Ericsson Develops Personalized Linear Channels

Ericsson has developed a TV user interface that could allow distributors to offer subscribers personalized linear channels that would be programmed with content from several sources, including live broadcasts, video-on-demand listings and shows stored on a DVR.

Mountain View, Calif.-based engineer Edward Malone is named as lead inventor on a patent application titled, “Personal Linear Channel,” which was published on Thursday.

Abstract: A method for generating a personal linear channel is described. The method includes receiving a request from a client device associated with a subscriber account to generate a personal linear channel, wherein the request includes an indicator of desired content for the personal linear channel. The method also includes selecting a plurality of related content items related to the indicator of desired content from one or more disparate content sources based on content that is associated with the indicator of desired content and based on consumption statistics of the subscriber account. The method further includes sending the plurality of related content items to the client device to cause the client device to display indicators of the plurality of related content items in a linear channel interface.

Claims: 

1. A method in a server device, comprising: receiving a request from a client device associated with a subscriber account to generate a personal linear channel, wherein the request includes an indicator of desired content for the personal linear channel; selecting a plurality of related content items related to the indicator of desired content from one or more disparate content sources based on content that is associated with the indicator of desired content and based on consumption statistics of the subscriber account; sending the plurality of related content items to the client device to cause the client device to display indicators of the plurality of related content items in a linear channel interface.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the one or more disparate content sources include one or more of: a network source providing live content, a television operator video on demand source, a third party provider content aggregator Internet source, a third party provider content owner Internet source, a digital video recorder of the subscriber account, an advertisement source, and a television operator restart television source.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the indicator of desired content is one of a network selection, a theme selection, an actor selection, a binge selection, and a keyword selection.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the selected plurality of related content items includes one or more content items that are each associated with metadata related to the indicator of desired content.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the metadata associated with the one or more content items is received from one or more remote sources of metadata.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the consumption statistics of the subscriber account includes feedback of content items in the linear channel interface from a user of the subscriber account.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the consumption statistics of the subscriber account further includes a frequency, time of day, genre, and duration of content items consumed by the user of the subscriber account.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein selecting the plurality of related content items related to the indicator of desired content from the plurality of disparate content sources is further based on consumption statistics of other subscriber accounts including a frequency, time of day, and duration of content items consumed by users of the other subscriber accounts.

9. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions stored therein, wherein the instructions, when executed by a processor of a server device, cause the processor to perform operations comprising: receiving a request from a client device associated with a subscriber account to generate a personal linear channel, wherein the request includes an indicator of desired content for the personal linear channel; selecting a plurality of related content items related to the indicator of desired content from one or more disparate content sources based on content that is associated with the indicator of desired content and based on consumption statistics of the subscriber account; sending the plurality of related content items to the client device to cause the client device to display indicators of the plurality of related content items in a linear channel interface.

10. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the one or more disparate content sources include one or more of: a network source providing live content, a television operator video on demand source, a third party provider content aggregator Internet source, a third party provider content owner Internet source, a digital video recorder of the subscriber account, an advertisement source, and a television operator restart television source.

11. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the indicator of desired content is one of a network selection, a theme selection, an actor selection, a binge selection, and a keyword selection.

12. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the selected plurality of related content items includes one or more content items that are each associated with metadata related to the indicator of desired content.

13. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 12, wherein the metadata associated with the one or more content items is received from one or more remote sources of metadata.

14. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the consumption statistics of the subscriber account includes feedback of content items in the linear channel interface from a user of the subscriber account.

15. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 14, wherein the consumption statistics of the subscriber account further includes a frequency, time of day, genre, and duration of content items consumed by the user of the subscriber account.

16. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein selecting the plurality of related content items related to the indicator of desired content from the plurality of disparate content sources is further based on consumption statistics of other subscriber accounts including a frequency, time of day, and duration of content items consumed by users of the other subscriber accounts.