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Method for video filtering for consumer electronic devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021509D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for video filtering for consumer electronic devices. Benefits include improved functionality and improved performance.

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Method for video filtering for consumer electronic devices

Disclosed is a method for video filtering for consumer electronic devices. Benefits include improved functionality and improved performance.

Background

         With the rapid growth and proliferation of consumer electronics devices, consumers require an efficient method of selecting from the video content that they receive.

         Video content travels unfiltered and monitored over the air to the viewer. Conventional video devices, such as televisions, digital video disks (DVDs), and set-top boxes, do not allow the filtering of video content that is broadcast over the air.

General description

         The disclosed method focuses on video content/filtering and offers an efficient way of enabling a consumer to monitor, filter, eliminate, or change the video content that is received during broadcasts. The method enables consumers to experience a richer environment when viewing broadcasts because they can eliminate commercials or other content that they do not want, while still enjoying a live broadcast.

         The disclosed method operates on consumer electronics devices capable of receiving live video broadcasts. The key elements of the disclosed method include:

•         Procedure for content storage

•         Algorithm for detecting content to be removed

•         Procedure for removing the content from the broadcast

•         Procedure for substituting alternate content

•         Procedure for rendering the content back to the consumer device

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to filtering and replacing live video content

•         Improved user experience due to removing unwanted programming from display

Detailed description

         The disclosed method filters and replaces live video content, enabling the user to avoid content she does not want to see.

         For example, commercials that are often loud, suggestive, or obnoxious can be filtered out during broadcast and replaced with waves or user-specified images/music.

         Another application of the disclosed method is the removal of adult-oriented content from the broadcast, enabling parental control of programming to prevent exposure to children.

         The video source from any consumer electronics device is Video In (see Figure 1). This...