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Method and System for Tracking a Progress Point in a Media File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199082D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 53K

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Abstract

A method and system for tracking the farthest point reached by a user in a media file is disclosed. The method and system allows the user to visit any point earlier to the farthest point in the media file and then return back to the farthest point using a single button or click.

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Method and System for Tracking a Progress Point in a Media File

Disclosed is a method and system for tracking the farthest point in a media file reached by a user while playing the media file. The media file may include, for example, but not limited to, a video, an audio, a presentation, a digital book, a digital document and a web based media file. The method and system allows the user to visit any point earlier to the farthest point in the media file and then return back to the farthest point using a single button or click.

In a scenario, the method and system tracks progress of a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) show using a progress pointer as the user watches the DVR show. The progress pointer may refer to the farthest point in the DVR show that the user has seen. When the user wants to see a particular part of the DVR show that comes before the farthest point or current position of the progress pointer, the user my rewind the DVR show. Once the user has seen the particular part, the method and system enables the user to directly return to the current position of the progress pointer by using a single click or button corresponding to the progress pointer.

When two or more users are playing the same media file, the method and system may track the progress of the media file corresponding to the two or more users using two or more progress pointers. For example, when the two or more users are watching a video on YouTube*, the method and system tracks progress of the video with respect to each user using respective progress pointers.

In another scenario, the method and system tracks the progress of a live TV show using the progress poin...