Patents Examined by Kristine Kincaid
  • Patent number: 8528018
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example and includes evaluating a video file in a network environment; determining an identity of at least one speaker associated with the video file in order to generate an identity attribute; performing speech to text operations associated with the video file in order to generate at least one text attribute; generating a visual worthiness rating based, at least, on the identity attribute and the text attribute associated with the video file, where the visual worthiness rating is reflective of a visual significance of image content in the video file; and rendering the visual worthiness rating to the end user prior to the video file being played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepti Patil, Satish K. Gannu, Charles C. Byers
  • Patent number: 8479240
    Abstract: Method for remote management of at least one audiovisual information reproduction device comprising a host server connected to each audiovisual information reproduction device, the host server comprising a database containing management information for each audiovisual information reproduction device, wherein the host server also comprises a site manager communicating with the database, and comprising a number of screens, at least one first screen comprising a menu displaying the list of audiovisual information reproduction systems, validating the choice of each audiovisual information reproduction device causing the display of a first series of screens that the operator can use to modify the operating parameters of at least one selected audiovisual information reproduction device and/or a second series of screens that the operator can use to order at least one song for downloading onto the audiovisual information reproduction systems from a chosen list of devices or to delete at least one song, and/or a thir
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Tony Mastronardi, Jean-Marc Bourdelais
  • Patent number: 8464292
    Abstract: A system is configured to: receive identification information from a client device; identify a corresponding profile based on the identification information, where the corresponding profile is one of user profiles, device profiles, or generic profiles; generate a personalized television guide based on the corresponding profile, and transmit the personalized television guide to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hong (Jeff) Xiao, Andre R. Turner, Dongchen Wang, Rahul Khushoo
  • Patent number: 8464303
    Abstract: In an IPTV network, one or more caches may be provided at the network nodes for storing video content in order to reduce bandwidth requirements. Video content titles may be stored in the cache in accordance with a calculated cache arrangement that minimizes the total incremental transport cost of the content traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Lev B. Sofman, Bill Krogfoss, Anshul Agrawal
  • Patent number: 8458755
    Abstract: Media content, based on a predetermined set of constraints, from a content provider is delivered to a local cache of a user device before viewing the media. A client asset manager process resides in the user device, an asset list at the content provider site, and the media assets are located at a remote site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott F. Watson, Eric C. Haseltine, Eric Freeman, Elisabeth M. Freeman, Aaron P. LaBerge, Adam T. Fritz
  • Patent number: 8458753
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining and selecting digital coding and/or decoding technology, delivery bitrates, and resolution parameters for programming and data delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different display resolution, bitrate, and/or decoding capabilities profiles. The server determines the one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE or client device, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE or device based on its profile. The selection process may also take into consideration network and/or CPE operational considerations, such as conservation of downstream bandwidth, CPE uprating capability, client device power consumption, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Hasek, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 8453188
    Abstract: Utilization of stored of personalized information and communication preferences in a profile in a STB in a structured format or via cookies allows at least a combination of feature rich telephony applications, with the personalized data stored in STBs facilitating feature rich communications sessions. Providing advanced multimedia communications applications using personalized data resident in STBs could allow an entity to provide, for example, many previously unavailable services, and therefore provide considerable new business potential. The personal information stored in the STB can convey many exemplary benefits, such as communication preferences, alternate contact modalities, payment preferences, priority preferences, trusted contacts, personal information, as well as multimedia messaging, etc. The integration of the personal information with the intelligent personal agent also enhances the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Campagna, David L. Chavez, Gregory D. Weber
  • Patent number: 8453181
    Abstract: A television, such as an HDTV receiver, includes a plurality of signal inputs each of which is adapted to receive television signals comprising a plurality of channels and communicate the received television signals to a processor/tuner for selection of the various channels by a user for viewing on a display of the television. A channel search routine for the detection of channels in the television signal is accomplished on the currently designated signal input rather than on all signal inputs of the television. The channels detected during the search of the currently designated signal input are included in a channel list that is stored in memory of the television. A GUI is preferably used to initiate the channel search and is capable of displaying the detected channels relating to the currently selected signal input. Channel lists for each signal input are updated as the channels are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Gene Harlow Johnson, Matthew Thomas Mayer, Scott Edward Klopfenstein, Aaron Hal Dinwiddie
  • Patent number: 8443388
    Abstract: A device for receiving a broadcasting program and a method for displaying a favorite channel may be disclosed. A method for displaying a favorite channel in a device for receiving a broadcasting program includes presetting a favorite program viewing standard time; identifying whether a key signal is inputted by a user, displaying a broadcasting program received from a selected channel; detecting a viewing time of the program based on the inputted key signal; comparing the detected program viewing time with the preset viewing standard time; and registering the broadcasting program with a favorite program list based on the result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kyung Dug Hong
  • Patent number: 8434110
    Abstract: A method and system for generating an electronic program guide includes a receiving unit 28 having a controller module 60. The controller module 60 receives television content and electronic programming guide data. The controller module 60 separates the program guide data from the television content and stores the program guide data. The controller 60 determines user preferences and changes a display of the electronic program guide in response to the user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Sharkey
  • Patent number: 8434103
    Abstract: A method of substituting content during a program break, includes: detecting a break in a broadcast program, and in response to the break, showing substitute content. A method of substituting broadcast content displayed on a screen, includes: determining an occurrence of a break in a broadcast content; and in response to the occurrence of the break, displaying substitute content on the screen. The method may further include: displaying the broadcast content when the break terminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: ARRIS Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted Tsuchida, Douglas A. Miller, Robert E. Novak
  • Patent number: 8434112
    Abstract: A method for updating broadcasting program information in a mobile terminal, the terminal capable of receiving the broadcasting program from a plurality of frequency bands is disclosed, the method includes selecting at least one frequency band including the plurality of broadcasting channels or a broadcasting channel in the plurality of frequency bands; and attempting an update on the broadcasting program information of the entire broadcasting channel within the selected frequency band or the selected broadcasting channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Wonjong Lee, Taejung Kwon, Bosoo Kim
  • Patent number: 8429695
    Abstract: A cable television (CATV) entry adapter connects to a CATV network and serves as a hub in a Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) network. MoCA signals are communicated between passive and active ports of the entry adapter through a pair of directional couplers which allow a MoCA-enabled embedded multimedia device (eMTA) at the passive port to communicate with multimedia devices of the MoCA network connected to the active ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory F. Halik, Chad T. Wells, John M. Egan, Jr., Charles F. Newby
  • Patent number: 8424042
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus, identification information identifying a specified broadcast content is converted into identification information identifying another broadcast content corresponding to the originally specified broadcast content, in accordance with table information indicating a correspondence among a plurality of pieces of identification information respectively identifying broadcast contents thereby indicating a correspondence among the broadcast contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yamamoto, Hidetoshi Kabasawa
  • Patent number: 8424043
    Abstract: A method of triggering the recording of a programming stream includes: receiving a request to monitor for an unscheduled event; determining search strings associated with the unscheduled event; monitoring a programming stream; analyzing closed captioning information contained in the programming stream to determine the occurrence of the search strings; and recording the programming stream upon the occurrence of the search strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher R. McClellen, Thomas Pratt, Vernon Meadows, Andrew Drooker, Charles A. Eldering, Robert P. Ziemian
  • Patent number: 8413202
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a content reception apparatus includes a communication module and a communication controller. The communication module is configured to communicate with a content transmission and reception control apparatus. The communication controller is configured to communicate with the content transmission and reception control apparatus by the communication module, to receive content transmittable time information of a content transmission apparatus managed by the content transmission and reception control apparatus, to request content managed by the content transmission apparatus based on the content transmittable time information, and to receive the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8413187
    Abstract: A method to obtain visual content items matched to scheduled programs comprising: providing a program guide display that includes a grid with grid locations that identify scheduled programs, and that correspond to respective a scheduled program air times and a respective program sources; wherein the program guide extends over a time frame prior to the current date; providing an icon associated with a grid location that indicates that a visual content item matched to the program identified by the grid location currently is available; providing an identifier that is encoded in computer readable storage device and that is associated with the grid location and that indicates a location where the visual content item can be obtained; and accessing the location indicated by the identifier in response to a user selection of the grid location associated with the icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Frontier Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Eric E. Del Sesto, Tony T. Chan, Michael Luton
  • Patent number: 8407751
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer program products for providing instant messaging in conjunction with an audiovisual, video, or audio program are provided. The methods include providing an audiovisual, video, or audio program to a user. Viewer/listener input is received requesting activation of a program-based instant messaging function. A viewer/listener identifier corresponding to the viewer/listener is associated with a program identifier that uniquely identifies the audiovisual, video, or audio program being provided to the user to thereby generate a program viewer/listener record. The program viewer/listener record is transmitted to an electronic database. A list of other users who are viewing or listening to the program in addition to the viewer/listener is acquired from the electronic database. The list of other users is transmitted to the viewer/listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Tim Weaver
  • Patent number: 8407753
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) manufacturer and/or IPTV device user may configure and upload the profile of the IPTV into an IPTV server. The IPTV server filters the playable contents delivered to the IPTV as necessary to match downloaded playlists and links with the IPTV profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Jenke Wu Kuo
  • Patent number: 8397266
    Abstract: A software framework that allows seamless integration of generic media players into a web browser. A media player is a software module that implements specific interfaces; defines a playing state, such as playing, paused, or stopped; and associates with the playing state a current playback time. A generic media player implements interfaces, including timing interfaces and playback synchronization interfaces for exchanging timing and synchronization information with a web browser. A player-hosting peer, which is a software component built into the browser, manages generic player hosting by a web browser. The player-hosting peer negotiates playback state and rendering status between the browser and the media player. Both the media player and the player-hosting peer maintain playing state and current playback time. The relationship between the peer and the player is a master slave relationship, with the peer being the master.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin T. Gallo, Paul C. David, Dorin O. Ungureanu, Debbie A. Newman