Patents Examined by Hoang-Vu A Nguyen-Ba
  • Patent number: 9826281
    Abstract: A media processing method, device, and system where one or more media receiving clients that have a media processing capability of one or more media playback devices are separately constructed for multiple communications protocols, to-be-played media data that is sent by a media source device and that is to be played by a media receiving client specified by the media source device is received, and the to-be-played media data is sent to a media playback device that is corresponding to the specified media receiving client, for the media playback device to play. Therefore multiple media playback devices may be connected flexibly and simultaneously and a media playback device may be switched as desired during media playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 9800908
    Abstract: In an embodiment, synchronization of data processing by a first and second receiver is enabled by the first receiver processing data units of a first broadcast stream, with a play-out delay ?tp defining a time interval between transmission of a data unit to the first receiver and the processing of the data unit by the first receiver. Transmission of data units of a second broadcast stream is initiated to the second receiver, a common timeline correlating one or more data unit in the first stream with one or more corresponding data unit in the second stream. One or more data units is selected from stored data units corresponding to the second stream. At least part of the selected data units have corresponding data units of the first stream that have been transmitted to the first receiver but that have not been processed by the first receiver due to the play-out delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: KONINKLIJKE KPN N.V., NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Menno Bangma, Ray Van Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 9781486
    Abstract: A remote storage digital video recorder (RS-DVR) system is disclosed. The RS-DVR system includes a network interface to communicate data between the RS-DVR system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates; and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. The RS-DVR carries out a number of functions and operations to service multiple subscribers and associated subscriber systems, such as various storage device management operations, file structure techniques, assignment of recorded media to subscribers, file system indexing, and supporting shared and per-subscriber content rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Darren Major
  • Patent number: 9761274
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for controlling the playback and recording of television programming containing interactive applications. In one example, a media content item is played for presentation to the user. An interactive application associated with the media content item is available for interaction by a user during the playing of the media content item. During the playing of the media content item, a first indication that the user is interacting with the interactive application is received. In response to the first indication, the playing of the media content item is suspended. During the suspending of the playing of the media content item, a second indication that the user has stopped interacting with the interactive application is received. In response to the second indication, the playing of the media content item is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Alain Delpuch, Gregory D'Orso, Jean-Rene Menand, Ludovic Pierre, Steven Szymanski
  • Patent number: 9762966
    Abstract: A video displaying method, applied to an electronic apparatus comprising a first display, comprising: (a) selecting a plurality of video contents from a plurality of candidate video contents; and (b) simultaneously displaying selected video contents selected in the step (a), respectively in sub-windows on the first display. Related video decoding methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Shan Liu, Xiaozhong Xu, Jacob Yu
  • Patent number: 9756369
    Abstract: A method and network element for providing at least one segment that is of a different length than the actual segment of a media stream and where the segment of a different length comprises data not belonging to the actual segment, wherein the segment of a different length begins with a key frame or contains key frames only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Michael Huber, Anders Axelsson, Thorsten Herber, Johan Kölhi, Dan Mathiasen, Robert Skog
  • Patent number: 9749690
    Abstract: Provided are a video information system and a method of providing video data access history. Biomedical information or non-biomedical information that may authorize a user who is accessing video data stored in the video information system is stored to be linked to the video data as metadata of the video data, and thus, an authorized user who later accesses the video information system may identify an identity of a user who has accessed the video data. If it is determined that the user is an unauthorized user, the biomedical information or the non-biomedical information of the user may be used to determine who the unauthorized user is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sungbong Cho, Chanki Jeon
  • Patent number: 9743128
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus which comprises a receiver which receives primary image content; a communicator which communicates with at least one supply source which supplies related image content of the primary image content; a signal processor which processes and outputs the primary image content; and a controller which controls the communicator to request the supply source to supply the related image content, and controls the signal processor to process and play the related image content supplied from the supply source in response to the request if a user selects a key to play the related image content of the primary image content while the primary image content received by the receiver is processed by the signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seong-il Ko
  • Patent number: 9712888
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to communication networks, and more particularly to a system and method for dynamically optimizing a quality of a video being transmitted over a communication network. In one embodiment, the method comprises acquiring a plurality of video transmission parameters for the video being transmitted. The method further comprises deriving an optimum value for each of the plurality of video transmission parameters based on a predefined indicator of an acceptable quality of the video using meta-heuristic harmony search algorithm. The method further comprises dynamically optimizing the quality of the video based on the optimum value for each of the plurality of video transmission parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventor: Rudrendu Roy
  • Patent number: 9706255
    Abstract: A method for distributing a video program to first and second devices is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a request for the video program from one of the first and second devices, both registered in an account at the server; transmitting the video program, but not information related to the video program, to a first selected one of the two devices according to a distance between the two devices; and transmitting the information related to the video program, but not the video program, to a second selected one of the two devices according to the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Yan Xu, Lin Du, Wei Zhou
  • Patent number: 9661399
    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: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Sling Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Kikuya Maisenbacher
  • Patent number: 9661390
    Abstract: A method for a server to share video information, includes: receiving descriptive information regarding a video from a first user terminal; and sending the descriptive information to a second user terminal, for the second user terminal to play the video according to the descriptive information, wherein a first user of the first user terminal has a preset relationship with a second user of the second user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Chuangqi Li, Yingjun Gao, Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 9654828
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing content are disclosed. An example method can comprise monitoring a number of users accessing content, and recording a first segment of the content if the number of users accessing the content reaches a threshold value. A second segment of the content can be recorded based on a request to record the second segment of the content, and at least a portion of the recording of the first segment of the content can be associated with the recording of the second segment of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ronald Wannamaker
  • Patent number: 9648395
    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: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Colleen Kelly Henry
  • Patent number: 9635417
    Abstract: A media fingerprint archive system generates and archives media fingerprints from second media content portions such as commercials. A downstream media measurement system can extract/derive query fingerprints from an incoming signal, and query the media fingerprint archive system whether any of the query fingerprints matches any archived fingerprints. If so, the media measurement system can perform media measurements on a specific secondary media content portion from which the matched query fingerprint is derived. If not, the media measurement system can analyze media characteristics of a media content portion to determine whether the media content portion is a secondary media content portion and perform media measurement if needed to. The media measurement system may send fingerprints from an identified secondary media content portion to the media fingerprint archive system for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Grant, Regunathan Radhakrishnan, Jeff Edwin Chandler, Stewart Murrie, Michael G. Babbitt
  • Patent number: 9635407
    Abstract: An access point that provides video streaming performs a bottleneck QoE maximization solution utilizing the latest media transport technology developed by MPEG known as MPEG Media Transport (MMT). The access point includes a transceiver configured to transmit one or more video sequences. The access point also includes one or more processors configured to perform bottleneck coordination by utilizing MMT to transmit, via the transceiver, the one or more video sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhu Li, Imed Bouazizi, Youngkwon Lim, Kyungmo Park
  • Patent number: 9628862
    Abstract: A TV phone is provided, which includes a TV module; an MRFU for demodulating an incoming call received through a forward channel, and modulating and transmitting a signal on a reverse channel; a TV control section for supplying a tuning signal to the TV module; an MSP for establishing a phone or TV mode; and a display unit for displaying synchronized signals on an image viewing screen. In a TV mode, the TV phone receives an incoming call, stops the TV module; switches off and on output of an audio signal of the selected TV broadcasting channel; displays a character message on the TV viewing screen; or superimposes a graphic image over the image on the TV viewing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Dae-Heon Kwon, Yang-Muk Kang, Won-Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 9621963
    Abstract: Essence of a media program can be encoded such that it carries essence identification information and a set of time points. Auxiliary content such as companion content and other auxiliary data can be associated with the essence of the media program by way of the set of time points. The set of time points and/or fingerprints used to retrieve/recover the set of time points can be delivered to one or more of a media device, a companion device/application, etc., in any of a variety of different methods. Through the set of time points and/or fingerprints, and user preferences, the auxiliary content can be retrieved by the one or more of the media device, the companion device/application, etc., presented and/or interacted with a user. In some embodiments, the auxiliary content as described herein can be customized for a specific sender and/or a specific recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Steven Master, Jeffrey Riedmiller
  • Patent number: 9609364
    Abstract: To be accessed on different media players, requested content must be delivered in a format that is supported by the requesting device. A dynamic content packager for encrypting and packaging requested content for different requesting devices at the time of consumption is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Weidong Mao, Sree Kotay
  • Patent number: 9607345
    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: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Chad David Hendren, Kenneth A. Darby, James Frazer, Steven Gass, Sandra Stetich