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1. (WO2005109886) CONTROLLING ONE OR MORE MEDIA DEVICES

Pub. No.:    WO/2005/109886    International Application No.:    PCT/US2005/015249
Publication Date: Nov 17, 2005 International Filing Date: May 2, 2005
IPC: H04N 11/00
H04N 7/16
Applicants: VULCAN INC.
STARK, Korina, J. B.
Inventors: STARK, Korina, J. B.
Title: CONTROLLING ONE OR MORE MEDIA DEVICES
Abstract:
A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digital video recorder ('DVR') devices and media center devices, and in other situations may include other types of media devices and/or other electromechanical ('E/M') devices that may be centrally controlled, such as E/M devices for home automation that may operate independently or in conjunction with the media devices. In some situations, the CM system communicates with the connected devices via a network and using appropriate protocol(s), and may be accessed remotely via a network so as to allow a user to remotely operate the CM system. The CM system may further control searching, identification, selection, and presentation of pieces of media content by the connected device(s).