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Pay-Per-Play Using Distributed Digital Video Recording

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022226D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

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Kim Annon Ryal: INVENTOR

Abstract

Network together many set-top boxes with digital video recording capability so that they cooperate to record/store/play audio-video content. Charge to view stored shows.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50S5192

Title:

Pay-Per-Play Using Distributed Digital Video Recording

Abstract:

Network together many set-top boxes with digital video recording capability so that they cooperate to record/store/play audio-video content. Charge to view stored shows.

Inventors:

Kim Annon Ryal

Description of the Invention:

1.      I don’t subscribe to HBO, but occasionally I’d like to watch a program or movie broadcast on an HBO channel.

2.      Assume a distributed digital video recorder (dDVR) as describe in the referenaced IDF.

Assume that the dDVR has been configured to record everything broadcast by the head end and store it for a period of time (number of days or weeks).

Assume that I don’t have an equivalent level of service to permit me to watch the content that I desire.

I could still select to view this content, but would be charged on a pay-per-copy basis. That is: I would request to view a program from the dDVR library. That program would be delivered (overnight perhaps) to my STB’s DVR. When the copy is complete, I would be charged a ‘rental’ for this content (per day, per week, per play, etc.) I could watch the content when, or as often, as permitted by the rental.

3.      I prefer overnight delivery for free. However, delivery could be 2-3 day, overnight, 2 hour, or immediate. Faster delivery could be charged a higher rate.