Patents Assigned to Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
  • Publication number: 20210320963
    Abstract: A method of data conditioning is disclosed that in one aspect can include the steps of receiving a data stream, encoding a time code in the data stream to identify a portion of the data stream corresponding to a content fragment, and separating the identified portion of the data stream to define the content fragment, wherein the content fragment comprises the encoded time code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Jan van Doorn, Brian Field
  • Patent number: 11147062
    Abstract: A wireless device may receive message(s) comprising configuration parameters of cells grouped into a first cell group and a second cell group. One or more first grants for transmission in a first subframe on one or more first cells of the first cell group are received. The one or more first cells may comprise an LAA cell. One or more second grants for transmission in a second subframe on one or more second cells of the second cell group may be received. The first subframe may overlap the second subframe. The first subframe may lead the second subframe by a timing difference. In response to the timing difference being larger than a timing value, a power scaling rule may be applied to transmissions corresponding to the one or more second grants based on whether a listen before talk procedure indicates a clear channel for the LAA cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Alireza Babaei, Esmael Hejazi Dinan
  • Patent number: 11147034
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for wireless communications are described. Uplink signals may be time aligned based on different synchronization signals as a timing reference for different carrier groups. A base station may send, to a wireless device, a time alignment command comprising: an indication of a carrier group index, and a time adjustment value. Based on the time alignment command, the wireless device may send second uplink signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Esmael Hejazi Dinan
  • Patent number: 11146398
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described herein for improved communications between a service and end devices via a gateway. A token may be in a signed encrypted state when sent to untrusted devices and may be signed, but not encrypted, when used by trusted devices. Untrusted devices may receive the encrypted token and may use it to access services. An untrusted device may send the received encrypted token to the gateway, which may then send the token to its issuer so that the token issuer may decrypt the data payload. The token may then be sent back to the gateway, which may then read the decrypted data and verify whether the untrusted device is permitted to access the requested service. The gateway may then send, within the trusted domain, the request and token to the service provider so that the untrusted device can obtain access to the requested service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Asad Haque, Ahmad Al Tamimi, Liesheng Long, Thomas Hughes, III
  • Patent number: 11146865
    Abstract: Aspects discussed herein relate to systems, apparatuses, and methods to identify, in near real-time, points of interest of viewers of a content item concurrently being transmitted in a linear stream to the viewers. A point of interest may refer to a segment of the content item that caused a surge in user reactions. During a subsequent transmission of the content item, identified points of interests may be displayed to the viewer. The viewer may select the point of interest in the content item to begin playback of the point of interest in the content item. Further, a playlist of points of interest in one or more content items may be generated for playback of the points of interest to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Galen Trevor Gattis, Hong Kwon, Jennifer Metz, Leslie Chapman
  • Patent number: 11144969
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and receiving a sequenced listing of pieces of content are described. A request to search for assets may be received. A first listing of assets associated with the request may be received. Data representative of assets stored within an edge server associated with the user may be received. A first group of assets of the first listing of assets that are stored within the edge server based upon the received data representative of assets stored within the edge server and a second group of assets of the first listing of assets that are not stored within the edge server based upon the received data representative of assets stored within the edge server may be determined. A second listing of assets may be generated where at least one asset of the first group is sequenced separate from at least one asset of the second group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Brown
  • Patent number: 11146839
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for performing adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming. A user device may request a segment of a first version of a plurality of versions of a content asset from a content provider, and may receive the segment. An estimated time to receive a second segment of a second version of the content may be determined based on metrics associated with receipt of the segment of the first version and in a manner that takes into account latency with the network, such that a determination whether to switch to a higher or lower bitrate version of a content asset during ABR streaming may be more accurately made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Philip John Stroffolino, Jaikumar Subramanian
  • Patent number: 11140362
    Abstract: An on demand content delivery platform for delivering on demand digital assets includes a network transport composed of network elements. A content delivery path extends from an application server, through the network transport, to a client. During content delivery, at a network element, data is inserted into the content delivery path to produce a content stream containing inserted in-stream data. In one implementation, the content is conditioned in accordance with instructions present in the in-stream data. In another implementation, the in-stream data represents session information and is utilized for stateless recovery of session information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Walter F. Michel
  • Patent number: 11140087
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining traffic information for devices along one or more routes are described. A content server may send a message to a plurality of devices along a route. The message may comprise an indication requesting each of the devices to send, to the content server, status information regarding the respective device. Intermediary devices may receive the message, respond with the requested information, and forward the message through the route. The message may comprise a stateless messaging protocol message such as an ICMP or UDP packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Alankar Sharma
  • Patent number: 11134278
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing the storage of content are described. A video stream may include a content identifier and content information relating to a boundary that may be used to facilitate recording of at least a portion of the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Lintz, Tedd Dawson, Jason Burgess
  • Patent number: 11134214
    Abstract: Detecting the start of a credit roll within video program may allow for the automatic extension of video recordings among other functions. The start of the credit roll may be detected by determining the number of text blocks within a sequence of frames and identifying a point in the sequence of frames where a difference between the number of text blocks in frames occurring before the point and the number of text blocks in frames occurring after the point is greatest and exceeds a specified threshold. Text blocks may be identified within each frame by partitioning the frame into one or more segments and recording the segments having a pixel of a sufficiently high contrast. Contiguous segments may be merged or combined into single blocks, which may then be filtered to remove noise and false positives. Additional content may be inserted into the credit roll frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Jojic, David F. Houghton
  • Patent number: 11134424
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are described for wireless communications. A base station may receive resource status information. The base station may use the resource status information for serving one or more network slices for a wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Kyungmin Park, Esmael Hejazi Dinan, Alireza Babaei, Hyoungsuk Jeon
  • Patent number: 11133975
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to fragmenting content based on metadata are disclosed. In one embodiment, metadata is obtained from data that is accessible from an interface. A content descriptor, based on at least a portion of the metadata, may be utilized to determine fragment size. The content descriptor value may be derived from multiple forms of metadata, such as for example, genre, sub-genre, presence of live media, and combinations thereof. The fragments may be either virtual or physically discrete segments or files. In one aspect, the value may be the sole basis for determining the fragment lengths. In another aspect of the embodiment, the division of the content is conducted such that each resultant fragment comprises a single frame type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Allen Broome, John Leddy
  • Patent number: 11134285
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for controlling data such as content and/or application data transmitted to one or more user devices. One method can comprise receiving a request for first content and generating, in response to the request for the first content, a first transport stream comprising the first content and application data relating to a first application. At least a portion of the first transport stream is transmitted to a recipient device. An interruption in the transmission of the first transport stream is detected and a determination is made that only a first portion of the application data has been transmitted to the recipient device. A second transport stream including second content and a second portion of the application data is generated and transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn O'Malley, Jeremy Zaucha, Michael Rosenwald, Ruifeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 11128615
    Abstract: A method and system may allow for authenticating a computing device. A computing device may send an authentication request over a network to an authentication computing device. The authentication request may include a user name and a password. The user name may include a credential and the password may be a digitally signed version of the user name. The authentication computing device may authenticate the requesting computing device by decrypting the password and comparing the received user name to the decrypted password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Kris Bransom, Christopher Zarcone
  • Patent number: 11128359
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and method are described for wireless communications. A base station may transmit, and a wireless device may receive, one or more messages that may comprise configuration parameters of semi persistent (SP) channel state information (CSI) reporting and an SP CSI skip indicator indicating that skipping SP CSI report transmission is allowed. The wireless device may skip transmitting an SP CSI report based on the CSI skip indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Hua Zhou, Esmael Hejazi Dinan, Alireza Babaei, Hyoungsuk Jeon, Kyungmin Park
  • Patent number: 11129154
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for wireless communications involving base stations. A base station may configure a downlink channel (e.g., a physical downlink control channel) based on the configuration of a downlink channel associated with another base station. One or more base stations may manage overlap between downlink channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Esmael Hejazi Dinan
  • Patent number: 11128896
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for secondary content delivery via a network. A data stream carrying, for example, a primary content may also carry a network address of a schedule that indicates one or more times at which secondary content should be presented in coordination with the primary content. A user device may receive this data stream, and use it to obtain the secondary content and to present it with the primary content. The user device may also determine whether the schedule has changed by comparing a received network address with a previously-received network address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Lipczynski
  • Patent number: 11129077
    Abstract: Networking devices may allow for directed wireless communication. Such devices may comprise a movable antenna within a spherical housing having different ports associated with different positions, and may direct wireless communication beams in different directions to provide access to different zones by moving the antenna. A user may configure a system to prioritize or restrict zones or devices based on criteria. This prioritization may facilitate tiered services among users or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: William Bellis, Christine Compton, Nirav Dave, Adam Eng, David Eng, Brendan Lavery, Tamara Nowakowski, Anupama Vaidya
  • Patent number: 11129096
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved geolocation in a low power wide area network are disclosed. One example method may include receiving an instruction to determine a geolocation of an end in a low power wide area network. An instruction may be transmitted to the end node for the end node to transmit a high-energy geolocation signal at a power of about 0.5 Watt to about 1 Watt. The end node may transmit the high-energy geolocation signal and a plurality of gateways of the low power wide area network may receive the high-energy geolocation signal. A plurality of receipt times may be identified. Each receipt time may be indicative of the time at which the high-energy geolocation signal was received by the respective gateway of the plurality of gateways. Based at least in part on the plurality of receipt times, a geolocation of the end node may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: William Carroll VerSteeg