Patents Examined by Dominic D Saltarelli
  • Patent number: 10778974
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to decode video data, including a memory configured to store a block of a current picture of the video data, and one or more processors in communication with the memory. The one or more processors may be configured to reconstruct the block of the current picture of the video data, determine a classification, from among a plurality of classifications, of the block according to a rule, wherein the rule is adaptively determined based on characteristics of coded sequences of the video data, and apply an adaptive loop filter (ALF) to the block based on the classification of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Marta Karczewicz, Li Zhang, Wei-Jung Chien
  • Patent number: 10771864
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to monitor media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a media identifier to determine a first media identifier and a first timestamp based on media monitoring information obtained from a content publisher, the first media identifier and the first timestamp from the content publisher, the first media identifier to identify media accessed by a media device, map the first media identifier and the first timestamp to a second media identifier and a second timestamp in a look-up table, the second media identifier and the second timestamp generated by an AME media analyzer before the media device accessed the media, and credit access of the media to the media device based on the mapping, and a report generator to generate a media crediting report based on the crediting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Splaine, Arun Ramaswamy, Kevin K. Gaynor, Chris G. Nicotra, Alan N. Bosworth
  • Patent number: 10768886
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide systems, methods and computer readable media for generating remote views in a virtual mobile device platform. A virtual mobile device platform may be coupled to a physical mobile device over a network and generate frames of data for generating views on the physical device. These frames can be generated using an efficient display encoding pipeline on the virtual mobile device platform. Such efficiencies may include, for example, the synchronization of various processes or operations, the governing of various processing rates, the elimination of duplicative or redundant processing, the application of different encoding schemes, the efficient detection of duplicative or redundant data or the combination of certain operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligent Waves LLC
    Inventors: Robert David Lee, Hemal Yogesh Gandhi, Akshay P. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10762509
    Abstract: The present invention provides targeted asset system implementations in contexts where there is limited or no ability to use a real-time return channel for communications from user equipment devices (e.g., STB) to the network. In one arrangement, a household classifier is generated and delivered to user equipment devices. The household classifiers are generated based on third party data and/or network usage information associated with the household. The system and method allow for generating highly accurate household classifications that may be forwarded to individual households where the user equipment device may implant the classifiers to select appropriate assets for delivery to the household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INVIDI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Cristofalo, Patrick M. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 10757153
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, apparatus, article of manufacture, method, and/or computer program product embodiments for extended selection and alignment of video segments for adaptive streaming. An embodiment operates by receiving variant segments, the variant segments including a first and a second variant segment having a first bitrate, and third and fourth variant segments having a second bitrate, for decoding and playback, generating a first, second, and third packetized elementary stream (PES) collections based on the first, second, and third variant segments. The embodiment further operate by storing the generated first, second, and third PES collections in a processing buffer, and determining, based on a maximum tolerance offset, a first and a second out-of-tolerance splicing locations and associated first and second out-of-tolerance offsets between the first PES collection and the second PES collection and between the first PES collection and the third PES collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis DeGrange
  • Patent number: 10757411
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are disclosed for adapting scan order of a transform block. An apparatus for decoding coefficients of a transform block includes a processor. The processor is configured to decode, from a compressed bitstream, first coefficients of at least one row of the transform block; decode, from the compressed bitstream, second coefficients of at least one column of the transform block, where the transform block consists of the first coefficients, the second coefficients, and remaining coefficients; select, using the first coefficients and the second coefficients, a scan order for decoding the remaining coefficients; and decode the remaining coefficients of the transform block using the scan order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Dake He
  • Patent number: 10750235
    Abstract: A streaming media device includes a printed circuit board hosting components configured to access internet data. An audio/visual connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted for connection to an audio/visual device, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted to operate with a first audio/visual interface having sufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board and a second audio/visual interface having insufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board. A power connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the power connector selectively receives power based on the audio/visual connector utilizing one of the first audio/visual interface and the second audio/visual interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd Klarke, Greg Garner, Carl Sassenrath, Anthony Wood, Scott Edward De Haas
  • Patent number: 10750232
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcasting signal transmission device, a broadcasting signal reception device, and a method for transmitting/receiving a broadcasting signal using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woosuk Ko, Sangchul Moon, Hotaek Hong
  • Patent number: 10750231
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for predictive pre-buffering of content for a user. Embodiments include a prediction system that can receive trending information from social media sources and other streaming video sources. The prediction system can also receive user viewing history to identify the programs the user has viewed, the genres of the programs the user has viewed, and amount of programming the user consumes. Based on the user's viewing history, the prediction system can identify preferred genres for the user and other preferred content information. Based on the trending programs and the user's preferred genres, the prediction system can predict which of the trending programs that the user may watch. Based on the prediction, the system can pre-buffer some portion of the programs that the system predicted the user may watch in a cache of the device on which the user watches programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Joshua Stumbo
  • Patent number: 10750188
    Abstract: A method is provided for encoding a digital signal as an encoded signal. The method includes performing a plurality of localized encodings of a digital signal to generate a set of encoded local signals. Localized encodings are performed for a first sample of the digital signal. A plurality of physical quantities is assigned to the first sample. The set of encoded local signals includes an encoded local signal associated with each physical quantity of the plurality of physical quantities. The method further includes analyzing a characteristic associated with an encoded signal to determine a measured value of the characteristic. The encoded signal includes the set of encoded local signals. The method also includes adjusting a first encoding parameter associated with the plurality of localized encodings according to the measured value of the characteristic and a target value of the characteristic. The first encoding parameter is adjusted for a second sample of the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (GRENOBLE2) SAS
    Inventors: Mariano Bona, Fritz Lebowsky
  • Patent number: 10743065
    Abstract: A television program ratings method and system includes transferring information associated with households from a cable provider to a ratings provider such that the ratings provider has access to information associated with sampled households and lacks access to information associated with non-sampled households. To this end, identity information and usage information associated with the households are respectively anonymized and encrypted. Knowledge of the identities of the sampled households enables the anonymized identity information and the encrypted usage information for the sampled households to be respectively de-anonymized and decrypted. The ratings provider knows which households are sampled households. As such, the ratings provider de-anonymizes and decrypts the information associated with the sampled households and then uses the de-anonymized and decrypted information to determine television program ratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Chen
  • Patent number: 10743072
    Abstract: A method for receiving a broadcast signal includes receiving the broadcast signal including physical layer signaling data, signaling data, content data and service guide information, decoding the physical layer signaling data, wherein the mapping information and the information supporting channel scanning and service acquisition are further decoded from the signal frame based on the decoded physical layer signaling data; decoding the content data and the service guide information; displaying an image representing that the alternative camera view is available for the broadcast service; detecting a user input selecting the displayed image for the alternative camera view; and displaying the video component for the alternative camera view on a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Seungryul Yang, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10735739
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses may encode a media content item based on metadata from previous encoding. The encoding may also generate encoding metadata, which may comprise a qualitative or quantitative characterization of the encoded media content item. A prediction engine may, based on this metadata, determine new encoding settings for the same or a different video resolution. The prediction engine may cause an encoded media content item to be stored and may cause encoding of the media content item using the new encoding settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Weidong Mao, Alexander Giladi, Alex Balk
  • Patent number: 10735824
    Abstract: A server may receive metadata associated with specific content in a transport signal stream from a content information service. The metadata may identify a point in time of the transport signal stream. The server may instruct an encoder to insert a marker into the transport signal stream corresponding to the point in time of the transport signal stream. The marker may indicate control of a trick mode to be enforced by a delivery platform subsequent to the point in time of the transport signal stream. The server may record the marker in a data store associated with the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventor: John Raymond Mick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10728556
    Abstract: An image encoding apparatus comprises a selector configured to select, from a set of candidate prediction operations each defining at least a prediction direction selected from a set of available prediction directions, a prediction operation for prediction of samples of a current region of a current image, the current region comprising an array of two or more rows and two or more columns of samples; and an intra-image predictor configured to derive predicted samples of the current region with respect to one or more of a group of reference samples of the same image in dependence upon a prediction direction, defined by the selected prediction operation, between a current sample to be predicted and the reference samples; in which for at least some of the candidate prediction operations: the group of reference samples comprises two or more parallel linear arrays of reference samples disposed at different respective separations from the current region, the intra-image predictor being configured to derive the predi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karl James Sharman, Stephen Mark Keating
  • Patent number: 10728626
    Abstract: A controlling device is provided with the ability to present personalized program guide information by using personal preferences provided to a home computing device. The personal preferences are used to filter program guide data received at the home computing device whereby the program guide data will include only programming information for user-specified sources of programming for each of plural, different user-specified periods of time. The filtered program guide data is then downloaded to the controlling device from the home computing device for use in connection with an application of the controlling device that functions to display program guide information within a display of the controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10728573
    Abstract: A video coder, such as a video encoder or a video decoder, may use reference pixels in a first picture to pad pixels outside a picture boundary of a second picture. The second picture is a different picture from the first picture. The padded pixels are in a padding area surrounding the second picture. The video coder may encode or decode one or more blocks of the video data based on the padded pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Yu-Chen Sun, Yi-Wen Chen, Wei-Jung Chien, Li Zhang, Xiang Li, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 10701361
    Abstract: There are provided mechanisms for encoding a picture of a video sequence in a video bitstream. The picture comprises a first block of samples, wherein each sample in the first block of samples has sample values associated with at least a luma color component and a chroma color component. Each color component is assigned a first quantization parameter. The method comprises calculating a quantization parameter change for at least one color component in the first block of samples, with respect to the first quantization parameter, based on statistics calculated from the sample values from at least one color component in a second block of samples. The second block of samples is one of: source samples of the first block of samples and source samples larger than the first block of samples including the first block of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Kenneth Andersson, Per Hermansson, Martin Pettersson, Jonatan Samuelsson, Jacob Ström
  • Patent number: 10694204
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for improving the prediction efficiency for residual prediction using motion compensated residual prediction (MCRP). Exemplary residual prediction techniques employ motion compensated prediction and processed residual reference pictures. Further disclosed herein are systems and methods for generating residual reference pictures. These pictures can be generated adaptively with or without considering in-loop filtering effects. Exemplary de-noising filter designs are also described for enhancing the quality of residual reference pictures, and compression methods are described for reducing the storage size of reference pictures. Further disclosed herein are exemplary syntax designs for communicating residuals' motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Vid Scale, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Chi Chen, Xiaoyu Xiu, Yuwen He, Yan Ye
  • Patent number: 10694216
    Abstract: Separate pathways for filtering and for machine learning are introduced within a video coder. A first pathway filters a first copy of a reconstructed frame to produce a filtered frame, which is included in an output video stream for display at a user device. A second pathway processes a second copy of the reconstructed frame using a learning model, such as for training and/or inference. The first and second pathways are introduced after the reconstruction stage of an encoder or decoder. The input to each of the first and second pathways is thus produced without using a non-injective function, and, while the first pathway includes at least one non-injective function, the second pathway does not. As a result, training the learning model using the second copy of the reconstructed frame results in a greater classification accuracy upper bound than training the learning model using the filtered frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Ruijie Xu, Dake He