Patents Examined by Chris Grant
  • Patent number: 7073192
    Abstract: A node size estimation tool for calculating a node size for interactive video, voice or data services placed on a system is provided. The estimation tool includes a computer processor, a data storage device, and the data entry device. Inputs are provided for receiving data on bandwidths for downstream and upstream passbands and for receiving data on node splitting information. Inputs are provided for receiving data on any limitations on the upstream and downstream passbands that are unavailable for use by the system. Inputs are provided for receiving data on requirement information for various services, and for receiving data on estimated service penetration rates, estimated simultaneous use rates, and a desired downstream data rate. Also, inputs are provided for processing data received to calculate the node size. A method of calculating node size utilizing the tool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Curtiss Smith
  • Patent number: 7073187
    Abstract: A menu-driven television program access system and method provide a menu structure that allows subscribers to select and view television programming and other services. The menu structure lists programs by program category or by chronological order of broadcast. The subscriber scrolls the menus until a desired program identifier, such as a title and date/time of broadcast is found. The subscriber then operates a “go-button” on a remote control to select the desired program. In response to operation of the “go-button,” a set top terminal turns to a channel carrying the selected program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Sedna Patent Services, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Hendricks, Alfred E. Bonner
  • Patent number: 7069573
    Abstract: A method for transmitting audio/video data from a web site to viewing devices, e.g., personal digital assistant, cellular phone. The method includes prompting at least two selections on a viewing device, which is coupled to a worldwide network of computers through a wireless connection. The two selections comprises a first selection for an automatic set up (441) and a second selection for a manual set up. The method includes selecting either the first selection or the second selection and transmitting the selection to a web site, which is coupled to a source of audio/video data, e.g., camera. If the first selection is entered, a web page based upon a viewer's profile of the viewing device is formed and transmitted to the viewing device. Alternatively, if the second selection is entered, a form page of selectable parameters is formed and transmitted from the web site to the viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Vidiator Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Roger K. Brooks, Yanda Ma, Dave M. Singhal
  • Patent number: 7051352
    Abstract: A system for recommending television programs makes use of probabilistic calculations and a viewer profile to create a recommendation. The probabilistic calculations preferably are in the form of Bayesian classifier theory. Modifications to classical Bayesian classifier theory are proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: J. David Schaffer
  • Patent number: 7020889
    Abstract: A method for calling up information about current radio and television programs wherein desired signals are transmitted together or separately with decodable additional information signals. The method includes the steps of selecting from the additional information signals that information which is directly or indirectly linked to time information. The selected information is compared with a time period which can be predetermined and within which the current time and/or the time assigned to the current program occurs. The information corresponding to this time period is then displayed on a display device of a receiving device which receives the desired signals and additional information signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Ingo Hütter, Dirk Adolph, Jens Spille, Sigrun Otte-Spille
  • Patent number: 7017178
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus and methods for upgrading a set top terminal for use with a cable television program delivery system. A hardware upgrade or expansion card is connected to a set top terminal to enhance the functionality of the set top terminal and to allow the set top terminal to receive digital audio programs. The hardware upgrade includes audio signal processing circuitry such as a tuner, demodulator, demultiplexor, decryptor, and decompressor. A microprocessor in the hardware upgrade enables the upgrade to accept subscriber inputs so as to select a particular digital audio program for listening. Subscriber inputs may be generated from a remote control and a menu system of the set top terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Sedna Patent Services, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Hendricks, Alfred E. Bonner, Richard E. Wunderlich, Eric C. Berkobin
  • Patent number: 7000245
    Abstract: A method for recording pushed interactive data streams of a program. A pushed data stream is broadcast to a receiving station. The data stream includes one or more data objects. The data stream may also reference to live data objects which are intended for immediate consumption and become obsolete thereafter. The data stream may include a file table and object properties corresponding to the data objects. When the data stream is received by the receiving station, the individual data objects are extracted from the data stream. The data objects, accompanying object properties and the file table are then stored on a storage device. Data objects which are external to the data stream or to the program (e.g., data objects from other carousels) are retrieved and are also stored. Live data objects are not stored, but references to these data objects are stored, so that when the program is replayed, current versions of the referenced live data objects can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludovic Pierre, Vincent Dureau, Alain Delpuch
  • Patent number: 6993786
    Abstract: A method of presenting, at a client terminal, a video program stored in a server linked with the client terminal via transmission path of a limited transmission band width. Each frame of the video program comprises a basic data portion and at least one level of quality supplement data portions. In the method, in response to one of play control commands from a user, the client terminal determines a start position in the video program according to the issued play control command. The play control commands includes a play, a stop, a head search, a jump forward and a jump backward command. In response to the issued play command, the terminal obtains and uses the basic data portions for playing the video program. In response to the stop command, the terminal obtains the quality supplement data portions for the last displayed frame and uses them for displaying a quality-enhanced version of the last displayed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kensuke Maruya, Toshio Oka, Akino Inoue
  • Patent number: 6986157
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamic service registration, activation and deactivation on a data-over-cable system. A first network device, such as a cable modem with associated service devices (e.g., Voice over Internet Protocol telephones) sends a first message to another network device, such as a cable modem termination system. The first message includes multiple service parameters for a desired service requested by a service device associated with the first network device. The multiple service parameters are extracted from the first message. A service session profile is created for the desired service. The service session profile includes one or more of the extracted service parameters required by the desired service. The service session profile is used by a service server associated with the cable modem termination system to provide a desired service. The service session profile is associated with a deferred inactive service identifier for the cable modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Fijolek, Ali Akgun, Rita Shammas, Matthew Harper
  • Patent number: 6973665
    Abstract: The desirability of programming events may be determined using metadata for programming events that includes goodness of fit scores associated with categories of a classification hierarchy one or more of descriptive data and keyword data. The programming events are ranked in accordance with the viewing preferences of viewers as expressed in one or more viewer profiles. The viewer profiles may each include preference scores associated with categories of the classification hierarchy and may also include one or more keywords. Ranking is performed through category matching and keyword matching using the contents of the metadata and the viewer profiles. The viewer profile keywords may be qualified keywords that are associated with specific categories of the classification hierarchy. The ranking may be performed such that qualified keyword matches generally rank higher than keyword matches, and keyword matches generally rank higher than category matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: MYDTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Gil Gavriel Dudkiewicz, Dale Kittrick Hitt, Jonathan Percy Barker
  • Patent number: 6968570
    Abstract: A remote control adapted for use with a releasable readable media storage device. A readable media storage device having data and target indicators. Electrical contacts provide releasable connection with the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, Robert A. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6966064
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for processing programs indicated by the associated program description to be audio-only programs, including the following. A respective program description for programs is received. Upon user selection of a program, a determination is made as to whether the selected program is an audio-only program. If the selected program is an audio-only program, then preprogrammed on-screen display information is displayed while the selected audio-only program is played to provide additional visual entertainment for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Schneidewend, Darrel Wayne Randall, Michael Joseph McLane, Megan Louise Brown, Mark Sheridan Westlake
  • Patent number: 6959449
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously accessing video data and Internet page data includes a format manager that inserts a video tag into page data to concurrently display a positionable video window and the page data upon the screen of a display device. The format manager reformats the displayed page data to avoid the video window when shown on the display device. The format manager also maintains the video window in a stationary position when a system user scrolls the page data in relation to the video window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiya Fujii
  • Patent number: 6941574
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying still video images related to video content in an interactive broadcast television system. The system and method of the present invention may also be used for simulating an Internet home page on an interactive television system. The present invention thus supports hyperlinked web-like navigational capabilities in an interactive television system. According to the method of the present invention, the video delivery system provides or broadcasts one or more audio/video channels each comprising video content and also provides or broadcasts at least one still image channel comprising a plurality of still video images, preferably MPEG-2 compressed still images. The user or viewer can select options displayed on the television screen to view desired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignees: OpenTV, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot Broadwin, Jon Haass
  • Patent number: 6934966
    Abstract: A system is provided that can easily capture the same broadcast stream from an arbitrary application. An interface between application and a reception route selection mechanism describes in a unified mode a broadcast resource capture specification method and a communication resource capture specification method. The interface employs a description scheme in which an application does not recognize whether or not a broadcast stream is captured through broadcast or communication. In the reception route selection, the reception route selection mechanism checks for a broadcast time contained in the identifier of a broadcast stream to be input so that a zone where a broadcast time is earlier than the current time by using a communication resource receiver while a zone where the broadcast time is later than the current time is selected by using a broadcast resource receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Ochiai, Hiroshi Matoba
  • Patent number: 6928653
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system is provided in which an interactive television program guide is implemented on user television equipment containing a memory. The system allocates the memory among different categories of program guide data used by the program guide. When new channels are added to the channel line-up, the program guide adjusts its memory allocation accordingly. When it is desired to install a new non-program-guide application on the user television equipment in addition to the program guide, memory can be reallocated to accommodate the new application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Daniel C. Hagenbuch
  • Patent number: 6918135
    Abstract: A system which provides session oriented communications between a settop terminal and a headend of a CATV communication system assigns downstream and upstream communication paths to the communication. A data router monitors the downstream communication path and re-routes the downstream communication path when a channel change is requested by a subscriber. The settop terminal notifies the data router that a channel change has been requested by the subscriber. The router re-routes the downstream portion of the data communication to the new channel requested by the subscriber, thereby insuring an uninterrupted data communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Peter Goffin, II
  • Patent number: 6910221
    Abstract: A start point time measurement section 53 measures the time at which a moving image request is input as start point time and a start point time determination section 59 determines whether the start point time is valid or invalid, and outputs only the valid start point time to a response time calculation section 52; an end point time measurement section 54 measures the time at which moving image display is started and an end point time determination section 58 determines whether the end point time measured by the end point time measurement section 54 is valid or invalid, and outputs only the valid end point time to the response time calculation section 52; and the response time calculation section 52 calculates the difference between the start point time and the end point time as the response time and an evaluation system 40 evaluates the satisfaction degree of the user at the response time and the like for monitoring and managing the response time in moving image service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Ando Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshizou Honda
  • Patent number: 6907615
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in interconnecting consumer electronic devices in an entertainment system that allow for switching between composite video and S-video formats. The systems and methods support left audio, right audio, and can be selectively adapted to support either composite video or S-video signal formats. The systems and methods further allow for a determination that a consumer electronic device is connected, the type of device that is connected, and the type of signal format that is being utilized for the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Alexander, Tim Bucher, Stephen G. Perlman
  • Patent number: RE39303
    Abstract: A satellite television system that provides live television programming to passengers by integrating direct broadcast satellite services into an in-flight aircraft entertainment system. The system has an antenna disposed on the aircraft that is pointed at a plurality of satellites that are part of a direct broadcast satellite system. The antenna is controlled by an antenna controller and antenna interface unit that send control signals and process status signals to steer the antenna. The antenna is steered to lock it onto RF signals transmitted by the satellites. The antenna interface unit downconverts the received encoded RF signals to provide encoded left hand circularly polarized RF signals and right hand circularly polarized RF signals that contain different sets of television channels. The downconverted encoded RF signals are processed by a receiver to provide encoded video and audio signals of different television channels. The receiver does not decode or D/A convert the downconverted signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins
    Inventors: Richard E. Sklar, Lawrence E. Girard, Ralph P. Phillipp