Patents Examined by Jun Fei Zhong
  • Patent number: 9560305
    Abstract: A method includes receiving search criteria from a media device associated with a user account. The method includes performing a first search of media content information. The method includes in response to identifying particular media content that satisfies the search criteria, sending a first notification identifying a first occurrence of the particular media content to a device associated with the user account. The method includes, at a time indicated by the search criteria, performing a second search of updated media content information. The method includes in response to the second search identifying a second occurrence of the particular media content, determining whether the second occurrence matches the first occurrence. The method also includes sending a second notification when the second occurrence does not match the first occurrence and refraining from sending the second notification when the second occurrence matches the first occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 9544650
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for presenting news items corresponding to media content are provided. In some implementations, the method comprises: determining a channel that is providing a television program; determining whether news content corresponding to the channel exists, wherein the determining further comprises: obtaining news documents, determining keywords associated with the news documents based on frequency, receiving captioning content corresponding to the channel, determining whether at least one of the keywords associated with the news documents is included in the captioning content, selecting a news document in response to determining that keywords associated with the news document are included in the captioning content, and obtaining one or more news items that correspond to the news document; and causing the one or more news items relating to the television program to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 9544647
    Abstract: An advertisement system includes an advertising manager that receives a content-event indicator, which indicates playback of an advertisement for viewing on a first display screen at a media-playback device or indicates playback of recorded content that includes advertisements. The advertising manager can determine an optimal time offset as a duration of time before or after playback of an advertisement to the start of an event that is associated with the advertisement for viewing on a second display screen at a mobile device. For recorded content, an optimization schedule is determined that replaces and time-shifts advertisements during playback of the recorded content. The advertising manager can also determine a fulfillment criterion for a product or service based on latency constraints to indicate a duration of time within which fulfillment of the product or service is expected when offered as a second advertisement corresponding to a first advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Nitya Narasimhan, Venugopal Vasudevan, Jehan Wickramasuriya, Joseph F. Wodka
  • Patent number: 9525908
    Abstract: An external device may recognize, in the case of including a communication unit that executes communication via a communication path made up of a pair of differential transmission paths included in a transmission path, information relating to the communication unit thereof. A disk recorder transmits function information indicating that a communication unit (high-speed data line I/F 213) configured to execute communication with an external device via a communication path made up of a reserve line and an HPD line of an HDMI cable to a television receiver via a CEC line that is a control data line of the HDMI cable. The television receiver receives function information, whereby whether or not the disk recorder is an eHDMI-compatible device can be determined, and in the case of an eHDMI-compatible device, a compatible transmission format (application) can be recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Kitano, Kazumoto Kondo, Toshihide Hayashi, Gen Ichimura
  • Patent number: 9497508
    Abstract: A method for providing configurable access to media in a media-on-demand system also can include delivering the media to a first client device in a format compatible with the first client device; interrupting the delivery of the media; recording a bookmark specifying a position in the media where the interruption occurred; and resuming delivery of the media to a second client device, the resumed delivery beginning at a position in the media specified by the recorded bookmark. The method further can include identifying device properties for each of the first and second client devices; delivering the media to the first client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the first client device; and, delivering the media to the second client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the second client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Katz, Bruce P. Semple, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9485536
    Abstract: A method and system for processing listing data includes a listing system having a listing database associated therewith, an external data source communicating station data, external schedule data and external program data to a listing system and an internal source communicating internal program data to the listing system. The listing system stores the station data, external schedule data and external program data and the internal program data in the database. The listing system communicates the listing data to other systems using the listing data such as a program guide system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Kapil Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 9307291
    Abstract: A method for providing configurable access to media in a media-on-demand system also can include delivering the media to a first client device in a format compatible with the first client device; interrupting the delivery of the media; recording a bookmark specifying a position in the media where the interruption occurred; and resuming delivery of the media to a second client device, the resumed delivery beginning at a position in the media specified by the recorded bookmark. The method further can include identifying device properties for each of the first and second client devices; delivering the media to the first client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the first client device; and, delivering the media to the second client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the second client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Katz, Bruce P. Semple, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9277279
    Abstract: A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Gaughan, Thomas J. Zato
  • Patent number: 9271033
    Abstract: A set of media playback and device settings data from each home appliance of a first set of home appliances is stored on a central server and/or sent to a remote control device upon initiation of a suspend command by a user. The stored media and devices states may be used at a later time to control the first set of home appliances, or a user may, after relocating to a second set of home appliances, initiate a resume state command whereupon media playback and device settings data from the central server and/or remote control device controls each home appliance in the second set of home appliances to bring about the same or substantially similar media and device states as in the first set of home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Mark Momot
  • Patent number: 9271051
    Abstract: A call-placement service is provided for a cable television set top box (STB). The STB is interconnected to a television display and via a cable link to a server at a cable television provider head end. The STB includes an onboard application that presents a menu to the subscriber allowing access to a list of telephone numbers and downloadable content providers. The head end includes a service application that selects an appropriate telephone provider and transmits the telephone numbers to the provider. The telephone provider connects to the subscriber and detects whether the subscriber can receive an SMS message. If so, the provider connects to the target and detects whether the target can accept the call or send an SMS message. If so, the telephone system connects the call between the subscriber and the target of passes an SMS message to the user's that may contain a link for content download.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: DevelopOnBox, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander V. Libkind, Michael Rivkin, Matthew Johnston, Roman Zatsepine
  • Patent number: 9271032
    Abstract: A set of media playback and device settings data from each home appliance of a first set of home appliances is stored on a central server and/or sent to a remote control device upon initiation of a suspend command by a user. The stored media and devices states may be used at a later time to control the first set of home appliances, or a user may, after relocating to a second set of home appliances, initiate a resume state command whereupon media playback and device settings data from the central server and/or remote control device controls each home appliance in the second set of home appliances to bring about the same or substantially similar media and device states as in the first set of home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Mark Momot
  • Patent number: 9264671
    Abstract: A video transmission system includes a video server module that selectively operates in a unicast mode and a multicast mode, wherein the video server module generates a video signal that includes a unicast video signal when the video server module is in the unicast mode and that includes a multicast video signal when the video server module is in the multicast mode. A wireless access device transmits the video signal to at least one mobile video device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Thomas J. Quigley, Stephen E. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9241189
    Abstract: A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Gaughan, Thomas J. Zato
  • Patent number: 9241199
    Abstract: In a subscriber's facility of an announcement broadcasting system utilizing an optical fiber cable TV network, an announcement broadcasting optical receiver receiving an optical transmission signal of audio information and outputting an audio information electric signal for an announcement broadcasting terminal is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI CABLE INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Abe, Shuzo Imai, Tetsuya Miki
  • Patent number: 9225939
    Abstract: A system for delivering satellite signals to a plurality of display platforms. A system in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention comprises a first transmission system for delivering the satellite signals to a first display platform via at least one satellite, and a second transmission system, coupled to the first transmission system, for delivering at least a portion of the satellite signals to at least one second display platform, the first transmission system and the second transmission system transmitting in a substantially simultaneous manner, wherein the second transmission system transmits a data stream formatted for compatibility with the at least one second display platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Deanna R. Kidd, Michael R. Munsell, An P. Vuong, Darren J. Wolford, Mitchell B. Wasden, Howard M. Buckley
  • Patent number: 9215483
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for setting up a policy for downloading of IPTV media content from a Content Server (5) to a User Equipment (1), and/or for uploading media content from a User Equipment to a Content Server. The policy is typically a bandwidth reservation, and the type of content download/upload will be included in an initial request from the User Equipment, e.g. in an SDP Offer, sent to an IPTV controlling node (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Mats Cedervall, Jan Erik Lindquist
  • Patent number: 9191697
    Abstract: Device and method for real time monitoring, and providing of useful program specific information (PSI) of a program received from a digital TV broadcasting system to a watcher, wherein, when broadcasting program PSI is changed, the change of the PSI is detected by monitoring a PMT in a PSIP, and facts of the change or addition of additional functions for a program following the change or addition of the PSI of the digital broadcasting program is reflected and informed to a watcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jin Pil Kim
  • Patent number: 9172950
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring video assets provided by a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) includes an expert test monitoring platform (ETMP) configured to emulate MCDN client systems at a facility of an MCDN service provider. The ETMP may allow execution of ETMP scripts that specify remote control commands to send to a desired plurality of multimedia handling devices representing emulated MCDN clients. The ETMP scripts may be manually or automatically initiated and may be configured with execution parameters specifying, among other aspects, a number of iterations to repeat. Results recorded when the ETMP script executes may be retrieved and used to generate reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hung John Pham, John Clayton Clark, IV, Shane Michael Elliott
  • Patent number: 9161087
    Abstract: A method for providing configurable access to media in a media-on-demand system also can include delivering the media to a first client device in a format compatible with the first client device; interrupting the delivery of the media; recording a bookmark specifying a position in the media where the interruption occurred; and resuming delivery of the media to a second client device, the resumed delivery beginning at a position in the media specified by the recorded bookmark. The method further can include identifying device properties for each of the first and second client devices; delivering the media to the first client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the first client device; and, delivering the media to the second client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the second client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Katz, Bruce P. Semple, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9154831
    Abstract: An external device may recognize, in the case of including a communication unit that executes communication via a communication path made up of a pair of differential transmission paths included in a transmission path, information relating to the communication unit thereof. A disk recorder transmits function information indicating that a communication unit (high-speed data line I/F 213) configured to execute communication with an external device via a communication path made up of a reserve line and an HPD line of an HDMI cable to a television receiver via a CEC line that is a control data line of the HDMI cable. The television receiver receives function information, whereby whether or not the disk recorder is an eHDMI-compatible device can be determined, and in the case of an eHDMI-compatible device, a compatible transmission format (application) can be recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Kitano, Kazumoto Kondo, Toshihide Hayashi, Gen Ichimura