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(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (i0) Pub. No.: US 2008/0092168 Al
Logan et al. (43) Pub. Date: Apr. 17,2008
(54) AUDIO AND VIDEO PROGRAM
RECORDING, EDITING AND PLAYBACK
SYSTEMS USING METADATA
(76) Inventors: James D. Logan, Windham, NH (US);
Scott A. Durgin, North Andover, MA
(US); Brian D. Doe, Windham, NH
(US); Vincent E. Colella, Wilmington,
MA (US); Jeffrey M. Santos,
Newburyport, MA (US); Michael G.
Palone, Acton, MA (US); Stephen
Boone, Windham, MA (US);
McFarland Hale, North Chelmsford,
MA (US); Paul M. Mansfield,
Burlington, MA (US); Gregory J.
Read, Newbury, MA (US)
ROPES & GRAY LLP
PATENT DOCKETING 39/41
ONE INTERNATIONAL PLACE
BOSTON, MA 02110-2624 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 11/894,565
(22) Filed: Aug. 20, 2007
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation of application No. 10/165,587, filed on Jun. 8, 2002.
(60) Provisional application No. 60/297,204, filed on Jun. 8, 2001. Provisional application No. 60/352,788, filed on Nov. 28, 2001. Provisional application No. 60/304, 570, filed on Jul. 11, 2001. Provisional application No. 60/336,602, filed on Dec. 3, 2001.
(51) Int. CI.
H04N 5/445 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 725/44
A system for utilizing metadata created either at a central location for shared use by connected users, or at each individual user's location, to enhance user's enjoyment of available broadcast programming content. A variety of mechanisms are employed for automatically and manually identifying and designating programming segments, associating descriptive metadata which the identified segments, distributing the metadata for use at client locations, and using the supplied metadata to selectively record and playback desired programming.