My name is Joseph Irvine. I am a senior, studying Management Information Systems at Utah State University and am working on a capstone project with a group of MIS professionals as well as professors and mentors from the field.
We want to create a way for anybody to watch filtered movies in a fashion similar to what you see "edited for TV", etc. We would do this with intelligent templates that we would create that knew at what timestamps to mute, skip, etc. The original video content would be left intact. Only the playback is altered at the client side, similar to an intelligent remote control based on filters/templates for each movie.
We would like to create a way to integrate this filtering service into Roku to give people the option to legally watch filtered versions of many of the titles offered through Netflix or Amazon VoD without breaking copyright or other laws. The courts have ruled that modifying playback is legal.
Is there any current way through the API or through other access that we could implement a plug-in that could control the respective players? It would simply need to send commands such as when to mute, where to drop frames, where to skip, etc. It would never alter the original content of the file.