Steve Jobs credited with Apple TV patent for episodic TV

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

This report “is focused on a single Apple TV patent,” Purcher reports. “It’s a patent regarding episodic TV and it’s another patent credited to the late, great, Steve Jobs.”

Purcher reports, “Apple has received a Granted Patent relating to a method of organizing episodic content such as TV shows on Apple TV… This patent which was originally filed in Q3 2006.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. From article — The patent goes on to state that the menu items, could, for example, “correspond to television shows that have either been recorded from a broadcast or purchased from a content provider.”

    Gimme a break! I despise this sort of generic stuff. No better than, “We’ll have a beige box, and there’ll be electronic bits, and it’ll make pictures on a monitor.” Laughable and sickening at the same time.

    1. The granted patent review isn’t meant to be an analysis of the patent. This guy does more of an analysis in patent applications. There’s a link to the full patent if you want to drown in details, but that wouldn’t satisfy you anti-Apple, Anti-patent guys anyways. You’re a clan of loud mouths. You mirror all the other nutcases and you’ve never invented a damn thing in your life! And don’t bore me with your fake credentials.

      I think that front row was cool for it’s time and Apple is bound to take it to the next level before too long. Go Apple!

      1. I think you need to get back on your tranks, Marcus. At least I was complaining about the patent system — which most people seem to think is severely broken. You’re just going into an illogical, frothing name-calling. Grow up.

        1. Did you not start off wailing a way like a kid about the patent system and use language like the patent is “laughable and sickning’? And now you want to play the grown up here. Get real Seamus. And “most people” is an excuse for losers and sheep. It’s only broken if your team is being sued. What a joke.

        2. Maybe next time if you don’t come in like a bull in a China Shop with insults you’ll be treated like an adult. My response was in measure to your attack.

        3. “My response was in measure to your attack.”

          Hardly!!! I was complaining about the patent system and a type patent – not a person.
          In response to which you launched into a series of generalized vitriolic personal insults, most of which are not even REMOTELY rationally linked to what I wrote and assert various points you have no way of knowing the validity or lack of validity of…
          – anti-Apple, Anti-patent guys
          – a clan of loud mouths
          – mirror all the other nut cases
          – you’ve never invented a damn thing in your life!
          – don’t bore me with your fake credentials.
          – wailing a way like a kid
          – you want to play the grown up here.
          – an excuse for losers and sheep.

          You seriously need to get a grip.

  2. The link to the patent presents more information. At the time, Apple’s Front Row UI was an excellent leap forward from anything on the market. Apple’s mistake was to not play ball with the cable providers and not making Apple TV a PVR.

    Yet the patent is a great foundation for a system handling TV content on digital devices including how content is stored and so forth. Like most of Apple’s projects, there’s no such thing as a single patent. It’s part of of series of patents on any given project.

    I’d love to get an Apple TV but it’s just not competitive with PVRs. It could be in a heart beat if Tim Cook would work with the cable providers. Not many want to pay for TV episodes from Apple’s iTunes. So they have to rethink it. Steve Jobs thought he cracked it. We’ll see. For now, it’s 2 thumbs up for Steve.

  3. ” Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Kinect related technologies may go head to head..”

    MicroSoft has a huge lead in this regard. Kinect is a real living room product selling on the shelves today, whereas anything Siri capable (not limited to the iPhone/iPad) is, so far, vaporware. MicroSoft PCs are in 95% of homes. Millions already have Xboxes for use as digital cable terminals, gaming platforms, and movie content. Adding a Kinect is a small expense, not to mention MicroSoft is giving them away to digital subscribers with a free XBox360 too. Ouch. MicroSoft, Google, Hulu, TiVo, and Amazon have all inked the same media deals as Apple has and offer much more. Despite whatever ease-of-use aspects Apple comes up with, it all adds up to a very hard market to crack for the poorly selling tunerless, non-gaming, non-PVR AppleTV. The only edge Apple has is with their iPhone/iPad/iTunes synergy; a market that is being heavily contested by Android, MicroSoft, RIM and ISPs. All these competitors still risk being subverted entirely by the studios offering their content independently online.

    1. There’s no doubt that Microsoft has the lead. Kudos to their hard work. But Siri, isn’t vaporware. It’s on the iPhone 4S and Apple is learning to advance it while a small base of users are getting used to interacting wtih Siri. It’ll take a little time, but I think that Apple could pull off something decent here. So yes, over the next decade, Siri will be a major force to deal with. In the short term, Microsoft has the lead and bringing it to PC’s later this quarter. It’s way too early to call a winner Brau.

    2. Maybe I need to better understand Kinect.

      1) its not portable
      2) its not an assistant fro searching
      3) 95% of the homes don’t have PCs capable of Kinect.
      4) nor will 95% want the technology – even given for free

      Kinect is a full human interaction to computing and experience gaming – not an voice Assistant AI – fro search – how can you even say it is way ahead here?

      1. Sorry to burst your bubble WaterLily, but it was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas last week that Kinect’s next version will offer intelligent voice activated search. Being for the living room TV I don’t know why it would have to be “portable.” It’s definitely going beyond games to work with TV, music and more. The lead that Microsoft has is XBox in the living room with Kinect. I think Msft said that they sold 18 million last year. A software upgrade is likely to add the new “search” by voice capabliites etc in the next few months. They have a small lead that Apple could crush in one fiscal quarter with a true HDTV.

        1. Did they demo an actual alpha/beta device, or did they mock up a demo of what it is supposed to be like? (I really don’t know.) MS has shown stuff in the past that never turned into a workable product.

        2. The new search service is promoted as: You Say It, Xbox Finds it

          It’s either here now or will be in February. But it’s real and moving beyond games. They have a video that has a segment on being able to talk to kinect to fine movies, use Bing and work with TV. They mix it in with games which could be confusing, but be patient and you’ll see on that video on the link above.

          So it’s not just a demo, Mark. It’s now moving into the market.

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