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Publication numberUS20040075770 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/468,266
PCT numberPCT/KR2002/000257
Publication dateApr 22, 2004
Filing dateFeb 19, 2002
Priority dateFeb 20, 2001
Also published asCN1493153A, CN101083737A, CN101083737B, EP1410625A1, EP1410625A4, US7773156, US20060227247, WO2002067581A1
Publication number10468266, 468266, PCT/2002/257, PCT/KR/2/000257, PCT/KR/2/00257, PCT/KR/2002/000257, PCT/KR/2002/00257, PCT/KR2/000257, PCT/KR2/00257, PCT/KR2000257, PCT/KR2002/000257, PCT/KR2002/00257, PCT/KR2002000257, PCT/KR200200257, PCT/KR200257, US 2004/0075770 A1, US 2004/075770 A1, US 20040075770 A1, US 20040075770A1, US 2004075770 A1, US 2004075770A1, US-A1-20040075770, US-A1-2004075770, US2004/0075770A1, US2004/075770A1, US20040075770 A1, US20040075770A1, US2004075770 A1, US2004075770A1
InventorsSeung-Jin Lee
Original AssigneeSeung-Jin Lee
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device and method for displaying pip on tv
US 20040075770 A1
Abstract
Device and method for displaying a PIP on a TV, the method including the steps of (a) generating a PIP if a user selects a PIP mode, generating menus for the generated PIP in a form of an OSD, displaying the generated PIP and PIP menus on the same time, (d) if a user desired menu is selected from the displayed menus, controlling according to the selected menu, and displaying the PIP and the PIP menu according to the control, whereby providing a variety for PIP window screens according to user's requirements owing to the simultaneous movement of the PIP screen and the PIP menu, and permitting the user to obtain desired information easily when the user identifies the picture source and selects the PIP, owing to the display of relevant source control information and PIP control information in a form of rim information, if the TV is used, with a variety of external devices connected thereto.
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1. A device for displaying a PIP on a TV having an interfacing part and a displaying part, comprising:
a first picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a main screen;
a second picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a PIP;
a microcomputer for controlling so that outputs of the first picture processing part, and the second picture processing part, and PIP menu information stored already are displayed on the displaying part in a form a user desires; and,
a digital picture processing part for processing a picture signal from the switching part and a PIP menu produced when the PIP mode is selected in response to a control signal from the microcomputer for displaying on the displaying part.
2. A method for displaying a PIP on a TV, comprising the steps of:
(a) generating a PIP if a user selects a PIP mode;
(b) generating menus for the generated PIP in a form of an OSD;
(c) displaying the generated PIP and PIP menus on the same time;
(d) if a user desired menu is selected from the displayed menus, controlling according to the selected menu; and,
(d) displaying the PIP and the PIP menu according to the control.
3. A method as claimed in claim 2, wherein the step (b) includes the step of generating menus of move, swap, minimize, maximize, or the like.
4. A method as claimed in claim 2 or 3, wherein the step (d) includes the step of controlling according to a selection of the user if the user selects move, swap, minimize, or maximize.
5. A method as claimed in claim 4, wherein the step of selecting the move menu from the PIP menus by the user includes the steps of;
moving the PIP to a new location, and
displaying the PIP and the PIP menu to the new location on the same time.
6. A method as claimed in claim 4, wherein the step of selecting the swap menu from the PIP menus by the user includes the steps of;
the user exchanging a position of the PIP with a position of the main picture, and
exchanging the PIP menus according to an exchanged PIP position.
7. A method as claimed in claim 4, wherein the step of selecting the minimize menu from the PIP menus by the user includes the steps of;
fixing a location of the PIP, and
minimizing and displaying the PIP menu.
8. A method as claimed in claim 4, wherein the step of selecting the maximize menu from the PIP menus by the user includes the steps of;
maximizing, and displaying the PIP and the PIP menu.
9. A device for displaying a PIP on a TV comprising:
a first picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a main screen;
a second picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a sub-screen;
a superimposing part for superimposing picture signals from the first picture processing part and the second picture processing part;
a rim information providing part for providing source control information and PIP control information on the received picture signal in a form of rim;
a microcomputer for identifying a source of the received picture signal, extracting the rim information to be displayed in the PIP from the rim information providing part, and displaying the rim information when the user selects the PIP menu, and controlling system operation according to a user's requirement command;
a switching part for selective presentation of the superimposed picture signal from the superimposing part and the rim information from the rim information providing part; and,
a displaying part for displaying an output of the switching part.
10. A method for displaying a PIP on a TV, comprising the steps of:
(a) identifying a source of the received picture signal, if the user selects a PIP mode;
(b) selecting rim information according to the identified source;
(c) setting a size and a position of the PIP; and,
(d) displaying the main screen picture signal, and the PIP according to the set size and position of the PIP.
11. A method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the step (a) includes a step of identifying one external picture signal source selected from TV, DVD, VIDEO, and the like.
12. A method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the step (b) includes a step of selecting source control information and PIP control information stored already according to the source of the received picture signal.
13. A method as claimed in claim 12, wherein the source control signal according to the source of the received picture signal includes;
first source control information for controlling operation of the TV, and
second source control information for controlling operation of the video or DVD and the like.
14. A method as claimed in claim 13, wherein the first source control information is source control signal for controlling operation of the TV, and includes channel up/down, and volume up/down.
15. A method as claimed in claim 13, wherein the second source control information is source control signal for controlling operation of the video or the DVD, and includes stop, reproduction, button reproduction, re-winding, volume up/down, and channel up/down.
16. A method as claimed in claim 12, wherein the PIP control information is source control information for controlling the PIP, and includes main/sub exchange, picture size enlargement, move to a new location, exchange, minimizing, maximizing, and the like.
17. A method for displaying a PIP on a TV, comprising the steps of:
(a) displaying a PIP and rim information of the PIP on the same time when PIP menus are received from a user;
(b) carrying out a required PIP control function if the user selects PIP control information from the displayed rim information; and,
(c) carrying out a source control function received for the source if the user selects the source control information from the displayed rim information.
18. A method as claimed in claim 17, wherein the step (b) includes a controlling step carried out according to one selected by the user from the PIP information of move, swap, minimize, and maximize.
19. A method as claimed in claim 17, wherein the step (c) includes a controlling step carried out according to the source control information of channel up/down, volume up/down and the like if the source of the received picture signal is the TV.
20. A method as claimed in claim 17, wherein the step (c) includes a controlling step carried out according to the source control information of stop, reproduction, fast forward, re-winding and the like if the source of the received picture signal is the video.
21. A method as claimed in claim 17, wherein the step (c) includes a controlling step carried out according to the source control information of stop, reproduction, fast forward, re-winding and the like if the source of the received picture signal is the DVD.
Description
TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present invention relates to a TV, and more particularly, to device and method for displaying a PIP on a TV.

BACKGROUND ART

[0002] As TV technologies transit from analog systems to satellite broadcasting and digital broadcasting systems, technologies related to TV are developed rapidly with respect to quantity/quality. Particularly, with respect to quantity, it is foreseen that a number of TV broadcasting channels increase drastically by the digital system that facilitates operation of significantly many channels in comparison to the analog system, leading a user to experience difficulty, not only in using various channels only by simply knowing a few channels or names of broadcasting stations, but also watching a broadcasting program the user desires.

[0003] Therefore, recent TV technology requires provision of a broadcasting information guide function for displaying program information of each channel provided from a broadcasting station when the user desires so that the watcher knows and selects a broadcasting program easily, and development thereof for keeps pace with development of the broadcasting related technologies.

[0004] The PIP (picture in picture) function is a function for compressing a picture in vertical and horizontal directions, and displaying on a main picture, by using a channel the same with, or different from, the main picture, or by using an external picture.

[0005] The PIP function in the TV receiver is provided with functions of PIP on/off, and PIP channel up/down, in addition to swap, main/sub-channel change-over, move, and move PIP to a new location, and the like, operative by keys assigned to a remote controller, mostly.

[0006] As explained, the related art TV receiver is provided with PIP menus that permits the user to carry out only an extent of functions to select a menu the user desires, but can not satisfy a variety of user's requirements.

[0007] As a central media of a home, the TV receiver is required to make connection to various external appliances (VCR, VIDEO, DVD, - - - ), and required to display in forms of PIP or multiple screens for displaying various sources on the same time.

[0008] However, in the display, there are problems in that the watcher is required to make a direct control of the appliance for controlling a picture source after the picture source is identified, and exact identification of source appliances of pictures are required when pictures from a plurality of external appliances are displayed on the same time.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

[0009] Accordingly, the present invention is directed to device and method for displaying PIP on a TV that substantially obviates one or more of the problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the related art.

[0010] An object of the present invention is to provide device and method for displaying PIP on a TV, in which PIPs and PIP menus can be re-located, or varied on the same time as the user requires.

[0011] Another object of the present invention is to provide device and method for displaying PIP on a TV, in which sources of received pictures are identified, and source control information and PIP control information on respective picture sources are stored, for displaying PIPs, together with rim information on the sources of the received pictures.

[0012] Additional features and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the description which follows, and in part will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The objectives and other advantages of the invention will be realized and attained by the structure particularly pointed out in the written description and claims hereof as well as the appended drawings.

[0013] To achieve these and other advantages and in accordance with the purpose of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described, the device for displaying a PIP on a TV having an interfacing part and a displaying part, includes a first picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a main screen, a second picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a PIP, a microcomputer for controlling so that outputs of the first picture processing part, and the second picture processing part, and PIP menu information stored already are displayed on the displaying part in a form a user desires, and a digital picture processing part for processing a picture signal from the switching part and a PIP menu produced when the PIP mode is selected in response to a control signal from the microcomputer for displaying on the displaying part.

[0014] In another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for displaying a PIP on a TV, including the steps of (a) generating a PIP if a user selects a PIP mode, generating menus for the generated PIP in a form of an OSD, displaying the generated PIP and PIP menus on the same time, (d) if a user desired menu is selected from the displayed menus, controlling according to the selected menu, and displaying the PIP and the PIP menu according to the control.

[0015] In further aspect of the present invention, there is provided a device for displaying a PIP on a TV having an interfacing part and a displaying part, including a first picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a main screen, a second picture processing part for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a sub-screen, a superimposing part for superimposing picture signals from the first picture processing part and the second picture processing part, a rim information providing part for providing source control information and PIP control information on the received picture signal in a form of rim, a microcomputer for identifying a source of the received picture signal, extracting the rim information to be displayed in the PIP from the rim information providing part, and displaying the rim information when the user selects the PIP menu, and controlling system operation according to a user's requirement command, a switching part for selective presentation of the superimposed picture signal from the superimposing part and the rim information from the rim information providing part, and a displaying part for displaying an output of the switching part.

[0016] In still further aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for displaying a PIP on a TV, including the steps of (a) identifying a source of the received picture signal, if the user selects a PIP mode, (b) selecting rim information according to the identified source, (c) setting a size and a position of the PIP, and (d) displaying the main screen picture signal, and the PIP according to the set size and position of the PIP.

[0017] It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0018] The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention:

[0019] In the drawings:

[0020]FIG. 1 illustrates a block diagram showing a device for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0021] FIGS. 2A-2B illustrate TV screens each with different PIP in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0022]FIG. 3 illustrates a flow chart showing the steps of a method for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0023] FIGS. 4A-4D illustrate examples of a method for displaying PIP on a TV of the present invention;

[0024]FIG. 5 illustrates a block diagram of a device for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a first preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0025]FIG. 6 illustrates a flow chart showing the steps of a method for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0026] FIGS. 7A-7E illustrate drawings showing the steps of a method for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention; and,

[0027]FIG. 8 illustrates a flow chart showing the steps of a method for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention in detail.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

[0028] Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. FIG. 1 illustrates a block diagram showing a device for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, FIGS. 2A-2B illustrate TV screens each with different PIP in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 3 illustrates a flow chart showing the steps of a method for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0029] The device for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a first picture processing part 10 for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a main screen, a second picture processing part 20 for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a sub-screen, an interfacing part 30 for connection to user requirement signals and external appliances, a switching part 50 for selecting outputs of the first picture processing part 10 and the second picture processing part 20 according to user requirement command received through the interfacing part 30, a digital picture processing part 60 for processing a signal from the switching part for displaying on a displaying part 70, and a microcomputer 40 for controlling a composition of the picture signals from the first picture processing part 10 and the second picture processing part according to a command from the user received from the interfacing part 30, and configuration of the PIP according to a PIP control command from the user.

[0030] In the PIP configuration, only the PIP may be displayed as shown in FIG. 2A, only OSD of the PIP may be displayed as shown in FIG. 2B, or the PIP may be displayed, together with PIP menus.

[0031] That is, if it is intended to combine PIP menus fixed at a location with the present PIP and display on the screen, it is required to provide the PIP menus on coordinates where the PIP is located as shown in FIG. 2B, and make a central part clear to exhibit the PIP screen. A form of rim may be varied by using bit map, to exhibit a picture as shown in FIG. 2C, finally.

[0032] A method for displaying a PIP on a TV of the present invention will be explained, with reference to FIG. 3.

[0033] When the user turns on a PIP mode, a PIP is generated (S10-S20). An OSD form of menus of the generated PIP is generated (S30). The PIP and the generated PIP menus are displayed (S40). A menu the user desires is selected from the displayed menus (S50). When the user selects move menu from the menus, a required process is carried out to move a location of the PIP (S60). In this instance, if the move menu is selected, the locations of the PIP as well as the PIP menus are moved (S61-S63). If the user selects a swap menu from the menus, positions of the main picture and the PIP are exchanged, in the display (S70). When the swap menu is selected, the PIP menus are also moved along with the PIP location after the exchange of positions of the PIP and the main picture (S71-S73). If the user selects a minimize form the menus, the location of the PIP is fixed, and the OSD of the PIP menus is minimized (S80). Once the minimize menu is selected, location of the PIP is fixed, and only the PIP menus are minimized (S81-S83). If the user selects a maximize menu from the menus, the PIP and the PIP menu OSD is maximized (S90). If the maximize is selected, the PIP menus are maximized under a state the location of the PIP is fixed (S91-S93). The PIP and the PIP menus changed thus are displayed (S100).

[0034] As described, once the user selects the move menu from the PIP menus, the PIP and the PIP menus can be moved as the user desires as shown in FIG. 4A. If the user selects the swap menu from the PIP menus, positions of the main picture and the PIP picture are exchanged as shown in FIG. 4B, to move the PIP and the PIP menu to the main picture position and the main picture to the PIP position. When the user selects the minimize menu from the PIP menus, the PIP does not move to a new location, but only the PIP menus are minimized as shown in FIG. 4C. Lastly, if the user selects the maximize menu from the PIP menu, the main picture is erased, and the PIP and the PIP menu are displayed on the main screen, fully.

EMBODIMENT

[0035] Another embodiments of the device and method for displaying a PIP on a TV of the present invention will be explained with reference to the attached drawings 5-8. 5 Referring to FIG. 5, the device for displaying a PIP on a TV in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a first picture processing part 100 for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a main screen, a second picture processing part 200 for receiving and processing a picture signal to be displayed on a sub-screen, a superimposing part for superimposing picture signals from the first picture processing part 100 and the second picture processing part 200, an interfacing part 400, external picture signal source devices 410 each operative in response to a control signal received through the interfacing part 400, a rim information providing part 500 for providing source control information and PIP control information on the received picture signal in a form of rim, a microcomputer 600 for identifying a source of the received picture signal, extracting the rim information to be displayed in the PIP from the rim information providing part 500, and displaying the rim information when the user selects the PIP menu, and controlling operation of a system according to a user's requirement command, a switching part 700 for selective presentation of the superimposed picture signal from the superimposing part 300 and the rim information from the rim information providing part 500, and a displaying part 800 for displaying the switching part 700. The external source devices 410 are a VCR 411, a DVD 412, and the like that can provide the picture signal.

[0036] The operation of the device for displaying PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention will be explained, with reference to FIG. 6.

[0037] User's selection of the PIP mode is determined (S110). If the user selects the PIP mode as a result of the determination (S110), a source of the received picture signal is identified (S120), and rim information is selected according to the identified source (S130). Then, a size and a position of the PIP the user desires are selected (S140). The main screen picture signal, the PIP, and the rim information for indicating source control information to be displayed on the PIP, are displayed at required locations (S150). The rim information includes source control information, PIP control information for controlling the PIP, and source identifying information for identifying the source.

[0038] The rim information will be explained, with reference to the following table.

TABLE 1
Description No. TV VIDEO DVD
Source 1 CH Up stop Stop
control 2 CH Down Reproduce Reproduce
3 Volume Up Fast forward Fast forward
4 Volume Down Re-wind Re-wind
5 Volume Volume
Up/Down Up/Down
6 CH Up/Down CH Up/Down
7 Main/Sub Main/Sub Main/Sub
exchange exchange exchange
PIP control 8 Picture size Picture size Picture size
enlarge/reduce enlarge/reduce enlarge/reduce
9 Move to a new Move to a new Move to a new
location location location

[0039] As shown in table 1, the TV picture signal, the video picture signal, or the DVD 10 picture signal is divided into information for controlling the source, and information for controlling the PIP.

[0040] Therefore, when the user selects the PIP menu, the PIP as shown in FIG. 7A is displayed, wherein A region displays a source of the received picture, and B region displays the rim information of the source in a form of icons as shown in FIG. 7B. That is, as shown in FIG. 7C, if the present picture source is the DVD, the DVD is displayed in the A region, and the source control information and the PIP control information shown in table I of the DVD source control information is displayed in the B region. As shown in FIG. 7D, if the present picture source is VIDEO, VIDEO is displayed in the A region, and the source control information and the PIP control information shown in table 1 of the VIDEO source control information is displayed in the B region. As shown in FIG. 7E, if main/sub pictures are exchanged, to display a TV picture signal in a form of PIP, TV is displayed in the A region, and the source control information and the PIP control information shown in table 1 of the TV source control information is displayed in the B region.

[0041] The method for displaying a PIP on a TV in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention will be explained, with reference to FIG. 8.

[0042] A PIP menu is received (S210). Reception of a PIP control key from the user is determined (S220). If the PIP control key is received from the user, control according to the PIP control command shown in FIG. 3 is carried out (S230). Then, changed PIP and menus are displayed (S240). If the PIP control key is not received from the user as a result of the determination (S220), reception of the source control key is determined (S250). The source of being the TV is determined as a result of the determination (S260). If the source is TV as a result of the determination (S260), required control is carried out for the keys of the channel up/down, volume up/down, and the like depending on a received control command (S270). If the source is VIDEO as a result of the determination (S260), the source control functions of stop/reproduction/fast forward/rewinding shown in table 1 are carried out (S280). If the source is DVD as a result of the determination (S260), the source control function like the function for controlling the VIDEO is carried out (S290).

[0043] As explained, if the user selects the PIP mode, and the PIP control key is selected from the displayed rim information, either the PIP is moved to a new location, exchange of the main/sub pictures are made, the PIP is minimized and displayed, or the PIP is maximized and displayed.

[0044] If the user selects a source control key, the received signal is determined of being a TV picture signal, a video signal, a DVD signal, and the source control function having the user applied thereto is carried out. That is, a control signal is transmitted to the external devices through the interfacing part 400 so that, if the determined source signal is a TV signal, one of functions such as channel up/down, volume up/down, and the like applied by the user which may be controlled while watching the TV is carried out, if the determined source signal is a video or a DVD, one of functions, such as stop, reproduction, fast forward, re-winding, and the like which may be controlled while watching the picture signal received through the video or DVD is carried out.

[0045] As has been explained, the device and method for displaying a PIP on a TV of the present invention have the following advantages.

[0046] First, the simultaneous movement of the PIP screen and the PIP menu can provide a variety for PIP window screens according to user's requirements.

[0047] Second, if the TV is used, with a variety of external devices connected thereto, the display of relevant source control information and PIP control information in a form of rim information permits the user to obtain desired information easily when the user identifies the picture source and selects the PIP.

[0048] Third, the control of the PIP according to user's requirements improves satisfaction of the user.

[0049] It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications and variations can be made in device and method for displaying a PIP on a TV of the present invention without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. Thus, it is intended that the present invention cover the modifications and variations of this invention provided they come within the scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification348/565, 348/E05.105, 348/E05.108, 348/E05.112, 348/E05.104, 348/569
International ClassificationH04N5/445, H04N5/44, H04N5/46
Cooperative ClassificationH04N21/4316, H04N21/4438, H04N5/4401, H04N2005/4441, H04N5/45, H04N5/44543
European ClassificationH04N5/445M, H04N5/45
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