Playing a version of and from within a video by means of downloaded segment information

  • US 6,067,401 A
  • Filed: 12/11/1997
  • Issued: 05/23/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A video system comprising:

  • preferencing means for preestablishing a content preference with respect to a level of explicitness in each of plurality of content categories;

    communication means for downloading segment information for a video comprising a linear sequence of frames readable from a spiral track of an optical disc, the segment information directly defining at least one segment of the video with respect to a level of explicitness in at least one content category;

    selecting means for selecting segments of the video by applying the preestablished content preference to the segment information; and

    random access and buffering means for playing from within the linear sequence of frames a seamless version of the video less in length than the length of the video, the playing not requiring an alternate video source and comprising retrieving the selected segments and seamlessly skipping a retrieval of an at least one segment by buffering at least a portion of a segment.

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