Patents Examined by Pankaj Kumar
  • Patent number: 9948998
    Abstract: A system may receive an entity identifier for a user. The entity identifier may identify an entity that is associated with a category. The system may identify channel(s) for the category by obtaining data for the user, and analyzing the data to determine a score for each channel. The system may use the scores to select one or more of the channels. The system may provide content related to the selected channel(s) to a client device of the user, and the user may interact with the content via the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mathew Cowan, Christopher Pedregal
  • Patent number: 9948983
    Abstract: Systems and methods for allowing a user to access a different version of a blocked media asset. These systems and methods allow a first user to request access to the blocked media asset from a second user who has authority to approve access to the blocked media asset. These systems and methods determine different versions of the media asset available from different sources. These systems and methods notify the second user that the first user has requested access to the blocked media asset and include, in the notification, an option to unblock any one of the different versions of the media asset available from the different sources. This allows the second user to determine if there is a version of the media asset that the second user deems suitable for unblocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane A. Martin, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9948416
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a hybrid broadcast service, the apparatus comprising a reception module for receiving broadcast signals though a broadcast channel or contents through a broadband channel for the hybrid broadcast service, wherein the broadcast signals include data for the hybrid broadcast service and an EAM (Emergency Alert message) and a processor for receiving a request from a companion device and sending at least one of a content or continuous components or files or data or media timeline information of the EAM (Emergency Alert message) based on the request, wherein the continuous components or the files or the data are a part of the hybrid broadcast service which is currently selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Seungryul Yang, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong, Minsung Kwak, Woosuk Kwon, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon, Seungjoo An, Jungwook Park, Jangwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9942599
    Abstract: A method for synchronized utilization of an electronic device is provided. The method receives closed captioning data from an audio/video content receiver for a set of audio/video content; retrieves detail for a first event occurring in the set of audio/video content, wherein the first event is indicated by the received closed captioning data; and presents content to a user, using the electronic device, based on the retrieved detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Steven Michael Casagrande
  • Patent number: 9936263
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, apparatus, article of manufacture, method, and/or computer program product embodiments for controlling display of media content. An embodiment operates by receiving a selection of media content for playback, presenting interstitial media content on a first device prior to playing the media content, transmitting an option to skip the interstitial media content to a second device, receiving a request to skip the interstitial media content from the second device, stopping presentation of the interstitial media content on the first device, and presenting the selected media content on the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Wood, Scott Rosenberg, Ilya Asnis
  • Patent number: 9930417
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computing device may display a video browser screen on an output device. The video browser screen may include a list of video programs arranged as a carousel. The carousel may have a plurality of entries, where an entry may represent a video program that may be provided by a service provider. A video program represented by an entry may be, for example, a live video program, a video program available on demand, or a video program that may have been recorded by a device that may be provided by the service provider. The computing device may acquire an indication to navigate to an entry in the carousel. The computing device may navigate to the entry and acquire an indication to select the entry. The computing device may select the entry and display the video program associated with the selected entry on the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: James C. Stark, Alexandra Cottrell
  • Patent number: 9930413
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to provide a media program (e.g., a television program, a sporting event, a movie, advertisement, etc.) to a user by obtaining portions of the media program from multiple, distinct media content sources. A client device, such as a set-top-box (STB), may receive present an ongoing media program to a user. The user may request for the client device to start the media program from the beginning, rewind the media program, or otherwise access a previous portion of the media program. Depending on the request, the client device may obtain different portions of the media program requested by the user from multiple, distinct media content sources. Examples of such sources may include a buffer of the client device, a digital-video-recording (DVR) component of the client device, a DVR server, a catch up server, and a video-on-demand (VoD) server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes P. Schmidt, Punitma Malhotra
  • Patent number: 9918133
    Abstract: A graphical user interface is disclosed which achieves an easy search for a desired item. When an operation inputting section accepts a selective operation input for selection of one of plural processing functions, plural representation images individually representing plural processing object items of the processing function are displayed in an array along one direction of a display screen such that one of the representation images can be selected as a noticed representation image by an inputting operation through the operation inputting section. A decision section decides whether plural processing object items of the selected processing function are divided in a plurality of groups. If the processing object items are divided in groups, then the group name of the group to which the processing object item of the noticed representation image belongs is displayed in the proximity of the noticed representation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Shingo Utsuki, Kazuto Nishizawa, Daisuke Inaishi, Ko Kusanagi, Hiroshi Sato, Daisuke Sato, Kenichi Moriwaki, Satoshi Kanda, Yuji Ishimura, Shimon Sakai, Masahiro Urano
  • Patent number: 9918115
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for obtaining video streams is presented. A device-agnostic request to obtain a video stream is received from an application executing on a client device, the device-agnostic request including a universal resource identifier (URI) for the video stream, the URI including a type of the video stream and at least one of a name of the video stream and device-specific parameters for the video stream. The URI is analyzed to identify a media device from which the video stream is available. A device-specific library for the media device is identified. A device-specific request corresponding to the device-agnostic request is executed to obtain the video stream, the device-specific request including the URI. The video stream is received from the media device responsive to executing the device-specific request. The video stream is provided to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Justin Koh, Pierre-Yves Laligand
  • Patent number: 9906821
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for reordering video packets from a multiplexed video bitstream is implemented on a computing device and includes: defining a current program identifier (PID), receiving the video packets, where each of the video packets is associated with an associated PID and a next-PID indication, for each video packet from among the received video packets, checking whether the associated PID is equal to the current PID, upon determining that the associated PID is equal to the current PID, appending the video packet as an output video packet to a reordered video bitstream, upon determining that the associated PID is not equal to the current PID, queueing the video packet as a queued video packet in a PID queue associated with the associated PID, and updating the current PID in accordance with the next-PID indication from a most recently appended output video packet in the reordered video bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Harel Cain, Michal Devir
  • Patent number: 9906782
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the quality of video playback are provided. Errors in video playback may be detected at any point of transmission at which video can be extracted regardless of the means of transmission or the type of device through which transmission occurs thus allowing for testing of a plurality of devices or transmission means with the same testing system. Such devices or transmission means may provide direct or indirect input for analysis and identification of frame glitches, pulldown performance, frame jitter, frame judder, frame skip, frame tear, audio synchronization, quality comparison and MOS scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cinder LLC
    Inventors: Steven Martin, Ayal Lutwak, Paul Niman
  • Patent number: 9894366
    Abstract: A method is provided to manage playback of adaptive bitrate streaming video using using a stall time delay. The method includes pausing playback of a segment of a variant when a playback point reaches a download point, marking a stall time that marks a point in time in the segment at which playback was paused, determining a remaining playback time, determining a remaining download time, selecting an offset time, determining a wait time, determining a resume time, and waiting to resume playback at least until the download point reaches the resume time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Mattias Blomqvist
  • Patent number: 9888290
    Abstract: A data communication gateway. The gateway comprises a processor, a non-transitory memory, and an application stored in the non-transitory memory. When executed by the processor, the application receives a secure socket layer (SSL) client hello message identifying a server and an application layer communication protocol from a client executing on one of a user equipment (UE), a laptop computer, a notebook computer, a tablet computer, or a desktop computer and determines to deny an application layer communication service access of the client to the identified server. In response to determining to deny service access, sending a SSL server hello message comprising a client redirection extension to the client that identifies a web server configured to provide a courtesy message associated with the service denial in response to a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) GET message or a secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) GET message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Rajil Malhotra, Tania S. Mazza, Chidambaram Pavanasam, Badri P. Subramanyan
  • Patent number: 9883133
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcast receiving device. A terrestrial broadcast receiving unit receives a terrestrial broadcasting service. A mobile receiving unit receives a mobile broadcasting service transmitted via a network for mobile communication. A control unit allows the terrestrial broadcasting service and the mobile broadcasting service to be selectively received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woosuk Kwon, Seoungjoo An, Woosuk Ko, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 9877053
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for indicating viewership of a video are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises: identifying a video; identifying a first group of users; determining an affinity score for each user with the identified video; receiving a request to present a page that includes a representation of the video; identifying a second group of users connected to the first user associated with the user device; determining a viewership status of each user in the second group of users corresponding to the video; identifying a subset of users in the second group of users based at least in part on the viewership status; and causing groups of indicators to be presented on the user device, wherein each indicator in the groups of indicators represents the viewership status of the user, and wherein the indicators are presented on the requested page in connection with the representation of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Ruxandra Georgiana Davies
  • Patent number: 9872065
    Abstract: Methods and systems for accessing or receiving content are provided. In one aspect, a non-tunable device (e.g., a device without the capability to tune to a particular channel) can access a particular channel via a tunable device (e.g., a device with the capability to tune to the particular channel). For example, the non-tunable device can receive a notification or a service denial notification in a tuning attempt. Based on the notification, the non-tunable device can transmit user information (e.g., relates to purchasing entitlement to content) to a computing device and receive tuning information (e.g., available tuners capable of accessing the request content) from the computing device. Upon receiving the tuning information, the non-tunable device can transmit a tuning request to the tunable device and receive a data asset (e.g., requested content, tuning denial) based on the tuning request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Slade Mitchell, John Robinson
  • Patent number: 9872063
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a method of transmitting a broadcast signal. The method of transmitting the broadcast signal according to the present invention proposes a system capable of supporting a next-generation broadcast service in an environment that supports next-generation broadcasting using a terrestrial broadcast network and an Internet protocol network. In addition, the present invention proposes an efficient signaling scheme for both the terrestrial broadcasting network and the Internet protocol network in the environment that supports next-generation broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungryul Yang, Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong, Jangwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9872058
    Abstract: A method for splitting content channels is disclosed. The method includes identifying, by a processing device of a content sharing platform, result channels originating from a target channel of the content sharing platform, wherein each of the result channels corresponds to a set of users of the target channel that view a similar set of content items from the target channel. The method may further include, for each of the result channels, subscribing, by the processing device to the result channel, the set of users that corresponds to the result channel, and associating, by the processing device to the result channel, the set of the content items of the target channel that corresponds to the subscribed set of users of the result channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Schneider, Justin Lewis
  • Patent number: 9872084
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention is directed to a computer system which includes: a specifically programmed server, where the server includes a plurality of modules configured to perform at least: electronically and periodically obtaining, over a computer network, media data from a plurality of computer systems of media data sources, where the media data is associated with a plurality of media airings of a plurality creatives; electronically and periodically obtaining web tracking transaction data from a computer system of a web tracking electronic source; where the web tracking transaction data including web tracking metrics for web originated activities; where web originated activities include web orders placed in response to the offer associated with the creative; for each web order record in the transactional web data: attributing, by the specifically programmed server, a particular web order to a particular media airing; and displaying a real time updatable web attribution report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Monica C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9866893
    Abstract: Methods and systems for accessing content are provided. A non-tunable device (e.g., a device without the capability to tune to a particular channel) can access a particular channel via a tunable device (e.g., a device with the capability to tune to the particular channel). A computing device can facilitate content tuning. As an example, the non-tunable device can send user information (e.g., a request for content) to the computing device. The computing device can reserve the available tuner and transmit the tuning information (e.g., tuner reservation identifier) to the non-tunable device. Upon receiving the tuning information, the non-tunable device can transmit a tuning request (e.g., all or portion of tuning information, device identifier) to the tunable device. Upon receiving the tuning request, the tunable device can tune to the particular requested channel and transmit a data asset (e.g., requested content, tuning denial) to the non-tunable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Slade Mitchell, John Robinson