Patents Examined by Junior O Mendoza
  • Patent number: 10419806
    Abstract: The modular assignment of storage space provides consumers with greater access to cDVR systems and to more efficiently allocate storage within the cDVR system. When a record command is received, it will be determined whether sufficient storage space is available to the consumers. When it is determined that the consumer does not have enough storage space to record the content item in the cDVR system, additional storage space may be allocated modularly to the consumer. Consumers will select how storage space is to be modularly allocated for their use (either via preset options or at the time or recording) and the service provider or operator of the cDVR will provide the set amount in accordance with the consumer's preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, James Alan Strothmann, Jay Paul Langa
  • Patent number: 10412449
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for outputting additional content to a user are disclosed. One or more image capture devices may be controlled to capture images of areas where users might be viewing content. Objects in the captured images may be recognized. Based on the results of object recognition, additional content may be determined and output for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Dan E. Holden, Michael J. Cook
  • Patent number: 10397637
    Abstract: A method and a system for facilitating channel control on a paired device are provided. The method includes extracting channel metadata information of each broadcast channel displayed on a display device, if an amount of display time of each broadcast channel exceeds a predetermined value. Further, the method includes transferring the channel metadata information of each viewed broadcast channel to the paired device. The method includes storing the channel metadata information of each viewed broadcast channel. Furthermore, the method includes displaying a plurality of icons on an interactive interface of the paired device, wherein each icon is based on the channel metadata information. Thereby, the method facilitates channel control through the interactive interface on the paired device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shivsharad Dhiman, Arihant Jain
  • Patent number: 10397630
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for providing, editing, and playing video contents and the method thereof, which provide an application program allowing a user to produce contents made by one's own producing and editing and also playing the video contents; a video contents provision platform for selling and purchasing the video contents based on social network services; and a device of controlling the playback of the original video content file and the method thereof, being capable of storing the video content editing information as an additional data file while keeping the original video content stream intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: VEAVER, INC.
    Inventor: Hyun Sun Ju
  • Patent number: 10390084
    Abstract: A computing device includes program instructions to identify first communications by a first user about respective first media content items, each of the first communications made within a predetermined time preceding the first user's consumption of the respective first media content item. The computing device further includes instructions to identify a plurality of second users, each a party to one of the first communications. For the identified second users, the computing device determines a correlation between the respective second user and the consumption of the first media content items by the first user. Based at least in part on the correlation, the computing device includes further instructions to initiate a second communication between one of the second users and one of the first user and a third user concerning a second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brandon Newell, Christopher Day
  • Patent number: 10390078
    Abstract: A mobile device analyzes data associated with media handled by a cast device connected to a display device. The mobile device causes control signals to be sent, via the one or more communication interfaces, to one of multiple different devices in a room to change an operational parameter associated with the one of the multiple different devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Gong Zhang, Jian Huang, Gaurav D. Mehta, Jianxiu Hao
  • Patent number: 10390083
    Abstract: A content device and method is disclosed to include a processing device to process streaming video content. A fingerprinter receives captured frames of the streaming video content and, for each frame of a plurality of the captured frames, generates a one-dimensional histogram function of pixel values and transforms the histogram function with a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), to generate a plurality of complex values for the frame. The fingerprinter further, for each of the plurality of complex values, assigns a binary one (“1”) when a real part of the complex value is greater than zero (“0”) and assigns a binary zero (“0”) when the real part is less than or equal to zero, to generate a plurality of bits. The fingerprinter further concatenates a specific number of the bits to generate a fingerprint for the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Juikun Chen
  • Patent number: 10390053
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for distribution of content within a vehicle. A server having a first set of content stored within a memory can be communicatively coupled with one or more clients such as using a plurality of wireless access points. Each of the clients can have a processor, memory, and transceiver, such that it can communicate with the server and potentially its neighbors. Groups of the clients can be communicatively coupled, such as via a wired or wireless network, which permits the clients to communicate with one another to retrieve content, for example, rather than burden the server or the wireless access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Systems and Software Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Boussemart, Oliver Lucke, Elisenda Temprado Garriga
  • Patent number: 10375427
    Abstract: A method and system to facilitate localized replacement of one or more commercials or other instances of base content in a video feed with replacement-media delivered in a separate broadcast TV transport stream. A local TV station that broadcasts to an area covering a video program distributor (VPD) includes supplemental content, such as replacement commercials, within its broadcast in a manner that standard broadcast-TV receivers would disregard but that a equipment at the VPD will receive and process. The equipment at the VPD thus receives the local broadcast from the TV station and extracts from the broadcast the included supplemental content. And equipment at the VPD inserts the extracted supplemental content in place of one or more instances of base content in a transport stream that the VPD receives separately from a video-program source, so as to establish a modified transport stream for delivery to end-user TV receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Hank Hundemer, Dana Lasher
  • Patent number: 10375243
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for sharing state information using a web-enabled system and a phone service system are disclosed. In some embodiments, a presence module is used to identify a currently accessed web page to an agent during an on-line session. In some embodiments, documents are delivered to a user through a web browser concurrent with an audio message delivered by phone. Concurrent delivery of documents configured to accept an electronic signature is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventor: Anthony G. Castiglione
  • Patent number: 10368122
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to media sharing and communication systems and methods of providing the same. In one exemplary embodiment, the system includes a media content provider configured to disseminate media to a plurality of media receivers. The system further includes a first media receiver in communication with the media content provider, the first media receiver including a first digital recording device configured to record media transmitted by the media content provider. The system further includes a second media receiver in communication with the media content provider, the second media receiver including a second digital recording device configured to record media transmitted by the media content provider. The system further includes a first user interface capable of initiating recording of media through the first digital recording device and transmitting the recorded media to the second media receiver through a communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: David A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10356478
    Abstract: A user receiving device including at least one transceiver module, an output module, and a control module. The at least one transceiver module is configured to receive metadata and a program or video from a first backend device. The metadata indicates where in the program or video a spotted ad is included. The output module is configured to display the program or video on a display. The display is connected to the user receiving device. The at least one transceiver module is configured to receive a request signal from a mobile device. The request signal indicates a viewer of the video has detected the spotted ad. The control module is configured to, based on the request signal, save information pertaining to the request signal, open a dialog window or initiate a survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl James Bonovich, Don E. Cansino
  • Patent number: 10356475
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor media presentations are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a registration data receiver to obtain demographic information. A logging data receiver is to, when enabled, collect first monitoring information identifying first media, the logging data receiver to receive the first monitoring information from a monitor of a second media device separate from the first media device. An overlay controller is to present a monitoring agreement to the user via an output of the first media device. A first data controller enables the logging data receiver to collect the first monitoring information if the monitoring agreement is accepted, and does not enable the logging data receiver if the monitoring agreement is not accepted. The first data controller is to determine that the first data controller is to act as a master monitor. The first monitoring information is transmitted to a central facility via the master monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10356479
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for editing channels of a smart TV. The device includes a memory and at least one processor, wherein the memory stores therein computer readable instructions, wherein the instructions are executed by the at least one processor to enable the at least one processor to: receive an interface calling up instruction, and displaying a channel editing list and an operation prompt on a display screen of the smart TV; receive a channel selecting instruction, and determine a channel to be edited in the channel editing list according to the channel selecting instruction; and receive a channel edit instruction, and edit the channel to be edited according to the channel editing instruction, wherein the operation prompt is configured to remind a user that the channel editing instruction is triggered by using a left arrow key or right arrow key of a remote control, and the channel editing instruction is an instruction indicating deletion or a move of the channel to be edited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corporation, Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuelei Wang
  • Patent number: 10356484
    Abstract: A data transmitting apparatus is provided. The data transmitting apparatus includes a packet generator configured to generate a packet including a first sub packet and a second sub packet, and a transmitter configured to transmit the generated packet to a data receiving apparatus, and the first sub packet and the second sub packet include different audio data related to a first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jong-hwa Kim, Kyeong-jae Lee
  • Patent number: 10341716
    Abstract: Disclosed a live interaction system, an information sending method, an information receiving method and device, and belongs to the technical field of Internet. The system includes at least one client and an interaction platform. the client is configured to send to the interaction platform an interaction instruction for instructing the interaction platform to add an interaction prop into a live stream; and the interaction platform is configured to intercept an image frame from the current live stream, generate instant feedback information according to the image frame and the interaction prop indicated by the interaction instruction, and send the instant feedback information to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Ao Peng
  • Patent number: 10334312
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cross-protocol time synchronization may comprise, for example, in a premises-based network: receiving, by a network controller located at a root node in the premises, signals that conform to one or more first communications protocol; bridging said received signals to conform to a second communications protocol different from the one or more first communications protocol; and communicating said bridged signals to one or more networked devices within said premises-based wired network, wherein only signals conforming to said second communications protocol are concurrently communicated in a frequency range that is independent of frequency range limitations of the one or more first communications protocol and of the second communications protocol, and that is limited only by a frequency range of wiring in the premises-based network. One of the signals conforming to the one or more first communications protocol comprises a data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Ling, Timothy Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10321205
    Abstract: A method for broadcasting an alert service in a system for broadcasting digital audiovisual programs in a single-frequency network, wherein the method includes steps of: obtaining frames containing the alert service and other services; associating a mark for each frame; identifying the identifiers of the packets of audio and video components of the alert service and of other services; identifying the identifiers of packets of audio and video components of other services; receiving a command to broadcast an alert message; storing video and audio packets of the alert service as from the first frame mark following the reception of the alert message broadcast command; and replacing, from the second frame mark following the reception of the alert message broadcast command, all the packets of the video and audio components of the services other than the alert service with the packets of the alert service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Ludovic Poulain, Laurent Roul
  • Patent number: 10313759
    Abstract: Techniques are described that enable initiating playback of a media fragment before the entire fragment has been downloaded. Also described are techniques that enable a more granular approach to the way in which a client device requests and plays back media fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner, Marc Joliveau, Lauri Juhani Särkkä
  • Patent number: 10313719
    Abstract: A video splicer combines a first video stream, encoded in accordance with a block based coding algorithm, with a second video stream. A header processor detects a key position picture in each of a plurality of sequential GOPs of the first stream and determines a presentation time for each key position picture in each GOP in the first stream. A timing mapper identifies a respective image in the second stream having a presentation time corresponding to a key position picture of the first stream. An encoder encodes the second stream in accordance with the block based coding algorithm. A new GOP is started with the respective image in the second stream having a presentation time corresponding to the key position picture of the first stream. A switcher switches between outputting the first stream and the encoded second stream by a signal from the timing mapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Harmonic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Le Bars, Samuel Vermeulen, Benoit Oger