Patents Examined by Hoang-Vu A Nguyen-Ba
  • Patent number: 10056078
    Abstract: Speech-controlled searching and browsing for content using speech-controlled devices, or other input-limited devices, is described. A user may audibly indicate to a speech-controlled device whether the user wants to search or browse for content, along with a topic of the content/results to be retrieved. A server, located remotely from the speech-controlled device determines an appropriate endpoint device for displaying results of the requested search or browse. The server also determines an appropriate content source for the requested content, and sends a request for the content to the content source. The server receives search or browse results from the content source and forwards them to the determined endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Lee Shepherd, Joe Virgil Fernandez, Vijayabaskar Gangadaran, Mallory Ann McManamon, Peter Van Tuyl Bentley, Shailesh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10057610
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable storage media for allocating content elements addressed for a content opportunity in a transport stream within a household-addressable media network. A content opportunity may include an advertising slot in a programming stream. The content elements may include advertising content configured to be run during the advertising slot. The advertising slot may be transmitted in a programming stream providing television programming and the advertising content may be provided in a commercial feed. The media network may be configured to transmit various content formats, such as high definition (HD), standard definition (SD), and variations thereof. Systems may be configured to allocate the highest profile corresponding content elements if there is sufficient resources available. If sufficient resources are not available, the system may allocate lower profile versions of the content elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Visible World, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Haberman, Gerrit Niemeijer
  • Patent number: 10051296
    Abstract: A portable device includes solid-state memory, an Ethernet and/or wireless network connection, and an HDMI. The portable device receives content guide data from a first server and displays a content guide on a display. In response to a user's selection of a content item, the portable device requests the content item over the Internet from a second server. The portable device receives the content item, stores the content item in solid-state memory, generates display signals that represent the content item, and sends the display signals to a display. The second server may match the content item with relevant advertisements based on keywords associated with the content item and the advertisements. The second server may send selected advertisement URLs to the portable device. Using the URLs, the portable device may obtain the advertisements over the Internet and cause the display to display the advertisements in conjunction with the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: James M Barton
  • Patent number: 10038922
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing device and method for adaptively supplying data of partial images. The information processing device includes: a reception unit configured to receive a file that includes a first track storing parameter sets related to an encoded entire image, a second track storing each partial image which is a part of the encoded entire image, and association information associating the first track with the second track; and a decoding unit configured to decode encoded data of the partial image included in the file received by the reception unit. For example, the present disclosure can be applied to an information processing device that performs a process for adaptively supplying image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinobu Hattori, Mitsuhiro Hirabayashi, Tatsuya Igarashi, Mikita Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10034061
    Abstract: A method and system are performed by a processor of an audio-visual device according to instructions stored in a memory of that device that determines identity of a content medium based upon attributes associated with it and a set of user-defined settings associated with the content medium. The processor identifies a set of source-defined settings for configuring the device and selects one set of user-defined settings or the set of source-defined settings for configuring the audio-visual device. In addition, the processor determines if preexisting attributes exist that if it has to override the set of user-defined settings. It then configures one of the set of user-defined or overrides the settings. All channels from a particular network provider utilize the same set of user-defined settings, including channels that have not been visited by a user and future channels that have not yet been created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventor: Alan Jay Stein
  • Patent number: 10034032
    Abstract: A game executing section 112 performs a game program. A status data notifying section 116 notifies a download processing section 120 of status data indicative of the status of game execution of the currently executed game program. A request transmitting section 146 transmits to a content server a search request including the status data as metadata. A candidate image generating section 136 generates images regarding a plurality of content candidates resulting from search through the server. A content image generating section 138 generates an image of the selected content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Hisayuki Kunigita, Seung-Hyun Lee, Taek-Joo Lee, Ju-Yeong Ji
  • Patent number: 10028029
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a media generation system where a media event may be selected via a stateless software module, the system receiving a media event protocol file corresponding to the selected media event. The media generation system generates the media event based on the received media event protocol file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Nga Marie Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10015224
    Abstract: The techniques described herein may, for example, allow a quantity of buffered video frames to be reduced, for example for use in adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming and other streaming transmissions. The quantity of buffered video frames may be reduced by dropping certain selected buffered frames from a resulting video output that is displayed to the viewer. This may reduce end-to-end latency without requiring a change in frame rate or fast forwarding of the video output, which may sometimes not be available or permitted by a resulting video player. These buffer reduction techniques may sometimes be employed upon a determination that transmission conditions have stabilized and that holding large quantities of buffered video may be unnecessary. In some examples, the disclosed techniques may be particularly advantageous for live streaming scenarios, in which end-to-end latency may be particularly problematic for the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Twitch Interactive, Inc.
    Inventors: Yueshi Shen, Ivan Marcin, Josh Tabak, Abhinav Kapoor, Jorge Arturo Villatoro, Jeff Li
  • Patent number: 10015547
    Abstract: A method of assisting selection of a TV channel in a linear IPTV service where a prompt to switch a TV channel to another TV channel is generated based on measures indicative of instantaneous relevance of TV programs concurrently broadcast in a plurality of linear TV channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Edwin Salomons, Rafal Borczuch
  • Patent number: 10009635
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to identify media content using temporal signal characteristics are disclosed. An example method includes generating a reference signature based on a reference signal corresponding to known media, generating sums based on peaks in a media signal corresponding to media, identifying signal peaks based on the generated sums, generating a second signature based on normalized curve features, wherein the normalized curve features respectively correspond to the identified signal peaks at a corresponding temporal locations of the corresponding signal peak, and determining whether the media signal corresponds to the reference signal based on a comparison of the reference signature and the second signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Morris Lee
  • Patent number: 10003847
    Abstract: This document describes, among other things, systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for using information about how long various videos were presented at client devices to determine subsequent video recommendations and search results. In some implementations, a computing can include a modeling apparatus, a front-end server, a request manager, one or more video file storage devices, a video selector, or a combination of some or all of these. The video selector can select video content for a particular digitized video among a plurality of digitized videos to serve to a computing device responsive to a request. The selection can be based at least in part on how long the particular digitized video has been presented at client devices associated with users having characteristics that match one or more characteristics of the user that submitted the request for video content, as indicated by the modeling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Robert Alexander Durbin
  • Patent number: 10003797
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can identify a beginning portion and a remaining portion of a video to be encoded. A first constant quality variable bit rate encoding process can be applied to the beginning portion, based on a first set of encoding parameters, to produce an encoded beginning portion. A second constant quality variable bit rate encoding process can be applied to the remaining portion, based on a second set of encoding parameters, to produce an encoded remaining portion. The encoded beginning portion can be provided for video playback. The encoded remaining portion can be provided, when requested, for video playback subsequent to the encoded beginning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Colleen Kelly Henry
  • Patent number: 9998793
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that manages user access to content provided by a plurality of content providers. In particular, the media guidance application may automatically manage and recommend content providers which a user should request access to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Paul T. Stathacopoulos, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9992517
    Abstract: Some of the various features described herein include providing an enhanced view of content. Some content may be cropped or edited for general transmission, and a primary- or second-screen device may be used to receive and view additional views or portions of content that may otherwise be unavailable. For example, if a cropped portion of content is delivered to a device, a different device may be used to view at least a portion of the content that was removed during the cropping process. Another aspect may include providing a higher-resolution version of content to a second-screen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Adam Pinckernell, Jonathan Alan Leech, David B Leach, Edward David Monnerat
  • Patent number: 9986275
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for optimizing selection of television advertising inventory. In one embodiment, a method may include receiving a set of available ad inventory from a traffic system server, where the set of available ad inventory is received from a hardware component in communication with the traffic system server. The method may include identifying a futuremost ad in the ad inventory representing an end of the first future time period, receiving a traffic system schedule indicative of planned television programming and historical television programming by the traffic system server, and determining that a correlation between a previous traffic system schedule portion selected from the historical television programming and the planned television programming meets an inventory prediction threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: COX MEDIA GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley R. Smith, Shereta Williams, Ron Curtis, Lawrence Catchpole
  • Patent number: 9986297
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improving channel browsing experience for users by presenting an automatically appearing and automatically scrolling program guide are described. The methods and apparatus are well suited for use with remote control devices with limited numbers of input buttons, e.g., under five buttons, but can be used with remote controls with more buttons. The program guide can be used to allow access to a grid guide to users of hospital remotes or other remotes with limited input keys, e.g., an up down arrow and/or a power button. The method in some embodiments uses time spent on a channel in combination with user selection of an input key to determine an action to be taken, e.g., enter or display the program grid guide and/or select a channel and/or corresponding program being displayed in the grid guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Glen Hardin, Niem Dang, Greg Von Der Ahe, Peter Agnvall
  • Patent number: 9986271
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus that addresses and resolves the issues currently affecting the ability to offer Enhanced TV, in particular, those issues concerning timing and synchronization, interaction with other modules in the STB, and distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Bulkowski, Carolyn Wales, Sam Hsu, James Helman, Joseph Decker, Brock Wagenaar, Mark Vickers
  • Patent number: 9979770
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) accessing, by a computing system, data associated with a program schedule for a media program; (ii) based on the accessed data, selecting, by the computing system, a social media (SM) content item, wherein the SM content item was published by a SM user, and wherein the SM user is associated with a first SM account; and (iii) responsive to selecting the SM content item, causing, by the computing system, a SM platform to request the SM user to authorize a link between the first SM account and a second SM account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 9973827
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for customizing the display of interactive television overlays. A condition related to the display of an overlay on top of video for a television channel may be defined for each of a plurality of television channels. A default set of information types for an interactive television overlay (e.g., a FLIP overlay, a BROWSE overlay, etc.) may be defined for the plurality of television channels. When the overlay is displayed on top of video for a given television channel of the plurality of television channels, the overlay may include information of the default set of information types. One or more television channels of the plurality of television channels may be identified as channels for which the default set of information types does not apply (e.g., channels for which the overlay is not displayed or for which a custom set of information types is defined).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Todd A. Walker, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9973786
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a display recording list receiver that receives display information for displaying a list of one or more content items from a server through a first connection made based on a first communication mode. Moreover, the information processing device includes: a P2P connection implementation unit that establishes, between a receiving device and the information processing device, a second connection made based on a second communication mode for performing communication between the receiving device and information processing device without passing via the server; a recorded program selector that selects a content item out of the one or more content items based on the display information; and a recorded program receiver that receives the selected content item from the receiving device through the second connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunio Gobara