Patents Examined by William J Kim
  • Patent number: 10979776
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a reception method, a transmission apparatus, and a transmission method that make it possible to provide a broadcasting service by using MPEG-DASH. Provided is a reception apparatus including a control unit that performs, on the basis of a relationship among a plurality of elements which is prescribed in advance in an MPD conforming to a standard of MPEG-DASH which is transmitted via a broadcast wave or a communication network of digital broadcasting, and a first element for grouping of target elements in a specific layer in which selection or structuring of a component having a structure including a plurality of layers for the selection and the structuring is performed, at least one of the selection and the structuring of the component, and controls reproduction of a content constituted of one or more components. The present technology can be applied to a television receiver, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamagishi, Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10979773
    Abstract: A video providing server that provides a time slice video includes a receiving unit that receives a first time slice video that is generated from images captured by multiple cameras having a focus on a first object; an input unit that receives, from a user device, a selection of a second object among multiple objects displayed in the first time slice video; a feature point extraction unit that extracts feature points of the selected second object; a generation unit that generates a second time slice video having a focus on the second object based on the extracted feature points of the second object; and a transmitting unit that transmits, to the user device, the second time slice video having the focus on the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Hee Mun
  • Patent number: 10979758
    Abstract: A computing system identifies a media stream being received by a client, based on fingerprint matching conducted with query fingerprints generated by the client at a frame rate. The computing system then causes the client to increase the frame rate, in order to facilitate establishment by the computing system of synchronous lock between true time within the media stream and client time according to an clock of the client. The computing system then uses the established synchronous lock as a basis to map a true-time point at which a content revision should be performed in the media stream to a client-time point at which the client should perform the content revision. And the computing system causes the client to perform the content revision at the determined client-time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt R. Thielen, Shashank C. Merchant, Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Steven D. Scherf
  • Patent number: 10958973
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for viewing preferences identification are provided. The embodiment may include receiving, by a processor, a plurality of data related to a user profile. The embodiment may also include collecting user interaction information from a streaming content service. The embodiment may further include analyzing the user habits and patterns based on the collected user interaction information. The embodiment may also include comparing the habits and patterns with the received user profile. The embodiment may further include prompting a user to confirm an identity associated with the user profile when there is a match between the user profile and the habits and patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harry Hoots, Hernan A. Cunico, Martin G. Keen, Uma Maheshwar Reddy Chamakura
  • Patent number: 10958946
    Abstract: The invention provides a live time-shifted video play-continuing method during disconnection and an IPTV player. The method comprises: connecting to a network to obtain a data stream of a video; playing the data stream through a player to obtain a play starting time of the video; acquiring a played duration of the video when the network is disconnected; acquiring a time point of playing interruption of the video according to the play starting time and the played duration when the network is connected again; and returning to the time point through the player, and continuing to play the video at the time point. The beneficial effects of the invention are as follows: directly performing the breakpoint continuous playing of the live time-shifted video from the network disconnection time point after the network is reconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Yinli Xia, Zhizhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10945005
    Abstract: A method is provided for presenting a program having a selected program rating when a user request is received through a client device to present a program at a selected program rating level. A version of the program is selected from among a plurality of different versions which corresponds to the selected program rating level. The selected version of the program is caused to be presented on a display device associated with the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Kahn, Thomas L. Du Breuil
  • Patent number: 10924775
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various aspects enable uplink delivery and downlink distribution of media content to users in live uplink streaming services. In various embodiments, media in a live uplink streaming service may be distributed by unicast and/or broadcast delivery methods. Various embodiments may include receiving, in a processor of a live uplink streaming sink computing device, assistance data for a live streaming session, selecting, by the processor, one or more delivery methods for processed media of the live streaming session based at least in part on the assistance data, and transmitting, by the processor, the processed media using the selected delivery methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Nung Lo, Nikolai Konrad Leung, Carlos Marcelo Dias Pazos, Ralph Akram Gholmieh, Min Wang
  • Patent number: 10911790
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for pushing a live broadcast video are provided. The method includes obtaining plural live broadcast videos related to a live broadcast theme, the live broadcast videos including live broadcast videos enabled after a participation entrance of the live broadcast theme is triggered. Tags of the plurality of live broadcast videos are obtained. The tags correspond to video display locations on a live broadcast theme page of the live broadcast theme in a one-to-one correspondence. The tags are added to the live broadcast videos. A live broadcast video to which the tags have been added is selected as a target live broadcast video. The selected target live broadcast video is pushed to the live broadcast theme page in real-time, the target live broadcast video being played at a corresponding display location on the live broadcast theme page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xiang Zhang, Xiao Jun Yin, Yu Qi Cai, Zi He Dai
  • Patent number: 10911801
    Abstract: An event capture and notification system (ECN), and applications thereof. In an embodiment, the ECN permits communication between customer premises equipment (CPE) and a server (such as a back-end server) of a service provider. The real-time ECN system includes a method for communicating real-time notifications between a CPE device and a server. The ECN system may include methods and components to communicate captured events through a communication channel by which client device events may be transmitted in real time to a server, and vice versa. The ECN system may include a full-duplex communication channel for communicating events. By the ECN system, communication between a CPE device and a server may be realized efficiently and timely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jaison P. Antony, Heitor J. Almeida, John Markowski, Peter Caramanica
  • Patent number: 10893319
    Abstract: Systems and methods address shortcomings in conventional systems by resuming a media asset from a logical point. In some aspects, the systems and methods receive a first input from a user to pause a media asset at a first position and determine that the first position in the media asset corresponds to a middle of a sentence. The systems and methods further determine a second position in the media asset corresponding to a start of the sentence. Thereafter, the systems and methods receive a second input from the user to resume the media asset, and resume the media asset from the second position corresponding to the start of the sentence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel Filmeyer
  • Patent number: 10887656
    Abstract: A method and system of dynamically adapting a streaming media content are provided. A user device determines a class of each member of its audience. Streaming media content is received. The streaming media content is monitored to dynamically determine a rating of each segment of the streaming media content. For each segment of the streaming media content, upon determining that a rating of a segment is above a class of a most restricted member of the audience, one or more portions of the segment are adapted to alter the rating of the segment to the class of the most restricted member of the audience. The segment of the media content is then presented on a user interface of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Rossi de Mello Brandao, Marcio Ferreira Moreno, Renato Fontoura de Gusmão Cerqueira
  • Patent number: 10887660
    Abstract: A playback device may determine a quality measurement associated with one or more versions of a content fragment. The quality measurements may be based on one or more encoding characteristics associated with the plurality of versions of the content fragments. The quality measurements may be received by a content delivery system from the one or more devices and may be used by the content delivery system in determining a content playlist. By determining the quality measurements at the user device side, a larger number of quality measurements may be received and more accurate quality measurements may be utilized for determining the content playlist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Weidong Mao, Jason Press
  • Patent number: 10880606
    Abstract: A stream playout and distribution system and method for disparate live media output stream playout and broadcast distribution are provided. The system generates a broadcast content schedule based on broadcast content parameters associated with programming content scheduled for a broadcast channel. The system further receives, encodes, and packages broadcast content to generate a plurality of encoded broadcast content segments. The system further generates a playout schedule based on insertion of a schedule for non-programming content in the broadcast content schedule, and then generates a plurality of disparate live media output stream manifests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Gregory Mcclain Stigall, Nishith Kumar Sinha, Nicolas Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 10880586
    Abstract: A method for transmitting and receiving an MMT protocol (MMTP) packet by an MPEG media transport (MMT) receiver is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: by an MMT receiver, establishing a network connection with an MMT transmitter such that an MMTP packet can be transmitted and received; generating a first MMT signaling message; converting the generated first MMT signaling message into a first MMTP packet; transmitting the first MMTP packet by means of the established network connection; receiving a second MMTP packet by means of the established network connection; generating a second MMT signaling message by means of the second MMTP packet; receiving a third MMTP packet; and reconstructing MPU data by means of the third MMTP packet and the second MMT signaling message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Yeon Kim, Kyung-Mo Park, Jae-Hyeon Bae, Young-Wan So, Hyun-Koo Yang
  • Patent number: 10869078
    Abstract: A computing device includes memory for storing commercial metadata and offer metadata harvested from within an offer distribution network. A processor compares the commercial metadata related to a broadcast commercial to be streamed to a client media device with the offer metadata related to available offers from offer providers, to generate a comparison. The processor then selects an offer from the available offers based on the comparison; determines when and over what video stream the broadcast commercial is to be streamed; detects that a screen device is paired to the client media device; and delivers the offer to a display of the screen device during streaming of the broadcast commercial over the video stream to the client media device. When a user of the screen device selects an indicia of the offer, the offer is collected into a virtual wallet from which the offer can be redeemed in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David John Evans, Thomas Greenway, Martin Ian Spicer
  • Patent number: 10869091
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for systems and methods for latency detection for streaming video. Example methods may include receiving a request to determine a time to first frame for video content, determining a streaming service and a playback device associated with the request, and determining a time at which playback of the content is initiated. Example methods include capturing a playback sequence of the video content, classifying individual frames of the playback sequence, where each classification is associated with a probability value indicative of a likelihood the frame is a first frame, analyzing classifications of the individual frames, and determining, based at least in part on the analysis of the classifications of the individual frames, the time to first frame for the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zongyi Liu, Bruce Ferry, Ayush Goyal, Kun Chen
  • Patent number: 10869083
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for determining viewer data from interactive overlays. The method includes receiving media content from a content feed. The media device includes a unique identifier (UID). The method also includes determining a media program associated with the received media content based on a fingerprint of the received media content. The method further includes overlaying interactive overlay content onto the media program of the media content in an overlay area. The overlay area corresponds to a spatial position within at least one frame of the media content. The method also includes receiving a feedback response from a viewer based on the interactive overlay content. The method further includes determining viewer information from the feedback response of the viewer. The method further includes associating the viewer information of the feedback response with the UID of the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Grover
  • Patent number: 10869077
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that measure web activity bursts after ad broadcasts that may be sent to multiple persons. One system uses a cookie-less/cookie-optional, anonymous/personal-identification-not-required, method for web-based conversion tracking that will work on broadcast media systems such as television, and could also be applied to measuring spikes from email, radio, and other forms of advertising where an episodic ad event is broadcast to multiple parties, and where responses occur in a batch after the broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Michael Bardaro, Sawin Lee, Alfred Lee
  • Patent number: 10863223
    Abstract: A computing device includes memory for storing commercial metadata and offer metadata harvested from within an offer distribution network. A processor compares the commercial metadata related to a broadcast commercial to be streamed to a client media device with the offer metadata related to available offers from offer providers, to generate a comparison. The processor then selects an offer from the available offers based on the comparison; determines when and over what video stream the broadcast commercial is to be streamed; detects that a screen device is paired to the client media device; and delivers the offer to a display of the screen device during streaming of the broadcast commercial over the video stream to the client media device. When a user of the screen device selects an indicia of the offer, the offer is collected into a virtual wallet from which the offer can be redeemed in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David John Evans, Thomas Greenway, Martin Ian Spicer
  • Patent number: 10863222
    Abstract: A computing device includes memory for storing commercial metadata and offer metadata harvested from within an offer distribution network. A processor compares the commercial metadata related to a broadcast commercial to be streamed to a client media device with the offer metadata related to available offers from offer providers, to generate a comparison. The processor then selects an offer from the available offers based on the comparison; determines when and over what video stream the broadcast commercial is to be streamed; detects that a screen device is paired to the client media device; and delivers the offer to a display of the screen device during streaming of the broadcast commercial over the video stream to the client media device. When a user of the screen device selects an indicia of the offer, the offer is collected into a virtual wallet from which the offer can be redeemed in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David John Evans, Thomas Greenway, Martin Ian Spicer