Disney patent application shows ESPN video content coming to wireless iPod

“A new Disney patent has just surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office today titled ‘Graphical user interface for electronic devices,’ which provides us with a powerful clue of what’s to come – and more specifically, what’s coming to a wireless iPod near you,” Neo reports for MacNN.

Neo reports, “In a nutshell, Disney is preparing a new ESPN web-enabled clamshell cell phone that will allow it’s users to wirelessly receive ESPN video and text reports as they become available. Disney’s ‘Patent Claims’ concerning the new UI and wireless system are uniquely divided into two distinct groups: One for a cell phone and one simple noted as a portable communications device.”

Neo reports, “In one of Disney’s patent points it states the following: “For example, systems and methods of the present disclosure may be applied to other mobile electronic devices, such as PDAs, pagers, etc., and to other handheld electronic devices, such as, e.g., the iPod digital music player (available from Apple Computer, Inc.).

“Disney describes that the content that will be made available on their new mobile GUI will correspond to sports-related content provided by Mobile ESPN, such as RealTime scores, sports-related news, commentary, video and statistics, software applications, e.g., for managing fantasy sports teams, and other sports-related content,” Neo reports.

Neo reports, “ESPN live content, sports news and video clips are on their way to Apple’s next generation wireless iPod – sometime in 2007/2008. That’ll be a great way to kick-start content for Apple’s future wireless iPod, that no doubt, will grab get the attention of every sports enthusiast around the globe.”

Full article, with much more, including patent application illustrations, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. What I realized from this post is that Disney’s MVNO will be a great entry point for “the iPod Phone.” Apple will not need to start up it’s own MVNO, even if all the wireless companies refuse to carry the iPod phone, because Steve can obviously strike a deal with Disney. Folks will love the product, Disney will quickly sell millions of the phones, and the other carriers will see the light very quickly. Up to now I hadn’t understood how Apple would introduce the iPod phone into general use, but now I see this as a very workable plan.

  2. i.e. = that is
    e.g = for example

    is how the Romans used them.

    i.e. = id est = cioé (italian). That is translated in English as “that is”, “that is to say”, “in other words” as it was ‘id est’ used in Latin.
    e.g. = exempli gratia = for example

    There are lots of latin and greek abbreviations that are used today as they were once, although not in the abbreviated form, thence “id est”, “exempli gratia”, et cetera. (Which is known by most as “etc”)


    “their” in yours above should be “they’re”.

    Oh well, English slowly spiralling down these days… Kind of a brown Zune thing.

    MDN “meaning”. How appropriate

  3. Grammar Snob and other non-morons,

    I have to thank you for having the guts to say something about the horrible writing that’s plaguing sites like this because there’s no surer way to get flamed. However, although I cringe every time I see the their/they’re/there and its/it’s/its’ mistakes on the Web, it’s far more frightening when I see it from (allegedly) highly-educated people in my company and others with whom I correspond.

    It is an absolute epidemic of laziness and I only see it getting worse. (e.g. how many people do you think would even recognize the word “through” nowadays? “Everybody knows its’ speled ‘thru’, stupid. Were did youre parent’s send you to school?” (All mistakes done intentionally and with great difficulty since I know how to &^$#% write).

    A few years ago, I went to a meeting with my girlfriend’s son’s English teacher. We sat down, she picked up her notebook, and said “Jared’s doing good.” I replied “You mean he’s doing things like helping old ladies across the street?” She had no idea what I was talking about and when I said “or do you mean ‘well’?” she got all pissy and adamant and actually said “whatever”. Exactly the same reaction people have here.

    Aside from teachers like her (she?) who shouldn’t be allowed near children, there’s a more basic problem which is simply that no one READS anymore.

    I only have a vocational school education, and I don’t really know that much about proper English (as I’m sure people will point out as they pick apart *my* writing) but from reading books, I learned the basics. And that’s all I am asking of people, LEARN THE DAMNED BASICS!! I don’t care if you make a typo or you spell conceptually wrong — typos happen, and in this medium they happen a lot. And misspellings aren’t even that big a deal ’cause it’s often tough to tell when it’s a misspelling vs. a typo and, again, in this medium, people are trying to get stuff written quickly and there’s really no need to look up words — most people don’t care. But regularly using it’s and its and soooo many simple, basic things incorrectly, shows a lack of knowledge which can be easily corrected but which no one seems to care about any more.

    It’s just getting too embarrassing to be an American. And not so much because of the fact that people don’t know the right way to write, but rather that they <u>don’t care </u> and, worse, if you tell them, they rant at you for being a nit picker, rather than taking the lesson and using it. Really, really sad.

    End of rant. Thanks to those of you who care about the language.

    Feel free to pick at this and point out every grammatical error, typo and misuse of tense. I am always happy to learn.

  4. When was the patent filed? Disney used to have an ESPN mobile phone service but got rid of it because they only got around 10% of the expected members to sign up. Read about it here:


    Disney could have just been speculating as to what might occur with future iPods when it filed the patent so they would be ahead of the game. I would love this iPod that everyone keeps speculating about but will believe it when I see it.

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