New Apple Patent Reveals Upcoming Apple TV Set Could Have DVR Capabilities

New Apple Patent Reveals Upcoming Apple TV Set Could Have DVR Capabilities

Apple is expected to revolutionize television with a set of its own later this year, and while we’re all expecting the device to feature Siri, there’s very little else we know about it. But according to a relatively new Apple patent, credited to Steve Jobs, it may also feature digital video recording capabilities that allow you to save your favorite shows for viewing at a later date.

The patent is part of a series published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week, and discovered by Patently Apple. It details a feature for recording episodic TV broadcasts that has never made its way into the Apple TV, but could make its debut in Apple’s upcoming television set.

Patently Apple reports:

The patent goes on to state that the menu items, could, for example, “correspond to television shows that have either been recorded from a broadcast or purchased from a content provider. Recording broadcast TV shows isn’t an option available today on Apple TV, so it’s interesting to see that this option was listed in this 2006 Apple TV patent which also credits Steve Jobs as one of the inventors.

The patent also mentions the “Apple TV working with a cable network” — another feature we’re yet to see from the Cupertino company’s set-top box, that could be part of the television.

The patent was first filed back in 2006 and is credited to Apple’s co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, in addition to Rainer Brodersen, Rachel Goldeen, Jeffrey Ma, and Mihnea Pacuraiu.

But this isn’t the first indication that the Apple television will offer DVR capabilities. A recent report from The Wall Street Journal revealed Apple has met with executives from several major studios to discuss its set, which would reportedly “integrate DVR storage and iCloud.”

  • Vadersleash

    My guess: Probably no on-board DVR storage (hard drives go bad far too often), but all recordings will be accessed from the iCloud, which would explain the huge database farms Apple has built. Apple will build the first cloud-TV.  Still no Blu-Ray, but otherwise a complete machine with DVR, iTunes, web access, Netflix,  and apps (including game apps)

  • ddevito

    No way. Maybe in 2015 but not now. Do you know how large DVR recordings are, especially HD. Most people don’t have that kind of bandwidth. It will have to have storage if it has DVR capabilities

  • Tim Meesseman

    No. I don’t want me recordings to be dependent on my internet connection. Furthermore, there’d be no need for a DVR at all. Apple could simply keep one copy of all freshly-aired TV shows. It would basically be like iTunes Match, but with video instead.

    Sounds cool in theory, but it would never work and goes against what a DVR really is.

  • FriarNurgle

    Maybe the system will identify what you are wishing to “record” on cable and then just match that up with the iTunes version of that show/movie accessible to you in the future. 

    I personally don’t have cable, nor do I think the cable companies/content publishers would go for this, but it does make sense especially given the Music Match service.  

  • al friede

    i just want it to come out already – and not at an exorbitant price – so we can stop talking about it! 

    i guess my 50″ pioneer kuro will be for sale by the 2nd iteration [never buy the 1st model of anything] of the iTV®

  • Brian0505

    This makes sense.  And local storage could be coordinated with your iDevices nearby over Airplay.  If you have Airport with a drive attached it could even be stored/coordinated  there.  

    To really blow us away just add a camera that can monitor for a gesture, nod yes or blink one eye, and the ‘recording’ is set.  

  • Bob Forsberg

    A 32″ (or larger) iMac with iTV chips inside might be closer to reality. Simplification of existing technology has always been Apple’s claim to fame. My 24″ iMac has been my DVR and TV viewing device for 3 years already.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Think Thunderbolt external drives.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Content publishers would love to circumvent cable, given no loss of income. It becomes the pay per view everyone wants and the cable distributors dread.

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