‘Smart’ personal video recorder bleeps words and phrases you don’t like

TV viewers with sensitive ears may be glad to hear about a [beep] new patent that will help to ensure their [beep] doesn’t get [beep] up. The patent, submitted by Matthew T. Jarman of Salt Lake City, seeks to monitor TV content for questionable words, phrases, or even subjects, and censor them on the fly based on the viewer’s preferences. The device would ideally be able to analyze signals from cable, satellite, network, or broadcast television, as well as streaming video content.The system uses a computer and a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) to monitor the closed captioning text that comes with most television programs. The user would then be able to use a menu—protected by a user ID and password—to select at least one blocking word, and when the computer comes across keywords that the user has chosen to block, the system will mute the broadcast so that viewers won’t have to wash out their ears with soap later. The patent also describes a method by which the PVR would be able to identify multiple meanings of a word (a female dog versus a mean woman, for example) and allow the user to differentiate between the two when deciding what gets blocked.

Read this article from Ars Technica


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