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System and method for quality marking of a recording

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System and method for quality marking of a recording


Systems and methods for identifying a recorded video program are provided. The method may include recording a video and identifying the video as lacking desirable recording attributes. A future occurrence of a transmission of the video may be automatically selected in response to the identification of the video as lacking desirable recording properties. The future occurrence of the transmission of the video may be automatically re-recorded.

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Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120288258 - Class: 386296 (USPTO) - 11/15/12 - Class 386 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120288258, System and method for quality marking of a recording.

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention is related to systems and methods for recording videos and more particularly, systems and methods for identifying, marking and re-recording videos that were recorded lacking desirable recording attributes.

Recording devices, such as digital video recording (DVR) devices are well known in the art. DVR systems may be programmed to record television programs when they are broadcast. However, a user may find that a recorded program lacks desirable recording attributes. For example, the recorded program may be interrupted, missing the beginning or the end of the program, or may have incorrect content. Because DVR systems are typically automatically configured to avoid recording duplicate copies of the same program, the DVR system may not record an alternate broadcast of the program. The system may then miss a re-broadcast of the program, leaving the user with a program lacking desirable recording attributes and no easy means of acquiring a copy of the program with desirable recording attributes.

Accordingly, it would be desirable to provide video recording systems and methods for identifying programs lacking desirable recording properties and re-recording re-broadcasts of the program. It would further be desirable to provide systems and methods for defining recording options for future recordings based on modifications of recording options of previously recorded programs.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

These and other objects of the present invention are accomplished in accordance with the principles of the present invention by providing an interactive television application coupled with a recording device. The application may identify recorded programs lacking desirable recording attributes and record future broadcasts of the identified programs. A video may lack desirable recording attributes because, for example, it has incorrect program content, it is missing the start or the end of a program, it was interrupted, or it has poor audio or video quality.

In some embodiments, the recorded video may be identified as lacking desirable recording attributes by a user marking. In some embodiments, the interactive television application may automatically determine that the recorded video lacks desirable recording attributes and identify it as such. In response to the identification, a future occurrence of a transmission of the video may be automatically selected and re-recorded.

In some embodiments, the interactive television application may record a future occurrence of the program that minimally impedes the execution of all scheduled future recordings. For example, the interactive television application may identify all future occurrences of a transmission of the video, identify all scheduled future recordings, and identify the future occurrence of the transmission of the video that minimally impedes the execution of all scheduled future recordings.

In some embodiments, recording options, such as quality setting, start time or end time, may be modified for the re-recording of the video. In some embodiments, recording options may be modified based on prior recordings to potentially avoid the need to re-record a program. For example, category information (e.g., episode of a series, program title, sports program, etc.) of a video scheduled to be recorded may be compared with the category information of previously re-recorded videos. The recording options of the video scheduled to be recorded may then be modified based on the recording options of the re-recorded videos.

For example, a prior re-recorded program which was a Monday Night Football game was originally recorded with the first four minutes of the broadcast missing. For the scheduled re-recording, the start time was modified to add a five minute buffer to the beginning of the program. The five minute buffer may then be added to all other scheduled recordings of Monday Night Football in an attempt to avoid the original problem of missing the first four minutes of the broadcast.

In some embodiments, only a portion of the video may be re-recorded. That portion may be combined with all or part of the original recorded video. In another embodiment, a new copy of the video may be re-recorded, and the original copy may be deleted.

In some embodiments, a video-on-demand program may be downloaded with particular recording attributes. In response to identifying the downloaded recording as lacking desirable recording attributes, the program may be downloaded again to provide the user with a program having desirable recording attributes.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other features of the present invention, its nature and various advantages will be more apparent upon consideration of the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, and in which:

FIG. 1 is a diagram of an illustrative interactive television system in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 shows an illustrative display screen showing television listings in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 shows an illustrative display screen showing information relating to a television program in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 4 shows an illustrative display screen showing a television program in full screen after a recording has commenced in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 shows an illustrative display screen showing how a user may record a program in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 shows an illustrative display screen showing recording options in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 7 shows an illustrative display screen showing a listing of recorded programs in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 shows an illustrative display screen showing re-recording options in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 9 shows a flow chart of illustrative steps for identifying a recorded program in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 10 shows a flow chart of illustrative steps for scheduling a re-recording and modifying re-recording options in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120288258 A1
Publish Date
11/15/2012
Document #
13527728
File Date
06/20/2012
USPTO Class
386296
Other USPTO Classes
386E05001
International Class
04N5/76
Drawings
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