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A continuous stream of formatted digital data, such as a video segment, audio segment, or information stream, appears to be a fixed length segment under certain circumstances, defining a virtual segment within the continuous stream which moves forward in time in synchrony with the continuous stream. The virtual segment thus defined can be explored in a non-linear fashion at arbitrary playback rates. For instance, concepts such as rewind, pause, frame advance, and fast forward become meaningful even though the continuous stream never ceases.

Title
Method and apparatus implementing random access and time-based functions on a continuous stream of formatted digital data
Application Number
9/54604
Publication Number
6327418 (B1)
Application Date
April 3, 1998
Publication Date
December 4, 2001
Inventor
James M Barton
Los Gatos
CA, US
Agent
Kirk Wong
US
Michael A Glenn
US
Assignee
TiVo
CA, US
IPC
H04N 5/7613
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