Verizon Pushes Location-Based Content Delivery

Verizon is developing a system that could shift programming from an HDTV to a mobile device when it detects that a viewer leaves a room, while providing customized TV content for a second viewer who remains near the HDTV.

Kiran Adimatyam, manager of software engineering for media and entertainment products at Verizon Labs, is named as lead inventor on the patent application, titled, “Systems and Methods for Facilitating Access to Content Associated with a Media Content Session Based on a Location of a User.”

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a content delivery system determining that a user profile of a user is logged in to a first access device during a media content session associated with the first access device in which the first access device presents media content to the user, detecting that the user moves outside a vicinity of the first access device while the user profile is logged in to the first access device during the media content session, identifying, in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device, a second access device associated with the user and that is within a vicinity of the user, and automatically providing, in response to the identifying, session management content corresponding to the media content session associated with the first access device for presentation by the second access device while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.

Patent Application

Claims:

1. A method comprising: determining, by a content delivery system, that a user profile of a user is logged in to a first access device during a media content session associated with the first access device in which the first access device presents media content to the user; detecting, by the content delivery system, that the user moves outside a vicinity of the first access device while the user profile is logged in to the first access device during the media content session; identifying, by the content delivery system in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device, a second access device associated with the user and that is within a vicinity of the user; and automatically providing, by the content delivery system in response to the identifying, session management content corresponding to the media content session associated with the first access device for presentation by the second access device while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the detecting that the user moves outside the vicinity of the first access device comprises detecting that a wireless tracking device carried by the user moves outside a wireless range of the first access device.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the wireless range comprises at least one of a Bluetooth communication range and a near field communication range.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the first access device includes a set-top box device located in a first room at a user premises.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the second access device is located in a second room at the user premises.

6. The method of claim 4, wherein the second access device includes a mobile device associated with the user.

7. The method of claim 1, further comprising automatically logging in the user profile of the user to the second access device, by the content delivery system, in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device and the identifying of the second access device associated with the user and that is within the vicinity of the user.

8. The method of claim 1, further comprising automatically logging the user profile out of the first access device, by the content delivery system, in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising: detecting, by the content delivery system, that an additional user is within the vicinity of the first access device subsequent to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device; and automatically logging, by the content delivery system in response to the detecting that the additional user is within the vicinity of the first access device, a user profile of the additional user in to the first access device after the user profile of the user is logged out of the first access device.

10. The method of claim 1, further comprising automatically providing, by the content delivery system in response to the identifying, a media content program being presented by the first access device during the media content session while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device for presentation by the second access device while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the session management content corresponding to the media content session includes at least one of a notification associated with the media content session, one or more selectable options associated with the media content session, and a recommendation associated with the media content session.

12. The method of claim 1, further comprising preventing, by the content delivery system while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device, the session management content corresponding to the media content session from being presented by the first access device.

13. The method of claim 1, further comprising: detecting, by the content delivery system, an event that occurs with respect to the media content during the media content session while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device; and providing, by the content delivery system while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device, a notification of the event to the user by way of the second access device.

14. The method of claim 13, further comprising providing, by the content delivery system based on the detecting of the event, an option for the user to experience the media content by way of the second access device while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device.

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising: detecting, by the content delivery system, a selection by the user of the option; and directing, by the content delivery system in response to the selection by the user of the option, the second access device to begin presenting the media content.

16. The method of claim 1, embodied as computer-executable instructions on at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium.

17. A method comprising: determining, by a set-top box device, that a user profile of a user is logged in to the set-top box device during a media content session associated with the set-top box device in which the set-top box device presents media content to the user; detecting, by the set-top box device, that the user moves outside a vicinity of the set-top box device while the user profile of the user is logged in to the set-top box device during the media content session; providing, by the set-top box device in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the set-top box device, a command instructing a media content provider system separate from the set-top box device to automatically provide session management content corresponding to the media content session associated with the set-top box device to an access device associated with the user and that is within a vicinity of the user while the user is outside the vicinity of the set-top box device; and preventing, by the set-top box device while the user is outside the vicinity of the set-top box device, the session management content corresponding to the media content session from being presented by way of the set-top box device.

18. The method of claim 17, further comprising: detecting, by the set-top box device while the user is outside the vicinity of the set-top box device, that an additional user is within the vicinity of the set-top box device; and automatically logging in, by the set-top box device in response to the detecting that the additional user is within the vicinity of the set-top box device, a user profile of the additional user to the set-top box device.

19. The method of claim 17, embodied as computer-executable instructions on at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium.

20. A system comprising: at least one computing device that determines that a user profile of a user is logged in to a first access device during a media content session associated with the first access device in which the first access device presents media content to the user, detects that the user moves outside a vicinity of the first access device while the user profile is logged in to the first access device during the media content session, identifies, in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device, a second access device associated with the user and that is within a vicinity of the user, and automatically provides, in response to the identifying, session management content corresponding to the media content session associated with the first access device for presentation by the second access device while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device.