US 9,812,174 B2
Multimedia visual progress indication system
Robert Vallone, Palo Alto, CA (US); Howard Look, Palo Alto, CA (US); and Ain McKendrick, Redwood City, CA (US)
Assigned to TiVo Solutions Inc., San Carlos, CA (US)
Filed by TiVo Solutions Inc., San Carlos, CA (US)
Filed on Feb. 8, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/18,744.
Application 15/018,744 is a continuation of application No. 14/145,691, filed on Dec. 31, 2013, granted, now 9,274,690.
Application 14/145,691 is a continuation of application No. 13/335,804, filed on Dec. 22, 2011, granted, now 8,676,035, issued on Mar. 18, 2014.
Application 13/335,804 is a continuation of application No. 11/960,631, filed on Dec. 19, 2007, granted, now 8,111,975, issued on Feb. 7, 2012.
Application 11/960,631 is a continuation of application No. 10/915,990, filed on Aug. 10, 2004, granted, now 7,321,716, issued on Jan. 22, 2008.
Application 10/915,990 is a continuation of application No. 09/539,433, filed on Mar. 30, 2000, granted, now 6,847,778, issued on Jan. 25, 2005.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/127,178, filed on Mar. 30, 1999.
Prior Publication US 2016/0155479 A1, Jun. 2, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04N 5/783 (2006.01); G11B 27/34 (2006.01); G06F 3/0484 (2013.01); G11B 19/02 (2006.01); G11B 27/00 (2006.01); G11B 27/034 (2006.01); G11B 27/10 (2006.01); H04N 5/445 (2011.01); H04N 5/76 (2006.01); H04N 9/804 (2006.01); H04N 21/432 (2011.01); H04N 21/433 (2011.01); H04N 21/41 (2011.01); H04N 5/775 (2006.01); H04N 5/781 (2006.01); H04N 5/85 (2006.01); H04N 9/79 (2006.01); H04N 9/806 (2006.01); H04N 9/82 (2006.01); H04N 9/87 (2006.01); H04N 21/472 (2011.01); H04N 21/442 (2011.01); H04N 21/458 (2011.01); H04N 21/488 (2011.01); H04N 21/485 (2011.01)
CPC G11B 27/34 (2013.01) [G06F 3/0484 (2013.01); G06F 3/04847 (2013.01); G11B 19/025 (2013.01); G11B 27/005 (2013.01); G11B 27/034 (2013.01); G11B 27/102 (2013.01); G11B 27/105 (2013.01); H04N 5/44513 (2013.01); H04N 5/76 (2013.01); H04N 9/8042 (2013.01); H04N 21/4104 (2013.01); H04N 21/4325 (2013.01); H04N 21/4331 (2013.01); H04N 21/47217 (2013.01); H04N 21/488 (2013.01); G11B 2220/20 (2013.01); G11B 2220/455 (2013.01); H04N 5/775 (2013.01); H04N 5/781 (2013.01); H04N 5/783 (2013.01); H04N 5/85 (2013.01); H04N 9/7921 (2013.01); H04N 9/8063 (2013.01); H04N 9/8205 (2013.01); H04N 9/8715 (2013.01); H04N 21/4424 (2013.01); H04N 21/4583 (2013.01); H04N 21/47214 (2013.01); H04N 21/485 (2013.01); H04N 21/4882 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for visually and interactively communicating information of audio or video program material to a user, comprising:
receiving user input that activates at least one of: play or pause;
in response to receiving the user input, displaying a visual indicator and a position indicator in a vicinity of the visual indicator to a user, the visual indicator visually indicating an available amount of program material through which the user is able to navigate and play back, the position indicator visually indicating a current playback position within the available amount of program material; and in response to a lapse of a predetermined time period, removing the visual indicator and the position indicator from being displayed to the user.