Patents Examined by Frank Johnson
  • Patent number: 10412452
    Abstract: A display device and a method for replacing an advertisement are provided. The display device includes a display, a first communication circuit which receives first content from a broadcast receiving device, a second communication circuit which receives second content from an external server, and a processor electrically connected with the first communication circuit and the second communication circuit. The processor is configured to determine whether a first volume image applied by the broadcast receiving device is present in the first content, while outputting the second content, and overlay the first volume image or an alternative volume image corresponding to the first volume image with the second content to display an overlaid result on the display, if the first volume image is contained in the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Eui Hyeon Hwang, Do Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 10412423
    Abstract: A method for transmitting media data in a Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) Media Transport (MMT) system is provided. The method includes receiving a Media Processing Unit (MPU) fragmented into one or more Media Fragment Units (MFUs), generating one or more multimedia data packets each including a packet header and a payload, based on the MPU, and transmitting the one or more multimedia data packets to a terminal. A payload header included in the payload includes identification information indicating an MPU to which at least one MFU included in the payload belongs, and a counter indicating the number of the at least one MFU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-Mo Park, Sung-Oh Hwang, Sung-Ryeul Rhyu, Jae-Yeon Song
  • Patent number: 10405023
    Abstract: A method embodying the disclosure includes facilitating communications with mobile user equipment (UE) devices to form a collaborative group that uses a local wireless network. A UE receives video content from a content provider via a first network, presents the video content, and predicts a degradation of presentation quality for a portion of the video content. The UE sends requests to other UEs in the group for subportions of the video content, and receives the subportions via the local wireless network. The requesting UE aggregates the received subportions to obtain an alternate video portion for presentation and thus mitigate the predicted degradation of presentation quality. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Robert C. Streijl
  • Patent number: 10373196
    Abstract: A method is provided for performing targeted ad insertion in over-the-top delivery of content by detecting ad replacement opportunities in a live content stream and preparing the content for seamless replacement with segmented HTTP adaptive streaming delivery. The method includes provisions for multi-stage proxy-based segment replacement for targeted ad delivery. The method provided works transparently with standard HTTP adaptive streaming clients. A system is also specified for implementing a client and server content delivery infrastructure in accordance with the provisions of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ERICSSON AB
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ma, Robert Hickey, Raj Nair, Paul Tweedale, Daniel Biagini, Jianguo Xu, Prabhudev Navali
  • Patent number: 10368109
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network involves transmitting one or more portions of the media content to a client device via a delivery route between a content delivery source and the network, determining a performance metric associated with the transmitting of the one or more portions via the delivery route, and dynamically adjusting the delivery route between the content delivery source and the network based at least in part on the performance metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert Drew Major
  • Patent number: 10313729
    Abstract: A system comprises a first device having video data provided thereon. A first application is operable on the first device and associates control data with the video data, wherein the control data contains information for creating auxiliary data which is to be presented with the video data subsequent to the video data being broadcast to one or more second devices across the network. A control center is in communication with the first application for receiving the video data and the associated control data from the first device and is operable to broadcast the video data and the associated control data to one or more second devices. A media player is provided on the respective second devices which is operable in response to reading the control data to create the auxiliary data on the respective second device to launch the auxiliary data while the media player is playing the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Helen Bradley Lennon, Damien Purcell
  • Patent number: 10277928
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating manifest files for media content playback. A server can dynamically generate manifest files with a selection of quality levels indicated as being available for playback. Factors such as device characteristics, playback history, and more can be used to generate the manifest files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Joliveau, Nicholas James Benson, Justin Michael Binns, Kenneth Thomas Burford, Stefan Christian Richter
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10110960
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service system providing a manifest file for use by a media player to perform adaptive bitrate switching in accordance with an adaptive bitrate streaming heuristic, the manifest file including data that associates a first media program provided by an on-demand media service with a first bitrate and a second media program provided by the on-demand media service with a second bitrate; directing the media player to present the first media program; detecting, while the first media program is being presented, a channel change command provided by the user; and directing, in response to the channel change command, the media player to switch from presenting the first media program to presenting the second media program by providing the media player with a command to use the manifest file to switch from the first bitrate to the second bitrate. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Anthony Lemus
  • Patent number: 10070198
    Abstract: A method includes providing, to a user device, an identification of a superset of potential video programs that are available to be scheduled for multicast to a content distribution area that includes a cell associated with the user device. The method also includes receiving a selection of a subset of the potential video programs from the user device and a location associated with the user device. The method further includes generating at least one content distribution area based on the location of the user device and the selection of the subset of the potential video programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Lalit R. Kotecha, Rakesh Chandwani
  • Patent number: 10057612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal for providing trick play in a digital broadcasting system. A broadcast signal transmission method, according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: generating a video stream by encoding video data, wherein the video stream comprises PVR assist information for performing trick play of the video data; generating signaling information; multiplexing the video stream and the signaling information into one broadcast stream; generating a broadcast signal comprising the multiplexed broadcast stream; and transmitting the generated broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Soojin Hwang, Hyunmook Oh, Jongyeul Suh, Joonhee Yoon
  • Patent number: 9924214
    Abstract: An avail comparator and method validates scheduled avail tones. The method includes receiving an automation playlist indicating at least one scheduled avail tone configured to be included in a broadcast. The method includes receiving a feed corresponding to the broadcast. The method includes receiving a signaling for each of the at least one scheduled avail tone based upon the automation playlist. The method includes determining whether the at least one scheduled avail tone was triggered in the broadcast based upon the corresponding signaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Gregg William Riedel, Christopher Fulton Hundersmarck, Scott Charles Findling, Michael J. McMackin
  • Patent number: 9872072
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically identifying non-canonical user sessions utilize demographics associated with a device identifier in comparison to demographics associated with requested content (e.g. video, website, etc.). If the demographics match above a threshold, then the session may be assumed to be canonical or associated with the original user. If the demographics of the content do not match the demographics of the user, then the session may be considered non-canonical. Upon identifying a non-canonical session, content selection based on demographics may be suspended until a timer expires or the session ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Olds
  • Patent number: 9854282
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a method of adaptive video streaming includes receiving, by a server, a request for a video segment from an end user device and determining, by the server, a plurality of variables, the plurality of variables including at least one of a download time of a previously requested video segment by the end user device, a fullness of a buffer at the end user device and a size of the buffer. The method further includes determining, by the server, a rate of the requested video segment based on one or more of the determined plurality of variables and sending, by the server, the requested video segment at the determined rate to the end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: Alcatel Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Grinshpun, David Faucher, Sameer Sharma, Viorel Craciun, Peter Beecroft, Ingrid Van De Voorde
  • Patent number: 9807436
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for providing media recommendations for a group. A media guidance application may identify a group comprising at least a first user and a second user and select a media asset of which the first and second users have previously accessed less than a duration of the media asset. For example, each of the first and the second users may have watched only a respective portion of the media asset. The media guidance application may determine a first amount of the media asset duration that the first user has accessed the media asset and a second amount of the media asset duration that the second user has accessed the media asset. Based on the first and second amounts of the media asset duration, the media guidance application may provide a recommendation for the media asset to the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Vanessa Wickenkamp
  • Patent number: 9729910
    Abstract: A content server monitors media preferences of a user associated with a partial user profile specifying partial demographic information about the user. The content server deconstructs the monitored media preferences to identify preferences of the user for musicological features of the media items. The content server infers profile information missing from the partial user profile responsive to the preferences of the user for musicological features of the media items, the inferring using baseline information associating profile information of a plurality of baseline users with preferences for musicological features of media items. The content server selects an advertisement using the inferred profile information, and provides the selected advertisement to a client device used by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PANDORA MEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle George Lind, Tao Ye