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Method for providing and obtaining content

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Method for providing and obtaining content


In a data providing server, whether or not specified compressed content data generated by means of a specified compression coding method corresponding to terminal identification information has been stored in a content database is detected, according to content specifying data transmitted from a portable dedicated terminal. If the specified compressed content data has been stored, the data providing server reads and transmits this to the portable dedicated terminal. And if the specified compressed content data has not been stored, the data providing server generates the specified compressed content data by means of the specified compression coding method, and transmits this to the portable dedicated terminal.
Related Terms: Server Coding Method

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USPTO Applicaton #: #20130036368 - Class: 715747 (USPTO) - 02/07/13 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >For Plural Users Or Sites (e.g., Network) >Interface Customization Or Adaption (e.g., Client Server) >End User Based (e.g., Preference Setting)

Inventors: Osamu Fukushima, Hajime Fujii, Hiroshi Ozaki

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130036368, Method for providing and obtaining content.

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This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/449,640, filed Apr. 18, 2012, entitled “Method For Providing And Obtaining Content,” which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/353,819, filed Jan. 29, 2003, now U.S. Pat. No. 8,175,976, issued May 8, 2012, which claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119 to Japanese Patent Application Serial No. 2002-020767, filed in the Japanese Patent Office on Jan. 29, 2002. Each of the documents listed above is incorporated by reference in its entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to a content providing and obtaining system, and is applicable, for example, to a data providing system for providing data on various distribution information such as various content data and the advertisement, of music, motion pictures, etc. (hereinafter, this is referred to as distribution data) to a customer by means of the Internet.

2. Description of the Related Art

In recent years, the Internet being a computer communication network that it had been used in many institutes or the like for research and study in the world scale, has been quickly popularized also among companies and customers as a computer communication tool, by a use in business such as sale for merchandise, distribution of content data, and advertisement of a company and merchandise.

By using the Internet in business, the customer can buy desired merchandise and can obtain desired content data by a personal computer for instance, while staying at home. At the same time, the customer can obtain various distribution data such as the advertisement of a company and merchandise by the personal computer.

In the distribution of content data on the Internet, the transmission efficiency of the content data can be improved by transmitting compressively-coded content data to a customer\'s personal computer.

In the customer\'s personal computer, thus obtained compressively-coded content data is decoded, and the customer can view a content based on the content data.

However, in recent years, plural kinds of methods have been introduced into the market as methods of compressively coding content data. A compression coding method to be used is different depending on the manufacturing company of the content data or the like.

On the other hand, in the customer\'s personal computer, normally, a decoding software corresponding to a specified compression coding method is installed, or a decoding circuit only corresponding to the above specified compression coding method is provided to restrain increasing the circuit scale or the like.

Therefore, in the customer\'s personal computer, if the decoding software and the decoding circuit do not cope with the compression coding method that was used in the compression coding of the obtained content data, the content data cannot be decoded until the customer newly obtain a decoding software and a decoding circuit cope with that. There has been a problem that the customer cannot easily view the content.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

In view of the foregoing, an object of this invention is to provide a content providing and obtaining system that the customer can easily view a content based on content data.

The foregoing object and other objects of this invention have been achieved by the provision of a content providing apparatus for providing compressed content data generated by compressively coding content data by a specified compression coding method, by receiving identification information peculiar to a content obtaining apparatus and specifying information representing specified content data that the customer wants to obtain from the content obtaining apparatus applying a specified decoding method corresponding to the specified compression coding method, by detecting whether or not specified compressed content data generated by compressively coding the specified content data by the specified compression coding method corresponding to the identification information has been stored in the data storing means for storing plural kinds of compressed content data, according to the above received identification information and the specifying information, and according to the detection result, if the specified compressed content data has been stored in the data storing means, by reading the specified compressed content data from the data storing means, or if the specified compressed content data has not been stored in the above data storing means, by compressively coding the specified content data being the original data of that specified compressed content data by the specified compression coding method, and generating the specified compressed content data, and by transmitting the specified compressed content data read from the data storing means or the generated specified compressed content data to the content obtaining apparatus. Accordingly, every time when the customer requests to obtain specified content data from the above content obtaining apparatus, the content providing apparatus can accurately provide specified compressed content data generated by compressively coding that specified content data by a specified compression coding method corresponding to a specified decoding method, without newly applying another decoding method different from a specified decoding method previously applied to the content obtaining apparatus. Thus, the customer can easily view a content based on the content data.

The nature, principle and utility of this invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like parts are designated by like reference numerals or characters.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the accompanying drawings:

FIG. 1 is a conceptual view showing the usage pattern of the Internet by a data providing system;

FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram showing the usage pattern of a portable dedicated terminal that was rented to the customer;

FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram showing the usage pattern of a portable dedicated terminal that was sold to the customer;

FIG. 4 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a first embodiment of a data providing system according to the present description;

FIG. 5 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a data providing system according to a second embodiment;

FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram showing the data format of header data to be added to content data;

FIGS. 7A and 7B are flowcharts showing a rental reservation processing procedure in a data providing system;

FIG. 8 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a data providing system according to a third embodiment;

FIG. 9 is a schematic diagram showing the data format of content obtaining request data for obtaining content data from a content server;

FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing a rental reservation processing procedure in a data providing system;

FIG. 11 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a data providing system according to a fourth embodiment;

FIGS. 12A and 12B are schematic diagrams showing the configuration of advertiser/company registration information;

FIGS. 13A and 13B are schematic diagrams showing the configuration of customer registration information;

FIG. 14 is a schematic diagram showing the contract terms between the customer and an advertiser/company;

FIG. 15 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of customer registration information updated on the Internet by the customer;

FIG. 16 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a matching part;

FIG. 17 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of advertiser/company introducing information;

FIG. 18 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of customer introducing information;

FIG. 19 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of advertiser/company information updated by the conclusion of a contract;

FIG. 20 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of customer registration information updated by the conclusion of a contract;

FIGS. 21A and 21B are flowcharts showing an advertiser/company registration processing procedure in a data providing system;

FIGS. 22A and 22B are flowcharts showing an advertiser/company introducing processing procedure in a data providing system;

FIGS. 23A and 23B are flowcharts showing the advertiser/company introducing processing procedure in the data providing system;

FIGS. 24A to 24C are flowcharts showing a contract processing procedure in the data providing system;

FIG. 25 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a data providing system according to a fifth embodiment;

FIG. 26 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a matching part;

FIGS. 27A and 27B are flowcharts showing an advertiser/company introducing processing procedure in the data providing system;

FIG. 28 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a data providing system according to a sixth embodiment;

FIG. 29 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of content selecting screens using three-dimensional virtual reality space pictures representing the inside of an agency;

FIGS. 30A and 30B are schematic diagrams for explaining the reproducing of commercial data in a content selecting screen;

FIG. 31 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of content selecting screens customized according to a customer\'s request;

FIGS. 32A and 32B are flowcharts showing a content providing processing procedure using content selecting screen data in the data providing system;

FIGS. 33A and 33B are flowcharts showing the subroutine of the content providing processing procedure in the data providing system;

FIGS. 34A and 34B are flowcharts showing a customizing processing procedure in the data providing system;



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130036368 A1
Publish Date
02/07/2013
Document #
13584933
File Date
08/14/2012
USPTO Class
715747
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/01
Drawings
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Server
Coding Method


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