Patents Examined by Hunter B. Lonsberry
  • Patent number: 10312874
    Abstract: Volume control methods and control devices, and multimedia playback control methods and control devices are provided. The volume control method comprises: acquiring volume information of a first device; in response to that the acquired volume information of the first device satisfies a predetermined condition, determining at least one second device; and controlling volume of the at least one second device. When a user goes away from a multimedia playback device, multimedia playback of another device can be controlled, to cause that multimedia playback that the user watches/listens to is not affected obviously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Jia Liu
  • Patent number: 10313745
    Abstract: Client configured for retrieving a video data representation of an immersive video scene streamed by a server using a streaming protocol, wherein the server is configured for providing a plurality of streams to the client, wherein each of the streams comprises a portion of the immersive video scene, the client comprising: a sending interface; a reception interface; a viewing direction receiving unit; and a stream selecting unit; wherein the sending interface is configured for transmitting a streaming request for streaming the one or more selected streams as the video data representation of the immersive video scene, wherein the sending interface receives from the stream selecting unit a selected stream information identifying the one or more selected streams, wherein the selected stream information is created by the stream selecting unit based on the viewing direction of the user of the client and based on the manifest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: bitmovin GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Lederer, Christopher Mueller, Reinhard Grandl
  • Patent number: 10313724
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) accessing, by a computing system, a broadcast schedule, which indicates that a broadcast of a first media content item is scheduled to be followed by a broadcast of a second media content item, wherein the computing system can operate in a schedule mode or a breakout mode; (ii) switching from operating in the schedule mode to operating in the breakout mode; and (iii) while operating in the breakout mode: (a) simulating a broadcast of the first media content item; (b) making a determination that a particular signal is embedded in the first media content item; (c) responsive to making the determination, simulating a switch from broadcasting the first media content item to broadcasting the second media content item; (d) based on the simulated broadcast of the first and second media content items, generating a simulation log; and (e) presenting the generated log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allan Propst, Dana A. Lasher
  • Patent number: 10306301
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for premises gateway functions that integrate or unify functions typically distributed across multiple devices within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the out-of-band (OOB) signaling functionality normally provided in each of a set-top-box (STB) and digital video recorder (DVR) are unified into a common OOB (e.g., DOCSIS) capable premises gateway device, thereby obviating OOB tuners and related components from each device. In another variant, the premises gateway is adapted for all-IP operation, such as for use with IP-based computers and IP set-top boxes, etc. Fully unified variants are also disclosed, wherein the DVR and/or STB functions are physically integrated within the premises gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Chris Cholas, William L. Helms, Louis Williamson, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 10306316
    Abstract: Aspects provide for attention diversion selection and presentment in response to observer identity and content attributes executes steps on a computer processor. In response to determining that a portion of content that has objectionable content with respect to a first observer of a presentation of media content will be presented to the first observer and to a second observer over an upcoming future presentation period of time, a computer processor selects a competing sensory stimulus that is indicated as interesting to the first observer and sufficiently distracting during the future time period that it will interfere with comprehension by the first observer of an objectionable attribute of the objectionable content portion as a function of historical data applicable to the first observer. The computer processor further drives a device to present the selected sensory stimulus to the first observer prior to the future time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10306151
    Abstract: [Object] It is desirable to provide a technology capable of further appropriately adjusting the luminance of the endoscopic image. [Solution] Provided is an image processing device including: a peak detection unit configured to detect a first peak and a second peak in sequence from a high luminance side from a number-of-pixel distribution for each luminance of an endoscopic image based on imaging by an image sensor; and an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control on a basis of a first luminance difference between the first peak and the second peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Masashi Murakita
  • Patent number: 10306331
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling client recording and storage behavior schedules the recording, storing, and deleting of multimedia content on a client system storage device. The viewer may request that certain content be captured. Capture requests also allow the service to determine content to be recorded by the client system in the same manner that a viewer requests that certain content are recorded but are more powerful than what a viewer can request. Recording requests for a capture request can preempt viewer requests or be entered at the same or lower priority as a viewer request. Capture requests can adjust all aspects of a recording request and affect the capture request itself. Client system operational functionality are also manipulated by the service using capture requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Westbrook, Howard Look, James Young, Stephen Lacy, Timothy Davison, James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10299005
    Abstract: Linear content holds great value to consumers, and by delivering it to consumers on demand, service providers can improve the user experience for their consumers. A consumer requests linear on demand content by selecting channels and time ranges or content items, or bundles thereof, which the service provider broadcasts as linear content. The requested content is broadcast, and repackaged as an unbroken block of content for the consumer during the requested time range or the duration of the content item. By repackaging the linear on demand content, the service provider may provide greater options to consumers without significantly increasing the amount of bandwidth used in its network to deliver that content. Channel guides and viewing features are tailored for the requested content to further improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Ray Killick, Muhammad Asif Raza
  • Patent number: 10298980
    Abstract: An apparatus can include an external interface, a video aggregator, and a system controller. The external interface can receive multimedia content directed to a plurality of customer premises equipment. The video aggregator can multiplex the multimedia content directed to the plurality of customer premises equipment. The system controller can electronically deliver the multiplexed multimedia content, within a scheduled lead-time, in response to a subscriber request to electronically deliver the multimedia content to a particular customer premises equipment from the plurality of customer premises equipment. A subscriber content price of the multiplexed multimedia content can be based on the scheduled lead-time of electronic delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Edge2020
    Inventors: Ronald Hirsch, Tell Allen Gates
  • Patent number: 10277957
    Abstract: For delivering an AV live content, time being divided into transmission periods, the AV live content being divided into chunks, a server performs: obtaining at least one multicast reference stream intended to transport one chunk per transmission period; obtaining at least one multicast side stream intended to transport, for each transmission period, a plurality of chunks which at least includes the same chunk as in each multicast reference stream and at least one preceding chunk; and synchronously transmitting each multicast reference stream and each multicast side stream along the transmission periods. A device willing to receive the AV live content performs: joining one multicast side stream for obtaining at least one chunk transmitted in a first transmission period; and switching to one multicast reference stream for obtaining subsequent chunks which are transmitted from a second transmission period following the first transmission period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BROADPEAK
    Inventors: Rêmy Brebion, Dominique Colombel, Jacques Le Mancq
  • Patent number: 10264294
    Abstract: A television playout system that handles playout of a channel, receives a video feed of the channel comprising programming data and a plurality of interstitial content items, and a playout schedule of the channel. Metadata comprising a pre-roll value is inserted at a first insertion point related to a first interstitial content item of the plurality of interstitial content items, based on the playout schedule. An offset is detected in the metadata, based on the first insertion point of the metadata in the video feed, the pre-roll value, and a time-code (TC) jump associated with a second interstitial content item in the video feed. One or more control parameters associated with the insertion of the metadata are calibrated, based on the detected offset to align a splice point related to the first interstitial content item with the TC jump associated with the second interstitial content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Kevin Scott Snedden, Steven Ernest Riedl, James T Bernier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10257550
    Abstract: Systems and methods for push-based dynamic bandwidth allocation deliver addressable, advertising content in a digital network. Bandwidth is allocated on a push basis in response to receiving a trigger from a content distribution stream. The trigger contains data indicating an addressable break. A portion of bandwidth is then allocated to an addressable content stream based on the data of the trigger. The addressable content stream is then streamed to a receiver during the addressable break and the receiver is tuned from the broadcast stream to the addressable content stream for the duration of the addressable break. The additional bandwidth is de-allocated at the end of the addressable break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Visible World, LLC
    Inventors: Seth Haberman, Gerrit Niemeijer, Alex Jansen, Erik van de Pol, Andrew Fife
  • Patent number: 10250950
    Abstract: Techniques for use in determining redress measures for a television (TV) service outage based on impact analysis are described. A TV service outage may be associated with a TV system apparatus including a TV user interface (UI). In one illustrative example, one or more subscribers impacted by the TV service outage are determined. An impact score is determined for each one of the subscribers. A redress measure for each one of the subscribers is then determined in accordance with their corresponding impact scores. An impacted subscriber and/or an impact score may be determined based at least in part on subscriber TV usage data or subscriber TV UI usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Carl Gorretta, Steven Jason Epstein, Marcelo Blatt, Ezra Darshan
  • Patent number: 10250924
    Abstract: To enable satisfactory decoding processing corresponding to a decoding capability on a reception side. Image data of pictures constituting moving image data are sorted into multiple hierarchies, image data of pictures of each of the sorted hierarchies are encoded, and video data including the encoded image data of the pictures of each of the hierarchies is generated. A container of a predetermined format including the video data is transmitted. The multiple hierarchies are divided into a predetermined number of hierarchy groups, the predetermined number being two or more, and identification information for identifying a hierarchy group to which encoded image data of each picture included in the video data belongs is inserted into a packet as a container of the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10237321
    Abstract: A decoding complexity may be used to predict power consumption for receiving, decoding, and/or displaying multimedia content at a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU). The decoding complexity may be based on decoding complexity feedback received from a reference device, such as another WTRU. The decoding complexity feedback may be based on measurements performed at the reference device for receiving decoding, and/or displaying the multimedia content. A content providing device may indicate the decoding complexity of requested media content to a WTRU, or another network entity. The decoding complexity may be indicated in a streaming protocol or file associated with the media content. The WTRU, or other network entity, may use the decoding complexity determine its preferences regarding transmission of the media content. The content providing device may determine whether to transmit the media content based on the decoding complexity and/or the preferences of the WTRU or other network entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VID SCALE, INC
    Inventors: Osama Lotfallah, Eduardo Asbun, Hang Liu, Yuriy Reznik
  • Patent number: 10237589
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating fast channel change in a streaming media network comprises receiving media content assets packaged in a common mezzanine distribution format (CMZF) container structure, wherein the media content asset is provided as CMZF-formatted media content in a CMZF stream scheme. Upon receipt, the CMZF-packaged media content assets are transformatted into corresponding CMZF segments stored in a local cache corresponding to a plurality of media channels. Responsive to a channel change request from a user equipment (UE) device, a unicast or multicast burst is sent comprising Reliable User Datagram Protocol (R-UDP) packets or Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP)-encapsulated partial or full virtual segments (R-SEG) generated from the CMZF segments corresponding to the requested channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Raj Nair, Prabhudev Navali, Mikhail Mikhailov, David Alexander
  • Patent number: 10237598
    Abstract: A system and method for generating or increasing viewership of a broadcast of an episode of a series by an affiliate to a plurality of receiver stations is disclosed. A live prefacing media program is transmitted to users within an affiliates market in such a way that does not conflict with the affiliate's exclusive right to transmit a media program within that market. The live prefacing media program includes media program clips from previous episodes of a series, and users can vote on their favorite media program clips. Such votes alter the content presented in the live prefacing media program. Transmission of the live prefacing media program terminates when the affiliates broadcast of the next episode of the series begins, thus encouraging or “throwing” viewers to view that episode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Michael S. Corwin, William K. Bradford, Edward A. Skolarus
  • Patent number: 10237617
    Abstract: A user interface allows for blending of television program choices from which a viewer may select, the blending representing options for linear and non-linear programming presented together within a single hierarchy of a designated category. The blending may further include managed content relevant to the designated category, where desired. Such designated categories may include television programming categories and/or content categories. The options for linear and non-linear programming may be presented together within a single screen of the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Moreau, Donald Ahrens, Georgia Gibbs, John Carney, David de Andrade
  • Patent number: 10224028
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a reduce capability client device, such as a mobile device or tablet. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content. The device may play secondary content based on receiving the information indicative of the break. The device may determine when a next segment of the primary content is available, and begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10219035
    Abstract: A system and method for treating an individual at an end user location coping with neurodegeneration are provided. A signal feed includes audiovisual content including personal imagery or video comprising persons, places, or things that are personal to the life of the specific individual. A control device is configured to access the signal feed and select specific audiovisual content. The control device generates an output feed for presenting the selected audiovisual content through one or more displays at the end user location to treat the neurodegeneration of the specific individual by refreshing a memory of the specific individual with the personal imagery or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Oklejas