Patents Assigned to Rovi Solutions Corporation
  • Patent number: 11589132
    Abstract: A system for distributing media includes a wide area network (WAN), a media player coupled to the WAN at a first home, and a media server coupled to the WAN at a second home for providing media. A service is coupled to the WAN for receiving a request for media from the media player and for establishing a connection between the first and second homes over the WAN. Media is streamed across the WAN from the second home to the first home. The system may include a storage device coupled to the media player where media is transferred across the WAN for storage at the storage device. A media device may be coupled to the media player for playing the streamed/transferred media where the media player and the media device may comprise a television, stereo, or computer and the media item may comprise video, photographs, or audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Dietrich, Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 11297394
    Abstract: Media content is received in a windows management application. The media content is from a set of content including zero or more television signal content and zero or more application content. The media content is incorporated into a television signal containing a window configuration. The television signal is then sent from the windows management application to a television where it is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 10791377
    Abstract: Media content is received in a windows management application. The media content is from a set of content including zero or more television signal content and zero or more application content. The media content is incorporated into a television signal containing a window configuration. The television signal is then sent from the windows management application to a television where it is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 10536756
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed which reduces or removes the effectiveness of commercial skip systems such as presently found in VCRs, PVRs, etc. which are designed to delete commercials from signal material upon playback of a previously recorded version of the signal material. In an embodiment, the effectiveness of the commercial skip system is reduced or removed by adding a flat field of selected signal level to active line portions of video lines of the signal material. Other embodiments modify the normal fade to black signal indicative of a commercial to provide a fade to non-black signal. In further embodiments, a fade to non-black signal is inserted in an overscan area of the signal picture. Still further embodiments modify audio signals or selected signals in the horizontal blanking interval which may be used in commercial skip systems to detect the presence of commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Quan, John O. Ryan, Peter Wonfor
  • Patent number: 10405053
    Abstract: Media content is received in a windows management application. The media content is from a set of content including zero or more television signal content and zero or more application content. The media content is incorporated into a television signal containing a window configuration. The television signal is then sent from the windows management application to a television where it is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ROVI SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 10375146
    Abstract: A network bridge connects a host device, such as digital media player, cell phone or camera, to content sources over a network to permit the host device to transmit or receive digital media. The network bridge includes a network interface module that identifies at least one media source as well as digital media available on the network. A host device interface module receives, from the host device, file system requests in accordance with a protocol, such as a mass storage protocol. In response to the request, a host device protocol interface module on the network bridge translates the file system request to a request for digital media. The network interface module acquires digital media from the media source, and the host device interface module transfers the digital media to the host device in accordance with the interface protocol. The network bridge may connect to one or more services that provide content to the host device. For example, the services may be accessible over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Dietrich, Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters
  • Patent number: 10182267
    Abstract: A system for distributing media includes a wide area network (WAN), a media player coupled to the WAN at a first home, and a media server coupled to the WAN at a second home for providing media. A service is coupled to the WAN for receiving a request for media from the media player and for establishing a connection between the first and second homes over the WAN. Media is streamed across the WAN from the second home to the first home. The system may include a storage device coupled to the media player when media is transferred across the WAN for storage at the storage device. A media device may be coupled to the media player for playing the streamed/transferred media where the media player and the media device may comprise a television, stereo, or computer and the media item may comprise video, photographs, or audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Dietrich, Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 10129605
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed which reduces or removes the effectiveness of commercial skip systems such as presently found in VCRs, PVRs, etc. which are designed to delete commercials from signal material upon playback of a previously recorded version of the signal material. In an embodiment, the effectiveness of the commercial skip system is reduced or removed by adding a flat field of selected signal level to active line portions of video lines of the signal material. Other embodiments modify the normal fade to black signal indicative of a commercial to provide a fade to non-black signal. In further embodiments, a fade to non-black signal is inserted in an overseas area of the signal picture. Still further embodiments modify audio signals or selected signals in the horizontal blanking interval which may be used in commercial skip systems to detect the presence of commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Quan, John O. Ryan, Peter Wonfor
  • Patent number: 9826279
    Abstract: Media content is received in a windows management application. The media content is from a set of content including zero or more television signal content and zero or more application content. The media content is incorporated into a television signal containing a window configuration. The television signal is then sent from the windows management application to a television where it is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ROVI SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 9621605
    Abstract: A network bridge connects a host device, such as digital media player, cell phone or camera, to content sources over a network to permit the host device to transmit or receive digital media. The network bridge includes a network interface module that identifies at least one media source as well as digital media available on the network. A host device interface module receives, from the host device, file system requests in accordance with a protocol, such as a mass storage protocol. In response to the request, a host device protocol interface module on the network bridge translates the file system request to a request for digital media. The network interface module acquires digital media from the media source, and the host device interface module transfers the digital media to the host device in accordance with the interface protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Dietrich, Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters
  • Patent number: 9549226
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed which reduces or removes the effectiveness of commercial skip systems such as presently found in VCRs, PVRs, etc. which are designed to delete commercials from signal material upon playback of a previously recorded version of the signal material. In an embodiment, the effectiveness of the commercial skip system is reduced or removed by adding a flat field of selected signal level to active line portions of video lines of the signal material. Other embodiments modify the normal fade to black signal indicative of a commercial to provide a fade to non-black signal. In further embodiments, a fade to non-black signal is inserted in an overscan area of the signal picture. Still further embodiments modify audio signals or selected signals in the horizontal blanking interval which may be used in commercial skip systems to detect the presence of commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Quan, John O. Ryan, Peter Wonfor
  • Patent number: 9485531
    Abstract: A networked personal video recording (“PVR”) system couples a plurality of clients to one or more PVR media servers over a network. One or more PVR media servers include television tuners to tune television signals. A storage medium buffers the television signals to implement PVR functionality. For example, the PVR media server records television programs for clients. Clients are assigned to television tuners, and the clients display television programs received at the assigned tuner. The network transfers the buffered television signals to the clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Jeremy Toeman, Pedro Freitas, Ludovic Legrand, Shawn McCaffrey, James Grimm, Lijia Jin, Paul Novaes
  • Patent number: 9467322
    Abstract: A system for distributing media includes a wide area network (WAN), a media player coupled to the WAN at a first home, and a media server coupled to the WAN at a second home for providing media. A service is coupled to the WAN for receiving a request for media from the media player and for establishing a connection between the first and second homes over the WAN. Media is streamed across the WAN from the second home to the first home. The system may include a storage device coupled to the media player where media is transferred across the WAN for storage at the storage device. A media device may be coupled to the media player for playing the streamed/transferred media where the media player and the media device may comprise a television, stereo, or computer and the media item may comprise video, photographs, or audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Dietrich, Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 9060182
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed which reduces or removes the effectiveness of commercial skip systems such as presently found in VCRs, PVRs, etc. which are designed to delete commercials from signal material upon playback of a previously recorded version of the signal material. In an embodiment, the effectiveness of the commercial skip system is reduced or removed by adding a flat field of selected signal level to active line portions of video lines of the signal material. Other embodiments modify the normal fade to black signal indicative of a commercial to provide a fade to non-black signal. In further embodiments, a fade to non-black signal is inserted in an overscan area of the signal picture. Still further embodiments modify audio signals or selected signals in the horizontal blanking interval which may be used in commercial skip systems to detect the presence of commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Quan, John O. Ryan, Peter Wonfor
  • Patent number: 8976297
    Abstract: Media content is received in a windows management application. The media content is from a set of content including zero or more television signal content and zero or more application content. The media content is incorporated into a television signal containing a window configuration. The television signal is then sent from the windows management application to a television where it is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Patent number: 8930718
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method are described to enable reading apparatus to access content data of an optical disc such as a DVD where the content data carried by the DVD is encrypted by an encryption technique that requires a decryption key or keys. Reproduced content data corresponding to the encrypted content data is provided and this reproduced content data, at least some of which may be encrypted using a different technique, is made available for access by a reading apparatus. The reproduced content data may be stored on the same optical disc as the encrypted content data or at a different location, for example on a storage medium which may be coupled to the reading apparatus or at a location on a network that can be accessed by the reading apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian Aylward, Mark A Hollar
  • Patent number: 8931010
    Abstract: A network client aggregates media items available in a media system. The network consists of a plurality of nodes, including at least two media server nodes. A client node generates an internal request to obtain a list of media items available in the media system. In response, the client node generates a request for a list of media items from each individual media server node on the network. Each media server node sends their list of media items to the client node. The client node aggregates the lists of media items from each of the media server nodes. Thus, a list of media items available on the media system is aggregated to a requesting client node in the media system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, John Doornbos, Jeremy Toeman
  • Patent number: 8892894
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for embedding and authenticating ancillary information in digitally signed content are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Andres M Torrubia, Jordi Salvat
  • Publication number: 20140300465
    Abstract: A system to convey user alert messages is disclosed. The system may have a alert service coupled between alert providers and a number of households. After receiving in the alert service an alert message from an alert provider, the alert service may alter the alert message to identify the household designated to receive the alert message. The alert service sends a notification to a home media system within the household designated to receive the alert message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ROVI SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle, Kim R. Dykeman, Brad Dietrich
  • Publication number: 20140219631
    Abstract: A networked personal video recording (“PVR”) system couples a plurality of clients to one or more PVR media servers over a network. One or more PVR media servers include television tuners to tune television signals. A storage medium buffers the television signals to implement PVR functionality. For example, the PVR media server records television programs for clients. Clients are assigned to television tuners, and the clients display television programs received at the assigned tuner. The network transfers the buffered television signals to the clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: ROVI SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Jeremy Toeman, Pedro Freitas, Ludovic Legrand, Shawn McCaffrey, James Grimm, Lijia Jin, Paul Novaes