Patents Examined by Andrew Y. Koenig
  • Patent number: 7836473
    Abstract: Strategies are described for adding a mark to media content at a source location in response to the activation of a marking mechanism, and then resuming the presentation of the media content at a second location based on the mark. The source location may be the same as the destination location, or the source location may differ from the destination location. In the latter case, the source location can correspond to a first room in a home that provides a first media processing mechanism, and the destination location can correspond to a second room in the home that provides a second media processing mechanism. The marking mechanism can correspond to a mark button provided by a remote control. Various user interface displays facilitate the adding of the mark and the resuming of the presentation, including various timelines displays, mark panel displays, thumbnail displays, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Edward M. Tecot, Shannon C. Hegg, Laurie J. Vertelney, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 7836475
    Abstract: A media content instance is provided for display. A plurality of first images are identified associated with locations within a first segment of a media content instance according to a first offset that is one of: a time interval and a number of frames. The first images are retrieved from the media content instance. At least some of the first images are provided for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Joel S. Angiolillo, Vittorio Bucchieri
  • Patent number: 7836471
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for receiving a satellite DMB capable of minimizing a video broadcast channel switching time and a method thereof. In the method, time taken to bit de-interleave broadcasting data of the video broadcast channel is reduced thereby to minimize a delay time generated at the time of switching channels. In a satellite DMB receiver having a CDM demodulator for demodulating broadcasting data coded by a Walsh code and having a broadcasting data channel decoding unit for decoding the coded broadcasting data, the satellite DMB receiving apparatus comprises a CDM demodulator for demodulating a Walsh code of at least one broadcast channel, and at least one broadcasting data channel decoding unit for decoding more than one broadcast channel, and a selecting unit for selecting a channel to be viewed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Nam-Shin Cho
  • Patent number: 7831988
    Abstract: A selecting apparatus is disclosed which includes a selecting unit for selecting an input source from a plurality of sources, a switching unit for switching content data in the input source selected by the selecting unit, an operating unit made up of a plurality of operating elements constituting the single integral operating unit, and a controlling unit for controlling the switching unit to switch the content data if a predetermined operating element among the operating elements constituting the operating unit is operated, the controlling element further controlling the selecting unit to execute the input source selection if another predetermined operating element among the constituting elements is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Ishida
  • Patent number: 7831994
    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: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 7827588
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, video image and audio signals are transmitted to a plurality of electronic devices each having at least one of a video image display function and an audio reproducing function. Information indicating the fact that at least one of a video image and audio has been set in a mute state is acquired from each of the electronic devices. Based on the information, a processing operation is applied to the video image and audio signals supplied to each of the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takanobu Mukaide, Masahiko Mawatari
  • Patent number: 7827578
    Abstract: A television apparatus having digital serial bus ports allows a user to select a user-designated digital video content source input such as a digital tuner of the television apparatus and digital serial bus compliant components connected to the television apparatus via the digital serial bus ports of the television apparatus, and to cause digital content from the user-designated digital content source device to be recorded onto a digital recording device connected to the television apparatus via the digital serial bus ports. The present invention allows a user to continuously record digital content onto a digital recording device (e.g. an AVHDD), whether from the TV's digital tuner or from another digital serial bus compliant device in a peer to peer arrangement. The connection is always recording, but allows the user to select or designate a digital (i.e. MPEG2) source (i.e. the TV tuner or another digital serial bus compliant device), in addition to displaying the selected content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Chad Andrew Le Fevre, Mark Gilmore Mears, James Duane Tenbarge, Bret David Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7823178
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of home networks, in particular the connection of two home networks of different types via a gateway. The network devices in the network of the first type are also intended to be able to control the network devices in the network of the second type, and vice versa. In the context of realizing control message conversions, the problem has arisen that, although direct conversions into the format of the other network are possible for many control messages, in some cases there is no correspondence for a control message in the device to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Ingo Hütter
  • Patent number: 7823174
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for content substitution, consistent with certain embodiments of the present invention involves receiving data representing one or more macroblocks of content, the data having at least first and second packet identifiers (PIDs) associated with first and second portions of content. The content having the first PID is placed into a data stream. An initiation flag is received indicating initiation of a PID mapping operation. The substitute macroblocks of content having the second PID is then mapped to the first PID and the mapped content is placed into the data stream. A termination flag is received indicating termination of the PID mapping operation at which point the process returns to placing content having the first PID into the data stream. The content substitution process can be used to replace advertisements, provide multiple plots, multiple endings, multiple views as well as other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Brant L. Candelore, Leo M. Pedlow, Jr., John Garrett
  • Patent number: 7818767
    Abstract: A system for localizing an EPG program schedule, including an EPG service provider station including a database of channels and corresponding EPG program schedule information, a database manager identifying a plurality of channel line-ups potentially receivable at a viewing location, a transmitter, and a receiver, a multimedia viewer situated at the viewing location including an automatic channel line-up identifier identifying a first line-up of television channels receivable at the viewing location, a channel line-up processor at the viewing location calculating a channel line-up from among the plurality of channel line-ups that substantially matches the first line-up, a receiver receiving from the EPG service provider station the plurality of channel line-ups, and a transmitter transmitting to the EPG service provider station the identifier of the channel line-up calculated by the channel line-up processor, and a network connection linking the multimedia viewer to the EPG service provider, wherein the EPG s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick A. Domegan, William L. Marriott, Andrei Stebakov
  • Patent number: 7818774
    Abstract: An interface module for use between a signal source and a receiver has an input, a processor, and an output. The input receives a signal from the signal source. The received signal contains MPEG files formatted according to an Internet Protocol. The processor strips the Internet Protocol formatting from the received signal and reformats the received signal as a receiver signal containing an MPEG transport stream. The output makes the reformatted signal available for supply to a port supported on a chassis of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Zenith Electronics LLC
    Inventor: Richard Lewis
  • Patent number: 7818766
    Abstract: Improved last channel button functionality is described. A remote control device for interacting with a media system includes a mechanism (e.g., a button) by which a user can direct the media system to automatically access a previously tuned (but not immediately previously tuned) channel; or a list of previously tuned channels. A previously tuned channel to be selected may be determined based on an amount of time that the media system was previously tuned to the channel and/or based on receipt of user command indicating user interest in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Edward A Ludvig, Daniel Danker, David Hendler Sloo
  • Patent number: 7814513
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems and methods for generating one or more channels for the organization of content items. A method according to one embodiment comprises selecting a content item and one or more items of metadata for the selected content item. A determination is made to determine if the selected content item should be associated with a given channel on the basis of the metadata. A channel is generated on the basis of the determination, with the selected content item organized in association with the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ramesh R. Sarukkai, John Thrall, Ruofei Zhang, Sai Surya Kiran Evani
  • Patent number: 7814521
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for distributing advertising data in an internet protocol television (IPTV) system, the method including dividing a plurality of end user devices in the IPTV system into K advertising groups; multicasting J advertising data multicast groups to end user devices in J advertising groups having a percentile ranking above or equal to a predetermined percentile ranking; and unicasting advertising data channels for actively viewed IPTV channels being viewed by other end users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: ATT Knowledge Venturers, L.P.
    Inventors: Canhui Ou, Zhi Li, Yali Liu
  • Patent number: 7814510
    Abstract: A remote control and method of programming a remote control for controlling components in an entertainment system are disclosed. The remote control may operate in multiple modes including a limited mode that prevents the remote control from sending predetermined commands to one or more components, even when instructed to do so by the user. In addition, the remote control may issue one or more commands to each component in response to a single user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventors: Charles W Ergen, Michael T. Dugan, David A Kummer, William M Beals, Daniel L Rudolph, Mark H. Gomez, Henry Gregg Martch, Adam C Morzos
  • Patent number: 7814529
    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: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 7810127
    Abstract: An STB analysis system comprises an STB checker client and an STB analysis server. The STB checker client comprises an STB query interface to communicate with the STB analysis server to acquire information indicative of the operational status of an STB and to display the information graphically. A user requests data relating to a particular STB by entering the MAC address of an STB into a query field. The STB checker client interacts with an STB analysis server to acquire information relating to the subscriber associated with the STB MAC address, the services authorized for the STB, and data indicative of the status and performance of the STB. In addition, the STB analysis server interacts with the STB operating system to retrieve diagnostic data from the STB logs. The STB checker client further is adapted to permit remotely resetting the STB regardless of its current status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Stanek, William H. Berger, Todd P. Bowen
  • Patent number: 7810128
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, including a user-information analyzing unit which analyzes user information and calculates a variation in parameter. A procedure selecting unit classifies, based on the calculated amount, the user into a predetermined group, and acquires, from a procedure database, a procedure corresponding to the group of the user. A basic part producing unit records, in a product's ROM, various set values. Based on the result of analysis by the user-information analyzing unit, a unique part producing unit records an initial parameter value in the product's ROM. A system controller controls a storage unit to store a characteristic amount extracted by an image-characteristic-amount extracting unit and setting conditions on the image processing which are supplied from a remote control signal receiving circuit so that both are associated to each other. The present invention may apply to television receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutaka Ando, Tetsujiro Kondo, Hideo Nakaya, Masaaki Hattori, Michimasa Obana, Yoshihiro Takahashi, Takeyuki Fujii, Yasushi Tatehira
  • Patent number: 7802289
    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: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 7802279
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatuses for content protection of broadcast flagged programs for digital television devices that use CableCARDs. In one embodiment, a filter is used to prevent program content in a clear format from being exposed on the CableCARD connector. In one embodiment, broadcast flagged programs in a clear format are filtered for a CableCARD so that no high definition version of the broadcast flagged programs can be easily recorded via the circuitry of the CableCARD. The filter may degrade the broadcast flagged programs, or zero the broadcast flagged programs, or delete the broadcast flagged programs from the transport stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Digital Keystone, Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Vantalon, Paolo Siccardo