202 to perform various functions of the PVR enabled STB 200.

The processor 210 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to communicate with the audio and video decoder 204 and the ad processing module 202 to perform the processing or decoding functions, the advertisement insertion and playback functions and the PVR functions of the PVR enabled STB 200.

The system bus 212 may comprise suitable logic, circuitry, interfaces and/or code that may be operable to provide communication connections for transferring data among modules such as, for example, the Ad processing module 202, the audio and video decoder 204, the storage device 206, the memory 208 and the processor 210 in the PVR enabled STB 200.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120308208 A1
Publish Date
12/06/2012
Document #
13586968
File Date
08/16/2012
USPTO Class
386249
Other USPTO Classes
386E09011
International Class
04N9/80
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