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Alternative Rated Content for Dual View Displays

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223758D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a process for storing video to allow the transition back and forth between single-viewer video content and dual-viewer video content. This process is intended for dual-view television technology, where separate video content can be displayed at the same time. The invention includes a process for synchronizing and splitting different movie segments to be shown in a single movie feature in order to provide different rated versions of the same movie. The main novel features of the invention include the abilities to encode media conent in segments and allow the viewer to select those segments based on ratings, to toggle between single-view mode and dual-view mode, and to select a version of a dual-content chapter for viewing based on user preference.

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Alternative Rated Content for Dual View Displays

Viewers of television shows or movies may want to see different versions of the same movie. Perhaps the issue is that an adult might want to watch a movie with a child, but there is concern over the content of the movie. The movie in question may have only a couple scenes that are of questionable appropriateness for a child. Either the adult must see the movie without the child or cover the child's eyes/ears during an inappropriate scene.

Another scenario is that Matt may want to watch a horror movie with Hannah but does not want to see the gory scenes; Hannah has no problem with the gore and prefers to see the original version. Matt has the option of closing his eyes during the gory scenes or leaving the room when he is uncomfortable.

Content owners are forced to deal with the problem of creating content for their target audiences. For example, if they want a movie to be on television, an action movie may have to have the language changed or gory details removed.

This invention allows two people to watch a movie on the same screen, but experience different content. This can also apply to separate groups in a movie theater. In a movie theater, there can be a section reserved for viewers who want the R-rated version and another section of seating for viewers who want the PG-rated version. For example, a parent and child can share the same movie-going experience and the parent can enjoy the complete version while the child views the version that is more age-appropriate. This is similar to modifying an R-rated movie in order to make it suitable for prime time television (e.g., nudity is masked or deleted, gory scenes are modified to be more appropriate for a general audience). This invention describes a video that has such segments identified and modified. Before watching a movie, a viewer can choose to watch the original version or the formatted version.

Proposed is a process for storing video to allow the transition back and forth between single-viewer video content and dual-viewer video content. This process is intended for dual-view television technology, where separate video content can be displayed at the same time. The invention includes a process for synchronizing and splitting different movie segments to be shown in a single movie feature in order to provide different rated versions of the same movie.

Novelty


 Storage, encoding of content in media that allows the viewer to select content chunks based on media ratings


 Process to play a video in single-view mode, switch to dual-view mode when a dual...