Cox Wins Patent for Personalized Interactive TV

Cox Communications won a U.S. patent on Tuesday for an invention that details how it could deliver personalized second-screen content to digital cable subscribers.

Nijim
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Senior Manager of Video Product Development Yousef Nijim is named as lead inventor on the patent, titled, “Linking additional content to a being-consumed video content item.”

Abstract: Links are provided in association with video content that reference and allow navigation to additional content related to the video content. Links may be embedded in the video content metadata or sent separately and synchronized with the video content via time stamps. Selection of the links allows a user to view the additional content or to view the video content item along with the additional content to provide a richer and deeper personalized viewing experience. The video content may be analyzed to determine whether additional content may be available. If additional content is identified, the video content item may include the additional content or the video content may receive links to the additional content. Additional content that is relevant to the user based on the user’s viewing history, viewing patterns, viewing behavior, demographic profile, etc. may be identified for association with a given video content item.

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Claims: 

1. A method for providing additional content in association with a video content item, the method comprising: receiving a video stream comprising a video content item and metadata; identifying an additional content item to be associated with the video content item; associating a link to the additional content item with the video content item; receiving a selection to access the additional content item; analyzing the video content item to determine whether to update the link to the additional content item according to one or more factors; updating the link to the additional content item by modifying a uniform resource locator associated with the additional content item; analyzing the video content item to determine whether to associate a new link to a new additional content item according to the one or more factors; associating the new link to the new additional content item by associating a new uniform resource locator to the new additional content item corresponding to the video content item; providing the additional content item and the new additional content item; and enabling access to the additional content item and the new additional content item via the link and the new link from a viewing guide.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising associating the new link to the new additional content item identified as being more relevant than the identified additional content item.

3. The method of claim 1, further comprising indicating availability of the additional content item as part of a display of a viewing guide.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein indicating availability of the additional content item comprises providing a selectable indication icon in proximity of a display of the video content item.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein identifying the additional content item is performed in real time, at regular intervals, or upon receiving a selection for retrieving the additional content item.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein identifying the additional content item to be associated with the video content item comprises analyzing the video content item based on user behavior.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the user behavior includes one or more user actions such playing, rewinding, pausing, stopping, and hovering with respect to the video content item.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein identifying the additional content item to be associated with the video content item is based on: a user’s behavior; a user’s profile; a user’s viewing history; a user’s social networks; a time of the day; a location of the viewing device; and the content being viewed.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein providing the additional content item comprises displaying the additional content item in a format optimized for a viewing device on which the additional content item is to be displayed.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein displaying the additional content item in a format optimized for a viewing device on which the additional content item is to be displayed comprises displaying a website with the additional content item integrated therein.

11. The method of claim 9, wherein displaying the additional content item in a format optimized for a viewing device on which the additional content item is to be displayed comprises displaying the additional content item on a device with browser capabilities.

12. A system for providing additional interactive content in association with a video content item, the system comprising: a memory storage; and a processing unit coupled to the memory storage, wherein the processing unit is operable to: receive a video stream comprising a video content item and metadata; identify an additional interactive content item to be associated with the video content item; associate a link to the additional interactive content item with the video content item; indicate availability of the additional interactive content item; receive a selection to access the additional interactive content item; analyze the video content item to determine whether to update the link to the additional content item according to one or more factors; update the link to the additional content item by modifying a uniform resource locator associated with the additional content item; analyze the video content item to determine whether to associate a new link to a new additional content item according to the one or more factors; associate the new link to the new additional content item by associating a new uniform resource locator to the new additional content item corresponding to the video content item; provide the additional interactive content item and the new additional content item; and enable access to the additional content item and the new additional content item via the link and the new link from a viewing guide.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein the processing unit is further operable to associate the new link to the new additional content item in response to receiving an indication of a change in the video content.

14. The system of claim 12, wherein the processing unit is further operable to associate the new link to the new additional content item identified as being more relevant than the additional interactive content item.

15. The system of claim 12, wherein the processing unit is further operable to identify the additional interactive content item in real time, at regular intervals, or when a trigger is received.

16. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium containing computer executable instructions which when executed by a computer perform a method for providing additional interactive content, comprising: receiving a video stream comprising a video content item and metadata; identifying an additional interactive content item to be associated with the video content item based on user behavior; associating a link to the additional content item with the video content item; indicating availability of the additional interactive content item including providing a selectable indication icon in proximity of a display of the video content item for receiving a selection to access the additional interactive content item; receiving a selection to access the additional interactive content item; analyzing the video content item to determine whether to update the link to the additional content item according to one or more factors; updating the link to the additional content item by modifying a uniform resource locator associated with the additional content item; analyzing the video content item to determine whether to associate a new link to a new additional content item according to the one or more factors; associating the new link to the new additional content item by associating a new uniform resource locator to the new additional content item corresponding to the video content item; providing the additional interactive content item and the new additional content item; and enabling access to the additional content item and the new additional content item via the link and the new link from a viewing guide.

17. The computer readable storage medium of claim 16, further comprising associating the new link to the new additional content item in response to receiving an indication of a change in the video content, wherein associating the new link to the new additional content item comprises: inserting the new link in the metadata associated with the video content item; or sending the new link separately from the video content item and synchronizing the new link to the video content item with time stamps.

18. The computer readable storage medium of claim 16, further comprising associating the new link to the new additional content item identified as being more relevant than the additional content item.

19. The computer readable storage medium of claim 16, wherein providing the additional content item comprises displaying the additional content item in a format optimized for a viewing device on which the additional content item is to be displayed and further comprises displaying a website with the video content item integrated therein.