Patents Examined by Adil Ocak
  • Patent number: 9326039
    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: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GAINSPEED, INC.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 9307295
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for allowing a user to linearly or non-linearly discover and navigate media content including live events. A smart timeline includes panels of event information, previews, images, etc. Moving ahead allows discovery of future live media content and events and uncovers mechanisms for setting notifications and reminders. Moving back in time allows discovery of past events and mechanisms for replaying past video and audio content. Event navigation mechanisms can be integrated with calendaring applications to post and select events discovered using event navigation mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Chan
  • Patent number: 9292251
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for configuring media devices utilizing audio codes and/or signatures are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include, responsive to determining that an audio code is not present in audio data received by a device, generating a signature from the audio data. Such example methods also include determining whether the signature is associated with a first command to be executed by the device to modify operation of the device. Such example methods further include, when the signature is determined to be associated with the first command, executing the first command to modify the operation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 9288517
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for mobile communication based ordering of on-demand digital content (such as video content in a network-based pay TV service). In some embodiments the mobile communication is via an SMS cell phone text and payment of the ordered content is by billing a financial account associated with the owner of the cell phone. The method generates for display to the user, upon selection of digital content desired to be ordered by the user and accessed by a specific network-enabled device associated with the user, a unique video activation request number (VARN), the VARN comprising a first component which uniquely identifies a specific one or more Internet-enabled devices and a second component that uniquely identifies the ordered digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Andrews
  • Patent number: 9268866
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and/or systems are providing for enabling a time-shifted, on-demand social network for watching, creating, and/or sharing time-shifted annotation datasets (e.g., commentary tracks) synced to any on-demand programming, and more particularly to providing rewards to users when they create annotations (e.g., comments), when other users interact with their annotations, when transactions are enabled via their annotations, or for other reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: GOPOP.TV, INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Evans, Jonathan Small, David Marsh
  • Patent number: 9246639
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for ensuring quality of service of an Internet Protocol television live broadcast service, and the method includes: detecting a live broadcast packet received from an original multicast group (100); if detecting that the live broadcast packet has an error or a loss, joining a multicast group corresponding to a delay multicast stream sent by a retransmission server, and receiving a delay retransmission packet from the delay multicast stream (102); and recovering the live broadcast packet according to the received delay retransmission packet (104). Correspondingly, a terminal and a retransmission server are provided. Once the terminal detects that the original packet has a loss or an error, the terminal directly receives a packet from a delay packet stream sent by the retransmission server for recovering, thereby avoiding a NACK storm, simplifying the processing of the retransmission server, and improving the retransmission efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiongbing Ou
  • Patent number: 9241200
    Abstract: A distribution system of programs and ads includes transmitting one or more ad channels to user devices. An ad channel includes ads and ratings that indicate a likelihood of interest of a user for an ad. The ratings are calculated based on ad profiles and user profiles. A user device selects ads to play during an ad insertion period of a program based on the rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9148630
    Abstract: A method includes receiving input data from user devices having access to media content of a media stream that is responsive to at least a subset of the input data. The input data may correspond to one or more user inputs received from the user devices via an interactive session associated with the media content. The method further includes selecting a particular subset of the input data based at least in part on one or more inputs received from a device. The one or more inputs may be responsive to selection of one or more input controls of a moderator control graphical user interface. The method further includes sending an adapted media stream to the user devices. The adapted media stream may include the media content and content corresponding to the particular subset of the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Morris, Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 9148685
    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 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Heather Anne Waibel, Nicholas Albert Rudock
  • Patent number: 9100691
    Abstract: A digital content display system and a method for providing information during a channel zapping delay are provided. The information providing method includes receiving information to be displayed during a channel zapping delay; displaying the information during the channel zapping delay, when performing a channel switching operation to a new channel; and outputting content corresponding to the new channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hyungjin Seo
  • Patent number: 9094734
    Abstract: A method includes identifying an advertisement break in a video program schedule. A target group of subscriber devices to receive advertisements at the advertisement break is also identified. The method includes assigning attributes associated with the target group of subscriber devices to each of a plurality of video client applications. Parameters are provided to a plurality of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) tuners based on each of the assigned plurality of video client applications. A video stream that includes an advertisement insertion event is received at the scheduled advertisement break from the plurality of QAM tuners. The advertisement insertion event includes an in-band signal that directs each of the assigned plurality of video client applications to tune to an advertisement feed associated with each of the at least one target group of subscriber devices for a duration of the advertisement break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robin Montague Mathews, Michael Patrick Ruffini
  • Patent number: 9094161
    Abstract: Different data communication architectures deliver a wide variety of content, including audio and video content, to consumers. The architectures employ channel bonding to deliver more bandwidth than any single communication channel can carry. In some implementations, different network types may be channel bonded to function as a single logical channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Xuemin Chen, Rajesh Mamidwar, Victor Hou
  • Patent number: 9078036
    Abstract: A mechanism to evaluate the geographic popularity of geographically-located user-generated content is presented. A method to evaluate the geographic popularity of geographically-located user-generated content includes receiving a user-generated content item having metadata indicating a geographic location of the user-generated content item, determining geographic location metadata of each of a plurality of views of the content item, calculating a view geographic entropy of the content item by dividing the plurality of views across multiple geographic regions while taking into account the geographic location of the content item, and providing the calculated view geographic entropy of the content item for presentation in a visual display that is part of an analytical report of the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Scellato, Mirjam Wattenhofer, Anders Torp Brodersen
  • Patent number: 9055254
    Abstract: A method, system, and executable instructions are provided that receive a request to change a programming channel, display, on the television screen, an on screen channel changer, the on screen channel changer comprising electronic program guide (“EPG”) information and a number input bar comprising digits, receive, from the remote control, a channel selection based on digits using the on screen channel changer, and change to the selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9055351
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of processing information by a content receiver. According to an embodiment, the method includes detecting multi-dimensional code data split and inserted into a content provided through broadcast or an IP when the content is played, temporarily storing the detected multi-dimensional code data, synthesizing the temporarily stored multi-dimensional code data into a multi-dimensional code, when the play of the content is terminated, outputting the synthesized multi-dimensional code image on a screen or making a connection to a server corresponding to a URL obtained by decoding the synthesized multi-dimensional code image or generating and displaying a new multi-dimensional code based on the multi-dimensional code image. The identifier of the broadcast receiver or user's identifier is transmitted to the connected server so that a viewer may be compensated for watching the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: HUMAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minho Kim
  • Patent number: 9043842
    Abstract: A method for virtual channel management is provided. The method includes the following steps. In response to a command, a control unit of a network-based multimedia reproduction system determines whether the command is associated with virtual channel switching. When the command is associated with virtual channel switching, the control unit checks whether a channel value corresponding to the command exists in an application virtual channel table. When the channel value exists in the application virtual channel table, the control unit determines an application corresponding to the channel number from the application virtual channel table, and executes the application. According to a first operation parameter set corresponding to the application, the control unit sets the executed application to retrieve digital contents through a network unit of the network-based multimedia reproduction system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Fang-Wen Kuo, Po-Hsu Chen
  • Patent number: 9043858
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver on a mobile body includes: a tuner that receives a broadcast signal of a physical channel; a signal intensity detector that detects a signal intensity of the broadcast signal; a current position detector that detects a current position of the mobile body; a movement direction detector that detects a movement direction of the mobile body; a reception judging unit that controls the tuner to judge whether the physical channel can be received; an area information storage unit that stores receivable area information indicating a receivable area of the physical channel; and an area information updating unit that determines, when it is judged that the physical channel can be received, a position apart from the current position in the movement direction according to the signal intensity as a receivable position, and updates the receivable area information to extend the receivable area to the receivable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Aki Kimura, Keiichi Shirasuka, Kazuya Takaki, Soichiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9043820
    Abstract: A method includes receiving first information identifying profile information associated with a customer, habit information associated with the customer's television viewing habits, or Internet usage information associated with the customer. The method also includes receiving preference information from the customer, wherein the preference information identifies advertisements or types of advertisements that the customer would like to view or would not like to view. The method further includes identifying advertisements based on the received first information and the received preference information, inserting, by a service provider, the identified advertisements in a television programming data stream and providing the identified advertisements to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Keyur K. Shah, Biplab K. Pramanik, Saivivek Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 9013541
    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: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventor: Melvin Frerking
  • Patent number: 9003460
    Abstract: A method of mapping a network path in which a geographic path of cables of a network between a geographic location of a network component and a geographic location of a terminal network element is estimated electronically using Keyhole Markup Language (KML) data. A geographically accurate street map is populated with the geographic location of the network component, the geographic location of the terminal network element, and the estimated geographic path. The map is capable of being displayed with the use of geospatial software implementing KML encoding. A signal processing electronic device for populating a display of an interactive graphical user interface with network path mapping information and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer program instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to perform the above referenced operations are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Basile, David B. Bowler, David Dankulich, Mohammad Jalaluddin Riaz