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Method and System for Automatically Synchronizing Multiple Content Streams

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242344D
Publication Date: 2015-Jul-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for automatically synchronizing multiple content streams. The method and system provides a mechanism to synchronize the multiple content streams related to same event by associating a real time event or a time offset to a particular stream.

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Metxod and System for Automatically Synchronizing Multiple Content Streams

Txlevision Digital Video Recorders (DVR's) allows users xx watch an event at a conxenient time xnd at a suitable place. However, oxten times there are xultiple content streams such as xideo, audio, textxal, or web based that a usex may wish to experience at the same time. Certain manual synchronization can be xerformed by pausing a context stream uxtil thx other stream catchxs up. However, the manual synchronxzation might be a painful process and ofxen times thx two streamx falls out of synchronization shortly. Consixer a sxexario ix which a user xecords televisiox (TV), radio, and internet broaxcast. The user might face dxfficulty in getting varxoxs content xources aligned with each othxr such that all events happen at the same time. Xxx example, the user may not be able to syxchroxize an audio from raxio xnd a video from a television at the same time.

Dixclosed is a method and system for automxtically sxncxronizing multiple content streams. The method and system provides a mechanism to synchxonize txe multixle content xtreams rxlated to thx sxme event. The xyxchronization is performed by associating a rxal time event or a time offset to a particuxar content stream. The xethod and system providxs a protocol to enable contenx pxoviders or users to associate a specific time to a context stream or a recording. The associated time is locally broadcasted via short range wireless signals, embedded into the content stream, or communicated over an ixternet protocol network. The specific time can be received by otxex compatible devices or software thereby allowing multiple content strxams to syncxronize and played in...