Patents Examined by Patrick A Ryan
  • Patent number: 11659224
    Abstract: Network content delivery apparatus and methods based on content compiled from various sources and particularly selected for a given user. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and the content sources include DVR, broadcast, nPVR, and VOD. The user-targeted content is assembled into a playlist, and displayed as a continuous stream on a virtual channel particular to that user. User interfaces accessible through the virtual channel present various functional options, including the selection or exploration of content having similarity or prescribed relationships to other content, and the ability to order purchasable content. An improved electronic program guide is also disclosed which allows a user to start over, record, view, receive information on, “catch up”, and rate content. Apparatus for remote access and configuration of the playlist and virtual channel functions, as well as a business rules “engine” implementing operational or business goals, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Donoghue, Jay Thomas
  • Patent number: 11627366
    Abstract: A community-based recommendation engine is provided. In one example embodiment, a system to provide community-based recommendation engine comprises a recommendation detector and a decision module. The recommendation detector is configured to receive, at a viewer's system, a recommendation for a content item from a contact of a viewer. The decision module may be configured to determine an action to be performed at the viewer's system, based on the recommendation and on one or more rules, accept the recommendation as an instruction to perform the action, and initiate the action at the viewer's system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Fishman, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 11616990
    Abstract: Provided is a method for controlling delivery of a video stream of a live-stream room, and corresponding server and mobile terminal. The method includes steps of: receiving a connection request initiated by an anchor user of the live-stream room from a first terminal and including pre-protocol information outputted by a second terminal; sending, in response to the connection request, a first live video stream uploaded by the first terminal down to the second terminal; and receiving a third live video stream uploaded by the second terminal and formed by combining at least one of a second live video stream and the first live video stream, and delivering the third live video stream to a member user in the live-stream room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU BAIGUOYUAN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xueling Li, Jianqiang Hu, Jianhong Chen, Chen Wu
  • Patent number: 11601702
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for targeting of advertising content for a consumer product, by obtaining consumer demographic data, the consumer demographic data including a plurality of demographic attributes for each person; identifying a plurality of media slots; and obtaining program information for a respective identified program aired in each media slot among the plurality of media slots, the program information including viewing data of a plurality of viewing persons viewing the program and each viewing person being among the plurality of persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Jon Borchardt
  • Patent number: 11553230
    Abstract: Techniques are described for expanding and/or improving the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 television protocol in robustly delivering the next generation broadcast television services. A USB driver communicates I2C through a JAVA® application with a USB dongle implementing for example an ATSC 3.0 tuner, with the JAVA application simply passing I2C communication between the dongle and driver such that the driver is platform independent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Clift
  • Patent number: 11533540
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method, apparatus, and system for realizing dynamic scheduling for a cinema and controlling playing of a movie. In particular, embodiments of the present invention relate to dynamic scheduling of content presentation in a cinema by collecting user preferences of a plurality of users, wherein the user preference specifies at least a movie that a user desires to watch, a time for watching the movie, a cinema for watching the movie, and a number of people watching the movie; generating, based on the collected user preferences, a respective dynamic schedule for at least one cinema of a plurality of cinemas according to one of a plurality of scheduling schemes; and transmitting the generated respective dynamic schedule to at least one second electronic apparatus corresponding to the at least one cinema.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: GOGOCINEMA INTERNATIONAL FZ-LLC
    Inventors: Man Nang Chong, Pranay Kumar, Zanyi Xu
  • Patent number: 11503373
    Abstract: An electronic device generates a respective user queue for each user of a plurality of users participating in a shared listening session. While providing a first media content item for playback, the device receives a second request, from a first user, to add a second media content item to the shared playback queue and updates the respective user queue for the first user. After receiving the second request, the electronic device receives a third request, from a second user, to add a third media content item to the shared playback queue and updates the respective user queue for the second user. The electronic device updates the shared playback queue using the respective user queues of the first user and the second user, including positioning the third media content item in an order of the shared playback queue to be played back before the second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventor: Mattias Anders Malte Patricks
  • Patent number: 11496781
    Abstract: When a media client is receiving a media stream, the media client determines an upcoming time point at which the media client is to perform a content revision involving insertion (e.g., substitution or overlaying) of new content. The media client further determines an advanced time point when the media client should initiate a process of acquiring the new content, setting the advanced time point sufficiently in advance of the upcoming content-revision time point to enable the media client to obtain at least enough of the new content to be able to start the content revision on time. In an example implementation, the media client could determine the advanced time point by predicting how long the content-acquisition process will take, based on consideration of past instances of content acquisition, possibly correlated with operational factors such as content source, processor load, memory load, network speed, and time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Shashank C. Merchant, Kurt R. Thielen
  • Patent number: 11388488
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for dynamically modifying a playlist for reviewing highlights of a media event. A playlist comprising highlights of a media event may be generated by a media guidance application. A user command may be received by the media guidance application to extend or shorten the currently-playing segment of the playlist. To generate a longer version of the segment, the media guidance application may access the media asset from which the playlist was originally generated at a position corresponding to the currently-playing segment, and generate a longer version of the segment. To generate a shorter version of the segment, the media guidance application may remove a portion of the currently-playing segment. The media guidance application may replace the currently-playing segment with, and begin playing back, the modified version of the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 11350173
    Abstract: A method at a computing system includes receiving from a first device a request from a user indirectly referencing a media content item and content information including one or more portions of audio and/or video components of media playing in proximity to the first device in response to the user request, the media having originated from a third party content provider independent of the server system; and in response to receiving the user request and the content information from the first device: matching the content information received from the first device to a portion of content stored in the server system; and identifying the media content item based on the matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ingrid McAulay Trollope, Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 11297369
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system can be configured to allow remote control devices to quietly obtain status information related to various audio/video playback devices. For example, a streaming device (e.g., a user device, phone, etc.) can establish a streaming connection to a playback device. The playback device can be configured to only accept a single streaming connection (i.e., master connection). A remote control device (e.g., a user device, phone, etc.) can quietly connect (i.e., control connection) to the playback device without interrupting the master connection to obtain status information related to the playback device and or the media being streamed to the playback device. The remote control device can provide commands through the control connection to adjust the playback of the streamed media at the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Iyer, Thomas Alsina, Edward T. Schmidt, Elena Leyfman, David P. Saracino, Astrid Yi, Adam A. Sonnanstine, Jonathan A. Bennett, Gregory R. Chapman, Aparna S. Akella, Shreyas Nandagudi Sreesha, Johannes P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11280990
    Abstract: A system having a macroscopic imager, a microscopic imager, and a stage for moving a substrate supporting ex-vivo tissue with respect to each of the imagers to enable the macroscopic imager to capture macroscopic images, and the microscopic imager to capture optically formed sectional microscopic images on or within the tissue, when presented to the tissue, via the optically transparent material of the substrate. A computer system controls movement of the stage, and receives the macroscopic and microscopic images. A display is provided for displaying the macroscopic and microscopic images when received by the computer system. The tissue is verified as being in an orientation at least substantially flush against the upper surface of the substrate by being in focus in displayed macroscopic images prior to imaging by the microscopic imager, and if needed, any portion of the tissue unfocused is manually positioned until desired tissue orientation is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CALIBER IMAGING & DIAGNOSTICS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Fox, Christopher C. Distasio, Allison L. Cramb, Paul Hemmer, Christopher E. Wagner, Keith A. Hadley, Elizabeth Kiefer
  • Patent number: 11197047
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for targeting of advertising content for a consumer product, by obtaining consumer demographic data, the consumer demographic data including a plurality of demographic attributes for each person; identifying a plurality of media slots; and obtaining program information for a respective identified program aired in each media slot among the plurality of media slots, the program information including viewing data of a plurality of viewing persons viewing the program and each viewing person being among the plurality of persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Jon Borchardt
  • Patent number: 11190822
    Abstract: Methods for managing digital content include authenticating a user account identifier from a client device over a computer network, registering a telephone number for at least one wireless mobile device in a registry identified with the user account based on the authenticating, as a pre-authorized identifier for accessing digital content licensed for use with the client device. The methods include maintaining a library of digital content identified with the user account for access by the at least one wireless mobile device, and initiating streaming of the digital video content to the at least one wireless mobile device without requiring user authentication from the at least one wireless mobile device, based on the registering of the telephone number as the pre-authorized identifier. An apparatus for performing the method comprises a processor coupled to a memory, the memory holding instructions for performing steps of the method as summarized above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Justin Herz, Kevin Kozan, Essam Mahmoud, Alan Levicki
  • Patent number: 11184649
    Abstract: When a media client is receiving a media stream, the media client determines an upcoming time point at which the media client is to perform a content revision involving insertion (e.g., substitution or overlaying) of new content. The media client further determines an advanced time point when the media client should initiate a process of acquiring the new content, setting the advanced time point sufficiently in advance of the upcoming content-revision time point to enable the media client to obtain at least enough of the new content to be able to start the content revision on time. In an example implementation, the media client could determine the advanced time point by predicting how long the content-acquisition process will take, based on consideration of past instances of content acquisition, possibly correlated with operational factors such as content source, processor load, memory load, network speed, and time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Shashank C. Merchant, Kurt R. Thielen
  • Patent number: 11172244
    Abstract: A method is provided for coordinating preparation of video-on-demand (VOD) products that are to be delivered as adaptive-bit-rate (ABR) video streams. In the method, actual start and actual stop times are received from a video product generator for each of a plurality of VOD products processed by the video product generator. The video product generator is configured to create VOD products in video transport streams from source assets. Responsive to receipt of the start and stop times, a transcoder is instructed to insert into a video transport stream for each of the VOD products encoder boundary points and IDR frames at specified times in each of the VOD products. The specified times include offset start and offset stop times of each of the VOD products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Matthew A. Milford
  • Patent number: 11153644
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for generating a media quality score associated with the presentation of a content item are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Integral Ad Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Sabelli, Amy Shriber, Sergei Izrailev, Mandeep Singh Badwal, Ana Calabrese, Mattia Fumagalli, Masroor Naved, Bradley O. Timmers, Kiril Tsemekhman, Stefano Vegnaduzzo
  • Patent number: 11153613
    Abstract: A system includes a computing device programmed to generate an aggregated media item that includes individual media items from a plurality of inputs. The aggregated media item combines one or more of the individual media items for a common display. The computing device is further programmed to send the aggregated media item to a media device and receive commands from the media device. The commands identify data from the aggregated media content item to be included in a media output item. The computing device is further programmed to generate the media output item based on the aggregated media content item and the commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: Sling Media L.L.C., Sling Media PVT Ltd.
    Inventors: Padmanabha R. Rao, Satish Iyer
  • Patent number: 11151739
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for 3D reconstruction of a scene, wherein an event camera (1) is moved on a trajectory (T) along the scene, wherein the event camera (1) comprises a plurality of pixels that are configured to only output events (ek) in presence of brightness changes in the scene at the time (tk) they occur, wherein each event comprises the time (tk) at which it occurred, an address (xk,yk) of the respective pixel that detected the brightness change, as well as a polarity value (pk) indicating the sign of the brightness change, wherein a plurality of successive events generated by the event camera (1) along said trajectory (T) are back-projected according to the viewpoint (P) of the event camera (1) as viewing rays (R) through a discretized volume (DSI) at a reference viewpoint (RV) of a virtual event camera associated to said plurality of events, wherein said discretized volume (DSI) comprises voxels (V?), and wherein a score function ƒ(X) associated to the discretized volume (DSI) is determi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Henri Rebecq, Guillermo Gallego Bonet, Davide Scaramuzza
  • Patent number: 11095942
    Abstract: A media presentation and distribution system (MPDS) that handles rules-based presentation of non-programming media items, receives a user request (which includes user parameters) for delivery of programming media content at a first client device and transmits a media stream that includes the programming media content with a plurality of identifiers present with the programming media content. The MPDS further receives a request that includes one or more user preferences from the first client device, based on a detection of the plurality of identifiers. The MPDS further determines a set of non-programming media items for delivery to first client device based on the user parameters, targeting parameters, goals associated with a non-programming media item. The MPDS further generates rules and constraints information for non-programming media items and instructs a delivery of the set of non-programming media items and the rules and constraints information to first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles, Gregory Mcclain Stigall, Nishith Kumar Sinha, Cindy Loren Campbell, James J Arnzen, Nicolas Paul Webb