Verizon Eyes Hyperlocal Content for Personalized UI

A Verizon patent application published on Thursday shows how the telecom giant could introduce personalized user interfaces for video subscribers that would include content recommendations for national networks, video-on-demand titles and hyper-local content such as high school football games.

Ruffini
Ruffini

Verizon Director of Technology Mike Ruffini is named as lead inventor on the patent application, titled, “Personalized content aggregation platform.”

Abstract: A user device receives, from a network device, a content index of content items available for presentation via a content distribution network. The user device presents a user interface to configure a personalized channel plan and receives, via the user interface, user input to configure the personalized channel plan. The personalized channel plan includes a schedule of selected content items, from the content index, for presentation on a remote viewing device. The user device sends, to a remote viewing device, presentation instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions cause the viewing device to present the selected content items to the user.

Patent Application

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Claims: 

1. A method comprising: receiving, by a user device and from a network device, a content index of content items available for presentation; presenting, by the user device, a user interface to configure a personalized channel plan; receiving, by the user device and via the user interface, user input to configure the personalized channel plan, wherein the personalized channel plan includes a schedule of selected content items, from the content index, for presentation on a viewing device that is different than the user device; and sending, by the user device and to the viewing device, instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions cause the viewing device to present the selected content items to the user.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising: obtaining, by the user device, links to access at least some of the selected content items.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the links include uniform resource locator (URL) for a network location to retrieve content formatted for a type of the viewing device.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the selected content items include content from different television networks.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the selected content includes web-based content.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the sending further comprises: discovering the viewing device within a local wireless network; and sending the instructions via the local wireless network.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the selected content items include alternative content items for a same time period, and wherein the user input further includes instructions to selectively present the alternative content items.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the user input further includes instructions to retrieve an automatically-suggested content item, for presentation at a particular time, based on a user profile.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the instructions to retrieve the automatically-suggested content item include one or more user-selected criteria for the automatically-suggested content item.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the one or more user-selected criteria for the automatically-suggested content item includes a content source, a duration, a genre, a keyword, or a content rating.

11. The method of claim 9, wherein the one or more user-selected criteria for the automatically-suggested content item includes weighted mix of different content categories.

12. A system, comprising: a user device including: a network interface to communicate with a network device and a remote viewing device; a memory for storing instructions; and a processor configured to execute the instructions to: receive, from the network device, a content index of content items available for presentation via a content distribution network; present a user interface to configure a personalized channel plan; receive, via the user interface, user input to configure the personalized channel plan, wherein the personalized channel plan includes a schedule of selected content items, from the content index, for presentation on the remote viewing device; and send, to the remote viewing device, presentation instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions cause the viewing device to present the selected content items to the user.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein the remote viewing device further comprises: a host application to receive and execute the presentation instructions.

14. The system of claim 12, wherein the user interface includes a scheduling grid for the personalized channel plan.

15. The system of claim 14, wherein, when receiving the user input to schedule the personalized channel plan, the processor is further configured to: receive user input to drag a title from the content index into the scheduling grid.

16. The system of claim 12, wherein the selected content items include live linear broadcast content and on-demand content.

17. The system of claim 12, wherein the remote viewing device includes one or more of: a set-top box (STB); a cable card; or a smart television.

18. The system of claim 12, wherein the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to: store, in the memory, the personalized channel plan.

19. A non-transitory computer-readable medium, storing instructions executable by one or more processors, the non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising one or more instructions to: receive, from a network device, a content index of content items available for presentation via a content distribution network; present a user interface to configure a personalized channel plan; receive, via the user interface, user input to schedule the personalized channel plan, wherein the personalized channel plan includes a schedule of selected content items, from the content index; and provide presentation instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions cause a viewing device to present the selected content items to the user.

20. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 19, further comprising one or more instructions to: store the personalized channel plan; and obtain links to access at least some of the selected content items.