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20110179443Conditional Access Network Handler Emulator - Methods and systems for emulating cable services delivery are disclosed. One system includes a conditional access network handler emulator comprising a conditional access network handler simulator addressable by one or more applications within an emulation environment. The conditional access network handler emulator also includes a library of conditional access configuration data accessible to a conditional access network handler simulator, the configuration data unassociated with a physical cable card.07-21-2011
20110197217CONTROLLING ACCESS - Methods and system for controlling access to viewable content on an individual title basis. In one embodiment, the method enables a user, such as a parent, to assign passwords to individual titles, thereby preventing unauthorized users, such as children, from viewing content corresponding to a selected title while enabling authorized users to view the content via correct entry of the password. In another embodiment, the method enables an administrative user (e.g., parent) to define allowed access levels and assign the same to various users of the system. The administrative user is also enabled to assign access levels to individual titles. In response to a user selection to view a title, the system identifies the user and determines whether the user is authorized to view the content based on the access level assigned to the title and any allowed access levels assigned to the user. The system includes set-top boxes and the like that may be used to implement the methods.08-11-2011
20100077425Digital television signal for receiving PSIP data, method of processing digital television signal, and digital television receiver - A digital television signal for receiving program and system information protocol (PSIP) data, a method for processing the digital television signal, and a digital television receiver are disclosed. The digital television signal used in the digital television receiver in order to receive a program system information protocol (PSIP) data from a broadcast transmitter includes a rating region table containing the PSIP data. Herein, the rating region table includes a global rating value field defining a global rating value which is valid for all graphical rating regions, a rating region field defining a specific graphical rating region to be associated with the rating region table, and at least one local rating value field identifying a local rating value which is valid for the specific graphical rating region only.03-25-2010
20100115544SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ALTERNATIVE ACCESS TO VIDEO EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH VIDEO BROADCAST SERVICES - A video services receiver system and related operating methods provide alternative event information to a customer who is subject to a blackout for a desired event. If the blacked out content is available via a different event on a different service, the system will find the other event and provide an appropriate notification to the customer. A method of providing access to events by a customer associated with a video services receiver begins by identifying a first event on a first service, the first event corresponding to a first presentation of content. The method continues by retrieving an alternative event identifier for the first event and using the alternative event identifier to search for a second event on a second service, the second event corresponding to a second presentation of the content. Thereafter, the method generates an alternative event notification for the customer. The alternative event notification indicates availability of the second event for access by the customer.05-06-2010
20100325653Methods, Systems, and Products for Blocking Content - Methods, systems, and products block objectionable content and substitute alternative content. Multiple fields of a preferred tag are retrieved from memory. Multiple fields of an alternative tag, associated with alternative content, are retrieved from the memory. A number of matching fields, between the multiple fields of the preferred tag and the multiple fields of the corresponding alternative tag, are determined. The number of matching fields is compared to a threshold value. When the number of matching fields exceeds the threshold value, then the alternative content is substituted for the objectionable content.12-23-2010
20090158313SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FILTERING BROADCAST COMMUNICATION BASED ON VIEWING CONTEXT - A video control system for displaying video products within a current viewing context is designed to receive, via a broadcast communication, a video product and product information for the video product. The product information includes an intended viewing context for the video product. The video control system processes the product information and filters the video product based on a comparison of the intended viewing context and the current viewing context.06-18-2009
20100095321Digital Broadcast Recording/Reproducing Apparatus and Parental Control Method for Digital Television Program - This digital broadcast recording/reproducing apparatus includes a control portion performing parental control of a digital television program on the basis of rating information. The control portion is formed to recognize whether or not the rating information is updated from that at the time of recording of the digital television program when reproducing the recorded digital television program and to inquire of the user as to whether or not to perform parental control of the digital television program if the rating information is updated at the time of reproduction.04-15-2010
20090328093Multimedia Content Filtering - A disclosed method for facilitating automated and user-specific filtering of multimedia content includes a backend server receiving a content identifier from a user's multimedia handling device (MHD), e.g., a set top box. The content identifier indicates of a program of multimedia content (PMC) requested or otherwise desired by a user. The disclosed method includes identifying or otherwise locating an index file associated with the requested PMC. The index file includes data that indicates portions of the PMC containing potentially objectionable content. Content filtering (CF) settings associated with the user are retrieved or otherwise accessed. The CF settings define at least one type of content that is objectionable to the user. The CF settings are applied to the index file to identify a portion of the PMC containing content objectionable to the user. Content location information that indicates the identified portion of the PMC is then sent to the MHD.12-31-2009
20090313650METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING VIEWING RESTRICTION INFORMATION OF APPLICATION - Provided are a method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving viewing restriction information of an application of data broadcasting. The method includes acquiring an application and viewing restriction information set on a unit-by-unit basis of the application, and performing viewing restriction functions differently for each unit of a plurality of units the application, based on the viewing restriction information which is acquired.12-17-2009
20130074114DISPLAY METHOD AND OPERATION METHOD BASED ON VCHIP - A display method based on Vchip includes: displaying a plurality of first ratings in a first level menu; and displaying a plurality of second ratings corresponding to each of the first ratings in a second level menu. In one embodiment, the first ratings are program content ratings, and the second ratings are age ratings. In other embodiment, the first ratings are age ratings, and the second ratings are program content ratings. The program content rating and the corresponding age ratings are respectively displayed in two level menus; therefore, it is easy to be understood and does not make the users confused, and is more convenient for operation.03-21-2013
20130074113Program Storage, Retrieval and Management Based on Segmentation Messages - Segmentation messages indicative of locations of upcoming events, such as the start and end of programs and program portions, and/or rights related to the programs and program portions, are used by cable systems and the like to store programs and program portions for later retrieval and transmission to customers on request. Storage, retrieval and management of programming is thereby facilitated. Methods and systems are disclosed.03-21-2013
20130061260SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING PARENTAL CONTROL LIMITS FROM CONTENT PROVIDERS TO MEDIA CONTENT - Methods of filtering and modifying access to media content based on parental control limits are provided. The method for filtering media content includes receiving authentication information for a content provider, authenticating to the content provider, importing parental control limits from the content provider, storing the received parental control limits in a customer profile, and filtering the media content based on the parental control limits to produce a filtered list of the media content. The method for modifying access to media content includes authenticating to a customer profile with a unique customer identifier, retrieving parental control limits from the customer profile, and modifying access to the media content based on the retrieved parental control limits. Changes in the parental control limits at a content provider may be detected and updated in the customer profile.03-07-2013
20090055856System and Method for Managing Media Content - There is provided a system and method for configuring a media management device. More specifically, in one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method (02-26-2009
20120117589MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A BROADCAST CONTENT DISPLAY THEREIN - The present invention includes comparing a content rating value set on a received broadcast content to a reference rating value set on the mobile terminal, if the content rating value meets the reference rating value as a result of the comparing step, displaying the broadcast content, receiving an input of a viewing restriction command signal in the course of displaying the broadcast content, if the viewing restriction command signal is inputted, adjusting at least one of a plurality of field values configuring the reference rating value to prevent the content rating value from meeting the reference rating value, and if the content rating value fails to meet the reference rating value as a result of the adjusting step, stopping a display of the first broadcast content.05-10-2012
20120117588METHOD AND DEVICE TO CONTROL IPTV SETTINGS FROM A SECOND DISPLAY - Systems and methods for allowing a user to control IPTV settings from a second display, e.g., on an external device. In one implementation, such settings include brightness, volume, parental controls, input controls, language, clock, zip code etc. On-screen preview, wherever applicable, is also available when changing settings using the second display. This allows the user to change the settings of the TV without disturbing the TV screen.05-10-2012
20130067507APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PARENTAL CONTROL USING V-CHIP PLUS+ AND MASTER PASSWORD - A method and apparatus for exercising access control over television programs using a parental control user interface that has different functions is provided. The method requires a password to enter into a master mode for obtaining access to all the functions of the parental control user interface. Once in the master mode, the user may enter a criterion for blocking a television program from being viewed or recorded or the user can override an already blocked television program.03-14-2013
20090235300Content transmission device, program, parental level determination method, and content transmission system - A content transmission device that is connected to a plurality of external devices including a reproduction device reproducing content data, including a transmitting section transmitting content data to the reproduction device, a detecting section detecting the state of each of the plurality of external devices, a parental level determining section determining for the reproduction device a boundary between a parental level on content data the viewing of which is restricted and a parental level on content data the viewing of which is allowed according to the state of each of the plurality of external devices detected by the detecting section, and a control section controlling transmission of content data from the transmitting section based on the relation between the boundary determined by the parental level determining section and a parental level set on content data.09-17-2009
20090013346METHOD FOR RESTRICTING VIEWING ACCESS TO BROADCAST PROGRAM AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for restricting viewing access to a broadcast program, and a broadcast receiving apparatus using the same are provided. The method for restricting viewing access to a broadcast program includes a process of restricting viewing access to a broadcast program based on viewing restriction information set by a user. The broadcast receiving apparatus restricts viewing access to the broadcast program selected by the user through an external apparatus connected with a broadcast receiving apparatus, such that the user can set viewing restriction of broadcast program from a location which is remote from the broadcast receiving apparatus.01-08-2009
20110283311SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEDIA DETECTION AND FILTERING USING A PARENTAL CONTROL LOGGING APPLICATION - Systems and methods for accessing parental control features are provided in accordance with various embodiments. Log entries associated with a set of media assets are retrieved from a log data store. Each log entry defines an attempt to access a media asset and includes information identifying the media asset. The log entries may be presented on a display screen and a user selection of a log entry may be received. In response to the user selection, parental control settings assigned to the media asset associated with the selected log entry may be determined. A user may be allowed to modify the parental control settings assigned to the media asset associated with the selected log entry, and the modified parental control settings may be stored in a parental control data store.11-17-2011
20090307718Method and Apparatus for User Configurable Table for Blocking or Allowing of Video and Audio Signals - A method of selectively blocking television programming content wherein the user may use a free-form textual input means to input one of a number of various keywords, times, viewers, dates, ratings, programs or any number of keyword-based input. The method is capable of blocking content, based upon this input, without reference to any pre-determined ratings system. The method may utilize programming-related information available in an on-screen programming guide or other similar informational system in order to selectively block content.12-10-2009
20110302599TV-Centric Actions in Triggered Declarative Objects - A method according to certain implementations involves receiving by pre-delivery a triggered declarative object (TDO) at a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when user activated; the TDO including a scripted control object that when activated by the viewer implements a television-centric action; receiving a signal as a result of view activation of the scripted control object; and executing the scripted control object upon receipt of the signal. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.12-08-2011
20090089829METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BLOCKING HAZARDOUS INFORMATION - A method for blocking objectionable information on a terminal. The method includes receiving header information corresponding to a particular multimedia content, extracting grade information from the header, determining if the extracted grade information is an allowable grade indicating that the particular multimedia content can be received by the terminal, receiving the particular multimedia content if the determining step determines the extracted grade information is the allowable grade, comparing the received multimedia content with objectionable information determination data stored in the terminal to determine if the multimedia content is objectionable, and assigning an objectionable grade to the header of the multimedia content when the comparing step determines the received multimedia content is objectionable.04-02-2009
20100269130META DATA ENHANCED TELEVISION PROGRAMMING - A variety of meta data based enhancements to media content viewing are described, including making meta data corresponding to media content available for user searching and using meta data to identify highlight portions of the media content so that only the highlight portions need to be stored. Additionally, comments made to media content can be shared with other viewers of the content, even when viewing the content at different times and even when viewing different versions of the content. Furthermore, a synchronization point can be established for the media content and used by the client systems as a common reference location. In addition, advertisements for media content can be rendered based on how much time has been spent rendering the media content, as well as the amount of a fee paid by the user of the client system.10-21-2010
20090100457Apparatus and method for managing customized channel in IP-based broadcasting services - Provided are an apparatus and method for managing customized channels in Internet Protocol (IP)-based broadcasting services. The apparatus includes: a monitored channel selection message receiver receiving a monitored channel selection message from a group manager of a viewing group consisting of customized channels that provide broadcast programs in real time according to a broadcast program list set by each viewer, wherein the monitored channel selection message contains information about a channel selected to be monitored by the group manager among the customized channels in the viewing group; a monitored channel provider transmitting a broadcast program being provided in real time over the channel selected to be monitored to the group manager; and a harmful channel blocking unit forcedly terminating the transmission of the broadcast program over the monitored channel upon receipt of a harm determination message notifying that the broadcast program being provided over the monitored channel is harmful from the group manager. The apparatus and method allow easy management of customized channels by blocking broadcast programs harmful to viewers over customized channels and providing the viewers with broadcast programs according to a preset schedule.04-16-2009
20100115545Systems and Methods for Setting a Timer via an Interactive Trigger - Systems and methods may provide for setting a timer via an interactive trigger. The interactive trigger may be combined with a video stream and detected when the video stream is to be displayed. Based on the detection, a selectable display object associated with the interactive trigger may be displayed with the display of the video stream. Selection of the selectable display object may enable a timer to be set based on the interactive trigger. The timer enabled by the interactive trigger may be a recording timer, an auto-tune timer or a reminder timer.05-06-2010
20100083301SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO VIDEO EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH VIDEO BROADCAST SERVICES - The video services receiver system and related operating methods disclosed herein enable better management of blackout information for events associated with a broadcast service, such as a satellite television service. A system for providing video content to a display for viewing by a customer includes a receiver interface configured to receive data associated with a service, a display interface for the display, at least one memory element configured to store dated blackout information for events on the service, and to store frequently updated blackout information for events on the service, and a processor coupled to the receiver interface, the display interface, and the at least one memory element. The processor is configured to control access to a current event on the service by analyzing both the dated blackout information and the frequently updated blackout information. The processor is configured to present video content associated with the current event if access is granted.04-01-2010
20100100898METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERSONALIZED MULTI-USER CENTRALIZED CONTROL AND FILTERING OF IPTV CONTENT - A method that allows subscribed content to be available to all users of an account on all devices that are capable of carrying the content. An administrator may tap into the features of the centralized data store to assign personalized usage guidelines and restrictions for all IPTV services available. This includes all devices and users within an administrator's account (including spouse, children, employees. etc.) Thus, an administrator may configure all devices under their control from a convenient centralized location without the need to locally configure each device or user profile. The administrator may enable access controls on the devices in their profiles (or subordinate profiles) from a Web-based system (that is also access controlled). The Web-based system allows the administrator to set content access controls that pertain to any or all devices (such as content blocking˜no “adult” material on any device at any time). The invention also allows the administrator to select filtering based on individual IDs (username, pins) or by device (child's cell phone, playroom DVR unit). The invention allows for content, channel, time, and other types of filtering for each ID or device.04-22-2010
20100083302BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A broadcast receiving apparatus includes an operation receiving module for receiving a user operation; a broadcast receiving module for receiving broadcast contents including view restriction level information; a view restricting module for restricting viewing of the broadcast contents if the view restriction level information meets preset conditions; a decoding module for decoding the broadcast contents not being subject to the view restriction; and a display control module. The display control module displays videos of the decoded broadcast contents on a display device and to display, in a first form, a predetermined object displayed on the display device if the broadcast contents are not subject to the view restriction. The display control module also displays the object in a second form if the broadcast contents are subject to the view restriction. The view restricting module releases the view restriction if the operation receiving unit receives a user operation on the object.04-01-2010
20090089827SYSTEM FOR SPECIFIC SCREEN-AREA TARGETING FOR PARENTAL CONTROL VIDEO BLOCKING - There is provided a system and/or method of displaying video content. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a method comprising receiving input regarding a type of potentially objectionable video content (POC) that is to be filtered when displaying video content, receiving a video signal containing an indication of a display location of POC in the video content and a type of POC at that display location, and filtering display of content identified by the indication of the display location of the POC and the type of the POC if the type of POC corresponds to the type of POC that is to be filtered when displaying the video content.04-02-2009
20090178072Content blocking system and method for a consumer electronic product - An example program blocking system and method involve enabling and disabling program blocking on a group of channels responsive to stored blocking settings. When program blocking on the group of channels is enabled in response to the stored blocking settings, the blocking of programs on one or more channels in the group may be selectively disabled in response to a blocking disable command for disabling blocking on those channels.07-09-2009
20090288111METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AND USING CONTENT ADVISORY INFORMATION ON INTERNET CONTENTS - Provided are a method and apparatus for providing and using content advisory (CA) information on Internet contents. A method of providing CA information by using a CA information server, includes receiving a request for the CA information on a content, from an Internet Protocol television (IPTV); searching for CA information on the content; and transmitting the found CA information to the IPTV. A method of using CA information when an IPTV reproduces a content not having the CA information, according to the present invention, includes transmitting a request for CA information, to a CA information server; receiving the CA information from the CA information server; analyzing the CA information; and applying the CA information.11-19-2009
20090089828BROADCAST TELEVISION PARENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - There is provided a system and/or method of displaying video and/or audio content. An exemplary method comprises receiving input regarding a type of potentially objectionable content that is to be filtered from display of the video content, receiving a video signal containing an indication marking an occurrence of potentially objectionable video content in the video signal and a type of the potentially objectionable video content, and filtering the video signal at the occurrence if the type of the potentially objectionable video content corresponds to the type of potentially objectionable video content that is to be filtered when displaying the video content.04-02-2009
20080216111Electronic television program guide schedule system and method - An electronic program schedule system which includes a receiver for receiving broadcast, satellite or cablecast television programs for a plurality of television channels and a tuner for tuning a television receiver to a selected one of the plurality of channels. A data processor receives and stores in a memory television program schedule information for a plurality of television programs to appear on the plurality of television channels. A user control apparatus, such as a remote controller, is utilized by a viewer to choose user control commands and transmit signals in response to the data processor which receives the signals in response to user control commands. A television receiver is used to display the television programs and television program schedule information. A video display generator receives video control commands from the data processor and program schedule information from the memory and displays a portion of the program schedule information in overlaying relationship with a television program appearing on a television channel in at least one mode of operation of the television programming guide. The data processor controls the video display generator with video control commands, issued in response to the user control commands, to display program schedule information for any chosen one of the plurality of television programs in overlaying relationship with at least one television program then appearing on any chosen one of the plurality of channels on the television receiver.09-04-2008
20100146535METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AGE DEPENDENT PREVENTION OF CONSUMATION OF CENSORED AUDIO AND/OR AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAMS - A method and a device (06-10-2010
20080244637Obtaining metadata program information during channel changes - One embodiment provides a method and apparatus for obtaining metadata program information during channel changes. The method includes the capture of an on-screen display that is rendered by a rendering device such as, for example, a digital television system. The on-screen display may be generated by an access device such as a set-top box in response to a program selection event. Once captured, the on-screen display may be decoded to determine metadata for a program selected by the program selection event. In one embodiment, decoding may be provided using pattern matching, optical code recognition (OCR) or other like decoding technique for decoding a video frame to determine metadata for a program selected by the program selection event. In one embodiment, a copy of the program in conjunction with the captured metadata are stored within the persistent memory of a digital television device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.10-02-2008
20090265731EXTENSIBLE DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT ADVISORY SYSTEM - A region rating table includes a number of rating dimensions and a number of rating levels. The rating dimensions may be identified by an index. Also, one or more rating level tags are added to the rating levels. The rating level tags identify each rating level within a rating dimension uniquely. The rating region table may be downloaded to the receiver for the user to set blocking preferences. A content advisory description may be specified. When content is received, it is analyzed to determine if it should be blocked based on the dimension index and the rating level tag. If the content is acceptable, it is not blocked, and if it is not acceptable, then it is blocked. Using the rating level tag to identify a rating level within a dimension allows changes to be made to the region rating table without creating unwanted blocking behavior and viewer confusion.10-22-2009
20100146536PARENTAL MEDIA PALETTES - Systems and methods for viewing media content are provided. Sets of permitted media content and/or channels that have been screened in advance by parents are created. Content suggestions may also be made. In response to media set creation and activation, permitted programming in the media set may be tuned and presented to a viewer while access to other media content is restricted.06-10-2010
20100138855Video Service Blackout Events - A method is disclosed that includes receiving a command to blackout a full screen version of content at a component of a multimedia content distribution system. The method includes updating a first entry within a control matrix to reflect that the full screen version of the content is to be blacked out. The method also includes automatically updating a second entry within the control matrix to reflect that a picture-in-picture (PIP) version of the content is to be blacked out.06-03-2010
20090178074ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE WITH BLACKOUT FEATURES - An interactive television program guide for supporting programming blackouts is provided. In some embodiments, the interactive television program guide may unschedule the reminding and recording of blacked-out programs that have been scheduled by a user for reminding or recording. In some embodiments, the interactive television program guide may prevent a user from scheduling blacked-out programs for reminding and recording. In some embodiments, the interactive television program guide may prevent a user from ordering blacked-out pay-per-view programs. In some embodiments, the interactive television program guide may provide blackout information in information displays. In some embodiments, the interactive television program guide may provide replacement media for blacked-out programs.07-09-2009
20090178073Method and system for control of broadcast content access - A method for controlling access to content, the method comprising: receiving content in an area in which access to the content is blacked out, the content corresponding to a blacked out event; preventing display of the content at the time of receipt; recording the received content; and allowing access to the recorded content after a time criterion is met, wherein the time criterion comprises an elapse of a predetermined period of time measured from a specified one of the following: commencement of the blacked out event and termination of the blacked out event.07-09-2009
20110225606Television Content Metadata - Television content metadata techniques are described. In one or more implementations, metadata received in a stream of television content at the client device from a content provider via a network is normalized. The stream of television content having the normalized metadata is exposed for consumption by one or more applications that are executable on the client device.09-15-2011
20120079525INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE WITH REMOTE ACCESS - An interactive television program guide with remote access is provided. The interactive television program guide is implemented on interactive television program guide equipment. A remote program guide access device is connected to the interactive television program guide equipment by a remote access link to provide a user with remote access to program guide functions. An interactive television program guide system based on multiple user television equipment devices in a single household is provided. The system provides a user with an opportunity to adjust program guide settings with a given one of the interactive television program guides. Program guide setting include features related to setting program reminders, profiles, program recording features, messaging features, favorites features, parental control features, program guide set up features (e.g., audio and video and language settings), etc.03-29-2012
20120079523UNIFIED VIDEO PROVISIONING WITHIN A HETEROGENEOUS NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A video provisioning system may receive a video asset from one or more content providers. The video provisioning system may process the video asset to allow the video asset to be provided to a set top box and another device that is a different type of device than the set top box. The video provisioning system may further provide the video asset to the set top box and the other device.03-29-2012
20090235301METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROGRAMMING BLACKOUT AND RETUNE - A method for blackout and retune distribution including receiving a first wide area multiplexed feed, the first wide area multiplexed feed comprising a blacked out feed; and generating a requantized local service feed from a local replacement plus retune service feed, the local replacement plus retune service feed having a retune feed corresponding to a retune programming for the blacked out feed, wherein the requantized local service feed is to be combined with the first wide area multiplexed feed for transmission as a part of an aggregate local outbound traffic. A computer-readable medium, a apparatus and a means for blackout and retune distribution is also disclosed.09-17-2009
20090083785DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A digital broadcasting system and method of processing data therein are disclosed. A receiving system of the digital broadcasting system includes a baseband processor unit receiving a broadcast signal including mobile service data and main service data, the mobile service data configuring an RS frame, the RS frame including the mobile service data and at least one signaling information data describing rating information of the mobile service data, a management processor unit obtaining the rating information of the mobile service data by parsing the signaling information data from the RS frame, the management processor unit determining a presence or non-presence of a viewing restriction by comparing the obtained rating information of the mobile service data to viewing restriction rating information set by a user, and a presentation processor unit blocking the mobile service data if the viewing restriction of the mobile service data is determined.03-26-2009
20110231872MOBILE INTERFACE FOR INTERACTIVE TELEVISION APPLICATIONS - A media client for a subscription multimedia network presents, on a display device, program content received from a backend server. The media client also receives, from a mobile device, a signal requesting access to an interactive television application, where the interactive television application is related to the program content. The media client receives, from the backend server, data for the interactive television application, and forwards, to the mobile device, the data for the interactive television application for presentation on the mobile device.09-22-2011
20090210893Apparatus and Method for Managing Programs in a Digital Television - The invention provides a program managing method for use in a digital television for managing programs by region rating tables (RRTs). The method includes receiving a channel switch signal; switching to a channel according to the channel switch signal; searching whether a local region rating table (RRT) of the channel is stored in the digital television; and playing programs according to the contents of the local region rating table when the local region rating table is stored in the digital television, else creating the local region rating table in the digital television and playing programs according to the contents of the local region rating table.08-20-2009
20080313666METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO MEDIA CONTENT DISTRIBUTED WITHIN A PREMISES - A method and system for controlling access to media content distributed within a premises is described. One embodiment of the system receives, at the premises, digital content and associated rating information; decodes the digital content to produce decoded content, the decoded content including a particular program from the digital content; embeds with the particular program in the decoded content a rating indicator corresponding to rating information associated with the particular program to produce rated-decoded content including the particular program; modulates the rated-decoded content to produce rated-modulated content including the particular program; and transmits the rated-modulated content to an analog television located on the premises that is capable of selectively blocking the particular program based on the embedded rating indicator. The system thus restores rating information that would otherwise be lost when digital content is converted to analog format for distribution to analog televisions within a premises.12-18-2008
20100153986INTERACTIVE TELEVISION SYSTEMS WITH CONFLICT MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES - An interactive television system is provided in which a user can use an interactive television application to establish time-based settings. The user may set television program reminders, advance-order pay-per-view programs, schedule programs for recording, and establish parental controls to prevent television viewing during certain times on certain channels. The interactive television application may be used to support video recorder functions such as personal video recorder functions implemented locally on the user's set-top box or other equipment and network-based video recorder functions implemented using servers at cable television headends and other network locations. The interactive television application may also be used to deliver video-on-demand content. When the user requests that video be delivered, conflicts may arise between the requested video delivery and the previously-established time-based settings. The interactive television application may provide the user with on-screen options that allow the user to select how to resolve these conflicts.06-17-2010
20090094633METHOD AND TERMINAL FOR RECORDING BROADCAST STREAM - A method and a terminal for recording a broadcast stream so that, when the recorded broadcast stream is reproduced, a viewing restriction is placed. The method includes receiving a broadcast stream transmitted in real time and a message containing viewer rating information, and storing the viewer rating information together with the broadcast stream as a media file of a particular file at a broadcast stream recording request. When the stored broadcast stream is reproduced, the same viewing restriction is placed as when the broadcast is watched in real time.04-09-2009
20100262990TELEVISION RECEIVER - A television receiver comprises a separation unit which separates broadcast signals into an audio/video data, a program information, and a parental level data. The television receiver further comprises an audio/video signal processor, an audio/video output unit, a program related data decoder which decodes the program information and the parental level data, a rating data input unit to which a rating data for each user is inputted, a memory which stores the rating data, a user recognition unit which recognizes the user, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor performs a parental restriction of a program which is subject to the parental restriction and a display restriction of the program which is subject to the parental restriction in the EPG in accordance with the parental level data decoded by the program related data decoder and the rating data of the user recognized by the user recognition unit.10-14-2010
20100262989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING INDIVIDUALIZED EXERCISE MOVIES - The present invention relates to a system and a method for generating individualized exercise movies. Generalized exercises are modified by factoring in individual limitations and schedules. The generalized exercises are in a data format that allows their representation for example as avatar movements. The individual limitations also correspond to this data format. After combination of the data a motion sequence is generated which depicts the exercise that the patient should perform but wherein the motion sequence does not display any motions that the patient cannot perform. This motion or video sequence is then viewed by the patient and serves as instruction for his exercises.10-14-2010
20100251284CLIENT-SERVER BASED INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH REMOTE SERVER RECORDING - An interactive television program guide system is provided. An interactive television program guide provides users with an opportunity to select programs for recording on a remote media server. Programs may also be recorded on a local media server. The program guide provides users with VCR-like control over programs that are played back from the media servers and over real-time cached copies of the programs. The program guide also provides users with an opportunity to designate gift recipients for whom programs may be recorded.09-30-2010
20110113443IP TV With DRM - A method of decrypting DRM encoded content in a DTV receiver involves receiving an encrypted license from a license server at the DTV receiver; providing a unique identifier for an integrated DTV SoC forming a part of the DTV television receiver; storing a secret key in an electronic fuse memory forming a part of the SoC, where the secret key is generated using an algorithm that utilizes the unique identifier for the SoC; where the received encrypted license is encrypted using the same secret key as is stored in the electronic fuse memory; decrypting the secret key using the key stored in the electronic fuse memory to produce a clear secret key; decrypting the encrypted license using the clear secret key to determine a content key; storing the license; and decrypting the DRM encoded content using the content key. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.05-12-2011
20110067048CUSTOMIZING DVR FUNCTIONALITY - Techniques described herein enable parents to establish a child-protective “kids zone” on a DVR. According to one technique, a DVR receives, from a parent, identities of content items that the parent does not want children to view. The DVR maps the identities to a kids zone. During times that the DVR is set to operate in the kids zone operational mode, the DVR prevents itself from presenting any content items that are associated with the identities. However, during these times, the DVR still may obtain and store these content items. At other times, during which the DVR is not set to operate in the kids zone operational mode, the DVR may allow itself to present the content items that are associated with the identities, including content items that the DVR obtained and stored during times that the DVR was set to operate in the kids zone operational mode.03-17-2011
20090222849Audiovisual Censoring - A method, apparatus, and program product are provided for selectively censoring recorded program content while displaying a program. In response to a first input, a first boundary is identified. In response to a second input, a second boundary is identified. The boundaries are associated to form a boundary pair defining censored content there between. Substitute content is retrieved or created. The content between the first boundary and the second boundary is censored by displaying the substitute content in place of the censored content.09-03-2009
20090106789METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPRODUCING MOVING IMAGE ACCORDING TO PARENTAL LEVEL IN USER APPARATUS - A method and an apparatus for reproducing a moving image according to a parental level are provided. In the method, a video frame stream is digital-processed, so that frames are detected. Whether a parental level is set in each detected frame is determined. When the parental level is set, a frame sequence number of a frame to be reproduced next is determined using a next frame sequence number set in the frame.04-23-2009
20100325652METHOD OF PERFORMING DATA COMMUNICATION WITH TERMINAL AND RECEIVER USING THE SAME - A method of performing data communication with a terminal and a receiver using the same enables viewing of a broadcast program and a video program of an external device outside the home. The method includes steps of receiving a control signal from a terminal via a network, the control signal including a request signal identifying a specific video program; processing, in response to the received control signal, the specific video program according to characteristic information of the terminal; and transmitting the processed video program to the terminal via the network. The characteristic information for the terminal may or may not be included in the control signal, since a system controller of the receiver may access a user information storage unit to retrieve terminal characteristic information indicating the appropriate format conversion for the terminal.12-23-2010
20110131600System and Method for an Interactive Internet Radio Application in an Internet Protocol Television System - A set-top box for an Internet protocol television (IPTV) network includes a radio interface module, a remote control interface module, and a display interface module. The radio interface module accesses an Internet radio service on the IPTV network and outputs a list of Internet radio stations received from the Internet radio service to a particular IPTV channel on the display interface module, receives a selection of an Internet radio station from the remote control interface module, retrieves an Internet radio stream associated with the selected Internet radio station from the Internet radio service in response to receiving the first selection, and outputs the Internet radio steam on the particular IPTV channel of the display interface module.06-02-2011
20100169914METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CONTENT DISTRIBUTION - Methods and apparatus for controlled distribution of program content are described where program content for certain regions may be selectively blocked. The described methods and apparatus allow content distribution to authorized regions while providing control to the content provider to effectively block program content delivery to regions not entitled to receive the program content.07-01-2010
20080256570Method and apparatus for blocking video-on-demand and pay-per-view channels that disappear and reappear - A method of blocking a channel that disappears and reappears includes determining whether the channel that reappeared is designated as blocked by a parental control setting that was retained when the channel disappeared, and blocking the channel if the channel is designated as blocked by the parental control setting.10-16-2008
20110030000OPERATION OBJECT DEVICE, PERMISSION INPUT DEVICE, OPERATION DEVICE, OPERATION OBJECT DATA PROVIDING DEVICE, REMOTE OPERATION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HOLDING THE CONTROL PROGRAM - An operation object device (02-03-2011
20110119698SYSTEM FOR CAPTURE AND SELECTIVE PLAYBACK OF BROADCAST PROGRAMS - An apparatus for storing broadcast programs for future transmission to subscribers comprising means for receiving a broadcast channel data stream which comprises a plurality of sequential programs and, a data storage means, wherein, video and audio data relating to each program are extracted from a received broadcast channel data stream and stored on the data storage means at a known position, service information relating to each program is extracted from the data stream and stored at a known position on the data storage means with data identifying the position on the storage means at which the corresponding video and audio data for the program are stored.05-19-2011
20110035768Method and Arrangements for Control of Consumption of Content Services - The present invention relates to a server and a client for providing parental control of media content and methods thereof. In order to achieve a more flexible service deployment of the parental control, the parental control is implemented in the service consumption period according to the present invention. The operator can then offer content services which do not require a specific service order.02-10-2011
20110041147BLACKOUTS OF VIDEO ON DEMAND MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - Blackout event data is received that includes data regarding a geographic area affected by a blackout event. Based on a user location code such as a ZIP code, a determination is made whether a user or user account is subject to the blackout event. If the user is subject to the blackout event, access to a video-on-demand multimedia event is restricted.02-17-2011
20110041149GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE ON-SCREEN DISPLAYS FOR BLACKOUTS - Blackout messages are provided that are specific to geographic areas. Blackout event data is received that includes location codes representing geographic areas affected by a blackout event. A determination is made whether a user is subject to the blackout event. If the user is subject to the blackout event, one or more blackout messages are selected and for presentation to the user. Selection of the blackout messages is based on a user location code for the user.02-17-2011
20100146537BROADCASTING SERVICE SYSTEM USING MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - A system capable of receiving a television signal and telephone signal on a mobile communication terminal. In particular, the system is capable of displaying each television broadcast on a monitor of the mobile communication terminal by receiving the video and audio signal, decoding it, and outputting it to the monitor of the mobile communication terminal. In addition, the system can transmit an EPG (Electronic Program Guide) data corresponding to a subscriber request and a selected broadcasting program in real time.06-10-2010
20100162293METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPLACING A BLACKED OUT PROGRAM IN A SEAMLESS MANNER - A method is provided for delivering alternative programming to subscribers. The method includes receiving from a satellite an RF signal in which a first program to be blacked out is carried on a first channel. The method also includes tuning to the first channel and extracting therefrom a first digital transport stream. A replacement program is received in a second digital transport stream. The first and second digital transport streams are decoded to produce first and second video outputs, respectively. The first video output is delivered to subscriber terminals over a content distribution system. When the first program is to be blacked out, the second video output is delivered to the subscriber terminals over the content distribution system instead of the first video output.06-24-2010
20110093882Parental control through the HDMI interface - An HDMI parental control device consistent with certain embodiments has an HDMI receiver that receives an HDMI audio/video stream and produces editable audio/video output data and a logic processor that receives closed caption data and compares descriptors in the closed caption data with a list of descriptors to be censored. When the logic processor detects a descriptor to be censored it causes the audio/video data corresponding to the descriptor to be censored to be altered from the audio/video output data to produce censored audio/video output data and uncensored audio/video output data and then output via an HDMI transmitter. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.04-21-2011
20090031337Apparatus and Method for Blocking Television Commercials and Providing an Archive Interrogation Program - An apparatus and method is disclosed for blocking specific television commercials from the viewer's television based upon the characteristics of the television commercial and a program to place the blocked television commercials into an archive. An archive interrogation program then acquires the users search criteria and sends the search criteria to the content search program for a list of matches. The matches are displayed to the user and the user can select a segment for viewing.01-29-2009
20110179442Information processing device, display device, and information processing system - Provided is an information processing device including a communication unit for transmitting content data to a plurality of display devices connected, a request check unit for causing other display devices to display a check screen for an arbitrary request upon reception of the request from one of the plurality of display devices, and determining whether to permit the request in accordance with a user operation in the other display devices which display the check screen, and a control unit for performing a response control for the request when the request check unit permits the request.07-21-2011
20100064310BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - The present invention relates to an apparatus capable of transmitting video data to a display panel. The apparatus includes a managing unit configured to manage history information on a program transmitted to individual display panels in association with display panel information, a first determination unit configured to determine whether the program transmitted to the display panels is a restricted program that requires authentication information, a second determination unit configured, if the program is determined to be the restricted program, to determine, using the history information, whether the display panel is a display panel that displayed the restricted program in the past, and a control unit configured to transmit video data of the restricted program to the display panel if the display panel displayed the restricted program in the past.03-11-2010
20120304220SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADVERTISING TELEVISION NETWORKS, CHANNELS, AND PROGRAMS - The present invention allows control of the presentation of advertisements that are associated with television networks, channels, and programs, and enables a single broadcasting of each advertisement associated with a network to be made to numerous television systems in parallel. The presentation of advertisements that are associated with television networks, channels, and programs is controlled in the present invention by determining at television viewer equipment whether the television networks, channels, or programs with which the advertisements are associated are unavailable to the television viewer or are undesirable to the television viewer. Once this determination has been made, the television viewer equipment then presents the advertisements, or selects and presents suitable alternative advertisements. A single broadcasting of each network advertisement to all television systems is enabled in the present invention by broadcasting each advertisement with a network identifier to all television systems.11-29-2012
20100125867System and Method for Managing Conditional Access Blackout Events In A Video Data Distribution System - A computer readable medium containing instructions that when executed by a computer configure blackout event data indicating at least one event criterion data for selecting client devices subject to the blackout event for restricted content data; configure client devices into a client device group subject to the blackout event in accordance with the event criterion data; configure at least one substitution event data table for the client device group; and send restricted content and the substitution event data table embedded in the restricted content data to each client device in the client device group.05-20-2010
20110083140IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An image display apparatus and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The method includes receiving an input signal, extracting images from the input signal, generating thumbnail images by converting formats of the extracted images, and transmitting at least one of the thumbnail images to a connected external device.04-07-2011
20110072453AUTHORITY INFORMATION VERIFYING METHOD, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND AUTHORITY INFORMATION VERIFYING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A method for verifying authority information to determine whether content are created according to the authority assigned to each content provider (CP), and a display apparatus and an authority information verifying system using the same are provided. The method includes transmitting an application created using a program and displaying the application or authority information based on the authority information included with the application. Accordingly, it may be possible to easily check whether received content is created by an authorized CP, and to ensure that only an authorized application programming interface (API) is operated based on the authority information so that unauthorized content can be prevented from being created using an unauthorized API.03-24-2011
20110072454SYSTEM FOR INTERACTIVELY DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION SERVICES - An interactive information distribution system includes service provider equipment for generating an information stream that is coupled to an information channel and transmitted to subscriber equipment. The service provider also generates a command signal that is coupled to a command channel and transmitted to the subscriber equipment. The service provider also receives information manipulation requests from the subscriber via a back channel. A communication network supporting the information channel, command channel and back channel is coupled between the service provider equipment and the subscriber equipment.03-24-2011
20110072455Providing a Media Guide Including Parental Information - A user interface may be provided including a media guide. The media guide may comprise at least two display elements. One of the displayed at least two display elements may comprise an action card. The action card may be configured to display a plurality of actions that can be taken with respect to the one of the plurality of programs. The plurality of actions may include a parental information action.03-24-2011
20090125934USER RATING MECHANISM FOR MEDIA CONTENT - An intuitive, user-friendly user ratings mechanism for using user ratings to affect operations of content management devices, such as PCs, and content playback devices, such as portable media players, is discussed. The user ratings mechanism can be employed on PC clients, consumer electronics, mobile devices, other entertainment appliances, or in a network environment. The user ratings associated with various digital content items generally reflect a user opinion in a binary emotional context that is virtually universally understood (for example, “I Like It” or “I Don't Like It”). In one scenario, a user can choose between two options to rate a content item, or can choose to leave the content item unrated.05-14-2009
20090125935Method and System for Providing Filtered Video Content Over a Network - The present invention pertains to a method and apparatus for obtaining filtered audiovisual content over a network for display on a television. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a request for video content, the request including at least one factor that specifies an attribute of the requested video content, and communicating the request and the at least one factor to a content server. The method may also include receiving a response indicating video content available from the content server that satisfies the at least one factor. Furthermore, in one embodiment, the factor is data indicating a TV Parental Rating.05-14-2009
20110162000INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH TITLE AND DESCRIPTION BLOCKING - A system is provided in which an interactive television program guide is implemented on user television equipment. Potentially objectionable material such as the titles and descriptions of adult programs may be blocked. When adult program listing blocking is invoked, the program guide replaces adult program listings with unobjectionable material such as a blank region, a generic unobjectionable program listing, or an unobjectionable title based on the channel being blocked. The user may invoke blocking of titles, descriptions, or both titles or descriptions. Blocking may be based on the rating of the program listings. Access may be provided to blocked program listings by entering a parental control code. The user may temporarily disable adult program listing blocking. The user may also set parental control locks for any type of potentially objectionable programming and may temporarily disable such locks.06-30-2011
20120311625SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT BASED ON SEGMENT-BASED ASSIGNMENT OF CONTENT RATINGS - Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to media content, such as content contained within audio works (e.g., songs, audio-books, etc.), audiovisual works (e.g., movies, films, etc.), and textual works, as examples, as well as managing playback of such content, and more specifically to assigning independent content ratings to various segments of an individual work (as opposed to or in addition to a content rating for the individual work as a whole) and managing playback of such work based at least in part on the assigned ratings of the various segments.12-06-2012
20110126223Method and Apparatus for Distributed Display Monitoring - A method for monitoring a monitored display monitors data to be output from a monitored display. The monitored data is analyzed to generate one or more content identifiers. The content identifiers are compared to a set of rules to determine if the monitored data should be blocked from being output or if an alert should be transmitted to a supervisor device. One or more supervisor devices may be used to respond to alerts and may also be used to control the output of the monitored display.05-26-2011
20120079524BACK OFFICE SUPPORT FOR A VIDEO PROVISIONING SYSTEM - A system may receive, from a set top box (STB), a request for a video asset; retrieve a profile, associated with a user of the STB, that identifies a device, associated with the user, that is a different type of device than the STB; determine whether a transaction history associated with the STB or another transaction history, associated with the device, indicates that the video asset is authorized to be transmitted to the STB; transmit the video asset to the STB based on a determination that the transaction history or the other transaction history indicates that the video asset is authorized to be transmitted to the STB; perform a transaction on the video asset based on a determination that the first transaction history or the second transaction history does not indicate that the video asset is authorized be transmitted to the STB, and transmit the video asset to the STB as a result of the transaction.03-29-2012
20110185379Content reproduction system and content reproduction method - Provided is a content reproduction system including a content reproduction apparatus including a first receiving unit receiving a request for a list of reproducible content and a content reproduction request, each transmitted from an information processing apparatus, a confirmation unit confirming predetermined information attached to the request for a content-list having received by the first receiving unit, a generation unit generating a content-list to be transmitted to the information processing apparatus, based on confirmation-results by the confirmation unit, and a first transmitting unit transmitting the content-list generated by the generation unit to the information processing apparatus, and the information processing apparatus including a second transmitting unit transmitting a request for a list of reproducible content and a content reproduction request to the content reproduction apparatus, a second receiving unit receiving a content-list transmitted from the content reproduction apparatus, and a display unit displaying the content-list received by the receiving unit.07-28-2011
20090049467SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SELECTIVE FILTERING OF OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT FROM A PROGRAM - A system, method, and computer program product is provided for the selective filtering of objectionable content from a program. The selective filtering of objectionable content from a program is accomplished by applying an encoding process and a decoding process to the audio and/or video signal of the program. The encoding process includes marking potentially objectionable material in the program with filtering information that identifies the type (e.g., audio, violent content, sexual content, etc.) and intensity level (e.g., mild, graphic, extreme, etc.) of the potentially objectionable material using filter codes. The decoding process includes comparing, during the presentation of the program to the user and prior to outputting the audio or displaying the video, the filtering information to filter criteria, which includes user supplied filter settings, to determine whether filtering of the potentially objectionable content (i.e., audio and/or video) should be performed. If filtering is to be performed, the objectionable content in the program is filtered according to the filtering information which, in the preferred embodiment, identifies the start and duration of the filtering and, for filtering of the video of the program, also identifies the display area of the video to be blocked.02-19-2009
20110167443Method and device for updating regional rating table - A method performed by a digital television receiver associated with a television includes storing in a memory a first rating configuration, including a region identification of the first rating configuration and a version identification of the first rating configuration, for rating a television program in accordance with a rating scheme, and storing in the memory an identification of a first television channel as a default channel for the rating scheme. The method further includes receiving a subset of a group of transport packets via a receiving channel, comparing the region identification and the version identification of the first and the second rating configurations, and if the region identifications are the same, and the version identifications of the first and the second rating configurations indicate that the second configuration is not newer than the first rating configuration, not storing the second configuration.07-07-2011
20120011537Method and Apparatus for Parental Control - Television converter devices in accordance with present invention determine whether the programming is to be blocked or not, then inserts an appropriate V-code into the vertical blanking interval (VBI) of the programming before delivering the programming to one or more V-chip enabled TV where the V-chip blocks the programming as appropriate. Various methods of determining whether the programming is to be blocked are disclosed.01-12-2012
20120072946CUSTOMIZED BARKER CHANNELS FOR VIEWERS OF A CABLE SYSTEM - A barker management system provides customized barker channels to a viewer, where the barker management system may be integrated into a VOD service. In one embodiment, the headend is informed when the viewer requests the VOD service and is further informed of a set top box (“STB”) identifier. The headend ascertains a rating of a barker channel, and may create a playlist of trailers having a compatible rating and streams the trailers on the barker channel to the SIB. The STB is informed which channel to use, and generates a display with the barker channel presented in one window of the display, while the VOD menu selections are presented in another window of the display. The selection of trailers in the barker channel can be based on ratings, content, or other criteria. The headend can statically or dynamically generate various customized barker channels for viewers.03-22-2012
20120110611MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FOR TELEVISION - A comprehensive mechanism is provided for broadcasting and accessing multiple audio sources in connection with the viewing of a television program. Audio is collected through the use of standard audio capture techniques. Next, the audio is distributed by either of in-band via broadcast or out-of-band techniques. In-band audio is preferably provided via an MPEG stream associated with the current television program. Out-of-band (OOB) audio can be broadcast as well, although it is preferable to select which channel is distributed upstream first, rather than broadcast all channels downstream and consume bandwidth for unselected audio. The viewer operates a set top box to select the appropriate audio channel(s) for reproduction.05-03-2012
20120124614ACTIVATING LICENSABLE COMPONENT USING AGGREGATING DEVICE IN HOME NETWORK - An aggregation device in a home network accumulates information from audio video apparatuses in the network that the apparatuses require enablement of respective licensable components for which no license event has yet occurred. The aggregation device sends an indication of the license events to a server so that appropriate royalties may be paid post-sale of the various devices.05-17-2012
20090133051DEVICE ACCESS CONTROL - Access to an electronic media device may be controlled based on media settings of users experiencing content using the electronic media device. Users or attributes of the users experiencing content using the electronic media device may be automatically identified and access to the electronic media device may be automatically controlled based on media settings associated with the identified users and/or attributes.05-21-2009
20090133050METHODS FOR PROVIDING PREVIEWS AND SYSTEMS THEREOF - A method, computer readable medium, and system that provides previews includes providing one or more previews for selection by a mobile communication system. A selection of one or more of the provided previews is received from the mobile communication system and the selected one or more previews are provided to the mobile communication system for playing.05-21-2009
20090133049Method and Apparatus for Limiting Access to Programming in a Switched Digital Video System - A content delivery system headend is provided. The headend includes a Switched Digital Video (SDV) manager for coordinating SDV sessions requested by subscribers over an access network. The headend also includes an input unit such as a server for receiving content to be broadcast during the SDV sessions. Additionally, the headend includes a subscriber control unit for comparing channel change requests received by the SDV manager from subscribers to subscriber-established rules. Tuning information for accessing programming specified in the channel change requests is only supplied if the channel change requests do not conform to any of the subscriber-established rules for blocking the programming.05-21-2009
20120222061AUTOMATIC MEDIA ASSET UPDATE OVER AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK - In response to a request for media, a determination is made whether a user should receive the requested media. When the user has the proper content privilege, a content manager will authorize the delivery of such content. Otherwise, alternative content is delivered to the user based on the content privileges.08-30-2012
20120216223METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPLACING/OBSCURING TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF RECORDED CONTENT - A method and system for displaying titles of recorded content based on a user's access level. In one embodiment, a plurality of user identifications is received. Each of the user identifications may be associated with one of a plurality of access levels. Login information corresponding to a user may be received and a user interface may be generated. The user interface may display one or more titles corresponding to recorded content. The one or more titles displayed on the user interface may be based on an access level associated with the user.08-23-2012
20120216222Parental Control for Audio Censorship - In certain implementations, a television receiver device has an interface configured to receive audio video (A/V) program content and tuning information. A processor is programmed to: tune to a designated program; present an option to tune to the designated program with either a censored or uncensored version of audio; upon receipt of an instruction to tune to the designated program with uncensored audio, tune to a substitute audio stream identified with a secondary packet identifier, where the substitute audio stream substitutes uncensored segments of audio for censored segments of audio. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.08-23-2012
20100011392Methods and Systems For Media Content Control - The described systems and methods control the display of media content on a media player with player preferences. The media content is analyzed and multiple signatures are computed that are representative of temporal portions of the media content. The multiple signatures are matched to a database of signatures, and a closest corresponding signature is found. Metadata associated with the closest corresponding signatures is retrieved as matching metadata. Display of the media content is controlled based on the player preferences and the matching metadata.01-14-2010
20120185893TELEVISION DECODING UNIT WITH MULTIPLE WIRELESS ACCESS MODULES - The present invention proposes a system comprising a television decoding unit and a plurality of access modules, said access modules comprising wireless communication means with the television decoding unit, a memory comprising an identification of said module, said television decoding unit comprising means for detecting the presence and to receive the identification of an access module, means to apply a filter on events displayed on the television unit, said filter being defined with pre-defined filter category attached to the identification, and means to record the events consumption while the access module is detected by the television unit.07-19-2012
20120084805CUSTOMIZING BROADCAST TRANSMISSIONS TO VIEWER PREFERENCES - Systems and methods allow users to customize content of broadcast transmissions. A parent might, for example, wish to remove or replace profanity from an audio portion of the movie or violence from audio and video portions of the movie so that it is more suitable for younger viewers. The method comprises receiving at a viewing station a broadcast transmission, performing, via the viewing station, a search to identify specified material in the broadcast transmission, and, in response to identifying the specified material in the broadcast transmission, modifying the broadcast transmission to suppress the specified material so that the broadcast transmission can be presented via the viewing station without the specified material.04-05-2012
20120084804AUTHENTICATED CONTENT DISCOVERY - Embodiments are disclosed herein that relate to facilitating the discovery of authenticated content from a variety of sources. One embodiment provides a method comprising receiving a plurality of authentication tokens from the media presentation device, where each of the plurality of authentication tokens represents an established authenticated relationship between a user and a corresponding content source. The method further comprises receiving a request from the media presentation device for an electronic programming guide and sending the electronic programming guide to the media presentation device, where the electronic programming guide comprises a listing of content from a plurality of content sources corresponding to the plurality of authentication tokens.04-05-2012
20130174194Systems and Methods for Associating Ratings with Media and for Providing Ratings-Based Parental Controls - Certain embodiments provide an identifier in a piece of media content that can be used to reference ratings information from another location, such as from a ratings repository. When the media content is accessed by a viewing client, the identifier can be retrieved from the piece of media content and used to retrieve a rating from a ratings repository. A rating may also be included in the media content itself to ensure that at least one rating is available even if accessing a rating from the remote repository is not possible, for example, due to lack of network connectivity. The viewing client can use a rating to control use of the media content. One embodiment allows a user on a client device such as a computer or television consumption device to set rating controls that restrict the media content that can be played at the device.07-04-2013
20110131601IMPROVED ELECTRONIC TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SCHEDULE SYSTEM AND METHOD - An electronic program schedule system which includes a receiver for receiving broadcast, satellite or cablecast television programs for a plurality of television channels and a tuner for tuning a television receiver to a selected one of the plurality of channels. A data processor receives and stores in a memory television program schedule information for a plurality of television programs to appear on the plurality of television channels. A user control apparatus, such as a remote controller, is utilized by a viewer to choose user control commands and transmit signals in response to the data processor which receives the signals in response to user control commands. A television receiver is used to display the television programs and television program schedule information. A video display generator receives video control commands from the data processor and program schedule information from the memory and displays a portion of the program schedule information in overlaying relationship with a television program appearing on a television channel in at least one mode of operation of the television programming guide. The data processor controls the video display generator with video control commands, issued in response to the user control commands, to display program schedule information for any chosen one of the plurality of television programs in overlaying relationship with at least one television program then appearing on any chosen one of the plurality of channels on the television receiver.06-02-2011
20110041148BLACKOUTS OF PAY PER VIEW MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - Blackout event data is received that includes data regarding a geographic area affected by a blackout event. Based on a user location code such as a ZIP code, a determination is made whether a user account is subject to the blackout event. If the user is subject to the blackout event, access to a pay-per-view multimedia event is restricted.02-17-2011
20120089998VIDEO SERVICE BLACKOUT EVENTS - A method includes receiving, at a component of a multimedia content distribution system, a command including blackout information related to a first version of content. The blackout information includes scheduling information. The method includes updating a first entry within a control matrix based on the blackout information in response to the command. The first entry includes information related to when the first version of the content in a first stream is to be blacked out based on the scheduling information. The method also includes updating a second entry within the control matrix based on the blackout information in response to the command. The second entry includes information related to when the second version of the content in a second stream is to be blacked out based on the scheduling information. The method also includes sending a control stream based on the control matrix to one or more set top boxes.04-12-2012
20120089997SHARED PLANNER - An improved media system is provided for sharing, accessing and managing stored media content between a plurality of networked Set-Top Boxes (STB). Aspects include displaying a global STB planner listing media content stored on all remote STBs, switching between remote STB planners and filtering remote listings of media content.04-12-2012
20110321080Systems, Methods, and Products for Presenting Content - Methods, systems, and products modify and/or block content. A program is received, along with a default rating of the program and dynamic ratings of portions of the program. A preference is received from memory to at least one of block and modify the program. When a dynamic rating is missing for a portion of the program, then revert to the default rating and block the portion of the program from presentation.12-29-2011
20110271297SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT AND PROVIDING SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVES - There is provided a system and method for managing media content and providing suggested alternatives. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a method comprising identifying at least one characteristic of a program that relates to content of the program, comparing the at least one characteristic to a control setting, and adding the program to a safe list for display on a menu screen if the at least one characteristic is deemed acceptable based on the comparison with the control setting.11-03-2011
20130104160METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING A SECOND SCREEN DEVICE TO TUNE A SET TOP BOX TO DISPLAY CONTENT PLAYING ON THE SECOND SCREEN DEVICE - A system and method for displaying operating a receiving device includes a second screen device in communication with the receiving device. The second screen device displays streamed content having an identifier associated therewith having a touch screen, forms a tune command comprising the identifier and a receiving device identifier in response to a gesture on the touch screen and communicates the tune command to the receiving device from the second screen device. The receiving device is tuned to receive a channel corresponding to the streamed content in response to the tune command. The receiving device displays the channel.04-25-2013
20130104161Method and apparatus for interaction with hyperlinks in a television broadcast - Various embodiments of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and computer-readable medium providing licensing rights for media content that follows a subscriber so that the subscriber may experience the media content on various content distribution platforms. In particular embodiments, the systems, methods, and computer-readable medium transfer licensing rights for a user for particular media content that is associated with a first device on a first distribution platform so that the rights are associated with a second device on a second distribution platform. As a result, in various embodiments, the user is able to experience the particular media content with the use of the second device on the second distribution platform.04-25-2013
20130145392REMOTE STORAGE DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER THAT SUPPORTS SHARED AND PER-SUBSCRIBER CONTENT RIGHTS - A remote storage digital video recorder (RS-DVR) system is disclosed. The RS-DVR system includes a network interface to communicate data between the RS-DVR system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates; and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. The RS-DVR carries out a number of functions and operations to service multiple subscribers and associated subscriber systems, such as various storage device management operations, file structure techniques, assignment of recorded media to subscribers, file system indexing, and supporting shared and per-subscriber content rights.06-06-2013
20100287584PARENTAL CONTROL FOR MEDIA PLAYBACK - Embodiments related to the parental control of media item playback are disclosed. In one embodiment, a computing device is configured to receive an input of unified parental control information that comprises a selection of an age to which to compare a rating of a media item. The computing device is further configured to receive a first media item and a second media item that are rated under different first and second rating systems, and to receive ratings information associated with each media item. The computing device is further configured to compare the ratings information for each media item to the unified parental control information, and to restrict playback of the first and/or second media item if the unified parental control information meets a threshold condition compared to the ratings information associated with the first and/or second media item.11-11-2010
20130205330METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TV EVERYWHERE AUTHENTICATION BASED ON AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION - An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be operable to identify, utilizing an ACR system, a network which is being tuned to. An authentication may be performed by the ACR-enabled connected TV device for receiving content through a TV everywhere service associated with the identified network based on information identified by the ACR system. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may be operable to pair with a paired device utilizing a companion application downloaded in the paired device. The paired device may communicate with the ACR-enabled connected TV device using near field communication (NFC). In instances when the ACR-enabled connected TV device has been authenticated for receiving the content through the TV everywhere (TVE) service, the paired device may also be authenticated. The performing of the authentication may comprise identifying a set-top box (STB) coupled to the ACR-enabled connected TV device as well as determining a service provider.08-08-2013
20130185747METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DOWLOADING CONTENT TO A CONTENT DOWLOADER - A content downloader system including a display for displaying a user interface enabling a user to select content to be downloaded and initiate downloading; a set-top-box coupled to the display for providing the user interface and for receiving an indication of the content to be downloaded; and a content downloader coupled to and separate from the set-top-box, the content downloader for receiving the content. The content downloader has at least one memory component for storing content, at least one input/output connection for communicating to electronic devices, optionally including a removable memory card and optionally including an encryption/decryption unit. The content downloader may have an identification whereby its identity is authenticated by the content provider. The content downloader downloads the content selected by the user after successful authentication whereby the selection is made using the display and the set-top-box, and the content downloaded to the content downloader separate than the set-top-box.07-18-2013
20130191859Time Shifting Enhanced Television Triggers - Enhanced television broadcasts including triggers with expires attributes may be utilized in a variety of situations where the expires attribute may adversely affect the utilization of the trigger. For example, in situations where the broadcast is recorded, playback may be enabled even after the trigger expiration. Similarly, local affiliates or FNOCs may rebroadcast enhanced television content by adjusting the expires attributes of the original trigger.07-25-2013
20120030699SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STORING AND RENDERING ATLEAST AN USER PREFERENCE BASED MEDIA CONTENT - Disclosed are systems and methods for storing and rendering atleast a desired media content of a mixed rated media according to user preference. The method comprises the steps of: inputting atleast a preference of the desired media content of the mixed rated media to atleast a media player; editing out undesired media content of the mixed rated media; and rendering the desired media contents according to the user preference.02-02-2012
20120030698APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PARENTAL CONTROL USING V-CHIP PLUS+ AND MASTER PASSWORD - A method and apparatus for exercising access control over television programs using a parental control user interface that has different functions is provided. The method requires a password to enter into a master mode for obtaining access to all the functions of the parental control user interface. Once in the master mode, the user may enter a criterion for blocking a television program from being viewed or recorded or the user can override an already blocked television program.02-02-2012
20120060181SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING PARENTAL CONTROL ASSET SEARCHING - Systems and methods for searching for available assets permitted by parental controls are disclosed. Search results may include assets similar to a reference asset, which may be an asset the user has requested, but which is locked by parental control settings in force on the user equipment. Assets may be ranked according to their similarity, or relevance, to the requested asset, and they may be accessed directly from the search results. Systems and methods for accessing edited or censored versions of the requested asset are also disclosed. An edited content source may store multiple versions of certain assets available in the media system. The appropriate version of the asset may be accessed and presented to the user automatically depending on the user's parental control settings.03-08-2012
20130212617ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, SERVER, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - One embodiment provides an electronic apparatus including: a scanning module configured to perform a scanning process to scan broadcast waves including channel information of broadcast channels; a memory configured to store setting information including the channel information obtained by the scanning process; a transmission module configured to transmit the setting information stored in the memory, to an external server through a network; a reception module configured to receive program information specified by the server based on the channel information included in the setting information; and a display control module configured to make control to display a first program guide based on the program information.08-15-2013
20130212616METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONFIGURING A USER INTERFACE OF A RECEIVING UNIT FOR AN AUXILIARY REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE - A system and method for controlling a user interface comprises an auxiliary remote control device having an auxiliary remote control device identifier associated therewith and a receiving unit comprising a filter module having a filter feature for filtering content data from a set of available content data in response to an auxiliary remote control device identifier received at the receiving unit. The filter module forms filtered available content data less than the set of available content data. The receiving unit displays the user interface having the filtered available content data associated with the auxiliary remote control device on a display associated with the receiving unit.08-15-2013

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