Patents Examined by Andrew Y. Koenig
  • Patent number: 7979885
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for delivering television programming to a subscriber. In one aspect the method includes receiving one or more channels of program content, and encoding each channel a plurality of times, each time at a different rate producing multiple rate encoded signals for each channel. The method can further include transmitting the multiple rate encoded signals to a central office over a network, determining an available bandwidth of a downstream link to a subscriber and a current bit rate available for transmission to the subscriber. The method can further include selecting a best available bit rate from the multiple rate encoded signals for a requested channel and transmitting the selected rate encoded signal to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Harmonic Inc.
    Inventor: Shahar Bar
  • Patent number: 7979886
    Abstract: In a method for transmitting a multimedia presentation comprising a number of media objects: the media objects are organized in a multimedia container or container format; identifiers referring to the media objects are organized in the same container; and an identifiable file coordinating the media objects is also provided in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Per Frojdh, Torbjorn Einarsson, Magnus Westerlund
  • Patent number: 7975285
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a broadcast receiver is configured to receive a broadcast signal and output the broadcast signal to an external device. The broadcast receiver includes a program information obtaining module, a storage module, and a channel selection detector. The program information obtaining module obtains program information from the broadcast signal. The storage module stores the program information obtained by the program information obtaining module. The channel selection detector detects an operation of selecting a channel. When the channel selection detector detects that a channel is selected, the broadcast receiver controls the external device to mute audio output. The channel selection detector also reads program information corresponding to the selected channel from the storage module and output the program information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masatoshi Takegoshi
  • Patent number: 7975282
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for supporting live and time-shifted video streaming via distributed caching of portions of video streams shared in peer-to-peer portions of systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sachin G. Deshpande, Jeonghun Noh
  • Patent number: 7971218
    Abstract: A method, system, and software for distributing entertainment scheduling data (e.g., television scheduling data, movie scheduling data, etc.) to end users. Entertainment scheduling data updates are entered into an editorial database and then used to rapidly update a real-time database. A subset of entertainment scheduling data from the real-time database may be transmitted from the real-time database to an end-user database of an end user. The subset may be transmitted across a communication interface (e.g., the Internet) from the real-time database to the end-user database. An intermediate destination (e.g., a File Transfer Protocol server) between the real-time database and the communication interface may be used for temporary parking of the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Tribune Media Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Cushing, Gary L. Evans, Bryan A. Shannon, Kelly A. Strong, Brian J. Ward, Melissa E. White
  • Patent number: 7971215
    Abstract: A method, system and computer readable medium for managing media streams, the computer readable medium has computer-readable code embodied therein for sharing media content, the computer-readable code comprising instructions for: associating different program map tables with devices of different users that are scheduled to filter, at a certain point of time, streams that form a same program; wherein the different program map tables reflect streams that should be filtered by devices of the different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Bigband Networks Inc.
    Inventor: Nery Strasman
  • Patent number: 7966642
    Abstract: A method for providing adaptive video compression includes encoding a video stream in a first compressed format, storing the video stream in a storage device, retrieving the video stream from the storage device, decoding the video stream, encoding the video stream in a second compressed format, and storing the video stream in the storage device. Systems and other methods for providing adaptive video compression are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: Ajith N. Nair, Douglas F. Woodhead, Arturo A. Rodriguez, David B. Burleson
  • Patent number: 7962930
    Abstract: A broadcasting receiving apparatus includes: a broadcasting receiver for receiving downloadable parental rating definition-related data transmitted from an outside source; a data storage for storing the parental rating definition-related data; a user interface (UI) generator for generating a UI for parental lock setup; and a controller for controlling the UI generator to indicate upper item data of the parental rating definition-related data in a first axis direction of the UI and arrange lower item data corresponding to the upper item data in a second axis direction which is different from the first axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joon-hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 7962929
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for generating viewing recommendations in a television viewing personalization system, including parsing, in accordance with a set of stored processing rules, a stream of command signals generated by a remote control unit in response to control sequences entered into the control unit by a viewer, to generate information representative of the viewer's viewing behavior; and determining, from the generated information, at least one viewing recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Oddo, Devin F. Hosea
  • Patent number: 7958538
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 7958536
    Abstract: A video transmission system includes a network module that receives network global positioning system (GPS) signals and that transmits a video signal to a remote device that includes time stamps that are based on the network GPS data. A remote device receives the video signal and that plays the video signal based on local timing generated from local GPS signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen E. Gordon, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Thomas J. Quigley
  • Patent number: 7958524
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling unauthorized signal usage in a content delivery network, such as a television network, is described. The method and system acquires at least two signal usage records for a receiver of the content, evaluates the at least two signal usage records for indicia of usage of a combination of signals not normally authorized on the receiver, and detects unauthorized signal usage upon the at least two signal usage records being consistent with such indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Maxxian Technology Inc.
    Inventor: J. Rene Juneau
  • Patent number: 7954123
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium, and system for advertisement and content distribution are provided. Supplementary content is synchronized with advertisement slots, or commercial intervals, of a program stream and distributed via separate multicast group addresses. The program content is distributed via an alternative multicast group address during commercial intervals. Ports associated with respective users are mapped or otherwise associated with multiple multicast group addresses in a forwarding table thereby allowing distribution of supplementary content, or alternatively the program content, during commercial intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Timucin Ozugur, Chao Kan, Randall B. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 7950034
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for providing controls to have contents recorded in a recording medium for recording one or more broadcast programs aired in the past as data displayed on a specified display device, includes: an acquiring section to acquire program information for one or more broadcast programs recorded in the recording medium; a program table generating section to generate a first table in which columns in one orthogonal direction are allocated to broadcast stations and the other are to time zones, generate a first program table by allocating program columns for the broadcast program on each of one or more areas identified with the one or more program information acquired by the acquiring section in the entire area constituting the first table, and outputting the first program table as first image data; and a display control section to control, while the control is executed, a background image for second image data displayed on the specified display device, data constituting each of the o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ikuya Sano, Ryoji Amemiya, Junichiro Sakata, Hiroshi Nagatani
  • Patent number: 7941824
    Abstract: Methods of providing a media file include receiving the media file and an identification of a destination set-top box for the media file at a server device. The received media file is transmitted from the server device to the identified set-top box in an Internet protocol television (IPTV) multimedia format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Mahmoud Elbarky
  • Patent number: 7937742
    Abstract: A broadcasting receiving apparatus includes: a signal receiving unit which receives a first signal and a second signal different from the first signal; a signal processing unit which processes the first and second signals; a communication unit which communicates with an external device to output a sound; and a controller which controls the signal processing unit and the communication unit to process a video signal of the first signal to be displayed and to process an audio signal of the second signal to be transmitted to the external device if the first signals contains the video signal and the second signal contains only the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok-min Jung
  • Patent number: 7937732
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling fraud in a satellite signal delivery system. An apparatus in accordance with the present invention comprises a receive antenna for receiving at least one satellite signal, and a module, coupled to the receive antenna, for selectively delivering the at least one satellite signal to at least one receiver via an output of the module, wherein the module creates an association between the module and the at least one receiver upon installation of the at least one receiver to the output, such that the module delivers the at least one satellite signal to the at least one receiver only when the association is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 7937728
    Abstract: In an embodiment, content is received on a channel between a scheduled start time and a scheduled stop time. A schedule specifies a planned transmission of a scheduled program between the scheduled start time and the scheduled stop time. The received content is recorded to a saved program. A determination is made that the saved program includes interruption content that is different from lost content of the scheduled program. A request for the lost content is sent to a content provider, the lost content is received from the content provider, and the interruption content is replaced in the saved program with the lost content. The request includes a begin time of the lost content relative to a beginning of the scheduled program and an amount of the lost content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Lawrence Barsness, John Matthew Santosuosso
  • Patent number: 7937739
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method, device and/or system for communicating over a wideband distribution network. The device may include, for example, a downstream conversion module for converting a legacy downstream electrical signal of a legacy downstream frequency band into an extended downstream optical signal of an extended downstream frequency band; and/or an upstream conversion module for converting an extended upstream optical signal of an extended upstream frequency band into a legacy upstream electrical signal of a legacy upstream frequency band. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Xtend Networks
    Inventors: Ron Shani, Yeshayahu Strull, Semion Kofman
  • Patent number: 7934246
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcast receiver that can automatically enable input of a predetermined signal from external device, when there is no broadcast of program that is receivable at the broadcast receiver. The broadcast receiver 100 detects non-broadcasting time zone in which broadcast program is not broadcasted according to broadcast information (EPG data) included in broadcast signal received by antenna 10 or tuner 2. When it is determined that timing in which power was turned on to start the broadcast receiver 100 falls within the detected non-broadcasting time zone, the broadcast receiver 100 is capable to switch so as to enable broadcasting of video content that corresponds to video signal outputted by the external device connected to a group of external device connecting terminals 8 (connecting terminal 8a-8e), such as video replay device or the DVD player, at a display device 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiya Iwahashi