Patents Assigned to AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
  • Publication number: 20140130074
    Abstract: A method includes determining a data capacity of a first network device of a plurality of network devices that provide content to a set-top box device. In response to the data capacity satisfying a first threshold and a second threshold, sending a first command to the first network device. The first command instructs the first network device to store media content associated with a particular channel corresponding to a predicted channel change request at the first network device. In response to the data capacity satisfying the first threshold and failing to satisfy the second threshold, sending a second command to the first network device and sending a third command to a second network device. The third command instructs the second network device to store the media content associated with the particular channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
    Inventors: Canhui Ou, Raghvendra Savoor, Stephen A. Sposato, Russell B. Bellford, Mung Chiang, Zhi Li
  • Publication number: 20140026163
    Abstract: A method includes monitoring media content at media content locations to identify media content items. The media content locations are identified in social network data stored by a set-top box device. The method includes receiving, at the set-top box device, a command to present image cells to a display device. The command is responsive to an alert sent from the set-top box device. The method also includes presenting the image cells at the display device. At least one of the image cells includes an image corresponding to an identified media content item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly know as AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
    Inventor: Kurt Trauth
  • Publication number: 20130231142
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment, a method includes presenting, at a first communication device, first location information after an incoming communication is answered. The first location information corresponds to a first location of the first communication device. The method further includes presenting updated first location information, at the first communication device, prior to the incoming communication being terminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
  • Publication number: 20130219421
    Abstract: A method includes sending a polling message from a management system to a set-top box device. The polling message requests service data related to quality of service associated with the set-top box device. The method includes receiving, at the management system, quality parameters from the set-top box device in response to the polling message. The method includes selecting a representative color that corresponds to the quality of service. The method also includes sending a quality indicator from the management system to a display. The quality indicator displays the representative color and an identification of the set-top box device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
  • Publication number: 20120317000
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to visualize locations of radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged items are described. One example method includes receiving a request from a portable electronic device to access product information associated with an individual radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged item, determining a location of the product information in a database, transmitting the located product information to the portable electronic device for display thereon, receiving modified product information associated with the individual RFID tagged item from the portable electronic device, and storing the modified product information to the location of the product information in the database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventor: Wayne Chang
  • Publication number: 20120262628
    Abstract: A home automation system and method are disclosed for configuring a device state including but not limited to receiving an input from the client device at the server, configuring the device state in the database at the server in accordance with the input, and sending the configured device state from the server to the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Knowledge Ventures L.P.
    Inventors: Brian B. Wilson, Carlton Brown, Jeffrey Multach, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Patent number: 8139563
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a Unified Messaging System (UMS) having a Session Border Controller (SBC) to receive a Session Initiation Protocol Uniform Resource Identifier (SIP URI), detect from a host portion of the SIP URI that the SIP URI is associated with a failover communication session, update a user portion of the SIP URI to indicate a failure disposition, and route the updated SIP URI to a call agent of the UMS. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Publication number: 20110149786
    Abstract: A packet-based communications network is dimensioned based on a maximum number of users able to receive a predetermined target throughput of data over a predetermined number of channels. For each of an incremental number of users, at least one blocking probability is calculated, based on a traffic distribution model, and a service delay is calculated, based on the blocking probability. An iterative throughput, corresponding to each of the incremental number of users, is determined based on the corresponding blocking probability and service delay. Each iterative throughput is compared to the target throughput. The maximum number of users is identified as the number of users having a corresponding iterative throughput that is closest to and less than target throughput.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as AT&T Knowledge Ventures L.P.)
    Inventor: Assad RADPOUR
  • Publication number: 20110019661
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a telephone Number Mapping (ENUM) system having a subsystem to monitor one or more operations of the ENUM system, determine if ENUM data packets that are received are one of provisioning packets or query packets, send the query packets to a Virtual Internet Protocol (VIP) address of an ENUM domain name system (DNS) server when the ENUM data packets are query packets, send the provisioning packets to a VIP address of an ENUM Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server when the ENUM data packets are provisioning packets, and cause the subsystem to wait and send traffic to one LDAP server at a time after determining if the ENUM data packets are one of provisioning packets or query packets. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventor: BERNARD KU
  • Patent number: 7877767
    Abstract: A method for distributing geographical restriction data in an internet protocol television (IPTV) system is disclosed. The method includes accepting at an IPTV server, a request from an IPTV client for the geographical restriction data related to geographically restricted video data, determining at the server, a plurality of geographic restriction zones for the geographically restricted video data and sending from the server to the client a message containing the restriction data related to at least one of the restriction zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard G. Jankins, Thomas Scott Webster, Eric Cabading
  • Patent number: 7830459
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for receiving a group of video channels at a client device, selecting a display set from the group of channels, and sending a communication to a display for displaying each channel in the display set in parallel wherein each one of the channels in the display set is displayed in one of a plurality of picture in picture (PIP) displays for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventor: Dinesh Nadarajah
  • Publication number: 20100272101
    Abstract: A system and method of communication in an IMS network is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a call processing server having a controller element that receives from a terminal device a calling ID for establishing communications with a called party, submits to a telephone number mapping (ENUM) server a query corresponding to the calling ID, receives from the ENUM server a plurality of communication identifiers retrieved from a Naming Authority Pointer record according to a grade of service (GoS) of the called party, and selects according to the GoS of the called party a communication identifier from the plurality of communication identifiers to establish communications with the called party. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: BERNARD KU, CHAOXIN QIU, MEHRAD YASREBI
  • Patent number: 7653190
    Abstract: A menu is provided in a telephone call. The menu provides a plurality of destination options including a first destination option for a residence of a family, a second destination option for a first member of the family at a first location other than the residence, and a third destination option for a second member of the family at a second location other than the residence. A first selection of one of the destination options is received in the telephone call, and the telephone call is routed to a first telephone number corresponding to the first selection. Thereafter, an originating dual-tone multi-frequency trigger is detected. The telephone call to the first telephone number is interrupted, a second selection of the destination options is received, and the telephone call is routed to a second telephone number corresponding to the second selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventor: Carol Gruchala
  • Publication number: 20090300695
    Abstract: A system and method of identifying events scheduled at a media recorder. In a particular embodiment, a system to identify events scheduled at a media recorder is disclosed. The system includes an identification module to determine a time interval and an address and to identify one or more media content items scheduled for recording within the time interval. The system also includes a notification module to send a message to the address, the message including scheduling information related to the one or more media content items scheduled for recording within the time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: SCOTT WHITE, SCOTT H. COOPER, JAMES L. CANSLER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090300671
    Abstract: A disclosed access control application and an associated method for managing access to multimedia content include enabling an administrator, e.g., a parent, to create a user account for a user, e.g., a child, and a password and a profile for the user account. The method further includes assigning an access level to the user and generating an initial set of content access indicator (CAIs) based on the access level. The initial CAI influences or determines the user's ability to access content associated with the access level. The method further includes modifying at least one of the CAIs in response to a request from the administrator. When a user subsequently send a navigation signal or command while the user account is active, the navigation signal is processed based at least in part on the CAIs to prevent the user from accessing content that the applicable CAI indicates as being restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Varnon Scott, James Leonard Cansler, Ankur Mukerji, Scott Anthony White
  • Publication number: 20090297131
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an encoder having a controller adapted to receive a Digital Video (DV) stream with metadata, retrieve from at least a portion of the metadata a native video format, configure encoding of at least a portion of the DV stream according to the retrieved native video format, generate from at least the portion of the DV stream an encoded video stream conforming to a Moving Picture Experts Group format and the native video format, and submit the encoded video stream to an Acquisition server for multicast distribution. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: TODD W. JONES, Jeffrey W. Zimmerman, Daniel J. Hipps
  • Patent number: 7627618
    Abstract: A system for managing data collection processes is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure can include, a data collection system having a controller element that assigns a priority level for processes, assigns to each of the processes a query interval for requesting use of processing resources, prompts each of the processes according to their respective query interval to request use of at least a portion of available processing resources, releases at least a portion of the available processing resources to a requesting one of the processes when the utilization of available processing resources exceeds a utilization threshold, and modifies the query interval of the processes after occurrence of a triggering event. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventor: Ed Honigfort
  • Publication number: 20090292777
    Abstract: Systems and methods of controlling a messaging system are provided. A particular method includes generating an n-times-use network address to access a control interface in response to receipt of a message addressed to a subscriber at a messaging system. The method further includes determining a notification address associated with the subscriber and generating a notification message addressed to the notification address. The notification message includes at least a portion of content of the message and the n-times-uses network address. The n-times-use network address is selectable a predetermined number of times at a browser application to send a control message to the control interface to control disposition of the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: JAMES JACKSON, THOMAS ADAMS, MEHRAD YASREBI
  • Publication number: 20090290690
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a Unified Messaging System (UMS) having a controller to receive one or more voicemail, video, or text messages directed to a subscriber of the UMS, present the subscriber one of a first option to convert one of the one or more voicemail messages received in a first media playback format to a second media playback format, and a second option to transfer at least a portion of one or more of the received voicemail, video or text messages received by the UMS to one of a set top box or digital video recorder. The controller is adapted to detect a selection of one of said options, and execute the selected option. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: JAMES FAN, JENNIFER K. LAM, THOMAS BARRETT
  • Publication number: 20090290856
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a digital video recorder (DVR) having a controller to record video content supplied by a media communication system, establish a threshold for utilization of a memory resource of the DVR, detect a utilization of the memory resource that exceeds the threshold, generate a notice describing the utilization of the memory resource at or after the time the threshold was exceeded, identify a communication identifier associated with a portable communication device, transmit the notice to the portable communication device according to the identified communication identifier, and receive a response message from the portable communication device that includes one or more instructions to manage the memory resource of the DVR. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Robert Coldwell