Patents by Inventor Alex Ashley

Alex Ashley has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9232267
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dynamically constructing a broadcast multiplex are described. The method includes: receiving metadata associated with a first plurality of events on a plurality of source channels, the metadata including, at least, scheduling metadata; determining, on the basis of a rule-set applied to the metadata, whether events of the first plurality of events are to be included in the multiplex, thereby producing a second plurality of events to be included in the multiplex; for each one event of the second plurality of events, assigning a multiplex priority to the one event, the multiplex priority being a priority the one event is to be assigned in the multiplex in case the one event contends for space in the multiplex with a second event of the second plurality of events; copying events from the second plurality of events into the multiplex in dependence on the multiplex priorities of events in the second plurality of events; and broadcasting the multiplex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Pete Rai, Trevor Smith, James Geoffrey Walker, Simon John Parnall, Ray Taylor
  • Patent number: 9113184
    Abstract: Delivering an audio video asset in a way that makes best use of different delivery mechanisms available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Laurent Bertrand, James Nord, Trevor Smith, Simon John Parnall
  • Patent number: 8913879
    Abstract: A method and system for broadcasting content, is described, the method and system facilitating simultaneous recording of multiple programs on a digital video recorder (DVR), the method and system including providing a plurality of content items, dividing each one of the plurality of content items into a multiplicity of chunks, each one of the chunks including at least one reference frame, for each one of the chunks determining a location of each reference frame included in the chunk, creating a chunk index of locations of each reference frame included in the chunk, creating a chunk file including the chunk and the chunk index, and inserting the chunk file in a data stream, such that no chunk file including a chunk from a particular content item is adjacent to a second chunk file including a chunk from the same particular content item, and broadcasting using a transmission bitrate greater than the bitrate of the data stream in a single channel in a multiplexed broadcast service, wherein the chunks files in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Pete Rai, Trevor Smith, Ray Taylor, James Geoffrey Walker, Kevin A. Murray
  • Publication number: 20140168277
    Abstract: A method of operating a client device within a viewing environment is described. The method includes: receiving content at a client device, presenting the content to a viewer by rendering the content as rendered content on a display surface in operable communication with the client device; receiving engagement data at the client device, the engagement data indicating a level of engagement with the content of at least one user who is viewing the rendered content; and adapting presentation of the content in dependence on the engagement data by changing how the content is rendered on the display surface. Related systems, apparatus, and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Laurent Chauvier, Nicolas Gaude, Hugo Latapie, Kevin A. Murray, Simon John Parnall, James Geoffrey Walker, Neil Cormican, Simon Dyke, Vincent Sattler, Alex Ruelle, Jonathan Pollen, Meir Gerenstadt
  • Publication number: 20130268988
    Abstract: Delivering an audio video asset in a way that makes best use of different delivery mechanisms available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Alex ASHLEY, Laurent BERTRAND, James NORD, Trevor SMITH, Simon John PARNALL
  • Patent number: 8509201
    Abstract: In a system comprising a first access point serving a first wireless network; and a neighboring access point serving a neighboring wireless network having coverage overlapping with the first wireless network, where the first access point and the neighboring access point transmit beacon messages at beacon times that are temporally separated by predetermined beacon periods, a method of operating the system is disclosed, the method comprising: the first access point sending a first offer to the neighboring access point, the first offer offering a period of silent time to the neighboring access point during which period of silent time the first access point silences the first wireless network, the period of silent time being independent of the beacon times and the beacon periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Ashley
  • Patent number: 8429700
    Abstract: A method of delivering an audio video asset is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Laurent Bertrand, James Nord, Trevor Smith, Simon John Parnall
  • Publication number: 20120307840
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dynamically constructing a broadcast multiplex are described. The method includes: receiving metadata associated with a first plurality of events on a plurality of source channels, the metadata including, at least, scheduling metadata; determining, on the basis of a rule-set applied to the metadata, whether events of the first plurality of events are to be included in the multiplex, thereby producing a second plurality of events to be included in the multiplex; for each one event of the second plurality of events, assigning a multiplex priority to the one event, the multiplex priority being a priority the one event is to be assigned in the multiplex in case the one event contends for space in the multiplex with a second event of the second plurality of events; copying events from the second plurality of events into the multiplex in dependence on the multiplex priorities of events in the second plurality of events; and broadcasting the multiplex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Pete Rai, Trevor Smith, James Geoffrey Walker, Simon John Parnall, Ray Taylor
  • Publication number: 20120189285
    Abstract: A method and system for broadcasting content, is described, the method and system facilitating simultaneous recording of multiple programs on a digital video recorder (DVR), the method and system including providing a plurality of content items, dividing each one of the plurality of content items into a multiplicity of chunks, each one of the chunks including at least one reference frame, for each one of the chunks determining a location of each reference frame included in the chunk, creating a chunk index of locations of each reference frame included in the chunk, creating a chunk file including the chunk and the chunk index, and inserting the chunk file in a data stream, such that no chunk file including a chunk from a particular content item is adjacent to a second chunk file including a chunk from the same particular content item, and broadcasting using a transmission bitrate greater than the bitrate of the data stream in a single channel in a multiplexed broadcast service, wherein the chunks files in the
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Pete Rai, Trevor Smith, Ray Taylor, James Geoffrey Walker, Kevin A. Murray
  • Publication number: 20120192213
    Abstract: A method of delivering an audio video asset is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: NDS LIMITED
    Inventors: Alex Ashley, Laurent Bertrand, James Nord, Trevor Smith, Simon John Parnall
  • Publication number: 20090303930
    Abstract: In a system comprising a first access point serving a first wireless network; and a neighbouring access point serving a neighbouring wireless network having coverage overlapping with the first wireless network, where the first access point and the neighbouring access point transmit beacon messages at beacon times that are temporally separated by predetermined beacon periods, a method of operating the system is disclosed, the method comprising: the first access point sending a first offer to the neighbouring access point, the first offer offering a period of silent time to the neighbouring access point during which period of silent time the first access point silences the first wireless network, the period of silent time being independent of the beacon times and the beacon periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventor: Alex Ashley
  • Publication number: 20090300673
    Abstract: A content sharing system, for implementation in a requesting peer, to receive at least a part of a chunk from a serving peer, the chunk being part of a content item, the requesting peer being operationally connected to a plurality of peers including the serving peer via a communications network, the content item being media content originally broadcast in a media stream by a Headend to at least some of the peers, the system including a metadata module to receive chunk metadata identifying the location of the chunk based on an identifier in the media stream originally broadcast by the Headend, a content transfer module to request the at least part of the chunk from the serving peer based on the chunk metadata, and receive the at least part of the chunk from the serving peer. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Franck Bachet, Alex Ashley, Trevor Smith, James Geoffrey Walker, Nicholas Ashton Hall, David Poupon, Nigel Smith