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1. (WO2005060424) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BLOCKING AUDIO/VISUAL PROGRAMMING AND FOR MUTING AUDIO
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CLAIMS

What I claim is:

1. A method for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the method comprising:

receiving an audio/video programming signal comprising a plurality of programs;

receiving an indication to block display of at least one particular program; and

blocking display of the at least one particular program.

2. The method of claim 1 further comprising the operation of:

blocking display of the at least one particular program on a specified channel.

3. The method of claim 1 further comprising the operation of:

blocking display of the at least one particular program at a specified time.

4. The method of claim 3 further comprising the operation of;

blocking display of the at least one particular program at a specified time on a daily basis.

5. The method of claim 3 further comprising the operation of:

blocking display of the at least one particular program at a specified time on a weekly basis.

6. The method of claim 1 further comprising the operation of:

blocking display of the at least one particular program after a specified word is used in the program.

7. The method of claim 6 further comprising the operation of:

analyzing a close captioning stream associated with the program to determine whether the specified word is used in the program.

8. The method of claim 1 wherein the audio/video programming signal is received from a signal distribution medium selected from the group comprising a cable distribution medium, a satellite distribution medium, a network distribution medium, a broadcast distribution medium, and a streaming video distribution medium.

9. The method of claim 1 wherein the operation of blocking display of the at least one particular program occurs irrespective of a time associated with the at least one particular program.

10. The method of claim 9 wherein the operation of blocking display of the at least one particular program occurs irrespective of a channel associated with the at least one particular program.

11. The method of claim 1 wherein the operation of blocking display of the at least one particular program is performed as a function of a user identification.

12. The method of claim 1 wherein the operation of receiving an indication to block display of at least one particular program is performed as a function of receiving a master user identification.

13. The method of claim 1 further comprising the operation of:

recording the at least one particular program and later blocking it from play.

14. A processor apparatus for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the processor apparatus arranged to perform the operations of claim 1.

15. The processor of claim 14 selected from the group comprising: a cable-set top box processor, a satellite set-top box processor, a television processor, an audio receiver processor, and a personal video recorder processor.

16. A method for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the method comprising:

receiving an audio/video programming signal comprising a plurality of programs, wherein each program is associated with an informational description of the program that is adapted for display in association with the program, the information description comprising at least one word describing the program;

receiving an indication of at least one blocking word;

receiving an indication to block viewing of a program containing the at least one particular blocking word in the information description associated with any of the plurality of programs; and

blocking display of any of the plurality of programs associated with an information description including the at least one blocking word.

17. The method of claim 16 further comprising the operation of:

displaying a blocking word selection menu including the at least one blocking word.

18. The method of claim 16 further comprising the operation of:

providing means for selecting the at least one blocking word.

19. The method of claim 16 further comprising the operations of:

receiving an indication of at least one blocking word and indication of a number of occurrences of the blocking word;

blocking display of any of the plurality of programs associated with an information description including the at least one blocking word and after meeting the number of occurrences of the blocking word.

20. An processor apparatus for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the processor apparatus arranged to perform the operations of claim 16.

21. The processor of claim 20 selected from the group comprising: a cable-set top box processor, a satellite set-top box processor, a television processor, an audio receiver processor, and a personal video recorder processor.

22. A method for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the method comprising:

receiving an audio/video programming signal comprising a plurality of programs, wherein each program is associated with an audio signal;

receiving an indication of at least one blocking word;

receiving an indication to block viewing of a program containing the at least one blocking word in the audio signal associated with any of the plurality of programs; and

blocking display of any of the plurality of programs corresponding with an audio signal including the at least one blocking word.

23. The method of claim 22 further comprising the operation of:

analyzing a close captioning stream associated with the audio signal to determine whether the at least one blocking word is used in the program.

24. The method of claim 22 further comprising the operation of: receiving an indication of at least one blocking word by way of means for establishing at least one blocking word filter.

25. An processor apparatus for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the processor apparatus arranged to perform the operations of claim 22.

26. The processor of claim 25 selected from the group comprising: a cable-set top box processor, a satellite set-top box processor, a television processor, an audio receiver processor, and a personal video recorder processor.

27. A method for blocking one or more programs amongst a plurality of programming options, the method comprising:

receiving an audio/video programming signal comprising a plurality of programs, each of the plurality of programs being associated with program specific information;

receiving an indication to allow play of only programs associate with selected program specific information; and

blocking display of all programs not including the selected program specific information.

28. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a start time of the program.

29. The method of claim 27 wherein the progra specific information includes an end time of the program.

30. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a channel associated with the program.

31. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes at least one word of the program title.

32. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a topic associated with the program.

33. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes information text associated with the program.

34. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a person associated with the program.

35. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a rating of the program.

36. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a day that the program is scheduled for availability.

37. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a word used in an audio signal associated with the program.

38. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a closed captioning availability indicator associated with the program.

39. The method of claim 27 wherein the program specific information includes a stars rating for the program.

40. A method of muting a word in a program audio signal comprising:

identifying a word in the audio signal for muting, the word having a first meaning and a second meaning;

identifying at least one program characteristic of the program; and

muting the particular word as a function of whether the word is used in a program having the at least one characteristic.

41. The method of claim 40 further comprising the operation of:

identifying a word in the audio signal for muting, the word having a first meaning and a second meaning, the first and second meanings being a function of the context of use of the word.

42. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a start time of the program.

43. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes an end time of the program.

44. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a channel associated with the program.

45. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes at least one word of the program title.

46. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a topic associated with the program.

47. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes information text associated with the program.

48. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a person associated with the program.

49. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a rating of the program.

50. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a day that the program is scheduled for availability.

51. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a word used in an audio signal associated with the program.

52. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a closed captioning availability indicator associated with the program.

53. The method of claim 40 wherein the at least one program characteristic of the program includes a stars rating for the program.