AT&T Integrates RFID, Bluetooth In Next-Gen Media Delivery System

AT&T engineers are experimenting with ways to use RFID and Bluetooth signals to allow pay TV subscribers to easily transfer programming between tablets, smartphones and televisions, according to a patent application obtained by The Donohue Report.

James Sofos is named as lead inventor the patent application that was published on Thursday. AT&T filed the application, titled, “Apparatus And Method For Providing Media Programming,” in August.

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a first media stream comprising a first media program by way of a first wireless communication link. Establishment of a second wireless communication link is facilitated with a media processor communicatively coupled to a display device; receiving a request for a second media stream comprising a second media program, wherein the request is received from the media processor by way of the second wireless communication link A transfer is negotiated of operational control of the display device from the media processor to the mobile communication device, and transmitting the second media program to the display device by way of the media processor using the second wireless communication link. Other embodiments are disclosed.

Patent Application

Claims: 

1. A mobile communication device comprising: a processor; and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations comprising: receiving a first media stream comprising a first media program by way of a first wireless communication link; facilitating establishment of a second wireless communication link with a media processor communicatively coupled to a display device; receiving a request for a second media stream comprising a second media program, wherein the request is received from the media processor by way of the second wireless communication link; negotiating a transfer of operational control of the display device from the media processor to the mobile communication device; and transmitting the second media program to the display device by way of the media processor using the second wireless communication link.

2. The mobile communication device of claim 1, further comprising decoding the first media program to obtain a decoded first media program, wherein the media program comprises one of broadcast television programming, video-on-demand programming, video, music, graphics, gaming information, text, or a combination thereof.

3. The mobile communication device of claim 1, further comprising presenting the first media program at a display of the communication device.

4. The mobile communication device of claim 1, further comprising detecting the display device coupled to the media processor, wherein the facilitating of the establishment of the second wireless communication link with the media processor is responsive to detecting the display device coupled to the media processor is responsive to the detecting of the display device.

5. The mobile communication device of claim 4, wherein the detecting of the display device comprises detecting by way of one of radio frequency identification (RFID) signal, a wired connection, or a wireless communication signal, wherein the wireless communication signal comprises one of a personal area wireless network signal, a WiFi signal, or a femtocell signal.

6. The mobile communication device of claim 1, wherein the processor further performs operations comprising: presenting the second media program at a built-in display of the mobile communication device.

7. The mobile communication device of claim 1, wherein the processor further performs operations comprising detecting a radio frequency identification signal from the display device.

8. The mobile communication device of claim 1, wherein the processor further performs operations comprising transcoding the first media program to accommodate a format of the display device.

9. A machine-readable storage device comprising executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, facilitate a performance of operations comprising: receiving, at a mobile communication device, a first media stream comprising a first media program over a first wireless communication network, wherein the mobile communication device is receiving a second media stream comprising a second media program over a second wireless communication network; receiving, at the mobile communication device, a request for the second media program, wherein the request is received from a media processor by way of the second wireless communication network, and wherein the media processor is communicatively coupled to a display device; negotiating a transfer of operational control of the display device from the media processor to the mobile communication device; and transmitting the second media program to the display device by way of the media processor using the second wireless communication network.

10. The machine-readable storage device of claim 9, wherein the operations further comprise: detecting the display device coupled to the media processor; and facilitating establishment of communication with the media processor responsive to the detecting of the display device.

11. The machine-readable storage device of claim 10, wherein the detecting of the display device comprises detecting by way of one of radio frequency identification (RFID) signal, a wired connection, or a wireless communication signal, wherein the wireless communication signal comprises one of a personal area wireless network signal, a WiFi signal, or a femtocell signal.

12. The machine-readable storage device of claim 9, wherein the instructions cause the processor to perform operations comprising: presenting the second media program at a built-in display of the mobile communication device.

13. The machine-readable storage device of claim 9, wherein the operations further comprise decoding the first media program to obtain a decoded first media program, wherein the media program comprises one of broadcast television programming, video-on-demand programming, video, music, graphics, gaming information, text, or a combination thereof.

14. The machine-readable storage device of claim 9, wherein the operations further comprise presenting the first media program at a display of the communication device.

15. The machine-readable storage device of claim 9, wherein the instructions cause the processor to further perform operations comprising transcoding the first media program and the second media program to accommodate a format of the display device.

16. A method, comprising: negotiating, by a mobile device, a transfer of operational control of a display device from a first media processor to the mobile device; receiving, by the mobile device, a first media stream, by way of wireless communication with a media source; receiving, by the mobile device, a second media stream; transmitting, by the mobile device, a first media program from the mobile device to a display device communicatively coupled to the first media processor by way of a wireless communication link between the mobile device and the first media processor; and transmitting, by the mobile device, a second media program from the mobile device to the display device by way of the wireless communication link between the mobile device and the first media processor for presentation at the display device.

17. The method of claim 16, comprising: facilitating, by the mobile device, establishment of the wireless communication link between the mobile device and the first media processor for transmission of the first media program or the second media program to the first media processor by way of the wireless communication link, wherein the second media stream is received from a second media processor.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein a presence of the first media processor is detected by way of one of a radio frequency identification (RFID) signal, a wired connection, or a wireless communication signal, wherein the wireless communication signal comprises one of a personal area wireless network signal, a WiFi signal, or a femtocell signal.

19. The method of claim 16, comprising facilitating, by the mobile device, establishment of a wireless telephony communication session between the mobile device and another mobile device.

20. The method of claim 16, comprising receiving, by the mobile device, a third media program from the first media processor by way of the wireless communication link.

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