Patents Examined by Jivka Rabovianski
  • Patent number: 10142668
    Abstract: A system and method for pairing a wireless set-top box with a wired set-top box is provided. The system and method provide a user with the ability to move the wireless set-top box to different locations, within the same authorized subscriber's household or use location, while allowing the service provider to monitor and prohibit unauthorized use of the wireless set-top box from outside of the authorized subscriber's household or use location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, James Alan Strothmann, Jay Paul Langa
  • Patent number: 10136187
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for presenting a suggestion to watch videos are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, a method for presenting a suggestion to watch videos is provided, the method comprising: receiving, from a user device, a message that includes a link to a video; determining whether the link has been selected; in response to determining that the link has not been selected, determining a probability value that indicates a likelihood that a user associated with the user device would be interested in viewing the video; in response to determining that the probability value is greater than a predetermined threshold value, determining a time to suggest that the user view the video based at least in part on information relating to movement of the user device; and causing a suggestion to view the video to be presented in a suggestion interface on the user device at the determined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Courtney Hampson, Jason Robert Richard Sanio
  • Patent number: 10129582
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for capturing spectator content displayed at live events. Spectator content that includes at least one spectator is captured from a stream of live video that is shown on a display at a live event. One or more time identifiers are determined that indicate when the spectator content is shown on the display. The spectator content and the one or more time identifiers are stored in a database such that the spectator content is linked with the time identifiers in the database. In response to receiving one or more search parameters submitted by a user, the one or more search parameters relating to at least one of the one or more time identifiers, the spectator content is retrieved from the database based on the search parameters. Thereafter, the spectator content is provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Kristy Marie Verticchio
  • Patent number: 10114895
    Abstract: A method receives a search query from a user device during a time window and accesses a repository of streaming media related information to determine one or more streaming media programs available to the user device during the time window. The method identifies a first set of categories associated with the received search query and identifies a respective program-specific set of categories associated with each of the respective available streaming media programs. The method compares the first set of categories to each respective program-specific set of categories to infer that a first streaming media program is being displayed in proximity to the user device. The method modifies the search query based on adding search terms from the streaming media related information corresponding to the first streaming media program. The method identifies search results corresponding to the modified search query and returns the search results to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Maddison, Roman Kirillov
  • Patent number: 10104414
    Abstract: An advertisement system and method of identifying targeted advertisements for presentation to one or more viewers. In one aspect, the invention may be a method of identifying targeted advertisements for presentation to one or more viewers, the method comprising: receiving a map based on one or more advertising groups and characterization information derived from at least one of the viewers; and transmitting to equipment associated with the viewers, one or more advertisements each having one or more advertising group identifier, wherein an advertising group identifier matches an advertising group within the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PRIME RESEARCH ALLIANCE E, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory C. Flickinger, Charles A Eldering
  • Patent number: 10104437
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for providing media guidance are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Matthieu Lorrain, Tina Yin-Ann Wang, Mark Abell, Peter Karacas
  • Patent number: 10097291
    Abstract: A system 100 includes a first content delivery network 280(1) for a first type of user device, a second content delivery network 280(n) for a second type of user device and a content repository 274 communicating with the first content delivery network 280(1) and the second content delivery network 280(n). The first content is in a first format associated with the first content delivery network 280(1) and a second content associated with the second content delivery network 280(n). A content management system 221 generates a first content list for the first content delivery network 280 and generates a second content list for the second content delivery network 280(n). A content distribution system 260 communicates with the content management system and the first content delivery network and the second content delivery network. The content distribution system 260 transfers content to the first and second content delivery network from the content repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranny Q. Sue, Xavier D. Riley
  • Patent number: 10091560
    Abstract: A display apparatus for searching and a control method thereof are provided. The method includes displaying an image content, determining whether a search function is performed while the image content is displayed, and in response to the determining that the search function is performed while the image content is displayed, transmitting information of the image content to an external server. The method further includes receiving, from the external server, information of a search record of one or more viewers of the image content, and providing information of one or more search terms that are related to the image content, based on the information of the search record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok-jae Oh, Sung-yoon Song
  • Patent number: 10079733
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to generate a vehicle communication system. The vehicle communication system can determine which devices are within the vehicle. From this determination, the vehicle communication system may create a universal bus and hotspot where applications, data, multimedia information, and resources can be shared both with the vehicle and with the other devices in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOCONNECT HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10075776
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting progressively downloaded media programs is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, obtaining an estimated length of a media program where the estimated length is based on a plurality of different reported lengths of the media program in reported media program information, presenting at a display device a portion of the media program while it is being delivered by a media delivery system via a progressive download, and enabling bookmark and chaptering functions for the media program based on the estimated length of the media program until a true time index is generated using an index file at an end of the progressive download of the media program. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 10070155
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for managing content delivery in a packetized network. The network provide content to a plurality of clients via a plurality of nodes. A security threat associated with one of the nodes is detected and in response the host uses border gateway protocol to communicate non-forwarding table information informing one or more nodes of the network of the threat. In another variant, communication allows the nodes to take local action to protect themselves. This same local action occurs on the host, allowing it to continue serving content. The host utilizes BGP to dynamically inform nodes of changes in the network traffic delivery rules, such as causing traffic to different clients having different levels of reliability and/or provided on a best-effort basis. The BGP may be utilized to add/remove routes or nodes and to identify and respond to potentially malicious activities, changes in network configuration, and/or delivery requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: James Panagos, Jeremy Spencer, Jason Forbes
  • Patent number: 10051339
    Abstract: A method for generating a stream from first and second data streams received, the data streams comprising frames, each frame containing a synchronization packet, a signaling packet giving information on the structure of the data stream and packets referred to as baseband frames. The method comprises the steps of aligning the two data streams received by putting in phase the synchronization packets or the signaling packets of the frames of each data stream, identifying, in one of the data streams received, baseband packets identifying packets of a first type, and inserting, in each frame of the first stream received, baseband packets of the frame of the second stream the synchronization packet of which is aligned with the synchronization packet of the frame of the first stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ENENSYS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Laurent Roul, Ludovic Poulain, Bernard Pichot
  • Patent number: 10028006
    Abstract: A set top box includes a first tuner configured to receive a first signal representing media content transmitted at a first resolution and a second tuner configured to receive a second signal representing the media content transmitted at a second resolution. A processing device is configured to monitor the second tuner to determine if the second tuner is receiving the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Bazata
  • Patent number: 10021458
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing interactive electronic commerce functionality via graphical overlays on live streaming video. An indication is received that an item is featured or discussed in a live video stream. The live video stream is sent to a client. Data encoding a selectable graphical overlay is sent to the client in response to the indication. The selectable graphical overlay is configured to be rendered by the client relative to the live video stream. A selection of the selectable graphical overlay is configured to perform an interactive function relative to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Amber Autrey Taylor, Steven Kessel, Daniel Thomas Mellott, Brent Robert Mills, Liza Marie Walsh
  • Patent number: 10015562
    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: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S. Moore, David M. Berezowski, Todd A. Walker, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10009648
    Abstract: To provide audience measurement services without requiring broadcasters to install additional watermarking equipment, a small video capture device may receive a video signal viewed by an audience member, the signal including embedded closed captioning data, and may decode and transmit the closed captioning data to an audience measurement server. The measurement server may receive the data and compare the received data to a database of closed captioning text to identify matches. The database may be populated via one or more additional capture devices receiving local or national broadcast signals, or with data separately provided by broadcasters. When a match is found, the measurement server may determine that the audience member is watching a program having the corresponding closed captioning. Dynamically generated confidence scores may allow for reliable identification of audience members of content, even with very short closed captioning data lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich, Simon Michael Rowe, Cihat Basol, James Robert Stewart
  • Patent number: 10003836
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an error value based on the user's expected level of enjoyment with respect to a specific media asset based on the user's level of enjoyment of other media assets, as determined using a model. User preference information is received from two data spaces that are managed by different content providers. User preference information from the two data spaces is normalized and an indication of similarity between two media assets is determined. The user's level of enjoyment with respect to a media asset is compared to an expected user's level of enjoyment with respect to the media asset received from a model and an error value is determined based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Craig Carmichael, Sashikumar Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 9986272
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to monitor media presentation to determine a period of media presentation based on tuning session period are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include determining a first tuning session based on a period of time between channel changes of a first media presentation device, determining first presentation session data within the determined first tuning session, determining a model relating the first tuning session with the first presentation session data, determine a second tuning session for tuning data from a second media presentation device, selecting 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 estimating second presentation session data for the second tuning session based on the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Jonathan Sullivan, Peter Lipa, Alejandro Terrazas
  • Patent number: 9973819
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing a live video stream with an interactive shopping interface. A live video stream is obtained from a media server. Item information is obtained from the media server. The item information indicates one or more items being featured in the live video stream. A user interface is rendered upon a display. The user interface includes the live video stream and the item information indicating the items being featured in the live video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Amber Autrey Taylor, Gary Alexander Campbell, David James Roy Erdmann, Paul Anthony Kotas, Brent Robert Mills, Liza Marie Walsh
  • Patent number: 9955192
    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: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Inscape Data, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Michael Collette, W. Leo Hoarty