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Synchronized Filter, Record and Playback of Data Streams Contingent on Topic Embargos

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236259D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-15
Document File: 4 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enables a consumer of media content to maintain an embargo of very specific content related to a given media stream. At the same time, the system allows the user to consume unrelated information from a variety of media streams, and retrieve/playback those streams, maintaining the temporal synchronicity of those data streams on playback.

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Synchronized Filter, Record and Playback of Data Streams Contingent on Topic Embargos

User consumption of media content, especially films, recurring broadcast series, and sporting events, is often subject to limitations and constraints, including the classic 'spoiler' issue; that is, a user may want to consume media streams on a personal time schedule, without having details and surprises inadvertently revealed via any number of electronic sources. A method is needed to address this problem and allow a consumer of media content to embargo (i.e. prevent exposure to) spoiler information.

Media sources that potentially interfere with the target media stream include, but are not limited to, social media, news feeds, traditional websites, radio and television broadcasts, short messaging systems (SMS), device applications, etc.

This solution to this problem is two-fold. First, for media streams that have not been time shifted, a time-sensitive record and playback mechanism is implemented. For example, for a social network feed, posts matching certain criteria (e.g., specific key words) are logged to a database with time stamps, preserving the relative time relationship. Second, when playing back a time-shifted media stream (e.g., a television program recorded on a digital video recorder (DVR)), a synchronization mechanism is implemented, such that other media streams that are a part of the programming may be played back synchronously. This synchronized playback preserves the time relationship of the original independent media streams. Alternately, the related media streams may be 'held' indefinitely until the user completely consumes the target media stream.

This novel system enables a person who is trying to embargo spoiler content until a later time to freely consume other content from those media sources without inadvertently seeing the spoiler content. Further, the system contemplates an embargo of person-to-person communication (e.g., SMS messages, social media direct messaging, etc.) subject to user configuration.

The novel system enables the user to maintain an embargo of very specific content related to a given media stream while still being able to consume unrelated info from a variety of media streams, and retrieve/playback those streams, maintaining the temporal synchronicity of those data streams, on playback.

While the core idea focuses on public data streams, the capability is scalable to quasi-private communications such as social media direct messages, SMS messages, email, and the like. Any data source that contains both timestamp metadata and a programmatic method of data retrieval (e.g., service, Application Protocol Interface (API)) is within the scope of the idea. Data sources such as (non-streamed) terrestrial television and radio are outside the scope.

The system operates is as follows:

1. The user inputs into the system:
A. Target material or topic to embargo (via a user interface that is outside the

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