Apparatus and method for blocking audio/visual programming and for muting audio

Register USPTO Patent
Application Number 10971899
Grant Number 08935717
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-10-22
First Publication Date 2006-12-07
Publication Date 2006-12-07
Grant Date 2015-01-13
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.


A program blocking application that blocks programming for one or more possible users, based on various criteria associated with the program. A program word muting application that selectively mutes context specific words as a function of program specific criteria.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams
  • H04N 21/45 - Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies 
  • H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements
  • H04N 21/475 - End-user interface for inputting end-user data, e.g. PIN [Personal Identification Number] or preference data
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server