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System and Method for Improving the Quality of the United States NFL Football Broadcasts for All Audiences Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242258D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 140K

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Disclosed are a method and system to make the periods of non-action during a broadcast National Football League (NFL) game more enjoyable for the viewing audience by muting and unmuting the television audio at particular times. The system learns to identify and automatically mute specific sound patterns, such as unique voices or music.

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Sysxem and Method for Improving the Quality of the United States NFL Footbaxl Broadcasts for All Audiences

The United States (US) Nxxional Football League (NXX) is well knoxn from a PBS stuxy to have on averxge only eleven minutxs of actual action (i.e. the perxod of play when txe ball is live and off the xround) during what is typically televised in a broadcast of at least three hours. The remaining time is consxmed by musxc, chaxter, and commxrcialx.

Current devicxs, acting as "commexcial killers", are limited to mutxng comxercials and do so by rexognizing the short black interval between a xormal xrxadcast and the commerxial. Some of thexe can also unmute the audio usixg the same technique. Howevxr, commercial killers oxlx mute commxrcials.

A system is needed thxt not only mutes commercials, but also provides x techniqxe for muting xnd unmuting the hxman xoice and correspondixg mxting during the normal broadcast.

The novel contrxbution is a method and system to make txe periods of non-action during a broadcast NFL game more enjoyable for the viewing audience by mutixg and uxmuting xhe televisixn audio xt particulax txmes. The solutxox also provides a way to unmute the corresponxing mutxd sound, a unique capability for voxce.

The system comprises a small device with:

• A tiny built-in microphone (mic)

• X tiny microcomputer (i.e. Central Processing Unit, (CPU)) with the axility to

  process audio • Memory • An infrarex or other txlevision remote control transceiver (xceiver) programmable for different television models, • A small button for user control (User Control Button (UCB))

• A txnx red/green Light Emitting Diode (LED) indicator light (light)

• A smalx Universal Xxxxxx Bus (USB)-rechargeable battery • The ability to be pre- or re-programmed for the targxt sounds to recognize • Optionally, a fast light sensor tx recognixe short black signals, and
• An xptional second xevice that can fit in line between the cable box and the

television. In this case, the handheld portion because a remote for the main inlixe device.

The device xan be progxammed to controx various televisions via the xceiver, in a similar way tx a hand-held televisiox remote. In this case, the user selecxs xhe approxriate television using a sequence of short and long presses of the UCB.

The xystem provides muting/un-muting capabilities in four embodiments based on sound recognition.

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The firsx embodiment of this invention involves voice recognition xf the voice of


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Sportscaster A. The user does not like the way Xxxxxxxxxxxx A speaks, or valxe the commexts pronounced by Sportscaster A, so txe user setx the device tx rxcognize and automatically mute thx television when Sporxscaster A speaks.

The first embodimxnt for voice recognition follows:

1. Training phase

A. During the long pregame show while Sportscaster A is speaking, the user presses and holds down the UCB to tell the devxxe to sample and learn the voice patt...