Patents Examined by Nasser M Goodarzi
  • Patent number: 10264312
    Abstract: A data transmission and reception method for a sink device which is connected to a plurality of source devices by means of a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI), according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: receiving an allocation of an internet protocol (IP) address; transmitting device information about a sink device to a control point through a network; and transmitting service information about a supportable service by the sink device to the control point through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jangwoong Park, Dokyun Kim, Hyeonjae Lee, Jinkwon Lim, Hyunsik Yang
  • Patent number: 10264310
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to technologies for providing uninterrupted playback of a content recording on a set top box during head end failures. The set top box detects a head end failure. An unavailability mode is entered during the detected head end failure. A head end recovery is detected. The unavailability mode is exited. A content unavailability skipper associated with the recorded content is updated. The content unavailability skipper includes instructions for playback of the recorded content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Prabu Mahadevan, S. Subbarayan, Veerabadhran Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10257577
    Abstract: A set of media playback and device settings data from each home appliance of a first set of home appliances is stored on a central server and/or sent to a remote control device upon initiation of a suspend command by a user. The stored media and devices states may be used at a later time to control the first set of home appliances, or a user may, after relocating to a second set of home appliances, initiate a resume state command whereupon media playback and device settings data from the central server and/or remote control device controls each home appliance in the second set of home appliances to bring about the same or substantially similar media and device states as in the first set of home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Mark Momot
  • Patent number: 10257557
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server, first information provided by a user that identifies a set of people to be monitored. The method includes accessing, at the server, second information associated with a plurality of media streams including a broadcast media stream and a non-broadcast media stream. The second information identifies particular people associated with individual media streams of the plurality of media streams. The method includes generating, at the server, a customized media stream based on a comparison of the first information and the second information. The customized media stream includes media content related to the set of people, where the media content includes at least a portion of the non-broadcast media stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen Francis Triano, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Roque Rios
  • Patent number: 10257573
    Abstract: In one embodiment, there is a content delivery system comprising: a communication network; a media component configured to transmit media content and associated metadata to user devices; a store holding permission vouchers for users of the system; an auxiliary content management component configured to: receive a request for auxiliary content insertion information from a user device, the request comprising an identifier of a user of the user device and an identifier of desired media content; access said store to determine permission for consumption of the desired media content in a resource constrained playout mode at the device based on at least one permission voucher for the user; generate auxiliary content insertion information based on the identifier of the user, the identifier of the desired media content and the at least one permission voucher; and transmit the generated auxiliary content insertion information to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventors: Philip Shaw, Hans-Jurgen Maas, Mark Christie
  • Patent number: 10237624
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for communication, collaboration, and resource sharing between television receivers operating at separate locations. In some embodiments, a television receiver device may be configured to identify and transmit various receiver data to other associated television receivers at separate physical locations. In order to transmit data from one receiver to another, the transmitting receiver device may establish a connection to an Internet Protocol (IP) network, contact a television provider server to obtain network addresses for one or more related receiver devices, and then transmit the data over the IP network to the related receiver devices. Additional aspects relate to identifying and sharing resources between associated television receivers operating at separate locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Keith Gerhards, Danny J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 10231020
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request for sports programming recommendation, responsive to the receiving step, determining an upcoming program vector and a weighted historical vector, performing a similarity calculation comparing the upcoming program vector and the weighted historical vector to derive a recommendation score, and generating a recommendation based on the recommendation score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The DirecTV Group, Inc
    Inventors: Ashok Sahu, Raymond Hsu, Charles Bradley Rice
  • Patent number: 10230996
    Abstract: A method for providing disparate audio broadcasts for a content item of a content sharing platform is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a processing device, a selection of an audio commentary from a viewer of a content item having a video portion, the audio commentary associated with the content item and recorded separately from an original recording of the content item. The method also includes synchronizing the selected audio commentary with the video portion of the content item. The method further includes providing the audio commentary in conjunction with the video portion to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ivo Daniel Carreira Abreu, Manuel Franceschini
  • Patent number: 10225031
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining increasing robustness of media signatures are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a characteristic analyzer to analyze a media signal based on a signature algorithm to identify a comparison between a first characteristic and a second characteristic that does not satisfy a threshold; and a characteristic enhancer to adjust at least one of the first characteristic or the second characteristic to satisfy the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US)
    Inventors: Alexander Topchy, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10225596
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving information associated with a user of media services, wherein the received information does not uniquely identify one media head end for the user, identifying a plurality of head ends responsive to the received information, and generating, for display on a client device associated with the user, information for displaying a program guide aggregating channels for the plurality of head ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mehran Sahami, Richard C. Gossweiler, III, Manish G. Patel, John Blackburn, David A. Brown, Neha Gupta, Thomas H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10219028
    Abstract: Provided are a display, a display device, a player, a playing device, and a playing display system. The display comprises at least two first display interfaces, a decode, and at least two data channels. Each first display interface is configured to receive a first image data stream transmitted by a second display interface with which a connection has already been established in a player. The first image data stream includes at least one start data frame and a second image data stream, the start data frame carries a data channel identifier. The decoder is configured to parse each first image data stream, and obtain a data channel corresponding to each second image data stream. Each data channel is configured to receive and output the corresponding second image data stream. The display can ensure that images displayed on a screen will not be ordered, and the operation is simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ran Duan
  • Patent number: 10212466
    Abstract: Techniques are described for playing back a portion of an image frame of media content. The playback can be based on characteristics of the viewer device and active region data indicating important areas of the image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10204104
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for processing queries relating to presented media content are provided. In some implementations, a method comprises: receiving a request to associate with a media playback device that is presenting media content to a user of the mobile device; activating a microphone associated with the mobile device; converting received ambient sounds to text inputs; determining whether the text inputs include a trigger term and the query; determining media playback information from the media application that includes timing information corresponding to when during the presentation of the media content the query was received and media content identification information; causing a search to be performed that includes the query, the timing information, and the media content identification information; obtaining a search result that is responsive to the query; and presenting the search result on a display associated with the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Taboriskiy, Emmanuel Mogenet, Oliver Heckmann, Matsvei Zhdanovich, Gokhan Hasan Bakir, Behshad Behzadi, Karoly Csalogany
  • Patent number: 10200750
    Abstract: A test system for testing a plurality of end-user devices. A controller performs pre-provision verification, provisioning, and post-provision testing. Pre-provision verification can be performed on a subset of end-user devices while others are bring provisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Rafael Villanueva, Vladzimir Valakh
  • Patent number: 10182265
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media content presentation system detecting an access event initiated by a user and performed by a media content processing subsystem with respect to a media content program during a time period associated with a provider-scheduled presentation of the media content program, identifying a programming block of which the media content program is a part, determining that the user has failed to direct the media content processing subsystem to perform an additional access event with respect to one or more additional media content programs that are also a part of the programming block during a time period associated with a provider-scheduled presentation of the one or more additional media content programs, and facilitating, in response to the determining, access by the user to the one or more additional media content programs included in the programming block. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10178434
    Abstract: A user interface (UI) for an Internet enabled TV lists content genre such as photos, music, and video, and for each genre a sub-list of content is provided regardless of the source of the content, i.e., regardless of whether the content in the particular genre is stored locally or is sourced from the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seth Hill, Tracy Ho Barnes
  • Patent number: 10171871
    Abstract: One or more of a system, method, apparatus, and computer-program product to identify or approximate or estimate where a particular television receiver is geographically located using spot beam transport information as described in the specification and/or shown in any of the drawings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Erik Joseph Swenson
  • Patent number: 10171850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the video surveillance field, and discloses a trunk management method and apparatus for video surveillance systems. In the present invention, the connection priority of a surveillance equipment is the highest priority amon/between priorities of all clients, when multiple clients with different priorities access the same surveillance equipment. The connection priority of the surveillance equipment is set as the priority of a new client, if the new client accesses the surveillance equipment and the priority of the new client is higher than the connection priority of the surveillance equipment; the connection priority of the surveillance equipment is remained unchanged, if the priority of the new client is not higher than the connection priority of the surveillance equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision System Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Zheng, Dajiang Huang, Zhenbo Chen
  • Patent number: 10110932
    Abstract: Administration of sessions, such as but not necessarily user interface (UI) and media sessions, is contemplated. The session administration may include transferring and/or sharing a session from one client to another without requiring an application required to process the transferred/shared session to be operational when receiving an action used to initialize session administration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Amol Bhagwat, Clarke Stevens
  • Patent number: 10104411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for targeting of advertising content for a consumer product, by obtaining consumer demographic data, the consumer demographic data including a plurality of demographic attributes for each person; identifying a plurality of media slots; and obtaining program information for a respective identified program aired in each media slot among the plurality of media slots, the program information including viewing data of a plurality of viewing persons viewing the program and each viewing person being among the plurality of persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Jon Borchardt