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US20020046407: Use of web pages to remotely program a broadcast content recording system

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Inventor(s) Alexander Franco ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Correspondent Alexander Franco ·
Application Number US9789445
Filing date 02/20/2001
Publication date 04/18/2002
Predicted expiration date 02/20/2021
U.S. Classifications 725/110  ·
International Classifications H04N007/173  ·
Kind CodeA1
Related U.S. Application DataPRIORITY INFORMATION
0001 This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/183,761, filed on Feb. 18, 2000 and U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/184,308, filed on Feb. 22, 2000.
29 Claims, 22 Drawings


Abstract

A remotely programmable broadcast content recording system is programmed through a web page to record broadcast content such as television programs. Accordingly, a user can select content of interest and program the system from almost any location using a web browser. A host system hosts a web site through which the user can browse program listings and select content. In response to the selection of a program by the user, the host system creates programming data and transmits the programming data to the users recording system. The recording system can be configured to receive transmissions from the host system. A client programming module configured to receive the transmissions can be used to program a conventional recording device. The recording system can be supplemented with a web server and an Internet connection to provide a point of presence on the World Wide Web through which the system can be directly programmed.

Independent Claims | See all claims (29)

  1. 1. A method of programming a remotely programmable content recording system to record broadcast content, the method comprising: (a) receiving a programming instruction transmitted over a computer network by a user computer in response to a users input to the user computer, wherein the programming instruction identifies broadcast content that has been selected by the user to be recorded by the remotely programmable content recording system; and (b) using the received programming instruction to program the remotely programmable content recording system to record the identified content.
  2. 26. A hypertext link configured such that a traversal of the link causes a programming instruction to be transmitted over a computer network, wherein the programming instruction identifies a broadcast content unit, and wherein the programming instruction is configured to cause the identified broadcast content unit to be recorded by a remotely programmable broadcast content recording system.
  3. 27. A web page comprising: an identification of a content unit scheduled to be broadcast; and code that configures a web browser to transmit a programming instruction in response to input from a user, wherein the programming instruction is configured to cause a remotely programmable content recording system to record a broadcast of the content unit.

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