Patents Examined by Paul Graham
  • Patent number: 8683531
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the invention, a digital data stream is divided into at least two complementary digital substreams and delayed in time. The first digital substream and the second digital substream are transmitted by the broadcasting systems with a time offset in accordance with the broadcasting principle such that any receiver can use the respectively intact part of the other complementary digital substream in order to ensure a seamless media reception when a break in the transmission or reception occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Tim Fuss, Christian Schaupmann
  • Patent number: 8683501
    Abstract: A method and system to permit TV viewers to interact with program content broadcast over a subscriber network, such as cable, satellite, internet, or cellular telephone. The details of the ability for the viewer to interact is embedded as data in the program signal. The subscription provider broadcasts a visual indicator as a small icon during programming that informs the viewer that interaction is permitted. The viewer then uses a remote control to purchase products, vote on events, respond to polls, download files, request information, and request callback actions. The TV viewer uses the remote control to send information to a set-top box front-end application, and to iteratively create transactions that are batched and then sent to a back-end core application and database which then handles fulfillment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: icueTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Huegel
  • Patent number: 8683508
    Abstract: An interactive information distribution system includes service provider equipment for generating an information stream that is coupled to an information channel and transmitted to subscriber equipment. The service provider also generates a command signal that is coupled to a command channel and transmitted to the subscriber equipment. The service provider also receives information manipulation requests from the subscriber via a back channel. A communication network supporting the information channel, command channel and back channel is coupled between the service provider equipment and the subscriber equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Gordon, Christopher Goode, Jack Van der Star, Stanley Knight, Danny Chin
  • Patent number: 8656447
    Abstract: A Headend system including a video codec to encode a video sequence yielding an encoded video sequence having video packets, a multiplexer, a signal generator to receive a notification of a splice point, analyze at least some of the encoded video packets based on the notification in order to find a random-access-point-packet, the random-access-point being a point from which to start decoding the encoded video sequence by the rendering device so that the video sequence may be rendered for output from the splice point, create a timing signal estimating a location of the random-access-point-packet in the encoded video sequence, and output the timing signal to the multiplexer or transmission equipment. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Tal Pasternak, Keith Millar, Len Sundy, Avraham Poupko
  • Patent number: 8646012
    Abstract: A system, method, and web-based application platform enabling a television viewer to utilize an Internet device to request a Video-On-Demand (VOD) server to stream a selected video to the viewer's Set Top Box (STB). An Internet Protocol (IP) connection is established between the Internet device and an application executing at a web site, and an Internet device identifier is passed to the application. The application communicates with the VOD server to obtain a listing of available videos, and provides the listing to the Internet device. When the viewer selects a video, the application accesses an equipment-mapping table, which associates the Internet device identifier with an STB identifier. The application then sends the STB identifier and a request for the selected video to the VOD server, which delivers the video to the STB over a television delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ericsson Television Inc
    Inventors: Alan Rouse, Charles Dasher
  • Patent number: 8640170
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tuning scheme for coordinating schedule information and programs received from multiple sources (26, 28, 30 and 34). In the preferred embodiment, an identifier associated with the program's channel (52) is used to identify a source device (26, 28, 30 or 34). When a user selects a program (60 or 62) listed in displayed schedule information (50), the system (10) reads the source identifier attached to the program's channel (52). The system (10) then carries out an automatic switching/tuning such that the required source device (26, 28, 30 or 34) is input to the destination device (22), and a tuner is then tuned to the selected program's channel (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Incorporated
    Inventor: Brian Lee Klosterman
  • Patent number: 8613030
    Abstract: A wireless video camera system including a single or dual HDTV digital camera; a system for the wireless transmission of uncompressed single or multiple SMPTE 292M, HDSDI data streams over an RF band; and automatic self-pointing transmitting and receiving antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Philip S Kossin, John E Nelson
  • Patent number: 8610828
    Abstract: The present invention provides a moving picture reproduction apparatus including a frequency change unit for changing a display frequency to a frequency of a moving picture when a reproduction of the moving picture starts and for changing the display frequency to a frequency prior to the start of the reproduction of the moving picture when the reproduction of the moving picture stops, and a reproduction unit for stopping the reproduction of the moving picture when the frequency change unit changes the display frequency, wherein the frequency change unit maintains the display frequency at the frequency of the moving picture in a case where the reproduction unit stops the reproduction of the moving picture in response to the change of the display frequency by the frequency change unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoshi Koizumi, Fukukyo Sudo, Daisuke Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 8613025
    Abstract: One of a plurality of video channels is selected for viewing. A specific one of a plurality of video channels is bookmarked. An object representing said bookmarked channel is displayed. A displayed object is selected to select the bookmarked channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: TP Vision Holding B.V
    Inventors: Venkatasubramanian Narayanan, Padma Lakshmi Anoop Kulkarni, Sajid Saiyed, Vijayan Venkataraman, Sanjay Bhat
  • Patent number: 8595781
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying which video segment is being displayed on a screen of a television system. The video segment is identified by deriving data from the television signals, the derived data being indicative of the video segment being displayed on the screen. This feature can be used to extract a viewer's reaction (such as changing the channel) to a specific video segment (such as an advertisement) and reporting the extracted information as metrics. The systems and methods may further provide contextually targeted content to the television system. The contextual targeting is based on not only identification of the video segment being displayed, but also a determination concerning the playing time or offset time of the particular portion of the video segment being currently displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Cognitive Media Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Edo Liberty
  • Patent number: 8595766
    Abstract: An operating method of an image display apparatus includes displaying a screen on a display and displaying a thumbnail image screen in response to a command to display an input image list. The thumbnail-image list includes a plurality of groups of thumbnail images that respectively correspond to a plurality of input image signals on the display. Each thumbnail-image group includes one or more thumbnail images that represent different points of time in a corresponding input image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Ki Ahn, Jae Kyung Lee, Kun Sik Lee, Gyu Seung Kim
  • Patent number: 8595782
    Abstract: According to the invention, a video distribution system is disclosed. The video distribution system distributes a video program in a first aspect ratio and includes information to convert the first aspect ratio to a second aspect ratio. Included in the video distribution system are a distribution point and a video converter that is located remotely from the distribution point. The video converter receives the information and the video program from the distribution point. The video converter uses the information to guide conversion between the first aspect ratio and the second aspect ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Starz Entertainment Group LLC
    Inventors: John J. Sie, John C. Beyler
  • Patent number: 8589988
    Abstract: A method for converting a sink device and an apparatus for providing a content using the same are provided. The method for converting the sink device includes receiving a sink device conversion command from a first sink device, transmitting the content to a second sink device if a conversion approval of the sink device is received from the second sink device, and transmitting a control authority related to a content provision from the first sink device to the second sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-hun Lee
  • Patent number: 8589992
    Abstract: A method and system for a video workflow automation platform (VWAP) for publishing a video feed in multiple formats is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Istreamplanet Co.
    Inventor: Mio Babic
  • Patent number: 8566861
    Abstract: Advertising parameters and associated television advertisements are received from advertisers. The television advertisements can be designated as pending approval. An automated approval process and a television provider approval process can be utilized to approve or disapprove of the television advertisements pending approval. Approved television advertisements can be provided to the television provider, e.g., by a download process over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Zigmond, Jason Bayer, Greg Hecht, Bryan McQuade
  • Patent number: 8566880
    Abstract: A device for providing a television sequence has a database interface, a search request receiver, a television sequence rendition module and an output interface. The database interface accesses at least one database, using a search request. The search request receiver is formed to control the database interface so as to acquire at least audio content and at least image content separate therefrom via the database interface for the search request. The television sequence rendition module combines the separate audio content and the image content to generate the television sequence based on the audio content and the image content. The output interface outputs the television sequence to a television sequence distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Peter Dunker, Uwe Kuehhirt, Andreas Haupt, Christian Dittmar, Holger Grossman
  • Patent number: 8561100
    Abstract: An embodiment defines access control allowing the expression of access control rules using ontology based semantics and references an ontology subset using XPath as the ontological expression. The access control rules or access criteria are defined by an access control statement and may be expressed using classification criteria and ontology classes. The access control statement comprises a structural description that is used to define an asset and a logical expression that may be used to express the classification criteria. The access control statement defines access policy for various assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jie Hu, Joanna W. Ng
  • Patent number: 8555328
    Abstract: Information provisioning includes acquiring one of an audio and a video elementary stream of content that is composed of a plurality of segments, and actual data of metadata that includes information related to the content. The metadata is divided into metadata processing units (MPU) corresponding to segments subjected to processing in the plurality of segments. A transport stream of a MPEG-2 system is generated that includes packetized elementary stream (PES) packets acquired by packetizing the segments of the data stream and metadata PES packets acquired by packetizing at least one MPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 8553151
    Abstract: A video switcher (10) advantageously affords the capability of executing a video effect following recall that avoids visible artifacts upon transitioning from one effect to another. At the outset, the switcher identifies active elements within the video effect, the comprising those elements that undergo a change during execution of the video effect, as opposed to those that remain inert during effect execution. The switcher then dynamically calculates offset for application to an initial key frame value for the video effect to avoid any change in value to active elements upon initial effect recall. The offset value is applied to each subsequent interpolation of the video effect, thereby creating the desired result of applying only relative changes to the active elements of the video effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: GVBB Holdings S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Ralph Andrew Silberstein
  • Patent number: 8533760
    Abstract: Systems and methods can be used to provide reduced latency in channel changing for interactive programming. In some implementations, such systems and methods can include identifying a rapid channel change mode and filtering older requests when a device detects the rapid channel change mode. In other implementations, such systems and methods can predict channel change requests and identify predicted channels associated with the predicted requests. The predicted channels can thereby be requested in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Arris Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lakin, Thomas Cloonan