Verizon Prepares to Migrate FiOS Subs to Network DVR

If Verizon engineers succeed with a plan to shift FiOS TV subscribers with high-end HD DVRs to a network-based DVR system, subscribers won’t notice a thing.

Since DVRs were introduced more than a decade ago, pay TV subscribers have become accustomed to losing DVR content and scheduled recordings when upgrading to a new DVR. But Verizon Executive AldreyDirector of New Business Innovation Raul Aldrey details how settings could be migrated from a DVR to a network-based DVR in a Verizon patent that was published on Tuesday.

Verizon filed for the patent, titled, “Methods and systems for facilitating migration of a user account from a first digital video recording (“DVR”) system to a second DVR system,” in December 2012.

Patent

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a digital video recording (“DVR”) data migration management system 1) receiving a request for a user account to migrate from being associated with a first DVR system to being associated with a second DVR system, 2) accessing a first DVR data set associated with the first DVR system and separate from data representative of a library of one or more media content assets stored by the first DVR system, 3) generating a second DVR data set based on the first DVR data set and in accordance with one or more attributes of the second DVR system, and 4) associating the second DVR data set with the second DVR system. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.

Claims:

  1. A method comprising: receiving, by a digital video recording (“DVR”) data migration management system, a request for a user account to migrate from being associated with a first DVR system to being associated with a second DVR system; accessing, by the DVR data migration management system, a first DVR data set associated with the first DVR system and separate from data representative of a library of one or more media content assets stored by the first DVR system; generating, by the DVR data migration management system, a second DVR data set based on the first DVR data set and in accordance with one or more attributes of the second DVR system; and associating, by the DVR data migration management system, the second DVR data set with the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the accessing of the first DVR data set comprises directing the first DVR system to upload the first DVR data set to the DVR data migration management system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the first DVR data set is stored by the first DVR system, and wherein the accessing of the first DVR data set comprises accessing the first DVR data set directly from the first DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the accessing of the first DVR data set comprises accessing the first DVR data set from a computing system other than the first DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the first DVR data set comprises metadata associated with the library of one or more media content assets.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein: the first DVR data set comprises data representative of one or more settings of the first DVR data system; and the second DVR data set comprises data representative of a modified version of the one or more settings that takes into account the one or more attributes of the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein: the first DVR data set comprises data representative of business logic associated with one or more operations performed by the first DVR system; and the second DVR data set comprises data representative of a modified version of the business logic that takes into account the one or more attributes of the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the generating of the second DVR data set comprises modifying the first DVR data set in accordance with the one or more attributes of the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the generating of the second DVR data set comprises: providing one or more options associated with the generating of the second DVR data set for presentation within a graphical user interface; detecting a selection by a user of an option included in the one or more options presented within the graphical user interface; and generating the second DVR data set in accordance with the option selected by the user.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the associating of the second DVR data set with the second DVR system comprises transmitting the second DVR data set to the second DVR system for use by the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the associating of the second DVR data set with the second DVR system comprises designating the second DVR data set for use by the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising directing, by the DVR data migration management system, the second DVR system to acquire at least one media content asset included in the library of media content assets from a media content source other than the first DVR system in accordance with the second DVR data set.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising acquiring, by the DVR data migration management system, at least one media content asset included in the library of media content assets from a media content source other than the first DVR system for storage by the second DVR system in accordance with the second DVR data set.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the first DVR system is associated with a first DVR service provider and the second DVR system is associated with a second DVR service provider different than the first DVR services provider.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the receiving of the request for the user account to migrate from being associated with the first DVR system to being associated with the second DVR system comprises receiving a request for the user account to upgrade from the first DVR system to the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the receiving of the request for the user account to migrate from being associated with the first DVR system to being associated with the second DVR system comprises detecting a registration of the user account with the second DVR system.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the accessing, generating, and associating are performed in response to the receiving.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the accessing is at least partially performed prior to the receiving.
  1. The method of claim 1, embodied as computer-executable instructions on at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium.
  1. A method comprising: receiving, by a digital video recording (“DVR”) data migration management system, a first DVR data set associated with a first DVR system and separate from data representative of a library of one or more media content assets stored by the first DVR system; generating, by the DVR data migration management system, a second DVR data set based on the first DVR data set and in accordance with one or more attributes of a second DVR system; and transmitting, by the DVR data migration management system, the second DVR data set to the second DVR system for use by the second DVR system.sd
  1. The method of claim 20, embodied as computer-executable instructions on at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium.
  1. A system comprising: a communication facility configured to receive a request for a user account to migrate from being associated with a first digital video recording (“DVR”) system to being associated with a second DVR system; and a DVR data management system communicatively coupled to the communication facility and configured to acquire a first DVR data set associated with the first DVR system and separate from data representative of a library of one or more media content assets stored by the first DVR system, generate a second DVR data set based on the first DVR data set and in accordance with one or more attributes of the second DVR system, and associate the second DVR data set with the second DVR system.
  1. An apparatus comprising: a storage device configured to store data associated with the apparatus; and a processor communicatively coupled to the storage device and configured to detect a registration of a user account with the apparatus, determine that the user account was registered with a digital video recording (“DVR”) system separate from the apparatus prior to the registration, access, in response to the determination, a DVR data set associated with the DVR system and separate from data representative of a library of one or more media content assets stored by the DVR system, generate an additional DVR data set based on the DVR data set and in accordance with one or more attributes of the apparatus, and store the additional DVR data set in the storage device.

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