Patents Examined by Jivka Rabovianski
  • Patent number: 10419141
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein to estimate volume of switching (VoS) among television programs include determining, based on panelist program viewing data, a first VoS value representing a portion of a decreased amount of tuning by matched panelists to a first program from first to second measurement periods to attribute to an increased amount of tuning by the matched panelists to a second program from the first to second measurement periods; estimating, based on the program viewing data and first VoS value, a second VoS value representing a portion of a decreased amount of tuning by unmatched panelists to the first program from the first to second measurement periods to attribute to an increased amount of tuning by the unmatched panelists to the second program from the first to second measurement periods; and combining the first and second VoS values to determine a third VoS value for a combination of the matched and unmatched panelists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Jingsong Cui, XiaoTing Liang, Scott John Sereday
  • Patent number: 10419824
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing metadata-selected advertisements are provided. These systems and methods may receive metadata and other media, select an object, read metadata attached to or associated with the selected object, select an advertisement based on the metadata, and display the selected advertisement. In addition, monitoring, collecting, and recording of predefined data concerning metadata selected advertisements may be provided. The invention also provides a receiver for receiving signals and/or data (e.g., programs, advertisements, program guides, metadata, etc.) and a processor for accepting a user's input signal, selecting an object, reading metadata attached to or associated with a selected object, selecting an advertisement, and displaying the selected advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean. S. Moore, David M. Berezowski, Todd A. Walker, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10412459
    Abstract: The present invention provides a logically organized electronic program guide separated into categories. Each category has a theme. Inside each theme-based category there is a listing of television programming. In this way, the subscriber can locate a desired theme and then determine a desired program from the list in the category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: David K. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10412435
    Abstract: Techniques to dynamically engage a reduced-color mode for streaming video encoding are generally described. For example, in one embodiments, an apparatus may include an encoding configuration component operative to receive network performance information for a video stream at a sending device, the video stream using a first number of variable bits for color encoding; and assign a reduced-color mode to a media component based on the network performance information, the media component operative to generate the video stream in the reduced-color mode, wherein the reduced-color mode uses a second number of variable bits for color encoding, the second number less than the first number, and a network component operative to send the video stream from the sending device to a receiving device using the reduced-color mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: WHATSAPP INC.
    Inventors: Manpreet Singh, Brian Lange Acton, Jan Boris Koum
  • Patent number: 10405034
    Abstract: Systems and methods enable the use of biometric information to access personalized services provided by a service provider, but are not so limited. A disclosed system operates to receive biometric information in the form of fingerprint detection data from a fingerprint detection sensor and use fingerprint mapping parameters to provide personalizations to an associated user. A disclosed method operates to use fingerprint detection data associated with a detection of a user fingerprint by a fingerprint detection sensor and provide personalizations based on the fingerprint detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, Jay Paul Langa, Anant Patil, Catherine Elizabeth Thompson
  • Patent number: 10349120
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can transfer a playback queue between the computing device and a playback device. For example, the computing device can detect when the computing device is within a threshold distance of a playback device. The computing device can establish a connection to the playback device and receive state information describing the media playback state of the playback device. The computing device can determine the media playback state of the computing device. The computing device can present graphical user interfaces for initiating a transfer of a playback queue between the computing device and the playback device based on the playback state of the devices. The computing device can initiate a transfer of the playback queue in response to user input to one of the graphical user interfaces or automatically based on the context of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Graham, Taylor G. Carrigan, Nicholas J. Paulson, Johannes P. Schmidt, Thomas Alsina, Bob Bradley, Haishan Ye, James C. Grandy, Pierre De Lastic, Julien Lerouge
  • Patent number: 10321171
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to reduce signature matching uncertainty in media monitoring systems are disclosed. Disclosed example apparatus include a signature comparator to compare first neighborhoods of monitored signatures with second neighborhoods of reference signatures to determine a first sequence of successive signature matching results, the first and second neighborhoods having respective neighborhood sizes spanning a first duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10306274
    Abstract: A real-time content identification and tracking system enabling monitoring of television programming consumption specific to an individual television or other viewing device. Metrics collected may include data regarding viewing of specific broadcast media, commercial messages, interactive on-screen information or other programming, as well as locally cached, time-shifted programming. Information about media consumption by such specific television sets or other viewing means may be returned to a commercial client of the system through a trusted third-party intermediary service and, in certain embodiments, encoded tokens may be used to manage the display of certain events as well as to enable robust auditing of each involved party's contractual performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Michael Collette, W. Leo Hoarty
  • Patent number: 10306282
    Abstract: In an automatic, computer-implemented method, a selected television advertisement is presented automatically in association with a television program or channel. A relationship is identified between an online user profile and the television program or channel, and the television advertisement is selected based at least in part on information from the online user profile. The selected television advertisement is presented, in association with the television program or channel that is identified as being related to the online user profile, via a set-top box having a corresponding set-top box identifier that is associated with the online user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTENT IQ, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Shkedi
  • Patent number: 10306288
    Abstract: A system incorporating teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to monitor for a first adjustment made by a first communication device associated with a user where the first communication device is capable of presenting media content and where the first adjustment is associated with the presentation of the media content, determine a second adjustment to be made to a second communication device associated with the user where the determination is based at least in part on the monitored first adjustment where the second adjustment is associated with the presentation of the media content and where the second communication device is a battery-operated mobile device, and wirelessly communicate adjustment information to the second communication device that is representative of the second adjustment, where the adjustment information is adapted for allowing the second communication device to perform the second adjustment. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Harry E. Blanchard, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Aaron Bangor
  • Patent number: 10284884
    Abstract: A real-time content identification and tracking system enabling monitoring of television programming consumption specific to an individual television or other viewing device. Metrics collected may include data regarding viewing of specific broadcast media, commercial messages, interactive on-screen information or other programming, as well as locally cached, time-shifted programming. Information about media consumption by such specific television sets or other viewing means may be returned to a commercial client of the system through a trusted third-party intermediary service and, in certain embodiments, encoded tokens may be used to manage the display of certain events as well as to enable robust auditing of each involved party's contractual performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Michael Collette, W. Leo Hoarty
  • Patent number: 10271108
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes identifying metadata related to television programming. The method further includes sending search requests that include the identified metadata to a search system for selecting at least one portable program module. The method further includes in response to a first one of the search requests, receiving first search results from the search system that identify the selected portable program module and outputting a representation of the selected portable program module to a display device for presentation concurrently with the television programming. The method further includes in response to a second one of the search requests, receiving second search results from the search system that no longer identify the selected portable program module and ceasing the output of the representation of the selected portable program module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Dureau
  • Patent number: 10271098
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying which video segment is being displayed on a screen of a television system. The video segment is identified by deriving data from the television signals, the derived data being indicative of the video segment being displayed on file screen. This feature can be used to extract a viewer's reaction (such as changing the channel) to a specific video segment (such as an advertisement) and reporting the extracted information as metrics. The systems and methods may further provide contextually targeted content to the television system. The contextual targeting is based on not only identification of the video segment being displayed, but also a determination concerning the playing time or offset time of the particular portion of the video segment being currently displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Edo Liberty
  • Patent number: 10250940
    Abstract: A video stream control method, system, and a computer program product include analyzing a video stream to identify a section of the video stream where a condition will occur, delivering a notification that the condition will occur in the section of the video stream and modifying the video stream before the section of the video stream is played, and selecting a type of delivery of the section of the video stream based on a set of rules factoring the condition and user data at a time of the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maryam Ashoori, Elham Khabiri, Justin David Weisz
  • Patent number: 10219009
    Abstract: A computing device is configured to execute an interactive streaming application, and the interactive streaming application configured to join a live broadcast of an event that is shared by an interactive video broadcasting service executing on a server computer, receive a first video stream having video captured from a camera device configured as a first video source and display the video on a display screen, receive a second video stream having panoramic video captured from a panoramic video capturing device configured as a second video source and display a portion of the panoramic video according to a first viewing angle on the display screen, receive a change to the first viewing angle of the panoramic video, and display another portion of the panoramic video according to a second viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Chang, Suyash Sonwalkar
  • Patent number: 10219011
    Abstract: Provided herein is a terminal device including a communication interface configured to receive a moving picture; a fingerprint extractor configured to extract a fingerprint from a frame of the moving picture; a controller configured to detect a target object from the frame, and control the communication interface to transmit the fingerprint to a server, and receive object information corresponding to the transmitted fingerprint from the server; and an outputter configured to output the received object information when content corresponding to the object information is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-ung Jung, Yoon-hee Choi
  • Patent number: 10219037
    Abstract: Techniques described herein relate to providing and controlling the output of physical conditioning video resources based on user and location monitoring data. In various embodiments, a receiver may receive physical conditioning videos from one or more video content providers. After receiving the physical conditioning videos, the receiver may analyze and determine various characteristics of the videos, and corresponding user-specific criteria or video interruption conditions that may be applied when a user plays and interacts with the videos. Then, in response to a user request to commence a physical conditioning video, the receiver may analyze personal user monitoring data and/or location monitoring data, and may use the monitoring data to determine the user's current readiness level to complete the physical conditioning video. The receiver then may control the output of the physical conditioning videos based on the user's current readiness level, along with various other user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bernard A. McCarthy, III
  • Patent number: 10194216
    Abstract: Video recognition processing on stereoscopic video signals input from an outside is performed. Hence, a video reception device which is configured to transmit and receive data through a communication network includes an input unit, a video extraction unit, a stereoscopic signal generator which is a video signal generator, and a control unit. The stereoscopic signal generator generates, from a partial video extracted by the video extraction unit, stereoscopic video signals of a single method or a plurality of methods different from that of the partial video. The control unit generates content recognition information from at least one of the partial video and the stereoscopic video signals generated by the stereoscopic signal generator, and requests a video recognition device to perform video recognition processing on the content recognition information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yabu
  • Patent number: 10178419
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a network-based video type identification method and system, a client, a server and an electronic device. In the present invention, a client generates a video identification code for a local video, and sends a request querying about a type of the video to a server; the server queries about a video type in a database based on the video identification code and returns a query result; the client sets the video type based on the query result; the client judges whether playing of the video reaches a predetermined duration; if the predetermined duration is reached, the client sends a video type report carrying the video identification code to the server; and the server updates the video type in the database based on the video type report. This invention provides a network-based video type identification technique with high identification accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING PICO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ligang Li
  • Patent number: 10154307
    Abstract: A system and method for using a controllable appliance to report an inoperable state of a controlling device. The appliance is caused to repeatedly determine, at a first predetermined timed interval, if a wireless notification signal, repeatedly transmitted by the controlling device at a second predetermined timed interval, has been received from the controlling device. When the wireless notification signal has not been received from the controlling device within the first predetermined timed interval, the appliance is caused to issue a status notification that the controlling device is in an inoperable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gerben Meijer, Patrick H. Hayes