Patents Examined by Adil Ocak
  • Patent number: 9912980
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for dynamically creating intuitive favorites for a user. The system and methods include monitoring actions performed, by the user at a digital receiver, with respect to a plurality of content programs. The actions performed with respect to the plurality of content programs are analyzed. The analysis includes comparing a level of the actions with respect to a first content program of the plurality of content programs with a threshold. Based on the comparing indicating that the first content program is a favorites, an indication that the first content program is a favorites content program is stored to a data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Amudha Kaliamoorthi, Dharmveer Lakshmi Sharan Lal
  • Patent number: 9894418
    Abstract: A Cuddle (CUD) system for a user mobile device that allows a user to view broadcast stations worldwide. In this system, a CUD module icon on a screen display is configured to connect to a CUD module. The CUD module interactively receives from the user selections including genre of movies or shows, news, television stations, sports from the one or more broadcast stations. The CUD module selectively interacts with and modifies functionality of an electronic processing unit responsible for functionality of a transceiver module and/or a screen display module to select and automatically display a selected number of one or more broadcast selections from one or more CUD module selections on the user mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Resna Scott
  • Patent number: 9872070
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a machine architecture implementing a staging automation process, including features such as multiple IR transmitters and composite video inputs for automated high volume quality testing. Diagnostic display outputs from a unit under test are input to OCR and video quality algorithms to validate that the units under test are ready for a functional test process at the next stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Rafael Villanueva, Vladzimir Valakh
  • Patent number: 9865017
    Abstract: In example embodiments, a system and method for providing interactive advertisement is provided. In some embodiments, a component causes a video program having an interactive advertisement to be displayed to a user on a display screen. The interactive advertisement includes an enhanced content activator. In response to activation of the enhanced content activator by the user, enhanced advertisement information including at least one trigger is provisioned. The enhanced advertisement information is then caused to be displayed with the video program and the interactive advertisement. A selection by the user of the at least one trigger associated with the enhanced advertisement information is monitored. In response to selection of the at least one trigger, access to further content associated with the enhanced content information is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Huber, Thomas Lemmons, Ian Zenoni, Debra Hensgen
  • Patent number: 9854283
    Abstract: Distributed and highly software reconfigurable CMTS (CMRTS) device, based on MAC and PHY units with FPGA and DSP components, for a HFC CATV network. The various CATV RF modulators, such as QAM modulators, may be divided between QAM modulators located at the cable plant, and remote QAM modulators ideally located at the fiber nodes. A basic set of CATV QAM data waveforms may optionally be transmitted to the nodes using a first fiber, and a second set of IP/on-demand data may be transmitted to the nodes using an alternate fiber or alternate fiber frequency, and optionally using other protocols such as Ethernet protocols. The nodes will extract the data specific to each neighborhood and inject this data into unused QAM channels, thus achieving improved data transmission rates through finer granularity. A computerized “virtual shelf” control system for managing and reconfiguring the FPGA and DSP based CMTRS units is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 9820004
    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: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jakob Foerster, Dhruv Bakshi
  • Patent number: 9794619
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for using location information to manage spillover in an audience monitoring system are disclosed. An example method involves identifying a first location of a portable metering device at a first time based on a plurality of location coordinates received from a location information system. The example method also involves generating media monitoring information corresponding to a media signal received at the first time. Additionally, the example method involves identifying the media monitoring information as being associated with a spillover signal in response to determining that a media delivery device is not located at the first location of the portable metering device at the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Morris Lee, Daniel Nelson, Weston Headley
  • Patent number: 9780831
    Abstract: Radio frequency (“RF”) signal amplifiers include an RF input, at least one RF output and communications paths therebetween. The communications paths include a downstream path that is configured to pass signals in a downstream frequency band, a first upstream path that is configured to pass signals in a first upstream frequency band that encompasses frequencies that are lower than the frequencies included within the downstream frequency band and a second upstream path that is configured to pass signals in a second upstream frequency band that encompasses frequencies that are between the frequencies included within the downstream frequency band and the frequencies included within the first upstream frequency band. These RF signal amplifiers further include a downstream power amplifier on the downstream path, a first upstream power amplifier on the first upstream path and a second upstream power amplifier on the second upstream path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Robert Ryan Riggsby
  • Patent number: 9743149
    Abstract: A TV display presents a grid of thumbnails representing content available for display from the Internet and next to the grid, a column of thumbnails representing content that conforms to a user-entered query. The conforming content is located by searching the Internet, from an EPG, from local TV storage, and from the TV's home network. Search result thumbnails are prioritized according to user navigation history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seth Hill, Steven Friedlander, Sabrina Tai-Chen Yeh, Yuko Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9692513
    Abstract: System and method to extend the upstream data capacity of an HFC CATV system by extending a “shadow” optical fiber network deeper into the various CATV cable neighborhoods, with coax fiber terminals (CFT) spaced roughly according to the distribution of CATV active devices such as RF amplifiers. The CFT can intercept local upstream data from various neighborhood sub-regions and transform this upstream data into upstream optical data, thus relieving upstream data congestion in the 5-42 MHz CATV frequency region. The system can produce an order of magnitude improvement in upstream capability, while maintaining high compatibility with legacy HFC equipment. The CFT may exist in multiple embodiments ranging from low-cost “dumb” CFT to sophisticated CFT that can additionally provide GigE to the home (GTTH) service. Methods to maintain good compatibility with legacy CMTS devices, and methods to utilize DOCSIS MAP data for more efficient data transmission are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 9692612
    Abstract: Distributed CMTS device for a HFC CATV network serving multiple neighborhoods by multiple individual cables, in which at least some and often all of the QAM modulators that provide data for the individual cables are remote QAM modulators ideally located at the fiber nodes. A CCAP set of IP/on-demand data is transmitted to the nodes using an optical fiber, often using digital protocols such as Ethernet protocols. Optionally a basic set of legacy CATV QAM data, transmitted using RF waveforms transposed to optical frequencies, may also be transmitted to the nodes using either the same or different optical fiber. The nodes extract the data specific to each neighborhood, and inject this data into unused cable QAM channels along with any optional legacy CATV QAM waveforms as desired, thus achieving improved data transmission rates through finer granularity. A computerized “virtual shelf” control system for this system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 9668013
    Abstract: A display device includes a display portion, an input portion that receives an instruction to select a program in a program list such that the display portion displays the program with a distinguishable expression, and a controller that links a first program having a program duration shorter than a predetermined threshold with at least one second program arranged relative to the first program along a time axis of the program list as a linked program, and that controls the display portion to display the linked program with the distinguishable expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Fukunaka
  • Patent number: 9648371
    Abstract: A system and a method for using the system for targeted commerce in network broadcasting are provided. The system includes an interface device configured to receive a multimedia stream from a network, wherein the multimedia stream includes a close captioning string and wherein the interface device is further configured to process the multimedia stream by providing advertisements in the multimedia stream according to a correlation between the close captioning string and a plurality of vendor keywords; and a viewing device configured to receive the processed multimedia stream and display to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Heather Anne Waibel, Nicholas Albert Rudock
  • Patent number: 9635403
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for configuring media devices utilizing audio codes and/or signatures are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include determining a characteristic of audio data received by a device, the characteristic including at least one of a code detected in the audio data or a signature generated from the audio data. Disclosed example methods also include determining whether the characteristic is mapped to at least one of a first command or a second command. Disclosed example methods further include, in response to determining the characteristic is mapped to the first command, executing the first command to cause the device to connect to a communication session to receive an upgrade to software executable on the device, and in response to determining the characteristic is mapped to the second command, executing the second command to cause a previously locked feature of the device to be unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 9591341
    Abstract: A source of television programming sends the TV programming into a geographic region. The source also sends enhanced programming for transmission. The enhanced signals result in transforming 2D video in the TV programming signals into 3D signals and/or replacing 2D video in the TV programming signals with 3D video. The enhanced programming is tied to the TV programming signals to limit useful display of the enhanced programming to the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Peter Shintani
  • Patent number: 9560387
    Abstract: An interface for data transmission in a motor vehicle between a mobile data device (6) having a computation unit and an information display (4) in the motor vehicle is provided. The mobile data device (6) and the central information display (4) can be connected to one another by wireless communication, and the screen content of the mobile data device (6) can be presented on the information display (4). Provision is made for the computation unit of the mobile data device (6) to be set up to use the wireless communication to actuate the information display (4) in the motor vehicle by video signals, and for the computation unit of the information display (4) to be set up to present the video signals received from the mobile data device (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Barowski, Stephan Cieler, Carmen Freitag, Jürgen Leimbach, Guido Meier-Arendt, Alexander Niemeyer, Katrin Wenzel
  • Patent number: 9510033
    Abstract: A number of approaches for transcoding media is described, which allow various users to control one or more aspects of transcoding (e.g. bit rate, resolution) when delivering media content to a client device from a network edge server or other location. The client device is provided with an interface that allows the user to increase or decrease the resolution, bit rate or other settings of the media content. Upon receiving a request from the user, the system transcodes the media content in accordance with the request and dynamically delivers the transcoded media content to the user's device. The system also enables content publishers and network operators to impose restrictions (e.g. minimum and maximum values for various settings) on user control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Corley, Tal Saraf, Bradley E. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9432721
    Abstract: Social media content items and references to events that occur therein are aligned with the time-based media events they describe. These mappings may be used as the basis for sending messages to populations of authors of content items, where the populations are determined based on whether the author has written a content item that refers to a specific TV show or advertisement. TV streams are monitored to detect when and where a specific advertisement for a particular advertiser is shown. Concurrently, social media streams are monitored for content items that refer to or are about specific TV shows and advertisements. Responsive to a specific advertisement being detected as being shown during a specific TV show, a message associated with the advertisement is sent to the authors of the content items associated with that TV show or advertisement. The messages can be transmitted while the advertisement is being shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bluefin Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ben Fleischman, Deb Kumar Roy
  • Patent number: 9374180
    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: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Melvin Frerking
  • Patent number: 9325515
    Abstract: Distributed CMTS device for a HFC CATV network serving multiple neighborhoods by multiple individual cables, in which at least some and often all of the QAM modulators that provide data for the individual cables are remote QAM modulators ideally located at the fiber nodes. A CCAP set of IP/on-demand data is transmitted to the nodes using an optical fiber, often using digital protocols such as Ethernet protocols. Optionally a basic set of legacy CATV QAM data, transmitted using RF waveforms transposed to optical frequencies, may also be transmitted to the nodes using either the same or different optical fiber. The nodes extract the data specific to each neighborhood, and inject this data into unused cable QAM channels along with any optional legacy CATV QAM waveforms as desired, thus achieving improved data transmission rates through finer granularity. A computerized “virtual shelf” control system for this system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GAINSPEED, INC.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib