Technicolor Embeds TV Antenna In Smartphone Case

French set-top vendor Technicolor is developing a case for smartphones and tablets that can convert broadcast TV signals into MPEG-DASH digital media streams, according to a patent application obtained by The Donohue Report on Thursday.

Technicolor USA VP of Technology and Corporate Development Alan Stein is named as inventor on the patent application, titled, “Digital Terrestrial Television On A Mobile Device.”

The application was filed last December by Technicolor subsidiary Thomson Licensing.

Abstract: A digital terrestrial television signal is received by an antenna embedded into a subsequently applied case for a mobile device. The case includes a receiver that receives the signal and processes it into a format that the mobile device can easily implement in applications residing on the mobile device. An optional battery embedded in the case facilitates in providing power to the receiver and/or the mobile device. The receiver can communicate the reformatted signals to the mobile device in a wired and/or wireless manner.

Patent Application

Claims: 

1. An apparatus comprising: an antenna embedded into the apparatus; a receiver to detect a digital terrestrial television broadcast received by the antenna; and at least one processor configured to convert the digital terrestrial television broadcast into a digital media stream compatible with at least one application of a mobile device.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the at least one processor is further configured to transmit the digital media stream to the mobile device over a wireless connection.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the receiver further comprises a tuner to detect multiple channels in the digital terrestrial television broadcast.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the receiver is compatible with Advanced Television Systems Committee standards.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the digital media stream is an MPEG-DASH video stream.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the at least one application comprises an HTMLS web browser.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: a case to provide an enclosure around the mobile device; and an interface to electrically couple a battery with the mobile device, the battery being further coupled to the receiver so as to enable the battery to provide power to the mobile device and the receiver.

8. A method comprising: detecting, using a receiver, a digital terrestrial television broadcast received by an antenna; and converting, using at least one processor, the digital terrestrial television broadcast into a digital media stream compatible with at least one application of a particular mobile device.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising transmitting, using the at least one processor, the digital media stream to the mobile device over a wired or wireless connection.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein the receiver further comprises a tuner to detect multiple channels in the digital terrestrial television broadcasts.

11. The method of claim 8, wherein the receiver is compatible with Advanced Television Systems Committee standards.

12. The method of claim 8, wherein the application is an HTMLS web browser.

13. The method of claim 8, further comprising: providing, using the at least one processor, power to the mobile device through an interface between a battery and the mobile device, the interface being formed in a case providing an enclosure around the mobile device; providing, using the at least one processor, power to the mobile device from the battery through the interface; and providing, using the at least one processor, power to the receiver from the battery.

14. An apparatus comprising: a case to provide an enclosure around a mobile device, the case further comprising: a battery; an interface to electrically couple the battery with the mobile device; a receiver having an antenna, the receiver being embedded into the case, the receiver being configured to detect a digital terrestrial television broadcast received by the antenna, the battery being electrically coupled to the receiver so as to enable the battery to provide power to the receiver; and at least one processor to convert the digital terrestrial television broadcast into a digital media stream that is compatible with at least one application of a mobile device.

15. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the digital media stream is an MPEG-DASH video stream.

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the at least one processor is further configured to detect an MPEG-2, an H.264/AVC, or an H.265/HEVC video stream modulated in the digital terrestrial television broadcast.

17. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein to convert the digital terrestrial television broadcast into the digital media stream the at least one processor is configured to demodulate the digital stream from the digital terrestrial television broadcast.

18. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein to convert the digital terrestrial television broadcast into the digital media stream the at least one processor is configured to alter a packet format of the digital media stream such that the packet format is compatible with the at least one application of the mobile device.

19. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the at least one application is an HTMLS web browser.

20. A method comprising: detecting, using an antenna, a digital terrestrial television broadcast; converting, using at least one processor in a receiver, the digital terrestrial television broadcast into a digital media stream that is compatible with at least one application of a mobile device; providing, using the at least one processor, power to the mobile device through an interface between a battery and the mobile device, the interface being formed in a case providing an enclosure around the mobile device; and providing, using the at least one processor, power to the receiver from the battery.

21. The method of claim 20, wherein the digital media stream is an MPEG-DASH video stream.

22. The method of claim 21, wherein further comprising detecting, using the at least one processor, an MPEG-2, an H.264/AVC, or an H.265/HEVC video stream modulated in the digital terrestrial television broadcast.

23. The method of claim 20, wherein the converting of the digital terrestrial television broadcast comprises demodulating, using the at least one processor, the digital terrestrial television broadcast.

24. The method of claim 20, wherein the converting of the digital terrestrial television broadcast comprises altering, using the at least one processor, a packet format of the digital media stream such that the packet format is compatible with the at least one application of the mobile device.