Patents Examined by Rong Le
  • Patent number: 10992985
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine engagement levels of audience members are disclosed. An example method includes capturing, with a sensor, image data depicting an environment in which a first media device is to present media. Analyzing the image data to determine whether the environment includes a second media device emanating a glow. When the environment includes the second media device emanating the glow, calculating an engagement for a person in the environment with respect to the first media device, the engagement being calculated based on a characteristic of the second media device emanating the glow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventor: Alejandro Terrazas
  • Patent number: 10986391
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a server which implements an interactive system are disclosed. The server includes a communicator which receives text information corresponding to a user voice collected at the display apparatus from the display apparatus, and a controller which extracts an utterance component from the text information and controls so that a query to search contents is generated using the extracted utterance component and transmitted to an external server which categorizes metadata of the content under each item and stores the same, in which the controller generates the query by adding a preset item to a criteria to search a content, when a number of criteria to categorize the content under an item corresponding to the extracted utterance component is less than a preset number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-wook Shin, Seung-min Shin, Sung-wook Choi, Hye-jeong Lee, Ji-hye Chung
  • Patent number: 10944493
    Abstract: Implementations of this disclosure provide for video broadcast monitoring. An example method performed by a video broadcast monitoring device includes obtaining a first video that is provided by a video output device for presentation by a video display device; obtaining first characteristic information of a second video, the second video being a video that is to be monitored by the video broadcast monitoring device, and the first characteristic information indicating pixel change characteristics of the second video; determining, based on the first characteristic information, whether the first video matches the second video, to obtain a result of the determining; generating monitoring information that includes the result of the determining; and providing the monitoring information to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiankang Sun, Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 10939160
    Abstract: A fast change method for a digital video broadcasting (DVB) channel. A fast channel change (FCC) server is introduced into an existing DVB system architecture, and a unicast transport stream is fast sent to a user equipment in a manner of unicast of the FCC server assisting broadcast. A transport stream (TS) stream and a Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) stream are synchronized by comparing presentation time stamp (PTS) values of TS streams on a DVB side and an FCC side. In this way, it is ensured that the user equipment fast displays an image, channel change time is reduced, a channel change speed is increased, and user experience is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shengping Chen
  • Patent number: 10931981
    Abstract: A video server includes a plurality of ports used for inputting and outputting material data items, a storage unit capable of storing group information about grouping of the plurality of ports, and a control unit that receives a command of designating a specific port of the plurality of ports for inputting and outputting one of a plurality of specific material data items and the other of the plurality of specific material data items as a first port, determines one or more other ports belonging to the same group of the first port as one or more second ports on the basis of the group information, and executes the command so as to synchronize the plurality of material data items each other using the first port and the one or more second ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takafumi Ishida, Shinji Komatsuda, Chiharu Sakai, Takeaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10904618
    Abstract: A first version and a second version of audio visual content are provided via a disc, a web site or a mobile device application to consumers. The second version has audiovisual content removed from the first version that is not appropriate for a type of viewer, such as children. In addition, a menu is provided that allows a user to select the first version or the second version to play on a device. In addition to or instead of the second version, the menu may allow the user to customize the first version for an intended audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Chen, James Voris
  • Patent number: 10893326
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, articles of manufacture, and methods are disclosed for media monitoring and audience measurement. An example system includes a symbol alphabet meter to generate a query symbol alphabet based on captured data of an optical pulse stream, the optical pulse stream detected from a media remote control. The example system also includes a symbol alphabet matcher to apply a probability function to the query symbol alphabet and a reference symbol alphabet to determine a symbol alphabet matching probability, and determine a symbol alphabet match based on the symbol alphabet matching probability. In addition, the example system includes a key code detector to determine a key code based on the symbol alphabet match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventor: Matja{hacek over (z)} Finc
  • Patent number: 10887644
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception device, data processing method, and a program which make it possible to smoothly switch the output of data in a case where data transmitted via different transmission paths is received to be output. A reception device includes: a reception unit that receives a plurality of pieces of data separately transmitted via different transmission paths and given time stamps corresponding to each other; an output control unit that selects data to be output from among the plurality of pieces of data and controls a timing of outputting the selected data on the basis of the time stamp of a piece of data having a latest time stamp among the plurality of pieces of data; and an accumulation unit that accumulates at least the plurality of pieces of data given the time stamps later than the time stamp of the data that has been output from among the received plurality of pieces of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Michito Ishii, Shinji Negishi, Kazuhiro Ishigaya, Takehito Watanabe, Yasuyuki Chaki, Noriaki Ooishi
  • Patent number: 10869069
    Abstract: To be able to perform proper scalability transmission rate control. An information processing device receives a stream for outputting image information from another information processing device by using wireless communication, the information processing device including a wireless communication unit and a control unit. The wireless communication unit performs communication to exchange capability information regarding the information processing device and capability information regarding the other information processing device with the other information processing device. The control unit performs scalability transmission rate control of the stream related to the other information processing device based on the capability information regarding the other information processing device and a use of the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Iwami, Tomoya Yamaura, Osamu Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10856015
    Abstract: Cache (DANE) located along a transmission path between client terminals (CT) and at least one server (SE) and configured to receive requests from client terminals (CT) for segments of a multimedia content available at several representations, which comprises: —an interface of connection (1) for receiving, from a first client terminal, a first request for a preferred representation and at least one alternative representation of a given segment of said multimedia content; —a matching module (5) configured to determine if at least one ongoing representation of said given segment, already requested by the cache from a server for a further client terminal, matches the preferred representation or an alternative representation of the first request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Stephane Gouache, Remi Houdaille, Charline Taibi
  • Patent number: 10827230
    Abstract: To propose an information processing apparatus and information processing method and program capable of allowing users to share their viewpoints or lines of sight in a situation where a plurality of users share content for which the users can move their viewpoints or line-of-sight directions. Provided is an information processing apparatus including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire line-of-sight information indicating a first user's line of sight detected in response to presentation of a content; and a management unit configured to associate the acquired line-of-sight information with the content as control information for controlling the presentation of the content to a second user different from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru Shimura, Kenta Kawamoto, Asako Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10812866
    Abstract: A DVR controller in network communication with a digital video recorder receives an instruction from a user directing the digital video recorder to perform a function among a set of available functions. The set of available functions comprises a record function operative to cause the digital video recorder to record content and store that content on the digital video recorder, and a playback function operative to cause the digital video recorder to play back content stored on the digital video recorder. Subsequently, at least in part in response to the instructions from the user, the DVR controller issues a command to the digital video recorder to perform the function. The digital video recorder is operative to present content on a presentation device controlled by the user. The DVR controller, in turn, is remotely disposed from the digital video recorder in a facility of a content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: George Sarosi, Chris Cholas, David Bell, William L. Helms
  • Patent number: 10798445
    Abstract: In a substitutional media system, one of a set of media items is selected at a programme receiver for output within a predefined programming slot, based on profile data available at the receiver. Sets of the media items are scheduled to slots according to one or more constraints pertaining to that slot and/or to media items scheduled to other slots. The receiver may select a media item for output in a slot by resolving constraints with media items scheduled to other slots, or selected for output in other slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Sky CP Limited
    Inventors: Christopher John Patten, Christopher David Caines, Jeffrey Russell Eales, Herve Murret-Labarthe
  • Patent number: 10779053
    Abstract: A method and device for processing a broadcast signal are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jangwon Lee, Minsung Kwak, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10771856
    Abstract: A computerized method is disclosed including but not limited to determining on a processor, a tendency of an end user's to respond to one of a plurality of advertising data types in a video data stream wherein the plurality of advertising data types comprise at least two of audio, video, text and image data types. A computer readable medium containing a data structure is disclosed providing a functional and structural interrelationship between a processor in the system and data in the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Narendra K. Gupta, Mazin Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10757474
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for protecting a media program having a plurality of frames is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: Ian Harvey
  • Patent number: 10667006
    Abstract: In a substitutional media system, one of a set of media items is selected at a programme receiver for output within a predefined programming slot, based on profile data available at the receiver. Sets of the media items are scheduled to slots according to one or more constraints pertaining to that slot and/or to media items scheduled to other slots. The receiver may select a media item for output in a slot by resolving constraints with media items scheduled to other slots, or selected for output in other slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SKY CP LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher John Patten, Christopher David Caines, Jeffrey Russell Eales, Herve Murret-Labarthe
  • Patent number: 10659847
    Abstract: A frame dropping method for a video frame and a video sending apparatus are used to perform frame dropping processing on video frames in order to reduce a quantity of dropped frames, enhance video playing smoothness, and improve user experience. A specific solution includes obtaining a video frame sequence of a to-be-sent video, establishing a reference relationship between video frames in the video frame sequence according to a preset criterion, and detecting a data occupation length of buffered video frames in a video sending buffer during a process of sending the video frame sequence, dropping a current to-be-buffered video frame when the data occupation length is greater than a preset threshold, and dropping all video frames in the video frame sequence that reference the current to-be-buffered video frame according to the reference relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Fu, Tizheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10616613
    Abstract: A recognition data creation device includes an image acquirer and a data creator. The image acquirer acquires a plurality of image frames included in a frame sequence that composes video content. Based on an inter-frame change in an image in the plurality of image frames acquired by the image acquirer, the data creator creates recognition data representing the video content, the recognition data to be used as a fingerprint in recognition of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yabu
  • Patent number: 10602225
    Abstract: iTV content is created and deployed using a server component adapted to allow content developers to create applications according to an authoring specification that describes a framework for same; a transport component including an operator-deployed application management system configured to optimize and deliver the applications to one or more clients; and a client component adapted to render the applications through a television so as to permit user interaction therewith. The authoring specification provides for the presentation of content through one or more templates defined therein, allowing application definition and behavior to remain common across multiple client device types, middleware platforms, and/or iTV operating environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: John Carney, David de Andrade, Sithampara Babu Niranjan, David Brandyberry, Leon Franzen, Lena Chane, Matt Marenghi, Prakash Hegde, Alex Chung, Viva Chu, Greg Thomson, Ruth Dawson