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386 - Television signal processing for dynamic recording or reproducing

386046000 - PROCESSING OF TELEVISION SIGNAL FOR DYNAMIC RECORDING OR REPRODUCING

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20080285944INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus for controlling programming of a timer recording of a specific television broadcast program includes the following elements: an extracting unit configured to extract program specifying information from audio data or video data of a program; a specifying unit configured to specify a program to be timer-recorded on the basis of the program specifying information extracted by the extracting unit; a presenting unit configured to present information for prompting a user to program a timer recording of the program specified by the specifying unit; and an accepting unit configured to accept the programmed timer recording of the program specified by the specifying unit.11-20-2008
20090196576INFORMATION NOTIFICATION APPARATUS AND PORTABLE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - An information notification apparatus is provided that receives information defined in an electronic device as information about which a notification is to be given, and notifies an information communication terminal about the information. The information notification apparatus receives information from the electronic device. Receiving the information, the apparatus checks whether or not terminal i can communicate. When the terminal can communicate, the notification apparatus notifies terminal i about the information. If the terminal cannot communicate, the received information is written into a device information buffer. This process is performed for all terminals. Accordingly, the terminals are notified about the information by the information notification apparatus.08-06-2009
20100150528SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING CUT-OFFS IN PROGRAM RECORDING - A media recording system may be provided. The recording system may include features for reducing recording cut-off of a particular media event due to changes in the start time and end time of what is scheduled to be recorded. The recording system may provide a user with an opportunity to select a program by for example, selecting a listing, to have that program automatically recorded at a scheduled time for presentation to viewers. Changes in the schedule of programs may be compensated manually or automatically when the recording system receives information about actual or predicted time changes. In a manual mode, a user may adjust start or end times based on time change information that is displayed. For an automatic mode, the recording system may automatically compensate for predicted or actual time changes that are known by automatically adjusting the start and end times of recording.06-17-2010
20100150527SEGMENT BOUNDARY OBFUSCATION - A method and system for obfuscating segment boundary markers, such as but not limited to obfuscating boundary markers used to identify beginning and/or ending boundaries of a sequence of segments forming a programming event. The obfuscation may be achieved by embedding decoy and offset boundary markers within the sequence of segments.06-17-2010
20100014831Recording device, method of controlling recording device, information terminal, information communications system, and storage medium - A video recorder includes: a device-end transmission/reception section for receiving either recording schedule information or recording schedule command information representing a command to determine the recording schedule information from a personal information terminal capable of communicating with the video recorder; and a device information management section for setting up a terminal ID by which to identify the personal information terminal for either the recording schedule information received by the device-end transmission/reception section or the recording schedule information determined according to the recording schedule command information and managing the terminal ID and the recording schedule information in association with each other.01-21-2010
20100021130METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING AND REPRODUCING CONTENT - A content reception and reproduction device which receives and reproduces a content having at least one reproduction start time predetermined, includes: a non-real time receiver for receiving a content in non-real time; a program information reference section for referring to program information which includes a reproduction start time of at least one content and a delivery method of said at least one content; a scheduler for scheduling reception of a content whose delivery method is non-real time delivery by the non-real time receiver based on a current time and a reproduction start time of the content; a content storage section for storing at least one content received by the non-real time receiver; and a controller for starting reproduction of a content stored in the content storage section at the reproduction start time of the content.01-28-2010
20100080530Handling of Recording Clashes Which Are Not Known When User Creates Recording Request - A programming recorder receives information after receiving at least two programming event recording requests, detects a conflict between the programming event recording requests based on the received information, creates a ranked list of alternative sources for the programming event recording requests, and resolves the conflict by fulfilling at least one of the at least two programming event recording requests utilizing an alternative source. The alternative source may be automatically selected or selected by a user. The ranked list of alternative sources may be ordered utilizing a set of one or more priority criteria. The programming event recording requests and/or the received programming information may include metadata and determining alternative sources may comprise comparing the metadata. The programming recorder may display an indication that the conflict between the at least two programming event recording requests was detected and resolved.04-01-2010
20090123127SCHEDULED RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING SCHEDULED RECORDING - An apparatus has a recording execution section for recording a target of presetting; a preset target designation section for designating a target of presetting; a content management section that stores contents recorded in the past and record settings of the recorded contents; a record setting candidate listing section that, when the degree of similarity between information about the target of presetting and information about recorded contents is equal to or larger than a threshold value, extracts from storage unit the record settings of the recorded contents as candidates for record settings by reference to the content management section; and a record setting designation section that displays the thus-extracted candidates for record settings and that designates record settings.05-14-2009
20090123126System and Method for Inferring Power Status of a Content Source - A system, apparatus and method for recording media content include an input in communication with a content source for receiving media content therefrom. An input sensor detects whether a signal indicative of the media content is present on the input for a scheduled event. If no signal is detected at the input by the input sensor, a command module communicates a power-toggle control signal to the content source to activate the content source such that the input receives the content signal which is then sensed by the input sensor.05-14-2009
20100074593METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING OF IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE - Provided are an apparatus and a method for controlling the recording of an image display device having a storage unit. When a recording instruction is input and an automatic image quality mode is selected, a noise level of the broadcast signal is measured and a compression rate or resolution of the broadcast signal to be recorded is automatically set depending on the measured noise level. Accordingly, it is possible to remove the inconvenience of manually setting the image quality condition of the broadcast signal whenever recording is performed, and to provide an optimized image quality. Further, it is also possible to enhance the efficiency of the storage space because the image quality condition is selectively set depending on a noise level of the broadcast signal to be recorded.03-25-2010
20100074592METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VISUALLY DISPLAYING RECORDING TIMER INFORMATION - The various embodiments described herein generally provide apparatus, systems and methods which facilitate the display of television recording information to. More particularly, television recording information is presented visually to a user in a recording information menu. The visual recording information menu includes a time axis, and recording timers associated with particular television programs are presented as visual representations along the time axis. In the case that multiple television receiving resources are available, a resource axis may separately present recording timers associated with each of the disparate television receiving resources.03-25-2010
20100014830IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND RESERVATION RECORDING METHOD - Provided are an image display device and a reservation recording method. According to the method, a user can conveniently set series reservation recording on a recording list on the basis of history data of a record material.01-21-2010
20100104257AUTOMATED RUN-TIME ADJUSTMENT - A method and system for automated run-time adjustment that includes an ability to start or end a scheduled recording at an earlier or later period of time. The adjustment may allow a program to be recorded in its entirety regardless of whether the program is starting late or running long. The recording period adjustments performed in accordance with the contemplated run-time adjustment may be made with reliance on data transmitted with the program in order to optionally insure the adjustment are made with respect to the actual content and not some pre-determined or arbitrary recording extension inputted by a user.04-29-2010
20100104258USER-SPECIFIED EVENT-BASED REMOTE TRIGGERING OF A CONSUMER DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE - A method, digital video recording (DVR) device/system and computer program provide a mechanism for recording video content associated with unpredictable events. A user specifies particular event classifications, keywords, or other control parameters from which the occurrence of an event can be determined, and when such event is detected, the DVR is triggered to record content from a specified channel/location. The events can be detected from feeds such as RSS feeds, websites, video content scans or other mechanisms. The event detection may be provided by a remote service that is accessible for user-configuration via a network, or the event detection may be performed in a DVR device or local computer system.04-29-2010
20100040345AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF PROGRAM SUBJECT MATTER AND SCHEDULING PADDING - A DVR user instructs the DVR to record a program. The DVR determines whether the program is of a particular type. If the program is of the particular type, then the DVR presents, to the DVR user, a user interface that enables the DVR user to alter the parameters of the time interval during which the DVR will record the program. After the user has modified the recording time parameters (e.g., start and end recording times) for the program using DVR-presented user interfaces, the DVR stores the modified recording time parameters on the DVR's hard disk drive. The DVR then automatically records the program, beginning and ending at the stored times as modified by the DVR user (rather than the EPG data-specified times).02-18-2010
20100142919Recording medium reproducing apparatus and method - The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for reproducing a recording medium that require input of a code number only once when the code number is required to be inputted to both a directory and a PlayList for reproduction. A plurality of directories such as DVR, DVR06-10-2010
20090324193BROADCAST RECEIVER AND RECORDING CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a broadcast receiver receives a broadcast signal, and performs predetermined signal processing on the received broadcast signal. The broadcast receiver manages an off-timer function on the basis of an operation input from the user. When the off-timer setting time is set, the broadcast receiver controls to start recording, on a recording medium, a transmitted signal having undergone signal processing.12-31-2009
20090092373VIDEO REPRODUCTION LIMITING METHOD AND VIDEO REPRODUCING APPARATUS - A video player for limiting the view by a viewer not satisfying the view allowance condition allowing a young person to view a specific video. When a limited video viewing of which by a viewer not satisfying a view allowance condition is limited by limiting the broadcast time zone, e.g., by limiting the broadcast time zone to the midnight of when the young people are asleep is recorded, the video player inhibits reproduction of the limited video in a time zone other than the time zone from the recording start time of the limited video to a predetermined time. Since the limited video can be reproduced only in the time zone from the originally broadcast time to a predetermined time, any viewer not satisfying the view allowance condition is prevented from viewing a limited video.04-09-2009
20090269027Indication of Trickplay Availability via Remote Control Device - A user is able to select a multimedia stream from a plurality of multimedia streams available at a multimedia receiver. The availability of one or more trickplay features for the selected multimedia stream is determined in response to the selection of the multimedia stream. A visual indicator, an audible indicator, or both are selectively provided for display/output based on the determined availability status of the corresponding trickplay feature. The selective provision of a trickplay indicator can include providing a first trickplay indicator when the trickplay feature is available and providing a second, different trickplay indicator when the trickplay feature is unavailable. Alternately, the selective provision of a trickplay indicator includes providing the trickplay indicator when the trickplay feature is unavailable and omitting provision of the trickplay indicator when the trickplay feature is available, or vice versa.10-29-2009
20090074380Personal Video Recording With Storage Space Distributed Among Remote Personal Video Recorders - Automated personal video recording comprising scheduling a show for a user having allocated storage space on a personal video recorder (“PVR”), wherein the show has a storage space requirement that exceeds the user's free space, and the PVR is coupled for data communications to a storage space provider; and transmitting to the storage space provider an order to record the show through the storage space provider in storage space on a remote PVR that is coupled for data communications to the storage space provider. Receiving in a storage space provider from a personal video recorder (“PVR”) an order to record a show on a remote PVR, the order comprising an identification of a show and a schedule for recording the show; selecting a remote PVR; and recording the show, in dependence upon the show identification and the schedule for recording the show, in storage space on the selected remote PVR.03-19-2009
20090067810PROGRAM TITLE DISPLAY WITH ANTI-AGING - A method is provided to perform anti-aging techniques in an informational display. An informational display is located on the front bezel of a consumer recording device that displays information related to the content being recorded or played or the operation of the device. To increase the life of the display, displayed text is shifted within the display so that pixel use in the display is more evenly distributed with the pixels in the display. To determine the direction and shape of the shift, real-time calculations of pixel use are made or a simulator is used to compute the probable use of each pixel in the display over a certain period of time. Another anti-aging technique is to dim the display of information after a specified amount of time of display at normal brightness.03-12-2009
20090252475Electronic Apparatus, Image Processing Method, Program, and Content Recording Medium - An electronic apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read, from a removable content recording medium on which at least one content item among a plurality of content items purchased by a user is recorded, playback rights information indicating that the plurality of content items can be played back, and position information indicating a recording destination of information regarding unrecorded content that is content that has not been recorded on the content recording medium; an obtaining unit configured to obtain the unrecorded content on the basis of the position information via a network; and a playback control unit configured to control playback of the obtained unrecorded content by using the playback rights information.10-08-2009
20090238538SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED COMPILATION AND EDITING OF PERSONALIZED VIDEOS INCLUDING ARCHIVED HISTORICAL CONTENT AND PERSONAL CONTENT - A personalized video system that combines user-supplied data and digital visual images or view with stored archival stock video footage and popular music works of the last century to generate a personalized life story documentary movie. The personalized video system gathers input from the user about the recipient such as age, gender, and relationship to the user and allows the user to upload personal digital images or video of the recipient. The user then inputs the dates of each digital image or video uploaded so that the personalized video system can chronologically order the items in the video. The personalized video system combines the user-supplied information and digital media with archived stock video footage of significant events and famous personalities to place the recipient's life story in a historical context. The personalized video system also provides a music soundtrack and synchronizes the display of the digital media and archived footage to the selected soundtrack. One embodiment allows the user to upload birth certificates, marriage certificates, newspaper clippings or other digitally scanned material for use in the video. Another embodiment allows the user to record or upload a voiceover narrative, sound effects or other audio content.09-24-2009
20090238537VIDEO RECORDING APPOINTMENT SYSTEM, AND DISPLAY DEVICE - A video recording appointment system includes a plurality of video recording devices and a display device. The display devices is connected to the plurality of video recording devices by corresponding cables. When the display device receives a remote control signal related to video recording appointment, it queries the plurality of video recording devices, via the cables, as to whether or not they have antennas connected to them. Upon receipt of this query, each of the plurality of video recording devices checks whether or not it is connected to an antenna. And each of the plurality of video recording devices returns the result of this checking to the display device via its corresponding cable. Then the display device displays device specification information upon its screen on the basis of these check results which have been returned.09-24-2009
20090232474CONTROL DEVICE, TELEVISION VIEWING SYSTEM, INFORMATION EQUIPMENT, CONTROL METHOD AND MEDIUM - A device has an interface to the recorder and an interface to the television receiver and can connect the recorder to the television receiver. The device detects switching from a television program being viewed to the next television program to be next received and judges whether or not the current television program being viewed at the detection is registered as a television program to be recorded. When it is judged that the current television program is registered as a television program to be recorded, the device allows the recorder to start recording the current television program. After the recording is started, the device instructs the television receiver to switch the channel being received from the current television program channel to the next television program channel selected by the switching.09-17-2009
20090232473User Message System and Method for Digital Video Recorder - An apparatus and method is presented for receiving and displaying user messages associated with multimedia content. Specifically, the present invention is directed to controlling the operation of a television recording/playback system to permit a user to input a message, associate that message with a selected television program, and display the associated message when the selected television program is accessed by another user (see FIG. 09-17-2009
20090046989METHOD OF CONTROLLING RECORDING QUALITY - A method of controlling recording quality is disclosed. The method includes determining whether a recording function is set, and determining a recording quality of a broadcast program based on analysis on a data amount of the broadcast program and a recordable capacity of a data storage if the recording function is set, followed by recording the broadcast program on the data storage according to the recording quality.02-19-2009
20090046988SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECORDING INTERRUPTED BROADCAST OF A MULTIMEDIA PROGRAM - An embodiment includes a method of recording a broadcast program. The method includes storing at least a first portion of a program, the program being broadcast during a first period, identifying at least a second portion of the program, identifying a subsequent broadcast of the program during a second period, and storing the subsequent broadcast of the program starting at a position that is based on the second portion. Other aspects include systems, apparatus, and devices for recording multiple portions of a broadcast program during multiple broadcast time periods.02-19-2009
20090010613RECORDING DEVICE - In order to provide a recording device capable of recording a program desired by the user from among programs relating to a specified keyword, the recording device comprises recording program extraction unit to extract a program relating to a keyword, serial program extraction unit to extract a serial program, played serial program extraction unit to extract a serial program including at least one program that has been played, and timer recording program specification unit to add the serial program extracted by the played serial program extraction unit to timer recording information.01-08-2009
20090010612REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED DISPLAY SCREEN FOR CONTROLLING A DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER - A remote control for a digital video recorder includes an integrated display screen configured to display a recording list including programs scheduled to be recorded.01-08-2009
20090010611Recording apparatus, method of controlling recording apparatus, and computer-readable recording medium - A recording apparatus has a configuration in which plural reservation cards having different strengths are distributed to each user, each user being able to set its own reservation card when actually reserving an operation of recording data. The strengths of the reservation cards set by users are compared when there is conflict of reservation time between the users. The reservation of the recording operation of the stronger user according to the result of the comparison is accepted, and the reservation card corresponding to the reservation accepted by the accepting part is invalidated.01-08-2009
20080285943Management of Dynamic Program Changes in Dvb Systems - A method for managing dynamic program changes in a digital video broadcasting (DVB) system, the method including detecting a dynamic program change in a DVB transmission received at a set-top box (STB), and changing a digital video recorder (DVR) recording instruction associated with the program to record the program in accordance with a parameter of the change.11-20-2008
20100247068POWER OUTAGE DVR BACK UP SYSTEM - Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and method for recording television content in the event of a power loss. For example, in one embodiment, an optical network terminal associated with providing video service to the digital video recorder is utilized to backup and store a scheduled television program that occurs during the duration of a power outage affecting the digital video recorder.09-30-2010
20090310936SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR DOWNLOADING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT AT A TERMINAL - The present invention concerns a method and system for downloading multimedia content corresponding to a set of program types at a terminal. The method comprises, at a terminal, the steps of filling in a file with a set of program types, sending said file to a server, receiving content corresponding to the file, and receiving said content being regularly updated. Another object of the invention is a method for channel surfing between multimedia content at a terminal. It comprises the steps of downloading content and complementary content according to the previous method, playing the complementary content, receiving a request for channel surfing, checking whether channel surfing is allowed and, if channel surfing is not allowed, continuing playing the complementary content.12-17-2009
20100266261Video Data Recorder With Personal Channels - A video data recordable having integrated channel guides allowing a user to control recording and storage of television signals into personal channels for later playback and viewing. In the described embodiment, the user may specify criteria for recording of shows from an input source such as a broadcast signal and shows are then selected based on the user specified criteria and recorded for later playback. Storage of the shows may be organized into personal channels in order to facilitate later playback, e.g., the user may specify a channel of action movies, a channel of nature programming, a channel for sports, etc. The shows to be recorded may also have a predefined format which may be used to ease playback of recorded programming by allowing the user to easily locate and playback sections of programming of interest.10-21-2010
20090285547SGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present application discloses a signal processing apparatus. Particularly, it discloses a signal processing apparatus comprising a first decoder for generating video data by decoding data and a second decoder for generating video data by decoding data, wherein, regarding predetermined operations for generating the video data by decoding the data, the number of the predetermined operations that can be executed by the second decoder for each unit time is lower than that of the predetermined operations that can be executed by the first decoder for each unit time. 11-19-2009
20100172628REMOTE DVR MANAGER - A system and method for programming a digital video recorder (DVR) over a scheduling network. Program schedule information is provided to a user of a DVR via the scheduling network. A program selection is received from the scheduling client associated with a subscriber via the scheduling network. State information indicative of a state of a program provisioning system is used to determine whether the program selection is deliverable to the DVR via the program provisioning system. If the program selection is deliverable to the DVR via the program provisioning system, then the program is scheduled for recording by the DVR. The subscriber is notified if the program selection is deliverable or undeliverable.07-08-2010
20090162028INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes: a memory that stores schedule information that indicates a start time, an end time, and an event name for each of events; and a processor that operates to: obtain first video management information from an external video recorder, the first video management information indicating a recording start time and a recording end time for each of videos recorded by the external video recorder; determine the videos having the recording start time and the recording end time within the start time and the end time for each of the events by referring to the schedule information and the first video management information; and generate a second video management information from the first video management information by appending the event name to the determined videos.06-25-2009
20090185788RECORDING/PLAYING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING BROADCAST SIGNAL - A recording/playing device and a method for processing a broadcast signal are disclosed. The device includes an external storage device, and a broadcast receiver. The external storage device includes at least one storage medium. And, the broadcast receiver includes a broadcast processor, an interface unit, and a record/play controlling unit. The broadcast processor receives a broadcast signal of a specific channel and demodulates and decodes the received broadcast signal. The interface unit is capable of being connected to the storage medium of the external storage device. And, the record/play controlling unit activates a record/play mode, when a connection with the storage medium of the external storage device is detected through the interface unit, and stores the demodulated broadcast signal in the storage medium of the external storage device through the interface unit, or reads and plays (or plays-back) the broadcast signal from the storage medium of the external storage device.07-23-2009
20100034511IMAGE SIGNAL RECORDING APPARATUS, METHOD OF STRUCTURING PREFERENCE INFORMATION FOR RECORDING APPARATUS AND NETWORK SYSTEM OF RECORDING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment of the present invention is applied to an apparatus which performs automatic recording based on a timer recording list. A transmitting/receiving module is connected to a network. Preference information retrieved from another recording apparatus via the transmitting/receiving module is once set directly in a first storage module. A second storage module saves a timer recording list in which the preference information in the first storage module is reflected. As a result, the preference information retrieved from the other recording apparatus is once set directly in the first storage module, and the preference information in the first storage module is reflected in the timer recording list.02-11-2010
20090080857SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVELY RECORDING AT LEAST PART OF A PROGRAM BASED ON AN OCCURRENCE OF A VIDEO OR AUDIO CHARACTERISTIC IN THE PROGRAM - Systems and methods may provide for selectively recording of at least part of a program based on an occurrence of at least one video or audio characteristic in the program. The systems and methods may involve receiving or transmitting a program including a video stream and an audio stream, and monitoring at least one of the video stream and the audio stream for at least one video or audio characteristic. Based on the occurrence of the video or audio characteristic, at least part of the program may be recorded or instructions for recording at least part of the program may be transmitted. In some embodiments, only a segment of the program may be recorded or instructed to be recorded. In some embodiments, segments from a plurality of programs may be recorded and associated together. In such embodiments, the segments may be presented as a single recording.03-26-2009
20100034512CONTENT RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A content recording/reproducing apparatus capable of reproducing a content in accordance with the scheduled viewing time of a user without any interruption in the middle. A recording/reproducing apparatus (02-11-2010
20100086281COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM THAT RECORDS RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS, RECORDING RESERVATION METHOD AND RECORDING RESERVATION DEVICE - A television PC 04-08-2010
20100119208CONTENT INTERACTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS EMPLOYING PORTABLE DEVICES - A portable device, such as a cell phone, is used to “forage” media content from a user's environment. For example, it may listen to a television viewed by a traveler in an airport lounge. By reference to digital watermark or other data extracted from the content, the device can identify the television program, and enable a variety of actions. For example, the device may instruct a DVR to record the remainder of the television program—or determine when the program will be rebroadcast, and instruct the DVR to record the program in its entirety at that later time. The device may also identify content that preceded (or follows) the foraged content. Thus, a user who tunes-in just at the end of an exciting sporting event can capture one of the following commercials, identify the preceding program, and download same for later viewing. In other aspects, a cell phone can be used as a “second screen,” through which a user can interact with ambient content—such as reviewing electronic program guide data, or enjoying interactive television features. A great variety of other functions and arrangements are also detailed.05-13-2010
20090087164Content Recording Medium, Content Recording Device and Content Playback Device - In playing back a content in a content recording medium, when two types of contents of the identical program are recorded on a content recording medium with respect to the capabilities of the device attempting to play back the content, that is to say, content A allowing video to be played back but not audio, and content B allowing audio to be played back but not video, playback is not possible even if it would be possible to play back the content using video data in the content A and audio data in the content B. In the content recording device, when a content is recorded on a content recording medium, a re-encoding condition list is recorded on the content recording medium. Further, the content playback device allows for playback suitable for the capability of the content playback device by selecting separately playback data that are suitable for the capability of the playback device from the re-encoding condition list.04-02-2009
20090180753METHOD, APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR RECORDING AND PLAYING BACK CONTENT DATA, METHOD, APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR PLAYING BACK CONTENT DATA, AND METHOD, APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR RECORDING CONTENT DATA - A method, apparatus and program for recording and playing back content data, method, apparatus and program for playing back content data, and method, apparatus and program for recording content data. The recording and playback apparatus is configured to record content data including a content and play back the content of the content data at a position specified by first relative time information indicating a relative time with respect to a start position of the content. A record start time information generator generates record start time information. A stream playback control table generator generates a stream playback control table associated with a stream resource record in a content data recording unit. Based on the content start time information and the record start time information, a relative time information correction unit corrects relative time information, of a segment to be played back, identified by a metadata manager based on segment metadata. A read controller controls a reading process according to the relative position information corresponding to the corrected relative time information identified by the metadata manager.07-16-2009
20090142034Data Recording System, Data Acquiring Apparatus, and Recording Medium Storing Therein Data Acquiring Apparatus Control Program - A data recording system includes a data acquiring apparatus that acquires data externally and a data recording apparatus that is communicably connected to the data acquiring apparatus via a network, and records data transmitted from the data acquiring apparatus. The data acquiring apparatus includes a data acquiring unit, a temporary storage unit, a transmitting-receiving unit, a communication-band management unit, and a control unit. The data recording apparatus includes a transmitting-receiving unit, a recording unit, and a control unit.06-04-2009
20090169175APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY RECORDING - A method for displaying a record in an initial driving state of a record displaying apparatus is disclosed. The method includes searching execution/non-execution file descriptors of recorded multimedia files, and extracting record files not played back, and outputting a record file alarming message when a record file not played back is extracted. The record displaying apparatus is also disclosed. Execution/non-execution file descriptors of record files are searched upon system initialization of a broadcast receiver. When there is a new record or a record not played back, a record file alarming message is output in a state of being overlaid on a broadcast signal received. Accordingly, the user can access the record file list simultaneously with viewing a broadcast, without using any additional means.07-02-2009
20090297124APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DOWNLOADING RECORDER PROGRAMMING DATA IN A VIDEO SIGNAL - Apparatus and methods are provided for controlling recording of video programs. In one embodiment an apparatus for controlling the recording of video programs includes a device for retrieving a recorder identifier and recorder programming data from a television signal received from a television signal source, a device for determining whether the retrieved recorder identifier matches a first identifier for the apparatus, a device for storing the recorder programming data, if the retrieved recorder identifier matches the first identifier for the apparatus, and a device for using the stored recorder programming data to control recording. The device for retrieving a recorder identifier and recorder programming data from a television signal includes a vertical blanking interval decoder.12-03-2009
20090279848REPRODUCING DEVICE AND REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD - When reproduction of any one of contents on any one of mediums is interrupted, a first video device transmits interruption information to a second video device connecting with a network, and the second video device registers the interruption information in an other-device interruption information management table. When given an instruction of reproducing the same content on the same medium, the second video device detects the interruption information of the content from the other-device interruption information management table, and starts reproducing the content from an interrupted position specified by position information contained in the interruption information.11-12-2009
20090310937SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERACTIVE PROGRAM GUIDES WITH PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDING FEATURES - Methods and systems that provide enhanced personal video recorder (“PVR”) and interactive television program guide (“IPG”) functionality are provided. An interactive television application (“application”) may be implemented to provide such functionality. The application may be used to display a list of PVR recordings, to schedule recordings to a PVR, to configure recordings, to view a list of scheduled recordings, to configure recording settings, or to select delete priority settings for recordings. The application may integrate pay-per-view and PVR functionality. The application may send user notifications for changes that are to be made to the recording content of a PVR. Live programming may be buffered by the application using a straight buffers that are created for each new program. Parallel buffers for concurrent programs may be implemented using multiple tuners. Straight buffers may be used in managing or controlling the flow of programming. Television content may be automatically paused when a user is engaged in using the application. Multiple IPGs for different users of a PVR may be implemented. Other PVR related features are also provided.12-17-2009
20090103893Recording Schedule Sharing System and Recording Schedule Sharing Apparatus - A recording reservation common share system includes a recording schedule sharing apparatus 04-23-2009
20090103891Digital video recorder with advanced user functions and network capability - A digital video recording system that uses a first digital video recording process to record at least one video program, and to form a list of recorded programs. A connection over a network is made to at least one other digital video recording process. A list is formed that indicates programs that have been recorded on both the first digital video recording process and on the other digital video recording process that is connected over the network.04-23-2009
20100135638RECEIVING DEVICE AND RECEIVING METHOD - There is provided a method by which, when a broadcast receiving device downloads and stores a content with an expiration time from a communication line etc, and a user reproduces the content, an electronic clock for judging the validity of the expiration time is set to a correct time and whether to reproduce the content or not is properly judged by using the correct time. In the method, the user is not allowed to set the electronic clock inside the broadcast receiving device, the clock is not set when the receiving device is started up, and time information is acquired from a broadcast wave or a communication line. If the time information is successfully acquired, the electronic clock is set by the acquired time information and then is used for judging the expiration time for use of the content on the assumption that the clock has been set correctly.06-03-2010
20080273860AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.11-06-2008
20080273859Marking Program Boundaries in a Personal Video Recording Device - The present invention is directed to a method of recording an audio and video input signal. The method includes the input signal being received. The input signal being stored in a buffer. A program change being detected in the input signal. A program marker being inserted into the buffer corresponding to the program change.11-06-2008
20080285942HOME NETWORK APPARATUS - A home network system includes a home network apparatus, and a recording reservation information-sending apparatus and recording/reproducing apparatuses which are connected to the home network apparatus. The home network apparatus has an interface circuit through which the auto-home network apparatus is connected to an Internet having a mail server and a recording reservation information-sending apparatus connected thereto, and a home network. The home network apparatus monitors recording reservation information sent to either of the recording/reproducing apparatus within a home network system, and instructs the recording/reproducing apparatus to perform the recording reservation, for example, if the recording/reproducing apparatus is in a wake-up state when being an object for recording reservation.11-20-2008
20100142918RESERVED RECORDING METHOD AND APPARATUS OF BROADCAST PROGRAM - A reserved recording method and apparatus of broadcast programs are disclosed. In setting reserved recording for broadcast programs, a start complementary time (SCT) and/or an end complementary time (ECT) are additionally set before a start time and after an end time of the broadcast programs, and if the SCT or a start time of a second broadcast program is ahead of the ECT of a first broadcast program, a switching time from the recording of the first broadcast program to the recording of the second broadcast program can be changed. Thus, a failure to record a portion of a broadcast program previously reserved for recording due to a delay in a broadcast time or the like can be prevented.06-10-2010
20080267583VIDEO-RECORDING PROGRAMMING APPARATUS AND VIDEO-RECORDING PROGRAMMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a video-recording programming apparatus includes control circuit, reception circuit, which is controlled by the control circuit, for selecting and receiving a predetermined program, and program presetting memory capable of storing preset-recording information of a periodically broadcast program. The control circuit includes video-recording determination circuit for determining whether preset-recording of the periodically broadcast program, which is stored in the program presetting memory, has been executed or not, count circuit for counting, in a case where the video-recording determination circuit determines that the preset-recording of the periodically broadcast program has not been executed, a number of times of non-execution of the preset-recording of the periodically broadcast program, and display control circuit for causing display to display the number of times which is counted by the count circuit, together with the preset-recording information.10-30-2008
20090180754INFORMATION RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - An information recording/reproducing apparatus includes a registration unit that registers scheduling information to periodically record information; a recording unit that records the information on a recording medium based on the scheduling information; a reproduction unit that reproduces the information recorded on the recording medium; a deletion unit that deletes the information according to a deletion instruction from the recording medium; and an erasure unit that erases, when the number of times of reproducing the information according to the deletion instruction is zero, the scheduling information associated with the information from the registration unit.07-16-2009
20090162027ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE - An electronic appliance for receiving and recording broadcasted images includes an input accepting unit configured to accept input of recording reservation information at least including a start time of recording and a channel corresponding to images to be recorded, an input determining unit configured to determine whether input of the channel is being accepted upon acceptance of the input of the start time, a time determining unit configured to determine, when it has been determined by the input determining unit that the input of the channel is being accepted, whether the start time is before the current time, and a record starting unit configured to start a recording process in the background on the basis of the channel accepted by the input accepting unit when the start time has been determined to be before the current time by the time determining unit.06-25-2009
20090129745PORTABLE DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A portable device includes a setting means that sets a recording reservation; an acquisition means that, when instructed to display a list of recording reservations, acquires information that indicates the contents of a recording reservation set in a recording device by requesting the information processing device; an integrating means that integrates a recording reservation set in the portable device with the recording reservation set in the recording device and indicated by the information acquired by the acquisition means; and a display control means that displays the contents of the recording reservation set in the portable device and the contents of the recording reservation set in the recording device on the basis of the recording reservations integrated by the integrating means together with information that indicates which recording site the contents will be recorded in, the recording medium of the portable device or a recording medium of the recording device, when recorded in accordance with the respective recording reservations. The information processing device, when requested from the portable device, accesses the recording device to acquire the information that indicates the contents of the recording reservation set in the recording device and then transmits the information to the portable device. The acquisition means acquires the information transmitted from the information processing device.05-21-2009
20090129744VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A video processing apparatus includes a packet generation unit configured to receive a frame of video data, to divide the frame into tiles, and to packetize each of the tiles, a setting unit configured to set a processing time of each packet generated by the packet generation unit, a processing unit configured to perform image processing on each packet, a measurement unit configured to measure a processing time of the image processing performed by the processing unit, a determination unit configured to determine a processing speed of the processing unit based on a result of comparison between the processing time of each packet set by the setting unit and the processing time measured by the measurement unit, and an output unit configured to combine the packets processed by the processing unit to output video data.05-21-2009
20090136206VIDEO RECORDER AND METHOD OF PROCESSING RECORDING SCHEDULE - A video recorder includes a schedule reconfiguration section having: a local deterioration determining module that determines whether a local deterioration in a recording state occurs by performing simulating the recording state obtained when the reallocated resources are used for performing the programmed recordings and comparing the simulated recording state with a recording state obtained when the resources before the reallocation is used for performing the programmed recordings; and an allocation restoring module that restores the reallocated resources at a part causing the local deterioration to the resources allocated before the reallocation when the local deterioration determining module determines the occurrence of the local deterioration.05-28-2009
20090136205VIDEO RECORDING APPARATUS AND VIDEO RECORDING SYSTEM - A video recording apparatus wherein in the case where video recording programming information generated by an automatic video recording programming control unit is already present in a video recording programming information table, the video recording programming information is recorded in duplicated video recording information table. In the case where other video recording apparatuses connected via network cancelled the video recording programming information, which had been registered in the duplicated video recording information table, a video recording programming control unit stores the video recording programming information in a video recording programming table, and a video recording control unit executes video recording, based on the video recording programming information table. In the case where video recording programming information, which had been registered in the duplicated video recording information table, was executed by a video recording apparatus connected via network, the video recording programming information is controlled by own directory of a contents information table.05-28-2009
20090185786INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus that correctly handles moving image files recorded for a period straddling midnight. Moving image files recorded for a period straddling midnight are processed as having the day on which recording of those moving image files began and the next day as their recorded date. When conducting a search by date, for example, in addition to the actual recorded day, the next day is also included in the search results of a designated search, thus enabling the user to search for the moving image files without having to recall whether or not they were recorded for a period straddling midnight.07-23-2009
20090142035AUTOMATIC RECORDING - A program recording device including an input port, a processor memory, a processor, a selector, and a storage element is configured to receive command data and program data through the input port. The selector receives command data and program data from the input port and outputs the command data to the processor memory and the program data to the storage element. The processor uses this command data to control the selector and storage element to automatically record a program influenced by user preferences onto the storage element without requiring any user input.06-04-2009
20090052864INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus which presents a viewing schedule of a video content to a user is disclosed. The apparatus includes: a first acquiring means for acquiring a broadcast schedule of a broadcast content to be broadcast; a second acquiring means for acquiring information about a recorded content that has been recorded and an on-demand content that has been downloaded; a generating means for arranging the broadcast content, the recorded content, and the on-demand content on a same time axis as these contents are mixed, and generating the viewing schedule; and a display control means for displaying the generated viewing schedule.02-26-2009
20090245751Receiving Apparatus, Receiving Method, Recording Apparatus, Recording Method, Program, Recording Medium, and Network System - Disclosed herein is a receiving apparatus for sending received contents to a recording apparatus and for getting the recording apparatus to record the contents in accordance with preset recording reservations, the receiving apparatus including: a recording ready time information acquisition section configured to acquire from the recording apparatus information about a recording ready time; a continuous recording determination section configured to determine whether two chronologically successive broadcast contents are reserved for recording based on the preset recording reservations; and an end time setting section configured such that if the two chronologically successive broadcast contents are found reserved for recording, then the end time setting section sets the time at which to end processing for recording the earlier of the two contents based on a broadcast start time of the latter of the two contents and on the acquired information about the recording ready time.10-01-2009
20090279847Program accumulation apparatus, program accumulation reservation method, and program - A program accumulation apparatus includes: a broadcast program acquisition section to acquire data of a broadcast program based on a preset recording reservation; a delivery program acquisition section to acquire data of a delivery program delivered by a downloading method via a network based on a preset download reservation; a storage section to accumulate the data of the broadcast program or the data of the delivery program; a designation section to accept a designation of the broadcast program for the recording reservation; a judgment section to judge whether the recording reservation of the designated broadcast program is possible; and a setting section to judge, when the recording reservation of the designated broadcast program is judged as being impossible, whether the download reservation of the delivery program of the same source as the broadcast program is possible, and set the download reservation of the delivery program when judged possible.11-12-2009
20090097820PROGRAM VIDEO RECORDING/PLAYING SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, AND VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE - The present invention aims at providing an environment in which user's convenience can be enhanced remarkably by causing functions provided to a mobile terminal and a video recording device to cooperate closely with each other such that video recording and playback can be carried out flexibly in a variety of ways unlike the prior art and also a user can enjoy more comfortably digital television broadcastings containing the terrestrial digital broadcasting.04-16-2009
20090232472METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USAGE TIMERS FOR A PRESENTATION DEVICE - Apparatus, systems and methods are provided for implementing usage timers on an electronic device. A usage timer provides a time budget for a user's access to the electronic device and more specifically limits the user's access to of content provided by the electronic device. As the user utilizes the electronic device to experience content, their associated time budget for the electronic device is debited accordingly. Once the user's time budget for using the electronic device is exceeded, their access to the electronic device is restricted. However, when the user is utilizing certain functions on the electronic device (e.g., trick play mode functions, viewing a content selection menu or loading content), their time budget is not debited for the time spent utilizing these functions of the electronic device.09-17-2009
20090185785Recording device - On Air list information or Now On Air information including program summaries such as the titles of radio programs, the broadcasting times and the cast (DJ) names of the radio programs and program details such as the titles of songs broadcasted in the radio programs and the broadcasting start times and artist names of the songs is obtained, and program table data PD is created based on the information. This can show a user a program table screen 07-23-2009
20090220209Reproduction Apparatus and Reproduction Method - According to one embodiment, a reproduction apparatus comprises a determination module configured to determine whether a content stored in storage has been reproduced or not, a scheduling module configured to creates a reproduction schedule of a content which is determined as not having been reproduced, a reading module configured to read the content determined as not having been reproduced from the storage in accordance with the reproduction schedule, a channel selection module configured to select a channel, and a reproduction module configured to reproduce the content which the reading module is reading when the channel selection module selects a first channel.09-03-2009
20090252476Television recorder, television receiver, and medium of storing control program - There are provided a TV recorder, a TV receiver, and a medium of storing a control program, which enable reliable recording of a TV program being broadcast in a channel used before switching while avoiding cumbersome operations. If information detected by an infrared camera indicates fluctuations in the number of TV viewers between before and after an instruction to change to a new display channel, a control section determines that the instruction to change to the new display channel is issued from a new TV viewer different from a TV viewer existing before the instruction is received, and makes a display signal output section output TV signals of the new display channel to a TV monitor and also makes a HDD record TV signals of the display channel used before the instruction to change to the new display channel is received.10-08-2009
20100166385MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - There is provided a mobile communication terminal that can start video recording at a preliminarily specified time even if an application inexecutable simultaneously with a video recording operation for a TV broadcast is in execution.07-01-2010
20090103894DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECORDING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECORDING METHOD - When a digital broadcasting program is recorded into a recording medium, a series program such as a series drama is automatically and exactly recorded and stored into a predetermined folder. A digital broadcasting recording apparatus includes a controlling unit which sets a recording schedule of the program and controls a folder for storing the program. An item for selecting a specific folder, as a destination folder of a recording program at the time of setting a recording schedule, with the same name as a program title is provided. In the case where the specific folder is selected, the controlling unit produces the specific folder with the same name as the program title to store the program at the time of recording the scheduled program.04-23-2009
20090046987SYSTEM FOR MANAGING RECORDING CONFLICTS OF MEDIA PROGRAMS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media content processor having a controller to detect a recording conflict between a schedule change of a first media program and a scheduled recording of a second media program. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-19-2009
20100178031IPTV receiver and method for performing a personal video recorder function in the IPTV receiver - An IPTV receiver and a method for performing a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) function in the IPTV receiver are disclosed. Herein, the method can include downloading a widget application from a server, receiving a first request for executing the downloaded widget application from a user, executing the downloaded widget application according to the first request at a browser, receiving a second request for performing a specific PVR function through the executed widget application from the user and performing the specific PVR function according to the second request.07-15-2010
20100189413Electronic Device and Recording Medium - An electronic device comprises a display unit, determination unit, parameter acquiring unit, and display control unit, and is configured as follows: the display unit can provide a three-dimensional display that makes an image stereoscopically viewable; the determination unit determines a posture of the display unit; the parameter acquiring unit acquires a control parameter that is related to the posture and intended to control a display operation of the display unit; the display control unit controls, on the basis of the control parameter acquired by the parameter acquiring unit, the display operation of the display unit, which is associated with the three-dimensional display.07-29-2010
20100239228INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - An information processing system serves to input a timer record setting of a content. The system includes a dividing unit that divides a first timer record setting to record the content delivered from a predetermined source for a predetermined period into a plurality of second timer record settings each designed to record the content corresponding thereto, which is expected to be delivered for the predetermined period; a change unit that determines whether the content corresponding to each of the second timer record settings satisfies a predetermined condition, and changes a predetermined setting of the second timer record setting to record the corresponding content which has been determined to satisfy the predetermined condition using a change process preliminarily correlated with the predetermined condition; and an input unit that inputs the second timer record settings to record the corresponding contents, respectively, including the second timer record setting having the changed predetermined setting.09-23-2010
20100239227GENRE-BASED VIDEO QUOTA MANAGEMENT - A method, digital video display and digital video recording (DVR) device/system and computer program provide a mechanism for controlling an amount of differing types of media viewed by users. A number of time quotas are set for various media types and/or programs and viewing or recording of video media is monitored to determine whether any of the quotas has been exceeded. If a quota is exceeded, the viewing or recording can be immediately halted, or a warning or alert can be issued. If an absolute limit is exceeded after an alert is issue, further viewing or recording can be halted.09-23-2010
20100129054INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an information processing apparatus including: a content information acquisition module configured to acquire first identification information of selected content; a content retrieval module configured to retrieve content having second identification information, the second identification information characterized as being in a same category as the first identification information; and a content display processor configured to perform processing for displaying the first identification information and the second identification information.05-27-2010
20090324194RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a recording/reproducing apparatus includes a reception module for selectively receiving a signal, a signal processing module which subjects a video signal, which is received by the a reception module, to a predetermined signal process, a recording module for recording a signal which is subjected to the signal process by the signal processing module, and a control module for controlling the reception module, the signal processing module and the recording module, wherein the control module includes a determination module for determining, when program information of a recorded program is to be displayed, whether the recorded program meets a predetermined standard, and a switching module for switching a range of date/time for displaying the program information of the recorded program, on the basis of a determination result of the determination module.12-31-2009
20090324195WISH LIST FOR TELEVISION RECORDING - A viewer can enter into a wish list a show listed on an electronic program guide (EPG) that is being shown on a channel not subscribed to by the viewer. Should the show later become available on a subscribed-to channel, it is automatically recorded.12-31-2009
20100220976SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING CUT-OFFS IN PROGRAM RECORDING - A media recording system may be provided. The recording system may include features for reducing recording cut-off of a particular media event due to changes in the start time and end time of what is scheduled to be recorded. The recording system may provide a user with an opportunity to select a program by for example, selecting a listing, to have that program automatically recorded at a scheduled time for presentation to viewers. Changes in the schedule of programs may be compensated manually or automatically when the recording system receives information about actual or predicted time changes. In a manual mode, a user may adjust start or end times based on time change information that is displayed. For an automatic mode, the recording system may automatically compensate for predicted or actual time changes that are known by automatically adjusting the start and end times of recording.09-02-2010
20090148130RECORDING METHOD, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A program extraction engine 06-11-2009
20100272415INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM - In an information processor having a function to check out a content to a portable device such as a portable disc player, a content is recorded to a content data base under the control of a content management program, and it is set under the control of a display/operation instruction program whether the recorded content has to be checked out to the portable device. If a content is recorded in case it has been set that the content has to be checked out, the content having been recorded in the content data base is checked out to the portable device.10-28-2010
20080260349Digital Video Recording System With Extended Program Content Recording - Systems, methods and media for managing extended program content for a digital video recorder (DVR) are disclosed. Embodiments of a method may include determining an amount of extended program content to record in addition to the program to be recorded, where the extended program content is associated with the program to be recorded. The extended content may include either or both of program pre-content or program post-content. The method may also include recording the determined amount of extended program content and the program to be recorded. In a further embodiment, the method may include receiving an indication that the user desires to view extended program content and playing at least part of the extended program content. Determining the amount of extended program content to record may be based on one or more of available storage space, a specified time, a specified file size, user preferences, or other factors.10-23-2008
20090110367Information recording and reproducing device - After judgment that timer reservation has been set, upon judgment that a channel, a scheduled broadcast date, broadcast start time, and broadcast end time included in the EPG information respectively agree with a channel, a recording reservation date, recording start time, and recording end time included in recording reservation information, agreement information is displayed on a display device. On the other hand, upon judgment that any of them do not agree with each other, disagreement information is displayed on the display device. After the agreement information is displayed on the display device, a replacement from recording reservation through timer reservation for the desired program to recording reservation based on electronic program guide information is made for the desired program.04-30-2009
20090028520DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER COLLABORATION AND SIMILAR MEDIA SEGMENT DETERMINATION - In one embodiment, a method for performing actions with media information using a digital video recorder is provided. In one embodiment, a user may mark a media segment in media using a digital video recorder. Characteristics for the media segment are then determined. A second media segment in second media may then be determined. For example, the second media segment may have similar characteristics to the first media segment. In one example, an advertisement that is similar to the advertisement marked as the first media segment may be determined. An action may then be performed with the second media segment. For example, the second media segment may be removed from the second media.01-29-2009
20090067811DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVING SYSTEM, DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVER, AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - When the number of requests for recording is more than the number of tuners by the extension of a broadcast time period of a program that has been timer-recorded as a reserved program, recording instruction information relating to the reserved program that is extended is transmitted to a mobile communication device from an information transmitter in a digital broadcasting receiver. In this case, the recording of the reserved program that is extended is started in the mobile communication device, and another reserved program is recorded by a program recorder in the digital broadcasting receiver. Further, when the number of requests for recording is more than the number of tuners by timer-recording other program or programs within the broadcast time period of the reserved program, recording instruction information relating to the one reserved program is transmitted to the mobile communication device from an information transmitter in the digital broadcasting receiver. In this case, the recording of the one reserved program is started in the mobile communication device, and the other reserved program is recorded by a program recorder in the digital broadcasting receiver.03-12-2009
20090142036SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PRODUCTS FOR DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING - Systems, methods and computer products for DVR management and scheduling. In exemplary embodiments, a system is provided that includes DVR management and scheduling services including, but not limited to: DVR capacity indication; recorded and viewed programs indication; cancellation options for recorded and viewed programs; deletion priority for recorded and viewed programs; schedule change conflict resolution; DVR scheduling; remote and local DVR interface management; DVR searching and programming; multi-level DVR content searching, storage and management; search saving and favorite channel management; DVR management alerts and notifications; offsite DVR recovery; and DVR capacity provisioning.06-04-2009
20090034935Methods and Apparatus for Client Aggregation of Television Programming in a Networked Personal Video Recording System - A networked personal video recording (“PVR”) system couples a plurality of clients to one or more PVR media servers over a network. One or more PVR media servers include television tuners to tune television signals. A storage medium buffers the television signals to implement PVR functionality. For example, the PVR media server records television programs for clients. Clients are assigned to television tuners, and the clients display television programs received at the assigned tuner. The network transfers the buffered television signals to the clients.02-05-2009
20090034934AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.02-05-2009
20090257733SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING PROGRAMS OF LESSER INTEREST WHEN CONVENIENT - Systems and methods for recording a program are provided. Alternate transmissions of a program with a “when convenient” recording priority may be recorded in whole or in portions whenever recording does not interfere with other uses of the user's equipment. When the recording device is out of space to record programs, recorded programs having a “when convenient” deletion priority may be deleted and scheduled for re-recording at a later time.10-15-2009
20090214177STORAGE MEDIUM STORING MULTIMEDIA DATA FOR REPRODUCTION OF AV DATA AND PROGRAMMING FUNCTION, AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A storage medium storing multimedia data for the reproduction of audio-visual (AV) data and a programming function, and a reproducing apparatus and method thereof. The storage medium includes: reproduction mode data for reproducing audio-visual (AV) data; program data including a plurality of program applications for providing interactive functions with a user and/or additional functions using the AV data; system data for controlling the execution of the reproduction mode data and the program data; and application objects for managing the execution of the program data and information on the reproduction mode data to be reproduced along with the execution of the program data. Accordingly, various user interfaces and/or various additional functions can be provided, as well as simple reproduction of AV data. Also the program application can be prevented from using malicious intent, and program applications having the same function can be reused without modification or recompilation.08-27-2009
20100135639SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING AND PLAYING BACK PROGRAMS HAVING DESIRABLE RECORDING ATTRIBUTES - Systems and methods for recording multiple copies of a program are provided. The method may include receiving a user instruction to record a program. A determination may be made to record multiple copies of the program. In response to the determination, multiple copies of the program may be recorded. A user instruction to display the recorded program may be received. A copy of the program may be played back. The user may switch to another copy of the recorded program if the original copy lacks desirable recording attributes, or the interactive television application may automatically switch to another copy of the program.06-03-2010
20090220208RESOLVING RECORDING CONFLICTS - A system and methods of incrementally updating a recording schedule in response to changes in user requests and changes in availability of requested content. Changes to the recording schedule may be prompted by a user request to record new content, a change in the parameters of an existing request, removal of a request, and the like. Before changing the recording schedule, an algorithm generates new possible recording schedules by combining recording assignments for a given program with the existing recording schedule. In one embodiment, the algorithm reduces the new possible recording schedules to a final recording schedule and applies the final recording schedule to a digital recording device. In another embodiment, the final recording schedule is presented to a user for approval before the schedule is applied to the digital recording device.09-03-2009
20090052863Apparatus And Method For Remote Wireless Control Of Digital Video Recorders And The Like - At least one server is queried from a wireless device to obtain program data, and to obtain DVR data from a digital video recorder. The program data is received from the server and the DVR data is received from the digital video recorder The program data and/or the DVR data are displayed on the wireless device. The at least one digital video recorder is controlled by selecting a user-operable function from the program data and/or the DVR data on the wireless device.02-26-2009
20090257732METHOD AND SYSTEM OF EXTENDING RECORDING TIME FOR A RUN-OVER PROGRAM - A system and method of extending a recording time of a recording event within a receiving device is set forth. The receiving device includes a memory and a controller. The controller generates a recording event request for content having a start time and a first end time and begins to store content in a memory of the first receiving unit starting at the start time. The controller reviews a program associated characteristic of the content when the end time is reached and when the program associated characteristic corresponds to the content, changes the first end time to second end time later than the first end time.10-15-2009
20090028525AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.01-29-2009
20090028523AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.01-29-2009
20090028522AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.01-29-2009
20090028521AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.01-29-2009
20100239226ARCHIVING BROADCAST PROGRAMS - A system for receiving and presenting broadcast programming has a television receiver connected to a set-top box having an internal hard disc on which selected programs may be recorded. As the internal hard disc has a finite capacity it can become full, particularly if the viewer wishes to retain a library of recordings. The system provides for the automatic transfer of programs stored on the internal hard disc to external hard drives. The viewer is enabled to set the criteria for such archiving using the remote control unit and on-screen menu options. Content with the largest size, the earliest recorded content, or the content viewed less frequently, may be automatically archived. The set-top box is also enabled to collate information identifying the externally stored content and to store that on the internal hard drive together with information as to the location of the stored content. This enables a viewer to retrieve the transferred content.09-23-2010
20100046913METHOD AND DEVICE FOR STORING AND PLAYING BACK TV PROGRAMMES - The invention relates to a method and arrangement for storing and playing back TV programmes, in particular to an improved method and arrangement (02-25-2010
20090022477RECORDING BROADCAST DIGITAL CONTENT IN A PRIVACY PRESERVING WAY - A method and device for making pre-scheduled recordings of broadcasted content in a recording device, comprising receiving (step S01-22-2009
20090022476Broadcasting System and Program Contents Delivery System - Provided is a summary management method including: a step for receiving a program signal providing a program, a step for acquiring a summary of a web content associated with the program together with the summary management information, and a step for managing the acquired summary according to the management information.01-22-2009
20090022475AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.01-22-2009
20080247730SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERNET ACCESS TO A PERSONAL TELEVISION SERVICE - A communication system and a family of methods for remote access to personal television service are disclosed. According to this invention, a remote personal TV service center provides centralized program guide information. A user may access to the personal TV service center through a digital video recorder which is connected to the personal TV service center via telephone modem or a network server. A user may access to the personal TV service center through a remote computer terminal or a personal digital assistant which is connected to a computer network. The user selects program events and programs the digital video recorder by using a graphical user interface installed in the front panel of the digital video recorder in case of local programming, or using a similar GUI which is incorporated into the Web pages presented to remote users by a Web server in case of remote programming. The media stream stored in one digital video recorder may be transferred to another digital video recorder. For data security protection during data transfer, all communication are authenticated and encrypted.10-09-2008
20090317055RECORDING APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS AND RECORDING-VIEWING RESERVATION SYSTEM - The figure is a diagram showing a processing flow between a home recording apparatus 12-24-2009
20090317056SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING SCHEDULES OF MONITORING DEVICE - A method for managing schedules of a monitoring device includes: editing schedules of a video camera; generating a display interface on which a plurality of schedules and corresponding attributes thereof can be displayed; checking the realizability of the schedules; and generating conflict indicating information for conflicting schedules according to a checking result. The present invention further provides a system for managing schedules of a monitoring device. The invention can be applied to display the schedules of the monitoring device intuitively and clearly to thereby simplify operations of determining a conflict and optimize operations of editing the schedules.12-24-2009
20090317054DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER AND DIGITAL DEVICE SYSTEM - “Reservation with a recorder” is decided by a remote control operation of a TV (12-24-2009
20090185787INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS - An information recording apparatus includes a registration unit that registers scheduling information to schedule single recording of information provided periodically; a recording unit that records the information on a recording medium based on the registered scheduling information; a counting unit that counts the number of times of registering the scheduling information of the information; a determination unit that determines whether the number of times of registering the scheduling information of the information exceeds a predetermined threshold value; and a registering unit that generates, when the number of times of registering the scheduling information of the information exceeds the predetermined threshold value, repeated scheduling information to enable the recording unit to periodically and repeatedly record the information, and registers the repeated scheduling information in the registration unit.07-23-2009
20090028524AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD AND AUTOMATIC RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS - Recording reservation information of a plurality of programs is grouped and at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the basis of the reservation information is left on a recording medium. Therefore, a program information registration unit to register a plurality of items of recording reservation information as groups and a reserved program recording control unit to record the reserved programs onto the recording medium and leave at least the latest program among the programs recorded on the recording medium to delete the others on the basis of the reservation information.01-29-2009
20090052865Broadcast receiver and broadcast receiving method - Permanent recording continuation is prevented and a recorded content is guaranteed to be surely recorded by prescribe amount (for prescribed time). For that purpose, a temporary storing area is secured in advance on a recording medium by prescribed amount. When a temporary storing operation caused by temporary interruption is conducted, sequential recording is performed from the top of the temporary storing area and when the area is filled with the recorded content, overwrite-recording is performed from the top of the area. A recording stopping time then set to a prescribed time point from a recording start.02-26-2009
20100178030DISTRIBUTED SCHEDULING OF MEDIA CHANNEL PLAYOUT - Multiple scheduling producers such as content management systems, advertisement systems, and emergency broadcast systems can independently send scheduling events to scheduling consumers such as streaming servers, guide generators, and playlogs. The scheduling consumers maintain state machines with persistent storage to process scheduling events from scheduling producers and output media channel playlists, channel guides, and/or content. Scheduling producers can contribute independently to define a channel playout while information at scheduling consumers remains synchronized.07-15-2010
20100215341SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING CUT-OFFS IN PROGRAM RECORDING - A media recording system may be provided. The recording system may include features for reducing recording cut-off of a particular media event due to changes in the start time and end time of what is scheduled to be recorded. The recording system may provide a user with an opportunity to select a program by for example, selecting a listing, to have that program automatically recorded at a scheduled time for presentation to viewers. Changes in the schedule of programs may be compensated manually or automatically when the recording system receives information about actual or predicted time changes. In a manual mode, a user may adjust start or end times based on time change information that is displayed. For an automatic mode, the recording system may automatically compensate for predicted or actual time changes that are known by automatically adjusting the start and end times of recording.08-26-2010
20100215340Triggers For Launching Applications - This document describes tools capable of enabling television consumer devices to launch applications using triggers. A trigger may act to save limited resources on a television consumer device by triggering launch of an application not stored on the television consumer device. A trigger may include a payload portion and a criteria portion. When criteria in the criteria portion is satisfied by the playback of media content, an action in the payload portion is performed. In one embodiment, the tools enable a television consumer device to associate a trigger with a piece of media content. Responsive to playing back the piece of media content, the trigger launches an application that associates additional triggers with the piece of media content.08-26-2010
20100260475TELEVISION SIGNAL RECORDING - A television signal recording apparatus comprises a recording unit that makes recordings of television signals and stores metadata representing information in respect of the recordings including the channel and the recording time. A graphical display of made recordings and scheduled recordings is produced in which graphical objects representing respective recordings are arranged in two dimensions, ordered in a first dimension on the basis of the channels and ordered in a second dimension on the basis of the recording times. In the second dimension, the graphical objects are arranged along a time axis which includes discontinuities at times when no recording is present, the discontinuities being graphically represented by graphical symbols that are different according to the period of the discontinuity. An electronic program guide is produced with a similar format, the programs being filtered to select programs and discontinuities being present at times where there is no selected program.10-14-2010
20100260474INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SERVER, INFORMATION RECORDING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION RECORDING METHOD - An information recording apparatus includes a stream receiver configured to receive a stream including therein video and audio data regarding a program, a program information transmitter configured to transmit program information regarding the program to a server connected thereto via a communication network, a writing information receiver configured to receive writing information from the server, which is used for processing for writing the video and audio data into a recording medium, and a recording section configured to, under the condition in which absolute time information included in the stream and absolute time information included in the writing information having been received from the server are synchronized with each other, write the video and audio data included in the stream into the recording medium, as well as the writing information.10-14-2010
20100260473SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERRUPTED PROGRAM RECORDING - Program recording systems and methods are operable to adjust recording times of a program of interest in response to an occurrence of an interrupting program that alters the scheduled recording times of the program of interest. An exemplary embodiment receives an unscheduled program flag (UPF) corresponding to an occurrence of an unscheduled program; adjusts at least one of a scheduled recording start time associated with the program of interest to an updated record start time and a scheduled recording end time associated with the program of interest to an updated record end time in response to receiving the UPF; and records the program of interest based upon at least one of the updated record start time and the updated record end time.10-14-2010
20100166386VIDEO RECORDER HAVING USER EXTENDED AND AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED TIME SLOTS - The present invention is directed to a video recorder having user extended and automatically extended time slots. An embodiment of the present invention includes a set-top box having an internal storage device, such as a hard drive where broadcasts are transferred from a broadcast input source to the storage device. The set-top box is connected to an output device such as a television, which displays a graphical user interface (GUI) and an interactive program guide (IPG). The user has the option to extend a chosen time slot, in which a show is scheduled to be transferred to the storage device. A dialog box is used when certain types of shows are selected that commonly require timeslot extensions at the end of the show.07-01-2010
20100166384SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR HANDLING FAILED MEDIA CONTENT RECORDINGS - An exemplary system includes a communication facility configured to receive transmitted data representative of a plurality of media content instances in accordance with a transmission schedule. The system further includes a media recording facility communicatively coupled to the communication facility. The media recording facility is configured to recognize a failure to record one of the media content instances, and designate the media content instance for consideration for at least one future recording opportunity. In certain embodiments, the designation of the media content instance includes adding at least one identifier representative of the media content instance to a watch list, searching program guide data for the identifier; and identifying, from the program guide data, a scheduled future transmission of the media content instance.07-01-2010
20100158476Methods, Systems and Computer Program Products for Local DVR Scheduling Conflict Management - This disclosure details the implementation of methods, systems and computer program products for local DVR scheduling conflict management (hereinafter, “SCM”). SCM systems allow for automatic organization, prioritization, and conflict resolution for multiple scheduled recording specifications. Conflicting scheduled recordings may be re-organized based on single-stage and/or multi-stage conflict resolution procedures. Embodiments of SCM systems may also implement weighted conflict resolution, wherein user preferences and/or prioritizations may be assigned to scheduled recordings and considered in the re-organization of conflicting recordings. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed, comprising: receiving a new scheduled recording instruction comprising at least a new program identifier and a new time; comparing the new scheduled recording instruction to an existing recording schedule to determine if a recording conflict exists; performing a conflict resolution for an existing conflict to yield a new recording schedule; and storing the new recording schedule in a scheduling database.06-24-2010
20100158478LIVING MEMORIAL FOR GRAVE MARKER & METHODS OF OPERATION THEREOF - Embodiments of the invention are directed to grave markers incorporating a living memorial and methods of operation thereof. In one embodiment, a grave marker incorporating a living memorial includes a monitor and/or speakers electrically or wirelessly connected to a data storage device which stores a pre-recorded message from a deceased or living person of the deceased to be delivered to the deceased's survivors at a future time following the passing of the deceased. In one embodiment, the grave marker is adapted to enclose the monitor in a first position and to display the monitor in a second position when activated. In another embodiment, the grave marker is a stand-alone unit having the monitor and various other components embedded therein.06-24-2010
20100158477APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RESOLVING RECORDING CONFLICTS OF A DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER - Apparatus and methods are provided which facilitate the resolution of recording conflicts of a digital video recorder (DVR). A DVR identifies a recording conflict between a first recording timer associated with a first television program and a second recording timer associated with a second television program. A communication is initiated to a communication device associated with a user of the digital video recorder to inform the user of the recording conflict. Responsive to the communication, the user provides information to the DVR via the communication device requesting to resolve the recording conflict. The DVR utilizes the provided information to modify one or more of the conflicted recording timers to resolve the conflict.06-24-2010
20100067868RECORDING INTERACTIVE SERVICES - A digital television recorder to record television programs, having a recording section to record data onto a storage medium, a filter to identify from a received transport stream, data of a television program for recording, a timer to be set with a time and, at that time, to start the recording onto the storage medium, data of the television program received from the filter, and a cache to store data of the interactive services associated with the television programs and provided in the respective transport streams. The filter identifies data of interactive services associated with the television programs, the timer starts, at a predetermined interval before the time, acquisition of the data of interactive services and storing acquired data of interactive services in the cache, and the recording section records, immediately prior to starting recording the data of the television program, the content of the cache to the storage medium.03-18-2010
20090175591MULTIMEDIA SCHEDULER - A song and ad scheduler supporting clip-based and stream-based scheduling of multimedia items generates several hours of schedule in advance. Having multiple channel capability, the scheduler uses as inputs: the channel, associated playlists, rotation pattern for the channel, and associated programming rules to produce a schedule of multimedia items for the channel. Initially, the scheduler produces a schedule for each channel of predetermined length; then it periodically revisits the channel to add more songs, keeping the schedule to the desired length. Length of the initial playlist is configurable. The scheduler uses a producer-consumer model for distributing work. Producer threads periodically scan the system for work to be done. When a producer thread encounters work to be done, e.g. adding to the schedule of a channel, the producer thread places a work request into a queue. Worker threads consume the work requests by fulfilling the requested work.07-09-2009
20100202754LINK-BASED DVR SCHEDULING WITH CONFLICT RESOLUTION - A method, system and computer program provide a mechanism for scheduling recording of video content by a digital video recorder (DVR) from web links. Scheduling conflicts with previously-scheduled recording are displayed as indicators within the web links, such as a background color of the selectable video program time-slot in a program guide display that differs from the background color(s) user for non-conflicting links. When a user selects a video program link to record, recording of the program is automatically scheduled, and if a conflict exists, recording of the previously-selected conflicting program (or the conflicting portion) is canceled. If more than one DVR is present, and conflicting programs are scheduled for all DVRs, then the user is provided with a prompt to select which previously-scheduled program to cancel. The conflict resolution may be performed at a web service that maintains a database of previous selections, or by a local script/program.08-12-2010
20100124406Recording medium having data structure for managing reproduction of still pictures recorded thereon and recording and reproducing methods and apparatuses - The recording medium includes a data structure with at least one playlist stored in a playlist area of the recording medium. The playlist includes at least one playitem and at least one sub-playitem. The playitem provides navigation information for reproducing at least one still picture from a first file, and the sub-playitem provides navigation information for reproducing audio data from a second file.05-20-2010
20100247072SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEARCHING A DATABASE OF TELEVISION SCHEDULE INFORMATION - Compressed codes of as few as 1 to 8 digits, which are decoded by a decoder to convert the compressed code into channel, date, time and length information, identify single TV programs or a category of programs and are stored at a central location accessible over telephone lines through pay-per-use, toll free or regular toll numbers from remote locations. The channel, date, time and length information is used to select channels, start recording, and stop recording at the appropriate time or to control viewing on a TV.09-30-2010
20100247071SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEARCHING A DATABASE OF TELEVISION SCHEDULE INFORMATION - Compressed codes of as few as 1 to 8 digits, which are decoded by a decoder to convert the compressed code into channel, date, time and length information, identify single TV programs or a category of programs and are stored at a central location accessible over telephone lines through pay-per-use, toll free or regular toll numbers from remote locations. The channel, date, time and length information is used to select channels, start recording, and stop recording at the appropriate time or to control viewing on a TV.09-30-2010
20100247067Apparatus And Methods For Recording Adjacent Time Slots Of Television Programming On The Same Channel - Various embodiments described herein provide techniques for a DVR to utilize the same data stream to record multiple events with adjacent time slots simultaneously. A DVR is configured to recognize when two recording timers for programs on the same channel overlap. Content for each program may be stored in separate event files on the DVR or the content in one event file may be linked with the content in another event file. Thus, overlapping content may be accessed through either of the event files.09-30-2010
20100247069Digital cinema management device and digital cinema management method - A digital cinema management device includes a control unit that supplies data of contents stored in a storage device to a playback device, in which the control unit refers to the contents stored in the storage device, contents stored in a content storage unit of the playback device, and an exhibition schedule, selects contents which are scheduled to be exhibited by the playback device, and which are not stored in the content storage unit, from the storage device, and supplies data of the selected contents to the playback device.09-30-2010
20100247070Digital cinema management device and digital cinema management method - A digital cinema management device includes a control unit that manages schedules of contents exhibited by playback devices and controls a representation of a management window for performing the schedule management, in which the control unit determines an urgent level in accordance with the number of days left until an exhibition day when the requirements for exhibiting contents with the playback devices in accordance with an exhibition schedule are not satisfied and switches the properties of the representation on the management window in accordance with the determined urgent level.09-30-2010
20090103892Stream Data Recording Device, Stream Data Recording/Reproducing Device, Stream Data Reproduction Device, Stream Data Editing Device, Stream Recording Method, and Stream Reproducing Method - A stream data recording device is provided for recording stream data on a recording medium. The stream data recording device includes a stream reception/analysis unit (04-23-2009
20100046914Storage of video stream multiplexed with random access playback after variable time delay - A method comprising, receiving a live video stream; recording the live video stream as a stored video stream; shifting the stored video stream as a time-delayed video stream; reading the time-delayed video stream; and playing back the time-delayed video stream whenever the time delay is greater than a predetermined threshold or playing back the live video stream whenever the time delay is less than the predetermined threshold.02-25-2010
20100272414PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER E-MAIL ALERTS AND STATUS - A web-based service which provides a notification such an email to a user to facilitate managing the recording of broadcast content using a personal video recorder (PVR). The user can agree to participate in the service in exchange for emails which can provide information such as a summary of programs recorded over a few days, missed recordings, and scheduling conflicts. The notification can include targeted recommendations, targeted advertising and information about recording habits of members of a social network of the user. A notification can be provided on an urgent basis if program schedule conflicts or hardware or software problems with the user's equipment are detected. The user's equipment can include a PC-based PVR, or a PC which communicates with a separate PVR device. PC-related information such as events thrown can also be reported up to the web service.10-28-2010
20100272413Managing Digital Video Recorder Storage for a Plurality of Users - A computer implemented method and apparatus for managing digital video recorder storage for one or more users. Each user in the multi-user environment is assigned an amount of program storage in the digital video recorder. Responsive to receiving a request to record a new program from a user in the multi-user environment, an associated amount of program storage assigned to the use is determined. Responsive to a determination that addition of the new program will not exceed the associated amount of program storage assigned to the user, the new program is recorded to the program storage.10-28-2010
20100008646USER INTERFACE FOR RECORDING PROGRAM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGE - An image display apparatus includes: a tuner for receiving broadcasting signals containing electronic program guide information; a storage unit for storing the electronic program guide information received through the tuner; a display unit for displaying the broadcasting signals and the electronic program guide information; a user interface unit for receiving reservation recording conditions input by a user; and a control unit allowing a reservation recording menu screen to be displayed through the display unit, and reading a recording setting condition received through the user interface to allow a reservation recording to be set and a reservation recording to be performed. The control unit aligns information regarding broadcasting programs corresponding to the reservation recording conditions input through the reservation recording menu screen on the reservation recording menu screen.01-14-2010
20100008645INFORMATION RECORDING AND REPRODUCING DEVICE AND METHOD, INFORMATION RECORDING AND REPRODUCING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information recording/reproducing apparatus (01-14-2010
20100008644APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING RESERVATION TIME - An apparatus for correcting a reserved recording time and method thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes receiving a digital broadcast program on a selected channel, setting the reserved recording time of the digital broadcast program, deciding whether a broadcast time of the digital broadcast program is changed in a manner of confirming an EPG, and resetting the reserved recording time to be suitable for the changed broadcast time if the broadcast time is changed. Thus, even if a broadcast schedule of a program is changed under the circumstances of a transmitting side, a reserved recording time is corrected to be suitable for the changed EPG. So, there occurs no difference between a reserved recording time of a set program and a changed broadcast time of the set ro ram whereb a whole ro ram can be full recorded.01-14-2010
20090016694Recording control apparatus and recording system - A recording control apparatus includes the following elements. A receiving unit is configured to receive, from each of a plurality of recording apparatuses, recording schedule information set on a recording apparatus and available-recording-capacity information of the recording apparatus. A determination unit is configured to determine a program to be recorded. A control unit is configured to perform control to select one of the recording apparatuses on the basis of the recording schedule information and the available-recording-capacity information received from the plurality of recording apparatuses and to transmit, to the selected recording apparatus, information for scheduling the recording of the determined program.01-15-2009
20080279530Recording and reproducing apparatus and recording and reproducing method - A recording and reproducing apparatus has a tuner unit channel-selects and decodes a broadcast signal and outputs picture information, a recording unit records the picture information, a reservation image recording management unit stores given day of the week information, time information, channel selection information, and continuous mode information for repeatedly carrying out reservation image recording with respect to these items of information and handling image recording information as a series of information, and which controls the tuner unit and the recording unit based on these items of information, thereby carrying out reservation image recording, and a library generating unit generates display information to display an image as a unit of management information even with respect to management information for plural rounds of image recording information when management information for the image recording information recorded on the continuous mode information is displayed as library information.11-13-2008
20100226623Time Setting in a Digital Television Processing Device - Setting of time in a digital television signal processing device is accomplished by identifying time data that matches or is closest to a user entered time. The identified television channel is then stored by the digital television signal processing device and used as a time source by the digital television channel processing device. The identification of a preferred time source (television channel) for the digital television signal processing device may be performed automatically once the user has manually inputted time information, or it may be performed through user interface such as through an on-screen display. Such identification may include a search of all available television channels having embedded time data.09-09-2010
20100232761METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY REPRODUCING MOVING PICTURE FILES - A method and apparatus successively reproduce moving picture files stored in a digital image processing apparatus. The digital image processing apparatus includes a moving picture detector that detects one or more moving picture files from a storage unit which stores one or more kinds of files, a frame classifier that classifies the one or more detected moving picture files based on index frames of the moving picture files, and a successive reproducing unit that reproduces the classified moving picture files successively.09-16-2010
20100232760OPEN API DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING SAME - An apparatus, system and method of a digital video recorder. The apparatus, system and method include at least one memory device, a plurality of communication access points for receiving at least one program play, and an open application programming interface associated with the at least one memory device for programming a plurality of applications to operate on the at least one program play. Each of the plurality of applications correspondent to said open application programming interface manipulates metadata associated with ones of the programs plays. The metadata may relate to interactivity with detailed, non-topical aspects of the ones of the program plays.09-16-2010
20100232759PLAYBACK APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - In a video playback apparatus that is capable of communicating with a printing device, if an event of which notification is to be given has occurs in the printing device, a situation in which viewing by the user is impeded by the notification and a situation in which unnecessary video is recorded are suppressed. If an error occurs in the printing device, the type of display information prevailing when the error is detected is discriminated (S09-16-2010
20100202755VIDEO RECORDING AND PLAYBACK APPARATUS - A video recording and playback apparatus includes: an operation information acquisition device for acquiring operation information and user identification information; a user identification device for identifying a user; a preference information generation device for generating preference information about a preference of a user; a operation result information acquisition device for acquiring operation result information obtained as a result of recording scheduling and playback operations etc.; a user point calculation device for calculating a user point; and a preference information priority assignment device for determining a priority of preference information.08-12-2010
20080232767TIMER-RECORDING MANAGING APPARATUS, TIMER-RECORDING MANAGING METHOD AND RECORDER - A timer-recording managing apparatus for a recorder that includes a plurality of recording resources that enable the recorder to simultaneously record broadcast programs. The apparatus includes a registration unit configured to register schedule information of the broadcast programs; a registration change unit configured to make a change on the schedule information; a schedule group extraction unit configured to extract a schedule group including a plurality of timer-recording schedules that are affected by an allocation of the recording resources to a start-vertex timer-recording schedule, when the registration change unit makes a change on the schedule information with respect to the start-vertex timer-recording schedule; and a resource allocation unit configured to collectively re-allocate the recording resources to the plurality of timer-recording schedules.09-25-2008
20080226258RECORDER CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - A recorder control apparatus which controls execution of broadcast program recording in a plurality of recorders connected thereto, comprises an acceptance unit configured to accept a request to execute broadcast program recording, an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from each recorder, reservation information related to reserved program recording to be executed by the recorder after a point at which the execution request is accepted, a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of recorders, a recorder capable of executing broadcast program recording corresponding to the execution request for a longest duration, based on the reservation information, and a request unit configured to request the recorder selected by the selection unit to execute broadcast program recording corresponding to the execution request.09-18-2008
20080226257RECORDING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING CONTROL APPARATUS - A recording control apparatus is connected to and in communication with a recording apparatus capable of recording a broadcasting video image on a storage unit and has two or more operating state levels that differ in power consumption. The recording control apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire program information about a program currently being viewed, a determination unit configured to determine a user's recording tendency level as to a program currently being viewed based on the program information acquired by the acquisition unit, and a control unit configured to issue a command to control the operating state level of the recording apparatus based on the recording tendency level determined by the determination unit.09-18-2008
20080212937Content Distribution System, Content Distribution Method, Content Distribution Server, Content Reproduction Apparatus, Content Distribution Program, And Content Reproduction Program - A content delivery system, that delivers content data including main story information into which advertisement information is inserted, is described which comprises a content delivery server 09-04-2008
20080199149DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVER FOR PROGRAMMING RECORDING OF BROADCASTING PROGRAM AND METHOD THEREOF - A digital broadcasting receiver, programming a recording a broadcast program, and a method thereof are disclosed. The digital broadcasting receiver can register a programmed channel including one or more channels, stores broadcast data received from the programmed channel as a programmed-recording program in accordance with a predetermined criterion, and stores a next programmed-recording program to replace the stored programmed-recording program if the programmed-recording program is completely stored and broadcast data corresponding to the next programmed-recording program is received. With the present invention, it becomes possible to program a recording although no information on a broadcast program is available, to view a currently-broadcast program from the beginning regardless of when the TV is turned on, and program a recording to exclude commercial programs.08-21-2008

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