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1. (WO2009124188) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALLOWING MULTIPLE RECEIVING UNITS IN A NETWORK TO RECORD THE SAME CONTENT WHILE MINIMIZING NETWORK RESOURCE USE

Pub. No.:    WO/2009/124188    International Application No.:    PCT/US2009/039299
Publication Date: Oct 8, 2009 International Filing Date: Apr 2, 2009
IPC: H04N 7/173
Applicants: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
LEE, Sean, S.
CASAVANT, Scott, D.
Inventors: LEE, Sean, S.
CASAVANT, Scott, D.
Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALLOWING MULTIPLE RECEIVING UNITS IN A NETWORK TO RECORD THE SAME CONTENT WHILE MINIMIZING NETWORK RESOURCE USE
Abstract:
A method and system for providing content includes a network having a plurality of receiving units generating a plurality of recording requests for content and communicating the recording requests through the network. The system also includes a first receiving unit of the plurality of receiving units that is selected by the network to record content corresponding to the request in a first memory and storing the content in a first memory of the first receiving unit. The network communicates a do-not record signal to the plurality of receiving units except the first receiving unit. A second receiving unit of the plurality of receiving units forms a selection for the content and communicating the selection to the first receiving unit. The first receiving unit streams the content to the second receiving unit through the network. The second receiving unit displays the content on a display associated with the second receiving unit.