Arris Pushes UI With Personalized Video Tiles

Looking to compete with program guide developers such as Rovi Corp., Arris is attempting to win a U.S. patent for a user interface that would display video tiles that could be personalized for each member of a household.

Bugajski
Bugajski

Arris SVP of Advanced Technology Mark Bugajski is named as lead inventor on a patent application published on Thursday. Arris filed the application, titled, “User interface with video frame tiles,” on April 28.

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate the provisioning of a user interface with video frame tiles. Specific content sources or pieces of content may be identified according to various parameters, and media renderings of the associated content may be generated. The media renderings may be processed at a device receiving the content, and a user interface including one or more of the media renderings may be generated. The media renderings may be organized within the user interface as individual video frame tiles.

Claims:

1. A method comprising: identifying one or more pieces of content; retrieving a media rendering for each of the one or more pieces of content; associating each of the retrieved media renderings with a tile within an interface comprising one or more tiles; and outputting the interface to a display, wherein each of the media renderings is displayed within an associated tile.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the media rendering for each of the one or more pieces of content is displayed within an associated tile at a variable frame per second rate.

3. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving user input, wherein a tile within the interface is selected; and increasing the rate at which the media rendering associated with the selected tile is updated.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein one or more of the identified pieces of content are identified based on a content source associated with each of the pieces of content.

5. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving user input, wherein the user input comprises a selection of one or more filter categories; and wherein the identified one or more pieces of content comprise pieces of content associated with the one or more filter categories.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein associating each of the retrieved media renderings with a tile within an interface comprising one or more tiles comprises: organizing the layout of tiles within the interface based on relevance of the associated pieces of content to a user.

7. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving user input, wherein the user input comprises an identification of a viewer; and wherein the identified one or more pieces of content comprise pieces of content associated with the viewer.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein associating each of the retrieved media renderings with a tile within an interface comprising one or more tiles comprises: identifying a first piece of content from the one or more identified pieces of content, wherein the first piece of content comprises the piece of content most recently accessed by the viewer relative to the other one or more identified pieces of content; associating the media rendering for the first piece of content with a tile positioned at the first slot in a top row of the interface; identifying a second piece of content from the one or more identified pieces of content, wherein the second piece of content comprises the next most recently accessed piece of content, after the first piece of content, by the viewer; and associating the media rendering for the second piece of content with a tile positioned immediately adjacent to the tile associated with the first piece of content.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more still frame images associated with the respective piece of content.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more sequences of still video frames associated with the respective piece of content.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more video streams associated with the respective piece of content.

12. An apparatus comprising: a module configured to: identify one or more pieces of content; retrieve a media rendering for each of the one or more pieces of content; and associate each of the retrieved media renderings with a tile within a user interface comprising one or more tiles; and an interface configured to be used to output the user interface to a display, wherein each of the media renderings is displayed within an associated tile.

13. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more still frame images associated with the respective piece of content.

14. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more sequences of still video frames associated with the respective piece of content.

15. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more video streams associated with the respective piece of content.

16. One or more non-transitory computer readable media having instructions operable to cause one or more processors to perform the operations comprising: identifying one or more pieces of content; retrieving a media rendering for each of the one or more pieces of content; associating each of the retrieved media renderings with a tile within an interface comprising one or more tiles; and outputting the interface to a display, wherein each of the media renderings is displayed within an associated tile.

17. The one or more non-transitory computer-readable media of claim 16, wherein the instructions are further operable to cause one or more processors to perform the operations comprising: receiving user input, wherein a tile within the interface is selected; and increasing the rate at which the media rendering associated with the selected tile is updated.

18. The one or more non-transitory computer-readable media of claim 16, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more still frame images associated with the respective piece of content.

19. The one or more non-transitory computer-readable media of claim 16, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more sequences of still video frames associated with the respective piece of content.

20. The one or more non-transitory computer-readable media of claim 16, wherein the retrieved media rendering associated with a respective piece of content of the one or more identified pieces of content is generated from one or more video streams associated with the respective piece of content.

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