(19)
(11)EP 3 269 145 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
24.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/26

(21)Application number: 16715115.8

(22)Date of filing:  02.03.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04N 21/643  (2011.01)
H04N 21/2368  (2011.01)
H04N 21/43  (2011.01)
H04N 21/431  (2011.01)
H04L 29/06  (2006.01)
H04N 21/6377  (2011.01)
H04N 21/2662  (2011.01)
H04N 21/233  (2011.01)
H04N 21/434  (2011.01)
H04L 29/08  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2016/001133
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/143304 (15.09.2016 Gazette  2016/37)

(54)

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNGSVORRICHTUNG, KOMMUNIKATIONSSYSTEM, INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNGSVERFAHREN UND NICHTTRANSITORISCHES COMPUTERLESBARES MEDIUM

DISPOSITIF DE TRAITEMENT D'INFORMATIONS, SYSTÈME DE COMMUNICATION, PROCÉDÉ DE TRAITEMENT D'INFORMATIONS ET SUPPORT NON TRANSITOIRE LISIBLE PAR ORDINATEUR


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 12.03.2015 JP 2015049332

(43)Date of publication of application:
17.01.2018 Bulletin 2018/03

(73)Proprietor: Sony Corporation
Tokyo 108-0075 (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • YAMAURA, Tomoya
    Tokyo 108-0075 (JP)

(74)Representative: Witte, Weller & Partner Patentanwälte mbB 
Postfach 10 54 62
70047 Stuttgart
70047 Stuttgart (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 134 013
WO-A2-2008/047054
WO-A1-2014/208878
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to an information processing apparatus. To be more specific, the present disclosure relates to an information processing apparatus capable of exchanging information using wireless communication, a communication system, an information processing method, and a program causing a computer to execute the method.

    Background Art



    [0002] In recent years, an information processing apparatuses performing wireless communication using a wireless local area network (LAN) has been used widely. As such a wireless LAN, a wireless LAN represented by institute of electrical and electronics engineers (IEEE) 802.11 has been used widely, for example.

    [0003] Moreover, as wireless audio visual (AV) transmission communication, wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) CERTIFIED Miracast has been proposed, for example (see PTL 1, for example).

    Citation List


    Patent Literature



    [0004] PTL 1: JP 2014-96074A. Further releated prior art is WO2008/047054A2, referring to a device for optimizing data access during the presentation of multimedia contents. Audio data are not transmitted for a sub-video shown as PIP. EP2134013A1 refers to audio/ video transmission in a packetized elementary stream, PES, inside a transport stream.

    Summary


    Technical Problem



    [0005] In the above-described related art, real-time image transmission can be performed between two information processing apparatuses in accordance with the specifications of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast. For example, an image based on image data transmitted from an information processing apparatus on the transmission side can be displayed on a display of an information processing apparatus on the reception side.

    [0006] Here, it is assumed that a plurality of images with sound are displayed on the display of the information processing apparatus on the reception side. It is also assumed that with at least one image set to a main image and the rest set to sub images, only sound of the main image is output. In this case, the sound of images is handled differently depending on a display form of the images, and thus it is important to appropriately handle sound data exchanged between the apparatuses.

    [0007] In view of the above-described circumstances, it is desirable to handle sound data appropriately.

    Solution to Problem



    [0008] A first embodiment of the present technology is directed to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method therefor, and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing program causing a computer to execute the method, the information processing apparatus including: circuitry configured to receive a multiplexed image signal and sound signal from another information processing apparatus using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS); and perform control to cause reduction of data contained in a packetized elementary stream (PES) payload in a PES packet packed in a transport (TS) packet specified by a packet identifier (PID) specifying sound data transmission described in a program map table (PMT) and to extract a presentation time stamp (PTS) contained in a PES header portion of the PES packet after requesting the another information processing apparatus to reduce a sound data amount

    [0009] In the first embodiment, the controller may make the request to the another information processing apparatus based on a first trigger. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of making a request to another information processing apparatus based on the first trigger.

    [0010] In the first embodiment, the controller may specify, when making the request to the another information processing apparatus, one of the first sound data reduction method in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted and a second sound data reduction method in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal not containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of specifying, when making a request to another information processing apparatus, one of the first sound data reduction method in which an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing a PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted and the second sound data reduction method in which an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal not containing a PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted.

    [0011] In the first embodiment, the controller may perform control to extract sound data contained in the PES payload when requesting the another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount based on a second trigger while receiving the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal in which the sound data amount is reduced and performing demultiplexing on the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal received from the another information processing apparatus after the request. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of extracting sound data contained in a PES payload when requesting another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount based on the second trigger while receiving an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal in which a sound data amount is reduced and performing demultiplexing on an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal received from another information processing apparatus after the request.

    [0012] In the first embodiment, the first trigger and the second trigger may be caused by user operation. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of using the first trigger and the second trigger caused by user operation.

    [0013] In the first embodiment, the first trigger may be caused by detection of a user exiting around the information processing apparatus or movement of the user. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of using the first trigger caused by detection of a user existing around an information processing apparatus or the movement of the user.

    [0014] In the first embodiment, the controller may retain a sound volume setting value of sound output before the request is made, requests the another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount, and sets the retained sound volume setting value at timing when sound data contained in the PES payload is extracted after the request. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of retaining a sound volume setting value of sound output before a request is made, requesting another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount, and setting the retained sound volume setting value at timing when sound data contained in a PES payload is extracted after the request.

    [0015] A second embodiment of the present technology is directed to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method therefor, and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing program causing a computer to execute the method, the information processing apparatus including: circuitry configured to transmit a multiplexed image signal and sound signal to another information processing apparatus using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS); and perform control to reduce a packetized elementary stream (PES) payload data amount in a PES packet stored in a TS packet specified by a packet identifier (PID) specifying sound data transmission described in a program map table (PMT), based on a request from the another information processing apparatus, without changing the PID and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and the PES packet for image signal transmission.

    [0016] In the second embodiment, the controller may perform control to reduce a data amount, when requested to reduce a sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus, by making the PES payload data amount to substantially zero or completely zero. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of reducing a data amount, when requested to reduce a sound data amount from another information processing apparatus, by making a PES payload data amount to substantially zero or completely zero.

    [0017] In the second embodiment, the controller may perform control to store, when requested to restore an original sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus while transmitting the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced by the first sound data reduction and the PES packet for image signal transmission after multiplexing, normal sound data in the PES payload, and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of storing, when requested to restore an original sound data amount from another information processing apparatus while transmitting a PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced by the first sound data reduction and a PES packet for image signal transmission after multiplexing them, normal sound data in a PES payload, and multiplexing and transmitting the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission.

    [0018] In the second embodiment, the controller may perform control to perform, when requested to use sound data reduction other than the first sound data reduction to reduce a sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus, second sound data reduction in which the PES packet carrying sound data is not generated without including information of the PID specifying sound data in the PMT, and to transmit a PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing a PES packet for sound signal transmission. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of performing, when requested to use sound data reduction other than the first sound data reduction to reduce a sound data amount from another information processing apparatus, the second sound data reduction in which a PES packet carrying sound data is not generated without including information of a PID specifying sound data in a PMT, and transmitting a PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing a PES packet for sound signal transmission.

    [0019] In the second embodiment, the controller may perform control to store, when requested to restore an original sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus while transmitting the PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing the PES packet for sound signal transmission after the second sound data reduction is performed, normal sound data in the PES payload with the PID specifying sound data transmission included in the PMT, and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect of storing, when requested to restore an original sound data amount from another information processing apparatus while transmitting a PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing a PES packet for sound signal transmission after the second sound data reduction is performed, normal sound data in a PES payload with a PID specifying sound data transmission included in a PMT, and multiplexing and transmitting a PES packet for sound signal transmission and a PES packet for image signal transmission.

    [0020] A third embodiment of the present technology is a communication system, an information processing method therefor, and a program causing a computer to execute the method, the communication system including: a first information processing apparatus configured to wirelessly transmit a multiplexed image signal and sound signal to a second information processing apparatus using an MPEG2-TS, reduce a PES payload data amount in a PES packet stored in a TS packet specified by a PID specifying sound data transmission described in a PMT, based on a request from the second information processing apparatus, without changing the PID, to perform first sound data reduction in which a PES packet containing a PTS in a PES header portion is generated, and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and the PES packet for image signal transmission; and a second information processing apparatus configured to discard data contained in the PES payload in the PES packet stored in the TS packet specified by the PID specifying sound data transmission described in the PMT and to extract the PTS contained in the PES header portion, when requesting the first information processing apparatus to reduce a sound data amount while receiving the multiplexed image signal and sound signal from the first information processing apparatus using the MPEG2-TS and performing demultiplexing on an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal received from the first information processing apparatus after the request. In this manner, an embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an effect that the first information processing apparatus reduces a PES payload data amount in a PES packet stored in a TS packet specified by a PID specifying sound data transmission described in a PMT, based on a request from the second information processing apparatus, without changing the PID, performs the first sound data reduction in which a PES packet containing a PTS in a PES header portion is generated, and multiplexes and transmits a PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and a PES packet for image signal transmission, and the second information processing apparatus discards data contained in a PES payload in a PES packet stored in a TS packet specified by a PID specifying sound data transmission described in a PMT and extracts a PTS contained in a PES header portion, when requesting the first information processing apparatus to reduce a sound data amount and performing demultiplexing on an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal received from the first information processing apparatus after the request.

    Advantageous Effects of Invention



    [0021] An embodiment of the present disclosure exerts an excellent effect of handling sound data appropriately. The effect described herein is not necessarily restrictive, and any of the effects described in the present disclosure may be exerted.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0022] 

    [fig.1]FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a configuration example of a communication system 10 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.2]FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a functional configuration example of an information processing apparatus 100 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.3]FIG. 3 is a sequence chart illustrating a communication processing example of a source device 50 and a sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.4]FIG. 4 is a sequence chart illustrating a communication processing example of a source device 50 and a sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.5]FIG. 5 is a sequence chart illustrating a communication processing example of a source device 50 and a sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.6]FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of an RTSP message exchanged between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.7]FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating an example of an RTSP message exchanged between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.8]FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.9]FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.10]FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.11]FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.12]FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of a screen displayed on a display 140 and sound information output from a sound output unit 150 in the information processing apparatus 100 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.13]FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatus 100 and an information processing apparatus 200 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.14]FIG. 14 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.15]FIG. 15 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of transmission processing by the information processing apparatus 200 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.16]FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.17]FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.18]FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.19]FIG. 19 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of a screen displayed on the display 140 and sound information output from the sound output unit 150 in the information processing apparatus 100 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.20]FIG. 20 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatus 100 and the information processing apparatus 200 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.21]FIG. 21 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.22]FIG. 22 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of transmission processing by the information processing apparatus 200 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.23]FIG. 23 is a sequence chart illustrating a communication processing example of the source device 50 and the sink device 60 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.24]FIG. 24 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.25]FIG. 25 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.26]FIG. 26 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.27]FIG. 27 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of a screen displayed on the display 140 and sound information output from the sound output unit 150 in the information processing apparatus 100 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.28]FIG. 28 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatus 100 and the information processing apparatus 200 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.29]FIG. 29 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.30]FIG. 30 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [fig.31]FIG. 31 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a schematic configuration of a smartphone.

    [fig.32]FIG. 32 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a schematic configuration of a car navigation device.

    [fig.33]FIG. 33 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a schematic configuration of a wireless access point.


    Description of Embodiments



    [0023] Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present disclosure (hereinafter, referred to as embodiments) will be described. The description is given in the following order.
    1. 1. First embodiment (example in which the reduction of audio data is requested during streaming)
    2. 2. Second embodiment (example in which the audio data is reduced at the start of streaming, example in which the use of the second sound data reduction method is requested)
    3. 3. Third embodiment (example in which a sink device detects the movement or existence of a person and requests reduction of audio data based on the detection result)
    4. 4. Application example

    <1. First Embodiment>


    "Configuration example of communication system"



    [0024] FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a configuration example of the communication system 10 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [0025] The communication system 10 includes the information processing apparatus 100, the information processing apparatus 200, and an information processing apparatus 210.

    [0026] The information processing apparatus 100, the information processing apparatus 200, and the information processing apparatus 210 have a wireless communication function, and are information processing apparatuses capable of transmitting and receiving various kinds of information by connecting one another using wireless communication. Moreover, these information processing apparatuses are information processing apparatuses supporting the specifications of IEEE 802.11 enabling peer to peer (P2P) connection. That is, these information processing apparatuses form a communication group and can directly communicate one another without any access point interposed. In this case, an information processing apparatus functioning as a group owner and an information processing apparatus functioning as a client may be or may not be determined during manufacturing. When they are not determined during manufacturing, an information processing apparatus functioning as a group owner and an information processing apparatus functioning as a client can be determined through negotiation among a plurality of information processing apparatuses. For example, when the information processing apparatus 100 and the information processing apparatus 200 form a communication group, the information processing apparatus 100 can directly transmit data (e.g., moving image contents) to the information processing apparatus 200. In this case, the information processing apparatuses 100 and 200 connect to each other using wireless communication, and moving image contents stored in the information processing apparatus 100 can be displayed on the information processing apparatus 200. Note that Wi-Fi Direct is known as an example of the communication standard for direct communication between information processing apparatuses.

    [0027] The information processing apparatus 100 is an image viewing device (e.g., a television receiver with a built-in hard disk) recording or displaying moving image contents, for example. For example, the information processing apparatus 100 can receive broadcast waves from a broadcasting station 11 and display an image 21 based on the broadcast waves on the display 140. Moreover, the information processing apparatus 100 can display an image 22 based on image contents transmitted from the information processing apparatus 200 on the display 140, for example. The information processing apparatus 100 can also display an image 23 based on image contents transmitted from the information processing apparatus 210 on the display 140, for example.

    [0028] The information processing apparatus 200 is a portable information processing apparatus (e.g., a smartphone having a call function and a data communication function), for example. The information processing apparatus 210 is an information processing apparatus performing various kinds of information processing (e.g., a tablet terminal, a notebook-type personal computer (PC)), for example.

    [0029] Note that the information processing apparatus 100, the information processing apparatus 200, and the information processing apparatus 210 can transmit and receive various kinds of information by connecting to an access point (not illustrated) using wireless communication. Here, the access point is an access point supporting wireless LAN standards of IEEE 802.11a, 11b, 11g, and 11n, for example. That is, a router and the access point (e.g., a product in which an access point is embedded in a router) achieve a wireless LAN standardized by IEEE 802.11a, 11b, 11g, and 11n.

    [0030] Note that the information processing apparatuses illustrated in FIG. 1 is an example, and the embodiment can be also applied to another information processing apparatus. The embodiment can be applied to an imaging device having a wireless communication function (e.g., a digital steal camera, a digital video camera (e.g., a camera integrated type recorder)) and a sound output device with a display having a wireless communication function (e.g., a portable music player with a display panel), for example. The embodiment can be also applied to a display device having a wireless communication function (e.g., a digital photo frame), and an electronic book display device having a wireless communication function, for example. Moreover, the embodiment can be applied to another information processing apparatus having a wireless communication function, for example. The information processing apparatus having a wireless communication function includes an image processing device for domestic use (a digital versatile disc (DVD) recorder, a video deck, etc.), personal digital assistants (PDA), a home game machine, a home electric appliance, a portable image processing device, a portable game machine, and the like, for example. The embodiment can be also applied to an information processing apparatus capable of performing wireless communication by providing wireless communication equipment having a wireless communication function thereto (e.g., a personal computer not having a wireless communication function), for example.

    "Configuration example of information processing apparatus"



    [0031] FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a functional configuration example of the information processing apparatus 100 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. Note that the functional configurations of the information processing apparatus 200 and the information processing apparatus 210 are substantially same as the functional configuration of the information processing apparatus 100, and thus the explanation thereof is omitted here.

    [0032] The information processing apparatus 100 includes an communication unit 110, an antenna 114, a sensor 120, an operation reception unit 130, the display 140, the sound output unit 150, a memory 160, and a controller 170. The communication unit 110 includes a data processing unit 111, a transmission processing unit 112, and a wireless interface unit 113.

    [0033] The data processing unit 111 processes various kinds of data based on the control of the controller 170. For example, in transmission operation, the data processing unit 111 forms various data frames and data packets in accordance with a request from an upper layer and supplies them to the transmission processing unit 112. For example, in reception operation, the data processing unit 111 processes and analyzes various data frames and data packets supplied from the transmission processing unit 112.

    [0034] The transmission processing unit 112 performs various kinds of transmission processing based on the control of the controller 170. For example, in transmission operation, the transmission processing unit 112 performs processing of adding error detection codes for various data headers, frame check sequences (FCS), and the like, into packets generated by the data processing unit 111, for example. Then, the transmission processing unit 112 supplies the processed data to the wireless interface unit 113. For example, in reception operation, the transmission processing unit 112 analyzes headers added to various data frames supplied from the wireless interface unit 113. Then, once the transmission processing unit 112 confirms that the data frames do not have any error based on the error detection codes, it supplies the various data frames to the data processing unit 111.

    [0035] The wireless interface unit 113 is an interface for transmitting and receiving various kinds of information by connecting to another information processing apparatus. For example, in transmission operation, the wireless interface unit 113 generates a modulated signal in a frequency band of a carrier based on data received from the transmission processing unit 112, and transmits the generated modulated signal as a wireless signal through the antenna 114. Moreover, in reception operation, the wireless interface unit 113 down-converts a wireless signal received by the antenna 114 into a bit string, thereby decoding various data frames.

    [0036] Moreover, the communication unit 110 receives a multiplexed image signal and sound signal from another information processing apparatus using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS), for example. The communication unit 110 wirelessly transmits a multiplexed image signal and sound signal to another information processing apparatus using the MPEG2-TS.

    [0037] The sensor 120 is a sensor detecting the existence of a person, the movement or a gesture of a person (e.g., action of a person waving a hand, or action of a person performing some operation), and the like, and supplies the detected information to the controller 170. Here, as the sensor 120, there can be used an image sensor imaging a subject, generating image data, and performing various kinds of image recognition regarding the image data, for example. As the sensor 120, an infrared sensor acquiring various kinds of information using infrared can be used, for example. Moreover, as the sensor 120, a human sensor detecting the existence of a person (e.g., a person approaching the information processing apparatus 100) using infrared, ultrasonic waves, visible light, and the like, can be used. One of these sensors may be used as the sensor 120, or a plurality of them may be combined and used as the sensor 120. Another sensor may be also used.

    [0038] The operation reception unit 130 is an operation reception unit receiving an operation input by a user, and outputs operation information in accordance with the received operation input to the controller 170. As the operation reception unit 130, there can be used a mouse, a keyboard, a touch panel, a button, a microphone, a switch, or a lever, for example. The operation reception unit 130 also receives operation for transmitting and receiving various kinds of data to and from another information processing apparatus.

    [0039] The display 140 is a display displaying various kinds of information (image information, character information, time information, and the like) based on the control of the controller 170. The display 140 displays an image transmitted from another information processing apparatus (e.g., image illustrated in FIG. 1), for example. Note that as the display 140, a display panel such as an organic electro luminescence (EL) panel and a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel can be used, for example. Note that the operation reception unit 130 and the display 140 can be constituted integrally using a touch panel enabling a user to perform operation input thereto by bringing the finger onto or close to a display surface.

    [0040] The sound output unit 150 is a sound output unit (e.g., a speaker) outputting various kinds of sound information based on the control of the controller 170.

    [0041] The memory 160 functions as a working area for data processing by the controller 170 and as a storage medium storing various kinds of data. The memory 160 stores various kinds of information contained in data to be transmitted to an information processing apparatus as a connection partner. As the memory 160, a recording medium such as a nonvolatile memory, a magnetic disk, an optical disk, and a magneto optical (MO) disk can be used, for example. Note that as a nonvolatile memory, an electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) or an erasable programmable ROM (EPROM) can be used, for example. As a magnetic disc, a hard disk or a disk-type magnetic disk can be used, for example. As an optical disk, a compact disc (CD), a digital versatile disc recordable (DVD-R), a blu-ray disc (BD) (registered trademark) can be used, for example.

    [0042] The controller 170 controls each unit of the information processing apparatus 100 based on control programs stored in the memory 160. For example, the controller 170 controls reception operation and transmission operation of each of the data processing unit 111, the transmission processing unit 112, and the wireless interface unit 113. For example, the controller 170 performs operation of determining a used frequency, ordering formation or transmission of control messages, and interpreting control messages, for example. Note that the control message is notifying information such as a beacon, a beacon reception response, a probe request, and a probe response. As described above, the information processing apparatus 100 can receive broadcast waves and display an image based on the broadcast waves on the display 140. Thus, the controller 170 can obtain broadcast waves through a broadcast reception unit (not illustrated) and display an image based on the broadcast waves on the display 140.

    "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast release-1"



    [0043] Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast release-1 formulated by Wi-Fi Alliance will be described here.

    [0044] FIG. 3 to FIG. 5 are sequence charts illustrating communication processing examples of the source device 50 and the sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [0045] FIG. 6 and FIG. 7 are diagrams illustrating examples of an RTSP message exchanged between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 that are bases of an embodiment of the present disclosure. In FIG. 6 and FIG. 7, a name of an RTSP message is indicated in a section of Message ID. Moreover, whether an RTSP message is a request or a response is indicated in a section of req/res (direction). In addition, an RTSP message from the source device to the sink device is indicated by (src -> snk), and an RTSP message from the sink device to the source device is indicated by (snk -> src).

    [0046] FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 indicate a flow from the discovery of a device to the start of AV stream transmission by Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast. FIG. 5 illustrates a flow of stream control from the determination of an AV format to the start of AV stream transmission by an RTSP in the processing illustrated in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4.

    [0047] Here, in Wi-Fi Direct, a plurality of devices detect the existence of one another (device discovery, service discovery). Then, after devices connected to each other are selected, device authentication is performed using Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) between the selected devices so that direct connection is established therebetween. Moreover, in Wi-Fi Direct, a plurality of devices determine whether they function as a group owner or a client, and form a communication group.

    [0048] In the communication processing example illustrated in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4, a part of packet transmission and reception is omitted. For example, packet exchange for using WPS is necessary in the initial connection, as described above, and packet exchange is necessary also in transmission and reception of an authentication request/response, and the like. However, FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 omit the illustration of such packet exchange, and illustrate only connection of the second time or later.

    [0049] Note that although FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 illustrate a communication processing example between the source device 50 and the sink device 60, the same applies in communication processing between other devices.

    [0050] First, device discovery is performed between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 (71). For example, the source device 50 transmits a probe request (a response request signal) and receives a probe response (a response signal) corresponding to the probe request from the sink device 60. In this manner, the source device 50 and the sink device 60 can discover the existence of each other. Moreover, device discovery allows acquisition of a device name, a kind (a TV, a PC, a smartphone, etc.), a source supporting device/sink supporting device of a partner, and the like.

    [0051] Subsequently, service discovery is performed between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 (72). For example, the source device 50 transmits a service discovery query for inquiring service supported by the sink device 60 found in device discovery. Then, the source device 50 receives a service discovery response from the sink device 60, thereby obtaining service supported by the sink device 60. That is, the source device 50 can obtain, through service discovery, service performed by a partner, detailed available capability of a partner, and the like. The service performed by a partner includes service, and a protocol (digital living network alliance (DLNA), a digital media renderer (DMR), etc.), for example.

    [0052] Then, a user performs operation of selecting a partner to connect (connection partner selection operation) (73). The connection partner selection operation may occur in only one of the source device 50 and the sink device 60. For example, a connection partner selection screen is displayed on the display of the source device 50, and the sink device 60 is selected as a connection partner by user operation on the connection partner selection screen.

    [0053] After the user performs connection partner selection operation (73), group owner negotiation is performed between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 (74). FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 illustrate an example in which the source device 50 becomes a group owner 75 and the sink device 60 becomes a client 76 as a result of the group owner negotiation.

    [0054] Next, various kinds of processing (77 to 81) are performed between the source device 50 and the sink device 60, whereby direct connection is established. That is, association (second layer (L2) link establishment) (77), secure link establishment (78), and IP address assignment (79) are performed sequentially. Moreover, TCP connection establishment (80) and stream control by RTSP (81) are performed sequentially.

    [0055] Then, AV data is transmitted in a MPEG2-TS from the source device 50 to the sink device 60 (82).

    [0056] In this manner, in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast release-1, AV data streaming is possible at real time from the source device 50 to the sink device 60. However, in this standard, whether audio data is to be transmitted from the sink device 60 to the source device 50 cannot be specified.

    [0057] Moreover, in the case of a sink device with a relatively large display (information processing apparatus 100), as illustrated in FIG. 1, for example, a plurality of screens may be displayed on the display. In this case, it is considered that sound of one screen among a plurality of screens is output. For example, it is possible to arrange so that sound of contents specified as a main screen by the user is output and sound of contents not specified as a main screen is not output.

    [0058] Also in such a case, image data and audio data (a sub screen) not specified as a main screen are also transmitted using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast, which indicates that audio data not to be output is transmitted. In this case, transmission of audio data not to be output may press a band of a wireless section.

    [0059] Moreover, transmission of audio data not to be output may increase power consumption of the source device 50 to be more than necessary. In addition, reception of audio data not to be output may also increase power consumption of the sink device 60 to be more than necessary.

    [0060] Then, the embodiment of the present disclosure describes an example in which audio data exchanged between the source device 50 and the sink device 60 is handled appropriately. Note that in the embodiment of the present disclosure, a screen outputting sound is referred to as a main screen and a screen not outputting sound is referred to as a sub screen. Moreover, the main screen and the sub screen may be defined based on a display size or a display position.

    "Configuration example of RTSP message"



    [0061] FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 8 illustrates an example of a definition by augmented backus-naur form (ABNF) syntax when a new parameter (WFD-audio-stream-control) is defined in an RTSP.

    [0062] FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 9 illustrates configuration examples of an RTSP M3 request and an RTSP M3 response. In FIG. 9, the information surrounded by dotted rectangles 401 to 404 is different from the example illustrated in FIG. 6.

    [0063] FIG. 10 and FIG. 11 are diagrams illustrating examples of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 10 and FIG. 11 illustrate configuration examples of a newly defined RTSP M110 request and RTSP M110 response.

    [0064] Here, a specific function indicates each function exerted in each embodiment of the present disclosure. For example, the first embodiment of the present disclosure describes an example in which the specific function is a function of reducing an audio data amount in a stream to be transmitted to the sink device and transmitting the stream to the sink device based on a request from the sink device.

    [0065] For example, when the source device (information processing apparatus 200) is adaptable to the specific function, the source device (information processing apparatus 200) transmits an RTSP M3 request message containing wfd_audio_stream_control (dotted rectangle 402 illustrated in FIG. 9). In this manner, the source device (information processing apparatus 200) shows that the source device is adaptable to the specific function to the sink device (information processing apparatus 100), and inquiries whether the sink device (information processing apparatus 100) is adaptable to the specific function.

    [0066] Here, the sink device not adaptable to the specific function transmits a response of "none" in an RTSP M3 response message. Thus, after receiving such a response, the source device (information processing apparatus 200) does not use the specific function.

    [0067] Moreover, the sink device (information processing apparatus 100) adaptable to the specific function sets an adaptable bit to 1, and transmits it in an RTSP M3 response message to the source device (information processing apparatus 200).

    [0068] Here, in the dotted rectangle 404 illustrated in FIG. 9, a value (C) of wfd_audio_stream_control is indicated by a hexadecimal number. This value is 12 in a decimal number and 1100 in a binary number of 4 bit. This indicates that the value (C) of wfd_audio_stream_control corresponds to (re-) include audio at a bit position B3 and reduce audio at a bit position B2 that are illustrated in FIG. 8.

    [0069] Moreover, when reduction of audio data is triggered in the sink device (information processing apparatus 100), the sink device (information processing apparatus 100) transmits a message indicating such a fact to the source device, for example. The sink device (information processing apparatus 100) transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10 (specified by information surrounded by a dotted rectangle 405), for example.

    [0070] In this manner, the sink device can request the source device to reduce audio data based on the first trigger. Here, the first trigger may be caused by user operation (e.g., switching operation between a main screen and a sub screen), for example.

    [0071] Moreover, the source device having received the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 10. Subsequently, the source device reduces an audio data amount in a stream to be transmitted to the sink device and transmits the stream to the sink device in accordance with an order from the sink device.

    [0072] A method of reducing audio data will be explained here.

    [0073] For example, the source device can perform the first sound data reduction such that a PES payload data amount is reduced in a PES packet stored in a TS packet specified by a PID without changing the PID specifying sound data transmission described in a PMT and a PES packet containing a PTS in a PES header portion is generated almost periodically. The source device multiplexes and transmits the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and the PES packet for image signal transmission. In this case, the source device can reduce the data amount by making the PES payload data amount to substantially zero or completely zero.

    [0074] In this case, the data may not contain any PES payload, or data may contain a stuffing byte but not actual audio data.

    [0075] Moreover, it is preferable to set a PES packet generation cycle to be approximately 100 msec. Thus, even a sink device reproducing video in synchronization with an audio clock can reproduce the audio clock and reproduce video with appropriate clock synchronization while preventing free run of the clock.

    [0076] Moreover, when the sink device performs demultiplexing on an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal, for example, the sink device discards data contained in a PES payload and extracts a PTS contained in a PES header portion in a PES packet stored in a TS packet specified by a PID specifying sound data transmission described in a PMT.

    [0077] In this manner, the first embodiment of the present disclosure describes the example using, as an audio data reduction method, the first sound data reduction method in which the PTS is retained.

    [0078] Moreover, when the re-inclusion of audio data is triggered in the sink device (information processing apparatus 100), the sink device (information processing apparatus 100) transmits a message indicating such a fact to the source device, for example. The sink device (information processing apparatus 100) transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 11 (specified by information surrounded by a dotted rectangle 406), for example.

    [0079] Moreover, the source device having received the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 11 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 11. Subsequently, the source device restores an original audio data amount in a stream to be transmitted to the sink device and transmits the stream to the sink device in accordance with an order from the sink device.

    [0080] In this manner, the controller of the sink device can request the source device to restore an original audio data amount based on the second trigger while receiving an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal in which the audio data amount is reduced. Here, the second trigger may be caused by user operation (e.g., switching operation between a main screen and a sub screen), for example.

    [0081] Moreover, when requested to restore an original sound data amount by the sink device while transmitting the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced by the first sound data reduction and the PES packet for image signal transmission after multiplexing them, for example, the controller of the source device performs control to store normal sound data in a PES payload, and multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission.

    [0082] The controller of the sink device performs control to extract sound data contained in a PES payload when performing demultiplexing on an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal received from the source device after the request,.

    Main screen display switching example



    [0083] The following will describe an example in which when a screen of the source device is displayed on the sink device, the sink device receives broadcast waves and newly displays a screen based on the broadcast waves.

    [0084] FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of a screen displayed on the display 140 and sound information output from the sound output unit 150 in the information processing apparatus 100 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [0085] FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatus 100 and the information processing apparatus 200 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 13 illustrates an example of exchange of information corresponding to FIG. 12.

    [0086] FIG. 12A illustrates an example of the case in which an image and sound of the image from the information processing apparatus 200 are output from the information processing apparatus 100. That is, FIG. 12A illustrates an example in which, with setting of audio included, stream transmission is performed from the information processing apparatus 200 to the information processing apparatus 100 using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (311, 312 illustrated in FIG. 13). In this case, sound 301 of the image from the information processing apparatus 200 is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0087] FIG. 12B illustrates an example of the case in which, in the state illustrated in FIG. 12A, a user performs setting for receiving broadcast waves and displaying an image based on the broadcast waves on the display 140 through such user operation (313 illustrated in FIG. 13). Moreover, it is supposed that, through user operation, the user also performs setting for displaying two screens of an image 306 from the information processing apparatus 200 and an image 305 based on the broadcast waves on the display 140 at the same time. In addition, through such user operation, it is supposed that the user sets the image 305 based on the broadcast waves as a main screen.

    [0088] In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 transmits the RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 10) to the information processing apparatus 200 and requests reduction of audio data (314, 315 illustrated in FIG. 13). Moreover, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 10) to the information processing apparatus 100 (316, 317 illustrated in FIG. 13).

    [0089] Subsequently, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream in which the audio data is reduced to the information processing apparatus 100 (318, 319 illustrated in FIG. 13). In this case, sound of the image 306 from the information processing apparatus 200 is not output, as illustrated in FIG. 12B. That is, when the image 305 based on the broadcast waves is set as a main screen, sound of the image 306 from the information processing apparatus 200 is not output. Then, the sound 302 of the image 305 based on the broadcast waves is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0090] FIG. 12C illustrates an example of the case in which, in the state illustrated in FIG. 12B, an image 307 based on the broadcast waves is set to a sub screen and an image 308 from the information processing apparatus 200 is set to a main screen by user operation (320 illustrated in FIG. 13).

    [0091] In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 transmits the RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 11) to the information processing apparatus 200 and requests addition of audio data (321, 322 illustrated in FIG. 13). Moreover, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 11) to the information processing apparatus 100 (323, 324 illustrated in FIG. 13).

    [0092] Subsequently, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream containing audio data to the information processing apparatus 100 (325, 326 illustrated in FIG. 13). In this case, sound of the image 307 based on the broadcast waves is not output, as illustrated in FIG. 12C. Moreover, sound 303 of the image 308 from the information processing apparatus 200 is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0093] Here, as illustrated in FIG. 12A, when an image from the information processing apparatus 200 is displayed as a main image on the display 140, the sound 301 of the image is output from the sound output unit 150. In this case, it is assumed that a user viewing the image adjusts a sound volume setting value (volume) of the sound 301 output from the sound output unit 150 in accordance with sound pressure of the sound 301. Then, when the sound volume setting value of the sound 301 output from the sound output unit 150 is adjusted, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 stores the adjusted value in the memory 160.

    [0094] Moreover, as illustrated in FIG. 12B, when the image 305 based on the broadcast waves is displayed as a main image on the display 140, the sound 302 of the image 305 is output from the sound output unit 150. Also in this case, it is assumed that a user viewing the image 305 adjusts a sound volume setting value (volume) of the sound 302 output from the sound output unit 150 in accordance with sound pressure of the sound 302 while the broadcast waves is being received.

    [0095] As illustrated in FIG. 12C, when the image 308 from the information processing apparatus 200 is set to a main image, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 sets a sound volume corresponding to a value stored in the memory 160. That is, when the image 308 from the information processing apparatus 200 is set to a main image, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 discards the sound volume setting value (volume) set while the sound 302 of the image 305 based on the broadcast waves is output, and resets a sound volume used when the image from the information processing apparatus 200 is set as a main image.

    [0096] In this manner, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 stores, in the memory 160, the sound volume setting value of sound output before a request is made to the source device. Then, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 requests the source device to restore an original sound data amount and can set the sound volume setting value stored in the memory 160 at the timing when sound data contained in a PES payload is extracted after the request, for example.

    [0097] In this manner, it is possible to prevent output of sound volume not intended by the user when switching the main screen, for example.

    "Operation example of sink device"



    [0098] FIG. 14 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 14 illustrates an example of the case in which both the source device and the sink device are adaptive to the specific function.

    [0099] First, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 performs processing of starting Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S801).

    [0100] Then, the controller 170 starts a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S802). A stream exchanged in this case contains audio data.

    [0101] Next, the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing the stream containing the audio data, for example (Step S803). In this manner, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display 140, and sound based on audio data contained in the received stream is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0102] Subsequently, the controller 170 determines whether an image not requiring audio data exists among the images displayed on the display 140 (images based on the received streams) (Step S804). For example, as illustrated in FIG. 12A and FIG. 12B, when user operation for receiving broadcast waves and displaying them as a main screen, it is determined that audio data from the source device is unnecessary (Step S804).

    [0103] When an image not requiring audio data does not exist (Step S804), the operation returns to Step S803. When an image not requiring audio data exists (Step S804), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting reduction of audio data to the source device transmitting the stream corresponding to the image not requiring audio data (Step S805). For example, the controller 170 transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10.

    [0104] After the message is transmitted, the communication unit 110 receives a response to the message from the source device (Step S806). The source device transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 10, for example.

    [0105] After the response to the message for requesting reduction of audio data is received (Step S806), the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing a stream in which the audio data is reduced, for example (Step S807). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display 140. However, the received stream does not contain audio data, and thus no sound is output.

    [0106] Subsequently, the controller 170 determines whether an image requiring audio data exists among the images displayed on the display 140 (images based on the received streams) (Step S808). For example, as illustrated in FIG. 12B and FIG. 12C, when user operation for displaying an image from the source device as a main screen is performed, it is determined that audio data from the source device is necessary (Step S808).

    [0107] When an image requiring audio data (image based on the received stream) does not exist (Step S808), the operation returns to Step S807. When an image requiring audio data exists (Step S808), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting addition of audio data to the source device transmitting the stream corresponding to the image requiring audio data (Step S809). For example, the controller 170 transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 11, for example.

    [0108] After the message is transmitted, the communication unit 110 receives a response to the message from the source device (Step S810). The source device transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 11, for example.

    [0109] After the response to the message for requesting addition of audio data is received (Step S810), the controller 170 determines whether the finish of reception processing has been ordered (Step S811). When the finish of reception processing has not been ordered (Step S811), the operation returns to Step S803, and the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing the stream containing audio data, for example (Step S803). By contrast, when the finish of reception processing has been ordered (Step S811), the operation of reception processing is finished. Note that Steps S803 and S807 are examples of the communication described in claims. Note that Steps S805 to S807 are examples of the control described in claims.

    "Operation example of source device"



    [0110] FIG. 15 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of transmission processing by the information processing apparatus 200 according to the first embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 15 illustrates an example of the case in which both the source device and the sink device are adaptive to the specific function.

    [0111] First, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 (corresponding to the controller 170 of FIG. 2) performs processing of starting Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S821).

    [0112] Then, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 starts a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S822). A stream exchanged in this case contains audio data.

    [0113] Next, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 generates a stream containing audio data and transmits the generated stream to the sink device (Step S823). In this manner, an image based on image data contained in the transmitted stream is displayed on the display of the sink device, and sound based on audio data contained in the received stream is output from the sound output unit of the sink device.

    [0114] Subsequently, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a message for requesting reduction of audio data has been received from the sink device (Step S824). For example, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10 has been received. When the message has not been received from the sink device (Step S824), the operation returns to Step S823.

    [0115] When the message has been received from the sink device (Step S824), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a response to the message to the sink device (Step S825). The information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 10, for example.

    [0116] Next, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 generates a stream in which the audio data is reduced and transmits the generated stream to the sink device (Step S826). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display of the sink device. However, no sound is output.

    [0117] Subsequently, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a message for requesting addition of audio data has been received from the sink device (Step S827). For example, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 11 has been received. When the message has not been received from the sink device (Step S827), the operation returns to Step S826.

    [0118] When the message has been received from the sink device (Step S827), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a response to the message to the sink device (Step S828). The information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 11, for example.

    [0119] Next, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether the finish of transmission processing has been ordered (Step S829). When the finish of transmission processing has not been ordered (Step S829), the operation returns to Step S823. By contrast, when the finish of transmission processing has been ordered (Step S829), the operation of transmission processing is finished. Note that Steps S823 and S826 are examples of the communication described in claims. Moreover, Step S826 is an example of the control described in claims.

    <2. Second embodiment>



    [0120] The second embodiment of the present disclosure describes an example in which the audio data is reduced at the start of streaming using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast. Moreover, the second embodiment of the present disclosure describes an example in which the use of a sound data reduction method (second sound data reduction method) other than the sound data reduction method described in the first embodiment of the present disclosure is requested. That is, in the second embodiment of the present disclosure, a method of reducing audio data can be specified. Thus, in the second embodiment of the present disclosure, further extension is introduced to the structure of a newly provided RTSP parameter.

    [0121] Note that the configurations of information processing apparatuses in the second embodiment of the present disclosure are substantially same as those of the information processing apparatuses 100, 200 illustrated in FIG. 1 and the like. Thus, the elements common to the first embodiment of the present disclosure are represented with the same reference numerals as in the first embodiment of the present disclosure, and the description of these elements is partially omitted.

    "Configuration example of RTSP message"



    [0122] FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 16 illustrates an example of the case in which further extension is introduced to the structure of a newly provided RTSP parameter.

    [0123] FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 17 illustrates configuration examples of an RTSP M3 request and an RTSP M3 response. In FIG. 17, the information surrounded by dotted rectangles 411 to 414 is different from the example illustrated in FIG. 6.

    [0124] FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating an example of information exchanged between information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 18 illustrates configuration examples of a newly defined RTSP M110 request and RTSP M110 response.

    [0125] For example, when the source device (information processing apparatus 200) is adaptable to the specific function, the source device (information processing apparatus 200) transmits an RTSP M3 request message including wfd_audio_stream_control (dotted rectangle 412 illustrated in FIG. 17). In this manner, the source device (information processing apparatus 200) shows that the source device is adaptable to the specific function to the sink device (information processing apparatus 100), and inquiries whether the sink device (information processing apparatus 100) is adaptable to the specific function.

    [0126] Here, the sink device not adaptable to the specific function transmits a response of "none" in an RTSP M3 response message. Thus, after receiving such a response, the source device (information processing apparatus 200) does not use the specific function.

    [0127] Moreover, the sink device (information processing apparatus 100) adaptable to the specific function sets an adaptable bit to 1, and transmits it to the source device (information processing apparatus 200) in an RTSP M3 response message.

    [0128] Here, in the dotted rectangle 414 illustrated in FIG. 17, a value (F) of wfd_audio_stream_control is indicated by a hexadecimal number. This value is 15 in a decimal number and 1111 in a binary number of 4 bit. This indicates that the value (F) of wfd_audio_stream_control corresponds to any of bit positions B3 to B1 illustrated in FIG. 16 and that reduction of audio data is requested from the start of streaming. That is, it is indicated that the value (F) of wfd_audio_stream_control corresponds to (re-) include audio at a bit position B3 and reduce audio at a bit position B2 illustrated in FIG. 16. Moreover, it is indicated that the value (F) of wfd_audio_stream_control corresponds to audio data reduction using a reduction method different from reduce audio at a bit position B and that reduction of audio data is requested from the start of streaming.

    [0129] That is, FIG. 17 illustrates an example of an RTSP M3 response message requesting reduction of audio data from the start of streaming. The source device having received the RTSP M3 response message reduces data using any of data reduction methods to which the sink device is adaptive and then transmits the stream to the sink device. For example, the reduction method same as that of the first embodiment of the present disclosure (first sound data reduction method) can be used.

    [0130] Moreover, when re-inclusion of audio data is triggered, the sink device transmits a newly provided RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 11), for example. The source device having received the RTSP M110 request message transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 11). Then, the source device restores an original audio data amount and transmits it in accordance with an order from the sink device. Note that the configurations of the RTSP M110 request message and the RTSP M110 response message are same as in FIG. 11, and thus the detailed explanation thereof is omitted.

    [0131] Here, it is assumed that a user operates the sink device to set an image based on broadcast waves as a main screen and set an image from the source device as a sub screen. In this case, the sink device can determine that audio data of the image from the source device has become unnecessary. Thus, with such operation as a trigger, the sink device requests the source device to reduce audio data. In this case, it is supposed that the sink device is designed and implemented so as to smoothly display an image from the source device even without an audio PTS. Thus, the sink device can specify another reduction method (e.g., a reduction method in which no audio PES packet is transmitted so as to further reduce a data amount).

    [0132] FIG. 18 illustrates configuration examples of an RTSP M110 request and an RTSP M110 response transmitted in this case.

    [0133] The source device having received the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 18 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message. Then, the source device reduces data regarding a stream transmitted after the transmission of such an OK by the second sound data reduction method, and transmits data other than a PES packet for audio data without multiplexing the PES packet for audio data. Here, the second sound data reduction method is a reduction method in which no PES packet carrying audio data is generated in a stream without including information of a PID specifying audio data.

    [0134] In this manner, the source device performs the second sound data reduction in which no PES packet carrying audio data is generated without including information of a PID specifying audio data, and can transmit a PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing a PES packet for sound signal transmission.

    [0135] The sink device receives a stream in which the audio data is reduced by the second sound data reduction method and decodes video data contained in the received stream.

    [0136] It is assumed that, in this state, the user cancels two screens and specifies the display of only an image from the source device. In this case, the sink device can determine that audio data of the image from the source device has become necessary. Thus, with such operation as a trigger, the sink device requests the source device to restore original audio data in an RTSP M110 request message.

    [0137] The configuration examples of an RTSP M110 request and an RTSP M110 response transmitted in this case are same as in FIG. 11.

    [0138] The source device transmits a stream including audio data after transmitting an OK in the RTSP M110 response illustrated in FIG. 11. That is, the source device includes information of a PID specifying audio data in a PMT in the stream and generates a PES packet carrying audio data using a TS packet specified by the PID. Then, the source device multiplexes the generated PES packet carrying audio data and a PES packet carrying video data, and transmits the result to the sink device.

    [0139] In this manner, when requested to restore an original sound data amount by the sink device while transmitting the PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing the PES packet for sound signal transmission after the second sound data reduction, the source device includes a PID specifying sound data transmission in a PMT, stores normal sound data in a PES payload, and multiplexes and transmits the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission.

    [0140] The sink device receives a stream containing audio data, performs demultiplexing on video data and audio data contained in the received stream, and decodes and reproduces the data, for example.

    "Main screen display switching example"



    [0141] The following will describe an example of the case in which when a screen based on broadcast waves is displayed on the sink device, the sink device newly displays an image from the source device.

    [0142] FIG. 19 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of a screen displayed on the display 140 and sound information output from the sound output unit 150 in the information processing apparatus 100 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [0143] FIG. 20 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatus 100 and the information processing apparatus 200 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 20 illustrates an example of exchange of information corresponding to FIG. 19.

    [0144] FIG. 19A illustrates an example of the case in which broadcast waves are received and an image and sound of the image based on the broadcast waves are output from the information processing apparatus 100.

    [0145] FIG. 19B illustrates an example of the case in which, in the state illustrated in FIG. 19A, transmission of a stream from the information processing apparatus 200 to the information processing apparatus 100 has been started using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast by user operation of the information processing apparatus 200.

    [0146] In this case, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 detects connection using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast. Then, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 automatically sets an image based on broadcast waves displayed on one screen to a main screen and a newly added image from the information processing apparatus 200 to a sub screen. In this manner, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 can determine that the image from the information processing apparatus 200 is set as a sub screen (331 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    [0147] Moreover, with such determination as a trigger, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 requests the information processing apparatus 200 to reduce audio data and transmit it. In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 sets a least significant bit B0 of control-bitmap to 1 (illustrated in FIG. 17) in an RTSP M3 response message that is a response to a received RTSP M3 request message, and transmits the message to the information processing apparatus 200, thereby requesting reduction of audio data (332, 333 illustrated in FIG. 20). At that time, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 does not specify a reduction method. Thus, the information processing apparatus 200 can determine a reduction method automatically or manually. Then, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream in which the audio data is reduced to the information processing apparatus 100 (334, 335 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    [0148] FIG. 19C illustrates an example of the case in which, in the state illustrated in FIG. 19B, an image 327 based on broadcast waves is set to a sub screen and an image 328 from the information processing apparatus 200 is set to a main screen by user operation (336 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    [0149] In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 transmits the RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 11) to the information processing apparatus 200 and requests addition of audio data (337, 338 illustrated in FIG. 20). Moreover, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 11) to the information processing apparatus 100 (339, 340 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    [0150] Subsequently, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream containing audio data to the information processing apparatus 100 (341, 342 illustrated in FIG. 20). In this case, sound of the image 327 based on the broadcast waves is not output, as illustrated in FIG. 19C. Moreover, sound 323 of the image 328 from the information processing apparatus 200 is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0151] Here, when the sound 323 of the image 328 from the information processing apparatus 200 starts to be output from the sound output unit 150, large sound may be output suddenly if the volume of the sound 323 is same as that of the sound 322 of the image based on the broadcast waves. Then, when the sound 323 of the image 328 from the information processing apparatus 200 starts to be output from the sound output unit 150, a sound volume setting value (volume) smaller than the sound 322 of the image based on the broadcast waves may be reset.

    [0152] Moreover, it is assumed that, in the state illustrated in FIG. 19, the image 327 based on the broadcast waves is set to a main screen and the image 328 from the information processing apparatus 200 is set to a sub screen by user operation (343 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    [0153] In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 transmits the RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 18) to the information processing apparatus 200 and requests reduction of audio data (344, 345 illustrated in FIG. 20). Here, it is assumed that a method in which an audio PES packet is not included (second sound data reduction method) is specified as a method for reducing audio data.

    [0154] Moreover, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 18) to the information processing apparatus 100 (346, 347 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    [0155] Subsequently, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream in which the audio data is reduced to the information processing apparatus 100 (348, 349 illustrated in FIG. 20).

    "Operation example of sink device"



    [0156] FIG. 21 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 21 illustrates an example of the case in which both the source device and the sink device are adaptive to the specific function.

    [0157] First, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 determines whether a start trigger of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast has occurred (Step S831). When the start trigger has not occurred (Step S831), monitoring is continued.

    [0158] When the start trigger has occurred (Step S831), the controller 170 determines whether audio data is necessary at the time of start (Step S832). When audio data is not necessary at the time of start (Step S832), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting reduction of audio data to the source device starting to transmit a stream (Step S833). For example, the controller 170 sets a least significant bit B0 of control-bitmap to 1 when transmitting the RTSP M3 response message illustrated in FIG. 17 as a response to the received RTSP M3 request message illustrated in FIG. 17, and requests reduction of audio data.

    [0159] Then, the controller 170 starts a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S834). A stream exchanged in this case does not contain audio data.

    [0160] Next, the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing a stream in which the audio data is reduced, for example (Step S835). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display 140. However, the received stream does not contain audio data, and thus no sound is output.

    [0161] Next, the controller 170 determines whether the image (image based on the received stream) displayed on the display 140 requires audio data (Step S836). When audio data is unnecessary (Step S836), the operation returns to Step S835.

    [0162] When audio data is necessary (Step S836), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting addition of audio data to the source device transmitting a stream (Step S837). For example, the controller 170 transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 11.

    [0163] After the message is transmitted, the communication unit 110 receives a response to the message from the source device (Step S838). The source device transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 11.

    [0164] Meanwhile, when audio data is necessary at the time of start (Step S832), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting inclusion of audio data to the source device starting to transmit a stream (Step S839). For example, the controller 170 transmits the RTSP M3 response message illustrated in FIG. 6.

    [0165] Then, the controller 170 starts a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S840). A stream exchanged in this case contains audio data.

    [0166] Next, the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing a stream containing audio data, for example (Step S841). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display 140, and sound based on audio data contained in the received stream is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0167] Subsequently, the controller 170 determines whether the image displayed on the display 140 (image based on the received stream) does not require audio data (Step S842). When audio data is necessary (Step S842), the operation returns to Step S841.

    [0168] When audio data is unnecessary (Step S842), the controller 170 determines an audio data reduction method (Step S843). For example, the controller 170 can determine an audio data reduction method based on the number of connected source devices, the performance of the source devices, surrounding communication environments, and the like.

    [0169] For example, when the first method (first sound data reduction method) is determined (Step S843), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting reduction of audio data to the source device transmitting a stream (Step S844). For example, the controller 170 transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10.

    [0170] After the message is transmitted, the communication unit 110 receives a response to the message from the source device (Step S845). The source device transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 10, for example.

    [0171] For example, when the second method (second sound data reduction method) is determined (Step S843), the controller 170 transmits a message for requesting deletion of audio data to the source device transmitting a stream (Step S846). For example, the controller 170 transmits the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 18.

    [0172] After the message is transmitted, the communication unit 110 receives a response to the message from the source device (Step S847). The source device transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 18.

    [0173] Next, the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing a stream in which the audio data is deleted, for example (Step S848). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display 140. However, the received stream does not contain audio data, and thus no sound is output.

    [0174] Next, the controller 170 determines whether the image (image based on the received stream) displayed on the display 140 requires audio data (Step S849). When audio data is unnecessary (Step S849), the operation returns to Step S848. When audio data is necessary (Step S849), the operation returns to Step S837.

    [0175] In this manner, the controller 170 can specify, when making a request to the source device, one of the first sound data reduction method in which an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing a PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted and the second sound data reduction method in which an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal not containing a PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted.

    "Operation example of source device"



    [0176] FIG. 22 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing procedures of transmission processing by the information processing apparatus 200 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 22 illustrates an example of the case in which both the source device and the sink device are adaptive to the specific function.

    [0177] First, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a start trigger of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast has occurred (Step S851). When the start trigger has not occurred (Step S851), monitoring is continued.

    [0178] When the start trigger has occurred (Step S851), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a received RTSP M3 response message specifies that audio data is unnecessary (Step S852).

    [0179] When it is specified that audio data is unnecessary (Step S852), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 starts a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S853). A stream exchanged in this case does not contain audio data.

    [0180] Next, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 generates a stream in which the audio data is reduced and transmits the generated stream to the sink device (Step S854). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display of the sink device. However, no sound is output.

    [0181] Subsequently, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a message for requesting addition of audio data has been received from the sink device (Step S855). For example, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 11 has been received. When the message has not been received from the sink device (Step S855), the operation returns to Step S854.

    [0182] When the message has been received from the sink device (Step S855), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a response to the message to the sink device (Step S856). The information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 11, for example.

    [0183] When it is specified that audio data is necessary (Step S852), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 starts a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S857). A stream exchanged in this case contains audio data.

    [0184] Next, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 generates a stream containing audio data and transmits the generated stream to the sink device (Step S858). In this manner, an image based on image data contained in the transmitted stream is displayed on the display of the sink device, and sound based on audio data contained in the transmitted stream is output from the sound output unit of the sink device.

    [0185] Subsequently, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a message for requesting reduction of audio data has been received from the sink device (Step S859). For example, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10 or FIG. 18 has been received. When the message has not been received from the sink device (Step S859), the operation returns to Step S858.

    [0186] When the message has been received from the sink device (Step S859), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 confirms an audio data reduction method specified by the message (Step S860). Then, when the reduction method is the first method (the case of the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 10) (Step S860), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a response to the message to the sink device (Step S861). The controller of the information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 10, for example.

    [0187] Moreover, when the reduction method is the second method (the case of the RTSP M110 request message illustrated in FIG. 18) (Step S860), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether the information processing apparatus 200 is adaptive to the second method (Step S862). Then, when the information processing apparatus 200 is not adaptive to the second method (Step S862), the operation proceeds to Step S861.

    [0188] When the information processing apparatus 200 is adaptive to the second method (Step S862), the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a response to the message to the sink device (Step S863). The information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message illustrated in FIG. 18, for example.

    [0189] Next, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 generates a stream in which the audio data is deleted and transmits the generated stream to the sink device (Step S864). In this case, an image based on image data contained in the received stream is displayed on the display of the sink device. However, no sound is output.

    [0190] Subsequently, the controller of the information processing apparatus 200 determines whether a message for requesting addition of audio data has been received from the sink device (Step S865). When the message has not been received from the sink device (Step S865), the operation returns to Step S864. By contrast, when the message has been received from the sink device (Step S865), the operation proceeds to Step S856.

    "Examples using another message"



    [0191] The above has described the example in which a change added to a sequence of RTSP message exchange of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast release-1 is avoided as much as possible. That is, the above has described the example in which a request for start without including any audio data is contained in an M3 GET_PARAMETER response.

    [0192] The following will describe a case in which a sequence of RTSP message exchange can be changed such as in a successor standard or own implementation. For example, an M3R request/response message and an M4R request/response message are defined. These are obtained by reversing the directions of an M3 request/response message and an M4 request/response message. Then, capability notification between the source device and the sink device, parameter setting, and the like are performed using the M3R request/response message or the M4R request/response message.

    [0193] FIG. 23 is a sequence chart illustrating a communication processing example of the source device 50 and the sink device 60 according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure. Note that FIG. 23 illustrates that a newly defined RTSP message is added in the example illustrated in FIG. 5. That is, an RTSP M3R request, an RTSP M3R response, an RTSP M4R request, and an RTSP M4R response are added.

    [0194] Here, an M3 GET_PARAMETER and an M4 SET_PARAMETER are for transmitting a request from the source device to the sink device. FIG. 23 illustrates a sequence chart of an RTSP message when the reversed message is newly defined.

    [0195] As illustrated in FIG. 23, the sink device 60 inquires the adaptive capability of the source device 50 (e.g., whether the source device 50 is adaptive to audio data reduction) using the M3R request message (501). The source device 50 notifies the sink device 60 of the adaptive capability of the source device 50 using a response to the M3R request message (M3R response message) (502).

    [0196] Moreover, the sink device 60 sets, using the M4R request message, such that the source device 50 transmits a stream without including audio data (503). The source device 50 notifies the sink device 60 of an OK using a response to the M4R request message (M4R response message) (504).

    [0197] FIG. 24 to FIG. 26 are diagrams illustrating examples of information exchanged between the information processing apparatuses according to the second embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [0198] FIG. 24 illustrates a definition example of a bit when wfd_audio_stream_control is used in a newly defined RTSP message. In this example, the sink device 60 can explicitly notify the source device 50 of the fact that audio is not contained in SET_PARAMETER. Thus, in the example illustrated in FIG. 16, "Initial audio-off" of the least significant bit (at a bit position B0) can be omitted.

    [0199] FIG. 25 illustrates configuration examples of an RTSP M3R request, an RTSP M3R response, an RTSP M4R request, and an RTSP M4R response.

    [0200] Next, a configuration example of a concrete message will be described with reference to FIG. 25.

    [0201] The sink device 60 includes wfd_audio_stream_control (dotted rectangle 420 illustrated in FIG. 25) in an RTSP M3R request message and transmits the message to the source device 50 (501 illustrated in FIG. 23). Thus, the sink device 60 can inquire whether the source device 50 is adaptive to the specific function.

    [0202] In response to the inquiry, the source device 50 transmits an RTSP M3R response message to the sink device 60, and notifies the sink device 60 of the fact that the source device 50 is adaptive to the specific function (502 illustrated in FIG. 23). This example describes the case in which the source device 50 is adaptive to all of a function of (re-)including audio data, a function of reducing audio data, and a function of reducing audio data by another method. Thus, the source device 50 sets 1110 in a binary number, "E (dotted rectangle 421 of FIG. 25)" in a hexadecimal number and transmits the response (502 illustrated in FIG. 23).

    [0203] Subsequently, the sink device 60 transmits an RTSP M4R request message to the source device 50, and sets (SET) such that the source device 50 reduces audio data and transmits it (503 illustrated in FIG. 23). In this example, the RTSP M3R response message confirms that the source device 50 has a function of reducing audio data by another method. Thus, the sink device 60 sets only the bit position B1 illustrated in FIG. 24 to 1, and can specify transmission without including any audio data. In response to this, the source device 50 transmits an OK in the RTSP M4R response message (illustrated in FIG. 25) to the sink device 60 (504 illustrated in FIG. 23).

    [0204] In this manner, the sink device 60 sets only the bit position B1 illustrated in FIG. 24 to 1. Thus, 0010 in a binary number and "2 (dotted rectangle 422 of FIG. 25)" in a hexadecimal number are used as RTSP parameter setting values.

    [0205] Then, the source device 50 sets a format for transmitting an RTSP M4 request. In this case, the source device 50 may perform setting including an audio format, as described above, or perform setting without including an audio format. FIG. 26 illustrates an example in which setting is performed without including an audio format.

    [0206] FIG. 26 illustrates configuration examples of an RTSP M4 request and an RTSP M4 response.

    [0207] Here, it is assumed that transmission without audio data from the start is specified, a method in which no audio elementary stream is included is selected as an audio reduction method, and an RTSP M4 request message is transmitted without including any information of an audio format. In this case, when the sink device 60 requests the source device 50 to add audio next using the RTSP M110 request message, the source device 50 needs to notify the sink device 60 of an OK using the RTSP M110 response message, and further add a parameter for specifying an audio format and transmit it using an RTSP M4 request message. The configuration example of the RTSP M4 request message used in this case is same as in the example illustrated in FIG. 7, and thus the explanation thereof is omitted here.

    <3. Third embodiment>



    [0208] The third embodiment of the present disclosure describes an example in which the sink device detects the movement or existence of a person and requests reduction of audio data based on the detection result.

    [0209] Note that the configurations of information processing apparatuses in the third embodiment of the present disclosure are substantially same as those of the information processing apparatuses 100, 200 illustrated in FIG. 1 and the like. Thus, the elements common to the first embodiment of the present disclosure are represented with the same reference numerals as in the first embodiment of the present disclosure, and the description of these elements is omitted.

    "Main screen display switching example"



    [0210] The following describes first an example of the case in which when a screen of the source device is displayed on the sink device, output of sound is controlled based on whether a user is viewing the screen.

    [0211] FIG. 27 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of a screen displayed on the display 140 and sound information output from the sound output unit 150 in the information processing apparatus 100 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure.

    [0212] FIG. 28 is a diagram illustrating a shift example of information exchanged between the information processing apparatus 100 and the information processing apparatus 200 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 28 illustrates an example of exchange of information corresponding to FIG. 27.

    [0213] FIG. 27A illustrates an example of the case in which an image and sound of the image from the information processing apparatus 200 are output from the information processing apparatus 100. That is, FIG. 27A illustrates an example in which, with setting of audio included, stream transmission is performed from the information processing apparatus 200 to the information processing apparatus 100 using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (361, 362 illustrated in FIG. 28). In this case, sound 351 of the image from the information processing apparatus 200 is output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0214] FIG. 27B illustrates an example of the case in which, in the state illustrated in FIG. 27A, it is determined that a user is not viewing the screen displayed on the display 140 (363 illustrated in FIG. 28).

    [0215] For example, it is possible to detect the existence of a person or the movement of a person by the sensor 120. Moreover, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 can determine whether the user is viewing the screen of the display 140 based on the detection result by the sensor 120. Then, when it is determined that the user is not viewing the screen of the display 140 for a certain period of time, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 turns off sound output from the sound output unit 150.

    [0216] In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 transmits the RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 10) to the information processing apparatus 200 and requests reduction of audio data (364, 365 illustrated in FIG. 28). The information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 10) to the information processing apparatus 100 (366, 367 illustrated in FIG. 28).

    [0217] Subsequently, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream in which the audio data is reduced to the information processing apparatus 100 (368, 369 illustrated in FIG. 28). In this case, sound of the image from the information processing apparatus 200 is not output, as illustrated in FIG. 27B.

    [0218] Moreover, in this case, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 can display notification information indicating "sound has been deleted after determination that there is no viewer" on the display 140, as illustrated in FIG. 27B. Moreover, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 may call an attention of a user by outputting warning sound, for example. When the user performs some kinds of action (e.g., action of waving a hand) or given reaction from the sensor 120 is observed within a given period of time after the output of such notification or warming sound, for example, the information processing apparatus 100 may not request reduction of audio data.

    [0219] Moreover, when it is determined that the user is not viewing the screen of the display 140 for a certain period of time, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 may gradually reduce a sound volume setting value (volume value) of sound output from the sound output unit 150. In this case, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 may request reduction of audio data after the sound volume setting value (volume value) of sound output from the sound output unit 150 is reduced sufficiently.

    [0220] Moreover, when it is determined that the user is not viewing the screen of the display 140 for a certain period of time, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 may transmit a request for reducing power consumption to the information processing apparatus 200. For example, the controller 170 of the information processing apparatus 100 can transmit a request for reducing resolution of the image, or reducing a refresh rate, for example, to the information processing apparatus 200.

    [0221] FIG. 27C illustrates an example of the case in which, in the state illustrated in FIG. 27B, the user viewing the screen displayed on the display 140 has been detected (370 illustrated in FIG. 28). For example, it is assumed that the user having viewed the message illustrated in FIG. 27B returns to the side of the information processing apparatus 100. Moreover, the existence of the user may be detected under the condition that the user performs given action (e.g., action of waving a hand, etc.).

    [0222] In this case, the information processing apparatus 100 transmits the RTSP M110 request message (illustrated in FIG. 11) to the information processing apparatus 200 and requests addition of audio data (371, 372 illustrated in FIG. 28). The information processing apparatus 200 transmits an OK in the RTSP M110 response message (illustrated in FIG. 11) to the information processing apparatus 100 (373, 374 illustrated in FIG. 28).

    [0223] Subsequently, the information processing apparatus 200 transmits a stream containing audio data to the information processing apparatus 100 (375, 376 illustrated in FIG. 28). In this case, sound 352 of the image from the information processing apparatus 200 is output from the sound output unit 150, as illustrated in FIG. 27C.

    [0224] In this manner, the third embodiment of the present disclosure is substantially same as the first embodiment of the present disclosure except in a trigger for requesting reduction of audio data.

    "Operation example of sink device"



    [0225] FIG. 29 and FIG. 30 are flowcharts illustrating an example of processing procedures of reception processing by the information processing apparatus 100 according to the third embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 29 and FIG. 30 illustrate an example of the case in which both the source device and the sink device are adaptive to the specific function. Moreover, the processing procedures illustrated in FIG. 29 and FIG. 30 (Steps S871, S872, S874, S884 to S886, S888 to S890) correspond to the processing procedures illustrated in FIG. 14 (Steps S801 to S803, S805 to S807, S809 to S811). Thus, the description thereof is partially omitted.

    [0226] Moreover, a dotted rectangle 601 illustrated in FIG. 29 corresponds to determination processing for determining whether audio data is necessary (Step S808) in FIG. 14. Moreover, a dotted rectangle 602 illustrated in FIG. 30 corresponds to determination processing for determining whether audio data is unnecessary (Step S804) in FIG. 14.

    [0227] After starting a session of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast (Step S872), the controller 170 resets the first timer (Step S873). Here, the first timer is a timer used for determining whether notification information for a user is to be output. Next, the controller 170 performs processing of receiving, decoding, and reproducing a stream containing audio data, for example (Step S874).

    [0228] Subsequently, the controller 170 determines whether the existence or movement of a user has been detected by the sensor 120 (Step S875). When the existence or movement of the user has been detected (Step S875), the operation returns to Step S873.

    [0229] When the existence or movement of the user has not been detected (Step S875), the controller 170 increases a value of the first timer (Step S876). Then, the controller 170 determines whether the first timer has exceeded an upper limit value (Step S877). When the first timer has not exceeded the upper limit value (Step S877), the operation returns to Step S874.

    [0230] When the first timer has exceeded the upper limit value (Step S877), the controller 170 resets the second timer (Step S878). Here, the second timer is a timer used for determining whether reduction of audio data is to be requested to the source device. Then, the controller 170 outputs (e.g., displays or sound outputs) notification information for the user (Step S879).

    [0231] Subsequently, the controller 170 determines whether the existence or movement of the user has been detected by the sensor 120 (Step S880). When the existence or movement of the user has been detected (Step S880), the controller 170 resets the second timer (Step S881), and the operation returns to Step S873.

    [0232] When the existence or movement of the user has not been detected (Step S880), the controller 170 a value of increases the second timer (Step S882). Then, the controller 170 determines whether the second timer has exceeded an upper limit value (Step S883). When the second timer has not exceeded the upper limit value (Step S883), the operation returns to Step S879. When the second timer has exceeded the upper limit value (Step S883), the operation proceeds to Step S884.

    [0233] Moreover, the controller 170 determines whether the existence or movement of the user has been detected by the sensor 120 (Step S887). When the existence or movement of the user has been detected (Step S887), the operation proceeds to Step S888. By contrast, when the existence or movement of the user has not been detected (Step S887), the operation returns to Step S886.

    [0234] In this manner, a trigger for requesting the source device to reduce audio data and transmit the data (first trigger) can be a trigger caused by detection of a user existing around the information processing apparatus 100 or the movement of the user.

    [0235] Note that the operation example of the source device is same as in FIG. 15, and thus the description thereof is omitted here.

    [0236] As described above, in the embodiment of the present disclosure, in a transmission method using an MPEG2-TS, the source device reduces audio data and transmits the data when notified by the connected sink device of the fact that audio data is unnecessary. For example, the source device can reduce audio data stored in a payload of a PES packet and transmit the data without changing a PID. In this manner, the source device can appropriately adjust a data amount of audio elementary stream in accordance with a request from the connected sink device.

    [0237] Thus, in the embodiment of the present disclosure, when audio is unnecessary, a data amount required for a wireless section can be reduced, which can prevent collision or congestion. Moreover, it is possible to reduce power consumption of both the source device and the sink device.

    [0238] Moreover, when the sink device operates in audio master, it is possible to perform synchronous reproduction based on a PTS.

    [0239] A sink device capable of reproducing video in free run of an audio reproduction clock can request the source device to perform transmission without including even a PTS. In this manner, it is possible to avoid collision or congestion by further reduction of a data amount and reduce power consumption of both the source device and the sink device.

    [0240] Moreover, it is possible to add and reduce audio data in association with switching operation of a main screen and a sub screen (e.g., user operation), automatic movement such as addition of a display screen, or whether a user is viewing a screen. In this case, it is unnecessary to perform complicated user operation for adding and reducing audio data.

    [0241] Note that the first and second embodiments of the present disclosure describe examples of the case in which an image based on broadcast waves and an image from the source device are displayed at the same time on the sink device. However, the first and the second embodiment of the present disclosure can be applied similarly also when images from two or more source devices are displayed at the same time on the sink device, or when a plurality of images from one source device are displayed at the same time on the sink device. Moreover, the third embodiment of the present disclosure describes an example of the case in which an image from one source device is displayed on the sink device. However, the third embodiment of the present disclosure can be applied similarly also when images from two or more source devices are displayed at the same time on the sink device.

    <4. Application example>



    [0242] The technology according to the disclosure can be applied to various products. For example, the information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 may be realized as mobile terminals such as smartphones, tablet PCs (Personal Computers), notebook PCs, portable game terminals, or digital cameras, fixed-type terminals such as television receivers, printers, digital scanners, or network storages, or car-mounted terminals such as car navigation devices. In addition, the information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 may be realized as terminals that perform M2M (Machine to Machine) communication (also referred to as MTC (Machine Type Communication) terminals) such as smart meters, vending machines, remotely controlled surveillance devices, or POS (Point Of Sale) terminals. Furthermore, the information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 may be wireless communication modules mounted in such terminals (for example, integrated circuit modules configured by one die).

    [0243] On the other hand, for example, the information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 may be realized as a wireless LAN access point (also referred to as a wireless base station) which has a router function or does not have a router function. The information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 may be realized as a mobile wireless LAN router. The information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 may also be a wireless communication module (for example, an integrated circuit module configured with one die) mounted on the device.

    "4-1. First application example"



    [0244] FIG. 31 is a block diagram showing an example of a schematic configuration of a smartphone 900 to which the technology of the present disclosure can be applied. The smartphone 900 includes a processor 901, a memory 902, a storage 903, an externally connected interface 904, a camera 906, a sensor 907, a microphone 908, a input device 909, a display device 910, a speaker 911, a wireless communication interface 913, an antenna switch 914, an antenna 915, a bus 917, a battery 918, and an auxiliary controller 919.

    [0245] The processor 901 may be, for example, a CPU (Central Processing Unit) or an SoC (System on Chip), and controls functions of an application layer and other layers of the smartphone 900. The memory 902 includes a RAM (Random Access Memory) and a ROM (Read Only Memory), and stores programs executed by the processor 901 and data. The storage 903 can include a storage medium such as a semiconductor memory or a hard disk. The externally connected interface 904 is an interface for connecting an externally attached device such as a memory card or a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device to the smartphone 900.

    [0246] The camera 906 has an image sensor, for example, a CCD (Charge Coupled Device) or a CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor), to generate captured images. The sensor 907 can include a sensor group including, for example, a positioning sensor, a gyro sensor, a geomagnetic sensor, an acceleration sensor, and the like. The microphone 908 converts sounds input to the smartphone 900 into audio signals. The input device 909 includes, for example, a touch sensor that detects touches on a screen of the display device 910, a key pad, a keyboard, buttons, switches, and the like, to receive manipulations or information inputs from a user. The display device 910 has a screen such as a liquid crystal display (LCD), or an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display to display output images of the smartphone 900. The speaker 911 converts audio signals output from the smartphone 900 into sounds.

    [0247] The wireless communication interface 913 supports one or more wireless LAN standards of IEEE 802.11a, 11b, 11g, 11n, 11ac, and 11ad, to execute the wireless LAN communication. The wireless communication interface 913 can communicate with another device via a wireless LAN access point in an infrastructure mode. In addition, the wireless communication interface 913 can directly communicate with another device in a direct communication mode such as an ad hoc mode or Wi-Fi Direct (registered trademark). Wi-Fi Direct is different from the ad hoc mode, and thus one of two terminals operates as an access point. However, communication is performed directly between the terminals. The wireless communication interface 913 can typically include a baseband processor, an RF (Radio Frequency) circuit, a power amplifier, and the like. The wireless communication interface 913 may be a single-chip module on which a memory that stores a communication control program, a processor that executes the program, and a relevant circuit are integrated. The wireless communication interface 913 may support another kind of wireless communication scheme such as a cellular communication scheme, a short-range wireless communication scheme, or a proximity wireless communication scheme in addition to the wireless LAN scheme. The antenna switch 914 switches a connection destination of the antenna 915 for a plurality of circuits (for example, circuits for different wireless communication schemes) included in the wireless communication interface 913. The antenna 915 has a single or a plurality of antenna elements (for example, a plurality of antenna elements constituting a MIMO antenna), and is used for transmission and reception of wireless signals from the wireless communication interface 913.

    [0248] Note that the smartphone 900 may include a plurality of antennas (for example, antennas for a wireless LAN or antennas for a proximity wireless communication scheme, or the like), without being limited to the example of FIG. 31. In this case, the antenna switch 914 may be omitted from the configuration of the smartphone 900.

    [0249] The bus 917 connects the processor 901, the memory 902, the storage 903, the externally connected interface 904, the camera 906, the sensor 907, the microphone 908, the input device 909, the display device 910, the speaker 911, the wireless communication interface 913, and the auxiliary controller 919 to one another. The battery 918 supplies electric power to each of the blocks of the smartphone 900 shown in FIG. 31 via power supply lines partially indicated by dashed lines in the drawing. The auxiliary controller 919 causes, for example, required minimum functions of the smartphone 900 to be operated in a sleep mode.

    [0250] In the smartphone 900 shown in FIG. 31, the control unit 170 described with reference to FIG. 2 may be mounted in the wireless communication interface 913. At least some of the functions may be mounted on the processor 901 or the auxiliary controller 919.

    [0251] Note that the smartphone 900 may operate as a wireless access point (software AP) as the processor 901 executes the function of an access point at an application level. In addition, the wireless communication interface 913 may have the function of a wireless access point.

    "4-2. Second application example"



    [0252] FIG. 32 is a block diagram showing an example of a schematic configuration of a car navigation device 920 to which the technology of the present disclosure can be applied. The car navigation device 920 includes a processor 921, a memory 922, a GPS (Global Positioning System) module 924, a sensor 925, a data interface 926, a content player 927, a storage medium interface 928, an input device 929, a display device 930, a speaker 931, a wireless communication interface 933, an antenna switch 934, an antenna 935, and a battery 938.

    [0253] The processor 921 may be, for example, a CPU or an SoC controlling a navigation function and other functions of the car navigation device 920. The memory 922 includes a RAM and a ROM storing programs executed by the processor 921 and data.

    [0254] The GPS module 924 measures a position of the car navigation device 920 (for example, latitude, longitude, and altitude) using GPS signals received from a GPS satellite. The sensor 925 can include a sensor group including, for example, a gyro sensor, a geomagnetic sensor, a pneumatic sensor, and the like. The data interface 926 is connected to a car-mounted network 941 via, for example, a terminal that is not illustrated to acquire data generated on the vehicle side such as car speed data.

    [0255] The content player 927 reproduces content stored in a storage medium (for example, a CD or a DVD) inserted into the storage medium interface 928. The input device 929 includes, for example, a touch sensor that detects touches on a screen of the display device 930, buttons, switches, and the like to receive manipulations or information inputs from a user. The display device 930 has a screen such as an LCD or an OLED display to display images of the navigation function or reproduced content. The speaker 931 outputs sounds of the navigation function or reproduced content.

    [0256] The wireless communication interface 933 supports one or more wireless LAN standards of IEEE 802.11a, 11b, 11g, 11n, 11ac, and 11ad, to execute wireless LAN communication. The wireless communication interface 933 can communicate with another device via a wireless LAN access point in the infrastructure mode. In addition, the wireless communication interface 933 can directly communicate with another device in a direct communication mode such as an ad hoc mode or Wi-Fi Direct. The wireless communication interface 933 can typically have a baseband processor, an RF circuit, a power amplifier, and the like. The wireless communication interface 933 may be a single-chip module on which a memory that stores a communication control program, a processor that executes the program, and a relevant circuit are integrated. The wireless communication interface 933 may support another kind of wireless communication scheme such as a short-range wireless communication scheme, a proximity wireless communication scheme, or the cellular communication scheme in addition to the wireless LAN scheme. The antenna switch 934 switches a connection destination of the antenna 935 for a plurality of circuits included in the wireless communication interface 933. The antenna 935 has a single or a plurality of antenna elements and is used for transmission and reception of wireless signals from the wireless communication interface 933.

    [0257] Note that the car navigation device 920 may include a plurality of antennas, without being limited to the example of FIG. 32. In this case, the antenna switch 934 may be omitted from the configuration of the car navigation device 920.

    [0258] The battery 938 supplies electric power to each of the blocks of the car navigation device 920 shown in FIG. 32 via power supply lines partially indicated by dashed lines in the drawing. In addition, the battery 938 accumulates electric power supplied from the vehicle.

    [0259] In the car navigation device 920 shown in FIG. 32, the control unit 170 described with reference to FIG. 2 may be mounted in the wireless communication interface 933. At least some of the functions may be mounted on the processor 921.

    [0260] The wireless communication interface 933 may operate as the above-described information processing apparatuses 100, 200, and 210 to supply wireless connection to a terminal owned by a user boarding a vehicle.

    [0261] The technology of the present disclosure may be realized as an in-vehicle system (or a vehicle) 940 including one or more blocks of the above-described car navigation device 920, an in-vehicle network 941, and a vehicle-side module 942. The vehicle-side module 942 generates vehicle-side data such as a vehicle speed, the number of engine rotations, or failure information and outputs the generated data to the in-vehicle network 941.

    "4.3. Third application example"



    [0262] FIG. 33 is a block diagram showing an example of a schematic configuration of a wireless access point 950 that communicates with an information processing apparatus to which the technology of the present disclosure can be applied. The wireless access point 950 includes a controller 951, a memory 952, an input device 954, a display device 955, a network interface 957, a wireless communication interface 963, an antenna switch 964, and an antenna 965.

    [0263] The controller 951 may be, for example, a CPU or a digital signal processor (DSP) and operates various functions (for example, access limitation, routing, encryption, a fire wall, and log management) of the Internet Protocol (IP) layer and higher layers of the wireless access point 950. The memory 952 includes a RAM and a ROM and stores a program executed by the controller 951 and various kinds of control data (for example, a terminal list, a routing table, an encryption key, security settings, and a log).

    [0264] The input device 954 includes, for example, a button or a switch, and receives a manipulation from a user. The display device 955 includes an LED lamp and displays an operation status of the wireless access point 950.

    [0265] The network interface 957 is a wired communication interface that connects the wireless access point 950 to a wired communication network 958. The network interface 957 may include a plurality of connection terminals. The wired communication network 958 may be a LAN such as Ethernet (registered trademark) or may be a Wide Area Network (WAN).

    [0266] The wireless communication interface 963 supports one or more wireless LAN standards of IEEE 802.11a, 11b, 11g, 11n, 11ac, and 11ad, to supply wireless connection to a nearby terminal as an access point. The wireless communication interface 963 can typically include a baseband processor, an RF circuit, and a power amplifier. The wireless communication interface 963 may be a one-chip module in which a memory storing a communication control program, a processor executing the program, and relevant circuits are integrated. The antenna switch 964 switches a connection destination of the antenna 965 among a plurality of circuits included in the wireless communication interface 963. The antenna 965 includes one antenna element or a plurality of antenna elements and is used to transmit and receive a wireless signal through the wireless communication interface 963.

    [0267] In the wireless access point 950 shown in FIG. 33, the control unit 170 described with reference to FIG. 2 may be mounted in the wireless communication interface 963. At least some of the functions may be mounted on the controller 951.

    [0268] Also, the above-described embodiment illustrates one example for realizing the present technology, and matters in the embodiment and technology specifying matters in the scope of claims have correspondence relation respectively. Similarly, the technology specifying matters in the scope of claims and the matters in the embodiment of the present technology, to which the same names are attached, have the correspondence relation respectively.

    [0269] Also, the processing procedures described in the above embodiment may be recognized as a method having a series of the procedures, or may be recognized as a program for making a computer execute a series of the procedures or a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium having the program recorded thereon. As the recording medium, for instance, a computer disc (CD), a minidisc (MD), a digital versatile disc (DVD), a memory card, and a Blu-ray (R) disc or the like are usable.

    [0270] It should be understood by those skilled in the art that various modifications, combinations, sub-combinations and alterations may occur depending on design requirements and other factors insofar as they are within the scope of the appended claims or the equivalents thereof.

    Reference Signs List



    [0271] 

    10 communication system

    11 broadcasting station

    50 source device

    60 sink device

    100, 200, 210 information processing apparatus

    110 communication unit

    111 data processing unit

    112 transmission processing unit

    113 wireless interface unit

    114 antenna

    120 sensor

    130 operation reception unit

    140 display

    150 sound output unit

    160 memory

    170 controller

    900 smartphone

    901 processor

    902 memory

    903 storage

    904 externally connected interface

    906 camera

    907 sensor

    908 microphone

    909 input device

    910 display device

    911 speaker

    913 wireless communication interface

    914 antenna switch

    915 antenna

    917 bus

    918 battery

    919 auxiliary controller

    920 car navigation device

    921 processor

    922 memory

    924 GPS module

    925 sensor

    926 data interface

    927 content player

    928 storage medium interface

    929 input device

    930 display device

    931 speaker

    933 wireless communication interface

    934 antenna switch

    935 antenna

    938 battery

    941 in-vehicle network

    942 vehicle-side module

    950 wireless access point

    951 controller

    952 memory

    954 input device

    955 display device

    957 network interface

    958 wired communication network

    963 wireless communication interface

    964 antenna switch

    965 antenna




    Claims

    1. An information processing apparatus (100) comprising:
    circuitry configured to

    receive a first multiplexed image signal and a first sound signal from a first information processing apparatus (200) using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS), and a second image signal and a second sound signal from a second information processing apparatus (11, 210); and

    perform control to not output data contained in a packetized elementary stream (PES) payload in a PES packet packed in a transport (TS) packet specified by a packet identifier (PID) specifying sound data transmission described in a program map table (PMT) and to extract a presentation time stamp (PTS) contained in a PES header portion of the PES packet after transmitting a control information to the first information processing apparatus indicating a reduction of the first sound data, and to display first image signal according to the PTS extracted from the PES packet and second image signal and second sound signal;

    wherein the circuitry specifies, when making the request to the another information processing apparatus (200, 11, 210), one of a first sound data reduction method in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted and a second sound data reduction method in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal not containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted.


     
    2. The information processing apparatus (100) according to claim 1, wherein the circuitry makes the request to the another information processing apparatus (11, 210) based on a first trigger.
     
    3. The information processing apparatus (100) according to claim 1, wherein the circuitry makes the request to the another information processing apparatus to reduce the sound data amount based on a first trigger, and wherein the circuitry performs control to extract sound data contained in the PES payload to demultiplex an MPEG2-TS multiplex signal received from the another information processing apparatus after requesting the another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount based on a second trigger while receiving the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal in which the sound data amount is reduced.
     
    4. The information processing apparatus (100) according to claim 2, wherein the first trigger is caused by detection of a user exiting an area around the information processing apparatus or movement of the user.
     
    5. The information processing apparatus (100) according to claim 1, wherein the circuitry retains a sound volume setting value of sound output before the request is made, requests the another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount, and sets the retained sound volume setting value at a timing when sound data contained in the PES payload is extracted after the request to restore the original sound data amount.
     
    6. The information processing apparatus (100) according to claim 1, wherein the circuitry requests the another information processing apparatus to restore an original sound data amount, and adjust a sound volume when sound data contained in the PES payload from the another information processing apparatus is extracted after the request to restore the original sound data amount.
     
    7. An information processing apparatus (200) comprising:
    circuitry configured to

    transmit a multiplexed image signal and sound signal to another information processing apparatus (100) using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS); and

    perform control to reduce to zero a packetized elementary stream (PES) payload data amount in a PES packet packed in a TS packet specified by a packet identifier (PID) specifying sound data transmission described in a program map table (PMT), based on a request from the another information processing apparatus (100), without changing the PID and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and the PES packet for image signal transmission;

    wherein the circuitry performs control to perform, when requested to use sound data reduction other than a first sound data reduction to reduce a sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted, second sound data reduction in which the PES packet carrying sound data is not generated without including information of the PID specifying sound data in the PMT, and to transmit a PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing a PES packet for sound signal transmission.


     
    8. The information processing apparatus (200) according to claim 7,
    wherein the circuitry performs control to store, when requested to restore an original sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus while transmitting the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and the PES packet for image signal transmission after multiplexing, normal sound data in the PES payload, and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission.
     
    9. The information processing apparatus (200) according to claim 7,
    wherein the circuitry performs control to store, when requested to restore an original sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus while transmitting the PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing the PES packet for sound signal transmission after the second sound data reduction is performed, normal sound data in the PES payload with the PID specifying sound data transmission included in the PMT, and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission and the PES packet for image signal transmission.
     
    10. A communication system (10) comprising:

    a first information processing apparatus (200) as defined in claim 7, and

    a second information processing apparatus (100) as defined in claim 1.


     
    11. An information processing method, implemented by an information processing apparatus, comprising:

    performing, by circuitry of the information processing apparatus, communication to receive a first multiplexed image signal and a first sound signal from a first information processing apparatus using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS), and a second image signal and a second sound signal from a second information processing apparatus; and

    performing, by the circuitry of the information processing apparatus, control to not output data contained in a packetized elementary stream (PES) payload in a PES packet packed in a TS packet specified by a packet identifier (PID) specifying sound data transmission described in a program map table (PMT) and to extract a PTS contained in a PES header portion after transmitting a control information to the first information processing apparatus indicating a reduction of the first sound data, and to display first image signal according to the PTS extracted from the PES packet and second image signal and second sound signal;

    wherein the circuitry specifies, when making the request to the another information processing apparatus (200, 11, 210), one of a first sound data reduction method in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted and a second sound data reduction method in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal not containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted.


     
    12. An information processing method comprising:

    performing, by circuitry of the information processing apparatus, communication to transmit a multiplexed image signal and sound signal to another information processing apparatus using a moving picture experts group (MPEG) 2-transport stream (TS); and

    performing, by the circuitry of the information processing apparatus, control to reduce to zero a packetized elementary stream (PES) payload data amount in a PES packet packed in a TS packet specified by a packet identifier (PID) specifying sound data transmission described in a program map table (PMT), based on a request from the another information processing apparatus, without changing the PID, and to multiplex and transmit the PES packet for sound signal transmission in which the data amount is reduced and the PES packet for image signal transmission;

    wherein the circuitry performs control to perform, when requested to use sound data reduction other than a first sound data reduction to reduce a sound data amount from the another information processing apparatus in which the MPEG2-TS multiplex signal containing the PES packet carrying sound data is generated and transmitted, second sound data reduction in which the PES packet carrying sound data is not generated without including information of the PID specifying sound data in the PMT, and to transmit a PES packet for image signal transmission without multiplexing a PES packet for sound signal transmission.


     
    13. A non-transitory computer readable medium that stores a program that when executed by an information processing apparatus causes the information processing apparatus to perform a method as defined in claim 11.
     
    14. A non-transitory computer readable medium that stores a program that when executed by an information processing apparatus causes the information processing apparatus to perform a method as defined in claim 12.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100), die Folgendes umfasst:
    eine Schaltungsanordnung, die zu Folgendem ausgelegt ist:

    Empfangen eines ersten gemultiplexten Bildsignals und eines ersten Tonsignals von einer ersten Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200) unter Verwendung eines Moving-Picture-Experts-Group-2-Transportstroms bzw. MPEG2-TS, sowie eines zweiten Bildsignals und eines zweiten Tonsignals von einer zweiten Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (11, 210); und

    Durchführen einer Steuerung zum Nicht-Ausgeben von Daten, die in Paketierter-Elementarstrom- bzw. PES-Nutzdaten in einem PES-Paket enthalten sind, das in einem Transport- bzw. TS-Paket gepackt ist, spezifiziert durch eine Paketkennung (PID), die eine in einer Programmzuordnungstabelle (PMT) beschriebene Tondatenübertragung spezifiziert, und zum Extrahieren eines Präsentationszeitstempels (PTS), der in einem PES-Header-Abschnitt des PES-Pakets enthalten ist, nach Übertragen einer Steuerinformation an die erste Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, die eine Reduzierung der ersten Tondaten angibt, und zum Anzeigen eines ersten Bildsignals gemäß dem aus dem PES-Paket extrahierten PTS und eines zweiten Bildsignals und eines zweiten Tonsignals;

    wobei die Schaltungsanordnung, wenn sie die Aufforderung an die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200, 11, 210) vornimmt, entweder ein erstes Tondatenreduzierungsverfahren, bei dem das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal, das das Tondaten führende PES-Paket enthält, erzeugt und übertragen wird, oder ein zweites Tondatenreduzierungsverfahren, bei dem das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal, das das Tondaten führende PES-Paket nicht enthält, erzeugt und übertragen wird, spezifiziert.


     
    2. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Schaltungsanordnung die Aufforderung an die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (11, 210) basierend auf einem ersten Auslöser vornimmt.
     
    3. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Schaltungsanordnung die Aufforderung an die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, die Tondatenmenge zu reduzieren, basierend auf einem ersten Auslöser vornimmt, und wobei die Schaltungsanordnung eine Steuerung zum Extrahieren von in den PES-Nutzdaten enthaltenen Tondaten durchführt, um ein MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal zu demultiplexen, das von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung empfangen wird, nachdem sie die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung basierend auf einem zweiten Auslöser auffordert, eine ursprüngliche Tondatenmenge wiederherzustellen, während sie das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal empfängt, in dem die Tondatenmenge reduziert ist.
     
    4. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 2, wobei der erste Auslöser durch eine Detektion eines einen Bereich um die Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung verlassenden Benutzers oder einer Bewegung des Benutzers verursacht wird.
     
    5. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Schaltungsanordnung einen Tonlautstärkeeinstellwert einer Tonausgabe beibehält, bevor die Aufforderung vorgenommen wird, die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung auffordert, eine ursprüngliche Tondatenmenge wiederherzustellen, und den beibehaltenen Tonlautstärkeneinstellwert zu einem Zeitpunkt einstellt, zu dem in den PES-Nutzdaten enthaltene Tondaten extrahiert werden, nach der Aufforderung zum Wiederherstellen der ursprünglichen Tondatenmenge.
     
    6. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Schaltungsanordnung die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung auffordert, eine ursprüngliche Tondatenmenge wiederherzustellen, und eine Tonlautstärke anzupassen, wenn in den PES-Nutzdaten enthaltene Tondaten extrahiert werden, nach der Aufforderung zum Wiederherstellen der ursprünglichen Tondatenmenge.
     
    7. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200), die Folgendes umfasst:
    eine Schaltungsanordnung, die zu Folgendem ausgelegt ist:

    Übertragen eines gemultiplexten Bildsignals und eines Tonsignals an eine andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) unter Verwendung eines Moving-Picture-Experts-Group-2-Transportstroms bzw. MPEG2-TS; und

    Durchführen einer Steuerung zum Auf-Null-Reduzieren einer Paketierter-Elementarstrom- bzw. PES-Nutzdatenmenge in einem PES-Paket, das in einem TS-Paket gepackt ist, spezifiziert durch eine Paketkennung (PID), die eine in einer Programmzuordnungstabelle (PMT) beschriebene Tondatenübertragung spezifiziert, basierend auf einer Aufforderung von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100), ohne Änderung der PID, und zum Multiplexen und Übertragen des PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung, in dem die Datenmenge reduziert ist, und des PES-Pakets zur Bildsignalübertragung;

    wobei die Schaltungsanordnung eine Steuerung durchführt zum Durchführen, wenn aufgefordert zum Verwenden einer anderen Tondatenreduzierung als eine erste Tondatenreduzierung, um eine Tondatenmenge von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung zu reduzieren, bei der das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal, das das Tondaten führende PES-Paket enthält, erzeugt und übertragen wird, einer zweiten Tondatenreduzierung, bei der das Tondaten führende PES-Paket nicht erzeugt wird, ohne Informationen der PID einzuschließen, die Tondaten in der PMT spezifiziert, und zum Übertragen eines PES-Pakets zur Bildsignalübertragung ohne Multiplexen eines PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung.


     
    8. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200) nach Anspruch 7,
    wobei die Schaltungsanordnung eine Steuerung durchführt zum Speichern, wenn aufgefordert zum Wiederherstellen einer ursprünglichen Tondatenmenge von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, während sie das PES-Paket zur Tonsignalübertragung, in dem die Datenmenge reduziert ist, und das PES-Paket zur Bildsignalübertragung nach dem Multiplexen überträgt, normaler Tondaten in den PES-Nutzdaten, und zum Multiplexen und Übertragen des PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung und des PES-Pakets zur Bildsignalübertragung.
     
    9. Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200) nach Anspruch 7,
    wobei die Schaltungsanordnung eine Steuerung durchführt zum Speichern, wenn aufgefordert zum Wiederherstellen einer ursprünglichen Tondatenmenge von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, während sie das PES-Paket zur Bildsignalübertragung ohne Multiplexen des PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung überträgt, nachdem die zweite Tondatenreduzierung durchgeführt wurde, normaler Tondaten in den PES-Nutzdaten mit der PID, die eine in der PMT enthaltene Tondatenübertragung spezifiziert, und zum Multiplexen und Übertragen des PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung und des PES-Pakets zur Bildsignalübertragung.
     
    10. Kommunikationssystem (10), das Folgendes umfasst:
    eine erste Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200) gemäß Definition in Anspruch 7, und eine zweite Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (100) gemäß Definition in Anspruch 1.
     
    11. Informationsverarbeitungsverfahren, das durch eine Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung implementiert wird und Folgendes umfasst:

    Durchführen, durch eine Schaltungsanordnung der Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, einer Kommunikation zum Empfangen eines ersten gemultiplexten Bildsignals und eines ersten Tonsignals von einer ersten Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung unter Verwendung eines Moving-Picture-Experts-Group-2-Transportstroms bzw. MPEG2-TS, sowie eines zweiten Bildsignals und eines zweiten Tonsignals von einer zweiten Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung; und

    Durchführen, durch die Schaltungsanordnung der Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, einer Steuerung zum Nicht-Ausgeben von Daten, die in Paketierter-Elementarstrom- bzw. PES-Nutzdaten in einem PES-Paket enthalten sind, das in einem TS-Paket gepackt ist, spezifiziert durch eine Paketkennung (PID), die eine in einer Programmzuordnungstabelle (PMT) beschriebene Tondatenübertragung spezifiziert, und zum Extrahieren eines PTS, der in einem PES-Header-Abschnitt enthalten ist, nach Übertragen einer Steuerinformation an die erste Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, die eine Reduzierung der ersten Tondaten angibt, und zum Anzeigen eines ersten Bildsignals gemäß dem aus dem PES-Paket extrahierten PTS und eines zweiten Bildsignals und eines zweiten Tonsignals;

    wobei die Schaltungsanordnung, wenn sie die Aufforderung an die andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung (200, 11, 210) vornimmt, entweder ein erstes Tondatenreduzierungsverfahren, bei dem das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal, das das Tondaten führende PES-Paket enthält, erzeugt und übertragen wird, oder ein zweites Tondatenreduzierungsverfahren, bei dem das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal, das das Tondaten führende PES-Paket nicht enthält, erzeugt und übertragen wird, spezifiziert.


     
    12. Informationsverarbeitungsverfahren, das Folgendes umfasst:

    Durchführen, durch eine Schaltungsanordnung der Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, einer Kommunikation zum Übertragen eines gemultiplexten Bildsignals und Tonsignals an eine andere Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung unter Verwendung eines Moving-Picture-Experts-Group-2-Transportstroms bzw. MPEG2-TS; und

    Durchführen, durch die Schaltungsanordnung der Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, einer Steuerung zum Auf-Null-Reduzieren einer Paketierter-Elementarstrom- bzw. PES-Nutzdatenmenge in einem PES-Paket, das in einem TS-Paket gepackt ist, spezifiziert durch eine Paketkennung (PID), die eine in einer Programmzuordnungstabelle (PMT) beschriebene Tondatenübertragung spezifiziert, basierend auf einer Aufforderung von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung, ohne Änderung der PID, und zum Multiplexen und Übertragen des PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung, in dem die Datenmenge reduziert ist, und des PES-Pakets zur Bildsignalübertragung;

    wobei die Schaltungsanordnung eine Steuerung durchführt zum Durchführen, wenn aufgefordert zum Verwenden einer anderen Tondatenreduzierung als eine erste Tondatenreduzierung, um eine Tondatenmenge von der anderen Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung zu reduzieren, bei der das MPEG2-TS-Multiplexsignal, das das Tondaten führende PES-Paket enthält, erzeugt und übertragen wird, einer zweiten Tondatenreduzierung, bei der das Tondaten führende PES-Paket nicht erzeugt wird, ohne Informationen der PID einzuschließen, die Tondaten in der PMT spezifiziert, und zum Übertragen eines PES-Pakets zur Bildsignalübertragung ohne Multiplexen eines PES-Pakets zur Tonsignalübertragung.


     
    13. Nichttransitorisches computerlesbares Medium, das ein Programm speichert, das bei Ausführung durch eine Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung veranlasst, dass die Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung ein Verfahren gemäß Definition in Anspruch 11 durchführt.
     
    14. Nichttransitorisches computerlesbares Medium, das ein Programm speichert, das bei Ausführung durch eine Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung veranlasst, dass die Informationsverarbeitungseinrichtung ein Verfahren gemäß Definition in Anspruch 12 durchführt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil de traitement d'informations (100), comprenant :

    une circuiterie configurée pour

    recevoir un premier signal-image multiplexé et un premier signal-son depuis un premier appareil de traitement d'informations (200) au moyen d'un flux de transport (TS) de type Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) 2, noté MPEG2-TS, et un deuxième signal-image et un deuxième signal-son depuis un deuxième appareil de traitement d'informations (11, 210) ; et

    réaliser une commande pour ne pas fournir en sortie des données contenues dans une charge utile de flux élémentaire en paquets (PES) dans un paquet de PES empaqueté dans un paquet de transport (TS) stipulé par un identifiant de paquet (PID) stipulant une transmission de données-son décrit dans une table de correspondance de programmes (PMT) et pour extraire une estampille temporelle de présentation (PTS) contenue dans une partie en-tête de PES du paquet de PES suite à la transmission d'une information de commande au premier appareil de traitement d'informations indiquant une réduction des premières données-son, et pour afficher le premier signal-image selon la PTS extraite du paquet de PES et le deuxième signal-image et le deuxième signal-son ;

    la circuiterie stipulant, lorsqu'elle effectue la requête auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations (200, 11, 210), soit un premier procédé de réduction de données-son selon lequel le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS contenant le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son est généré et transmis, soit un deuxième procédé de réduction de données-son selon lequel le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS ne contenant pas le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son est généré et transmis.


     
    2. Appareil de traitement d'informations (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la circuiterie effectue la requête auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations (11, 210) sur la base d'un premier déclencheur.
     
    3. Appareil de traitement d'informations (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la circuiterie effectue la requête de réduction de la quantité de données-son auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations sur la base d'un premier déclencheur, et dans lequel la circuiterie réalise une commande pour extraire des données-son contenues dans la charge utile de PES afin de démultiplexer le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS reçu depuis l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations après avoir effectué une requête de rétablissement d'une quantité initiale de données-son auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations sur la base d'un deuxième déclencheur lors de la réception du signal multiplex MPEG2-TS dans lequel la quantité de données-son est réduite.
     
    4. Appareil de traitement d'informations (100) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel le premier déclencheur est dû à la détection de la sortie d'un utilisateur d'une zone entourant l'appareil de traitement d'informations ou d'un déplacement de l'utilisateur.
     
    5. Appareil de traitement d'informations (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la circuiterie conserve une valeur de réglage de volume-son d'une sortie-son avant d'effectuer la requête, effectue une requête de rétablissement d'une quantité initiale de données-son auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, et règle la valeur de réglage de volume-son conservée au moment de l'extraction de données-son contenues dans la charge utile de PES suite à la requête de rétablissement de la quantité initiale de données-son.
     
    6. Appareil de traitement d'informations (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la circuiterie effectue une requête de rétablissement d'une quantité initiale de données-son auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, et ajuste un volume-son lors de l'extraction de données-son contenues dans la charge utile de PES provenant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations suite à la requête de rétablissement de la quantité initiale de données-son.
     
    7. Appareil de traitement d'informations (200), comprenant :

    une circuiterie configurée pour

    transmettre un signal-image et un signal-son multiplexés à un autre appareil de traitement d'informations (100) au moyen d'un flux de transport (TS) de type Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) 2, noté MPEG2-TS ; et

    réaliser une commande pour réduire à zéro une quantité de données de charge utile de flux élémentaire en paquets (PES) dans un paquet de PES empaqueté dans un paquet de TS stipulé par un identifiant de paquet (PID) stipulant une transmission de données-son décrit dans une table de correspondance de programmes (PMT), sur la base d'une requête émanant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations (100), sans modification du PID, et pour multiplexer et transmettre le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son dans laquelle la quantité de données est réduite et le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image ;

    la circuiterie réalisant une commande pour réaliser, suite à une requête, émanant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, d'utilisation d'une réduction de données-son autre qu'une première réduction de données-son visant à réduire une quantité de données-son selon laquelle le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS contenant le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son est généré et transmis, une deuxième réduction de données-son selon laquelle le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son n'est pas généré sans inclusion, dans la PMT, d'informations relatives au PID stipulant des données-son, et pour transmettre un paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image sans multiplexage d'un paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son.


     
    8. Appareil de traitement d'informations (200) selon la revendication 7,
    dans lequel la circuiterie réalise une commande pour stocker, suite à une requête, émanant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, de rétablissement d'une quantité initiale de données-son lors de la transmission du paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son dans laquelle la quantité de données est réduite et du paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image après multiplexage, des données-son normales dans la charge utile de PES, et pour multiplexer et transmettre le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son et le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image.
     
    9. Appareil de traitement d'informations (200) selon la revendication 7,
    dans lequel la circuiterie réalise une commande pour stocker, suite à une requête, émanant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, de rétablissement d'une quantité initiale de données-son lors de la transmission du paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image sans multiplexage du paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son après réalisation de la deuxième réduction de données-son, des données-son normales dans la charge utile de PES avec inclusion, dans la PMT, du PID stipulant une transmission de données-son, et pour multiplexer et transmettre le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son et le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image.
     
    10. Système de communication (10), comprenant :

    un premier appareil de traitement d'informations (200) selon la revendication 7, et

    un deuxième appareil de traitement d'informations (100) selon la revendication 1.


     
    11. Procédé de traitement d'informations, mis en Ĺ“uvre par un appareil de traitement d'informations, comprenant :

    la réalisation, par une circuiterie de l'appareil de traitement d'informations, d'une communication afin de recevoir un premier signal-image multiplexé et un premier signal-son depuis un premier appareil de traitement d'informations au moyen d'un flux de transport (TS) de type Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) 2, noté MPEG2-TS, et un deuxième signal-image et un deuxième signal-son depuis un deuxième appareil de traitement d'informations ; et

    la réalisation, par la circuiterie de l'appareil de traitement d'informations, d'une commande pour ne pas fournir en sortie des données contenues dans une charge utile de flux élémentaire en paquets (PES) dans un paquet de PES empaqueté dans un paquet de TS stipulé par un identifiant de paquet (PID) stipulant une transmission de données-son décrit dans une table de correspondance de programmes (PMT) et pour extraire une PTS contenue dans une partie en-tête de PES suite à la transmission d'une information de commande au premier appareil de traitement d'informations indiquant une réduction des premières données-son, et pour afficher le premier signal-image selon la PTS extraite du paquet de PES et le deuxième signal-image et le deuxième signal-son ;

    la circuiterie stipulant, lorsqu'elle effectue la requête auprès de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations (200, 11, 210), soit un premier procédé de réduction de données-son selon lequel le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS contenant le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son est généré et transmis, soit un deuxième procédé de réduction de données-son selon lequel le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS ne contenant pas le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son est généré et transmis.


     
    12. Procédé de traitement d'informations, comprenant :

    la réalisation, par une circuiterie de l'appareil de traitement d'informations, d'une communication afin de transmettre un signal-image et un signal-son multiplexés à un autre appareil de traitement d'informations au moyen d'un flux de transport (TS) de type Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) 2, noté MPEG2-TS ; et

    la réalisation, par la circuiterie de l'appareil de traitement d'informations, d'une commande pour réduire à zéro une quantité de données de charge utile de flux élémentaire en paquets (PES) dans un paquet de PES empaqueté dans un paquet de TS stipulé par un identifiant de paquet (PID) stipulant une transmission de données-son décrit dans une table de correspondance de programmes (PMT), sur la base d'une requête émanant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, sans modification du PID, et pour multiplexer et transmettre le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son dans laquelle la quantité de données est réduite et le paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image ;

    la circuiterie réalisant une commande pour réaliser, suite à une requête, émanant de l'autre appareil de traitement d'informations, d'utilisation d'une réduction de données-son autre qu'une première réduction de données-son visant à réduire une quantité de données-son selon laquelle le signal multiplex MPEG2-TS contenant le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son est généré et transmis, une deuxième réduction de données-son selon laquelle le paquet de PES véhiculant des données-son n'est pas généré sans inclusion, dans la PMT, d'informations relatives au PID stipulant des données-son, et pour transmettre un paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-image sans multiplexage d'un paquet de PES pour une transmission de signal-son.


     
    13. Support non transitoire lisible par ordinateur qui stocke un programme dont l'exécution par un appareil de traitement d'informations amène l'appareil de traitement d'informations à réaliser un procédé selon la revendication 11.
     
    14. Support non transitoire lisible par ordinateur qui stocke un programme dont l'exécution par un appareil de traitement d'informations amène l'appareil de traitement d'informations à réaliser un procédé selon la revendication 12.
     




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