Patents Examined by James Sheleheda
  • Patent number: 8495680
    Abstract: The method and system for TV user profile data prediction and modeling allows accurate and narrowly focused behavioral clustering. A client-side system classifies television consumers into representative user profiles. The profiles target individual user advertising and program preference category groups. A contextual behavioral profiling system determines the user's monitor behavior and content preferences, and the system may be continually updated with user information. A behavioral model database is queried by various system modules. The programming, including targeted advertising for television and interactive television is based on the profile data prediction, modeling and preference determination. The system is enabled to present a complete program sequence to the viewer based on the preference determination and stored programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Isaac Bentolila, Yiming Zhou, Isaac Labeeb Ismail, Richard Humpleman
  • Patent number: 8001560
    Abstract: A method for providing subscription-on-demand services for video-on-demand programs within an interactive information distribution system. The method includes associating a plurality of video-on-demand programming packages as a programming bundle and identifying a number of video-on-demand programming packages within the programming bundle that a subscriber has subscribed. When the number of video-on-demand programming packages exceeds a pre-specified number of programming packages, the subscriber is automatically subscribed to all the video-on-demand programming packages in the programming bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobie LaRocca, Michael D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7996866
    Abstract: A system for providing requested data sets of broadcast data service transmitted as part of a broadcast signal, including a broadcast headend configured to receive a data request from a receiver, and configured to broadcast requested data sets to the receiver in response to the data request from the receiver, a processor configured to periodically extract all of the requested data sets of the broadcast data service from a broadcast carousel included in the broadcast signal, a memory configured to store all of the requested data sets of the broadcast data service, defining a plurality of digital-audio/video-data-sets including television clips, a first controller configured to allow selection from a list of the plurality of sets of the digital-audio/video-data-sets, and a second controller responsive to a user initiated selection signal to cause the memory to output a user selected one of the plurality of digital-audio/video-data sets selected from the list, wherein the processor converts the digital-audio/vid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sony United Kingdom Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Charles Paskins
  • Patent number: 7979879
    Abstract: A video contents display system has a contents information display section that allows pieces of contents information on a plurality of recorded video contents to be displayed along a time axis on a screen, and a video contents display section that displays the plurality of video contents at a specified time on the time axis as motion pictures or still images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hisashi Kazama, Takahisa Yoneyama, Hiroto Yoshihara, Satoshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 7962942
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rewinding a video to a point before the video was first viewed. Video transmitted by a media source is cached by a remote server. Upon a trick-play request for the video, the server generates a rewind stream that includes the video that was transmitted by the media source before the user started to view the video. Upon receiving the rewind stream, the user's equipment may cache the rewind stream in a rewind buffer and rewind or play from the rewind buffer. The server may also generate and transmit a forward stream of the video that the media source has not yet transmitted. The user's equipment may cache the forward stream in a forward buffer. To perform trick-play operations with the video, the user's equipment may migrate the playback of the video to the rewind and forward buffers and rewind or fast-forward the video from the buffers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L Craner
  • Patent number: 7958523
    Abstract: A television program ratings method and system includes transferring information associated with households from a cable provider to a ratings provider such that the ratings provider has access to information associated with sampled households and lacks access to information associated with non-sampled households. To this end, identity information and usage information associated with the households are respectively anonymized and encrypted. Knowledge of the identities of the sampled households enables the anonymized identity information and the encrypted usage information for the sampled households to be respectively de-anonymized and decrypted. The ratings provider knows which households are sampled households. As such, the ratings provider de-anonymizes and decrypts the information associated with the sampled households and then uses the de-anonymized and decrypted information to determine television program ratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A Chen
  • Patent number: 7934232
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for accessing services in a television system. In one implementation, a DHCT presents a user a menu containing a plurality of selectable link representations corresponding to separate services or applications offered by the cable television system. The user navigates the menu with a remote device and selects a desired service by choosing the selectable link representation corresponding to the desired service or application. The DHCT receives the user input, translates the selectable link command into an executable call, and activates the service or application corresponding to the selected link representation from the menu chosen by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Dean F. Jerding, Arturo A. Rodriguez, Robert O. Banker, John M. Schlarb, Robert T. Van Orden, Bindu Crandall
  • Patent number: 7913274
    Abstract: An apparatus such as a television signal receiver includes an emergency alert function which, when activated, provides an alert output to notify users of an emergency event. According to an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a tuner operative to tune signals including emergency alert signals capable of activating the emergency alert function. A processor is operative to detect a condition indicating relocation of the apparatus after a power interruption to the apparatus, and to enable a predetermined output associated with the emergency alert function responsive to detecting the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Scott Allan Kendall, Rajeev Madhukar Sahasrabudhe
  • Patent number: 7890975
    Abstract: A system for providing a plurality of sets of broadcast data service transmitted as part of a broadcast signal, including a processor configured to periodically extract at least some of the plurality of sets of the broadcast data service from a broadcast carousel included in the broadcast signal, a memory configured to store the extracted plurality of sets of the broadcast data service, defining a plurality of digital-audio/video-data-sets including television clips, a first controller configured to allow selection from a list of the plurality of sets of the digital-audio/video-data-sets, and a second controller responsive to a user initiated selection signal to cause the memory to output a user selected one of the plurality of digital-audio/video-data-sets selected from the list, wherein the processor converts the digital-audio/video-data of the plurality of sets of the broadcast data service into real time audio/video data, and updates portions of data related to the stored extracted plurality of sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sony United Kingdom Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Charles Paskins
  • Patent number: 7886320
    Abstract: A television display device for use with a television display for displaying television services, an input for providing at least one command to the television display device and a broadcast stream containing a stream of key files including data representing respective key images, the television display device including a memory for storing a plurality of control images and for maintaining continuously in memory at least one of said key files, an event selector for selecting an event and associating the event with a selected one of the plurality of control images, an action selector for selecting an action and associating the action with the selected control image, a display section for detecting the event and, in response, producing display information for displaying for a predetermined period the selected control image on a portion of the television display superposed on the television service being viewed and a command section for initiating the action conditional on whether or not a control command is pro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Europe Limited
    Inventors: Andre Julien Jacques Heughebaert, Gert Josef Elisa Copejans, Luc Robert Marcel De Ceulaer
  • Patent number: 7882518
    Abstract: An apparatus for the intelligent display of advertisements to a television services user includes a transmitter, a receiver and a display on which an electronic television program guide, television programs, and advertisements are displayed. Advertising and electronic program guide data are transmitted to a receiver used by one or more television service users. The electronic program guide data includes information characterizing television programs listed in an electronic program guide. Similarly, the advertising data includes advertisements and information characterizing the transmitted advertisements. A selection history contains information characterizing those programs selected by a user for viewing. Received advertisements are displayed to the user based upon a comparison between the information characterizing each of the plurality of advertisements and the information in the selection history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Finseth, Philip E. Hsiao, Jeffrey A. Brown, Robert G. Arsenault, Tam T. Leminh
  • Patent number: 7836465
    Abstract: Disclosed is a television broadcasting receiving apparatus which carries out a parental control including a receiving unit to receive the television broadcasting wave, a storage unit to store a rating table which corresponds to the rating information so as to correspond to a version of the rating table, a rating table obtaining unit to obtain a rating table for the parental control included in the television broadcasting wave, a version comparing unit to compare a version of the rating table obtained by the rating table obtaining unit with the version of the rating table stored in the storage unit, an information comparing unit to compare information of the rating table obtained by the rating table obtaining unit with information of the rating table stored in the storage unit and an updating unit to update the rating table stored in the storage unit to the rating table obtained by the rating table obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichiro Mori, Senichi Furutani, Kosuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7836481
    Abstract: A set top terminal is disclosed for use with a television delivery system. The terminal receives a television signal and extracts from the signal individual programs for display on a user's television associated with the terminal. The terminal receives a selection of a program or interactive feature from an interactive electronic program guide displayed on the television. An interactive electronic program guide is disclosed for use with a television delivery system. The guide includes a plurality of interconnected menus having display information. The guide also includes a cursor controlled by the user input device for sequencing through the menus and selecting a menu item. The menus include an introductory menu displayed when the guide is started, a main menu that allows access to program submenus and interactive submenus, and during program menus. The during program menus include both overlay menus that are displayed during a program and hidden menus that are not displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: John S. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 7797716
    Abstract: A recording apparatus is disclosed which includes first through n-th recording means for recording input broadcast contents to a recording medium. When a user designates a reservation of a broadcast content recording, the apparatus automatically selects one of the recording means so as to make the recording reservation to the selected recording means. If any such recording means cannot be selected automatically, i.e., if recording reservations have already been made to all recording means for a time slot corresponding to the reservation desired to be made anew, then the user is asked to select particular recording means for the reservation. A recording reservation made to one recording means may be switched automatically to another recording means as needed. That is, any recording reservation after being made may be switched from one recording means to another before actual execution of the recording, in order to reflect the status of other recording reservations that have been made since.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Ishida, Hitoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 7793324
    Abstract: A system and method for obtaining data regarding customer use of interactive television, where application servers residing at a broadcast center include application programs that provide customers with a graphical user interface. Customers may retrieve the application programs via a satellite through integrated receiver/decoders (“IRDs”). The IRD includes a modem, callback functionality and flash memory for storing a data log of customer transaction and navigation data. Communications servers reside at the broadcast center for receiving callbacks from the IRDs. Interactive servers also reside at the broadcast center where the interactive servers include interactive data repositories IDRs for storing data. The interactive servers may also include a parser of the data in the data log and an encapsulator of data into the appropriate protocol for database users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek P. Footer, Carlos Gonzalez, Angela M. Trujillo, Narda J. Laverde
  • Patent number: 7793330
    Abstract: Systems and methods of utilizing hyperlinks in connection with video services are disclosed. One such method includes receiving a video program having a start time. This method also includes receiving, before the start time, a media object associated with the video program. This method also includes storing the media object, and displaying the media object and the video program on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Arturo A. Rodriguez, Dean F. Jerding
  • Patent number: 7779437
    Abstract: A method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership provides a method wherein the first or last number of seconds of a commercial break are carefully authored to provide a “teaser” to entice the viewer to watch multiple commercials during the commercial break instead of skipping the commercial break using the fast forward or jump functions of the DVR. A bookending function displays an advertisement before and/or after a program that has been recorded on the DVR's storage device is played to the viewer. The viewer selects a recorded program from the DVR's storage device to playback. Before the program is played back, an advertisement is retrieved from the storage device and is displayed before the program is run. Another advertisement is retrieved and then played after the program is over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 7770196
    Abstract: A set top terminal is disclosed for creating a favorites menu of television programs available for viewing, based on a user's preferences. The terminal receives a television signal from an operations center, extracts individual programs from the signal, and sends one or more of the individual programs to a television for display, based on a selection by the user. The terminal generates an interactive electronic program guide for the selection of programs. The favorites menu of the guide narrows the list of available programs to those most likely of interest to the user. The terminal receives and stores user information, including general demographic information and viewing preference information. The viewing preference information may be received directly from the user, for example by querying the user. Alternatively, it may be learned by tracking the user's viewing habits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: John S. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 7735106
    Abstract: A method for providing subscription-on-demand services for video-on-demand programs within an interactive information distribution system. The method includes associating a plurality of video-on-demand programming packages as a programming bundle and identifying a number of video-on-demand programming packages within the programming bundle that a subscriber has subscribed. When the number of video-on-demand programming packages exceeds a pre-specified number of programming packages, the subscriber is automatically subscribed to all the video-on-demand programming packages in the programming bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobie LaRocca, Michael D. Johnson
  • Patent number: RE42550
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for portable digital entertainment system which melds direct microwave communications with digital technology to provide a system for “on demand” distribution of digital data, such as songs or video games. The apparatus includes a microwave cellular tower capable of transmitting and receiving a plurality of digital transmissions, a storage unit of user selectable songs and games coupled to the microwave cellular tower through a selection processor for managing the exchange of song and game selections between the storage unit and the microwave cellular tower, and a plurality of user portable digital cellular devices exchanging digitally encoded transmissions with the microwave cellular tower in response to a user's song or game selection request. The portable digital cellular devices include a liquid crystal display window which allows a user to select a desired song to be heard or game to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Vincent C. Jackson