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Method to Save Sections of Media Content Off-Line Based on Various Criteria, Then Blend Remaining Streaming Content If Cloud Connected

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234542D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to save sections of media content off-line based on various criteria, then blend remaining streaming content if cloud connected.

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Method to Save Sections of Media Content Off - Blend Remaining Streaming Content If Cloud Connected

Disclosed is a method that identifies sections of content (eBook, document, audio, podcast, video, app, etc.) based on previously viewed areas in the same location, static bookmarks, recommended sections, and then downloads only those sections to the mobile device, along with a small portion before/after the bookmark for context, for off-line viewing.

    Currently, as more and more devices connect to the cloud, several services have emerged to provide streaming and cloud-based content including eBooks, music, video, etc. Further, existing art provides the ability for users to save to the device for 'off-line' enjoyment. For example, one can download eBooks for use when off-line. The problem is that, even when a device has 64GB or 128GB, the amount of storage always seems to be limiting, especially for videos, which is a popular way to communicate how-to content. One reason is that the content selected to view off-line takes up quite a bit of space. Further, many times a user downloads for 'off-line' viewing a full document, podcast, video, or conference recording even when only a small portion is desired. To complicate matters, many professionals rely on different content depending on where they are or which customer they are going to see. This is too much to store off-line, yet many times when they need the content (in the middle of a data center servicing a system or cooling unit), there is no connection to their cloud. Further, users need to annotate on the off-line content to customize it and store notes for the next time they are at the customer site. What is needed is a way to intelligently store only sections of content for off-line viewing that is needed when the user needs it, preserve custom annotations, all while still maintaining the fluid streaming support of the whole document/video if the device is cloud connected.

    As mentioned above, this method identifies sections of content based on previously viewed areas in the same location, static bookmarks, recommended sections, and then downloads only those sections to the mobile device, along with a small portion before/after the bookmark for context. Further, this method keeps a reference to the full cloud content so, when there is cloud access, the off-line content is seamlessly stitched together with the online content., If off-line content has been modified, and can be synchronized later to the master cloud content, or multiple versions can be stored where each annotation/modification can be displayed side by side for comparison. Finally, the method swaps what content is saved off-line based on key information like location. As a resu...