Seamless transmission of non-sequential video segments

  • US 5,913,013 A
  • Filed: 12/15/1997
  • Issued: 06/15/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for playing a selected one of at least two versions of, and from within, the same video program stored in a laser readable disc comprising at least one spiral track, the video program including within at least three segments containing respectively (1) content unique to one of said at least two versions, (2) content unique to another of said at least two versions, and (3) content common to said at least two versions, comprising processing means for selecting, responsive to which of said versions is to be played, and by means of information defining and linking segments, only the segments containing content unique to the version being played and segments containing content common to at least the version being played, and random access and buffering means for playing the selected segments as a seamless version of, and from within, the video program, and for seamlessly skipping segments, within the video program, containing content not included in the version being played.

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