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James M Barton, Brian Beach, Margret Schmidt, Robert F Poniatowski, Shelly Glennon: Customizing DVR functionality. Tivo, Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker, December 28, 2010: US07861258 (14 worldwide citation)

Techniques described herein enable parents to establish a child-protective “kids zone” on a DVR. According to one technique, a DVR receives, from a parent, identities of content items that the parent does not want children to view. The DVR maps the identities to a kids zone. During times that the DV ...


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Anthony F Istvan, Rod G Fleck, Robin Budd, Korina J B Stark, Marcellino Tanumihardja: Network-accessible control of one or more media devices. Vulcan, Perkins Coie, January 22, 2013: US08359351 (13 worldwide citation)

A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digit ...


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Jason R Delker, John M Everson, Jarrod A Nichols: Digital rights management for mobile devices. Sprint Spectrum, October 12, 2010: US07812854 (13 worldwide citation)

Methods and systems are provided for digital rights management for mobile devices. An account is maintained for a subscriber. The account is associated with a mobile video player (MVP) and a digital video recorder (DVR). The MVP is served by a wireless carrier, and the DVR is connected to a packet-d ...


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Tsutsumi Hideaki, Mitsumoto Yoichiro, Negoro Hisashi: Disc recording and/or reproduction apparatus. Sony, June 23, 2004: EP1431971-A1 (13 worldwide citation)

A disc type recording and/or reproducing apparatus automatically performs the opening and closing of a shutter provided on a cartridge housing an optical disc in its case, and prevents the above-mentioned opening and closing mechanism from affecting the cartridge after an end of loading. When a DVR ...


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Peters Marc A, Van Den, Boomen Wilhelmus H G M: Alternative program source avoids dvr scheduling conflict. Koninklijke Philips Electronics, Peters Marc A, Van Den, Boomen Wilhelmus H G M, VERDONK Peter L F M, January 6, 2005: WO/2005/002214 (13 worldwide citation)

A method is proposed to enable to automatically record a plurality of content programs that are listed for being broadcast. The method identifies alternative sources for supply of a specific one of the content programs; and conditionally selects a suitable one of the alternative sources for supply o ...


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Day Thomas: Systems and methods for managing a status change of a multimedia asset in multimedia delivery systems. United Video Properties, GUILIANO Joseph M, July 12, 2007: WO/2007/078739 (13 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are disclosed which detect a change in the status of a multimedia asset in a multimedia delivery system, and take steps to make the multimedia asset available after the status change. The multimedia asset can then be locally recorded on the user's digital video recorder (DVR) bef ...


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Barton James, Stevens Paul, Sandford David, Hayes Robin, Schmidt Margret: Method and apparatus for advertisement placement in a user dialog on a set-top box. Tivo, Barton James, Stevens Paul, Sandford David, Hayes Robin, Schmidt Margret, NICHOLES Christian, January 3, 2008: WO/2008/002309 (13 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a 'save or delete' menu. In addition to the 'save' and 'delet ...


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Phuc H Nguyen, Christopher William Bruhn: Television receiver and home automation system and methods to associate data with nearby people. Echostar Technologies L L C, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, April 18, 2017: US09628286 (12 worldwide citation)

The disclosure relates to systems and methods for identifying a person using a home automation system, and using data collected from a television distribution system and data collected by sensors in a home automation system to identify a person. An example method or system includes receiving televis ...


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Michael L LaJoie, Michael Hayashi: Personal content server apparatus and methods. Time Warner Cable, Gazdzinski & Associates PC, December 13, 2011: US08078696 (12 worldwide citation)

Personal content server apparatus and associated methods that allow a user (e.g., cable or satellite network subscriber) to access content, such as a video program, from a location outside the subscriber's network. In one embodiment, a personal content server streams the content to the subscriber ov ...


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Stephen B Boston, Michael Wayne Brown, Andrew Douglas Hately, Michael A Paolini: System and method for enhanced edit list for recording options. International Business Machines Corporation, Van Leeuwen & Van Leeuwen, Justin M Dillon, May 1, 2007: US07212730 (12 worldwide citation)

A system and method provides a detailed edit schedule for a user's recording device, such as a digital video recorder. The detailed edit schedule can be provided over a network by the user's DVR service provider, or can be provided from a third party. The detailed edit schedule describes various seg ...



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