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1. (WO2018005176) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACHIEVING AD AVOIDANCE BY SELECTIVELY SWITCHING MEDIA STREAMS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/005176    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/038432
Publication Date: Fri Jan 05 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Jun 22 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: H04N 21/44
H04N 21/458
H04N 21/462
Applicants: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
Inventors: WANG, Ti-Shiang
THOMAS, William, L.
Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACHIEVING AD AVOIDANCE BY SELECTIVELY SWITCHING MEDIA STREAMS
Abstract:
Systems and methods are disclosed herein for avoiding playback of an advertisement by selectively switching between media streams. To this end, a media guidance application receives a plurality of media streams from different sources, switches to a first media stream and plays back a first media asset of the first media stream, and determines that an end to playback of the first media asset is imminent. The media guidance application then determines whether a second media stream of the plurality of media streams is within a threshold amount of time of playing back a beginning of a second media asset, and if the second media stream is within the threshold amount of time of playing back the beginning of the second media asset, the media guidance application switches from the first media stream to the second media stream and plays back the second media asset.