Patent Number: 8,818,162

Title: Personal video recording with storage space distributed among remote personal video recorders

Abstract: Automated personal video recording comprising scheduling a show for a user having allocated storage space on a personal video recorder ("PVR"), wherein the show has a storage space requirement that exceeds the user's free space, and the PVR is coupled for data communications to a storage space provider; and transmitting to the storage space provider an order to record the show through the storage space provider in storage space on a remote PVR that is coupled for data communications to the storage space provider. Receiving in a storage space provider from a personal video recorder ("PVR") an order to record a show on a remote PVR, the order comprising an identification of a show and a schedule for recording the show; selecting a remote PVR; and recording the show, in dependence upon the show identification and the schedule for recording the show, in storage space on the selected remote PVR.

Inventors: Boston; Stephen B. (Cedar Park, TX), Brown; Michael Wayne (Georgetown, TX), Paolini; Michael A. (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04N 5/765 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018