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Intelligent Method For Finer Control over Content Screening on Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176271D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for restrictive viewing and finer control over content being screened on systems like televisions.

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Intelligent Method For Finer Control over Content Screening on Systems

Authors:-


Dhaval K Shah, Sandeep Ramesh Patil, Ankur Bk Shah, Dwip N Banerjee.

     Television is one of the most widely used system for entertainment. It has reached to most of the people in this world with the audience from all age group.

Newer television channels

are being introduced every other day. All the channel broadcasters have been advised to rate the content/show type before and during broadcasting the content. Due to different kind of contents being broadcast across channels, there is a need to block some of the programs showing undesirable contents for certain group of viewers. For example there could be a show or a

program or a serial being telecast on television which is rated

parents do not want their children to view it, even in their absence. In other words, many parents

would like to prevent their young children from viewing programs that is oriented towards adults,

particularly programs that includes violent or sexual content.

     There exits arts like channel locks that prevent tuning to certain channels unless provided with the correct password. But such solutions suffer from its own drawbacks. Once unlocked, manual intervention is required to prevent the viewing of a channel's content by persons for whom that content is unsuitable. Following are some of the limitation in existing solutions:
1.There are devices that are available which can block certain channels based on the channel number. In most of the system its termed as Child lock facility. But it is not good idea to block certain channels based on channel numbers as channel number might change if broadcasters decide to change the frequency.
2. In other prior arts the channels can be blocked based on the contents of the channel. The concept to block the channels based on the contents though good but is a very generic method and has its own drawback. Typically, no intelligence is applied in such solutions. For example certain contents can be acceptable for certain group of people, but despite of it the content will be blocked. So, blocking the channels just based on contents is not an elegant solution.

     Disclosed is a method which overcomes all the drawbacks in the current methods. It actually blocks and unblocks the channel based on the actual viewer who is watching the television with accuracy.

Disclosed Method:

     Human Fingerprint scanning and matching is a well practiced art for user authentication or identification. But its use has been restricted to only authentication systems and for security

purpose. The disclosed method extends its use for managing finer and accurate control of content

display on systems like television (TV). The disclosed system works seamlessly without any user inconvenience and addressed the problem mentioned above more intelligently and accurately.

Following are the major steps required for its execution:...