Apple sued over Apple TV’s ‘What did he say,’ other Siri voice control features

Apple sued over Apple TV’s ‘What did he say,’ other Siri voice control features


Florida-based software company CustomPlay on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming a fourth-generation Apple TV feature that allows users to control and interact with video content using Siri voice commands infringes on patented software technology.

Apple design lead Jen Folse presents Siri voice controls in tvOS in 2015.

The suit, lodged with the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida, alleges Apple infringes on U.S. Patent No. 6,408,128 for “Replaying with supplementary information a segment of a video” with certain Siri-powered Apple TV functionality.

CustomPlay in the ‘128 patent details a method of replaying or skipping portions of a video in response to user commands, both via a remote and by voice. Further, the software feature facilitates the display of supplementary information when a clip is replayed, including subtitles, secondary languages, textual information, different camera angles and more.

MacRumors reported on aspects of the case earlier today.

The company, which markets movie player and movie enhancement applications, integrates functionality detailed in the ‘128 patent in companion software called One Screen. Similar to Amazon X-Ray, the dedicated app provides users with real-time contextual information like scene locations, cast info, music, plot info, easter eggs and more.

One Screen is currently listed as “coming soon” on the firm’s website.

As it pertains to the case, One Screen includes a feature called “What,” which rewinds a movie to a user-defined point, then resumes playback with subtitles enabled. Other claims asserted cover the ability to skip ahead in movie in response to a user…



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