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H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems 11
H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements 6
H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams 5
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 4
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  4
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1.

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING ONE OR MORE FILTER FILES WITH A PARTICULAR MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

      
Application Number 16423828
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-05-28
First Publication Date 2020-05-14
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

A method, apparatus, computer program product and computer accessible code configured to link or otherwise associate content filters with a multimedia presentation, e.g., a movie. The content filter data includes an identifier value with an aspect ratio identifier or as a function of an aspect ratio for a particular multimedia presentation associated with the filter information. In one implementation, association between a filter set and a multimedia presentation involves a filtering application that searches a particular multimedia presentation to locate aspect ratio information and further searches filter information for a matching aspect ratio identifier.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G11B 27/10 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
  • G11B 27/32 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel by using information detectable on the record carrier by using information signals recorded by the same method as the main recording on separate auxiliary tracks of the same or an auxiliary record carrier

2.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MIDSTREAM FILTERING OF AUDIO AND VIDEO CONTENT

      
Application Number 16229720
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-21
First Publication Date 2019-06-27
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matt

Abstract

In one embodiment, a method for filtering streaming media content includes receiving at a filtering device one or more packets of a source data stream. The one or more packets are may be received from a content source remote from the filtering device. The source data stream may include one or more of an audio component and a video component. The method further includes determining whether to perform a filtering action on the one or more packets of the source data stream based at least in part on one or more user settings. The method further includes communicating to a media-playing device a filtered data stream generated at least in part by performing the filtering action on the one or more packets of the source data stream.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/647 - Control signaling between network components and server or clients; Network processes for video distribution between server and clients, e.g. controlling the quality of the video stream, by dropping packets, protecting content from unauthorised alteration within the network, monitoring of network load or bridging bet
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing

3.

SYNCHRONIZING FILTER METADATA WITH A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

      
Application Number 16025921
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-07-02
First Publication Date 2019-05-09
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Iverson, Brent L.
  • Venn, Christopher E.G.

Abstract

A method, system and apparatus for applying and synchronizing filter information with a multimedia presentation, such as a movie provided in a video-on-demand context, to suppress objectionable content. In one example, filter information, which includes an indicia of a portion of the multimedia presentation including objectionable content and a type of suppression action, is provided on either a set-top-box or a video-on-demand server. A user selects a particular video-on-demand presentation, and the selection is transmitted to the set-top-box. Filtering may take place at the set-top-box side such that the complete video-on-demand movie is transmitted to the set-top box and then content suppression, such as skipping, muting, cropping, and blurring, takes place at the set-top-box. Alternatively, some or all suppression may take place at the server such that some or all of the objectionable content is not transmitted to the set-top-box. Additionally, whether in a video-on-demand, DVD, or other environment it may be necessary to synchronize filter with the multimedia content so that the proper objectionable content is suppressed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • 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 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements
  • 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 21/242 - Synchronization processes, e.g. processing of PCR [Program Clock References]
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content

4.

FAMILY+

      
Serial Number 88388668
Status Registered
Filing Date 2019-04-16
Registration Date 2020-07-21
Owner ClearPlay Inc., DBA ClearPlay ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

downloadable Software that enables content filtering of digital entertainment Post-production editing services in the field of videos and film, namely, content filtering of digital entertainment

5.

MEDIA PLAYER CONFIGURED TO RECEIVE PLAYBACK FILTERS FROM ALTERNATIVE STORAGE MEDIUMS

      
Application Number 15208479
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-07-12
First Publication Date 2016-11-03
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Iverson, Brent L.

Abstract

A media player configured with a first removable memory reader, such as a DVD drive, and a second removable memory reader, such as a flash memory reader, adapted to communicate with a removable memory containing filter data. The media player is configured to allow filtered playback of a multimedia presentation, such as a movie. Filtered playback causes certain portions of the multimedia presentation to be skipped, muted, blurred, cropped, or otherwise modified to eliminate or reduce potentially objectionable scenes, language, or other content. The second memory reader provides a convenient medium for the loading of filter information, whether data files, executable program code, or the like, to local memory of the media player to employ during filtered playback. Alternatively, the filters may be accessed from the removable storage media during playback rather than loading to local memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/4545 - Input to filtering algorithms, e.g. filtering a region of the image
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • H04N 9/87 - Regeneration of colour television signals
  • H04N 5/765 - Interface circuits between an apparatus for recording and another apparatus
  • H04N 5/85 - Television signal recording using optical recording on discs or drums

6.

Method and apparatus for controlling play of an audio signal

      
Application Number 14738269
Grant Number 09762963
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-06-12
First Publication Date 2016-01-28
Grant Date 2017-09-12
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Meisel, William S.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods conforming to the present invention comprise a method of controlling playback of an audio signal through analysis of a corresponding close caption signal in conjunction with analysis of the corresponding audio signal. Objection text or other specified text in the close caption signal is identified through comparison with user identified objectionable text. Upon identification of the objectionable text, the audio signal is analyzed to identify the audio portion corresponding to the objectionable text. Upon identification of the audio portion, the audio signal may be controlled to mute the audible objectionable text.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/00 - Speech recognition
  • H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements
  • H04H 60/13 - Arrangements for device control affected by the broadcast information
  • H04H 60/48 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for recognising items expressed in broadcast information
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams
  • H04N 21/4402 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for household redistribution, storage or real-time display
  • H04N 21/4545 - Input to filtering algorithms, e.g. filtering a region of the image
  • H04N 21/488 - Data services, e.g. news ticker
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • G10L 17/00 - Speaker identification or verification
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • H04N 11/00 - Colour television systems

7.

Media player configured to receive playback filters from alternative storage mediums

      
Application Number 13396379
Grant Number 09392245
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-02-14
First Publication Date 2012-08-16
Grant Date 2016-07-12
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Iverson, Brent L.

Abstract

A media player configured with a first removable memory reader, such as a DVD drive, and a second removable memory reader, such as a flash memory reader, adapted to communicate with a removable memory containing filter data. The media player is configured to allow filtered playback of a multimedia presentation, such as a movie. Filtered playback causes certain portions of the multimedia presentation to be skipped, muted, blurred, cropped, or otherwise modified to eliminate or reduce potentially objectionable scenes, language, or other content. The second memory reader provides a convenient medium for the loading of filter information, whether data files, executable program code, or the like, to local memory of the media player to employ during filtered playback. Alternatively, the filters may be accessed from the removable storage media during playback rather than loading to local memory.

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 9/804 - Transformation of the television signal for recording, e.g. modulation, frequency changing; Inverse transformation for playback involving pulse code modulation of the colour picture signal components
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04N 5/781 - Television signal recording using magnetic recording on disks or drums
  • H04N 5/85 - Television signal recording using optical recording on discs or drums
  • H04N 5/907 - Television signal recording using static stores, e.g. storage tubes or semiconductor memories

8.

CLEARPLAY

      
Serial Number 85550247
Status Registered
Filing Date 2012-02-22
Registration Date 2012-11-13
Owner ClearPlay Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Software that enables content filtering of digital entertainment Editing services, namely, content filtering of digital entertainment

9.

Method and apparatus for logging and reporting television viewing

      
Application Number 12841978
Grant Number 08776100
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-07-22
First Publication Date 2010-11-18
Grant Date 2014-07-08
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

A multimedia logging and reporting system and method involves first obtaining some viewing information about a multimedia presentation such as a television program. The viewing information may be a name of the program and the time it was being watched on the television or may include other information depending on the multimedia, the device used for viewing the multimedia as well as other factors. The viewing information is recorded and then used to generate a viewing report, an example being a display on a television screen that lists a particular user, the time and name of the programs watched on any given day.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/33 - Arrangements for monitoring the users' behaviour or opinions

10.

Apparatus, system and method for associating one or more filter files with a particular multimedia presentation

      
Application Number 12761293
Grant Number 08861939
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-04-15
First Publication Date 2010-08-05
Grant Date 2014-10-14
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

A method, apparatus, computer program product and computer accessible code configured to link or otherwise associate content filters with a multimedia presentation, e.g., a movie. The content filter data includes an identifier value with an aspect ratio identifier or as a function of an aspect ratio for a particular multimedia presentation associated with the filter information. In one implementation, association between a filter set and a multimedia presentation involves a filtering application that searches a particular multimedia presentation to locate aspect ratio information and further searches filter information for a matching aspect ratio identifier.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/84 - Television signal recording using optical recording
  • H04N 5/89 - Television signal recording using holographic recording
  • G11B 27/10 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
  • G11B 27/32 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel by using information detectable on the record carrier by using information signals recorded by the same method as the main recording on separate auxiliary tracks of the same or an auxiliary record carrier

11.

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

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

Abstract

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

12.

Method and apparatus for controlling play of an audio signal

      
Application Number 12426693
Grant Number 09066046
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-04-20
First Publication Date 2009-08-13
Grant Date 2015-06-23
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Meisel, William S.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods conforming to the present invention comprise a method of controlling playback of an audio signal through analysis of a corresponding close caption signal in conjunction with analysis of the corresponding audio signal. Objection text or other specified text in the close caption signal is identified through comparison with user identified objectionable text. Upon identification of the objectionable text, the audio signal is analyzed to identify the audio portion corresponding to the objectionable text. Upon identification of the audio portion, the audio signal may be controlled to mute the audible objectionable text.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 13/00 - Speech synthesis; Text to speech systems
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04H 60/13 - Arrangements for device control affected by the broadcast information
  • H04H 60/48 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for recognising items expressed in broadcast information
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams
  • H04N 21/4402 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for household redistribution, storage or real-time display
  • H04N 21/4545 - Input to filtering algorithms, e.g. filtering a region of the image
  • G10L 15/00 - Speech recognition
  • G10L 21/00 - Processing of the speech or voice signal to produce another audible or non-audible signal, e.g. visual or tactile, in order to modify its quality or its intelligibility
  • G10L 25/00 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 7/00 - Television systems
  • 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
  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • G09B 19/00 - Teaching not covered by other main groups of this subclass
  • H04N 21/488 - Data services, e.g. news ticker

13.

Multimedia content navigation and playback

      
Application Number 11736359
Grant Number 10313744
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-04-17
First Publication Date 2007-08-09
Grant Date 2019-06-04
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention, a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator monitors the current play position of the multimedia content and compares that position with navigation objects. Each navigation object defines a start position, a stop position, and an filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator activates the filtering action that was assigned to the navigation object. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams
  • H04N 5/85 - Television signal recording using optical recording on discs or drums
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/432 - Content retrieval operation from a local storage medium, e.g. hard-disk
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04N 21/4402 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for household redistribution, storage or real-time display
  • 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 21/4545 - Input to filtering algorithms, e.g. filtering a region of the image
  • H04N 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments

14.

Synchronizing filter metadata with a multimedia presentation

      
Application Number 11669138
Grant Number 09015571
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-01-30
First Publication Date 2007-08-09
Grant Date 2015-04-21
Owner ClearPlay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Venn, Christopher
  • Iverson, Brent L.

Abstract

A method, system and apparatus for applying and synchronizing filter information with a multimedia presentation, such as a movie provided in a video-on-demand context, to suppress objectionable content. In one example, filter information, which includes an indicia of a portion of the multimedia presentation including objectionable content and a type of suppression action, is provided on either a set-top-box or a video-on-demand server. A user selects a particular video-on-demand presentation, and the selection is transmitted to the set-top-box. Filtering may take place at the set-top-box side such that the complete video-on-demand movie is transmitted to the set-top box and then content suppression, such as skipping, muting, cropping, and blurring, takes place at the set-top-box. Alternatively, some or all suppression may take place at the server such that some or all of the objectionable content is not transmitted to the set-top-box. Additionally, whether in a video-on-demand, DVD, or other environment it may be necessary to synchronize filter with the multimedia content so that the proper objectionable content is suppressed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • 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 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/242 - Synchronization processes, e.g. processing of PCR [Program Clock References]
  • 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 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • H04N 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments

15.

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

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

Abstract

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

16.

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING ONE OR MORE FILTER FILES WITH A PARTICULAR MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

      
Application Number US2006014609
Publication Number 2006/113742
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-04-18
Publication Date 2006-10-26
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

A method, apparatus, computer program product (10A) and computer accessible code configured to link or otherwise associate content filters with a multimedia presentation, e.g., a movie. The content filter data includes an identifier value ( 12) with an aspect ratio identifier or as a function of an aspect ratio (16) for a particular multimedia presentation associated with the filter information. In one implementation, association between a filter set and a multimedia presentation involves a filtering application that searches a particular multimedia presentation to locate aspect ratio (16) information and further searches filter information for a matching aspect ratio identifier.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 9/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of colour television systems
  • H04N 11/00 - Colour television systems
  • H04N 9/79 - Processing of colour television signals in connection with recording
  • H04N 5/76 - Television signal recording
  • H04N 7/00 - Television systems
  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems

17.

MEDIA PLAYER CONFIGURED TO RECEIVE PLAYBACK FILTERS FROM ALTERNATIVE STORAGE MEDIUMS

      
Application Number US2006000522
Publication Number 2006/074403
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-01-05
Publication Date 2006-07-13
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Iverson, Brent L.

Abstract

A media player (10) configured with a first removable memory reader, such as a DVD drive (16), and a second removable memory reader, such as a flash memory reader (16), adapted to communicate with a removable memory containing filter data (30). The media player ( 10) is configured to allow filtered playback of a multimedia presentation, such as a movie. Filtered playback causes certain portions of the multimedia presentation to be skipped, muted, blurred, cropped, or otherwise modified to eliminate or reduce potentially objectionable scenes, language, or other content. The second memory reader (10) provides a convenient medium for the loading of filter information, whether data files, executable program code, or the like, to local memory of the media player to employ during filtered playback. Alternatively, the filters may be accessed from the removable storage media during playback rather than loading to local memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

18.

METHOD AND USER INTERFACE FOR DOWNLOADING AUDIO AND VIDEO CONTENT FILTERS TO A MEDIA PLAYER

      
Application Number US2005038141
Publication Number 2006/045104
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-20
Publication Date 2006-04-27
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew, T.
  • Iverson, Brent, L.

Abstract

A client server arrangement for downloading media content filters from a server device (16) to a client device (12). 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 secure adequate memory space, and t 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 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

19.

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FILTERING OBJECTIONABLE PORTIONS OF A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

      
Application Number US2005012448
Publication Number 2005/099413
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-04-12
Publication Date 2005-10-27
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew Thomas
  • Seeley, Jason

Abstract

A method for filtering portions of a multimedia presentation. A stream of multimedia media data read from a memory media (330a) is compared with a filter file associated with the multimedia data (316a). The filter file includes a start position (321a), a stop position (323a), and a filtering action (325a) to perform on the portion of the multimedia content (327a) that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the multimedia data read from the media corresponds with the filter file, the designated filtering action is performed. Aspects of the invention also pertain to the format for the filter file, format for accessing filter files on a memory media

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions

20.

Delivery of navigation data for playback of audio and video content

      
Application Number 11120628
Grant Number 07526784
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-05-03
First Publication Date 2005-10-06
Grant Date 2009-04-28
Owner Clearplay Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator, located at a server system, monitors the current play position of multimedia content at a consumer system and compares that position with navigation objects. Each navigation object defines a start position, a stop position, and a filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator sends the filtering action to the consumer system for processing. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. Alternatively, the navigator may be located at a consumer system and the server system may provide access to the navigation objects (e.g. download) so that the consumer system monitors and filters the multimedia content based on the received navigation objects. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

21.

Multimedia content navigation and playback

      
Application Number 11074908
Grant Number 07577970
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-03-07
First Publication Date 2005-07-28
Grant Date 2009-08-18
Owner Clearplay Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention, a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator monitors the current play position of the multimedia content and compares that position with navigation objects. Each navigation object defines a start position, a stop position, and an filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator activates the filtering action that was assigned to the navigation object. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 9/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of colour television systems
  • H04N 11/00 - Colour television systems
  • H04N 7/00 - Television systems

22.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BLOCKING AUDIO/VISUAL PROGRAMMING AND FOR MUTING AUDIO

      
Application Number US2004035157
Publication Number 2005/060424
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-10-22
Publication Date 2005-07-07
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew Thomas

Abstract

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 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

23.

Multimedia content navigation and playback

      
Application Number 09694873
Grant Number 06898799
Status In Force
Filing Date 2000-10-23
First Publication Date 2005-05-24
Grant Date 2005-05-24
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention, a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator monitors the current play position of the multimedia content and compares that position with navigation objects. Each navigation object defines a start position, a stop position, and an filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator activates the filtering action that was assigned to the navigation object. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

24.

Delivery of navigation data for playback of audio and video content

      
Application Number 09695102
Grant Number 06889383
Status In Force
Filing Date 2000-10-23
First Publication Date 2005-05-03
Grant Date 2005-05-03
Owner Clearplay, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator, located at a server system, monitors the current play position of multimedia content at a consumer system and compares that position with navigation objects. Each navigation object defines a start position, a stop position, and a filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator sends the filtering action to the consumer system for processing. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. Alternatively, the navigator may be located at a consumer system and the server system may provide access to the navigation objects (e.g. download) so that the consumer system monitors and filters the multimedia content based on the received navigation objects. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

25.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING PLAY OF AN AUDIO SIGNAL

      
Application Number US2004027882
Publication Number 2005/020034
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-08-26
Publication Date 2005-03-03
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew, Thomas
  • Meisel, William, S.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods conforming to the present invention comprises a method of controlling playback of an audio signal by analyzing close caption text for objectionable words (210) in conjunction with analysis of the corresponding audio signal. Objection text or other specified text in the close caption signal is identified through comparison with user identified objectionable text. Upon identification of the objectionable text, the audio signal is analyzed to identify the audio portion corresponding to the objectionable text by matching objectionable text with objectional audio sequence (240). Upon identification of the audio portion, the audio signal may be controlled to mute the audible objectionable text.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

26.

FILTERING OBJECTIONABLE MULTIMEDIA CONTENT

      
Application Number US2001030481
Publication Number 2002/037853
Status In Force
Filing Date 2001-09-27
Publication Date 2002-05-10
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew, T.

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention, a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator (310a) monitors the current play position of the multimedia content and compares that position with navigation objects (316a). Each navigation object (316a) defines a start position, a stop position, and an filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stpo position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator (310a) activates the filtering action that was assigned to the navigation object (316a). Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

27.

CLIENT-SERVER SYSTEM WITH FILTERING OF AUDIO-VIDEO CONTENT

      
Application Number US2001031169
Publication Number 2002/035840
Status In Force
Filing Date 2001-09-27
Publication Date 2002-05-02
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew, T.

Abstract

A navigator (310c), located at a server system (390c), monitors the current play position of multimedia content at a consumer system (380c) and compares the position with navigation objects (316c). Each navigation object (316c) defines a start position, a stop position, and a filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object (316c), the navigator (310) sends the filtering action to the consumer (380c) for processing. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object (316c). Alternatively, a navigator (310) may be located at a consumer (380) and the consumer system (380) monitors and filters the multimedia content based on the received (e.g. downloaded) navigation objects (316c) from the server (390).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements