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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 (16 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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Alexander Vasilevsky, Carlton J Sparrell, Sergio Parise, John Watlington, Peter A Kaczowka: Centralized digital video recording and playback system accessible to multiple reproduction and control units via a home area network. Ucentric Systems, Brian G Brannon, February 14, 2012: US08116612 (16 worldwide citation)

A centralized Digital Video Recording (DVR) and reproduction system links several reproduction and control units (such as television receivers, etc.) and a centralized server via a home area network. This allows programming to be distributed throughout the premises, and novelly allows live-pause rec ...


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Thomas Poslinski, Eric Hsiao: Data management method for recorded programs stored on a digital recording device. Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Wagner Murabito & Hao, August 10, 2004: US06775461 (16 worldwide citation)

A data management method for recorded programs stored on a digital recording device. A portion of a first recorded program is rendered to an audio/video device. A user command is received for releasing memory associated with a rendered portion of the first recorded program. In response to the user c ...


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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 (15 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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Michael L LaJoie, Michael Hayashi: Personal content server apparatus and methods. Time Warner Cable, Gazdzinski & Associates PC, December 13, 2011: US08078696 (14 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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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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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 (13 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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Zeev Neumeier, Michael Collette: Systems and methods for multi-broadcast differentiation. Cognitive Networks, Puget Patent, Michael Gibbons, July 28, 2015: US09094715 (13 worldwide citation)

A system and method is disclosed for resolving false positives in a centralized, real-time automatic content recognition system that is ingesting, fingerprinting, and attempting to match for recognition purposes, multiple streams of broadcast content that are simultaneously arriving from a plurality ...


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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 ...