US 9,813,759 B2
Smart phone as remote control device
Adam Klein, Cedar Park, TX (US); James Austin Britt, Manor, TX (US); and Joshua J. Fox, Austin, TX (US)
Assigned to AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed by AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed on Nov. 27, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/686,272.
Application 13/686,272 is a continuation of application No. 13/405,849, filed on Feb. 27, 2012, granted, now 8,320,901.
Application 13/405,849 is a continuation of application No. 12/131,524, filed on Jun. 2, 2008, granted, now 8,150,387, issued on Apr. 3, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2013/0086618 A1, Apr. 4, 2013
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04N 7/18 (2006.01); H04N 21/436 (2011.01); H04M 1/725 (2006.01)
CPC H04N 21/43615 (2013.01) [H04M 1/72533 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method, comprising:
receiving, by a mobile device, video data from a multimedia content delivery resource of a multimedia content provider, wherein the video data is indicative of multimedia content available, from the multimedia content provider, to a plurality of customer premises devices;
displaying a remote control interface on a touch screen display of the mobile device, wherein the remote control interface includes:
a content pane operable for displaying streaming video corresponding to a channel currently selected by a particular customer premises device and further operable for displaying streaming video corresponding to a channel currently not selected by the particular customer premises device;
a first remote set-top box button for selecting a first remote set-top box associated with a client account as the particular customer premises device;
a second remote set-top box button for selecting a second remote set-top box associated with the client account as the particular customer premises device;
a history virtual button for displaying a viewing history of the particular customer premises device; and
a virtual button corresponding to a remote control command for controlling the particular customer premises device; and
responsive to detecting a user input via the virtual button, sending the remote control command to the multimedia content provider resource for delivery to the particular customer premises device via a multimedia network.