This disclosure describes techniques to control and interact with displays, e.g., televisions, without a traditional infrared (IR) remote control or a directional pad. An application on a user computing device is used to initiate and control content playback on the television. The app is also usable to update television settings and user settings, e.g., multiple user accounts, multiple mobile devices, user permissions, etc. When permitted by a user, a television automatically detects a proximate user computing device and sends a notification to the detected device. The television also automatically enters a responsive state, without user input to switch on the television. A notification of the availability of the television is sent to the detected device. A user can wireless transmit content to the television, change television settings, etc. via the computing device.
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Glazier, Adam; Champy, Adam; and Sundermeyer, Michael, "Controlling a television from proximate devices", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 02, 2017)