Patents Examined by Alazar Tilahun
  • Patent number: 10412443
    Abstract: A method of providing a broadcast service, the method includes generating service data for a broadcast service and Service Layer Signaling (SLS) for signaling the broadcast service; generating a signaling table having information used for indicating a transport session carrying the SLS for the broadcast service; and transmitting the service data, the SLS and the signaling table via a broadcast network, wherein the SLS includes a Service-based Transport Session Instance Description (S-TSID) and a Media Presentation Description (MPD), wherein the S-TSID includes information for indicating transport sessions carrying service components and content items for the broadcast service, the MPD includes a period element having an event stream element, the event stream element includes a plurality of event elements, and each of the event elements includes an event ID for an event and timing information for indicating start time of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungryul Yang, Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong, Jangwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10412469
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for determining media access sessions. In an example, an apparatus to determine media access sessions includes a record locator to access, in a data store, a first media impression record indicative of a first media access segment, and a second media impression record indicative of a second media access segment and a view counter. The view counter is to update at least one of the first or second media impression records in the data store, when the second media access segment occurs within a threshold time after the first media access segment, to indicate that the first and second media access segments are associated with a same first media access session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Narasimha Reddy Goli, Michael Allen Bivins, Gangadhar Jakkula, Jarrell Jay Mikuta, Joseph W. Brewer, Kevin Rini, Carol A. Lynch, Michael Tierney
  • Patent number: 10397525
    Abstract: In a pilotless flying object detection system, a masking area setter sets a masking area to be excluded from detection of a pilotless flying object which appears in a captured image of a monitoring area, based on audio collected by a microphone array. An object detector detects the pilotless flying object based on the audio collected by the microphone array and the masking area set by the masking area setter. An output controller superimpose sound source visual information, which indicates the volume of a sound at a sound source position, at the sound source position of the pilotless flying object in the captured image and displays the result on a first monitor in a case where the pilotless flying object is detected in an area other than the masking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Shintaro Yoshikuni, Masanari Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10382815
    Abstract: Media content presentation systems and methods are operable to present media content received by a media device, wherein the media device comprises a plurality of tuner systems. An exemplary embodiment tunes the plurality of tuners to receive different broadcasting media content streams each comprising a streaming media content event; communicates the streaming media content events from the receiving tuner to a corresponding tuner buffer of the tuner system; and stores a portion of the streaming media content events into the corresponding tuner buffers. When a user selection is received for presentation of one of the streaming media content events, the selected one of the streaming media content events are presented to a user of the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 10349139
    Abstract: Examples of systems are described herein in which an item of content may be delivered to multiple devices within a group of devices at the same time while reducing bandwidth consumption. Such systems may also allow for attractive pricing and features that may encourage more users to consume the item of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Nishant Doshi, Ambud Sharma, Alexei Savaliev
  • Patent number: 10341827
    Abstract: Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving from a mobile device, by way of a cellular network, a request for delivery of high-bandwidth application service. A location of the mobile device can be obtained and used to determine availability of any nearby wireless packet-network services. If it is determined that a wireless packet-network service is available, a network connection between the mobile device and the wireless packet-network service can be established. The request for delivery of high-bandwidth services can then be forwarded to an application server that delivers the requested services by way of the wireless packet-network service. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 10334302
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method, system and apparatus are described, for uniquely storing, in a memory, for each one user among a plurality of users which recorded a content item, at least one segment of the recorded content item, generating metadata at a metadata generator, the metadata generator configured to associate, for one user among the plurality of users, the at least one segment of the recorded content item recorded by the one user, the metadata including a bitmap uniquely identifying the one user, and determining, at a processor, for each one user of the plurality of users, at least one offset value indicating at least one starting point for the at least one segment of the recorded content item for the one user, the at least one segment of the one user being disposed in a media sequence including a plurality of segments of the content item for different users of the users that recorded the content item, the at least one offset value being determined based, at least, on the bitmap uniquely identifying t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAMEDIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Mahesh Viveganandhan, Hoi-Tauw Jozef Chou, Gowdish Kumaraswamy, Clint Ricker
  • Patent number: 10334309
    Abstract: A bullet screen display method and apparatus are provided. The method includes loading a web page that satisfies the Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5) Protocol, the web page including a video tag and a text track tag, and loading and displaying an online video, based on the video tag. The method further includes loading a web video text tracks (WebVTT) file, based on the text track tag, and displaying bullet screen information on the online video, based on the WebVTT file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Junhai Guo, Zijian Zhuang, Yulei Shi
  • Patent number: 10306319
    Abstract: One-way streaming video broadcasts can be presented and consumed by an audience via a media player than allows annotations. If the streaming broadcast is live, or at least has not ended, an opportunity exists for the audience to collaborate with the broadcaster and/or contribute to the broadcast. Such can be accomplished by annotating the presentation of the video broadcast with an object that, when selected, facilitates transmission of a video feed associated with the audience member to the broadcaster. The broadcaster can receive and include this video feed into the video broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Loren Groves, Ming Zhang, Matthew John Leske, Nadim Raad
  • Patent number: 10298987
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server computing device, a request to stream media content to a user device. The request is associated with data identifying a personal quality profile. The method includes retrieving, via the server computing device, the personal quality profile associated with the data. The personal quality profile indicates media quality preferences. The method includes determining, via a processor of the server computing device, a version of the media content to send to the user device based on the media quality preferences of the personal quality profile and based on a delivery bit rate. The method also includes sending the version from the server computing device to the user device in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, Zhu Liu, Lee Begeja, Bernard S. Renger, David Crawford Gibbon, Behzad Shahraray, Raghuraman Gopalan, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 10271109
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for processing verbal queries relative to video content. A verbal query that is associated with a portion of video content is received. The verbal query specifies a relative frame location. An item depicted in the portion of the video content at the relative frame location is identified. Information about the item is determined as an answer to the verbal query. Information about the item is then presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Martin Davoust
  • Patent number: 10257564
    Abstract: A method is provided for a reception apparatus to access non-real-time (NRT) content. The method includes receiving, by the reception apparatus, a selection of the NRT content included in a digital television broadcast signal broadcast by a content source. The reception apparatus determines whether the selected NRT content is stored in a memory of the reception apparatus. When the selected NRT content is determined not to be stored in the memory, the reception apparatus determines whether the selected NRT content can be downloaded from an external device that is accessible via a communication network. When the selected NRT content is determined to be downloadable from an external device that is accessible via the communication network, the reception apparatus downloads the selected NRT content from the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Luke Fay, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 10225617
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating, distributing, and/or presenting social networking content in conjunction with video content are described. In accordance with various embodiments, social networking related information, e.g., comments, remarks and/or a twitter feed, are displayed in conjunction with the display of video to which the social networking information relates. The social networking related information may be displayed on the same or a different device from that which is used to display the video comments. In some embodiments, the social networking information, e.g., comments on a program, event or broadcast, are displayed on a personal computer or other device such as a mobile telephone, while video content is being viewed, e.g., on a television which is provided video content via a set top box. A knowledgeable moderator can review, supplement, add and delete comments in real time enhancing the overall social networking session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Steven Copertino, Brent William Brooks, Corinne Kerns Lowry, Joshua Charles Goldstein, Noah Mittman, Rosalie Ehrlich, Russell R. Alderson, Sanjay Cherubala, Sean MacDonald, Virginia Welford Miracle
  • Patent number: 10200734
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying objects displayed in a media asset are provided. First and second parental control restrictions associated with first and second users within a perceivable range of a user equipment device are retrieved. The first parental control restriction enables access to content associated with a first authorization level and the second parental control restriction enables access to content associated with a second authorization level. A common authorization level that does not violate the first and second parental control restrictions is identified. A media asset that satisfies the common authorization level is presented to the first and second users in a first form. Supplemental content associated with the media asset that violates the second parental control restriction but does not violate the first parental control restriction is selected. The supplemental content is presented in a second form while the media asset is being presented in the first form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Priyanka Sharma
  • Patent number: 10148902
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for displaying video from a plurality of video streams on a display. It includes an input interface for receiving video data from a plurality of video streams and transferring the video data to a frame controller in communication with a television display. The frame controller causes the video data from each of the plurality of different video streams to be displayed in a separate frame on the television display, and each frame occupying an area of the television display separate from an area occupied by any other frame. A system for displaying video from a plurality of video stream using the correct aspect ratio and resolution is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INNOBRILLIANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10097890
    Abstract: A system and method for multi-view output of one or more wireless portable devices. The system includes a device, such as a TV, that has a processor, a wireless transceiver coupled to the processor, and programming executable on said processor. The programming is configured for carrying out the steps of: receiving a first wireless output signal from a first portable device with the wireless transceiver; receiving a second wireless output signal from a second portable device with the wireless transceiver; identifying the first portable device and second portable device; displaying the identity of the first portable device and second portable device in an input list comprising one or more inputs; selecting the first portable device and second portable device for output on a display; and displaying the first wireless output signal simultaneous with the second wireless output signal on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Matsubayashi
  • Patent number: 10051304
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identification and insertion of content targeted to a particular audience within a content-based network, such as a cable television or satellite network. In one embodiment of the invention, audience qualities are identified and distributed to an advertisement decision maker, which uses the information to fulfill advertisement placement opportunities. Qualifiers about an existing or projected audience are classified utilizing an algorithm for qualifier weight and variance in order to determine the proximity any given qualifier may be to a target audience for an advertisement. Subscriber privacy and anonymity is also optionally maintained via e.g., hashing or encrypting data relating to the CPE and/or subscriber, thus ensuring that audience data is not traceable to a specific user account. Business methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Justin Tidwell, Edward G. Samame, Bryan Santangelo
  • Patent number: 10034063
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for streaming content is disclosed. A streamer (155) detects a cue for a break in a segment of the program content, wherein the cue includes an identification of an advertising provider associated with the break. The streamer sends, to an advertisement server (115), a request for content associated with the advertising provider, and receives, from the advertisement server, an advertisement associated with the advertising provider. Further, the streamer transcodes the advertisement based on configuration information of an additional device (165) to generate formatted content viewable on the additional device. Moreover, the streamer streams the formatted content to the additional device via the local connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Prasad Panje, Prasad A G, Azimul Mannan, Krishnan Raghavan
  • Patent number: 10021439
    Abstract: Various arrangements that permit temporary subscription porting are presented. A temporary subscription port request may be submitted by a subscriber. The temporary subscription port request may include an identifier of a visitor television receiver and authentication information for the subscriber. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a first command to a home television receiver may be transmitted that disables viewing a first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a second command to the visitor television receiver may be transmitted that enables viewing the first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Luke VanDuyn, Henry Gregg Martch
  • Patent number: 9980014
    Abstract: An information providing system, reception apparatus, and methods thereof are provided for protected content data. The method for providing the protected content data includes generating or receiving the protected content data, and generating a digital television broadcast signal including at least one data field sync segment and the protected content data. The digital television broadcast signal is provided to a reception apparatus. The at least one data field sync segment carries information necessary to identify a framing structure of the digital television broadcast signal and includes one of security information for accessing the protected content data and a location of the security information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Luke Fay, Brant Candelore, Frederick J. Zustak, Peter Shintani