Google Wants Patent for Contextual Video Browsing

Subscription video providers ranging from Comcast to Netflix could be squeezed for fees from Google if it succeeds with an attempt to patent user interfaces that display programming choices related the video a viewer is currently watching.

The Internet giant filed its “Contextual Video Browsing” patent application on Aug. 14. The document appeared in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office public database on Thursday.

Inventor Shiva Rajaraman

Former Google Director of Product Management Shiva Rajaraman is named as lead inventor. Rajaraman is now VP of product at Spotify.

Abstract: A method and system for contextual browsing of videos that are relevant to a current video. Browsing controls that include labels and previews are presented in a user interface. The labels represent sets of videos that are organized according to their relevancy to a current video. The previews represent videos from a set of videos that is currently in focus. If the user switches focus from one set of videos to another set of videos, the previews are updated to correspond to the videos in the second set of videos. The user can also browse through the previews in order to select another video for playback.

Patent Application

Claims: 

1. A computer implemented method for enabling browsing of videos via a user interface, the method comprising: providing for display, in the user interface, a plurality of video set labels distributed along a first direction of the user interface; wherein the plurality of video set labels correspond to a plurality of video sets that are related to a current video, each video set associated with a respective relevancy score indicative of a relationship between the video set and the current video and determined based on viewing patterns between the current video and videos in the video set; wherein the video set labels are ordered along the first direction according to the respective relevancy scores of the video sets; and wherein focus among the plurality of video set labels is on a first video set label, the first video set label corresponding to a first video set; and providing for display, in the user interface, a plurality of video previews distributed along a second direction of the user interface that is different than the first direction, wherein the plurality of video previews correspond to videos from the first video set responsive to focus being on the first video set label, and wherein the plurality of video previews are displayed concurrently with the plurality of video set labels.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising responsive to a user input for switching the focus among the video set labels from the first video set label to a second video set label corresponding to a second video set, updating the video previews to correspond to videos from the second video set instead of videos from the first video set.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the first video set label is located on a first side of the video previews when focus is on the first video set label, and wherein the first video set label is located on a second side of the video previews when focus is on the second video set label.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the video previews are located between the first video set label and the second video set label when focus is on the second video set label.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein focus among the plurality of previews is on a first preview corresponding to a first video from the first video set, and further comprising: responsive to a user input selecting the first preview when the focus is on the first preview, playing the first video from the first video set in the user interface.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein a current video comprises a currently playing video.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein a video set label comprises a textual description of the video set that corresponds to the video set label.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein a preview comprises a still image from the video that corresponds to the preview.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein a respective relevancy score of a video set is determined based on numbers of times each video in the video set is selected after the current video is watched.

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium containing computer instructions for enabling browsing of videos via a user interface, the computer instructions when executed by a processor causes the processor to implement operations comprising: providing for display, in the user interface, a plurality of video set labels distributed along a first direction of the user interface; wherein the plurality of video set labels correspond to a plurality of video sets that are related to a current video, each video set associated with a respective relevancy score indicative of a relationship between the video set and the current video and determined based on viewing patterns between the current video and videos in the video set; wherein the video set labels are ordered along the first direction according to the respective relevancy scores of the video sets; and wherein focus among the plurality of video set labels is on a first video set label, the first video set label corresponding to a first video set; and providing for display, in the user interface, a plurality of video previews distributed along a second direction of the user interface that is different than the first direction, wherein the plurality of video previews correspond to videos from the first video set responsive to focus being on the first video set label, and wherein the plurality of video previews are displayed concurrently with the plurality of video set labels.

11. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium containing computer instructions for enabling browsing of videos via a user interface, the computer instructions when executed by a processor causes the processor to implement operations comprising: displaying, in the user interface, a plurality of video set labels distributed along a first direction of the user interface; wherein the plurality of video set labels correspond to a plurality of video sets that are related to a current video, each video set associated with a respective relevancy score indicative of a relationship between the video set and the current video and determined based on viewing patterns between the current video and videos in the video set; wherein the video set labels are ordered along the first direction according to the respective relevancy scores of the video sets; and wherein focus among the plurality of video set labels is on a first video set label, the first video set label corresponding to a first video set; and displaying, in the user interface, a plurality of video previews distributed along a second direction of the user interface that is different than the first direction, wherein the plurality of video previews correspond to videos from the first video set responsive to focus being on the first video set label, and wherein the plurality of video previews are displayed concurrently with the plurality of video set labels.

12. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, the operations further comprising: responsive to a user input for switching the focus among the video set labels from the first video set label to a second video set label corresponding to a second video set, updating the video previews to correspond to videos from the second video set instead of videos from the first video set.

13. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, wherein the first video set label is located on a first side of the video previews when focus is on the first video set label, and wherein the first video set label is located on a second side of the video previews when focus is on the second video set label.

14. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 12, wherein the video previews are located between the first video set label and the second video set label when focus is on the second video set label.

15. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, wherein focus among the plurality of previews is on a first preview corresponding to a first video from the first video set, and the operations further comprising: responsive to a user input selecting the first preview when the focus is on the first preview, playing the first video from the first video set in the user interface.

16. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, wherein a current video comprises a currently playing video.

17. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, wherein a video set label comprises a textual description of the video set that corresponds to the video set label.

18. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, wherein a preview comprises a still image from the video that corresponds to the preview.

19. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 11, wherein a respective relevancy score of a video set is determined based on numbers of times each video in the video set is selected after the current video is watched.

20. A computer implemented method for enabling browsing of videos via a user interface, the method comprising: displaying, in the user interface, a plurality of video set labels distributed along a first direction of the user interface; wherein the plurality of video set labels correspond to a plurality of video sets that are related to a current video, each video set associated with a respective relevancy score indicative of a relationship between the video set and the current video and determined based on viewing patterns between the current video and videos in the video set; wherein the video set labels are ordered along the first direction according to the respective relevancy scores of the video sets; and wherein focus among the plurality of video set labels is on a first video set label, the first video set label corresponding to a first video set; and displaying, in the user interface, a plurality of video previews distributed along a second direction of the user interface that is different than the first direction, wherein the plurality of video previews correspond to videos from the first video set responsive to focus being on the first video set label, and wherein the plurality of video previews are displayed concurrently with the plurality of video set labels.