Patents Examined by Jivka A Rabovianski
  • Patent number: 10779057
    Abstract: Systems and methods for handling and outputting broadcast content and secondary content based on metadata embedded in the broadcast content are provided. Embodiments may include receiving broadcast content, wherein the received broadcast content includes metadata embedded into the broadcast content. Embodiments may also include decoding the broadcast content to extract the metadata from the broadcast content and outputting the broadcast content in collaboration with the extracted metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Giridhar Mandyam, Gordon Kent Walker, Charles Nung Lo, Thomas Stockhammer
  • Patent number: 10743064
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring audience information of programs are described. Systems and methods for providing audience information to users of interactive television applications are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10742927
    Abstract: An entry adapter for a cable television (CATV) network includes a first signal separation device configured to separate downstream CATV signals into a first downstream high-frequency signal and a first downstream low-frequency signal based on a first cutoff frequency, a second signal separation device configured to separate the downstream CATV signals into a second downstream high-frequency signal and a second downstream low-frequency signal based on a second cutoff frequency, and a signal frequency sensor and selector device in selective communication with the first and second signal separation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Barany, John M. Egan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10728595
    Abstract: A network test instrument is operable to conduct sweep tests with a cable modem termination system having a distributed architecture. Through signaling performed via a telemetry channel between the network test instrument and a sweep server, the network test instrument can initiate the sweep test. The sweep server communicates with the cable modem termination system to facilitate the sweep test between the network test instrument and the cable modem termination system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: VIAVI SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gotwals, Daniel K. Chappell
  • Patent number: 10728129
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identification and characterization of latency in a content delivery network. In one embodiment, interaction of users with content is recorded via the collection of a plurality of tuning records; the latency is then utilize to adjust the timing on the tuning records to account for lapses in time for sending these from between entities of the network and the user devices, and for processing occurring at the devices as required. The latency is determined by taking into account an experimentally or manufacturer-derived device specific latency component, and a network latency component. The network latency component is determined in one variant by sending a message to the device from the network requesting a current system time (or other response). Once the timing of the tuning records is adjusted, these tuning records may be relied upon as being accurate representations of subscriber interaction with content on a second-by-second basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Justin Tidwell, Eduardo Samame, Craig Engel
  • Patent number: 10721527
    Abstract: Approaches provide for adjustment of playback settings on a user device based at least in part on a type of content being consumed via the user device. The content type may be determined based on a fingerprint acquired from the content presented via on the client device. The content type may be associated with one or more associated playback settings based on properties of the content type, which may be stored in a content profile. The playback settings may be provided to the user device to set or adjust one or more settings of the user device, as may relate to the presentation of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Free Stream Media Corporation
    Inventors: Ashwin Navin, David Harrison
  • Patent number: 10715849
    Abstract: A system may receive, from multiple data providers or multiple platforms, data associated with content, a content provider that provides the content, and multiple channels via which the content is provided or consumed. The data may include first data, received from a first data provider or a first platform, that is associated with a different file type than second data received from a second data provider or a second platform. The system may include a data model associated with the first data and the second data. The system may aggregate the data from the multiple data providers or the multiple platforms. The system may identify a relationship between the first data and the second data. The first data and the second data may be different types of data. The system may perform an action based on the relationship between the first data and the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Srikanth G. Rao, Ranjana Bhalchandra Narawane, Amar Ratanlal Bafna, Dongay Choudary Nuvvula, Rati Rajendra Mangal
  • Patent number: 10715874
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking the status of an anticipated dynamic event and displaying a corresponding notification icon on a media progress indicator. A media guidance application receives, from an application (e.g., Uber), a notification (e.g., “Driver Found”) during consumption of a media asset (e.g., “Fast and Furious”) and determines that an expected event without a fixed time of occurrence will happen (e.g., arrival of driver at user's location). The media guidance application determines an anticipated time of the expected event and generate a visual icon representing the expected event on the media asset's consumption progress indicator at the anticipated time relative to the consumption (e.g., 56-minute mark of the movie). As updated information (e.g., traffic, driver's route, etc.) is received, the media guidance application recalculates the anticipated time and shift the visual icon based on the new calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: David D. Shoop
  • Patent number: 10715853
    Abstract: Techniques for projecting person-level viewership from household-level tuning events are described. Initially, panelist viewing data are accessed and a plurality of state values based on the panelist viewing data are determined. Then, tuning data representing tuning events associated with particular households are accessed. For at least one tuning event represented by the tuning data, household member data is accessed, a portion of the panelist viewing data whose panelist information matches at least a portion of the member data is determined, a total number of watched minutes of the program by an individual member and a number of continuous series of watched states of the program by the individual member is determined, and an output representative of a probability that the particular portion of the program was watched by one or more of the individual members is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Comscore, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Li, Pakawat Phalitnonkiat, Frank E. Pecjak
  • Patent number: 10694238
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for estimating the peak bit rate for content and specifying the BANDWIDTH tag value for HLS content. This disclosure also describes techniques by which live content and VOD content can be stitched together in a way that harmonizes the different requirements for the BANDWIDTH tag for the different types of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Avinash Priya Khurana, Timothy Prins, Yongjun Wu
  • Patent number: 10694237
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved efficiency in content streaming and downloading. The system enables a first list including a plurality of user equipment (UE) in communication with a wireless base station (WBS) to be identified based on the likelihood that each UE will download a piece of content. The process starts in response to a UE requesting the content from the WBS or some other triggering event. The system can use the content and subscriber history from the plurality of UEs along with machine learning, or some other algorithm, to identify likely candidates. The system can calculate a similarity score, or similar, comparing the requested content to the content history for each of the plurality of UEs. The system can add each UE with a sufficiently high similarity score to a second list. The content can be broadcast to all UEs on the second list in a single broadcast transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bongaarts, Andrew Gapin, Otto Fonseca Escudero, Dinesh Kumar, Marie Grace Jacinto
  • Patent number: 10694243
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to identify media based on watermarks across different audio streams and/or different watermarking techniques are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a watermark detector to detect a first watermark embedded in a first audio stream associated with media and to detect a second watermark embedded in a second audio stream associated with the media. The second audio stream is different than the first audio stream. The example apparatus includes a watermark analyzer to compare first media identifying information in the first watermark with second media identifying information in the second watermark. The example apparatus also includes a media detection event controller to associate the first and second watermarks with a media detection event when the first media identifying information is consistent with the second media identifying information. The example apparatus further includes a transmitter to transmit the media detection event to a data collection facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Justin Fahnestock, Ronan Heffernan, Muhammad Amir, Wes Kercher, Scott Barraclough, John Kistenmacher
  • Patent number: 10681391
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content generating, searching, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data within or across platforms, which can be used to improve the quality of data used in processing interactions between or among processors in such systems. The disclosed systems and methods automatically analyze a live streaming media file, and identify portions of the media that are highlights. The content classified as a highlight can be shared across social media platforms, and indexed for searching respective to attributes of the video content. The streaming and highlight media content is renderable in a novel, modified video player that enables variable playback speeds for how content is classified, and enables on-demand selections of specific content portions and adjustable rendering displays during streaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Bin Ni, Kirk Lieb, Rick Hawes, Yale Song, Benoit Schillings, Vahe Oughourlian, Jordi Vallmitjana, Jennelle Nystrom, Hardik Ruparel, Michael Chen, Adam Mathes, Arunkumar Balasubramanian, Jian Zhou, Matt Edelman
  • Patent number: 10681395
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system is capable of intelligently generating customized multimedia content streams that are distributed to different groups of users. The system generates the customized content streams such that the initial and terminating portions of the streams are shared between each of the content streams. The system adjusts the intermediate portions of the streams to, for example, the viewing preferences of each user group using alternate forms of content. In this regard, the customized content streams that have both customized portions and shared portions to provide a standardized yet adaptive viewing experience for all users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Perfect Sense, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gang, Bryan Morgan
  • Patent number: 10671151
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for mitigating disorientation of a user transitioning out of a digital reality session. A user login credentials is received. A start digital reality session command is received. User behavior inputs associated with the digital reality session are monitor. In response to analyzing the user behavior inputs, a behavior risk rating associated with the user behavior inputs is generated. An ending event to the digital reality session is detected. A leakage length value based on the generated behavior risk rating is generated. An expected leakage length value based on the analyzed behavior associated with the user and a user profile associated with the user is determined. A leakage risk value based on the behavior risk rating and leakage length value is assigned. In response to the leakage risk value being above a threshold, the digital reality session is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Liam S. Harpur, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 10638177
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to determine a duration of media presentation based on tuning session duration. Example apparatus include a tuning session determiner to determine a first tuning session based on a period of time between channel changes of a first media presentation device; a presentation session determiner to determine first presentation session data within the determined first tuning session; a modeler to determine a model by relating the first tuning session with the first presentation session data; a receiver to determine a second tuning session for tuning data from a second media presentation device; and a presentation session estimator to: select the model for the second tuning session, based on a match of a first duration of the second tuning session and a second duration associated with the model, and estimate second presentation session data for the second tuning session based on the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Jonathan Sullivan, Peter Lipa, Alejandro Terrazas
  • Patent number: 10631029
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide systems, methods, computer readable media, and/or other subject matter that enable use of sensor data to provide content recommendations, but are not so limited. A disclosed system operates to receive attributes of at least one human subject from one or more sensors as part of identifying recommended content items for display. A disclosed method operates to use one or more sensor data mapping parameters as part of identifying recommended content items for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, Jay Paul Langa, Anant Patil, Catherine Elizabeth Thompson
  • Patent number: 10616626
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to analyzing user activities related to a video. The video is provided to a plurality of users. The plurality of users is monitored to detect one or more types of user activities performed in time with respect to different portions of the video. One or more visual representations of the monitored one or more types of user activities are generated. The one or more visual representations capture a level of attention paid by the plurality of users to the different portions of the video at any time instance. Interests of at least some of the plurality of users are determined with respect to the different portions of the video based on the one or more visual representations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Huamin Qu, Conglei Shi, Siwei Fu, Qing Chen
  • Patent number: 10587924
    Abstract: A personalized, location-based experience of consuming a media event is provided. A user computing entity identifies a media event that a user is expected to want to consume based on profile information corresponding to the user. The user computing entity executes an application programming interface by a client module to access calendar information corresponding to the user. The calendar information corresponds to a time of the media event. The user computing entity identifies location information corresponding to an instance of calendar information. The user computing entity identifies a stream providing audio and/or video data corresponding to the media event available at a location indicated by the location information based at least in part on (a) the event information and (b) the location information and provides a user perceivable notification providing information regarding the conflict and regarding how the user may access the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC
    Inventor: Matt McElroy
  • Patent number: 10560756
    Abstract: A new television broadcast model called a Broadcast Market Exchange (BMX) eliminates the inefficiency in spectrum usage, providing maximum flexibility in delivering content through either VHF (for fixed location receiving devices) or UHF (optimized for mobile receiving devices) transmission/propagation. In conjunction with the BMX, a wireless communications system architecture is provided to enable a broadcast augmentation channel. The augmentation channel provides supplementation of the Quality of Service (QoS) of a one way User Datagram Protocol (UDP) delivery environment. The augmentation channel may be comprised of one or more physical delivery mechanisms (wired or wireless), but can be effectively unified for increasing QoS and or scalable levels of service (additional essence) to improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Aitken, Michael J. Simon