Patent Number: 8,793,716

Title: Channel control apparatus and method of pre-joining channels using the same

Abstract: A channel control apparatus for an Internet protocol television (IPTV) broadcasting service, which selects and pre-joins channels based on data regarding a channel zapping pattern of a user, thereby effectively reducing channel zapping time, and a method of pre-joining channels using the channel control apparatus are provided. The channel control apparatus comprises: a pattern information collection unit configured to collect data regarding a channel zapping pattern of a user for a cycle of a previously set period; a bandwidth management unit configured to set a pre-joining bandwidth, which is an allowable bandwidth for channels to be pre-joined, based on the collected data; a channel selection unit configured to select channels to be pre-joined according to channel preference of a user; and a channel pre-join unit configured to pre-join the channels selected by the channel selection unit within the set pre-joining bandwidth.

Inventors: Lee; Kang-Yong (Daejeon-si, KR), Cho; Kee-Seong (Daejeon-si, KR), Ryu; Won (Daejeon-si, KR)

Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute

International Classification: H04H 60/32 (20080101); H04N 7/16 (20110101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018