Patents Examined by Brian T. Pendleton
  • Patent number: 10286315
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording application state information over time while simultaneous recording application streaming interactive video output. A playback means in which the recorded application video may be played back or the application may be re-executed with the application state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Roger van der Laan
  • Patent number: 10271084
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces for recording and playing audio and video. In one example, a first application requests a second application to initiate recording one or more data streams of the first application. The second application displays a confirmation affordance. In response to detecting activation of the confirmation affordance, the second application initiates a recording of at least one of the data stream of the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Donald W. Pitschel, Imran Chaudhri, Nathan Taylor, Kellie Albert
  • Patent number: 10264325
    Abstract: A frequency band selection device that can be inserted into a signal transmission line of a CATV system on the premise of a user includes at least two signal path sets between a tap side and a premise side. Each signal path set includes two discrete signal paths, a high frequency signal path for a downstream bandwidth and a low frequency signal path for an upstream bandwidth. The high frequency signal path and the low frequency signal path are separated by a cut-off transition frequency that is different for each signal path set. The device further includes a switch controller having at least two discrete switch positions. The switch controller chooses one of the switch positions as a result of an information signal. Each of the switch positions corresponds to a respective one of the signal path sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Olson, David Kelma, Joseph Lai, Steven K. Shafer
  • Patent number: 10257549
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for enhancing television with wireless broadcast messages. The system including a television, a mobile device, and a server, wherein the television is configured to transmit a broadcast message to the mobile device, the broadcast message used by the television to request enhancement data from the server, the mobile device is configured to receive the broadcast message from the television and transmit a request to the server in response to receiving the broadcast message, and the server configured to receive the request from the mobile device and transmit the enhancement data to the television in response to receiving the request, wherein the enhancement data is used by the television to enhance media content being displayed on a display. The television may transmit the broadcast message to the mobile device using Bluetooth low energy and receive the enhancement data from the server using the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malone
  • Patent number: 10257566
    Abstract: A BCN network with BCN modems that enable network wired devices to communicate over a typical home coaxial network that may include passive splitters and different types of coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Anton Monk, Brett Bernath, Itzhak Gurantz, Ron Porat, Yusuf Ozturk, Ronald B. Lee, Wee Peng Goh, Magnus Berggren
  • Patent number: 10255437
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enabling upgrading of a television (TV) device that is connectable to an internet protocol TV (IPTV) system including an operator system and a TV manufacturer system are described. The upgrading is based on a token object and verifies a requested upgrading of the TV device. A token object is generated at the TV manufacturer system in response to receiving a request for upgrading from the TV device, and delivered to the TV device, thus enabling the TV device to complete the requested upgrading process due to possessing a valid token. A TV device, an operator system, and a TV manufacturer system adapted to execute the suggested methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET KM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Mats Cedervall, Nilo Mitra
  • Patent number: 10237630
    Abstract: A transmission system, a receiver and a method for satellite signal transmission, wherein the satellite signals includes respective data streams consisting of a sequence of data packets. The method incudes: subdividing the data packets of the data stream, through a splitter, into a first and at least one second data pseudo-streams; modulating the first and at least one second data pseudo-streams through a first and at least one second modulators, respectively; transmitting the modulated data pseudo-streams through respective transmission channels (Ch#1 . . . Ch#N), wherein, in order to generate the data pseudo-streams, the splitter will: select each data packet of the data stream; interrogate the modulators in a sequential manner in order to identify that modulator which, among the modulators, is available to accept the data packet, and send the latter to it; send a null data packet to the remaining modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Morello, Vittoria Mignone, Bruno Sacco
  • Patent number: 10230923
    Abstract: A set-top box (STB), digital video recorder (DVR), video player or other host device receives and interacts with a transcode module to provide enhanced transcoding capabilities that may be useful in placeshifting or other applications. The transcode module includes a host interface that couples to and communicates with the host device. The transcode module also includes a processor that receives an encrypted media stream from the host device via the bus interface, decrypts the encrypted media stream, transcodes the encrypted media stream to a different format, re-encrypts the transcoded stream, and provides the re-encrypted media stream to the host device via the host interface. The transcoded media content may be placeshifted to a remote player, stored at the host, or used for any other purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA LLC
    Inventors: Bhupendra Natwerlal Shah, Padmanabha R. Rao, Ilya Asnis
  • Patent number: 10212480
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for switching television channels, adapted to an electronic apparatus having a touch screen for controlling a television system to switch the television channels, are provided. A control panel including a first and a second switching region is displayed on the touch screen. The first switching region corresponds to a plurality of first television channels provided by the television system, and the second switching region corresponds to a channel list which includes a plurality of second television channels selected from the first television channels. Next, a touch operation performed on the control panel is detected by using the touch screen. When the touch operation is within the first switching region, the first television channels are switched according to the touch operation. When the touch operation is within the second switching region, the second television channels are switched according to the touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Wang
  • Patent number: 10193944
    Abstract: A controller may preview media streams from a plurality of source devices, and may select between the streams, add processing or additional content to the streams, and provide an edited or mixed stream to one or more client or recipient devices. In many implementations, mixing or selective presentation of streams may be accomplished with little to no delay via a lightweight signaling and chunk identification change protocol. In other implementations, processing and mixing instructions may be provided to client devices, which may retrieve the streams and process them locally, reducing or eliminating delay from an intermediary processor or mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Marcus Allen Thomas
  • Patent number: 10185768
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program utilize a distance associative hashing algorithmic means to provide a highly efficient means to rapidly address a large database. The indexing means can be readily subdivided into a plurality of independently-addressable segments where each such segment can address a portion of related data of the database where the subdivided indexes of said portions reside entirely in the main memory of each of a multiplicity of server means. The resulting cluster of server means, each hosting an addressable sector of a larger database of searchable audio or video information, provides a significant improvement in the latency and scalability of an Automatic Content Recognition system, among other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Brian Reed
  • Patent number: 10187673
    Abstract: Ingress noise from subscriber equipment is mitigated or prevented from reaching a cable television (CATV) network. All upstream signals including ingress noise are initially transmitted to the CATV network whenever their instantaneous power exceeds a threshold which typically distinguishes ingress noise from a valid upstream signal. Whenever the instantaneous power is below the threshold, ingress noise is blocked from reaching the CATV network. A gas tube surge protection device is included to resist component destruction and malfunction arising from lightning strikes and other high voltage, high current surges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Charles F. Newby, Gregory F. Halik, Matthew Kellogg
  • Patent number: 10182260
    Abstract: A smart display and its associated control method are provided. The smart display includes a communication interface, selectively electrically connected to an external host; an internal host, for adjusting an operation mode according to connection status between the communication interface and the external host; a video module, electrically connected to the communication interface and the internal host, for displaying video data from one of the external host and the internal host according to the connection status between the communication interface and the external host; a peripheral; and a switch, electrically connected to the internal host, the communication interface and the peripheral, for controlling the peripheral to execute control data transmitted by one of the external host and the internal host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Feng-Yuan Chen, Yew-Peng Kee
  • Patent number: 10169455
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program utilize a distance associative hashing algorithmic means to provide a highly efficient means to rapidly address a large database. The indexing means can be readily subdivided into a plurality of independently-addressable segments where each such segment can address a portion of related data of the database where the subdivided indexes of said portions reside entirely in the main memory of each of a multiplicity of server means. The resulting cluster of server means, each hosting an addressable sector of a larger database of searchable audio or video information, provides a significant improvement in the latency and scalability of an Automatic Content Recognition system, among other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Brian Reed
  • Patent number: 10165313
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium for testing set-top boxes. A method includes: receiving an application for testing in a set-top box environment; identifying a set-top box for testing the application; executing the application on the set-top box, including commanding the set-top box to display a plurality of interfaces and initiating commands to transition the set-top box from a first presentation state to a second presentation state; capturing video output associated with the first presentation state; capturing video output associated with the set-top box after the transition to the second presentation state; monitoring and recording network traffic output by the set-top box; and providing an output associated with the monitoring and the captured video output to enable correlation between commands executed as part of the application execution, on screen output and network traffic of the set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Nelson, Robert Russell Amos
  • Patent number: 10148996
    Abstract: A plurality of controllable devices is in communication with and remotely operable by a media system controller. A storage device stores associations between respective passkeys and one or more of the controllable devices that are currently associated therewith. The controller generates a passkey in response to an occurrence of a first event associated with a particular one of the controllable devices, stores in the storage device an association between the passkey and the particular one of the controllable devices, and the passkey is displayed by the particular one of the controllable devices. The passkey is entered into a mobile device by a user. The controller receives the passkey from the mobile device, finds the particular one of the controllable devices currently associated with the passkey, and transfers commands and status information between the particular one of the controllable devices and the mobile device until an occurrence of a second event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter S. Warrick, Brendan G. Cassidy, Brian W. King, Lea Lorenzo, Blake Read, Ian S. McBeth
  • Patent number: 10149023
    Abstract: A system receives an indication of selection of an item in a broadcast segment from an end device. A broadcast segment is identified by the selection and a broadcast segment schedule. An item ID is determined using the identified broadcast segment and the broadcast segment schedule, and a corresponding sponsor of the item is determined using the item ID and the identified broadcast segment. An anonymized message, including the item ID and a request for information, is sent to the corresponding sponsor. A reply is received from the corresponding sponsor, and forwarded to an end user contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Craig P. Reilly, Robert H. Yacobellis
  • Patent number: 10142684
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method, comprising obtaining a first uniform resource identifier for a segment of a content item, obtaining encryption metadata indicative of encryption information to be used for encrypting the segment when the segment is requested by a client device or a content delivery network, generating a data combination based on the first uniform resource identifier and the encryption metadata, generating an authentication code or a signature by applying a secret to the data combination, the secret being unknown to the client device or the content delivery network, generating a second uniform resource identifier for the segment based on the authentication code or the signature, the encryption metadata and the first uniform resource identifier, inserting the second uniform resource identifier in an adaptive bitrate media playlist for the content item, and sending the adaptive bitrate media playlist to the client device or the content delivery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Rutland, John Allen
  • Patent number: 10142700
    Abstract: A social network service for use by a television service provider is disclosed. The social network service allows a subscriber to connect and interact with other subscribers based on program ratings or other criteria. The social network service may comprise correlating program ratings of different subscribers of the social network service in order to suggest possible subscribers to join a first subscriber's social network. The social network service may allow for a subscriber or the television service provider to moderate the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Carlos Garcia Navarro
  • Patent number: 10097889
    Abstract: Method of adaptive broadcasting of multimedia data streams Fi originating from a service provider (20), during a download between a reception terminal (40) and a server (30), as a function of an energy criterion, comprising the following steps: determining, for N representations Fi, at least one first energy index by calculating, for each of the representations Fi of a multimedia segment, a value of energy Ei(t) consumed to decode the representation Fi at the instant t, the maximum energy value Emax(t) associated with the most energy-consuming representation, and the values of the ratios corresponding E i ? ( t ) E Max ? ( t ) ?storing these values in a file associating with a representation Fi at least one ratio E i ? ( t ) E Max ? ( t ) , measuring the consumption of energy used by the terminal in the course of the playback of the representation Fi, and choosing another representation Fj or altering the quality of playback of the representation if the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Harmonic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Ducloux, Patrick Gendron