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1. WO2000040025 - ELECTRONIC PROGRAMME BREAK REPLACEMENT SYSTEM

Publication Number WO/2000/040025
Publication Date 06.07.2000
International Application No. PCT/GB1999/004416
International Filing Date 23.12.1999
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 17.05.2000
IPC
H04N 7/16 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
7Television systems
16Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
H04N 7/173 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
7Television systems
16Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
173with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
H04N 7/24 2011.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
7Television systems
24Systems for the transmission of television signals using pulse code modulation
CPC
H04N 21/23424
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
23Processing of content or additional data; Elementary server operations; Server middleware
234Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams, manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
23424involving splicing one content stream with another content stream, e.g. for inserting or substituting an advertisement
H04N 21/25891
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication, learning user preferences for recommending movies
258Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics, processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
25866Management of end-user data
25891being end-user preferences
H04N 21/44016
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
43Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network, synchronizing decoder's clock; Client middleware
44Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream, rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
44016involving splicing one content stream with another content stream, e.g. for substituting a video clip
H04N 21/4532
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies, resolving scheduling conflicts
4508Management of client or end-user data
4532involving end-user characteristics, e.g. viewer profile, preferences
H04N 21/458
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies, resolving scheduling conflicts
458Scheduling content for creating a personalised stream, e.g. by combining a locally stored advertisement with an incoming stream; Updating operations, e.g. for OS modules ; ; time-related management operations
H04N 21/4622
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies, resolving scheduling conflicts
462Content or additional data management, e.g. creating a master electronic program guide from data received from the Internet and a Head-end, controlling the complexity of a video stream by scaling the resolution or bit-rate based on the client capabilities
4622Retrieving content or additional data from different sources, e.g. from a broadcast channel and the Internet
Applicants
  • NTL GROUP LIMITED [GB/GB]; NTL House Bartley Wood Business Park Bartley Way Hook Hampshire RG27 9UP, GB (AllExceptUS)
  • LANG, Jack, Arnold [GB/GB]; GB (UsOnly)
  • STRICK, Michael [GB/GB]; GB (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • LANG, Jack, Arnold; GB
  • STRICK, Michael; GB
Agents
  • LUCKHURST, Anthony, Henry, William; Marks & Clerk 57-60 Lincoln' Inn Fields London WC2A 3LS, GB
Priority Data
9828585.123.12.1998GB
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) ELECTRONIC PROGRAMME BREAK REPLACEMENT SYSTEM
(FR) SYSTEME ELECTRONIQUE DE REMPLACEMENT DES COUPURES DE PROGRAMME
Abstract
(EN)
A system, and a corresponding method, for providing a home entertainment device with a modified programme channel. The modified programme channel comprises a schedule of programmes on a programme channel, having modified programme breaks within and/or between the programmes. The system comprises: a programme reception device to receive the programmes on the programme channel; a source of supplementary programme material; output means, coupled to the programme reception device and to the source of supplementary programme material, to output the scheduled programmes and supplementary programme material to the home entertainment device; programme break detection means (such as a clock and/or event handler), coupled to the programme reception device, to detect a break or interruption in a programme; and switching means, responsive to the programme break detection means to switch the output from the programme to the supplementary programme material. Preferably the home entertainment device is a television.
(FR)
L'invention concerne un système et un procédé correspondant permettant d'obtenir un dispositif audiovisuel domestique doté d'un canal de programme modifié. Le canal de programme modifié comprend un calendrier de programmes sur un canal de programme, présentant des coupures de programme modifié à l'intérieur et/ou entre les programmes. Le système comprend un dispositif de réception de programme destiné à recevoir les programmes sur le canal de programme, une source de matière de programme supplémentaire, un moyen de sortie couplé au dispositif de réception de programme et à la source de matière de programme supplémentaire, afin de produire en sortie les programmes planifiés et la matière de programme supplémentaire sur le dispositif audiovisuel domestique, un dispositif de détection de coupures de programme (tel qu'une horloge et/ou un pilote d'événement), couplé au dispositif de réception de programme, afin de détecter une coupure ou une interruption dans un programme, et un moyen de commutation réagissant au dispositif de détection de coupure de programme et commutant la sortie provenant du programme sur la matière de programme supplémentaire. Le dispositif audiovisuel domestique est de préférence un poste de télévision.
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