Patents Examined by Nathan J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 10321196
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided herein for a media guidance application that customizes media assets. In particular, the media guidance application may customize the media asset by condensing the media asset. The media guidance application may determine whether or not the condensed media asset omitted any desired parts of the media asset (e.g., one or more plot points of a movie; one or more parts of a movie featuring a specific actor or actress; one or more parts of a television show featuring comedy content), and alert the user about whether or not a desired part is omitted from the condensed media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10321203
    Abstract: A video delivery service may display different content on an interface, such as ad campaign content, media program campaign content, and recommendation content. For example, the video delivery service may communicate with an ad engine to determine ad campaign content that is available and ad campaign scores to rate the ad campaign content. The video delivery service may also communicate with a media program campaign engine to determine any media program campaign content for the user and media program campaign scores to rate the media program campaign content. Then, the video delivery service may communicate with a recommendation engine to rate the relevance of the ad campaign content or media program campaign content to the user. After receiving the ad campaign content, media program campaign content, and recommendation content, the video delivery service determines which of the ad campaign content, media program campaign content, and recommendation content to display in the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Russell Kehler, Kang Kang, Jeff Beal, Chi Zhang, Zhebang Hua, Lutfi Ilke Kaya
  • Patent number: 10313765
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first request for a video content item. The first request is received at a media server from a first electronic device. The method includes selectively communicating a vector graphics format version of the video content item or a bitmap graphics format version of the video content item to the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 10311102
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for processing video is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes storing a plurality of transcripts in a memory along with information identifying an associated video content unit, receiving a search request comprising one or more keywords originating from a user, searching at least some of the plurality of transcripts for the one or more keywords, determining search results that comprises a plurality of video content units that satisfy a similarity threshold with the search request, wherein the plurality of video content units that satisfy a similarity threshold with the search request comprise video content units having a transcript that includes at least some of the one or more keywords, and transmitting information identifying at least some of the video content units of the search results to a remote device for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Angelo J. Pino, Jr., Mohammed Sattar
  • Patent number: 10306286
    Abstract: Replacing content of a surface in video is described. In one or more embodiments, a surface captured in a scene of video content is replaced with replacement content. As part of doing so, an indication of the surface to be replaced is received. The indication may be received as user input to select the surface for replacement from a frame of video content or as a pattern that can be used to search for the surface in frames of the video content. Once the surface is identified, it is tracked throughout the video content using motion tracking techniques. The motion tracking identifies frames of the video content that include the identified surface as well as locations of surface in the identified frames. Based on the identified frames and locations, the replacement content is incorporated into the video content to replace the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Niraj Gupta, Syed Saad Hussain, Saurabh Sharma, Sandesh Kumar Agrawal, Morgan O. Gurfinkel, Jonathan David Tabak, Jens Markus Loeffler, Ashish Duggal
  • Patent number: 10306330
    Abstract: System, method, and computer program product embodiments are disclosed for integrated diagnosis and debugging of content distribution systems. A system includes a networking module that receives, from a central server, instructions for running network diagnostics on a cable headend. A diagnostics environment module is configured to perform diagnostic operations based on the received instructions. The networking module transmits results of the diagnostic operations to the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Azralon, Ken Silver, Heitor Almeida
  • Patent number: 10299015
    Abstract: Techniques are described for temporally targeted content placement for video content. A time mark that is associated with a sponsored-content trigger may be accessed. Presentation of a sponsored-content item is triggered based on the sponsored-content trigger associated with the time mark such that the sponsored-content item is presented at a point of time substantially in accordance with the time mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Pau
  • Patent number: 10289898
    Abstract: Analysis of mental state data is provided to enable video recommendations via affect. Analysis and recommendation is made for socially shared live-stream video. Video response is evaluated based on viewing and sampling various videos. Data is captured for viewers of a video, where the data includes facial information and/or physiological data. Facial and physiological information is gathered for a group of viewers. In some embodiments, demographic information is collected and used as a criterion for visualization of affect responses to videos. In some embodiments, data captured from an individual viewer or group of viewers is used to rank videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman Mahmoud, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10271110
    Abstract: Transmission of emergency alert information using a broadcasting service in an appropriate manner is achieved. A transmitter 200 (broadcasting station) inserts a wake-up signal as signaling of emergency alert information, describes information including a scale (category), type, occurrence time, and occurrence position of disaster, and version information as a message of emergency alert information, and transmits the message using a packet structure of a physical layer. A simple and inexpensive receiver 300 equipped with only a receiving antenna for broadcasting and a demodulator can receive the message of emergency alert information. An evacuation direction and a map or route to a shelter can be displayed using digital signage or streetlights, and an evacuation route can be instructed using streetlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Yoshiharu Dewa, Katsunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10271090
    Abstract: A media control player includes a central processing unit, a graphics processing unit, an audio/video input, an audio/video output, a memory device, and a media control player housing. The media control player to receives broadcast content from a broadcast source and proprietary targeted messages from a proprietary targeted message source. The proprietary targeted messages are based on one or more viewers within a viewing area of a display device, sales data associated with the one or more viewers, and inventory data selected based at least in part on the sales data. The media control player combines the proprietary targeted messages and the broadcast content into a merged output signal, and provides the merged output signal to the display device such that the proprietary targeted messages are displayed in a message region of the display device and the broadcast content is displayed in a broadcast content region of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Winter, Thomas F. Jung, Predraq Dozgic Krpan
  • Patent number: 10271092
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses a television channel switching method and a television. The method includes: determining that a first channel being played enters into a no-signal state; displaying a commonly-used channel list, wherein the commonly-used channel list is determined according to a preset rule; and switching from the first channel to a second channel in the commonly-used channel list, wherein the second channel and the first channel are different channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corporation, Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yongjian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10264295
    Abstract: A system and method is presented that segregates portions of a video file into distinct sections based on whether the sections contain original content or modified content. For each segment, portion, section or scene with modified content, a compressed file is created which includes at least one instance of a set of frames which includes modified content. For some sections there may be two or more versions of modifications. These alternative versions may be compressed as a single distinct file. This permits efficient edge caching of video files with modified content, for example for selective provision of alternative versions of the video file to various end users in a transmission efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: In Situ Media Corporation
    Inventors: Fatehali Dharssi, Ashley McKay
  • Patent number: 10264306
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for recommending collaborators of media content based on authenticated media content input are provided. In some implementations, the method comprises: receiving a request from a content creator to initiate presentation of broadcasted media content using a media device, wherein the request invites a plurality of users to participate in the broadcasted media content; determining that a user of the plurality of users has interacted with the broadcasted media content, wherein the user has been permitted to interact with the broadcasted media content in response to providing user authentication information; determining collaborator information associated with the user based on the user authentication information; and automatically causing, without user interaction, the determined collaborator information to be presented to the content creator for associating with the broadcasted media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Jeffrey Lee-Chan
  • Patent number: 10264328
    Abstract: To provide more advanced emergency notification service. An emergency notification control unit controls operations of respective units corresponding to an emergency notification service based on an emergency notification control signal transmitted through a broadcast wave of digital broadcasting using an IP transmission scheme, and thus a more advanced emergency notification service can be provided in digital broadcasting using an IP transmission scheme. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a broadcasting system including a transmitter and a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10257548
    Abstract: Delivering, protecting, and playing content, including: executing a content-bound executable application in a trusted execution environment by a player device; performing an integrity check of the player device using the content-bound executable application; sending a request from the player device for update information to at least one of the license server and the content server using the content-bound executable application; receiving update information at the player device from the at least one of the license server and the content server; updating local environment of the player device using the content-bound executable application; and decrypting the content data by the content-bound executable application. Key words include content-bound and executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Taylor, Spencer Stephens
  • Patent number: 10257462
    Abstract: An adapter includes a passive branch circuit configured to communicate a first cable television (CATV) signal between an input port and a passive port, an active branch circuit configured to receive a second CATV signal from the input port, and a sensor configured to detect a low-power condition in the active branch circuit. The active branch circuit is configured to terminate the second CATV signal in response to the sensor detecting the low-power condition, and the active branch circuit is configured to communicate the second CATV signal from to one or more active ports when the active branch circuit does not terminate the second CATV signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventor: Chad T. Wells
  • Patent number: 10250942
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to detect shapes are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include determining a first likelihood of detection for a reference shape at a first distance from an image capturing device, and storing the reference shape in a first group of a plurality of groups in the database based on a comparison of the first likelihood of detection with a first threshold, the first group associated with the first distance. Disclosed examples also include selecting reference shapes of the first group to compare to an object outline detected in an image in response to a query, the query including a depth value associated with the detected object outline, the selecting of the reference shapes of the first group based on the depth value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Alejandro Terrazas
  • Patent number: 10244203
    Abstract: An encoder and a re-packager circuit. The encoder may be configured to generate one or more bitstreams each having (i) a video portion, (ii) a subtitle placeholder channel, and (iii) a plurality of caption channels. The re-packager circuit may be configured to generate one or more re-packaged bitstreams in response to (i) one of the bitstreams and (ii) a selected one of the plurality of caption channels. The re-packaged bitstream moves the selected caption channel into the subtitle placeholder channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian A. Enigma
  • Patent number: 10244285
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a machine architecture implementing a staging automation process, including features such as multiple IR transmitters and composite video inputs for automated high volume quality testing. Diagnostic display outputs from a unit under test are input to OCR and video quality algorithms to validate that the units under test are ready for a functional test process at the next stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Vladzimir Valakh
  • Patent number: 10235260
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a machine architecture implementing a staging automation process, including features such as multiple IR transmitters and composite video inputs for automated high volume quality testing. Diagnostic display outputs from a unit under test are input to OCR and video quality algorithms to validate that the units under test are ready for a functional test process at the next stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Rafael Villanueva