Patents Examined by Mushfikh I Alam
  • Patent number: 11032607
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, embodiments include obtaining video content, the video content comprises a plurality of frames, monitoring, by an image sensor, a facial feature of a user to determine a visual focus of the user in relation to the video content, and detecting from a group of frames of the plurality of frames at least a reduction in movements of objects in the group of frames. Further embodiments include determining, according to the monitoring and the detecting, a measure of attention of the user within a region of the group of frames, determining that the measure of attention of the user within the region of the group of frames satisfies a threshold, and embedding in at least a portion of subsequent frames of the plurality of frames a visual advertisement in the region via a communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bo Han, Sassan Pejhan, Zhengye Liu
  • Patent number: 11019385
    Abstract: A server for providing selected content to networked display devices is presented. The server includes a memory configured to store instructions. At least one processor is configured to execute the instructions to: receive television programming data and automatic content recognition data from a networked display device, and selectively link the networked display device to a viewing group based on the television programming data and automatic content recognition data. An advertisement engine is configured to provide an advertisement to the networked display device. The advertisement is selected based on the viewing group linked to the networked display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Woo Kim, Pirooz Chubak
  • Patent number: 11019141
    Abstract: A first electronic device of a first user programmed to: connect, with a second electronic device of a second user over a first peer-to-peer wireless network link; send, to the second electronic device, a first unique code generated by the first electronic device, corresponding to a first user identifier of the first electronic device; receive, from the second electronic device, a second unique code generated by the second electronic device, corresponding to a second user identifier of the second electronic device; store, the second unique code, and second metadata associated with the second electronic device including the time, proximity or duration of interaction; retrieve, from a coupled backend database stored in a cloud, a third unique code of an electronic device, uploaded to the coupled backend database stored in the cloud; and display, a notification on the first electronic device, if the third unique code matches the second unique code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Neeraj Jhanji
  • Patent number: 11006189
    Abstract: A device may be configured to receive a low level signaling emergency alert message fragment from a broadcast stream. The device may parse syntax elements included in the emergency alert message fragment. The device may determine whether to retrieve a media resource associated with the emergency alert message based on the parsed syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10972806
    Abstract: Method of generating customized graphics based on location information includes processor receiving location information including location of first client device. Processor causes a status interface to be displayed on the first client device that includes locations that are within a predetermined distance from the first client device. Processor receives a selection from the first client device of the first location via the status interface and stores the first location in a location database associated with the first user. Location database includes: locations previously selected by the first client device via the status interface, locations associated with media content items received from the first client device, or locations associated with the location information received from the first client device. Processor generates a country selectable item, a city selectable item, and timeline selectable items and causes passport interface to be displayed on the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Brody, Xingkai Eric Chew, Bryant Detwiller, Joseph Engelman, Abdulrahman Khan, Sarah Lensing, Robert Lin, Gaurav Misra, Nathaniel Parrott, Suraj Vindana Samaranayake, Andrew Thieck
  • Patent number: 10958954
    Abstract: Systems and methods for broadcasting a video stream are disclosed. The systems and methods can receive a video stream from a broadcaster, process the video steam, store the video streaming, and deliver the video stream to a viewer as a live video stream or a video on demand. The viewer may use an access token to access the video stream. The systems and methods may include an error detection mechanism for detecting an interrupt in the video stream. The systems and methods can restore the access token to its original state if an error is detected. The systems and methods can also include one or more link sharing mechanisms for sharing links to a video stream. The shareable links may be associated with share tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HALOGEN NETWORKS, LLC
    Inventors: Markus Woschank, Christian Maan, Patrick Marschik, Marc Dietrichstein, Eric Richardson, Kevin Conner, Thomas Steven Miller, Joseph August Fisher, III, William Bronson Tubb, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10958948
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reducing latency in content and content source switching in a digital content delivery network. In one embodiment, linear addressable secondary content is “switched into” primary content within a cloud-based model using one or more latency-reducing techniques so as to minimize the user's perception of delay in performing the switch. In one implementation, secondary content video encodings are selected based on the encoding scheme of the primary content, and open GOPs within the primary content at the content transition point are closed or avoided, each to reduce processing overhead of the recipient client device. In another implementation, otherwise cloud-inaccessible functionality of the client device is accessed to reduce or suspend processing on non-essential tasks to make more processing resources available at the client. In yet another implementation, intelligent RF PHY scheduling of the primary and secondary content are utilized to minimize RF re-tuning by the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventor: Basil Badawiyeh
  • Patent number: 10945014
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of providing augmented media content. The method may include receiving, using a communication unit, a media content and at least one broadcaster preference from a broadcaster device. Further, the method may include retrieving, using the communication unit, a plurality of augmentation content based on the at least one broadcaster preference. Further, the method may include transmitting, using the communication unit, the plurality of augmentation content to the broadcaster device. Further, the method may include receiving, using the communication unit, a selection of at least one augmentation content from the broadcaster device. Further, the method may include embedding, using a processing unit, the at least one augmentation content and the at least one broadcaster preference in the media content to obtain an augmented media content. Further, the method may include transmitting, using the communication unit, the augmented media content to the broadcaster device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Tarun Sunder Raj, Benjamin Tucker
  • Patent number: 10931986
    Abstract: Video content is uploaded via the Internet to a video-on-demand (VOD) server identified by a title and a hierarchical address of categories and subcategories for categorizing the title. The VOD server converts and stores the video content at a storage address in a video content database linked to the title. The title is listed in a location of an electronic program guide (EPG) using the same categories and subcategories as in its hierarchical address. Any TV subscriber can access the EPG and navigate through its categories and subcategories to find a title for viewing on the TV. This can enable many new blogging or podcasting-like programs by popular “Hosts” to be self-published on the Internet and readily navigated for display on TV. The EPG can also store TV program addresses as bookmarks and allow them to be shared with other subscribers or with friends and contacts online by sending to their email addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Broadband iTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 10924184
    Abstract: Both a conventional receiver and an HDR-compatible receiver well perform electro-optical conversion processing on transmission video data obtained by using an HDR opto-electronic transfer characteristic. High dynamic range opto-electronic conversion is performed on high dynamic range video data to obtain the transmission video data. Encoding processing is performed on this transmission video data to obtain a video stream. A container of a predetermined format including this video stream is transmitted. Metadata information indicating a standard dynamic range opto-electronic transfer characteristic is inserted into a layer of the video stream, and metadata information indicating a high dynamic range opto-electronic transfer characteristic is inserted into at least one of the layer of the video stream and a layer of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10911813
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing metadata corresponding to primary content of live media streams that include secondary content inserted into the streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjun Wu, Matthew Scharr, Rakesh Tangirala, Amarsingh Buckthasingh Winston, Khawaja Salman Shams, Matthew Brinkley
  • Patent number: 10904617
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for syncing a client device with media content for scene-specific notifications. A computing environment is employed to cause a sync to occur between a client device and media content being rendered by a media device using an audio signal or a video signal captured by the client device during a playback of the media content. A current scene of the media content being rendered on the media device is determined by comparing the audio signal or the video signal to at least one digital fingerprint stored in a data store. The computing environment then identifies content in a plurality of upcoming scenes occurring later in the playback than the current scene by analyzing at least one tag descriptive of the content in the plurality of upcoming scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thibaut Labarre, Yiwen Chang, Marion Helene Desmazieres
  • Patent number: 10897656
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that allow for providing targeted asset/advertisements for broadcast-wide programming feeds. The systems and methods allow network platforms to select among asset options provided with a content stream and/or replace assets in the content stream. In one arrangement, after selecting an asset, the asset is inserted into the content stream and the content stream is disseminated to subsequent network platforms (e.g., local platforms). At this time, the local platforms may insert local assets into the content stream in predetermined local asset insertion spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: INVIDI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Sheehan, Michael Cristofalo, Bruce J. Anderson, Daniel C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10893334
    Abstract: A video-on-demand (VOD) content delivery system has a VOD Application Server which manages a database of templates for presentation of video content elements of different selected types categorized in hierarchical order. A web-based Content Management System receives content uploaded online in file formats with metadata for title and topical area, and automatically converts it into video data format compatible with the VOD content delivery system indexed by title and topical area. A User Interface for the system delivers listings data to the viewer's TV indexed by title and topical area specified by the uploaded metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Broadband iTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 10841641
    Abstract: A program information display terminal device includes a communication component, a display component and a controller. The communication component receives data of an electronic program guide from an external server. The display component displays the electronic program guide based on the data of the electronic program guide received by the communication component. The controller divides the data of the electronic program guide for each of a plurality of sections. The controller performs display control of the electronic program guide by using divided data of the electronic program guide that corresponds to one of the sections including program information that is displayed on the display component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Nakata
  • Patent number: 10834450
    Abstract: Digital content is indexed and available to be provided to a target audience based upon possible interest. Components and/or sensors detect audience-related data indicative of the target audience, possible audience interest, audience behavior, and other audience-related factors. Components and/or sensors detect device-related data indicative of available devices to which available content may be sent, transmission paths for the content, and related factors. An analysis and matching engine matches the available content to the target audience and one or more of the devices and selects content, devices, and transmission paths for directing the selected content for an enhanced audience experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Azfar Inayatullah, Sanjay Macwan, Sowmya Gottipati
  • Patent number: 10812861
    Abstract: Multiple video segments may be obtained from a repository of video segments. A selection of a video segment from the multiple video segments may be received. The selected video segment may be presented at a first resolution via a display. A selection of a point in time during presentation of the video segment may be received to extract a frame set from the video segment at or near the selected point in time. The frame set may include multiple frames, including one frame corresponding to the selected point in time, and other frames that correspond to points in time adjacent to the selected point in time. A selection of a single frame within the frame set may be received. The single frame may be received having a second resolution. The second resolution may be higher than the first resolution. The single frame may be presented via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew David Sonenblick, Daniel Defenbaugh, Ian Miller, Tyler Gee
  • Patent number: 10791351
    Abstract: Video content is uploaded via the Internet to a video-on-demand (VOD) server identified by a title and a hierarchical address of categories and subcategories for categorizing the title. The VOD server converts and stores the video content at a storage address in a video content database linked to the title. The title is listed in a location of an electronic program guide (EPG) using the same categories and subcategories as in its hierarchical address. Any TV subscriber can access the EPG and navigate through its categories and subcategories to find a title for viewing on the TV. This can enable many new blogging or podcasting-like programs by popular “Hosts” to be self-published on the Internet and readily navigated for display on TV. The EPG can also store TV program addresses as bookmarks and allow them to be shared with other subscribers or with friends and contacts online by sending to their email addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Broadband iTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 10785517
    Abstract: Video content is uploaded via the Internet to a video-on-demand (VOD) server identified by a title and a hierarchical address of categories and subcategories for categorizing the title. The VOD server converts and stores the video content at a storage address in a video content database linked to the title. The title is listed in a location of an electronic program guide (EPG) using the same categories and subcategories as in its hierarchical address. Any TV subscriber can access the EPG and navigate through its categories and subcategories to find a title for viewing on the TV. This can enable many new blogging or podcasting-like programs by popular “Hosts” to be self-published on the Internet and readily navigated for display on TV. The EPG can also store TV program addresses as bookmarks and allow them to be shared with other subscribers or with friends and contacts online by sending to their email addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Broadband iTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 10779056
    Abstract: An automated network-based test system for set top box devices is disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the network-based testing system using Simple Network Management Protocol facilitates remote testing of thousands of set-top boxes, where groups of these set top boxes can be located in various locations that are remote from a main controller server that is running the tests remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Rafael Villanueva