Patents Examined by Pankaj Kumar
  • Patent number: 10080047
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically monitoring, identifying, documenting, recording, interrupting, disrupting, educating, redirecting and infiltrating and/or monetizing the illegal and unauthorized sharing and viewing of video streaming content by using a keyword and an internet address and automatically retrieving data relating to the keyword and video streaming services or password sharing, automatically retrieving information relating to the retrieved data, automatically retrieving information relating with a combination of the first two retrievals, enhancing the data sets, and sending a message to the individual who shared the illegal share link or password and to all the viewers of the illegal video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Wayne D. Lonstein, Julie C. Lonstein
  • Patent number: 10070183
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed that generally relate to content delivery techniques in audio-visual systems. In an audio-visual system, a method of using sensors to incrementally present content elements on a display includes presenting a first content element on the display, receiving first data from a sensor, the first data associated with a first distance. An increment coefficient is identified, and a portion size is determined by reducing the first distance by the increment coefficient. Finally, an unseen portion of a second content element is incrementally added to the display, and a presented portion of the first content element is incrementally removed from the display, the size of the portions added and removed being equal to the determined portion size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Digital Media Services Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Kilar, Richard W. Tom, Lonn Lee, Bao Lei, Jiwen Cai, Yanqing Zhou, Jocelyn Lui
  • Patent number: 10070187
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for receiving, decoding, and simultaneously outputting multiple television programs and channels via television receivers. In various embodiments, one or more multi-video display modes may be provided by television receivers, including, for example, multi-video channel scanning display mode, a multi-video favorite channel scanning display mode, a multi-video swap command, a multi-video electronic programming guide (EPG), a multi-video digital video recorder (DVR) interface display mode, and a multi-video program/channel search display mode. Different multi-video display modes may be associated with different television data sources, and each display mode may have a corresponding layout that determines the number of different television selections (e.g., television channels and/or programs) to be displayed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 10070170
    Abstract: A content annotation tool is disclosed. In a configuration, a portion of a movie may be obtained from a database. Entities, such as an actor, background music, text, etc. may be automatically identified in the movie. A user, such as a content producer, may associate and/or provide supplemental content for an identified entity to the database. A selection of one or more automatically identified entities may be received. A database entry may be generated that links the identified entity with the supplemental content. The selected automatically identified one or more entities and//or supplemental content associated therewith may be presented to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Henry Will Schneiderman, Michael Andrew Sipe, Marco Paglia, Mikkel Crone Köser
  • Patent number: 10063930
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for electronic program guide (EPG) sorting and automatic realignment is provided. In example embodiments, a graphical user interface having an EPG including a plurality of rows of thumbnails representing programs is presented on a device of a user. Each row of thumbnails may be navigated independent of other rows. A navigational input is received via a touchscreen of the device. The navigational input indicates an action performed on the graphical user interface that triggers a realignment of programming information presented on the EPG. An updated EPG with the realignment of the programming information indicated by the navigational input is then provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Crx K. Chai, Alex Fishman, Matthew Huntington, Isaac Chellin, Kevin Lu
  • Patent number: 10057647
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for determining which of two multimedia devices to use when launching an Internet multimedia application. A user may interact directly with a first device and select an application from the first device. The first device will determine whether the selected application is present on a second device and whether the capabilities of the second device make it a better choice for launching the selected application. If the first device is chosen, multimedia data is transmitted from the first device though the second device to a display. If the second device is chosen, the first device sends a command to the second device to launch the selected application and multimedia data is sent from the second device to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefano Marconcini, David D. Shoop
  • Patent number: 10051334
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an apparatus and method for resuming playing of a media source, where if a smart televisions switches from a first media source to a second media source, then buffered video data after the position where the first media source is being played while it is being switched will be obtained and stored. Since the buffered video data can be played for a period of time longer than the playing-start time of the media source, if the smart television switches from the second media source back to the first media source, then the buffered video data will be played, and playing of the first media source will be resumed from the end position of the buffered video data in the media source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Liming Ma
  • Patent number: 10051304
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identification and insertion of content targeted to a particular audience within a content-based network, such as a cable television or satellite network. In one embodiment of the invention, audience qualities are identified and distributed to an advertisement decision maker, which uses the information to fulfill advertisement placement opportunities. Qualifiers about an existing or projected audience are classified utilizing an algorithm for qualifier weight and variance in order to determine the proximity any given qualifier may be to a target audience for an advertisement. Subscriber privacy and anonymity is also optionally maintained via e.g., hashing or encrypting data relating to the CPE and/or subscriber, thus ensuring that audience data is not traceable to a specific user account. Business methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Justin Tidwell, Edward G. Samame, Bryan Santangelo
  • Patent number: 10051314
    Abstract: A method, system, and executable instructions are provided that receive a request to change a television tuner from a first channel to a second channel, the first channel providing first programming and the second channel providing second programming, wherein the first and second programming are different and changing from the first channel to the second channel causes a delay in providing, by the television tuner, the second programming, determine, based on metadata associated with the second channel and/or second programming, an image associated with the second programming, and, during the delay, display, on a screen of the television, the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: Jamdeo Technologies Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim, Alexander de Paz
  • Patent number: 10051326
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for determining a level of user engagement based on user interactions. A media guidance application is configured to retrieve a first record of a first plurality of user inputs, including input type, received during a first advertisement slot. A second advertisement slot, that overlaps the first advertisement slot, is selected and second record of a second plurality of user inputs received during the second advertisement slot, including input type, is retrieved. A level of user engagement for the first advertisement slot is determined based on the comparison between the first record and the second record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin H. Maughan, Paul Stathacopoulos, Sean Matthews
  • Patent number: 10045090
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining that a wireless device associated with one user account is proximate to a computing device associated with another user account. In response to determining the proximity of the two devices, one or more of the devices may receive merged access to permissions and/or content associated with the two user accounts. In response to determining that the wireless device is not proximate to the computing device, the devices may no longer receive merged access to permissions and/or content associated with the two user accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Kareeson, Scott Eklund, Francisco Niebres, Preston Smalley, Josh Kennedy, Donald J. Stecher
  • Patent number: 10034046
    Abstract: During a live stream of a main content to a user, a biometric response of the user is measured during a first streamed portion of the main content. The biometric response is analyzed to detect an event in the first streamed portion of the main content. The biometric response of the user during the event indicates that the event is a user-specific climactic event. Based on the analysis, a user-specific set of feature values is computed that are representative of the user-specific climactic event in the first streamed portion of the main content. A user-specific non-climactic period is forecasted in a future portion of the live stream during which a likelihood of an occurrence of any user-specific climactic event is below a threshold likelihood. A secondary content is inserted during the user-specific non-climactic period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Michael F. Baryla, Aaron K. Baughman, Mauro Marzorati, Ahmed M. Nassar
  • Patent number: 10034063
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for streaming content is disclosed. A streamer (155) detects a cue for a break in a segment of the program content, wherein the cue includes an identification of an advertising provider associated with the break. The streamer sends, to an advertisement server (115), a request for content associated with the advertising provider, and receives, from the advertisement server, an advertisement associated with the advertising provider. Further, the streamer transcodes the advertisement based on configuration information of an additional device (165) to generate formatted content viewable on the additional device. Moreover, the streamer streams the formatted content to the additional device via the local connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Prasad Panje, Prasad A G, Azimul Mannan, Krishnan Raghavan
  • Patent number: 10034051
    Abstract: A method for assessing viewer interest in content and advertisements may include receiving an indication regarding a content playback mode change (e.g., a change from a skip or fast-forward mode to a pause or rewind mode) occurring during playing of a media content segment such as a television program or movie. The method then proceeds to associate the playback mode change with a sub-segment of the television program, such as an advertisement or commercial, and a level of interest of a user in the advertisement or commercial is determined based on the associated content playback mode change. An item, such as an advertisement or promotional offer can be selected to be presented to the user based on the determined level of interest of the user in the advertisement or commercial. Systems for assessing viewer interest in content and advertisements include devices and components configured to perform or enable such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: John Card, II
  • Patent number: 10034030
    Abstract: A field-programmable low-noise block downconverter. The low-noise block downconverter may, as part of a system install or upgrade for example, be programmed in the field to source channels containing programming to a particular television receiver based on the particular configuration of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Edmund Petruzzelli
  • Patent number: 10027999
    Abstract: A method for transmitting broadcast signals by an apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals, the method includes encoding data corresponding to each of data pipes; encoding signaling data; building at least one signal frame including the encoded data and the encoded signaling data; modulating data of the at least one signal frame by an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) scheme; performing Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR) reduction for the modulated data using a tone reservation algorithm based on a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) size; and transmitting time domain broadcast signals carrying the modulated data of the at least one signal frame, wherein the at least one signal frame comprises signaling symbols and data symbols, wherein a set of carriers in the signaling symbols and a set of carriers in the data symbols are reserved for the PAPR reduction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Chulkyu Mun, Jaehyung Kim, Hochul Jung, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10025478
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a companion application that allows users to discover secondary content that supplements primary content that the user is enjoying and to run the secondary content within the application. Examples of primary content include, games, television shows, movies, and music. In one embodiment, a companion application runs on both the primary device, which is the device generating the primary content, and on the companion device. The companion application helps the user discover available secondary content. In addition to discovering secondary content that may be relevant to the user, the companion application includes an application-run environment in which secondary content applications may run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen Patricia Mulcahy, Shiraz Cupala, John Darren Elliott, Wyatt Douglas Jackson, Hansen Liou, Alain P. Maillot, Neil Warren Black, Joshua C. Zana
  • Patent number: 10027995
    Abstract: The subject matter discloses a system and method for creating content in an evolutionary process derived from genetic algorithms imitating biological natural processes, and for creating new original effective content which is not based only on predefined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TREEPODIA LTD.
    Inventor: Tal Rubenczyk
  • Patent number: 10021439
    Abstract: Various arrangements that permit temporary subscription porting are presented. A temporary subscription port request may be submitted by a subscriber. The temporary subscription port request may include an identifier of a visitor television receiver and authentication information for the subscriber. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a first command to a home television receiver may be transmitted that disables viewing a first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a second command to the visitor television receiver may be transmitted that enables viewing the first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Luke VanDuyn, Henry Gregg Martch
  • Patent number: 10019963
    Abstract: Systems and methods which allow for third party displayed content, which is displayed with primary content, to adapt in response to a change in permitted display space are provided for herein. In some embodiments, third party content may include a plurality of elements where the elements are provided with a different priority ranking. In such examples, in the event that an available display area is reduced, elements with lower priority levels may be reduced at a faster rate with respect to elements of higher levels. Conversely, in the event that an available display area is enlarged, elements with higher priority levels may be enlarged at a faster rate with respect to elements of lower priority levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Zumobi, Inc.
    Inventors: John SanGiovanni, Benjamin B. Bederson, Ben Painter