Patents Assigned to Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
  • Patent number: 7194757
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a multimedia distribution system and method. The system and method has a producer workstation, a delivery server, a high-bandwidth one-way satellite transmission system, a terrestrial two-way communication system (including use of the Internet), a plurality of satellite affiliate workstations, and a plurality of terrestrial client workstations. The delivery server receives digital information (envelopes and associated media files) from the producer workstations for delivery of the information to the affiliate and client workstations addressed in the envelope. The affiliate and client workstations provide the delivery server with confirmation of delivery of each received envelope and its associated files. In the absence of receipt of confirmation of delivery, the delivery server re-sends the unconfirmed envelope and associated files to the non-confirming affiliate or client workstation by a two-way terrestrial connection or by a manual system, such as a dub-and-ship service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence Fish, Lowell E. Teschmacher, Anibal-Jose Rivero, Roswell R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6778649
    Abstract: A digital audio transmitter system capable of transmitting high quality, wideband speech over a transmission channel with a limited bandwidth such as a traditional telephone line. The digital audio transmitter system includes a coder for coding an input audio signal to a digital signal having a transmission rate that does not exceed the maximum allowable transmission rate for traditional telephone lines and a decoder for decoding the digital signal to provide an output audio signal with an audio bandwidth of wideband speech. A coder and a decoder may be provided in a single device to allow two-way communication between multiple devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Hinderks
  • Patent number: 6700958
    Abstract: A digital audio transmitter system capable of transmitting high quality, wideband speech over a transmission channel with a limited bandwidth such as a traditional telephone line. The digital audio transmitter system includes a coder for coding an input audio signal to a digital signal having a transmission rate that does not exceed the maximum allowable transmission rate for traditional telephone lines and a decoder for decoding the digital signal to provide an output audio signal with an audio bandwidth of wideband speech. A coder and a decoder may be provided in a single device to allow two-way communication between multiple devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Hinderks
  • Publication number: 20030012180
    Abstract: A method of multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed. The method includes placing digital data that is to be multicast in IP protocol to generate IP digital data. The IP digital data is transmitted from a transmission site to a remote Internet point of presence through a dedicated transmission channel substantially separate from Internet backbone. The dedicated transmission channel may be, for example, a satellite channel. At the remote Internet point of presence, the IP digital data is multicast for delivery to at least one receiving Internet user's apparatus connected to but distal from the remote Internet point of presence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Applicant: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Jeffrey A. Dankworth, Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian A. Lerner, Thomas C. Ballister, Roswell R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6490551
    Abstract: A method is provided for transmitting or storing, over an interference affected channel, digital audio signals that have been subjected to data reduction, resulting in a reduced data, digital audio signal that is present in at least one of the time domain and spectral domain, depending on source coding. An interfered-with signal section is detected in the reduced data, digital audio signal at a receiving end. The interfered-with reduced data, digital audio signal section is masked by one of (a) muting only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section and (b) replacing only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values of subbands in the signal section with a signal component form the same channel or an adjacent channel including at least one of time domain sampled values, spectral domain sampled values, scale factors, and control information, depending on the source coding of the reduced data, digital audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Detlev Wiese, Robert Sedlmeyer
  • Publication number: 20020118638
    Abstract: A method of multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed. The method includes placing digital data that is to be multicast in IP protocol to generate IP digital data. The IP digital data is transmitted from a transmission site to a remote Internet point of presence through a dedicated transmission channel substantially separate from Internet backbone. The dedicated transmission channel may be, for example, a satellite channel. At the remote Internet point of presence, the IP digital data is multicast for delivery to at least one receiving Internet user's apparatus connected to but distal from the remote Internet point of presence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Applicant: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Jeffrey A. Dankworth, Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian A. Lerner, Thomas C. Ballister, Roswell R. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20020097728
    Abstract: A method and apparatus enables legacy NSP and other networks which use ATM switches that lack multicasting capabilities to acquire and distribute IP multicast transmissions to content subscribers on ATM DSL networks. The method and apparatus further provides the ability for insertion of local advertising content into received IP streams for subsequent distribution over an ATM network. An IP ATM Multicaster (IAM) converts IP multicast signals to ATM protocol and replicates the converted IP multicast packets in response to IGMP join requests received from one or more prospective multicast content recipients. The IAM acts as a bridge between IP protocol and ATM protocol environments that handles conversions and encapsulation protocols between environments. An alternate embodiment utilizes an ATM IP Multicast Inserter (AIMI) that embodies similar functions as the IAM but without using multiple virtual circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Applicant: STARGUIDE DIGITAL NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Hinderks, Ryland Reed, Gregory Preston, Timothy Hegwood
  • Patent number: 6411607
    Abstract: This specification discloses a satellite transmission system for transmission of TCP/IP compatible packets from a head end computer through a satellite uplink, an extraterrestrial satellite, a satellite downlink, and an integrated satellite receiver/router for outputting of the TCP/IP compatible packets through a port on the receiver/router onto a computer LAN or WAN. The system may include an Internet or telecommunications backchannel. The receiver becomes router enabled by means of a removable insertion Ethernet/Router insertion card inserted into a slot in the receiver, although the transmission system may be used to simultaneously transmit a variety of other services through the receiver by use of other service slots in the receiver. The Ethernet/Receiver supports the IGMPv2 Multicasting (querier and non querier modes), standard TCP/IP (including UDP and Telnet), and SNMP protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: StarGuide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Roswell Robert, III, Ian Lerner, Laurence A. Fish, C. Brian Peabody
  • Patent number: 6411616
    Abstract: An arrangement for multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed. The arrangement entails placing streaming digital data content that is to be multicast in IP protocol to generate streaming IP digital data. The streaming IP digital data is uplinked from a transmission site to a satellite and downlinked to one or more remote Internet gateways via a communications path that is substantially separate from the Internet backbone. A plurality of separate satellite receiver systems, which may be located at separate remote Internet gateways, are adapted to receive IP streaming content via downlink carrier from the satellite and provide the streaming IP content to an Internet gateway without providing substantial TCP confirmation of delivery. At a remote Internet gateway, the streaming IP digital data content is multicast for delivery as a one-way data stream to at least one receiving Internet user's apparatus connected to but distant from the remote Internet gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: StarGuide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Jeffrey A. Dankworth, Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian A. Lerner, Thomas C. Ballister, Roswell R. Roberts, III
  • Publication number: 20020067730
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for inserting national, regional, and/or demographically targeted information content, such as commercial advertisements, into streaming IP multicast program content delivery streams, such as streaming audio, video or other multimedia content, provided to Internet users via a wide area multicast distribution network. One or more IP datagram/packet replication devices accept packets of streaming digital data content from a multicast content distribution network or other streaming digital content generation source to produce a plurality of multicast content streams. Content streams are provided to an advertisement insertion (AI) device that is capable of implementing per-stream insertion of predetermined advertisement content. Multicast content streams containing the inserted advertisement content are distributed to multicast recipients by one or more regional IP service provider networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Applicant: STARGUIDE DIGITAL NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Hinderks, Ryland Reed, Gregory Preston, Timothy Hegwood
  • Patent number: 6351727
    Abstract: A method is provided for transmitting or storing, over an interference affected channel, digital audio signals that have been subjected to data reduction, resulting in a reduced data, digital audio signal that is present in at least one of the time domain and spectral domain, depending on source coding. An interfered-with signal section is detected in the reduced data, digital audio signal at a receiving end. The interfered-with reduced data, digital audio signal section is masked by one of (a) muting only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section and (b) replacing only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section with a signal component from the same channel or an adjacent channel including at least one of time domain sampled values, spectral domain sampled values, scale factors, and control information, depending on the source coding of the reduced data, digital audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Detlev Wiese, Robert Sedlmeyer
  • Patent number: 6351728
    Abstract: A method is provided for transmitting or storing, over an interference affected channel, digital audio signals that have been subjected to data reduction, resulting in a reduced data, digital audio signal that is present in at least one of the time domain and spectral domain, depending on source coding. An interfered-with signal section is detected in the reduced data, digital audio signal at a receiving end. The interfered-with reduced data, digital audio signal section is masked by one of (a) muting only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section and (b) replacing only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section with a signal component from the same channel or an adjacent channel including at least one of time domain sampled values, spectral domain sampled values, scale factors, and control information, depending on the source coding of the reduced data, digital audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Detlev Wiese, Robert Sedlmeyer
  • Patent number: 6266339
    Abstract: A method of multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed. The method includes placing digital data that is to the multicast in IP protocol to generate IP digital data. The IP digital data is transmitted from a transmission site to a remote Internet point of presence through a dedicated transmission channel substantially separate from Internet backbone. The dedicated transmission channel may be, for example, a satellite channel. At the remote Internet point of presence, the IP digital data is multicast for delivery to at least one receiving Internet user's apparatus connected to but distal from the remote Internet point of presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Jeffrey A. Dankworth, Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian A. Lerner, Thomas C. Ballister, Roswell R. Roberts, III
  • Patent number: 6262982
    Abstract: A method of multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed. The method includes placing digital data that is to the multicast in IP protocol to generate IP digital data. The IP digital data is transmitted from a transmission site to a remote Internet point of presence through a dedicated transmission channel substantially separate from Internet backbone. The dedicated transmission channel may be, for example, a satellite channel. At the remote Internet point of presence, the IP digital data is multicast for delivery to at least one receiving Internet user's apparatus connected to but distal from the remote Internet point of presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: StarGuide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Jeffrey A. Dankworth, Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian A. Lerner, Thomas C. Ballister, Roswell R. Roberts, III
  • Patent number: 6212201
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for dynamically allocated multiple slots within a multi-channel multi-carrier transmission system. The slots may be allocated sequentially or non-sequentially. The data transmission rate for each slot remains constant, while multiple slots may be allocated to a single user service. Each carrier signal contains header data regarding all other carriers associated with the transmission system to identify the allocation of slots to user services. In an alternative embodiment, an encoding and transmitting system is provided for transmitting one or more video and audio encoded signals in a time division multiplexed manner along separate channels having fixed bandwidths. Multiple audio channels may be transmitted simultaneously with a related single video channel, and vice versa. The time division multiplexed audio/video signals may be transmitted over a single carrier or over multiple carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian Lerner, Roswell R. Roberts, III
  • Patent number: 6160797
    Abstract: This specification discloses a satellite transmission system for transmission of TCP/IP compatible packets from a head end computer through a satellite uplink, an extraterrestrial satellite, a satellite downlink, and an integrated satellite receiver/router for outputting of the TCP/IP compatible packets through a port on the receiver/router onto a computer LAN or WAN. The system may include an Internet or telecommunications backchannel. The receiver becomes router enabled by means of a removable insertion Ethernet/Router insertion card inserted into a slot in the receiver, although the transmission system may be used to simultaneously transmit a variety of other services through the receiver by use of other service slots in the receiver. The Ethernet/Receiver supports the IGMPv2 Multicasting (querier and non querier modes), standard TCP/IP (including UDP and Telnet), and SNMP protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: StarGuide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Roswell Robert, III, Ian Lerner, Laurence A. Fish, C. Brian Peabody
  • Patent number: 6101180
    Abstract: A method of multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed. The method includes placing digital data that is to be multicast in IP protocol to generate IP digital data. The IP digital data is transmitted from a transmission site to a remote Internet point of presence through a dedicated transmission channel substantially separate from Internet backbone. The dedicated transmission channel may be, for example, a satellite channel. At the remote Internet point of presence, the IP digital data is multicast for delivery to at least one receiving Internet user's apparatus connected to but distal from the remote Internet point of presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Jeffrey A. Dankworth, Larry W. Hinderks, Laurence A. Fish, Ian A. Lerner, Thomas C. Ballister, Roswell R. Roberts, III
  • Patent number: 6094671
    Abstract: A production system for packaging aggregates of mixed media information (e.g. text, images, audio, and video) into addressable packets which are transmitted to receivers over a satellite network, with the information aggregates (IA's) displayed and arranged for use via an associated Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) file, or other such displays language file and associated interpreter. The HTML file, when interpreted and displayed, would provide an organized and easy to access presentation of the mixed-media files transmitted over the satellite network, whereby textual and graphic descriptions could be used to describe the file contends and HTML buttons would allow playback and/or viewing of the linked file information. The HTML file might also include a link to communications software for enabling data dialog with a site external to the receiving station. One example link would include software for a telephone connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Starguide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Chase, Don Gobin
  • Patent number: 6049551
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for dynamically allocated multiple slots within a multi-channel multi-carrier transmission system. The slots may be allocated sequentially or non-sequentially. The data transmission rate for each slot remains constant, while multiple slots may be allocated to a single user service. Each carrier signal contains header data regarding all other carriers associated with the transmission system to identify the allocation of slots to user services. In an alternative embodiment, an encoding and transmitting system is provided for transmitting one or more video and audio encoded signals in a time division multiplexed manner along separate channels having fixed bandwidths. Multiple audio channels may be transmitted simultaneously with a related single video channel, and vice versa. The time division multiplexed audio/video signals may be transmitted over a single carrier or over multiple carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: StarGuide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry W. Hinderks, Larry Fish, Ian Lerner, Roswell Roberts
  • Patent number: 6006173
    Abstract: A method is provided for transmitting or storing, over an interference affected channel, digital audio signals that have been subjected to data reduction, resulting in a reduced data, digital audio signal that is present in at least one of the time domain and spectral domain, depending on source coding. An interfered-with signal section is detected in the reduced data, digital audio signal at a receiving end. The interfered-with reduced data, digital audio signal section is masked by one of (a) muting only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section and (b) replacing only interfered-with spectral values or subbands, or groups of spectral values or subbands in the signal section with a signal component from the same channel or an adjacent channel including at least one of time domain sampled values, spectral domain sampled values, scale factors, and control information, depending on the source coding of the reduced data, digital audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: StarGuide Digital Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Detlev Wiese, Robert Sedlmeyer