Playing a variable-content-video having a user interface

CAFC
  • US 6,463,207 B1
  • Filed: 12/12/1997
  • Issued: 10/08/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/07/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An apparatus capable of playing an optical disc storing (1) a video program including within a plurality of video program segments that provide for at least two versions of said video program, (2) a user interface, particular to said video program, for enabling a user of said video program to establish a content preference, and (3) data defining a plurality of video program segments within said video program, the apparatus comprising:

  • processing means for enabling said user of said video program to establish a content preference by utilizing said user interface, and for selecting, for said user, video program segments from within said video program by applying said content preference to said data; and

    random accessing and buffering means for playing the selected segments as a seamless version of, and from within, said video program, said playing comprising seamlessly skipping over non-selected video program segments included within said video program.

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