Patents Assigned to Rovi Technologies Corporation
  • Patent number: 10331512
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide methods and apparatuses for use in navigating through content. Some embodiments provide methods for use in navigating through content that receive an initial first directional control command, activate a seek mode upon receipt of the initial first directional control command comprising advancing over a first amount of content in a first direction from a first point in the content to a second point in the content, receive an initial second directional control command following the receipt of the initial first directional command, and activate a search mode upon receipt of the initial second directional control command, comprising advancing back over a second amount of the first amount of the content where the second amount is less than the first amount of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Oetzel, Allan B. Lamkin
  • Patent number: 10262499
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating graphic animation technologies with fantasy sports contest applications are provided. This invention enables a fantasy sports contest application to depict plays in various sporting events using graphic animation. The fantasy sports contest application may combine graphical representation of real-life elements such as, for example, player facial features, with default elements such as, for example, a generic player body, to create realistic graphic video. The fantasy sports contest application may provide links to animated videos for depicting plays on contest screens in which information associated with the plays may be displayed. The fantasy sports contest application may play the animated video for a user in response to the user selecting such a link. In some embodiment of the present invention, the fantasy sports contest application may also customize animated video based on user-supplied setup information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, David Barber
  • Patent number: 10139999
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing multimedia highlight segments featuring real-life action related to fantasy sports competition. Links to highlight segments are provided in conjunction with fantasy sports contest information. A Highlight Center is provided with links to compilations of highlight segments featuring the best action culled from a pool of highlight segments. The user may be alerted of newly available highlight segments affecting fantasy scoring while the user watches a fantasy sports related television broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, David Barber
  • Patent number: 10063934
    Abstract: A first portion of programming aired prior to a first time is obtained via a unicast session with a server, the first portion including previously aired programming. When the programming data being sent via the unicast session catches up to a multicast broadcast of the programming, the unicast session is terminated and a switch is made to obtaining a remaining portion of the programming from a different source other than the server. This different source can be, for example, a local storage device or a multicast broadcast of the programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Terry Qing Guo, Nadav M. Neufeld, Edwin K. Lau, Haoyun Wu
  • Patent number: 9967632
    Abstract: Television tuner emulation techniques are described. In an implementation, a television tuner is emulated through execution of software on a processing system by a computing device, the emulated television tuner includes functionality to obtain television content over an Internet Protocol (IP) based network. The functionality of the emulated television tuner is exposed to one or more applications that are executed by the computing device such that the application is not aware that the television tuner is emulated through execution of the software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Cooper, Yvonne N. Ellefson, Arleen Camaganacan Fernando, Imran Arif Maskatia, Matthew Ryan Patterson, Matt Henry Van der Staay, Chad Michael Williams
  • Patent number: 9967621
    Abstract: Described is a technology by which personalization data is used to select and order video highlight clips for a personalized highlight reel that a user may play to view, such as part of a narrative arranged for that user. The narrative may include introductory content, transition content and/or ending content. The narrative may include advertising content and/or ending content. The narrative may be rearranged in response to an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor C. Armstrong, David J. Jurenka, Jeanie Michelle DuMont, Michael L. Christian, Todd Gordon Stevens, Vernon W. Hui, Ashish Gupta, David W. Stevens, Adam Lee Potratz, Langdon Ward Beeck
  • Patent number: 9948991
    Abstract: Media content search results ranked by popularity is described. In embodiment(s), a search request for television media content can be initiated by a viewer, and television media content that is relevant to the search request can be identified. The relevant television media content can then be ranked based on a popularity rating and the relevant television media content can be displayed in an ordered list that is ordered by popularity rankings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Pradhan S. Rao, David H. Sloo
  • Patent number: 9931568
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for presenting advertisements to users of a fantasy sports contest application. Advertisements are displayed in conjunction with fantasy sports contest information and may be interactive in nature. The advertisements may be selected according to a user profile. The user profile may include information on the user's demonstrated interests, which may be determined using the user's preferences in the fantasy contest, prior television viewing habits, and other suitable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, David Barber
  • Patent number: 9854293
    Abstract: A system or method selects among multiple tuners to tune a particular channel. A request is received to tune a first channel. In response to this request, a first tuner is assigned to tune the first channel. A request is received to tune a second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is not being recorded, the first tuner is assigned to tune the second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is being recorded, the second tuner is assigned to tune the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Potrebic, Geoffrey R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9852776
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more aspects, a request to run an application is received. The application has an associated tune manifest that identifies one or more resources that the application may use. The tune manifest is compared to a device resource record, and a check is made, based at least in part on the comparing, whether the one or more resources identified in the tune manifest can be satisfied by the device. If the one or more resources identified in the tune manifest can be satisfied by the device, then the application is run; otherwise, a notification of a conflict between the application and the device is presented. Additionally, when the application exits, a device tune state that identifies a content source to which the device was tuned prior to running the application can be retrieved and the device restored to this device tune state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sean K. Sharma, Nicolae Surpatanu, Bradley R. Pettit, Junmin Hao
  • Patent number: 9731193
    Abstract: The fantasy sports contest application of the present invention alerts the user of necessary roster changes before an upcoming fantasy sports competition. The fantasy sports contest application may evaluate the user's team roster before an upcoming fantasy sports competition to ensure that all roster spots on the team roster are filled with athletes available for real-life competitions. The fantasy sports contest application may also identify roster changes and roster transactions that may be beneficial to a user's fantasy sports contest team roster. The fantasy sports contest application may recommend roster changes and roster transactions to the user by evaluating the performance of athletes using performance criteria. The performance criteria can be based on the past performance of athletes, either overall, or for certain situations. The performance criteria may be predefined by the system, user-editable, or any suitable combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, William Junkin, David Barber
  • Patent number: 9620172
    Abstract: Systems and methods for converting interactive multimedia content authored for distribution via a physical medium for electronic distribution are disclosed. One embodiment of the invention includes building an object model of interactive multimedia content authored for distribution via a physical medium using a content authoring system, automatically authoring a user interface based upon the object model using the content authoring system, and packing the transcoded multimedia content into at least one container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony David Knight, Ian Michael Lewis, Andrew Maurice Devitt
  • Patent number: 9578363
    Abstract: Techniques are described to provide content access. In an implementation, a determination is made at a client that a high-definition channel has content that matches content provided by a standard-definition channel. Access is provided to the content via the high-definition channel and access is restricted to the content via the standard-definition channel up the client is capable of outputting the content and high definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Potrebic, Prashant K. Jha, Mark B. Tozer
  • Patent number: 9557901
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing multimedia highlight segments featuring real-life action related to fantasy sports competition. Links to highlight segments are provided in conjunction with fantasy sports contest information. A Highlight Center is provided with links to compilations of highlight segments featuring the best action culled from a pool of highlight segments. The user may be alerted of newly available highlight segments affecting fantasy scoring while the user watches a fantasy sports related television broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, David Barber
  • Patent number: 9554193
    Abstract: Media content search results ranked by popularity is described. In embodiment(s), a search request for television media content can be initiated by a viewer, and television media content that is relevant to the search request can be identified. The relevant television media content can then be ranked based on a popularity rating and the relevant television media content can be displayed in an ordered list that is ordered by popularity rankings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Pradhan S. Rao, David H. Sloo
  • Patent number: 9497508
    Abstract: A method for providing configurable access to media in a media-on-demand system also can include delivering the media to a first client device in a format compatible with the first client device; interrupting the delivery of the media; recording a bookmark specifying a position in the media where the interruption occurred; and resuming delivery of the media to a second client device, the resumed delivery beginning at a position in the media specified by the recorded bookmark. The method further can include identifying device properties for each of the first and second client devices; delivering the media to the first client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the first client device; and, delivering the media to the second client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the second client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Katz, Bruce P. Semple, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9460092
    Abstract: A media asset recommendation service is described. In embodiments, friends of a user are identified in a social graph that is associated with the user, and interactions with media assets by the friends of the user are compiled. Friend interaction data for each of the media assets can be determined from the media assets, the social graph, and the interactions with the media assets by the friends of the user. When a selection of one of the media assets is received from the user via a user device, the friend interaction data that is associated with the media asset selected by the user is communicated to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ROVI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shawn M. Murphy, Christopher B. Weare, Christopher A. Evans, Chad C. Gibson
  • Patent number: 9454580
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods transform a non-metric latent space produced by a matrix factorization process to a higher dimension metric space by applying an order preserving transformation to the latent space. The transformation preserves the order of the results of an inner product operation defined for the latent space. The higher dimension metric space may be queried for the results to different requests. Example apparatus and methods may assign every user i a vector ui in a latent space, and may assign every item j a vector vj in the latent space. The dot product uiĀ·vj represents the score between the user i and the item j. The score represents the strength of the relationship between the user i and the item j. Example apparatus and methods may then apply ranking methodologies (e.g., LSH, K-D trees) to problems including recommendation, targeting, matchmaking, or item to item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Nir Nice, Noam Koenigstein, Ulrich Paquet, Ran Gilad-Bachrach, Liran Katzir
  • Patent number: 9372604
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide methods and apparatuses for use in navigating through content. Some embodiments provide methods for use in navigating through content that receive an initial first directional control command, activate a seek mode upon receipt of the initial first directional control command comprising advancing over a first amount of content in a first direction from a first point in the content to a second point in the content, receive an initial second directional control command following the receipt of the initial first directional command, and activate a search mode upon receipt of the initial second directional control command, comprising advancing back over a second amount of the first amount of the content where the second amount is less than the first amount of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Oetzel, Allan B. Lamkin
  • Patent number: 9358462
    Abstract: The fantasy sports contest application of the present invention alerts the user of necessary roster changes before an upcoming fantasy sports competition. The fantasy sports contest application may evaluate the user's team roster before an upcoming fantasy sports competition to ensure that all roster spots on the team roster are filled with athletes available for real-life competitions. The fantasy sports contest application may also identify roster changes and roster transactions that may be beneficial to a user's fantasy sports contest team roster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, William Junkin, David Barber