Method and user interface for downloading audio and video content filters to a media player

Register USPTO Patent
Application Number 11256419
Grant Number 07975021
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-20
First Publication Date 2009-08-20
Publication Date 2009-08-20
Grant Date 2011-07-05
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Iverson, Brent L.


A client server arrangement for downloading media content filters from a server device to a client device. The media content filters define portions of a separate audio visual presentation containing potentially objectionable subject matter. Depending on user selections, identified portions of the audio/visual presentation may be skipped and/or muted during play. In one particular implementation, the client device, e.g., a DVD player, is configured to initiate a connection with a server device. Upon successful connection, the server device transmits one or more media content filters to the client device. The client device may be configured to determine whether a particular media content filter is available, to facilitate deletion of some existing media content filters in order to secure adequate memory space, and to ensure that the media player has an active account, before initiating a connection with the server device. The server device may be configured to determine whether the media player is associated with an active user account, whether a requested filter is available, and whether adequate memory space is available at the media player, before transmitting media content filters to the client device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems