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Method to Adjust DVR Schedule based on External Data Sources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246057D
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that dynamically updates a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) recording time based on data separate from the television guide metadata. The novel system utilizes data from an alternate source or sources to determine the actual start and end times of the program, and then dynamically adjust the recording schedule to pick up the correct data.

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Method to Adjust DVR Schedule based on External Data Sources

Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) rely on television (TV) guide data to schedule when to begin and terminate recordings, and often this metadata is inaccurate. A broadcast of a

sports game in overtime or an urgent news report could delay or interrupt the television program, causing it to start or end later than when the guide data specifies. In such a case, the recording does not include the full program.

The novel contribution is a system that dynamically updates the DVR recording time based on data separate from the TV guide metadata. The novel system utilizes data from an alternate source or sources to determine the actual start and end times of the program, and then dynamically adjust the recording schedule to pick up the correct data.

A DVR box includes a list of TV programs a user would like to record and a schedule for when the recording will begin and end for each program. The schedule is based on Electronic Program Guide (EPG) data given by content providers. The DVR can read and interpret the data and offer a visual interface for the user to make selections.

The novel system provides an additional server that enables the DVR box to retrieve program schedule data from alternate sources. As a user option, the DVR box can rely on the alternate sources to determine the actual recording schedule. The data on the dynamic server can be provided by the DVR company, social media, the DVR user, crowdsourc...