US 9,813,661 B2
System and method for determining an inactive television channel
Leonard Scott Freudenthal, Jacksonville Beach, FL (US); Gregory Andrew Anderson, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (US); Percy F. Shadwell, Jr., Jacksonville, FL (US); and Frank David Freudenthal, St. Joseph, MO (US)
Assigned to WATCHANATOR, INC., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (US)
Filed by Watchanator, Inc., Jacksonville Beach, FL (US)
Filed on Mar. 7, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/63,438.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/128,977, filed on Mar. 5, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0261820 A1, Sep. 8, 2016
Int. Cl. H04N 5/50 (2006.01); H04N 21/2543 (2011.01); G06K 9/00 (2006.01); H04H 20/12 (2008.01); H04N 17/04 (2006.01); H04H 60/29 (2008.01); H04H 60/56 (2008.01); H04H 60/63 (2008.01); H04N 21/41 (2011.01); H04N 21/44 (2011.01); H04N 21/442 (2011.01); H04N 21/658 (2011.01); G06K 9/46 (2006.01)
CPC H04N 5/50 (2013.01) [G06K 9/00711 (2013.01); G06K 9/46 (2013.01); H04H 20/12 (2013.01); H04H 60/29 (2013.01); H04H 60/56 (2013.01); H04H 60/63 (2013.01); H04N 17/04 (2013.01); H04N 21/2543 (2013.01); H04N 21/4126 (2013.01); H04N 21/44008 (2013.01); H04N 21/44204 (2013.01); H04N 21/6581 (2013.01); G06K 2209/03 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
14. A method for determining the state of a television channel supplied to a programmable television through an appliance, said appliance comprising a tuner and outputting television signals for a tuned television channel, said method comprising:
sequentially generating tuning control signals to cause the appliance to tune to each television channel from a plurality of available television channels that supply television program content, and, for each television channel to which the appliance is tuned:
on a programmable television, receiving television signals for the tuned television channel from the appliance; and
determining if the television signals for the tuned television channel correspond to a channel that is inactive by performing frame analysis of the televisions signals for the tuned television channel; and
if the television signals for the tuned television channel correspond to a channel that is inactive, communicating an identification of the channel and a time of the determination to a remote computing system; and
producing a message for display on the television, said message requesting a user to perform a detectable action to indicate that the user is currently using the programmable television, and delaying further sequentially generating tuning control signals for a determined time period after the detectable action is performed.