TiVo was awarded a new Kidszone US Patent today. I wonder if they will bring back this feature in the future.
Techniques described herein enable parents to establish a child-protective "kids zone" on a DVR. According to one technique, a DVR receives, from a parent, identities of content items that the parent does not want children to view. The DVR maps the identities to a kids zone. During times that the DVR is set to operate in the kids zone operational mode, the DVR prevents itself from presenting any content items that are associated with the identities. However, during these times, the DVR still may obtain and store these content items. At other times, during which the DVR is not set to operate in the kids zone operational mode, the DVR may allow itself to present the content items that are associated with the identities, including content items that the DVR obtained and stored during times that the DVR was set to operate in the kids zone operational mode.
Inventors: Barton; James M. (Alviso, CA), Beach; Brian (Columbus, IN), Schmidt; Margret (Redwood City, CA), Poniatowski; Robert F. (San Jose, CA), Glennon; Shelly (San Jose, CA)