How AT&T Could Provide VOD in Connected Cars

AT&T sees potential in using peer-to-peer technology to provide viewers in automobiles with “uninrrupted access to services on demand,”  according to a patent application obtained by The Donohue Report on Thursday.

“One or more embodiments can advantageously facilitate temporarily sharing and/or borrowing services between two or more devices that are remote from one another. For example, sharing and/or borrowing services between remote vehicle temporarily and provide seamless access between the vehicles at anytime and at any location at which wireless connectivity exists. Other advantages include facilitating remote troubleshooting or content access needs,” AT&T states in the patent application.

Chakraborty
Chakraborty

SoftProdigy System Solutions Director Soumyajit Chakraborty is named as lead inventor on the patent application, titled, “Facilitating peering between devices in wireless communication networks.”

Abstract: Peering within a mobile network is facilitated. In one example, a method includes: generating, by a requesting device including a processor, a peer group between the requesting device and at least one target device over a wireless communication network. The method also includes obtaining virtual access, by the requesting device, to an aspect of the target device based on the generating, wherein the generating is based on successful authentication of the requesting device and the target device. The method also includes displaying, by the requesting device, information indicative of the aspect of the service to which the target device is subscribed. In some cases, the aspect of the target device includes a service to which the target device is subscribed. The service can share data retrieved at a location of the target device with the requesting device.

Patent Application

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Claims: 

1. A method, comprising: mapping, by a system comprising a processor, subscription information associated with devices having a defined peering characteristic; authenticating, by the system, a requesting device of the devices to enable the requesting device to utilize an aspect of a target device of the devices; and facilitating, by the system, virtual access, at the requesting device, of the aspect of the target device.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the aspect of the target device comprises a service to which the target device is subscribed.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the service shares data retrieved from a location of the target device with the requesting device.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the requesting device is geographically located on a first continent and the target device is geographically located on a second continent different from the first continent.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the service originates from the second continent.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the aspect of the target device comprises information for display on a first output device of the target device.

7. The method of claim 6, further comprising: facilitating, by the system, display of the information on a second output device of the requesting device.

8. The method of claim 6, wherein the requesting device and the target device are mobile devices.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the defined peering characteristic comprises an authorization to participate in a peering service between the devices within a wireless communication network, and wherein the authorization is associated with a paid subscription for the peering service.

10. A method, comprising: generating, by a requesting device comprising a processor, a peer group between the requesting device and a first target device via a network device of a wireless communication network; and obtaining, by the requesting device, virtual access to an aspect of the first target device based on the generating, wherein the generating is based on successful authentication of the requesting device and the first target device.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein the aspect of the first target device comprises a service to which the first target device is subscribed, and the method further comprises: displaying, by the requesting device, information indicative of the aspect of the service to which the first target device is subscribed.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the service shares data with the requesting device that was retrieved from a location of the first target device.

13. The method of claim 10, wherein the requesting device is geographically located on a first continent and the first target device is geographically located on a second continent distinct from the first geographic continent.

14. The method of claim 10, wherein the aspect of the first target device comprises content for display on a first output device of the first target device.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the requesting device and the first target device share the content and wherein the content for display via the first output device of the first target device is also displayed via a second output device of the requesting device.

16. The method of claim 10, wherein the first device comprises a camera coupled to the network device and configured to record an event at a location of the camera, and wherein the requesting device is configured to receive information indicative of the recorded event based on the virtual access.

17. The method of claim 10, wherein the requesting device and the first target device are associated with respective paid subscriptions for a mobile device peering service.

18. The method of claim 10, wherein the peer group comprises the requesting device, the first target device and a second target device, and wherein the requesting device is configured to further obtain the virtual access to another aspect of the second target device based on authentication with the second target device forming a one-to-many communication path.

19. A computer-readable storage device storing executable instructions that, in response to execution, cause a requesting device comprising a processor to perform operations, comprising: generating a peer-to-peer communication path between the requesting device and a target device; and obtaining virtual access to an aspect of the target device based on the generating, wherein the generating is based on successful authentication of the requesting device and the target device.

20. The computer-readable storage device of claim 19, wherein the aspect of the target device comprises a service to which the target device is subscribed.