Patent Number: 8,711,862

Title: System, method and apparatus for pausing multi-channel broadcasts

Abstract: A system and method for providing a global pause function in a broadcast multimedia system during a pause mode including an input module having an incoming timestamp counter for providing a time-based marker value to mark when each incoming packet arrives from a tuner and an outgoing timestamp counter for providing a time-based marker value for each outgoing packet to a receiver(s), the outgoing counter being configured for controlling when to release each outgoing packet to the receiver(s). At least one global memory device is provided for storing each received packet. The input module is configured to stop the outgoing counter from incrementing in response to activation of a global pause signal for the duration of the pause mode. Data flow to all of the receiver(s) is simultaneously and automatically stopped when a pause mode is enabled.

Inventors: Schultz; Mark Alan (Carmel, IN), Johnson; Ronald Douglas (Westfield, IN)

Assignee: Thomson Licensing

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 4/29/12018