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James L Geer, Ivan H Darius: Systems and methods for storing a plurality of video streams on re-writable random-access media and time- and channel-based retrieval thereof. Tm SF Media Holdings L L C, Perkins Coie, April 12, 2011: US07925141 (41 worldwide citation)

A digital video recorder (DVR) and a method of operating the same. In one embodiment, the DVR includes: (1) a mass data storage unit that concurrently and continuously receives and digitally stores a plurality of channels and (2) a channel viewer, coupled to the mass data storage unit, that retrieve ...


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T Paul Gaske, Walter R Kepley, Scott Casavant, Kuriacose Joseph: Method and apparatus for background caching of encrypted programming data for later playback. The DIRECTV Group, Georgann S Grunebach, November 1, 2005: US06961430 (37 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for enabling background caching of encrypted programming data on a storage medium for later playback in a digital video recorder (DVR) system. A set-top box (STB) equipped with a DVR searches a program guide for upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) events. When the PPV event begins, th ...


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Jeremy Black, Patrick H Hayes: System and method for creating and utilizing metadata regarding the structure of program content stored on a DVR. Universal Electronics, Greenberg Traurig, November 27, 2012: US08321466 (37 worldwide citation)

Metadata regarding program content is created by monitoring a manner in which a first rendering of the program content is affected by a user whereupon the metadata will include data which defines one or more segments within the program content. The data within the metadata is then usable during a se ...


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Huy Nguyen, Wayne Takata, Christos Kotsiopoulos: Remote control device for use with a personal computer (PC) and multiple A/V devices and method of use. Nvidia Corporation, August 1, 2006: US07084780 (35 worldwide citation)

Aspects for remotely controlling audio/visual (A/V) devices with a personal computer (PC) are described. The aspects include providing connection hardware for connecting a plurality of A/V devices to a PC. A remote control device with selectable buttons is provided for transmitting data signals wire ...


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ASHLEY ALEX: Method and system for simultaneous recording of multiple programs on a dvr. NDS, GALAUN DAVID, March 10, 2011: WO/2011/027236 (35 worldwide citation)

A method and system for broadcasting content, is described, the method and system facilitating simultaneous recording of multiple programs on a digital video recorder (DVR), the method and system including providing a plurality of content items, dividing each one of the plurality of content items in ...


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Adrian Yap, Scott Casavant, Hsien Hua Lee: Audio-video synchronization for digital systems. The DIRECTV Group, May 27, 2008: US07379653 (33 worldwide citation)

The audio-video synchronization process ensures continuity of displayed AV data. To initialize the process, a transport processor determines whether an occupancy criterion of a buffer storing received audio and video frames has been met. If the criterion is met, the transport processor obtains an in ...


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Jeffrey P Markley, Louis D Williamson, John B Carlucci: Methods and apparatus for centralized content and data delivery. Time Warner Cable, Gadzinski & Associates PC, January 1, 2013: US08347341 (32 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for centralized content, media and data delivery and access within a premises such as, e.g., a residence. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a remotely manageable premises device that acts as a centralized client networking platform, providing gateway services such as n ...


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James M Barton: Method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership. TiVo, Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker, Kirk D Wong, August 17, 2010: US07779437 (31 worldwide citation)

A method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership provides a method wherein the first or last number of seconds of a commercial break are carefully authored to provide a “teaser” to entice the viewer to watch multiple commercials during the commercial break instead of s ...


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Geoffrey R Smith: DVR-based targeted advertising. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, December 15, 2009: US07634785 (29 worldwide citation)

DVR-based targeted advertising is described. In an embodiment, a targeted advertisement system includes a DVR, an advertisement data store, and an advertisement manager. The DVR records media content, maintains the recorded media content for on-demand viewing, and provides the recorded media content ...


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Paul Alexander, Christopher P Williams, Kenneth Gould, David Christman: System and method for controlling a digital video recorder on a cable network. Time Warner Cable, Roberts Mardula & Wertheim, February 3, 2009: US07486869 (29 worldwide citation)

A system and method for controlling a digital video recorder on a cable network. Signaling associated with the answering or initiation of a digital telephone call by a digital telephone subscriber is used to issue commands to a digital video recorder (DVR). A signal is generated by an MTA when the t ...



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