Patents Examined by Pankaj Kumar
  • Patent number: 10231002
    Abstract: A distribution system for transmitting media content programs to premises equipment via a satellite transmission path addresses signal degradation caused by atmospheric conditions and other factors. Upon detection of a degradation of the satellite signal, the system may begin transmitting the content using an alternative signal path, such as a terrestrial IP network. The satellite transmission path is brought back on line after the satellite link is restored. Alternatively, the system may begin recording the signal in the media distribution system for transmission via the satellite link after the link is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P, AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Gilboy, Matthew Pitz
  • Patent number: 10231013
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to measure exposure to streaming media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a communication interface to receive metering data from a media monitor. The metering data includes a first subset of a series of metadata tags extracted from media played on a presentation device. The first subset includes a first metadata tag extracted proximate in time to a media event associated with the media. The metering data omits a second subset of the series of metadata tags extracted from the media. Each of the metadata tags in the series of metadata tags embedded in a different portion of the media. The media monitor extracts each of the metadata tags from the media when the corresponding different portion of the media is played. The apparatus also includes an analyzer to analyze the metering data to determine exposure of an audience of the presentation device to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Jan Besehanic
  • Patent number: 10225586
    Abstract: A method of transmission by a surveillance device to a control room, via a telecommunications network, of a series of images, includes steps, implemented by the surveillance device, of acquisition of a series of images, of coding of the series of images acquired into a series of base video frames including a first quantity of information and into at least one series of enhancement video frames of the series of base video frames, the series of enhancement video frames including a second quantity of information making it possible to enhance the quality of the series of images coded into the series of base video frames, of transmission in real time via the telecommunications network of at least the series of base video frames to the control room, and of storage of at least the series of enhancement video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS DS SAS
    Inventor: Arthur Lallet
  • Patent number: 10225617
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating, distributing, and/or presenting social networking content in conjunction with video content are described. In accordance with various embodiments, social networking related information, e.g., comments, remarks and/or a twitter feed, are displayed in conjunction with the display of video to which the social networking information relates. The social networking related information may be displayed on the same or a different device from that which is used to display the video comments. In some embodiments, the social networking information, e.g., comments on a program, event or broadcast, are displayed on a personal computer or other device such as a mobile telephone, while video content is being viewed, e.g., on a television which is provided video content via a set top box. A knowledgeable moderator can review, supplement, add and delete comments in real time enhancing the overall social networking session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Steven Copertino, Brent William Brooks, Corinne Kerns Lowry, Joshua Charles Goldstein, Noah Mittman, Rosalie Ehrlich, Russell R. Alderson, Sanjay Cherubala, Sean MacDonald, Virginia Welford Miracle
  • Patent number: 10219015
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques to enable users to perform transactions such as purchasing items or receiving information regarding items depicted within a content stream, where the content stream may be received from a content provider and provided to an output device. Transactions may be performed by a user that may or may not be associated with a content provider or associated with an item offering service. In one example, a content stream may be analyzed to detect a depiction of an item, and a user may operate a user interface overlaid onto the displayed content stream to perform transactions such as initiating a purchase or requesting more information on the detected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Danae M. Kokenos, Charles Porter Schermerhorn, Matthew T. Tavis
  • Patent number: 10219013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for reducing data bandwidth between a cloud server and a thin client. The method comprises: rendering a base layer image or video stream at the thin client, transmitting an enhancement layer image or video stream from the cloud server to the thin client, displaying a composite layer image or video stream on the thin client, the composite layer being based on the base layer and the enhancement layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
    Inventors: Seong Ping Chuah, Ngai-Man Cheung
  • Patent number: 10212464
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method sends videos to a user that is using a video delivery service. The method receives user behavior that includes actions taken by the user on the video delivery service. The method inputs the user behavior into a first predictor to generate a set of actions for a set of entities. Also, the method inputs the set of actions for the set of entities, a real-time context, and the user behavior into a second predictor to generate probabilities for the set of actions for the set of entities. A probability for an action indicates the probability the user would select that action for an entity when compared against other actions in the set of actions for the set of entities. An action feed is selected based on the ranking and dynamically output to a client while the user is using the video delivery service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Lutfi Ilke Kaya, Bangsheng Tang, Tong Yang, Christopher Russell Kehler, Chi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10212482
    Abstract: A system is configured to perform a method which is also disclosed, to provide a user interface. The user interface is presented as a visual overlay that provides options for selecting content, such as any audio and/or visual media, any streaming media, any live or other television or on demand show(s) or content that may be on a selected programming channel. The user interface may be configured for displaying a channel listing as a channel bar, and a show listing as tiles in an expanded listing area. The expanded listing area may include one or more current or future shows available via a selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SiliconDust USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Baker, Nicholas John Kelsey
  • Patent number: 10206010
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sharing personal media using a digital recorder transfers multimedia content via email to a digital video recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Matt Arnold, Jim Barton
  • Patent number: 10200734
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying objects displayed in a media asset are provided. First and second parental control restrictions associated with first and second users within a perceivable range of a user equipment device are retrieved. The first parental control restriction enables access to content associated with a first authorization level and the second parental control restriction enables access to content associated with a second authorization level. A common authorization level that does not violate the first and second parental control restrictions is identified. A media asset that satisfies the common authorization level is presented to the first and second users in a first form. Supplemental content associated with the media asset that violates the second parental control restriction but does not violate the first parental control restriction is selected. The supplemental content is presented in a second form while the media asset is being presented in the first form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Priyanka Sharma
  • Patent number: 10191265
    Abstract: An image generation apparatus includes a plurality of irradiators, and a control circuit. The control circuit performs an operation including generating an in-focus image of an object in each of a plurality of predetermined focal planes, extracting a contour of at least one or more cross sections of the object represented in the plurality of in-focus images, generating at least one or more circumferences based on the contour of the at least one or more cross sections, generating a sphere image in the form of a three-dimensional image of at least one or more spheres, each sphere having one of the circumferences, generating a synthetic image by processing the sphere image such that a cross section appears, and displaying the resultant synthetic image on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumiko Kato, Taichi Sato, Yoshihide Sawada
  • Patent number: 10187678
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for substituting an updated segment of media guidance data that no longer includes a selected media asset identifier with another segment of media guidance data that includes the selected media asset identifier. A media guidance application may determine, following an update to a segment of media guidance data, that a selected media asset identifier, associated with a given media asset classifier, is no longer included in the updated segment of media guidance data. The media guidance application may retrieve another segment of media guidance data that is associated with the given media asset classifier and that includes the selected media asset identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McCarty, Mikhail Aksenfeld, Corey Tulis, David Wittke
  • Patent number: 10182270
    Abstract: A method comprises receiving content from at least one source, processing the content to identify an object in the content, assigning an identifier to the object based on the processing, permitting viewer selection of the object identifier, and providing additional information for presentation to a viewer of the content responsive to viewer selection of the object identifier. The content in some embodiments comprises live video from at least one live video source. For example, the content may comprise at least a portion of a panoramic video comprising a combination of multiple live videos from respective ones of a plurality of video sources. The panoramic video may be digitally cropped and scaled before a resulting version of the content is provided for presentation to the viewer. A plurality of different digitally cropped and scaled versions of the content from the panoramic video can be generated and made available to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kiswe Mobile Inc.
    Inventors: Jeong H. Kim, Francis X. Zane, Thomas J. Janiszewski, Wim Sweldens, Yung-Lung Ho, Tom Cuypers
  • Patent number: 10171862
    Abstract: A method and system for improving an interactive video search is provided. The method includes receiving, by a remote control, data including video object based questions. The remote control comprises a memory, a display, and a light fidelity device. The data is stored in the memory. A command associated with the data is received from a user based on video data being presented via a video presentation device and video object based questions are presented. In response, a selection for a question of the video object based questions is received. A light source is enabled such that a light is visible on the video object being presented via the video presentation device. The video object is identified and an Internet based search associated with locating answers to the question is executed. Information associated with the question is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Vijay K. Ananthapur Bache, Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit Rakshit, Saravanan Sadacharam
  • Patent number: 10165324
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring a user's viewing progress of media in a series are provided. The user may setup a media profile containing a list of program series to be monitored. The interactive media monitoring application may track the user's viewing progress of programs in the program series on the user equipment and update the user's media profile. The user may request and watch programs in the series at the user's leisure while peripheral media content may be filtered to be consistent with the user's viewing progress in the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Cordray, Todd A. Walker, Samir B. Armaly
  • Patent number: 10165327
    Abstract: Disclosed are a video studio creating method and a service device. The method includes: receiving a live video application-based live video request instruction sent by a client, in which the live video request instruction includes user information; acquiring live channel information associated with the user information; acquiring a live channel configuration parameter set corresponding to the live channel information, and creating a video studio according to the live channel configuration parameter set; and outputting an interactive interface of the video studio to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU HUADUO NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junjie Qin, Songlong Lin, Guangxing Xu, Guan Liu, Guanghao Huang
  • Patent number: 10158901
    Abstract: Systems and methods for representing video and audio media files as workflows are disclosed. In some cases, the systems and methods combine segments of the media files into larger compilations in the workflows, and using the workflows to individually optimize both the viewing experience for and the advertising presented to viewers based upon the circumstances of each viewer and parameters described with the workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: John D. Steinberg, Arthur H. Muir
  • Patent number: 10158914
    Abstract: A system and method for real-time alteration of media content based on stress monitoring is disclosed. A computer system present a single media content item in two distinct content streams to a first and second user. Using sensor generated data the computer system measures at least one user response indicator for the first and second user and estimates a stress level for the first and second users. The computer system determines whether the estimated stress level for the first user exceeds a first predetermined stress threshold. In accordance with a determination that the estimated stress level for the first user exceeds a first predetermined stress threshold the computer system alters the first stream of the presented media content item to modify the particular portion of the media content item associated with the estimated stress level for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Lenitra M. Durham, Tamir Damian Munafo, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Adi Shaliv, Giuseppe Raffa, Oleg Pogorelik, Sangita Ravi Sharma, Alex Nayshtut
  • Patent number: 10158908
    Abstract: A processing device sends a first list of content comprising an unsolicited electronic content item to be stored on a first device associated with a user profile. The processing device receives information describing a first state of storage space on the first device. The processing device determines at least one of an amount of total free space or an amount of available free space on a second device associated with the user profile. The processing device then determines a second list of content using the first state of the storage space on the first device and at least one of the amount of total free space or the amount of available free space on the second device and sends the second list to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ishwar VenkataManikanda Ramani, Michael Wendling, James Robert Wright
  • Patent number: 10149014
    Abstract: An iTV user interface includes a navigable menu area through which a user can select from among a variety of services and a content display area in which formatted data associated with a selected menu service are displayed to the user. The formatted data is displayed in a rotating or ticker fashion having both a passive mode, in which the formatted data is displayed in a sequence independent of any selection operations by a television viewer, and active mode, in which the formatted data is displayed in a sequence that depends on selection operations by the television viewer. Advertisements and/or promotions may be interspersed among the content items. The navigable menu area and the content display area may be displayed to the viewer at the same time as television programming is displayed on the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: Lena D. Chane, Matt Marenghi, Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Alex Chung, Prakash Hegde, Samuel Moreau, Darrel Haber