Patents Examined by Pankaj Kumar
  • Patent number: 10021442
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for causing a stunt switcher to run a bug-removal digital-video effect (DVE). In one aspect, a method involves selecting a first log-entry from a traffic log, wherein the first log-entry corresponds to a bug-removal DVE stored in the stunt switcher; selecting a second log-entry from the traffic log, wherein the second log-entry corresponds to a show-segment video-component (VC) and a start time; causing the VC to start being channeled through the stunt switcher proximate the start time; making a determination that a threshold time-period remains in a show portion of the VC; and responsive to making the determination that the threshold time-period remains in the show portion of the VC, causing the stunt switcher to run the stored bug-removal DVE, thereby removing any bug overlayed on the VC as a remainder of the VC is being channeled through the stunt switcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10015530
    Abstract: A video processing method includes receiving a multimedia file including a first video file encrypted with a first compression algorithm and converting the first video file to a second video file, which is encrypted with a second compression algorithm. The method includes extracting, from the second file, video data indicative of at least one video characteristic of the second file and displaying the video data on a display screen or forwarding the video data to a content insertion server. The first video compression algorithm may be a MPEG-2 video compression algorithm and the second video compression algorithm may be an H.264 algorithm and/o an H.265 algorithm. The video data may include run time data indicative of a run time of the second video file, frame rate data indicative of a frame rate of the second video file, and pixel data indicative of a resolution of the second video file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd W. Jones, Shauna Adams, James Morgan, Thomas Paterson
  • Patent number: 10015539
    Abstract: Various arrangements for providing a multichannel viewing event are presented. A definition of the multichannel viewing event may be broadcast to multiple television receivers. A television receiver may, as part of an electronic programming guide, provide a single-selection option to activate the multichannel viewing event based on the broadcast definition. In response to receiving user input that selects the single-selection option, the definition of the multichannel viewing event is accessed. One or more tuners of the television receiver may be tuned based on the television channels defined in the definition of the multichannel viewing event. A quad video stream that includes live feeds of four television channels may then be output to a display device for simultaneous presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark Templeman
  • Patent number: 10009659
    Abstract: Methods and systems for hybrid push-based media streaming of encoded video (or media) content grouped into video segment (or chunk) files to one or more user devices are described, where push notices are provided from a manifest server to subscribing user devices over a persistent low bandwidth connection when the video segment files are ready to be viewed. The video segment files may be downloaded by the user devices from segment servers to the user devices via a separate HTTP high bandwidth streaming connection, or other form of separate connection. In addition, unique, personalized, or additional content may be inserted in the push notices and viewed by the user devices without impacting video playback performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel J. Reisner
  • Patent number: 10009650
    Abstract: A method for processing data by a source device which transmits an object-based audio (OBA) using a high definition media interface (HDMI), includes when a sink device is connected, requesting the sink device to read an enhanced extended display identification data (E-EDID), receiving an E-EDID including OBA-processing information of the sink device from the sink device, the OBA processing information including at least one of capability information indicating capability of processing the OBA and property information required for processing the OBA, and determining whether the sink device is capable of processing the OBA based on the OBA processing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jangwoong Park, Hyeonjae Lee, Dokyun Kim, Jinkwon Lim, Hyunsik Yang
  • Patent number: 10009642
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for generating content identification tiles, such as manifest files, for ensuring content and advertising continuity when changes occur during playback. A user device can request content at a particular bitrate, and a first manifest file comprising references to the content and selected associated content such as advertisements can be created in response to the request. While one of the advertisements is being displayed, the user device can request a change, such as for a different bitrate. A computing device, such as a manifest server can access the first manifest file to determine the content and the associated content, such the advertisements, that were intended for the user. The manifest server can then create a second manifest file in response to the request, where second manifest file can be created with the associated content, for example, the advertisements in the first manifest file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Ramaley
  • Patent number: 10003837
    Abstract: Various arrangements for using a television programming distribution network with integrated predictive data gathering for distributing content are presented. Using a television service provider network, television programming may be broadcast to bi-directional communication television receivers and addressable television receivers. Viewership information may be collected by a viewership analysis system from the bi-directional communication television receivers. A viewership target model may then be constructed using the viewership information received from the plurality of bi-directional communication television receivers and data from a subscriber database accessible by the viewership analysis system. A differentiator model may then be trained using the viewership target model. The differentiator model may be applied to the addressable television receivers. Content may then be addressed to some of the addressable television receivers based on applying the differentiator model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Prasad Joglekar, Thomas Rampley, David Shaub, Eric Harper
  • Patent number: 9998771
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a transmission method, a reception apparatus, and a reception method which can easily obtain a mosaic screen. Metadata of content is distributed, and the metadata is described using an attribute and an attribute value and includes signaling information indicating that a video is a thumbnail video suitable for constituting a mosaic screen, and the attribute indicating information to refer to a file including information to receive content supplied by a service. The present technology can be applied when, for example, content is to be distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamagishi, Masahito Mori
  • Patent number: 9998792
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an electronic program guide for television or radio programs includes presenting listings of present or future programs on-screen, presenting listings of past programs on-screen and indicating whether the past program is available again at a future time. Also, a system and method for handling information controllable from an electronic program guide for television or radio programs comprises receiving information in a user's system, storing the received information in the user's system, displaying access to the stored information by means of a user interface and enabling the user to select one of a plurality of management options for controlling the operation of the stored information through the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P.V. Drazin, Achim H. Kram
  • Patent number: 9998790
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for providing streamlined access to media assets of interest to a user. The method includes determining that a supplemental viewing device, through which a user views a field of view, is directed at a first field of view. The method further involves detecting that the supplemental viewing device is now directed at a second field of view, and determining that a media consumption device is within the second field of view. A first media asset of interest to the user that is available for consumption via the media consumption device is identified, and the supplemental viewing device generates a visual indication in the second field of view. The visual indication indicates that the first media asset is available for consumption via the media consumption device, and the visual indication tracks a location of the media consumption device in the second field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Logan, Alexander W. Liston, William L. Thomas, Gabriel C. Dalbec, Margret B. Schmidt, Mathew C. Burns, Ajay Kumar Gupta
  • Patent number: 9992523
    Abstract: A method receives a candidate set of recommendations for video entities on a video delivery service in response to receiving a request to generate a page of an interface. A number for each recommendation is generated that represents a relevance rating of the respective recommendation minus a similarity rating between the respective recommendation and recommendations from the candidate set of recommendations that are added to a subset of recommendations. A recommendation is added to the subset of recommendations that has a maximum probability of being relevant to the user and diverse from the recommendations in the subset of recommendations based on the number. The method then updates the number for recommendations in the candidate set of recommendations based on adding the recommendation to the subset of recommendations. This process is iteratively performed and the subset of recommendations in the page of the interface is provided to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Laming Chen, Guoxin Zhang, Bangsheng Tang, Hanning Zhou
  • Patent number: 9979991
    Abstract: There is described a method for generating a frame label for a media frame sampled at a media frame rate at a given time-of-day relative to a day-zero reference. The method comprises: obtaining a calendar day at which the media frame is sampled, the calendar day having a day origin; computing a day-origin phase offset at the day origin based on the day-zero reference and on the calendar day; subtracting the day-origin phase offset from the given time-of-day to get a media frame relative offset which is relative to a first frame of the calendar day; computing the frame label from the media frame relative offset and from the media frame rate; and assigning the frame label to the media frame for time-positioning the media frame with respect to other media frames and with respect to a timescale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen C. Scott
  • Patent number: 9980014
    Abstract: An information providing system, reception apparatus, and methods thereof are provided for protected content data. The method for providing the protected content data includes generating or receiving the protected content data, and generating a digital television broadcast signal including at least one data field sync segment and the protected content data. The digital television broadcast signal is provided to a reception apparatus. The at least one data field sync segment carries information necessary to identify a framing structure of the digital television broadcast signal and includes one of security information for accessing the protected content data and a location of the security information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Luke Fay, Brant Candelore, Frederick J. Zustak, Peter Shintani
  • Patent number: 9973789
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for receiving a set of frames, each frame being provided as a digital image that depicts a portion of an event and a logo associated with a brand, for each frame in the set of frames, and for each pixel in a frame: determining a weight of the pixel based on a distribution assigned to the frame, providing a quality of the logo depicted in the frame, and calculating a pixel quotient based on the weight and the quality, for each frame in the set of frames: determining a frame quotient at least partially based on a sum of all pixel quotients for the frame, and determining an impact indicator for the logo based on a total size of digital media comprising the set of frames and a sum of frame quotients of the frames in the set of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ran Bittmann, Michael Kemelmakher, Yuri Arshavski
  • Patent number: 9973805
    Abstract: An example implementation includes a computer-implemented method including generating at a user device a dynamic user-interactable graphical interface using a performance summary including viewer traffic statistics for a first show. The performance summary includes an inbound viewer rate and an outbound viewer rate for each of a plurality of discrete time intervals of the first show. The interface includes a graphical traffic meter that visually comparatively displays the inbound viewer rate and the outbound viewer rate corresponding to a selected time interval. The method further provides the interface for display via a display device associated with the user device, receives from an input device associated with the user device a user input selecting from the interface a time interval of the first show, and updates the meter to comparatively display the inbound viewer rate and the outbound viewer rate corresponding to the time interval selected by the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Domo, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Hotchkiss, Sam Thomas, Jared Cook
  • Patent number: 9973795
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a method for video synchronization in video distribution systems that includes a system that re-synchronizes the video playback of a video synchronization device with that of a host device after any change by the host, interruption within the host, or interruption of data flow between a video source device and a video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CLEARONE INC.
    Inventors: John P. Cunningham, Donald Shelly Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9973817
    Abstract: A list of video-on-demand (VOD) programs based on viewer selections is provided. VOD programs may be marked with a mark indicating the level of viewer interest. In one embodiment, a list of VOD programs may be displayed that includes or excludes programs having a particular mark, or sorts programs based on the marks. In another embodiment, a list of VOD programs may be displayed based on availability times. In yet another embodiment, after a viewer has played back a VOD program, a list of related VOD programs may be automatically displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Robert A. Knee
  • Patent number: 9967601
    Abstract: Interleaving multiple streams of data using a universal services multiplexer is followed by conveying a time interleaved multiplexer stream to a remote QAM module. A universal services multiplexer interleaves multiple streams of data into a time interleaved multiplexer stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Aurora Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Field, Javier A Solis, Rei Chen Brockett, Dave Baran