Facebook Gains Leverage With Pay TV Distributors

With the upcoming launch of Go90, a service that will encourage viewers to share video clips via social TV, Verizon is among the pay TV distributors that may soon be forced to pay license fees to Facebook.

The social network giant won a U.S. patent on Tuesday, titled, “Sharing Television and Video Programming Through Social Networking.”

Garcia
Garcia

Facebook software engineering manager David Garcia is named as lead inventor on the patent, which Facebook filed in August 2012.

Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine a first media device of a first user of a social-networking system and determine a second media device of a second user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems access a social graph of the social-networking system, update the social graph based on the determined first and second media devices, and stream media from the first media device to the second media device using the updated social graph. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes, the nodes including user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system and concept nodes that are each associated with a particular media device.

Patent

Claims:

  1. A method comprising: by one or more computer systems of a social-networking system, determining a first media device of a first user of the social-networking system; by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, determining a second media device of a second user of the social-networking system; by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, accessing a social graph of the social-networking system, the social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes, the nodes comprising: user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system; and concept nodes that each correspond to a particular media device; by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, updating the social graph based on the determined first and second media devices, the updating comprising: creating a first concept node for the first media device; creating a first edge between the first user and the first concept node; creating a second concept node for the second media device; and creating a second edge between the second user and the second concept node; by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, determining, between the second media device and one or more other media devices of the second user, an optimal media device of the second user based at least in part on the updated social graph; and by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, streaming media from the first media device to the optimal media device of the second user using the updated social graph.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the media comprises one of: a show; a movie; a picture; a desktop; and music.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising, by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system: determining an additional media device of the first user; and determining whether the first user is currently using the first media device or the additional media device.
  1. The method of claim 3, wherein determining whether the first user is currently using the first media device or the additional media device comprises analyzing interactions of the first user with the social-networking system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the first and second media devices comprise: a smartphone; a computer; a digital music device; a tablet computer; and a television.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising, by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, optimizing the streamed media according to a determined type of the second media device.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising, by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, optimizing the streamed media according to a determined communications link of the second media device.
  1. One or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media in one or more computing systems, the media embodying logic that is operable when executed to: determine a first media device of a first user of a social-networking system; determine a second media device of a second user of the social-networking system; access a social graph of the social-networking system, the social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes, the nodes comprising: user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system; and concept nodes that each correspond to a particular media device; update the social graph based on the determined first and second media devices, the updating comprising: creating a first concept node for the first media device; creating a first edge between the first user and the first concept node; creating a second concept node for the second media device; and creating a second edge between the second user and the second concept node; determine, between the second media device and one or more other media devices of the second user, an optimal media device of the second user based at least in part on the updated social graph; and stream media from the first media device to the optimal media device of the second user using the updated social graph.
  1. The media of claim 8, wherein the media comprises one of: a show; a movie; a picture; a desktop; and music.
  1. The media of claim 8, the logic further operable to: determine an additional media device of the first user; and determine whether the first user is currently using the first media device or the additional media device.
  1. The media of claim 10, wherein determining whether the first user is currently using the first media device or the additional media device comprises analyzing interactions of the first user with the social-networking system.
  1. The media of claim 8, wherein the first and second media devices comprise: a smartphone; a computer; a digital music device; a tablet computer; and a television.
  1. The media of claim 8, the logic further operable to optimize the streamed media according to a determined type of the second media device.
  1. The media of claim 8, the logic further operable to optimize the streamed media according to a determined communications link of the second media device.
  1. A system, comprising: one or more memory devices; and a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more memory devices, the processor operable to: determine a first media device of a first user of a social-networking system; determine a second media device of a second user of the social-networking system; access a social graph of the social-networking system, the social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes, the nodes comprising: user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system; and concept nodes that each correspond to a particular media device; update the social graph based on the determined first and second media devices, the updating comprising: creating a first concept node for the first media device; creating a first edge between the first user and the first concept node; creating a second concept node for the second media device; and creating a second edge between the second user and the second concept node; determine, between the second media device and one or more other media devices of the second user, an optimal media device of the second user based at least in part on the updated social graph; and stream media from the first media device to the optimal media device of the second user using the updated social graph.
  1. The system of claim 15, wherein the media comprises one of: a show; a movie; a picture; a desktop; and music.
  1. The system of claim 15, the processor further operable to: determine an additional media device of the first user; and determine whether the first user is currently using the first media device or the additional media device.
  1. The system of claim 17, wherein determining whether the first user is currently using the first media device or the additional media device comprises analyzing interactions of the first user with the social-networking system.
  1. The system of claim 15, wherein the first and second media devices comprise: a smartphone; a computer; a digital music device; a tablet computer; and a television.
  1. The system of claim 15, the processor further operable to optimize the streamed media according to a determined communications link of the second media device.