Automated television signal and tuner setup

FIELD: physics; video technology.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to television information media and particularly to configuration of TV-signals and TV-tuners. Proposed is a system/method for automated tuning a TV-signal/tuner in a tuner device (for example a personal computer, personal video recorder, a TV set-top box), which has one or more tuners. Setup identifies the number of tuners in the device, where the tuners are analogue or digital, and the standard supported by each tuner. The geographical are in which the device will receive TV-signals is identified, and tuners supporting that area are identified. Digital tuners are identified as digital in the report when analogue tuners are being interrogated so as to detect acting TV-signals and determine source of any acting TV-signals (for example, an antenna, cable service supplier, TV set-top box).

EFFECT: provision for tuning TV-signals and tuners in media where a large number of different tuner configurations are present in personal computers, for instance which is improved for home entertainment.

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The technical field to which the invention relates

The present disclosure relates in General to television media, more precisely to the configuration of the TV signals and TV tuners.

Prior art

Computers such as personal computers (PC, PC), become more and more Central nodes means of audio-visual information, which provide users with numerous entertainment, attracting different types of audiovisual information. For example, PCs are typically used to access digital music via the Internet and to organize, play and transfer digital music on different storage devices and media playback according to the desires of the user. Managing video content (information important content in this way can be carried out using a PC. This evolution PCs into home entertainment centers in the most recently expanded to include television (TV) audio-visual information as an option for entertainment, which is available via PC.

In General, there are different ways to access audio-visual TV information, including, for example, via terrestrial broadcast, cable prophetic the Oia and satellite broadcasting. In terrestrial systems antenna for installation on the roof can accept digital and/or analog TV signals broadcast TV station. The analog tuner in the TV connected to the antenna can be tuned to specific frequencies, allowing the user to receive audio-visual information carried by different TV signals/channels of analog broadcasting. Similarly, the digital TV tuner allows setting the frequency carrying digital TV signals. Computer TV set-top box (STB) or the receiver can also receive digital or analog signals from satellite, cable or terrestrial source. STB can tune digital signals (for example, in the format ATSC) to convert them into analog signals (such as NTSC, PAL or SEC) and send analog signals to the TV at a specific frequency (for example, 60 MHz (channel 3) or 66 MHz (channel 4), which can be adjusted for analog TV tuner. In this case, the user changes channels by setting the STB tuner, keeping the TV tuned to channel output from the STB. STB or receiver can also output a TV signal in a digital format, such as DVB (Digital video) or ATSC (Committee for advanced television systems). TV (e.g., HDTV) digital tuner, in addition to the, provide the user with the opportunity to receive audiovisual information, portable TV signal.

How evolved the signal broadcast standards, at the same evolved and standards for signal connectors. Thus, TV devices and components (e.g., cassette recorders (VCR), computer set-top boxes, TV tuner card for PC, etc) typically include a chain cable, antenna and auxiliary types of connector hardware for ports of entry to vzaimosvyazani different signals from different components. Therefore, a television receiver or tuner card for PC can have multiple input ports, such as RF (RF, RF), composite, S-Video (separate video) and component inputs, in order to adapt to different scenarios. The newly designed computer television set-top boxes typically have outputs S-Video, while computer television set-top boxes designed 5 years ago, can only have a composite video output. The tuner card may include the necessary input ports to accommodate both newer and older computer television set-top boxes. Therefore, there are different ways in which catalyticconverter can be interconnected, depending on the type of signal source that the user uses to access audiovisual TV information.

The variety of signal types, formats, sources, relationships and so forth, can be problematic for users who need to configure one or more tuners regarding their current source of the TV signal (e.g., cable service, satellite direct television broadcasting). Users typically do not face such problems tuner setup with certain devices, the OEM (original equipment manufacturer)such as computer, television set-top boxes, personal video recorders, VCR, because the OEM of these devices know the number and types of tuners in the device and is already pre-configured TV signals and TV tuners within such devices properly. However, in the case of PC, various OEM can provide a variety of different configurations of the tuner. Moreover, PC users can add the screen, remove the screen, switch the screen or move the screen to different connectors within the PC. Thus, PC and other devices that may contain a great variety of configurations tuners, tuning signal/tuner in these devices can be very complicated for average users the PC from a variety of signal types, formats, sources, and mutual relations. A typical configuration issues that the average user can be difficult to answer during the setup procedure signal/tuner, and can include, for example, what standard broadcast should be selected (for example, NTSC, PAL, SECAM, DVB, ATSC), how many tuners can be configured for the selected broadcast standards, what types of connectors are connected to the TV signal (e.g., RF, composite video, S-Video, component) and as a TV signal is available (for example, via the antenna, a provider of cable services, computer set top box). As PCs continue to evolve into a hub of entertainment, which aim to provide the user with the ever-expanding options to view and record different TV signals from different sources TV-media audio-visual information, set up TV signal and tuners will only get more and more complex and time-consuming.

Therefore, there is a need in the way of setting up TV signals and receivers in environments where there may be a large number of different configurations tuners, for example in a PC, which is enhanced for home entertainment.

The invention

System and methods for performing automated set up TV signal is Ala/tuner in the tuner device (for example, PC, personal video recorder, computer set-top box), which contains one or more tuners. The setting determines the number of tuners in the device, whether analog or digital tuners and what standard broadcast each tuner supports. Identifies the geographic area in which the device is to receive TV signals, and identifies the features that support this area. Digital tuners are scanned to capture the signal, whereas analog tuners are polled to identify existing TV signals and to determine the source of any existing TV signals (for example, an antenna, a provider of cable services, computer TV set-top box). After all the tuners on the device will be polled, the user is provided with a report which summarizes the results of the survey tuners.

For analog tuners in turn queries the auxiliary input ports (for example, S-Video, composite, component), until the current auxiliary TV signals will not be found in one of the inputs of the tuner. If auxiliary signals found on the current tuner, the device is checked for additional tuners, and the system provides a report on the current analog tuner, how about having a computer signal set-top boxes, after all Tun the market in the device will be polled. If the current tuner no auxiliary signals is not detected, then the system queries geographically dependent cable adjustment range and geographically dependent antenna tuning range to determine whether the source of the TV signal cable or antenna. If the source is defined, the device is checked for additional tuners, and the system provides a report on the analogue tuner as having either a cable signal source or the antenna signal source, after all the tuners in the device will be polled. If the system is unable to conclude whether the signal source cable or antenna, it then queries an indefinite plurality of frequencies that fall within cable range of settings, and antenna tuning range. If the system determines that the signal source is undetectable as cable/antenna, the device is checked for additional tuners, and, after all the tuners in the device will be polled, the user is asked to determine whether the source cable or antenna. If the system determines that the signal source does not define as cable/antenna, it then determines whether the identified area of computer TV RF consoles. If so, the system queries the special is epichloe for a set of frequencies computer TV RF set-top boxes. If a sufficient number of signals detected among specific area frequency computer TV RF set-top boxes, about the current analog tuner report as having signal computer television set-top boxes, after all the tuners in the device will be polled. Otherwise, the system checks the device for additional tuners, and, after all the tuners in the device will be polled, it reports that no signals were not detected on the current tuner.

Brief description of drawings

The same reference numbers used in all the drawings to indicate identical components and distinctive features.

Figure 1 - illustration of an exemplary environment suitable for automatic tuning of TV signals in the tuner device having one or more TV tuners.

Figure 2 - illustration of an exemplary case for PC, showing the different PC components that facilitate the automated set up TV signals on one or more TV tuners in the PC.

Figure 3 - illustration of the back side of the sample Board tuner.

4 and 5 is a flowchart of algorithms illustrating exemplary methods for automatic configuration of TV signals in the tuner device containing one or more TV tuners.

6 is an illustration of an exemplary computing environment suitable for implementing a PC such as discussed in detail with reference to figure 2.

A DETAILED DESCRIPTION of the PREFERRED embodiments

Introduction

Further detailed discussion is directed to a system and methods that provide automated procedure set up your TV signal and tuner devices that contain one or more tuners, configurable in a variety of different ways, such as in a PC, which is enhanced for home entertainment. One example of such device is a PC of the centre for audio-visual information (Media Center PC), runtime Windows XP Media Center Edition (edition operating system Windows XP for audio-visual information centre), available for purchase from Microsoft, Redmond, Washington.

In a typical case, set up TV signal and tuners in such devices is performed by the user through manual procedures during the "first run" of the device (i.e., when the device is new or newly configured). The automated procedure described in this patent document provides some advantages, including a significant reduction in the complexity of the set up TV signal and tuners in such devices. For the sake of the user reduced the burden of understanding the technical details about what the hundred is Darth broadcasting should be selected, how many tuners must be configured for the selected standard television, what type of connector your TV signal is supplied and from what type of source of the TV signal. This reduces setup time and helps to make the installation procedure more pleasant event.

Exemplary environment

Figure 1 illustrates an exemplary environment 100 suitable for automated tuning of TV signals in the device 102 tuner, containing one or more tuners. In the exemplary environment 100, the device 102 tuner is implemented as a PC center of audiovisual information, running the operating system Windows XP Media Center Edition, available for purchase from Microsoft, Redmond, Washington. Note, however, that this implementation is provided only as examples and not as limitations. Thus, the device 102 tuner can also be implemented as any number of other devices using one or more tuners, configurable in a variety of ways to receive TV signals. For example, the device 102 tuner may include devices such as computer, television set-top boxes, personal video recorders (PVR), a television receiver, and so forth. In the future, however, the device 102 tuner will be referred to as a PC (personal computer) 102.

PC 102 in a typical case, is accomplished with the possibility of doing normal computing functions, such as email, calendaring, task organization, word processing, browsing and so forth. In addition, the PC 102 serves as a hub of audio-visual information, providing access to a variety of audio-visual information from different sources of audio-visual information, such as your Internet service provider 104 and the source 106 signals the TV broadcast. Audiovisual information is delivered to the user via the device's video and audio output, connected to the PC 102, such as a liquid crystal display (LCD) and a speaker 108 and the television receiver 110. The user accesses different choices of data processing and audio-visual information activities available from the PC 102 using different devices control input, including, for example, a keyboard 112, a mouse 114 and the remote control 116. Exemplary computing environment for implementing the PC 102 is described in more detail hereinafter in the present description with reference to Fig.6.

The exemplary environment 100 of figure 1 also illustrates the presence of several different physical sources 106 TV signal. The user is most likely to subscribe for or to use one or two of these sources, but usually not all of them. These sources include system 106(1) ground/ether (OTA) television is wow broadcasting, system 106(2) cable distribution system 106(3) satellite broadcasting. The exemplary environment 100 illustrates that the signals of these sources 106 signal can be input into the PC 102 directly (e.g., via RF antenna 118, the cable 120 or satellite parabolic antenna 122) or they can be entered in the PC 102 through computer TV set-top box (STB) 124. STB 124 may be implemented in various ways, for example via a satellite receiver, cable TV receiver, OTA/terrestrial receiver PVR (personal video recorder) and the like. Various other physical sources of multimedia content is typically are also available via a PC 102, including, for example, provider 104 Internet service, and local devices (not illustrated explicitly), such as a hard drive, a DVD (digital versatile disk) or CD player (CD-ROM).

Computer TV set-top box 124 (STB) performs the functions of a traditional devices of this class, such as the selection control channel and decoding of pay broadcast channels. Although not illustrated in Fig. 1, one or more infrared (IR) emitters can be in order to remotely control various functions of the STB, for example by changing the channel. STB 124 may select from various available physically the x sources 106. Thus, STB 124 may contain interfaces that connect to the RF antenna 118 for receiving terrestrial TV, cable 120 for reception of cable TV, or satellite parabolic antenna 122 for receiving satellite TV. STB 124 may also have an interface for connection to a modem (not shown) for communicating with the provider 104 Internet service and receive Internet content.

A sample implementation

Fig. 2 illustrates a sample implementation of the PC 102, showing the various components of the PC 102, which provide automated set up TV signals on one or more tuners, as well as the delivery of various audio-visual content from various sources, such as sources 106 of the signal from the TV broadcast. PC 102 includes logic hardware in the form of one or more processors 200 and an associated storage device (memory) 202. The memory 202 includes an electronic memory device, and may also include memory drives or other similar types of storage devices. PC 102 also includes an infrared (IR) receiver 204 for receiving commands from a handheld remote control 116 remote control (Fig. 1), the interface 206 data or Internet to communicate with the provider 104 Internet service, and one or more tonerow for receiving TV signals from different sources 106 TV signal, such as system 106(1) terrestrial television broadcasting system 106(2) cable broadcasting system 106(3) satellite broadcasting. The processor 200 is connected to receive commands from the IR receiver 204, and to communicate with other interfaces and tuners 208. Manual 116 remote PC remote control 102 is in communication with computer 102 to enable the user to apply various commands on the PC 102. As noted above, an exemplary computing environment for implementing the PC 102 is described in more detail in this patent document hereinafter, with reference to Fig. 6.

A sample implementation of the PC 102 also includes the application of an automated setup TV signal and tuner specified by reference to figure 2 as a means 210 management (Manager) setting signal tuner. The tool 210 configuration control signal tuner executed on the processor 200 of data from memory. The tool 210 configuration control signal tuner controls the automated tuning procedure, which analyzes the configuration of the tuner PC 102, and enters the TV signals in accordance with the geographical area in which the PC 102 is used. The tool 210 configuration control signal tuner identifies the appropriate geographic area by asking the user's geographic identification information, such chakotay code or country code, and uses this information to identify the appropriate map 212 frequencies stored in memory 202. Map 212 frequencies provides information about which sources 106 TV signal available in the identified geographic area, as well as channel frequency, which most likely should be in the cable setting range or terrestrial (antenna) the setting range for the identified area. The automated tuning procedure allows the PC 102 to provide the user with access to the most rewarding experience in the field of television programming, without exposing the user is often difficult to understand and time-consuming procedure manual configuration.

Depending on the source signal 106, to which the user subscribes to or uses, and the geographic area in which the PC 102 is open, the TV signals of different broadcast standards can be paired with one or more tuners 208 PC 102. For example, a user may subscribe to receive TV service from the system 106(2) cable broadcasting, which broadcasts television programs in the NTSC (National television system Committee standards). NTSC is the analog TV signal, which is used, for example, in North America, Japan, South Korea, Burma, Taiwan, the Philippines and, in a greater largely, in South America. Format PAL signal (line with phase change) is an alternative in relation to NTSC, which is used in most of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and parts of South America. The signal format SECAM (sequential color and memory) is another alternative in relation to NTSC, used in the former USSR, France, parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In General, TV signals in these formats may come from the system 106(1) ground/OTA (over the air) television broadcast system 106(2) cable broadcasting or system 106(3) satellite broadcasting.

In addition to the formats of the analog signal, such as NTSC, PAL and SECAM, the user can receive TV signals in digital format, such as ATSC (Committee on advanced television systems) or DVB (digital video). Format ATSC used above ground or OTA (over the air) TV shows in the United States and Canada. The DVB is a standard used in various places around the world.

Depending on the specific source 106 TV signal, TV signals can log in to the PC 102 directly or via computer television set-top box (STB). That is, analog or digital TV signal from the system 106(2) cable broadcasting, for example, can be entered directly into the appropriate I the d in the tuner 208 on the PC 102, or it may first be carried out through the STB 124. Both scenarios are illustrated in Fig. 1. Also analog or digital TV signal from the system 106(1) terrestrial broadcasting or system 106(3) satellite broadcasting can be attached directly (e.g., bypassing the antenna or satellite parabolic antenna, respectively) to the corresponding entry in the tuner 208 on the PC 102, or it may be conducted through the STB 124.

Board 208 tuner in a PC typically includes a set of cable, antenna and auxiliary types of hardware connectors for input ports to bring different TV signals to the PC 102. Figure 3 provides a view of the rear side of the sample Board 208 tuner, showing the example of some types of input connectors, which may be present on the circuit Board 208 tuner. Coaxial input 300 may be used, for example, to directly draw the RF signals, bypassing terrestrial antenna, or directly to sum the signals from the cable source. Auxiliary inputs such as composite video input 302, the input 304 S-video and component video inputs 306, in the typical case down the different types of signals from the digital television set-top boxes (STB), satellite receiver, personal video recorder (PVR) and the like. Board 208 tuner as possible, should have different types of aid is output connectors ports of entry, in order to adapt to both older and newer versions of the various STB devices. Therefore, there is a variety of ways in which the signals of multiple types and sources of TV signal can be put in charge 208 tuner within the PC 102.

The tool 210 configuration control signal tuner controls the automated tuning procedure, which simplifies the initial setup TV signal/tuner for the myriad configurations of interdependencies TV signal and tuner 208, which are possible within the PC 102.

Approximate methods

Approximate methods for automatic configuration of TV signals in the device 102 tuner (e.g., PC 102)containing one or more tuners 208, hereinafter will be described with direct reference to the flowchart of the algorithm in figure 4 and 5. The methods are applied to approximate variants of implementation, discussed above regarding Fig. 1-3. Despite the fact that one or more of the methods disclosed by the block diagram of the algorithm and text associated with the block diagram of the algorithm should be clear that the elements of the described methods do not necessarily have to be performed in the order in which they are presented, and that alternative procedures can result in similar advantages. Moreover, the methods are not limiting and can be performed by one is CCE or in combination with any other. The elements of the described methods may be executed by any suitable means, including logical blocks hardware on a specialized integrated circuit (ASIC) or performance-readable processor instructions specified in reader-compatible processor media.

"Suitable for reading by the processor carrier", as used in this patent document can be any means that can contain, store, communicate, propagate, or transfer the instructions for use or execution by the processor. Suitable for reading by the processor, the media can be, without limitation, an electronic, magnetic, optical, electromagnetic, infrared or semiconductor system, apparatus, device or distribution environment. More specific examples of suitable for reading by the processor of the carrier include, among other things, an electrical connection (electronic)having one or more wires, a removable computer diskette (magnetic), a random access memory (RAM, RAM) (magnetic), a persistent storage device (RAM, ROM) (magnetic), an erasable programmable permanent memory (EPROM or flash memory), an optical fiber (optical), a rewritable CD (CD-RW (optical) and removable persistent storage device on a compact disc (CDROM) (optical).

At step 402 of method 400, one or more tuners 208 in PC 102 identify/list. The tool 210 configuration control signal tuner in General configured to perform an automated set up TV signals on one or more tuners in the PC 102. The tool 210 configuration management identifies tuners 208 in PC 102 that includes identifying each of the tuner and the determination of the number of tuners in the PC 102, and identifies the standard broadcast supported for each tuner and identifies the types of input connectors available for each tuner. Identification tuners 208 in PC also includes the identification of the geographic area in which the PC 102 to receive TV signals. Identification of the geographical area in the typical case involves a request to the user in relation to postal code or country code in which the PC 102 will work, or receiving such information from the operating system of the PC 102.

At step 404, the tool 210 configuration management filters the list of tuners 208 from step 402 based on those tuners that support identified by the user's geographic area. In General, those tuners that support the identified geographic area, will be reported to the user agent 210 configuration management in the process is automated CE configuration.

At step 406, the tool 210 control queries the current tuner and determines whether digital is a tuner, such as a digital tuner 208(3) (2), or an analog tuner, such as an analog tuner 208(1) and 208(2) (2). If the current respondents tuner is a digital tuner, a digital tuner is investigated to capture the signal, as shown at step 408, which indicates whether a valid digital signal is connected to the input of the digital tuner. The tool 210 configuration management then checks for the presence of additional tuners on stage 410, and proceeds to the next tuner, if it is available, as shown in step 412, and polls the next tuner to determine whether it is digital or analog tuner, again as shown in step 406. After all the tuners in the device 102 will be interviewed, the user is provided with a report summarizing the results of the survey/tuner setup, as shown in step 434. For example, if the current tuner is a digital tuner, which has a capture signal is detected, the digital tuner will be reported to the user at step 434. If no tuner is not found during setup, despite this report informs the user that no tuners were not found, as shown in steps 430 and 432.

Again referring to step 406, if the current tuner one is camping analog tuner, the tool 210 configuration management continues to poll the analog tuner to determine whether you have connected to it a valid source of analog TV signal and what type of source of your TV signal connected to it, as further discussed in detail about the stages 414-434. At step 414, the tool 210 configuration management tool queries the current analog tuner to determine whether it has an auxiliary input, such as input signal S-video, composite input video signal, component input signal or the input video signal SCART (Syndicat des Constructeurs d Appareils Radiorecepteurs et Televiseurs). At step 416, if the auxiliary signal is detected on the current tuner, the tool 210 configuration management checks for the presence of additional tuners (step 410), and if another tuner is found, it starts the method 400 again poll the next tuner to determine whether the next tuner digital or analog (steps 412 and 406). After all the tuners will be interviewed, the tool 210 configuration management will provide the report to the user about the current analog tuner (namely, the tuner, which were discovered auxiliary signals), how about having signal inputs computer television set-top boxes (STB), as shown in step 434. In areas where STB-STB discharge under other standards ve the project (for example, PAL-B against SECAM-L), for example, in France, the tool 210 configuration management will also provide this information to the user or ask the user to confirm the default installation for this area.

At step 418, if the auxiliary signal is detected on the current tuner (namely, at step 414), the tool 210 configuration management then polls the tuner about sets or frequency only cable only or antenna channels, as shown in step 418. Survey on sets only cable only or antenna channels includes accessing the map 212 frequencies on the basis of the identified geographic area in which the device is a TV tuner to receive TV signals. As noted above regarding step 402, a geographic area in a typical case is identified through a survey of the user in relation to postal code or country code in which the PC 102 will work. Map 212 frequencies identifies the cable adjustment range and the antenna tuning range, in which TV signals are supposed to find. After the tool 210 configuration management provides access to a proper map 212 frequencies, it queries the current analog tuner to detect existing TV signals within the cable range, and antenna range on these Cana is lnyh frequencies, identified by means of the card frequencies.

At step 420, the tool 210 configuration management defines the survey cable range and antenna range, can be the source of the TV signal for the current tuner is undoubtedly identified as a cable source or antenna source. To determine whether the signal source cable source must be greater than the existing TV signals detected in cable range than found in the antenna range. In addition, the number of existing TV signals detected in cable range must exceed a minimum threshold number of channels. If these criteria are satisfied, the tool 210 configuration management makes a decision or determine that the source is a TV channel for the current tuner is a cable source. Under these conditions, the tool 210 configuration management checks for the presence of additional tuners (step 410), and if another tuner is available, it again starts the method 400 next survey tuner to determine whether the next tuner digital or analog (steps 412 and 406). After all the tuners were interviewed, the tool 210 configuration management will provide a report on the current analog tuner (namely, the tuner is defined as having only cable signal source) the user is the tel, how about having a cable signal source, as shown in step 434.

At step 420, so that the tool 210 configuration management to determine whether the signal source antenna source (not cable source)must be greater than the existing TV signals detected in the antenna range than found in the cable range. In addition, the number of existing TV signals detected in the antenna range must exceed a minimum threshold number of channels. If these criteria are satisfied, the tool 210 configuration management makes a decision or determine that the source of your TV signal analog tuner is the antenna source. Under these conditions, the tool 210 configuration management checks for the presence of additional tuners (step 410), and if another tuner is available, it again starts the method 400 next survey tuner to determine whether the next tuner digital or analog (steps 412 and 406). After all the tuners will be interviewed, the tool 210 configuration management will provide a report on the current analog tuner (namely, the tuner is defined as having only the antenna signal source), how about having the antenna signal source, as shown in step 434.

At step 420, if the survey cable range and antenna range is e is undeniable (i.e., the tool 210 is unable to unambiguously determine whether the source of the TV signal cable or antenna), the tool 210 configuration management queries undefinable set of channel frequencies, as shown in step 422, which lasts from 4 to 5. Undefinable set of frequencies is selected from the proper card 212 frequencies according to the identified geographic area. Indefinable many frequencies may be frequencies of the normal cable tuning range and/or frequency within the normal antenna tuning range.

At step 424, the tool 210 control setting determines whether you have enough analog frequencies detected in the indefinable set of frequencies to conclude that the source signal is undetectable. If the number of existing TV signals detected in the indefinable set of frequencies exceeds a minimum threshold, the tool 210 configuration management concludes that the source signal is undetectable analog. That is, the signal source is either the cable, or analog, but the tool 210 configuration management does not know what it is. Under these conditions, the tool 210 configuration management checks for the presence of additional tuners (step 410), and if another tuner is available, it again starts the method 400 next survey tuner is, to determine whether the next tuner digital or analog (steps 412 and 406). After all the tuners will be interviewed, the tool 210 configuration management will provide a report on the current analog tuner (namely, the tuner precisely defined as having undetectable, cable or antenna source analog signal) to the user, as yet undefined, cable or antenna, the source of the analog signal, as shown in step 434. The tool 210 configuration management then asks the user to determine whether the signal source antenna or cable.

If at step 424, the tool 210 configuration management determines that the signals detected in the indefinable many, not enough, the tool 210 configuration management determines from the appropriate card frequency, supports or not a geographic area computer TV RF set-top box, as shown in step 426. If the geographical area supports computer TV RF set-top box, a configuration management tool polls the specific set of frequencies computer TV RF set-top boxes that are reserved for area, as shown in step 428. Like other frequency sets above, many of the frequencies of computer TV RF set-top boxes is selected from the map 212 frequent the t for the identified geographic area.

At step 428, the tool 210 control setting determines whether the signals detected within the set frequency computer TV RF set-top boxes, to conclude that the source signal is a computer TV RF console. If the minimum threshold number is exceeded, the tool 210 configuration management concludes that the source of the TV signal for the current analog tuner is a computer TV RF console. The tool 210 configuration management then checks for the presence of additional tuners (step 410), and if another tuner is available, it again starts the method 400 next survey tuner to determine whether the next tuner digital or analog (steps 412 and 406). After all the tuners will be interviewed, the tool 210 configuration management will provide a report on the current analog tuner (namely, the tuner precisely defined as having a source of an analog signal computer television HF prefix)as having the source computer TV RF set-top box, as shown in step 434.

If at step 428 the tool 210 configuration management is unable to conclude that the source computer television set-top boxes, or step 426 determines that g is graficheskiy district does not support computer TV RF set-top box, the tool 210 configuration management checks for the presence of additional tuners (step 410), and if another tuner is available, it again starts the method 400 next survey tuner to determine whether the next tuner digital or analog (stage 412 and 406). If there are no other remaining tuners that have not been surveyed, the tool 210 configuration management provides the generalization of the survey results to the user as shown in step 434 and as mentioned throughout this detailed discussion. If the tool 210 configuration management is not able to identify any tuners during the configuration process, however, the report informs the user that no tuner was not found, as shown in step 430 and 432.

Exemplary computing environment

6 illustrates an exemplary computing environment suitable for implementing procedures for automated tuning of TV signals in the device, containing one or more TV tuners, such as the PC 102, discussed in detail above in this patent document. Although figure 6 shows one particular configuration, such computing devices may be implemented in other computing configurations.

Computing environment 600 includes a computing system for General purposes in the form of a computer is tera 602. Computer components 602 may include, but not as a limitation, one or more processors or blocks 604 data processing system memory 606 and the system bus 608, which connects various system components, including the processor, the system memory 606.

The system bus 608 represents one or more of certain types of bus structures including a memory bus or memory controller, a peripheral bus, an accelerated graphics port, and a processor or local bus using any of a variety of bus architectures. An example of a system bus 608 may be a bus, the peripheral component interconnect (PCI), also known as mezzanine bus.

The computer 602 includes a variety of computer-readable media. Such media can be any available media that is made with possibility of access via computer 602 and include both volatile and nonvolatile media, both removable and non-removable media. System memory 606 includes machine-readable media in the form of volatile memory, such as random access memory (RAM, RAM) 610, and/or non-volatile memory, such as persistent storage device (RAM, ROM) 612. The system basic input/output system (BIOS) 614, containing the basic routines that p is able to transfer information between elements within computer 602, for example, during startup, is stored in ROM 612. RAM 610 contains data and/or programs that are directly available for block 604 data and/or processed by block 604 data.

The computer 602 may also include other removable/non-removable, volatile/nonvolatile computer storage media. As an example, Fig.6 illustrates the drive 616 on hard drives for reading from and writing to removable non-volatile magnetic media (not shown), the drive 618 magnetic disk drive for reading from and writing to a removable, nonvolatile magnetic disk 620 (e.g., a "floppy disk"), and the drive 622 optical disk drive for reading from and/or writes to a removable, nonvolatile optical disk 624, such as a CD-ROM on the CD-ROM), DVD-ROM on digital versatile disk), or other optical media. Each drive 616 on hard drives, floppy 618 magnetic disks and drive 622 optical drives connected to the system bus via one or more interfaces 625 media data. Alternatively, the drive 616 on hard drives, floppy 618 magnetic disks and CD-ROM 622 optical drives can be connected to the system bus 608 via a SCSI (small computer system interface) (not shown)

The drives and their associated computer-readable media provide nonvolatile storage of computer-readable instructions, data structures, program modules and other data for the computer 602. Although the example illustrates a hard disk drive 616, a removable magnetic disk 620, and a removable optical disk 624, should be taken into account that other types of computer-readable media that can store data, which the computer can access, for example, a magnetic floppy disk or other magnetic storage devices, flash memory cards, CD-ROM, digital versatile disks (DVD) or other optical storage, random access memory (RAM, RAM), persistent storage device (RAM, ROM), electrically erasable and programmable constant the memory device (EEPROM) and the like, can also be used to implement the exemplary computing system and environment.

Any number of program modules may be stored on the hard disk 616, a magnetic disk 620, optical disk 624, the ROM 612 and/or RAM 610, including, as an example, the operating system 626, one or more application programs 628, other program modules 630 and software data 632. Each of these operating systems 626, one or more application programs 628, other software mo the hive 630 and software data 632 (or some combination) may include an implementation option scheme caching for user information and network access.

The computer 602 may include a manifold configured to read the computer/processor media identified as the transmission medium. The data transfer medium embodies computer-readable instructions, data structures, program modules or other data in a modulated information data signals, such as carrier wave or other transport mechanism and includes any medium of information delivery. The term "modulated information signal" means a signal that has one or more of its many characteristics, or changes in such a manner as to encode information in the signal. As an example, and not limitation, communication media includes wired environment, such as a wired network or direct-wired connection, and wireless environment, such as acoustic, RF, infrared or other wireless environment. Combinations of any of the above environments and media are also covered by the term "machine-readable medium".

The user can enter commands and information into computer system 602 through input devices such as keyboard 634 and pointing device 636 (for example, "mouse"). Other devices 638 input (not separately shown) may include a microphone, joystick, gaming is second panel, satellite parabolic antenna, serial port, scanner, and/or the like. These and other input devices are connected to the block 604 data through interfaces 640 I/o, which is attached to the system bus 608, but may be connected by other interface and bus structures, such as a parallel port, game port or a universal serial bus (USB).

Monitor 642 or other type of display device can also be connected to the system bus 608 via an interface, such as video 644. In addition to the monitor 642, other peripheral output devices can include components such as speakers (not shown) and the printing device 646, which may be connected to the computer 602 via interfaces 640 input/output.

The computer 602 can operate in an environment with network structure using logical connections to one or more remote computers, such as remote computing device 648. As an example, the remote computing device 648 may be a personal computer, a portable computer, a server, a router, a network PC, a peer device or any common network node, and the like. Remote computing device 648 is illustrated in the form of partitiononcompletion, which may include many or all of the elements and distinguishing features described in this patent document on a computer system 602.

Logical connections between the computer 602 and the remote computer 648 depicted as a local area network (LAN) 650 and wide area network (WAN) 652. Such forming network environments are commonplace in offices, enterprise computer networks, intranet (local area networks that use Internet technology and the Internet. When implemented in a network environment LAN, the computer 602 is connected to the local network 650 through a network interface or adapter 654. When implemented in a WAN network environment, the computer 602 includes a modem 656 or other means for establishing communications over the WAN 652. Modem 656, which may be internal or external to the computer 602 may be connected to the system bus 608 via interfaces 640 I/o or other suitable mechanisms. Should be taken into account that the illustrated network connections are exemplary and that can be used other means of establishing channel(s) communication between computers 602 and 648.

In an environment with network structure, such as illustrated computing environment 600, program modules depicted in relation to computer 602, or parts thereof, can be stored in the remote C is fasting device. As an example, remote application programs 658 are in a storage device of the remote computer 648. For purposes of illustration, application programs and other made with the possibility of execution of software components such as operating system, illustrated in this patent document as a discrete nodes, although it is recognized that such programs and components reside at various times in different storage components of the computer system 602 and executed by the device(s) data processing computer.

Conclusion

Although the invention has been described in language specific to structural features and/or methodological acts, it should be clear that the invention defined in the attached claims is not necessarily limited to the specific features or actions described. Rather, the specific features and steps are disclosed as exemplary forms of implementing the claimed invention.

1. The method of reporting the tuners to the user containing phases in which: identify the tuners in the tuner device, in which: identify the geographic area in which the device tuner to receive TV signals, identify the number of tuners in the tuner device, identifying ichirou the standard broadcast supported by each tuner, and identify the type of input connector for each tuner; determine whether each tuner analog tuner or a digital tuner; provide a report on each digital tuner to the user; provide a report on each analog tuner to the user; and if no tuners are not identified, provide a report stating that no tuner is not found.

2. The method according to claim 1, wherein when providing a report for each digital tuner explore each digital tuner to capture the signal.

3. The method according to claim 1, wherein when providing a report for each analog tuner: query the current analog tuner on existing TV signals and determine the source of current TV signals.

4. The method according to claim 3, in which the survey will query the current analog tuner on the auxiliary input signals.

5. The method according to claim 4, additionally comprising stages, which, if found auxiliary input signals: are checking for more tuners; if one or more additional tuners are available, ask the following tuner to determine whether this next tuner digital or analog; and after all the tuners respondents, provide a report on the current analog tuner as having signals take machine vision into production the second set-top boxes.

6. The method according to claim 4, further containing a stage at which: if the auxiliary input signal is not found, ask the current analog tuner on sets of channels, the source of each of which is only a cable signal source, and sets of channels, the source of each of which is only antenna signal source.

7. The method according to claim 6, in which the survey of the current analog tuner on sets of channels, the source of each of which is only a cable signal source, and sets of channels, the source of each of which is only antenna signal source: access frequency map based on the identified geographic area in which the device tuner to receive TV signals, with frequency map identifies the cable range and the antenna range, which is expected TV signals, and poll the current analog tuner to detect existing TV signals within the cable range and antenna range on channel frequencies identified by the card frequencies.

8. The method according to claim 7, additionally comprising stages on which to determine that the source of the TV signal for the current analog tuner is the cable source, only if more of the existing TV signal the minerals found in cable range than found in the antenna range, and the detected number of existing TV signals in cable range exceeds the minimum threshold value; and determine that the source of the TV signal for the current analog tuner is the antenna source only if the source of the TV signal is not defined as a cable source, and found a number of existing TV signals in the antenna range exceeds the minimum threshold value.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising stages, in which: if the source of the TV signal for the current analog tuner source is cable or antenna source, carry out checks for additional tuners; if one or more additional tuners are available, ask the following tuner to determine whether this next tuner digital or analog; and after all the tuners respondents report about analog tuner as having cable signals or the antenna signal.

10. The method of claim 8, further containing a stage at which: if the source of the TV signal for the current analog tuner is neither cable source or antenna source, carry out a survey on the subject of existing TV signals undetectable in the set of frequencies identified in the map of frequencies, and indefinable set the creation of frequencies includes cable, and the antenna frequency.

11. The method according to claim 10, further comprising stages, which, if the detected number of valid TV signals undetectable in the lot exceeds the minimum threshold: perform check for additional tuners; if one or more additional tuners are available, ask the following tuner to determine whether this next tuner analog or digital; and after all the tuners respondents, provide a report on the current analog tuner as indefinable signals and prompt the user to determine whether the current TV signals, cable signals or the antenna signal.

12. The method according to claim 11, further containing a stage at which, if the current analog tuner does not have undetectable signals, determine whether the identified geographic area computer TV RF set-top box.

13. The method according to item 12, further comprising stages, in which: if the identified geographical area supports computer TV RF set-top boxes, access to a specific area of the set of frequencies of computer TV RF set-top boxes, identified in the map of frequencies; and poll frequency in this specific area, many of frequencies computer is televizionnoi RF consoles on the subject of existing TV signals.

14. The method according to item 13, further comprising stages, which, if the minimum number of valid TV signals is not detected in said specific area, many of frequencies computer TV RF consoles: perform check for additional tuners; if one or more additional tuners are available, ask the following tuner to determine whether this next tuner digital or analog; and after all the tuners respondents, provide a report on the current analog tuner as having no detectable signal.

15. The method according to item 13, further comprising stages, which, if the minimum number of valid TV signals detected in said specific area, many of frequencies computer TV RF consoles: perform check for additional tuners, if one or more additional tuners are available, ask the following tuner to determine whether this next tuner digital or analog; and after all the tuners respondents, provide a report on the current analog tuner as signals having computer TV RF set-top box.

16. Made with the possibility of reading the processor, the medium containing made with the possibility of execution is recession instructions configured to perform the method according to claim 1.

17. The tuner device containing made readable by the processor of the media item 16.

18. The tuner device according to 17, selected from the group consisting of: a PC (personal computer), computer, television set-top box, personal video recorder, cassette recorder, TV receiver.

19. Made with the possibility of reading the processor, the medium containing made with the possibility of execution by the processor instructions configured to: identify one or more tuners in the tuner device, and this identification contains: identification of the geographic area in which the device tuner to receive TV signals, the identification number of tuners in the tuner device, the identification broadcast standards supported by each tuner, and identification of the type of input connector for each tuner; poll analog tuners on TV signals in accordance with a map of frequencies, and frequency map identifies the ranges of settings in which TV signals are likely to be detected, the basis of the identified geographic area; and providing a report about the source of your TV signal analog tuner to the user on the basis of the survey.

20. Made with the possibility of citymayors.com media according to claim 19, optionally containing made with the possibility of execution by the processor instructions configured for: retrieving the user to define a geographic area, in this geographical area is the location in which TV signals will be received; and receiving identification information from a user in response to the request.

21. Made with the possibility of reading a media processor according to claim 20, in which the identification information is selected from the group consisting of: country code and postal code.

22. Made with the possibility of reading a media processor according to claim 19, additionally containing made with the possibility of execution by the processor instructions configured to: determine that at least one tuner is a digital tuner; a survey of this at least one digital tuner on capture TV signal; and provide the report to the user that mentioned at least one digital tuner is digital source.

23. Made with the possibility of reading a media processor according to claim 19, in which the survey is selected from the group consisting of: a survey regarding auxiliary input signals; a survey on input signals in the cable range of settings, and cable range is set by the credit card often is; a survey on input signals in the antenna tuning range, and the antenna range is set by the credit card frequencies; a survey on input signals undetectable analog tuning range, and undetectable analog setting range includes frequency and cable tuning range, and antenna tuning range, and undetectable analog setting range is set by the card frequencies; and a survey regarding the input signals in the range of computer settings TV RF set-top box, and a range of computer settings TV RF set-top box is set by the card frequencies.

24. Made with the possibility of reading a media processor according to claim 19, in which the tuner device selected from the group consisting of: a PC (personal computer), computer, television set-top box, personal video recorder, cassette recorder, TV receiver.

25. The computer that contains configured to read a media processor according to claim 19.

26. Computer, comprising: one or more tuners, TV signal, and the configuration management tool signal tuner configured: to identify the aforementioned one or more tuners, TV signal, and the configuration management tool signal tuner: identific is any geographic area, in which the device tuner to receive TV signals, identifies the number of tuners in the tuner device, identifies the standard broadcast supported for each tuner, and identifies the type of input connector for each tuner; to analyze the signals at the inputs of the aforementioned one or more tuners, TV signal; and submit a report of the type of the tuner and the source type of the TV signal to the user.

27. The computer p, optionally containing a map of frequencies, configured to provide the expected frequency in one or more ranges of settings, where TV signals will be detected at this frequency map based on the geographical location in which TV signals will be accepted.

28. The computer p, which referred to one or more tuners, TV signal are digital tuners, and the configuration management tool signal tuner configured to examine a digital tuner on capture signal and to provide a report on the digital tuner to the user as having a digital signal source.

29. The computer p, which referred to one or more TV tuners, TV signal are analog tuners, and a configuration management tool signal tuner configured to analyze analog signals on the analog inputs of the tuner and to report about than the new tuner to the user, as well as to identify the source of analog signals, and the source can be selected from the group consisting of: a source in the form of computer television set-top boxes, cable signal source, antenna signal source.



 

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