Patents Examined by Hoang-Vu A Nguyen-Ba
  • Patent number: 10212481
    Abstract: A method of displaying a home menu interface on a content viewing device, such as a television, is described. The interface is comprised of two components: a launcher and an accelerator. Each of these components include multiple tiles. One type of launcher tile represents a content source. The user can select this tile and enable a direct link to the content source application. Only after selecting the tile, does the content source application open. An accelerator is associated with a specific content source. An accelerator tile displays content previews or enables easy playback of content provided by the content source. The user can select an accelerator tile and enable a deep link to the content, taking the user straight to the content, bypassing a hierarchy of menu options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Maxel J. Keene, Jonathan Gaiser, Sophia Heeyoun Sung, Chris Turkstra, Margaret Smith, Avner Ronen
  • Patent number: 10200136
    Abstract: A method for broadcasting protected multimedia content includes, at predetermined intervals, having an access-rights server broadcast each new right of access to the broadcast multimedia content only to those terminals whose logins are included in a broadcast list. In response to a predetermined event, a terminal sends, to the access-rights server, via a point-to-point connection, a status message indicating, to the access-rights server, that the terminal is in its ready state. Alternatively, if the terminal is occupied, it avoids sending a status message. In the absence of reception of the status message that was expected in response to the predetermined event, the access-rights server automatically removes the identifier of the terminal from the broadcast list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: VIACCESS
    Inventor: Mathieu Phirmis
  • Patent number: 10194214
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a media program on a first media channel, detecting a first segment in the media program, where the first segment comprises media content combined with an embedded advertisement, determining a first emotional context from a first analysis of the media content, determining a second emotional context from a second analysis of the embedded advertisement, and detecting an inconsistency between the first emotional context and the second emotional context. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Simon D. Byers
  • Patent number: 10194096
    Abstract: A computing device executing an optimizer analyzes a video. The computing device identifies one or more optimizations for the video based on the analysis, the one or more optimizations pertaining to a modification of original contents of the video. The computing device implements the one or more optimizations for the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Vuskovic, Dhruv Bakshi, Amaury Forgeot d'Arc, Christoph Poropatits
  • Patent number: 10171845
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a plurality of user-interested multimedia files based at on one of a history of a plurality of user multimedia searches, a plurality of user multimedia views, or a history of multimedia sharing with other users. The method creates a catalog of the plurality of user-interested multimedia files, wherein the catalog includes one of more groups of the plurality of multimedia files based on one of a multimedia file length, the history of the plurality of user multimedia searches, the plurality of user multimedia views, or a history of multimedia shares with other users. The method generates a novel multimedia file, where combining one generates the novel multimedia file or more individual multimedia files selected from the catalog of multimedia files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Inseok Hwang, Su Liu, Eric J. Rozner, Chin Ngai Sze
  • Patent number: 10165032
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to support multiple audio tracks in an adaptive media stream. Segments of the adaptive stream are encoded so that the player is able to locate and request a specific one of the available audio tracks using byte range requests or the like. Audio content can be removed from video segments, or at least moved to the end of the segments so that a byte range request obtains just the video content when the default audio is not desired. The audio content can be obtained from a separate audio segment. Indeed, multiple audio tracks can be packaged into a common audio segment so that byte range requests can obtain just the particular audio track desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Mark B. Hurst
  • Patent number: 10158905
    Abstract: Media is selected for video playback through a first device and audio playback through one or more separate devices connected through a wireless network. Different techniques for synchronizing the audio and video can be selected based on one or more factors to improve media playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Dannie Lau, Chunho Lee
  • Patent number: 10129593
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for enabling time-based secondary content scheduling and dynamic placement for users of a content distribution network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a managed network, and the secondary content comprises advertising which was scheduled at the time the primary content was stored/recorded. A management process is adapted to identify the originally scheduled advertisements and utilize a temporal reference (e.g., time stamp) or other data associated with the original recording provided to the management process when an advertisement call is made dynamically, thereby preserving such relationship when the recorded content is requested for playback with a certain period of time, without having to store the advertisements with each recording. In another embodiment, a Campaign Management System (CMS) is used to associate campaigns based on a time period “in the past” (e.g., via use of one or more historic records regarding the advertisement placement for each user individually).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventor: Basil Badawiyeh
  • Patent number: 10123082
    Abstract: In the following, a content delivery system delivers a modified version of a media asset to a current content consuming user. Control information identifying a desired attribute of the modified version of the asset is received from the current content consuming user. The media asset is modified based on the control information and audience reaction data associated with the media asset and generated by analyzing at least a previous content consuming user's reactions to the media asset while the media asset was supplied to a media output device of the previous content consuming user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Piksel, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Antony Shaw, Issar Amit Kanigsberg, Ralf Wilhelm Tillmann, Andrew David Gayter
  • Patent number: 10123092
    Abstract: A method for presenting feedback to a user when a command is received is provided. The method receives, at a content retransmitter, a command for navigating audio/video content selections for retransmission to a user device; transmits the received command to a set-top box for execution, wherein execution of the command at the set-top box produces a result; while gradually receiving the result at the content retransmitter, creates a period of latency when the result is only partially available for retransmission; during the period of latency, retrieves a still-image frame associated with execution of the command; and transmits the still-image frame to the user device for presentation until the result is completely available for retransmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark Kikuya Maisenbacher
  • Patent number: 10123069
    Abstract: A container in a predetermined format that includes a video stream obtained by coding image data is transmitted. Display position specification information that specifies a display position of the image by the image data is inserted into a layer of the container. For example, the display position specification information is information that specifies a screen of display target. Additionally, for example, the display position specification information is information that specifies a display unit on a screen of display target. For example, information indicative of whether to change a position of the display unit on the screen of display target specified by the display position specification information or not may be inserted into a layer of the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10116981
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods and systems for implementing video segment playlist generated are provided. A video management system implements a video segment manager that supports generating video segment playlists for video content. Generating a video segment playlist is based on enhanced segmented video associated with segmentation dimensions. An enhanced segmented video is a time-based segment of video content generated based on segmentation dimensions, segmentation rules and segment reconstruction rules. The video segment manager receives a search query. The video segment manager identifies a plurality of relevant enhanced segmented videos that satisfy the search query. A selection of at least a subset of the plurality of relevant enhanced segmented videos is received to generate a video segment playlist. The video segment manager generates the video segment playlist comprising references to the subset of the plurality of relevant enhanced segmented videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ohad Jassin, Avner Levi, Oron Nir, Ori Ziv
  • Patent number: 10116971
    Abstract: Techniques and mechanisms described herein facilitate consecutive live ad insertion for live media streams. A live media stream is received and played at a client device. A first ad indicator in the live media stream, indicating a first start point for a first ad period, is detected. Upon reaching the first start point, reception of the live media stream is paused and one or more first replacement ads are played instead of one or more first original ads. Before the first ad period ends, a small portion of the live media stream is fetched in order to detect the presence of a second ad indicator indicating the presence of a second, consecutive ad period in the live media stream. Upon detecting the second ad indicator, one or more second replacement ads are played during the second ad period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Torbjörn Einarsson, Kenth Andersson
  • Patent number: 10116996
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a media content user interface. A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. The media content provider records and or otherwise stores video content from around the world. Subscribers are provided a user interface to the system that includes a side bar. The user interface provides context sensitive hints to assist the viewer. The system also tracks a viewer's viewing history in a manner that allows the viewer to review and directly access any part of that history. Finally, magnetic points are created for use during video scrubbing to intelligently select relocation points for the current playback position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory N. Christie, Alessandro Sabatelli, William M. Bachman, Imran Chaudhri, Jeffrey Robbin, Jim Young, Joe Howard, Marcel Van Os, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen O. Lemay, Jeffrey Ma, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 10097871
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to receive a first data stream, such as a public broadcast, and receive a second data stream, such as a private data stream, containing emails, for example. A user profile can be used to generate a data output stream for the user from the first and second data streams. The user profile can contain preferences for segments within the first and second data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Labsky, Ladislav Kunc, Jan Vystrcil, Tomas Macek, Jan Kleindienst, Nils Lenke
  • Patent number: 10097894
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to devices and methods for providing an electronic program guide as a user interface. The devices and methods may identify a list of assets in a resource distribution system that are available for viewing by subscribers, identify a subset of assets from the list of assets that are currently being viewed by the subscribers, and organize the list of assets such that the subset of assets is emphasized in the user interface, which is capable of communicating with the resource distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Kahn
  • Patent number: 10080043
    Abstract: In the following, a content delivery system delivers a modified version of a media asset to a current content consuming user. Control information identifying a desired attribute of the modified version of the asset is received from the current content consuming user. The media asset is modified based on the control information and audience reaction data associated with the media asset and generated by analyzing at least a previous content consuming user's reactions to the media asset while the media asset was supplied to a media output device of the previous content consuming user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventors: Philip Antony Shaw, Ralf Wilhelm Tillmann
  • Patent number: 10075765
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for detecting user engagement with auxiliary content consumed by a user at a viewing device, the method comprising, at the viewing device generating requests for auxiliary content associated with media content selected by the user to be consumed; receiving auxiliary content from an auxiliary content store and playing out the auxiliary content to the user; displaying at least one user engagement element associated with the auxiliary content, the user engagement element defining an expected user activity; generating user engagement data based on the engagement of a user with the user engagement element in accordance with the expected user activity, and formulating a message to be transmitted to an auxiliary content controller, the messaging including a user identifier and the user engagement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Piksel, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Antony Shaw, Hans-Jurgen Maas
  • Patent number: 10075701
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for using selective resolution reduction on images to be transmitted and/or used by a playback device are described. Prior to transmission one or more images of an environment are captured. Based on image content, motion detection and/or user input a resolution reduction operation is selected and performed. The reduced resolution image is communicated to a playback device along with information indicating a UV map corresponding to the selected resolution allocation that should be used by the playback device for rendering the communicated image. By changing the resolution allocation used and which UV map is used by the playback device different resolution allocations can be made with respect to different portions of the environment while allowing the number of pixels in transmitted images to remain constant. The playback device renders the individual images with the UV map corresponding to the resolution allocation used to generate the individual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NextVR Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Alan McKay Moss, Hector M Medina
  • Patent number: 10063932
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for presenting additional information related to an emergency alert. A media guidance application may detect that a new emergency alert has been received. The media guidance application may then perform a search of various content sources (e.g., program listings, the Internet, etc.) for content related to the emergency alert. The media guidance application may then present the search results in a contextual menu enabling the user to access content of the search results. The media guidance application may also provide more options, such as, recording or pausing media content that the user was in the process of consuming when the emergency alert was generated, and an option to the user not to bring up the contextual menu again if the same emergency alert is repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Ward