Patents Examined by Dominic D Saltarelli
  • Patent number: 10326986
    Abstract: Processing circuitry of a device is configured to determine that a plurality of derived modes (DMs) available for predicting a luma block of video data are also available for predicting a chroma block of the video data, the chroma block corresponding to the luma block, to form a candidate list of prediction modes with respect to the chroma block, the candidate list including one or more DMs of the multiple DMs, to determine to code the chroma block using any DM of the candidate list. The processing circuitry may, based on the determination to code the chroma block using any DM of the one or more DMs of the candidate list, code an indication identifying a selected DM of the candidate list to be used for coding the chroma block. The processing circuitry may code the chroma block according to the selected DM of the candidate list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Wei-Jung Chien, Jianle Chen, Xin Zhao, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 10321194
    Abstract: Implementations disclose livestream conversation notifications. A method includes receiving, via a first user device over a network, a livestream video; presenting, via the first user device to a first user, the livestream video; selecting a second user with whom the livestream video is to be shared, the selecting being based on relevance of content of the livestream video to the second user; and causing a transmission, to a second user device of the second user, of a notification that at least the first user is watching the livestream video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Joseph Cohen
  • Patent number: 10321128
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image encoding apparatus that makes it possible to improve the encoding speed while maintaining the image quality. A statistical information calculation unit supplies calculated statistical information to a table selection unit. Further, a picture type of an image from a screen rearrangement buffer and a quantization parameter Qp from a rate control unit are supplied to the table selection unit. The table selection unit determines a mode table to be used from a plurality of mode tables stored in a table storage unit on the basis of the statistical information and the picture type. For example, the table selection unit selects the mode table according to whether the statistical information is larger or smaller than a predetermined threshold. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus that performs encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Kouno
  • Patent number: 10321143
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media can obtain a first plurality of frames of a video having a first resolution. For each frame of the first plurality of frames, a portion of a corresponding frame of a version of the video having a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution can be sampled to generate a bias for the frame. A second plurality of frames of the video including the respective bias can be generated, wherein the second plurality of frames corresponds to the first plurality of frames. A second plurality of frames of the video including the respective bias can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Michael Mayle
  • Patent number: 10313676
    Abstract: A method is provided for encoding an initial digital signal as an encoded signal. The initial digital signal includes a sequence of samples representing a multidimensional space. Each sample is assigned at least one physical quantity. The method includes, for some of the current samples, localized encoding of the signal as encoded local digital signals. The encoded signal includes the encoded local digital signals. The method also includes an on-the-fly analysis of a characteristic associated with the encoded signal, and a direct or indirect adjustment at the sample level, of at least one encoding parameter involved in the localized encodings so as to stabilize the value of the characteristic on a target value to within a tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (GRENOBLE 2) SAS
    Inventors: Mariano Bona, Fritz Lebowsky
  • Patent number: 10306250
    Abstract: One or more computing devices, systems, and/or methods for video encoding are provided. For example, a video file may be segmented into at least a first portion and a second portion. The first portion may be analyzed to determine that the first portion is associated with a first level of complexity, and the second portion may be analyzed to determine that the second portion is associated with a second level of complexity. A first bitrate associated with the first level of complexity may be determined, and a second bitrate associated with the second level of complexity may be determined. The first portion may be encoded at the first bitrate to generate a first encoded portion, and the second portion may be encoded at the second bitrate to generate a second encoded portion. The first encoded portion and the second encoded portion may be assembled to generate an optimized video file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Zhou, Congxia Dai, Heri Zhao, Zhonghua Ma, Xumin Wu, Michael Chang-Ping Chen, Sagar Dattatraya Bhandare
  • Patent number: 10299003
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that can communicate with plural content viewing apparatuses includes a group registering unit that registers users of the content viewing apparatuses in groups, a sharing-level setting unit that sets sharing level information representing an information sharing level among users belonging to an identical group, a viewing-information receiving unit that receives viewing information of the users, a user-viewing-content managing unit that manages a user viewing content database, a discriminating unit that discriminates, when a viewing information request of another user is received, the other users belonging to a group identical with a group to which the user of the content viewing apparatus at the request source belongs, an information extracting unit that extracts viewing information of the discriminated other users from the user viewing content database, and a viewing-information transmitting unit that transmits the viewing information to the content viewing apparatus at t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Sakai, Kazuto Mugura, Tomohiro Tsunoda, Tomohiro Ishii, Yuki Shoji
  • Patent number: 10298995
    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: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Joshua Stumbo
  • Patent number: 10291947
    Abstract: The MEDIA CONTENT SYNCHRONIZED ADVERTISING PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“AD-SYNCH”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via AD-SYNCH components, into channel-synchronized product placement advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Symphony Advanced Media
    Inventors: Manish Bhatia, Michael Scott Saxon, Nigel Stephen Pratt, Pyeush Gurha
  • Patent number: 10284919
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations of the disclosed subject matter, mechanisms for determining channel information are provided. In some implementations, a method for providing media guidance is provided, the method comprising: associating with a local area network; detecting at least one media device on the local area network; determining device information associated with the at least one media device on the local area network; determining, without user intervention, television provider information based on the device information; determining location information of the at least one media device; determining channel information based on the determined television provider information and the determined location information; and causing media guidance information to be presented that includes at least a portion of the determined channel information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 10277654
    Abstract: A video segment can be shared over a computer network by first receiving the video segment at a receiving computer on the network. The receiving computer assures that the video segment is in a streaming video format, and creates at least one identification tag for the video segment. The receiving computer also stores the video segment, and communicates the identification tag to another computer on the network. Upon subsequent receipt of that identification tag, the receiving computer streams the video segment to a destination computer on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: VIDEOSHARE, LLC
    Inventors: Gad Liwerant, Christopher Dodge, Guillaume Boissiere
  • Patent number: 10277946
    Abstract: A system for aggregation and organization of multimedia data acquired from a plurality of sources can include a data collection element, a multimedia segmentation element, a memory, an extraction element, and a user interface. The data collection element can be configured to receive multimedia data. The multimedia segmentation element can be coupled to the data collection element and can be configured to separate the multimedia data into a plurality of multimedia data segments. The memory can be configured to store hierarchical category information having a plurality of categories. The extraction element can be coupled to the multimedia segmentation element and the memory and can be configured to associate at least one of the plurality of categories with each of the plurality of multimedia data segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Shih-Fu Chang, Brendan Jou, Hongzhi Li, Joseph G. Ellis, Daniel Morozoff-Abezgauz, Svebor Karaman
  • Patent number: 10264316
    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: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Chen
  • Patent number: 10257584
    Abstract: An electronic device may insert an advertisement in a cell adjacent to other cells based on displayed programming information when the cells are stationary. An electronic device may insert a second advertisement when the cells move in a direction. The second advertisement may change size based on the direction and available cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cumnor Technologies LLC
    Inventors: George Gerba, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 10231021
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing enhanced consumer access to information sources and controllable entities. An Access device can be a stand alone device such as a DVD player in which the DVD disk contains the back-end information network. Other Access devices obtain the back-end information network from remote sources. By way of a specific example, the consumer can then view a game and interactively select every television camera located at the game venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Lazaros Bountour
  • Patent number: 10225602
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to digital television processes and systems. In one embodiment, a method of controlling a display device includes presenting, by a display device, display content. The display device can identify content titles associated with the display content, detection selection of a command, present a contextual overlay representation including content elements, detect a selection of the content overlay, and update presentation of the display device based on the selection of the content overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: Jamdeo Canada Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense USA Corp., Qingdao Hisense Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim, Alexander DePaz, Salvador Soto
  • Patent number: 10225584
    Abstract: A user can create a video segment or employ an existing video segment, upload the segment to a server, indicate an advertisement to be associated with the video, and then send it to a recipient over a computer network. The user provides an indication that one or more particular video segments and advertisements are to be shared over the network. An identifier for the video segment is automatically created and the segment and the identifier are automatically uploaded to a host computer over the network such as the Internet. The video segment, the identifier (optionally with other identifying material such as an identity of the sender, and an advertisement selected by the sender can be stored at the direction of the host computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: VIDEOSHARE LLC
    Inventors: Gad Liwerant, Christopher Dodge, Guillaume Boissiere
  • Patent number: 10218990
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure is directed to methods and systems for encoding and sharing media clips via a social networking provider responsive to a user interaction via a single “like” or “share” button. Media may be constantly buffered as the user watches the program, such that the user need not initiate recording, enabling the user to quickly share amusing or media clips as they happen live. The device may decode, scale or subsample, and compress or re-encode the media to take up less space in a buffer of the device and/or to comply with copyright fair use requirements. Responsive to the user interaction or “share” command, the device may transfer the contents of the buffer to a social media service along with instructions to generate a post to the social network identifying the user, media, and/or buffer contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventor: Darren Neuman
  • Patent number: 10219030
    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: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd Klarke, Greg Garner, Carl Sassenrath, Anthony Wood, Scott Edward De Haas
  • Patent number: 10212392
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a passive, enhanced MoCA entry device. The entry device includes an entry port, a broadband port, high-band ports, and a filter device. The entry device also includes a broadband path connecting the entry port to the broadband port and a high-band path connecting the entry port to the plurality of high-band ports. The filter device generates a broadband signal and a high-band signal. The filter device provides the broadband signal to broadband port via the broadband path. And, the filter device provides the high-band signal to the high-band ports via the high-band path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Bailey, Yan Li, Chad Wells