09338493 is referenced by 24 patents and cites 3730 patents.

Systems and processes are disclosed for controlling television user interactions using a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can interact with a television set-top box to control content shown on a television. Speech input for the virtual assistant can be received from a device with a microphone. User intent can be determined from the speech input, and the virtual assistant can execute tasks according to the user's intent, including causing playback of media on the television. Virtual assistant interactions can be shown on the television in interfaces that expand or contract to occupy a minimal amount of space while conveying desired information. Multiple devices associated with multiple displays can be used to determine user intent from speech input as well as to convey information to users. In some examples, virtual assistant query suggestions can be provided to the user based on media content shown on a display.

Title
Intelligent automated assistant for TV user interactions
Application Number
14/498503
Publication Number
9338493 (B2)
Application Date
September 26, 2014
Publication Date
May 10, 2016
Inventor
Rohit Dasari
Cupertino
CA, US
Patrick M Lister
Cupertino
CA, US
Jonathan H Russell
Cupertino
CA, US
Lia T Napolitano
San Francisco
CA, US
Harry J Saddler
Berkeley
CA, US
Marcel Van Os
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Morrison & Foerster
Assignee
Apple
CA, US
IPC
H04N 21/472
G09C 1/00
H04N 21/431
G10L 15/26
G06F 17/30
H04N 21/84
H04N 21/488
H04N 21/858
H04N 21/443
H04N 21/41
H04N 21/422
H04N 5/46
H04N 21/482
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