Patents Examined by Adil Ocak
  • Patent number: 10264312
    Abstract: A data transmission and reception method for a sink device which is connected to a plurality of source devices by means of a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI), according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: receiving an allocation of an internet protocol (IP) address; transmitting device information about a sink device to a control point through a network; and transmitting service information about a supportable service by the sink device to the control point through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jangwoong Park, Dokyun Kim, Hyeonjae Lee, Jinkwon Lim, Hyunsik Yang
  • Patent number: 10264310
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to technologies for providing uninterrupted playback of a content recording on a set top box during head end failures. The set top box detects a head end failure. An unavailability mode is entered during the detected head end failure. A head end recovery is detected. The unavailability mode is exited. A content unavailability skipper associated with the recorded content is updated. The content unavailability skipper includes instructions for playback of the recorded content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Prabu Mahadevan, S. Subbarayan, Veerabadhran Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10257573
    Abstract: In one embodiment, there is a content delivery system comprising: a communication network; a media component configured to transmit media content and associated metadata to user devices; a store holding permission vouchers for users of the system; an auxiliary content management component configured to: receive a request for auxiliary content insertion information from a user device, the request comprising an identifier of a user of the user device and an identifier of desired media content; access said store to determine permission for consumption of the desired media content in a resource constrained playout mode at the device based on at least one permission voucher for the user; generate auxiliary content insertion information based on the identifier of the user, the identifier of the desired media content and the at least one permission voucher; and transmit the generated auxiliary content insertion information to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventors: Philip Shaw, Hans-Jurgen Maas, Mark Christie
  • Patent number: 10231020
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request for sports programming recommendation, responsive to the receiving step, determining an upcoming program vector and a weighted historical vector, performing a similarity calculation comparing the upcoming program vector and the weighted historical vector to derive a recommendation score, and generating a recommendation based on the recommendation score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The DirecTV Group, Inc
    Inventors: Ashok Sahu, Raymond Hsu, Charles Bradley Rice
  • Patent number: 10230996
    Abstract: A method for providing disparate audio broadcasts for a content item of a content sharing platform is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a processing device, a selection of an audio commentary from a viewer of a content item having a video portion, the audio commentary associated with the content item and recorded separately from an original recording of the content item. The method also includes synchronizing the selected audio commentary with the video portion of the content item. The method further includes providing the audio commentary in conjunction with the video portion to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ivo Daniel Carreira Abreu, Manuel Franceschini
  • Patent number: 10225031
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining increasing robustness of media signatures are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a characteristic analyzer to analyze a media signal based on a signature algorithm to identify a comparison between a first characteristic and a second characteristic that does not satisfy a threshold; and a characteristic enhancer to adjust at least one of the first characteristic or the second characteristic to satisfy the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US)
    Inventors: Alexander Topchy, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10212466
    Abstract: Techniques are described for playing back a portion of an image frame of media content. The playback can be based on characteristics of the viewer device and active region data indicating important areas of the image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10200750
    Abstract: A test system for testing a plurality of end-user devices. A controller performs pre-provision verification, provisioning, and post-provision testing. Pre-provision verification can be performed on a subset of end-user devices while others are bring provisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Rafael Villanueva, Vladzimir Valakh
  • Patent number: 10187700
    Abstract: The timing for displaying an overlay a video is optimized using a system that includes an engagement component that receives information regarding frames of a video at which respective users of a plurality of users stop engaging with the video and an analysis component that calculates user engagement scores for the frames based on the information, wherein the user engagement scores reflect a percentage of the plurality of users that stop engaging with the video at the respective frames, and wherein the higher the percentage the lower the user engagement score. The system further includes an identification component that identifies a subset of the frames associated with relatively lower user engagement scores in comparison to other frames of the video and an overlay component that configures an overlay for displaying over the video near at least one of the frames included in the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jakob Foerster, Dhruv Bakshi
  • Patent number: 10158438
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for broadcasting a local signal B that corresponds to a coverage hole in a remote signal B. The system includes a first transmitter at a first location and a second transmitter at the first location that transmits local signal B corresponding to remote signal B transmitted from a remote transmitter. The second transmitter broadcasts the local signal B to at least part of a coverage hole in a coverage area of remote signal B. Also disclosed is a method for consolidating allocated wireless spectrum. The method includes identifying a guard band in an allocated band of wireless spectrum, reassigning an existing channel occupying a portion of the allocated band of wireless spectrum to the guard band via selective single frequency network infill to yield a reassigned channel, and freeing the portion of the allocated band of wireless spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Melvin Frerking
  • Patent number: 10148997
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same that may perform wireless communication with a video output device are disclosed. The mobile terminal comprises a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with a video output device; a touch screen; and a controller controlling the touch screen to output at least one folder to a first area of the touch screen and output an electronic program guide (EPG), which includes channel information related to the video output device, to a second area different from the first area, wherein the controller, if a predetermined touch is applied to any one of the at least one folder output to the first area, generates a virtual channel configured to output videos included in the any one folder from the video output device, and changes the EPG such that channel information corresponding to the generated virtual channel is reflected in the EPG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sooyoung Ahn, Myoungho Jang
  • Patent number: 10148993
    Abstract: A loop recording system allows users to remotely save and share short recorded video, audio, or combination clips using portable devices equipped with cameras, microphones, and sensors. The loop recording system enables users of portable devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart watches, etc., to record moments of interest during live events (hereinafter called “loops”, “recordings”, or “loop recordings”), while preventing unwanted data loss and conserving memory resources of the portable device. In exemplary embodiments, the loop recording system has loop recording intervals that can be defined by the user or can be predetermined, certain recordings can be automatically saved rather than overwritten, and/or the number of recordings that are saved may be programmable by the user or predetermined. The loop recording system can also prevent unwanted erasure of data, facilitating the tagging of loops, sharing of loops, and enhancing the loops using post processing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Swarms Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Arms
  • Patent number: 10110941
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for receiving a hybrid broadcast service and a method for transmitting the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon
  • Patent number: 10104407
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method performed by a client device includes: determining a perceptual characterization metric, where the perceptual characterization metric provides a quantitative characterization of factors that determine quality of experience associated with a first playback profile of media content presented by the client device; and normalizing the perceptual characterization metric based on characterization factors associated with the client device. The method further includes: obtaining an aggregate perceptual characterization metric that is based at least in part on the normalized perceptual characterization metric from the client device and one or more other perceptual characterization metrics from other client devices sharing at least one network resource with the client device; and determining whether to change the first playback profile based on a function of the first normalized perceptual characterization metric and the aggregate perceptual characterization metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Zheng Lu, Sangeeta Ramakrishnan, Xiaoqing Zhu
  • Patent number: 10091561
    Abstract: Approaches for creating video on demand (VOD) assets with a VOD watermark. For a digital stream yet to be broadcast, a duplicate version of an accompanying audio stream comprised within the digital stream is created. A video on demand (VOD) watermark is inserted into or affixed within the duplicate version of the accompanying audio stream. Thereafter, the digital broadcast stream which comprises the original audio stream and the duplicate version is transmitted to an integrated receiver-decoder. The integrated receiver-decoder creates a broadcast version of the digital broadcast stream which comprises a broadcast watermark and a video on demand (VOD) version of the digital broadcast stream which comprises a VOD watermark. The integrated receiver-decoder may align the broadcast video with the VOD watermarked audio to ensure proper local storage and subsequent VOD distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Harmonic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gil Rudge, William Moore Macauley, Thomas Francis Lattie
  • Patent number: 10085070
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide the ability to configuring out-of-home streaming between a mobile device and a set top box (STB). Internet connectivity establishment (ICE) agents, installed on the mobile device and the STB, determine telemetry information via communication with network address translator (NAT) servers. Communication agents, installed on the mobile device and the STB, translate the telemetry information into a format acceptable to a communication server. The communication server exchanges the telemetry information between the mobile device and the STB and maintains a persistent connection with the STB. The communication agents connect the mobile device to the same communication server that the STB is persistently connected to. Media content is streamed directly from the STB to the mobile device if a direct connection between the STB and mobile device is established and via the NAT servers if a direct connection cannot be established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: David Bibayoff, Christopher J. Cugno, Siva Subramanian Venkataramani, Gerard V. Talatinian, Benjamin Mui, Mark C. Guidarelli, Vishal Arya, Pankaj Sharma
  • Patent number: 10057618
    Abstract: A method includes acts for providing a VOD or streaming video manifest. The method includes at a server, receiving a request for a manifest from a client device. The request for a manifest includes an identification of one or more filters to be applied to a returned manifest. The method further includes, at the server, identifying the manifest. The manifest identifies different portions of a multimedia asset that can be delivered to client devices. The method further includes applying the one or more identified filters to the manifest to generate a filtered manifest that excludes one or more items as dictated by the one or more filters. The filtered manifest is returned to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Drouin, Ismail Cenk Dingiloglu, Eok Kim
  • Patent number: 10057630
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for resuming playback of a media content. Media content is provided to the user device. The media content is paused in response to receiving a pause command. A memorability metric associated with a position where the media content was paused is determined. In response to receiving a resume command, the media content is resumed at a position that is earlier in time than the position where the media content was paused. The position where the media content is resumed is based on the memorability metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 10045075
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to identify and credit media using ratios of media characteristics are disclosed herein. Example methods and apparatus determine a first ratio based on a first combination of time intervals of a monitored media signature, the monitored media signature including a plurality of time intervals, respective ones of the time intervals being between respective adjacent characteristics identified in the media, determine a second ratio based on a second combination of time intervals of the monitored media signature, generate a monitored media ratio signature based on the first and second ratios, and compare the monitored media ratio signature with a reference ratio signature to identify the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Christen V. Nielsen, David H. Wright, Charles C. Conklin, Daniel Nelson
  • Patent number: 10009644
    Abstract: A computer system or method may be provided for modulating content based on a person's brainwave data, including modifying presentation of digital content at at least one computing device. The content may also be modulated based on a set of rules maintained by or accessible to the computer system. The content may also be modulated based on user input, including through receipt of a presentation control command that may be processed by the computer system of the present invention to modify presentation of content. Content may also be shared with associated brain state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: INTERAXON INC
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Aimone, Trevor Ce Coleman, Ariel Stephanie Garten, Locillo (Lou) Giuseppe Pino, Kapil Jay Mishra Vidyarthi, Paul Harrison Baranowski, Raul Rajiv Rupsingh, Tracy Nicole Chong