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Audio/Video Book Marking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014424D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method by which Audio/Video streams are book marked for playback at another time.

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Audio/Video Book Marking

Disclosed is a method by which Audio/Video streams are book marked for playback at another time.

It will be increasingly common for Internet users to receive audio and video streams where the content is viewed or played as it is received. This obviates the requirement for any type of storage on the user's device, which is good since there is a trend toward smaller computing devices which have limited or no storage capabilities. Currently, streams are always started from the beginning, even if the user previously viewed or listened to part of the stream. The lack of being able to start a stream elsewhere is often a problem because viewing may be interrupted or the user wishes to continue viewing on a different device. For instance, the user may start an audio book stream on the desktop computer at the office, but then wishes to switch to the car's on board computer for the trip home, and finally finish the stream at the home computer. This process is currently difficult given that the stream must be restarted on each new device and even fast forwarding the stream requires a large amount of time and guess work as to where the stream was left off.

The solution to this problem is an Audio/Video stream bookmark. This feature would allow long streams to be interrupted and later resumed (long afterwards or even on a different viewing device). Bookmarks could also be used for streamed news reports, e-mail attachments, marketing materials, etc.

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