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IBM files for DVR instant-replay patent

Marc Perton

We can only assume that IBM's new focus in seeking patents is to throw in as many gimmicks as possible in order to fend off any claims of prior art. How else to explain this recent application, seeking a patent for "retrospective television viewing?" The application seeks to patent instant replay functions. But not any old instant replay. These are instant replays on a DVR. In a picture-in-picture window. With the data stored in the remote control. Okay, IBM, you win. We're pretty sure nobody's covered this exact combo of features before. And we're pretty sure nobody's going to rush out and manufacture anything based on this either.

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