Patents Examined by Hoang-Vu A Nguyen-Ba
  • Patent number: 9959840
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, or method wirelessly sends an audio component of a multimedia channel to one or more wireless computing devices while a visual component of the multimedia channel is playing on a video monitor. The audio component may be packetized into data packets and broadcast via a network such that the data packets can be received and played by the wireless computing devices in synchronization with the visual component playing on the video monitor. A channel listing may inform the wireless computing devices what channels are available. A visual content that is not the visual component of the multimedia channel may be displayed on the wireless computing device while an audio component of the multimedia channel is streamed to the wireless computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan Nunes, Paul Baker
  • Patent number: 9955234
    Abstract: The video receiving apparatus is capable of transmitting and receiving data via a communications network. The video receiving apparatus includes a video extractor, a controller, a calibration executor, and an input unit to which a video signal is input. The video extractor extracts a partial video, which is to be used for video recognition processing, from the video signal. The controller controls the following operations: That is, the controller transmits, to a video recognition apparatus, either the partial video or content recognition information formed from the partial video, thereby requesting the video recognition apparatus to perform the video recognition processing. The controller acquires a result of the video recognition processing from the video recognition apparatus, and acquires the additional information based on the video recognition processing from an additional-information delivering apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Oku
  • Patent number: 9942605
    Abstract: A method for transmitting and receiving data of a sink device by using HDMI is disclosed. A method for transmitting and receiving data of a sink device by using HDMI comprises receiving video data through at least one channel of HDMI from a source device; generating an error counter value by performing CED (Character Error Detection) on the received video data; in case the error counter value exceeds a threshold value, transmitting to the source device a CEC message requesting resolution change of the video data; and receiving video data with a resolution changed according to the CEC message from the source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyeonjae Lee, Dokyun Kim, Jangwoong Park, Hyunsik Yang
  • Patent number: 9936246
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to manage timers that control recording of media content. An exemplary embodiment compares a retrieved stale timer criteria with a retrieved timer attribute; determines whether the timer is stale based on the comparison of the retrieved timer attribute and the stale timer criteria, wherein the timer is determined to be stale when the media content event identified by the timer will not be recorded because the media content event identified by the timer is not scheduled to be broadcast at a future date; and then automatically deletes the timer in response to determining that the timer is stale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 9936234
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to adaptively gather audience information data are disclosed. The disclosed methods and apparatus monitor system factor(s) and select one or more sensors from a plurality of sensors positioned to gather audience measurement data based on the monitored factor(s). Thus, the disclosed methods and apparatus adapt to the conditions they face by selecting an amount and/or type of audience measurement data they gather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Mears, Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9936262
    Abstract: A coupling device for use in a hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network may be configured to detect a control message and determine from the message a period for which a cable modem downstream is to be transmitting a desired transmission, disable an upstream path through it when there is only noise incident on the upstream path, and enable the upstream path during the period when a desired transmission from a cable modem downstream of the coupling device is incident on the upstream path. The coupling device may be a trunk amplifier, a distribution amplifier, or a splitter. The coupling device may comprise a single upstream interface coupled to a plurality of downstream interfaces. The enabling and/or disabling may be in response to a signal strength indicated by the SSI being below a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Ling, Sridhar Ramesh, Timothy Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9911115
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein provide systems and methods for conducting transactions with a customer using text messages. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first text message from a mobile communication device associated with a customer. The first text message includes a request from the customer to receive one or more text messages from a vendor. The method also includes adding the customer to a set of consenting customers in a customer database in response to receiving the first text message. The set of consenting customer including customers that consent to receiving text messages from the vendor. The method also includes sending a second text message to the mobile communication device. The second text message is associated with a service offered by the vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Chad David Hendren, Kenneth A. Darby, James Frazier, Steven Gass, Sandra Stetich
  • Patent number: 9913000
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations of the disclosed subject matter, mechanisms for presenting recommended media content items are provided. In some implementations, a method for providing media guidance is provided, the method comprising: receiving a request for supplemental content relating to a program being presented by a media device; causing a content interface to be presented on a mobile device; identifying the program that is being presented on a media device; determining keywords associated with the program, wherein each of the keywords is associated with a particular portion of the program; obtaining and storing supplemental content items corresponding to the program based on the keywords; causing the content interface to present a first supplemental content item; receiving state information associated with the mobile device that indicates a subsequent visit to the content interface; and causing the content interface to present a second supplemental content item based on the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ingrid McAulay Trollope, Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 9906843
    Abstract: Video recognition processing on video signals input from an outside is performed. Hence, video reception device which is configured to transmit and receive data through communication network includes input unit, video extraction unit, video recognition region setting unit, control unit and additional information display control unit. The video recognition region setting unit detects superimposing information superimposed on a partial video, and sets a video recognition region or video recognition candidate regions to the partial video based on a detection result. The additional information display control unit generates content recognition information in the video recognition region or in the video recognition candidate regions of the partial video. The control unit performs control of requesting video recognition device to perform video recognition processing on this content recognition information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yabu, Hirotaka Oku
  • Patent number: 9906824
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and device for transmitting media data in a digital broadcasting system for allocating media data to a superframe, and transmitting a superframe in which a time length of media data corresponds to a time length of the superframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Woo-Suk Kim, Byungjun Bae, Hyun-Jeong Yim, Hyoungsoo Lim, Namho Hur
  • Patent number: 9872078
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a method for providing viewing notifications for a set-top box that includes the steps of: storing usage information associated with a media content received by the set-top box, the usage information containing a length of time that the media content was displayed; determining, using a processor, whether a viewing notification is to be sent to a particular user based on user preferences and the usage information; responsive to a determination that the viewing notification is to be sent to the particular user, retrieving a notification identifier associated with the particular user and sending the viewing notification regarding the usage information; receiving a response to the viewing notification from the particular user, wherein the response includes a partial command that is interpreted based on the viewing notification as a requested command to be performed by the set-top box; and performing, using the processor, the requested command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goergen, Gary W. LaFreniere, David Emerson, David Rondeau
  • Patent number: 9870801
    Abstract: An interactive video/multimedia application (IVM application) may specify one or more media assets for playback. The IVM application may define the rendering, composition, and interactivity of one or more the assets, such as video. Video multimedia application data (IVMA data may) be used to define the behavior of the IVM application. The IVMA data may be embodied as a standalone file in a text or binary, compressed format. Alternatively, the IVMA data may be embedded within other media content. A video asset used in the IVM application may include embedded, content-aware metadata that is tightly coupled to the asset. The IVM application may reference the content-aware metadata embedded within the asset to define the rendering and composition of application display elements and user-interactivity features. The interactive video/multimedia application (defined by the video and multimedia application data) may be presented to a viewer in a player application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atul Puri, Hari Kalva
  • Patent number: 9860590
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that support implementing a pause, e.g., of a broadcast, on a device, recording the paused program and resuming playback of the paused program on a device associated with a user's account, are described. The pause function allows a user to pause a broadcast on a device and initiate recording of the paused program, e.g., to network storage. The pause initiating device displays a pause indicator indicating that the program output has been paused. A user logging into the user's account from a device other than the device from which the pause was initiated is presented an opportunity to resume the paused playback. Playback is resumed from the pause point on the playback device from which a resume signal is received. Upon resumption of playback on a device other than the device from which the pause was initiated, the pause indicator on the pause initiating device is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: James Stark, Tracy Elliot
  • Patent number: 9860597
    Abstract: A video presentation device is disclosed. The video presentation device comprises an electronic module including a microcontroller and a memory adapted for storing digital content, a communication link adapted to communicatively couple the electronic module with a host server, to receive multimedia digital content from the host server upon command from the host server, and a video display for playing the multimedia digital content upon command of the electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Video Plus Print Company
    Inventor: Vijay Mahbubani
  • Patent number: 9860603
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for managing applications of a broadcasting reception device and a companion device connected over a network. The method may include receiving a broadcasting signal, generating an application information list variable based on application information included in the broadcasting signal, receiving an application information-obtaining action from the companion device, the application information-obtaining action being indicative of a request message for obtaining information related to at least one specific application, transmitting an application information list variable corresponding to the at least one specific application in response to the application information-obtaining action, and providing a broadcasting service based on the transmitted application information list variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungryul Yang, Kyoungsoo Moon, Seungjoo An, Jinwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9854278
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus includes: a plurality of unit antennas arranged at preset intervals, each unit antenna of the plurality of antennas being configured to receive a broadcast signal; a plurality of receiving modules, each receiving module of the plurality of receiving modules being configured to convert the broadcast signal received by a corresponding unit antenna of the plurality of unit antennas into a first signal and output the first signal; a filter configured to filter a noise component out of the first signals output by the plurality of receiving modules, synthesize the first signals into a second signal and output the second signal; and a signal processor configured to perform a signal process for displaying an image based on the second signal output from the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9854302
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, or method wirelessly sends an audio component of a multimedia channel to one or more wireless computing devices while a visual component of the multimedia channel is playing on a video monitor. The audio component may be packetized into data packets and broadcast via a network such that the data packets can be received and played by the wireless computing devices in synchronization with the visual component playing on the video monitor. A channel listing may inform the wireless computing devices what channels are available. A user of the wireless computing device may request that the visual component playing on a video monitor be set to a user-selected component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan Nunes, Paul Baker
  • Patent number: 9854327
    Abstract: Methods and systems for performing non-linear optimization of reach are described herein. The methods and systems may be used to compute the reach associated with different advertisement campaigns involving different combinations of spots. The method includes computing probabilities that a user will access a certain spot. The method includes retrieving a weight associated with the targeted user demographic. The method includes computing a first reach value using a first non-linear function, and a second reach value using a second non-linear function. The method includes comparing the two reach values to each other and to a predetermined reach threshold. The higher reach value larger than the predetermined reach threshold is selected and information associated with the selected reach value is provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Emans, Steven D. Bennett, Samuel M. Meyer, Randall Kelley
  • Patent number: 9838754
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for over the top (OTT) media measurement are disclosed herein. Example methods include comparing, with an on-site meter in communication with an OTT service provider server, household data maintained by the OTT service provider server with anonymized panelist data provided by an audience measurement entity to identify a first person predicted to be included in a first household according to the anonymized panelist data but not included in the first household according to the household data, accessing media impressions collected by the OTT service provider server and corresponding to media accessed with a first OTT device associated with the first household, and crediting, with the on-site meter, usage of the first OTT device associated with access of the media to the first person based on the media impressions and demographic data obtained from the anonymized panelist data and attributed to the first person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Narasimha Reddy Goli, Gangadhar Jakkula, Matthew B. Reid, Kumar Nagaraja Rao
  • Patent number: 9832518
    Abstract: Methods, media processing devices and cache nodes for enabling instant synchronization of processing of data units of a primary media stream and of one or more secondary streams by at least one media processing device are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: Koninklijke KPN N.V., Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Menno Bangma, Ray Van Brandenburg