Apple TV patent touts DVR and network navigation abilities

by Jason on August 20, 2012


Apple TV - DVR

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All eyes are swiftly turning towards Apple’s fall media event, as they have at this point for years now. Most Apple fans are hoping against hope for unexpected updates to the iPad, iPhone and iPod, even as rumors have been swirling about changes coming for the increasingly popular Apple TV platform.

According to our friends at, the rumors may have some grounding in reality. A  was recently granted to everyone’s favorite computing and entertainment giant that suggests the Apple TV will soon be able to connect into live television broadcasts, as well as record new shows with a DVR-esque application.

According to the details of the patent, new versions of the Apple TV device will give users the ability to check out current cable listings while simultaneously viewing content. And Apple’s Granted Patent gives them exclusive rights to this technology.

While many current cable customers may be enthusiastic about tossing out their traditional DVR machines for an all-inclusive Apple TV package, chances are Apple is focusing more on integration with the television itself than with a cable box. That means the patent may only come into effect on TVs that come stock with Apple TV built in, as a set-top-box.

Hopefully September’s media event will shed some further light on what’s coming down the pipe, as fans of the low, $99 price tag on the current Apple TV may demand satisfaction that doesn’t require the purchase of a completely new television.

  • james

    Is this
    the same technology Apple is introducing, that will allow customers to skip
    commercials? I thought it sounded cool, as I already have Dish, the
    Hopper and Auto Hop, but it turns out Apple will only allow customers to skip
    ads and replace them with other Apple content. This might be cool for a
    few, but with Dish Auto Hop I can skip ads entirely on my Prime Time
    recordings. Dish picked me to do an employee beta-test for Auto Hop and,
    unlike Apple’s idea, Auto Hop actually saves me a ton of time when watching my
    DVRs. Time is at a premium in my house, and Dish actually giving me
    something USEFUL is a major plus in my book.

  • Denise Mayer

    The new technology in our generation is relly cool. mostly the gadgets with hig technology from apple is the best.!

  • bonz04

    This is amazing technology.. An apple tv will connect to the live tv broadcast. One of the fastest and known technology in the world.

  • so small yet so brilliant.

  • John

    There’s a market for getting this right and it requires pulling off the service provider integration. So far, there isn’t competition. TiVO is expensive slow and dated. Windows Media Center is pricey. Cord cutting is just an experiment for most. Give people a great UI for the price of ATV and say goodbye to these sorry ass cable boxes.

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