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Patent: To Be A Channel Flipper With Your Phone, Anywhere
Patent: To Be A Channel Flipper With Your Phone, Anywhere | aust_txbz, Adam Klein, Cedar Park, James Austin Britt, Joshual J. Fox, patent, 8150387, smart phone, remote control, invent,

Adam Klein of Cedar Park and James Austin Britt and Joshua J. Fox, both of Austin, recently received U.S. Patent 8,150,387 for “Smart Phone as a Remote Control Device."

Texas Business Patent of the Day:  Given the fact that Americans must have their smart phone with them all the time, why mess with a remote control for your TV if your phone is in your pocket or purse? That was the question three Texans answered with a way to flip channels with that cell.

Adam Klein of Cedar Park and James Austin Britt and Joshua J. Fox, both of Austin, recently received U.S. Patent 8,150,387 for “Smart Phone as a Remote Control Device."

The three applied for the patent almost four years ago on June 2, 2008.

The patent assignee is AT&T Intellectual Property I LP of Atlanta, Georgia.

The three men’s invention enables hand-held communication devices to be used as remote control devices for managing delivery of digital television content. 

Remote control devices are often used to manage multimedia content and digital television content  received by a set-top box (STB) by selecting the channel that is viewed, scheduling recordings, adjusting the volume and navigating electronic programming guides (EPGs).

Some remote control devices use infrared transmitters to send invisible light signals that are received directly by the STB. To function properly, such systems may require that the remote control is relatively close to the STB. 

The solution devised by Klein, Britt and Fox was enable the smart phone to control the channels and other devices over internet protocol networks with an applet running on the smart phone.

Authentication from within a multimedia content distribution network may be achieved by verifying that a network identifier associated with the communication device is associated with an account that has granted access to the smart phone and that is associated with the controlled STB.

A viewing pane on the communication device permits a user to remotely view content received on or available to the controlled STB.