Patents Examined by Scott Beliveau
  • Patent number: 9167206
    Abstract: A method and system for communication with a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives security information and the security information has identification information for a user assigned to a set-top box, services a request to create a notification preference for the set-top box in response to successful entry of security information, establishes the notification preference for the set-top box and the notification preference has a rule for providing information in a notification on media content available to be received by the set-top box, sends the notification to the recipient in accordance with a notification preference, receives a communication for the set-top box from a user device and the communication comprises a partial command for a set-top box, interprets the partial command in view of the notification, and sends a command to the set-top box based on the partial command and the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goergen, Gary W. Lafreniere, David Emerson, David Rondeau
  • Patent number: 9083551
    Abstract: A method or corresponding apparatus is employed for distributing media on a ring network. Multiple nodes and communications links are configured to distribute media in the ring network. Distribution of the media is disabled on a communications link between a selected pair of adjacent nodes in the ring network in a manner maintaining communications between the selected pair of adjacent nodes other than for distribution of the media. This configuration results in a “horseshoe” topology of the ring network with respect to the media, where distribution of the media on the ring network occurs in one or two downstream directions from head-end ingress node(s) on the ring network. Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) may be employed to transport the media. In an event of a link or node failure, the disabled link is enabled, allowing for continued distribution of the media with network recovery in a timeframe typically unobservable by an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tellabs Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Khanna, Ravi Medikonda, Granville D. Dillon
  • Patent number: 9083851
    Abstract: A method and system for communication with a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives security information and the security information has identification information for a user assigned to a set-top box, services a request to create a notification preference for the set-top box in response to successful entry of security information, establishes the notification preference for the set-top box and the notification preference has a rule for providing information in a notification on media content available to be received by the set-top box, sends the notification to the recipient in accordance with a notification preference, receives a communication for the set-top box from a user device and the communication comprises a partial command for a set-top box, interprets the partial command in view of the notification, and sends a command to the set-top box based on the partial command and the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goergen, Gary W. Lafreniere, David Emerson, David Rondeau
  • Patent number: 9071857
    Abstract: A method for recommending videos is presented. The method includes generating a cross-usage matrix based upon a data of video sessions for a plurality of videos, generating a temporal matrix based upon release dates of the plurality of videos, generating a cross-temporal matrix based upon the cross-usage matrix and the temporal matrix, computing a global video rank corresponding to each of the plurality of videos based upon the cross-temporal matrix, generating a similarity score corresponding to each pair of videos in the plurality of videos based upon meta-data of the plurality of videos, and generating a local video rank corresponding to each of the plurality of videos relative to another video in the plurality of videos based upon the generated cross-usage matrix, the computed global video rank and the generated similarity score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Ya Xue, Abha Moitra, Steven Matt Gustafson
  • Patent number: 8910216
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide for setting a timer via an interactive trigger. The interactive trigger may be combined with a video stream and detected when the video stream is to be displayed. Based on the detection, a selectable display object associated with the interactive trigger may be displayed with the display of the video stream. Selection of the selectable display object may enable a timer to be set based on the interactive trigger. The timer enabled by the interactive trigger may be a recording timer, an auto-tune timer or a reminder timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Daniel Overbaugh, Casey Paiz, Taun Crum, Timothy Heckathorn, Kate Megan Carney Landow
  • Patent number: 8904443
    Abstract: GUI presentation in a home network is improved by using a video encoding tailored for GUI, while using normal video encoding for video presentation. Also, GUI command response time is shortened by reserving, for transmission of commands originated by a user input device, a time slot in a contention free period (CFP) of a transmission cycle between a client device receiving the commands and a server executing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Iwamura
  • Patent number: 8893201
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile, cause a presentation device to present a user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to communicate with a merchant system, establish a communication session with the merchant system, receive a notification from the merchant system of a merchant avatar engine, establish communication with the merchant avatar engine, adapt the characteristics of the avatar at least in part according to instructions supplied by the merchant avatar engine, and cause the presentation device to present the user the adapted avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darnell Clayton, E-Lee Chang, Horst Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 8869204
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program schedule guide is provided. The system has areas for displaying program schedule information. In addition, the system also has areas that may be used for advertising programs, products or services. In another embodiment, the system has areas for displaying messages to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lee Klosterman, Steven Schein
  • Patent number: 8806518
    Abstract: Performance analysis for combining remote audience responses is described. In one example, a performance is presented to a plurality of viewer devices through a remote network connection. An audience response received from each of the plurality of viewer devices through the remote network connection during the presentation of the performance. The received audience responses are combined into a single media stream and the combined media stream is sent to each of the plurality of viewer devices during the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Glen J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8776162
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for delivery of telecommunications data over fiber. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a fiber distribution hub including a distribution panel mounts, and the distribution panel mounts are configured to receive distribution panels, while the distribution panels are configured for establishing a connection between a feeder cable and a distribution cable, and at least one of the distribution panel mounts is not attached to a distribution panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Verizon Services Organization Inc., Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Carey, Jr., Marcus A. Staley, George N. Bell, Jesse Saenz
  • Patent number: 8776114
    Abstract: A cross-platform advertising system utilizes viewing data, browsing data, and telephone call data to establish subscriber account profile and, optionally, user profiles for users at the subscriber account. An ad selection processor selects ads based on subscriber account profile and, optionally, the user profile. An ad delivery processor delivers the selected ads to a device associated with the subscriber account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Steven Riedl, Bryan Santangelo, Gabe Zimbelman
  • Patent number: 8776121
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, including receiving, at a computing device, a request from a user to display descriptors of media programming content for a time period; identifying people associated with the user employing information stored in a computer database, and identifying time-associated media programs electronically scheduled on behalf of the identified people; and providing for display, to the user, the descriptions of the identified people and of the time-associated media programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Gossweiler, III
  • Patent number: 8739199
    Abstract: Set top box logs are received from a television provider and processed to identify channel tunes and channel tune times. The channel tunes and channel tune times of the log data can be compared to expected air times of television advertisements on channels, and an impression values, e.g., projected viewers, can be generated for each television advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Smith, Iain Merrick, Michael A. Killianey, John Alastair Hawkins, Greg Hecht, Simon M. Rowe
  • Patent number: 8689264
    Abstract: An inflight entertainment system and method for use therein reduce the loading time required to preload programs identified in playlists onto seat end equipment. Loading time is reduced by retaining programs included in playlists on seat end equipment across flights and making incremental updates to such programs to account for changes in playlists, rather than updating them wholesale for each flight. Loading time is further reduced by adding programs to seat end equipment for the current flight, where possible, by copying such programs from other seat end equipment, rather than copying them from head end equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Lumexis Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory C. Petrisor
  • Patent number: 8667549
    Abstract: A web-based service which provides a notification such an email to a user to facilitate managing the recording of broadcast content using a personal video recorder (PVR). The user can agree to participate in the service in exchange for emails which can provide information such as a summary of programs recorded over a few days, missed recordings, and scheduling conflicts. The notification can include targeted recommendations, targeted advertising and information about recording habits of members of a social network of the user. A notification can be provided on an urgent basis if program schedule conflicts or hardware or software problems with the user's equipment are detected. The user's equipment can include a PC-based PVR, or a PC which communicates with a separate PVR device. PC-related information such as events thrown can also be reported up to the web service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Reneris
  • Patent number: 8667529
    Abstract: A method of operating a video services system is presented here. The method presents an audiovisual stream to a user of a video services receiver. The audiovisual stream includes a first segment of primary audiovisual content, a second segment of primary audiovisual content, and a segment of secondary audiovisual content between the first segment of primary audiovisual content and the second segment of primary audiovisual content. The method continues by detecting presentation of the segment of secondary audiovisual content, obtaining a segment of audiovisual exercise content at the video services receiver, and presenting the segment of audiovisual exercise content concurrently with the segment of secondary audiovisual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Karen Michelle Taxier
  • Patent number: 8640163
    Abstract: The determination of similarities between users in an online entertainment environment is disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment comprises a method of operating an entertainment server, wherein the method includes receiving user information that comprises user demographic information and user media selection information from each user of a plurality of users. For a current user, a plurality of similarity values are determined that each quantifies a similarity of the current user to another user based upon similarities between the user information of the current user and the user information of the other user. Then, the method comprises determining a list of other users to present to the current user based upon the similarity values determined, and sending the list of other users to the current user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Weare, Chad Gibson, Jessica Zahn
  • Patent number: 8566883
    Abstract: A hospitality establishment includes guest rooms having media devices installed therein. Each guest room has one or more in-room media devices for providing a pay-per-use media function. A media system controller dynamically associates a credit corresponding to a monetary value with a particular guest room in response to an occurrence of a first event, configures an in-room media device of the particular guest room to indicate the credit associated with the particular guest room and allow a guest of the particular guest room to utilize at least an amount of the credit toward an order of the pay-per-use media function, activates the pay-per-use media function on at least one of the in-room media devices of the particular guest room in response to a received order, and decreases the credit associated with the particular guest room according to the amount of the credit utilized toward the received order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventor: Gavin Ostlund
  • Patent number: 8549562
    Abstract: A digital television (DTV) signal for use in a DTV receiver includes an extended text table (ETT) which includes a header and a message body. The header includes a table identification extension field which serves to establish uniqueness of the ETT, and the message includes an extended text message (ETM). If the ETT is an event ETT, the table ID extension field includes an event identification which specifies an identification number of an event associated with the ETT. On the other hand, if the ETT is a channel ETT, the table identification extension field includes a source identification which specifies a programming source of a virtual channel associated with the ETT. A section-filtering unit included in the DTV receiver is able to use table identification extension fields of a plurality of ETTs for section-filtering a pertinent event or channel ETT from the ETTs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, Kyung Mee Lee
  • Patent number: 8522285
    Abstract: A digital television (DTV) signal for use in a DTV receiver includes an extended text table (ETT) which includes a header and a message body. The header includes a table identification extension field which serves to establish uniqueness of the ETT, and the message includes an extended text message (ETM). If the ETT is an event ETT, the table ID extension field includes an event identification which specifies an identification number of an event associated with the ETT. On the other hand, if the ETT is a channel ETT, the table identification extension field includes a source identification which specifies a programming source of a virtual channel associated with the ETT. A section-filtering unit included in the DTV receiver is able to use table identification extension fields of a plurality of ETTs for section-filtering a pertinent event or channel ETT from the ETTs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, Kyung Mee Lee