US 9,813,656 B2
Method and apparatus for providing a channel service
Chang-Hwan Kang, Gyeonggi-Do (KR); Sung Woo Nam, Seoul (KR); Jin-Gwan Kim, Seoul (KR); Da-Hye Hyoung, Gwangju (KR); Jae-Hwan Park, Seoul (KR); Jung-Ik Lee, Seoul (KR); and Ju-Hyun Won, Gyeongsangbuk-Do (KR)
Assigned to Alticast Corporation, Seoul (KR)
Filed by Alticast Corporation, Seoul (KR)
Filed on Mar. 10, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/643,533.
Claims priority of application No. 10-2014-0027632 (KR), filed on Mar. 10, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0256890 A1, Sep. 10, 2015
Int. Cl. H04N 21/482 (2011.01); H04N 5/44 (2011.01); H04N 5/445 (2011.01)
CPC H04N 5/4403 (2013.01) [H04N 5/44543 (2013.01); H04N 21/482 (2013.01); H04N 21/4821 (2013.01); H04N 21/4823 (2013.01); H04N 2005/44556 (2013.01)] 8 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of providing a channel service at a broadcasting terminal including a memory storing program instructions and a processor executing the stored program instructions to control operation of the broadcasting terminal, the method comprising:
(a) receiving, by the processor, a channel number from a user;
(b) generating, by the processor, a channel list and a main viewing channel list; and
(c) outputting, by the processor, i) an image of the received channel number on a center area of a display, ii) images of channels included in the main viewing channel list related to the received channel number on an upper area of the display spatially separated from the center area of the display, and iii) images of channels included in the channel list related to the received channel number on a lower area of the display spatially separated from the center area of the display, wherein
the images outputted on the upper area and the lower area of the display, respectively, are dynamically changed according to the received channel number being outputted on the center area of the display,
the channel list and the main viewing channel list, respectively, include plural channels selected by different criteria based on the received channel number,
the channel list includes at least one channel of which number starts with the received channel number,
the main viewing channel list includes one or more channels viewed mainly by the user with the received channel number,
when a same channel is included in both of the main viewing channel list and the channel list in response to the received channel number, a first image of the same channel is outputting in the upper area of the display, and a second image of the same channel is outputted in the lower area of the display, such that the first image and the second image are positioned to at least partially vertically overlap one another,
a channel is excluded from the channel list and the main viewing channel list when a right to view the channel is limited according to predetermined setting information, and
the predetermined setting information includes information concerning the right to view a particular channel based on at least one of: a range of time, a date, and a day.