Patents Examined by Justin E. Shepard
  • Patent number: 11336932
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcast signal transmitting method. A broadcast signal transmitting method according to an embodiment of the present invention may comprise: generating low level signaling (LLS) information; processing the LLS information into IP packets; generating link layer packets by link layer processing the IP packets; and generating a broadcast signal by physical layer processing the link layer packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Woosuk Ko
  • Patent number: 11336936
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes systems and methods for time-shifted prefetching of predicted content for wireless users. The disclosed technology can include a method of prefetching video data. The method can include retrieving video data and feature data and generating a video candidate set comprising selected videos. The method can include determining principal components of each video in the video candidate set by performing a principal component analysis. Furthermore, the method can include determining predicted videos using a k-nearest neighbor classifier. The predicted videos can be videos of the video candidate set that are likely to be viewed by a user at a future time. The method can include outputting instructions to the user device to prefetch the predicted videos by downloading the predicted videos to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Raghupathy Sivakumar, Shruti Lall
  • Patent number: 11336938
    Abstract: Facilitating pre-positioning of streaming content onto communication devices is provided herein. A system can comprise a processor and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations. The operations can comprise facilitating an identification of a first multimedia content stream and a second multimedia content stream. The identification can be based on a usage preference of a defined entity associated with a communication device. The operations can also comprise, in response to a determination that an available network satisfies a defined network criterion, facilitating pre-positioning, at a data store of the communication device, the first multimedia content stream and the second multimedia content stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Martin Patrick McEnroe, Mark D. Austin, Tzvi Chumash, Yuan Ding
  • Patent number: 11303971
    Abstract: A session management involves registering at least one IPTV application in a registration table so that the registration table includes at least a respective identifier of the IPTV applications. The IPTV applications are invokable at a set top box and can be so-called embedded applications and/or browser-based applications. An event requiring the invocation of an IPTV application at the set top box is detected and triggers a look-up in the registration table. The registration table is thus used as source to indicate those IPTV applications that are potentially available and can be launched at the set top box. One of the registered applications is launched for the purpose of handling the detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Mats Cedervall, Jan Erik Lindquist, Andrew Mallinson
  • Patent number: 11303942
    Abstract: A video processor card for outputting video data, the video processor card being arranged for insertion into a video media server and into communication with an output of the video media server, the card comprising: an input for receiving a first video data stream at a first video resolution from the output of the video media server; a processor arranged to demultiplex the received first video data stream at the first resolution into a plurality of second video data streams, each second video data stream being at a second video resolution; and a plurality of video outputs, each video output arranged to output one of the plurality of second video data streams, wherein the first video resolution is at a higher video resolution than the second video resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: DISGUISE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Ashraf Nehru
  • Patent number: 11297359
    Abstract: A media system replaces content in a first sequence of media content. The media system presents the first sequence of media content to an end-user and generates a fingerprint of the sequence of media content. The fingerprint is for comparison with a plurality of reference fingerprints so as to identify the first sequence of media content and determine a reference position within the first sequence of media content. The media system sends a request for a replacement sequence of content to a content replacement system, and receives replacement media content selected based on the identified first sequence of media content. The media system presents the replacement media content to the end-user instead of the first sequence of media content. Presenting the replacement media content begins at a position in the first sequence of media content that is determined based on the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 11290781
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method in which an end user device sends a first request to a digital video recorder (DVR) to receive a media content item, and receives a metadata file including authentication information and a network address of a media content server where the media content item is located. The end user device sends a second request to the media content server to receive the media content item; the second request is sent to the network address and includes the authentication information and an identification of the requested media content item. The end user device receives the media content item from the media content server, responsive to the authentication information and the identification of the media content item sent in the second request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yongdong Zhao, Baofeng Jiang
  • Patent number: 11290784
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream. In one implementation, the method includes receiving a request to render the media stream. The media stream is accessed through a first media source. A content identifier is identified for an event within the requested media stream. Based upon the content identifier, it may be discovered that the event is accessible through at least one second media source. The rendering of the requested media stream may then be obscured and a notification provided to a user that the event within the requested media stream is accessible through at least one second media source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Carlos Garcia Navarro
  • Patent number: 11284124
    Abstract: A method is described for processing an omnidirectional video by a client device, said omnidirectional video being associated with a 3D coordinate system for determining a spatial position of video data of said omnidirectional video on a curved surface, preferably a sphere, said method comprising: receiving a manifest file, the manifest file comprising a plurality of tile stream identifiers for identifying a plurality of tile streams, the tile streams comprising video frames having image views, whereby the image views of video frames of different tile streams cover different regions of a 2D projection of the omnidirectional video, a region defining a tile; selecting on the basis of spatial relation information in the manifest file and on the basis of a viewpoint of a user of the client device a first tile streams associated with a first resolution and a first tile position and a second tile stream associated with a second resolution and a second tile position, the second resolution being lower than the first
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE KPN N.V.
    Inventors: Lucia D'Acunto, Emmanuel Thomas, Mattijs Oskar Van Deventer, Ray Van Brandenburg, Arjen Veenhuizen
  • Patent number: 11272262
    Abstract: A system for retrieval of executable applications, comprising: a broadcast tele-vision receiver apparatus; and a server; wherein the broadcast television receiver apparatus includes a communication unit having an interface for bidirectional communication with a network and adapted to determine channel information from a currently decoded channel carried in a broadcast television signal, the channel information identifying the currently decoded channel, the communication unit being further adapted to send the channel information to a server over the network, and to receive application information from the server, the application information describing a set of applications which are available for execution, and to receive executable code components for the set of applications corresponding to the application information, and wherein the broadcast television receiver apparatus further includes a data processor adapted to execute the application whilst the channel is decoded; and wherein the server is adapted to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Jose Alexandre Simoes Rodrigues, Tassilo Volker Raesig
  • Patent number: 11265603
    Abstract: Provided are an information processing apparatus and method, a display control apparatus and method, a reproducing apparatus and method, and an information processing system that transmit a response of viewers acquired in a more natural way to a place where content is captured, enabling presentation in an easier-to-see way. The information processing apparatus receives motion information indicating motions of users watching video content and information indicating attributes of the users, and generates an excitement image by arranging information visually indicating a degree of excitement of each user determined on the basis of the motion information transmitted from a plurality of reproducing apparatuses at a position according to an attribute of each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Oobuchi, Yuichi Hasegawa, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11245955
    Abstract: In a case where a main stream and a control signal are transmitted in parallel between two devices, transmission of the main stream is continued without interruption of the transmission of the main stream even in a case where communication quality of the control signal is deteriorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki Toba, Masanari Yamamoto, Hiroshi Morita
  • Patent number: 11245934
    Abstract: Systems and methods presented herein provide for a software defined network (SDN) controller in a cable television system that virtualizes network elements in the cable television system to provide content delivery and data services through the virtualized network elements. In one embodiment, the SDN controller is operable in a cloud computing environment to balance data traffic through the virtualized network elements. For example, the SDN controller may abstract Layer 2 Control Protocol (L2CP) frame processing of the network elements into the cloud computing environment to relieve the network elements from the burdens of Ethernet frame processing. In this regard, the SDN controller comprises a L2CP decision module that determines how L2CP should be processed for the network elements in the cable television system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: James Kim, Karthik Sundaresan, Thomas Kee
  • Patent number: 11240558
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: identifying, by a computing device, one or more participants associated with a live streaming video, wherein the one or more participants are co-located; monitoring, by the computing device, behavior of each of the one or more participants, wherein the monitoring comprises monitoring sensor data associated with the one or more participants; automatically determining, by the computing device, respective reactions of each of the one or more participants based on the monitoring the behavior; and providing, by the computing device, respective visual representations of the respective reactions of each of the one or more participants for display within a user interface that is presenting the live streaming video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Martin G. Keen, John M. Ganci, Jr., James E. Bostick
  • Patent number: 11234288
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to spectrum sharing between different radio access technologies. In some embodiments, a broadcast base station is configured to wirelessly broadcast audio and video data to a plurality of broadcast receiver devices using a particular frequency band. In these embodiments, the broadcast base station is configured to discontinue broadcasting in the particular frequency band during a scheduled time interval, to enable one or more cellular base stations to perform cellular packet-switched wireless data communications using the particular frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Coherent Logix, Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin A. Shelby, Durga P. Prasad, Sandeep Mavuduru Kannappa, Mark Earnshaw
  • Patent number: 11234026
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are described for responding to inoperative commands on a server device. In some embodiments, the disclosed technology facilitates pausing of content being played on a device without creating a bookmark of the location in the content at which the content was paused. In response to receiving the request to pause the content from playing, the server device generates a pause instruction to pause the content from playing. Upon expiry of a timeout interval, the server device automatically transforms the pause instruction into a stop instruction, which when executed causes stopping the content from playing. In some embodiments, the server device detects an user interaction event, prior to expiry of the timeout interval. Non-limiting examples of the user interaction may be shutting down the server device, switching from the content to a live broadcast program, switching from the content to another content, or exiting from the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Max Stephen Gratton, Mark Templeman, Danny Jean Minnick
  • Patent number: 11234031
    Abstract: An electronic device associated with a media-providing service obtains listening history for a media item. The listening history includes retention information that indicates a number of listeners who listened to the respective portion of the media item. Using the retention information, the electronic device generates a retention graph that represents the number of listeners who listened to corresponding portions of the media item as a function of time. The electronic device detects an extremum in the retention graph. The extremum corresponds to a reduction in the number of listeners who listened to the corresponding portions of the media item. The electronic device determines whether the extremum meets predefined criteria, and in accordance with the determination that the extremum meets the predefined criteria, the electronic device stores an indication that the portions of the media item corresponding to the extremum include sub-content embedded in the media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Aasish Kumar Pappu, Rosemary Ellen Jones, Sari Nahmad, Kristin Savage, Aswin Sivaraman
  • Patent number: 11218775
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to determining variations or changes to a predetermined programming schedule. In accordance with one method, a predicted end time of video content may be determined to be later than a scheduled end time of the video content. Also, it may be determined that video content scheduled to be displayed on a first stream or channel has been moved to a second stream or channel. A scheduled recording or transmission time of video content may be altered based on detected changes to the predetermined programming schedule. A program listing such as an electronic program guide may be revised based on detected changes to the predetermined programming schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Curtis, Erik Schwartz, Stefan Deichmann, Jan Neumann
  • Patent number: 11212563
    Abstract: A video stream switching method includes receiving, by transmission device, a plurality of video streams of a first video and a plurality of video streams of a second video, sending the video streams of the first video through target output ports respectively corresponding to the video streams of the first video, after receiving a switching instruction, determining switching reference information of a reference end-of-frame packet of each video stream of the first video and the second video, determining switching reference information of a switching packet of the video stream, and switching from the video streams of the first video to the video streams of the second video based on the switching reference information of the switching packet of each video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Xiong, Jinhui Zhang, Ji Li, Zhigui Chen
  • Patent number: 11206435
    Abstract: A media system replaces content in a first sequence of media content. The media system presents the first sequence of media content to an end-user and generates a fingerprint of the sequence of media content. The fingerprint is for comparison with a plurality of reference fingerprints so as to identify the first sequence of media content and determine a reference position within the first sequence of media content. The media system sends a request for a replacement sequence of content to a content replacement system, and receives replacement media content selected based on the identified first sequence of media content. The media system presents the replacement media content to the end-user instead of the first sequence of media content. Presenting the replacement media content begins at a position in the first sequence of media content that is determined based on the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Gordon