Verizon Eyes ‘Personal Channel Manager’

If Verizon rolls out a user interface detailed in a patent published on Tuesday, branded cable networks could be replaced by personalized channel feeds containing live, on-demand and hyper-local content.

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Mike Ruffini

Verizon Director of Video Architecture and Design Mike Ruffini is named as lead inventor on the patent, 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.

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Patent

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, wherein the user interface includes a scheduling grid with a linear presentation of time slots for creating the personalized channel plan and a drag-and-drop interface to populate a content item selection from the content index into the scheduling grid; receiving, by the user device and via the user interface, user input to configure the personalized channel plan, wherein the personalized channel plan includes content item selections from the content index, selected time slots for the content item selections, and a viewing device selection for presentation of selected content items, wherein the viewing device is different than the user device; sending, by the user device and to an application server, the content item selections, a presentation schedule, and the viewing device selection for the personalized channel plan; receiving, by the user device and from the application server, content links for the selected content items in the personalized channel plan, wherein at least some of the content links include tuning instructions or a uniform resource locator (URL) for a private managed network that provides guaranteed quality-of-service (QoS) levels for delivering the selected content items to the viewing device; and sending, by the user device and to the viewing device, instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions include the content links and cause the viewing device to obtain the selected content items and present the selected content items to the user at the selected time slots.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising: providing, by the viewing device and after the sending the instructions, a license request to retrieve a DRM license for one of the selected content items.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the content links include a 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 live linear broadcast content.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the selected content items 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 content item selections include alternative content items for one of the time slots, and wherein the user input further includes instructions to selectively present one of 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 during one of the selected time slots, 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 viewing device that is different than the user 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, wherein the user interface includes a scheduling grid with a linear presentation of time slots for creating the personalized channel plan and a drag-and-drop interface to populate a content item selection from the content index into the scheduling grid; receive, via the user interface, user input to configure the personalized channel plan, wherein the personalized channel plan includes content item selections from the content index, selected time slots for the content item selections, and a viewing device selection for presentation of selected content items; send, to the network device, the content item selections, a presentation schedule, and the viewing device selection for the personalized channel plan; receive, from the network device, content links for the selected content items in the personalized channel plan, wherein at least some of the content links include tuning instructions or a uniform resource locator (URL) for a private managed network that provides guaranteed quality-of-service (QoS) levels for delivering the selected content items to the viewing device; and send, to the viewing device, presentation instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions include the content links and cause the viewing device to obtain the selected content items and present the selected content items to the user at the selected time slots.

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

14. The system of claim 12, wherein the content index includes items from television content, video-on-demand content, and web-based content.

15. The system of claim 12, 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 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, wherein the user interface includes a scheduling grid with a linear presentation of time slots for creating the personalized channel plan and a drag-and-drop interface to populate a content item selection from the content index into the scheduling grid; receive, via the user interface, user input to schedule the personalized channel plan, wherein the personalized channel plan includes content item selections from the content index, selected time slots for the content item selections, and a viewing device selection for presentation of selected content items, wherein the viewing device is different than the user device; on the viewing device; and send, to the network device, the content item selections, a presentation schedule, and the viewing device selection for the personalized channel plan; receive, from the network device, content links for the selected content items in the personalized channel plan, wherein at least some of the content links include tuning instructions or a uniform resource locator (URL) for a private managed network that provides guaranteed quality-of-service (QoS) levels for delivering the selected content items to the viewing device; and provide presentation instructions for the personalized channel plan, wherein the instructions include the content links and cause the viewing device to obtain the selected content items and present the selected content items to the user at the selected time slots.

20. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 19, further comprising one or more instructions to: store the personalized channel plan.