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Persistent DVD play options

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014623D
Original Publication Date: 2000-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention will use the fact that the DVD disc contains digital information that can be used to identify the disc so the DVD player can store and retrieve viewer generated options associated with a particular disc. This invention allows the user to select a section of the movie on the DVD. This is done by pressing a "select" button on the player or remote to start a section and pressing it again when the movie reaches the end of the selected section. Once the user has selected a section they have the following options: 1) Specify that the selected section should be skipped. 2) Specify that the audio of the selected section should be turned off. 3) Specify that the picture of the selected section should be blocked out.

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Persistent DVD play options

    This invention will use the fact that the DVD disc contains digital information that can be used to identify the disc so the DVD player can store and retrieve viewer generated options associated with a particular disc. This invention allows the user to select a section of the movie on the DVD. This is done by pressing a "select" button on the player or remote to start a section and pressing it again when the movie reaches the end of the selected section. Once the user has selected a section they have the following options:

1) Specify that the selected section should be skipped.
2) Specify that the audio of the selected section should be turned off.
3) Specify that the picture of the selected section should be blocked out.
4) Specify that the selected section should be played. (Later an option to be entered to include only these selected sections.)
5) Play the selected section but repeat it so many times.

This information is then saved on the DVD player, so the next time the DVD is placed in the machine the formerly selected sections for the disc will be retrieved and the disc will be played accordingly.

More than one set of options can be stored for a particular DVD disc. These associated options are either selectable or used by default when the DVD is inserted. These default options can be password protected so that if a user wishes to disable them the user must enter a password. This allows the invention to be used for censoring the disc...