Patents Assigned to The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10334303
    Abstract: A user receiving device including a proximity module, a mode module, a profile module and an output module. The proximity module is configured to detect a first mobile device in a proximity of the user receiving device. The mode module is configured to transition the user receiving device to an active mode based on the detection of the first mobile device. The profile module is configured to, subsequent to transitioning to the active mode and based on an identifier of the first mobile device, access a first profile allocated to the first mobile device or a user of the first mobile device. The output module, based on the first profile, is configured to display on a display a guide or content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Chung
  • Patent number: 10334298
    Abstract: A system and method for searching using a user device that includes a memory and an event table formation module forming an event table in the memory having event objects comprising an event time and container object identifier for each program event. The user device includes a user interface that generates search criteria associated with a content type. A search module forms a search window based on the content type, searches for event objects within the event table by comparing the event time and the search window, determines content data based from the container object associated with the event object, and displays content data on a display associated with the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Leong, Flemming R. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20190182522
    Abstract: A mobile device including a content module, an imaging module, and an interface. The content module is configured to attempt to access content including transmitting a content request signal from the mobile device to a user receiving device. The imaging module is configured to acquire an image of at least a portion of a screen shown on a display connected to the user receiving device. The interface is configured to transmit the image or information pertaining to the image to the user receiving device, a head end or a content provider to cause the user receiving device or the mobile device to receive an authorization signal for access to the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Yang, Woei-Shyang Yee, Wesley Huie, Gerard V. Talatinian, Johnny Shum
  • Patent number: 10320503
    Abstract: A method, system, computer medium, and other embodiments for integrating unrelated web hosted services with stand-alone media-based devices are provided. Users can access and control the media-based device conveniently with a web-browser through various portals on the Internet. In one embodiment, users access the media-based device through one or more unrelated web portals, so as to control and to program the media-based device in a single web session, and to see information both stored on the media-based device and originating from third-party online sources of information and services in a single integrated presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Millard E. Sweatt, Don Woodward, Chris E. Matichuk, Alain Regnier, Mark Nudelman, Philippe Pignon, Dave Westerhoff, F. Andrew Voltmer, Matthew Self, Sunil Mohan
  • Patent number: 10306329
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitating mixed service use of bonded satellite transponders in communication systems are provided. An apparatus comprises a first multiplexer configured to receive first content from first channels of a first type of channel, a second multiplexer configured to receive second content from second channels of a second type of channel, and a transport stream processor (TSP). The TSP can be configured to output the received first content and the second content to modulators respectively associated with different channels for transmission of the first type of channel and the second type of channel, wherein the different channels are transmitted to a bonded satellite transponders, which transmits to a receiver. In some embodiments, the apparatus can comprise a multiplexer aggregator coupled between the TSP and the first multiplexer and the second multiplexer. The first content can be high bit-rate information and the second content can be lower bit-rate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Trevor Yang, Joseph Santoru, James Michener, An Vuong, Sassan Pejhan
  • Patent number: 10306076
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, apparatus that includes a first port that receives a radio frequency signal input, a second port that provides a high-speed Internet connection and the radio frequency signal input and receives a power supply current, and a third port that receives the high-speed Internet connection and receives the power supply current and that the first port is isolated from the power supply current. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Tatem
  • Patent number: 10306220
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose systems and methods for testing and determining outages of communication systems. A server can receive signal-reception-related information from set-top boxes (STBs) in a particular geographical region, where a STB: receives signals having a predefined pattern, generates a comparison of the predefined pattern to reference patterns stored on the STB, generates the signal-reception-related information based on the comparison, and sends the signal-reception-related information. The server can determine an outage status for the particular geographical region based on the signal-reception-related information. The server can generate an output based on the outage status. The output is configured to provide information related to the outage status of the particular geographical region and information for possible responses related to the outage status. The server can send the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kian-Vine Chin, Woei-Shyang Yee, Wesley W. Huie, Gerard V. Talatinian, Christopher Yang, Heesoon E. Kim, Robert S. Greenwade
  • Publication number: 20190158903
    Abstract: A method of provisioning entitlement including: receiving within a headend and at a policy management module first conditions and rules for content from a service provider or a third party device; and generating, for a point of presence (POP) device of a customer, a policy for entitlement and usage of content (merged policy). The generating of the merged policy includes: merging conditions and rules of policies including the first conditions and rules to generate the merged policy based on a predetermined hierarchy of the policies. Rules and conditions of the merged policy are multi-dimensional to include customer, POP device, and provider dimensions; and generating a configuration file including conditions or condition based parameters. The method further includes: presenting an offer for the content to the customer via the POP device; receiving an acceptance of the offer from the POP device; and enforcing the merged policy according to the configuration file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Luan LE-CHAU, Cuong TU-LY, Raynold M. KAHN, Ranny Q. SUE, Kapil CHAUDHRY, Joel M. PAMPLONA
  • Publication number: 20190155839
    Abstract: A system and method for searching using a user device associated with a display includes a controller displaying a plurality of search screens on the display device, each of the plurality of search screens perform a content search. The user device also includes a search module generating respective search results from each of the plurality of search screens and a search retention module storing the respective search results in a memory of the user device and retrieving saved search results from the memory corresponding to the previously accessed search screen when a previously accessed search screen is displayed. The controller displays the saved search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter LEONG
  • Publication number: 20190158775
    Abstract: A system and method of entering a low power mode includes an external tuner module having a first external tuner and a receiving device having a first receiving tuner. The receiving device has a controller determining an unused tuner from one of the first external tuner or first receiving tuner and controls entering a low power mode at the unused tuner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S. LEE, Brian D. JUPIN, Jorge H. GUZMAN, Scott D. CASAVANT
  • Patent number: 10298976
    Abstract: A satellite broadcast system is used to transmit streams of variable bit-rate content using fixed bit-rate channels that correspond to respective satellite transponder carriers. High bandwidth content is transmitted over multiple transponder carriers in parallel with a combined bandwidth sufficient for the peak bit-rate of the high bandwidth content, whereas multiple streams of low bandwidth content can be transmitted over a single transponder carrier simultaneously by multiplexing the low bandwidth content. High bandwidth content may be multiplexed with low bandwidth content rather than assigning all high bandwidth content to be transmitted exclusively over dedicated high bandwidth transponders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Rothaus
  • Patent number: 10298981
    Abstract: A mobile device including a content module, an imaging module, and an interface. The content module is configured to attempt to access content including transmitting a content request signal from the mobile device to a user receiving device. The imaging module is configured to acquire an image of at least a portion of a screen shown on a display connected to the user receiving device. The interface is configured to transmit the image or information pertaining to the image to the user receiving device, a head end or a content provider to cause the user receiving device or the mobile device to receive an authorization signal for access to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Yang, Woei-Shyang Yee, Wesley Huie, Gerard V. Talatinian, Johnny Shum
  • Patent number: 10296487
    Abstract: A system and method for operating with profiles includes a head end associating a first account profile having first profile settings and a first identifier and a second account profile having second profile settings and a second identifier with a user account. A first user receiving device operates with the first profile settings. The head end communicates second profile settings to the first user receiving device and the first user receiving device operates with the second profile settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Pankaj Sharma, Melissa H. Tullues, Kapil Chaudhry, Ranny Q. Sue, Jonathan L. Tronson, Sivasubramanian Venkataramani, Guillermo Antonio Arguelles-Campoy, Mark T. Takamoto, Luke J. Crook, Earl James Bonovich, Jordan E. Bigel, Saranathan Govindarajan, John D. Ngo, Jason Christopher Tadros, Shridhar Rangarajan, Hermilo C. Crisostomo, Luan Le-Chau, Paul H. Yang
  • Patent number: 10291963
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable media for controlling a set-top box includes receiving at processor a request from a user to access a web page. The content of the web page is scanned at the processor for items relating to content that may be available through the set-top box. The processor then provides a web page to the user with an embedded widget which the user can use to select commands to be executed by the set-top box. The processor receives the widget command and sends the widget command to the set-top box for implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Mark Desmond
  • Patent number: 10285018
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a mobile device at a headend includes the mobile device communicating a request for content to the headend. The headend requests geographic coordinate location data from the mobile device and, when geographic coordinate data is available, determines a first geographic region associated with the mobile device in response to the geographic coordinate location data. When geographic coordinate data is not available from the mobile device, the headend extracts an IP address from the request and determines a second geographic region based on the IP address and a confidence level. When the confidence level is below a threshold, the headend determines a third geographic region based on subscriber data for the mobile device. The headend controls the mobile device in response to one of the first geographic region, the second geographic region and the third geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Don E. Cansino, Pankaj Sharma, Brady C. Tsurutani, Yeung K. Chan, Mark A. Shurgot, Dien L. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10277953
    Abstract: Video and audio content is searchable using a text search. A search component can analyze respective items of content to identify words spoken in the items of content, and generate respective transcripts of the respective words of the items of content based on the analysis. The search component receives a text search comprising a keyword and analyzes the respective transcripts to determine whether a transcript(s) contains a word that matches or substantially matches the keyword. The search component generates a search result(s) associated with the transcript(s) that at least is a substantial match to the keyword. The search component can present a time indicator indicating a time position in proximity to where the word is located in the content of the search result(s), and presentation of the content can start from that time position. The search component can be executed in a set-top box associated with a presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Hiten Engineer
  • Patent number: 10271081
    Abstract: A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a set top box includes a satellite signal determination module in the set top box receives a satellite signal from a satellite comprising a first satellite signal identifier. A memory in the set top box stores a second satellite signal identifier for a location of the user device. The user device also includes a comparison module comparing the first satellite signal identifier to the second satellite signal identifier and a disable module disabling the user device from processing satellite signals in response to comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Sean S. Lee, Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 10271101
    Abstract: A user device and method comprises a screen display and a user interface. A display control module defines a first display area with a first boundary therearound and displaying a first category indicator for a first category therein. The display control module defines a second display area with a second boundary and displays a second category indicator for a second category therein. A gesture control module receives a movement signal from the user interface for moving the first display area relative to the second display area using a user interface. The display control module defines a third boundary around a third display area representing the first category and the second category when the first boundary and the second boundary touch or overlap and displays the first category indicator and the second category indicator within the third boundary. When the third display area is selected, a function may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Beeson, Jason L. Howk, Yoonjung Kim, Laura Ginhee Wirsta
  • Patent number: 10264231
    Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for dynamically scaling the color temperature and luminance of a display output according to a user preference. For instance, in one example, a video output signal comprising a plurality of image frames is delivered to a display device. A time is detected at which to adjust an amount of blue light emitted by the display device, in accordance with a user preference. The color temperature of a subset of the plurality of image frames that have yet to be delivered to the display device is adjusted from a default color temperature to an adjusted color temperature that scales the amount of blue light emitted by the display device. The subset of the plurality of image frames is then delivered to the display device, subsequent to the adjusting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Erich J. Kring
  • Patent number: 10264304
    Abstract: A method of provisioning entitlement including: receiving within a headend and at a policy management module first conditions and rules for content from a service provider or a third party device; and generating, for a point of presence (POP) device of a customer, a policy for entitlement and usage of content (merged policy). The generating of the merged policy includes: merging conditions and rules of policies including the first conditions and rules to generate the merged policy based on a predetermined hierarchy of the policies. Rules and conditions of the merged policy are multi-dimensional to include customer, POP device, and provider dimensions; and generating a configuration file including conditions or condition based parameters. The method further includes: presenting an offer for the content to the customer via the POP device; receiving an acceptance of the offer from the POP device; and enforcing the merged policy according to the configuration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Luan Le-Chau, Cuong T Ly, Raynold M. Kahn, Ranny Q. Sue, Kapil Chaudhry, Joel M. Pamplona