Patents Examined by Junior O Mendoza
  • 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
    Assignee: ENENSYS TECHNOLOGIES
    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
  • Patent number: 10305957
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method is disclosed. The method includes (i) receiving, by a first computing system, from a second computing system, video content transmitted from the second computing system; (ii) determining, by the first computing system, a live/non-live characteristic of the transmission; (iii) using, by the first computing system, the determined live/non-live characteristic of the transmission, as a basis for selecting a digital-video effect (DVE); and (iv) executing, by the first computing system, the selected DVE, wherein executing the selected DVE causes the first computing system to generate video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 10306313
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for controlling a display apparatus are provided. The display apparatus includes a detector configured to detect a user motion; a display; a power supplier; a communicator configured to receive control information from a remote control device; and a controller configured to control the detector, the display, the power supplier, and the communicator, to control the display to display a preset screen on a part of the display in response to a user motion detected by the detector and first control information received from the remote control device, and to control the display to display content in response to second control information received from the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-seok Choi, Byung-seok Soh, Mi-ra Yu, Yong-wan Choi, Sang-on Choi
  • Patent number: 10299002
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to measure exposure to streaming media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes, a duration setter to, upon completion of playback of a first media segment of a multi-segment media, update a multi-file counter. A file detector is to detect that a second media segment is a segment of the multi-segment media. An event listener is to determine a playback time within the second media segment. A metadata retriever is to add the playback time to the multi-file counter to determine a corresponding playback time of the multi-segment media, the metadata retriever to attempt to perform a lookup of a metadata tag in a table of metadata tags and corresponding playback positions based on the playback time of the multi-segment media. A transmitter is to transmit the metadata tag corresponding to the playback time of the multi-segment media to an audience measurement entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Jan Besehanic
  • Patent number: 10291943
    Abstract: A node interworks with and is connected to at least one base station (BS). The BS-interworking node includes a monitoring module, an event detecting module, and a media processing module. The monitoring module monitors MPEG media transport (MMT) streaming data being delivered from a live streaming server to a terminal. The event detecting module detects whether predetermined event information is contained in the monitored streaming data. The media processing module replaces a media processing unit (MPU) of the streaming data with a predetermined event unit if the predetermined event information is detected from the streaming data, and delivers the streaming data having the replaced event unit to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jongmin Lee
  • Patent number: 10277959
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems and computer program products facilitate accessing metadata associated with a primary audio visual content. Upon reception of a primary content, one or more watermark messages are extracted from the primary content obtain a server code and an interval code. A query to a metadata server is initiated based on the information obtained from the extracted watermark messages. In response to the query, service recovery information is received that includes information identifying one or more timed events, where each timed event identifies an operation to be performed at a corresponding instance in time as the primary content is being presented by the receiver device. One or more operations identified the timed events are initiated at the corresponding instance(s) in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Verance Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Winograd, Rade Petrovic, Jian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10271072
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a video preloading method and apparatus. The method includes: obtaining a playing request for playing a first video in a first application client; detecting a data transmission speed of a network of the first application client when playing the first video; adjusting, according to the detected data transmission speed, a preloading length of the first video in the first application client; and preloading, in the first application client, video frames of the first video based on the preloading length of the first video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hualiang Yan, Zirong Zhu, Rongke Chen, Tao Feng
  • Patent number: 10250952
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the optimized allocation of content within a universe of inventory are described. For example, a method may include receiving content comprising at least one characteristic and at least one goal. A universe of inventory may be accessed that comprises a plurality of targets which may be assigned into a plurality of segments based on at least one demographic vector. An allocation optimization model may be generated based on the at least one content characteristic, the at least one goal and the plurality of segments. The content may be presented to the targets based on the allocation optimization model. Viewing data may be received that comprises data associated with target consumption of the content and the allocation optimization module may be re-optimized based on the viewing data. Additional factors, such as resource constraints and/or filtering rules, may be used when re-optimizing the allocation optimization module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Visible World, LLC
    Inventors: Seth Haberman, Robert Bress, Claudio Marcus
  • Patent number: 10237582
    Abstract: A video stream processing method is suitable for a video stream device having an encoder for generating a plurality of video streams. The video stream processing method includes receiving image data, setting a priority of each video stream, setting an effective stream parameter of each video stream according to the priority of each video stream, a predetermined stream parameter of each video stream and an encoding power of the encoder, and encoding the image data according to the effective stream parameter of each video stream for generating the plurality of video streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Hao Chou, Kuo-Yeh Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10231023
    Abstract: Audio fingerprinting and other media matching technologies can be used to identify broadcast media, such as television shows and radio broadcasts. A user device can record image, audio, and/or video information and upload information to a matching service that is able to use matching technology to identify the media and provide supplemental content or information to the user. The user might receive information identifying a product in an advertisement, identifying an actor on screen in a movie at a particular time, or other such information. In some embodiments, the user can receive access to a digital copy of the captured media, such as the ability to download a copy of a program in which a user expressed interest. Since a user might capture media information after the point of interest, a device can buffer a window of recently captured media in order to attempt to identify the intended media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Patent number: 10231027
    Abstract: A control device is provided. The control device includes a user interface unit in which information of a broadcast receiver controlled through unidirectional wireless communication is entered, a searching unit which searches an infrared (IR) code set corresponding the broadcast receiver based on the entered information, a managing unit which registers the broadcast receiver as a controllable broadcast receiver within a home network based on the searched IR code set, and a first communication interface unit which, if a control signal for the registered broadcast receiver is received, transmits an IR code corresponding to the control signal from the IR code set corresponding to the registered broadcast receiver to the registered broadcasting receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo-youn Kim, Yong-hwan Kwon, Jung-a Kim, Bum-jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10231033
    Abstract: Receiving and processing out-of-band (OOB) data along with a media stream is disclosed. The received OOB data can be extracted from an OOB data stream and correlated with the media stream using timestamps. Display and other operations can then be performed when a timestamp of the OOB data matches a current timestamp of the media stream. In addition, timestamp notification requests can be received and processed such that when the current timestamp of the media stream matches a requested timestamp, a notification can be transmitted, and data can be received in response to the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William M. Bumgarner, Blake Seely, Christopher L. Oklota, Dale A. Taylor, Eswar Priyadarshan
  • Patent number: 10178416
    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: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Hank Hundemer, Dana Lasher
  • Patent number: 10158921
    Abstract: An IM client and a method performed by the IM client for providing a subscriber of a real-time content distributor of an IPTV service provider with information about a transmission from the real-time content distributor are provided. The IM client, the IPTV service provider and the subscriber are using an IM service. The method comprises detecting (110) a start, or imminent start of the transmission; and determining (130) whether the subscriber is comprised in a friend list of the real-time content distributor. The method further comprises, if the subscriber is comprised in a friend list of the real-time content distributor, notifying (140) the subscriber about the start, or imminent start, of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Edwin Tam
  • Patent number: 10149021
    Abstract: A method includes receiving and processing an electronic signal that represents television content to provide a first media signal that is playable to present a forward-playback of the television content. The method also includes, responsive to a first instruction, providing a second media signal that is playable to present a reverse-playback of the television content, and recording a portion of the television content that corresponds to the reverse-playback. Further, the method includes, responsive to a second instruction, stopping the recording of the television content. In addition, the method includes, responsive to a third instruction, saving one or more recorded portions of the television content. The method also includes, responsive to receiving a fourth instruction, communicating the saved recording of the television content to a separate computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Thompson, Michael E. Depies, Stanley Y. Wang
  • Patent number: 10129589
    Abstract: A broadcast targeting system is provided where third party database information is utilized in conjunction with broadcast network client information to identify households within the broadcast network including one or more desired recipients of targeted assets. In instances where a user equipment device of the targeted household includes multiple users (i.e., a multiple-user device), use of third party data in conjunction with an indication of which household member is currently using the multiple user device (e.g., set top box, etc.) allows for more effectively delivering assets targeted to a specific member(s) of the household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: INVIDI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick M. Sheehan, Bruce J. Anderson, Daniel C. Wilson, Alden Lloyd Peterson, II, Michael Cristofalo
  • Patent number: 10097903
    Abstract: A media device may be configured for receiving data from one or more satellites. The media device may include one or more processors and one or more storage devices. A first tuner of a media device may tune to a first data stream that came from a first satellite transponder. A second tuner of the media device may tune to a second data stream that came from a second satellite transponder. The first data stream and the second data stream may be derived from source data based at least in part on a data distribution scheme. The data distribution scheme may include distributing at least portions of the source data with the first data stream and the second data stream. The first data stream and/or the second data stream may be processed to store and/or output for presentation content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: William Michael Beals