Patents by Inventor Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr.

Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr. 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: 10602235
    Abstract: A method of video segment detection within a transport stream of a video asset is provided. Boundaries of candidate video segments of interest (i.e., advertisements, sports highlights, news highlights, content summaries, etc.) within a video asset are detected with a media analysis detector and are separately detected based on statistical models generated from historic transport control event data collected from a population of viewers of the video asset. The above referenced information concerning the candidate video segments of interest is used to identify beginning and end boundaries of selected candidate video segments within the transport stream. A transcoder is provided with parameters corresponding to the selected candidate video segments and performs group of pictures (GOP) and chunk boundary alignment of chunks of the transport stream with the boundaries of the selected candidate video segments. A system and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Martinez Smith, Anthony J. Braskich, Faisal Ishtiaq, Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10034058
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing live video to multiple client devices is provided herein. In particular, a router is provided that acts on behalf of all client devices in its network. The router serves multiple groups of client devices with each group being formed by client devices having similar bandwidth requirements. The router then requests and receives video chunks from a network. The router then redistributes the video chunks to the multiple client devices using a multicast transmission. In particular, to minimize the demands on the core network, the router sets up a separate multicast to each group. Live video, of the appropriate quality is then multicast to each group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Bonta, Kevin L. Baum, George Calcev, Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180189276
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the location of advertisements in multimedia assets are disclosed. A method includes obtaining a multimedia asset comprising at least one of video, audio and text, identifying segments of the multimedia asset, and for each segment, determining whether the respective segment represents an advertisement. For each segment that represents an advertisement, the method further includes extracting a predetermined number of fingerprints from the respective segment, submitting, to an advertisement database, the predetermined number of fingerprints, receiving, from the advertisement database, a count of the extracted fingerprints matching fingerprints previously stored in the advertisement database, and determining, based on the count, whether to add an indication that the respective segment is a new advertisement to the advertisement database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Venugopal Vasudevan, Faisal Ishtiaq, Anthony J. Braskich
  • Publication number: 20180192158
    Abstract: A method of video segment detection within a transport stream of a video asset is provided. Boundaries of candidate video segments of interest (i.e., advertisements, sports highlights, news highlights, content summaries, etc.) within a video asset are detected with a media analysis detector and are separately detected based on statistical models generated from historic transport control event data collected from a population of viewers of the video asset. The above referenced information concerning the candidate video segments of interest is used to identify beginning and end boundaries of selected candidate video segments within the transport stream. A transcoder is provided with parameters corresponding to the selected candidate video segments and performs group of pictures (GOP) and chunk boundary alignment of chunks of the transport stream with the boundaries of the selected candidate video segments. A system and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Alfonso Martinez Smith, Anthony J. Braskich, Faisal Ishtiaq, Benedito J. Fonseca, JR.
  • Patent number: 9888279
    Abstract: A method receives video content and metadata associated with video content. The method then extracts features of the video content based on the metadata. Portions of the visual, audio, and textual features are fused into composite features that include multiple features from the visual, audio, and textual features. A set of video segments of the video content is identified based on the composite features of the video content. Also, the segments may be identified based on a user query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Faisal Ishtiaq, Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr., Kevin L. Baum, Anthony J. Braskich, Stephen P. Emeott, Bhavan Gandhi, Renxiang Li, Alfonso Martinez Smith, Michael L. Needham, Isselmou Ould Dellahy
  • Patent number: 9854202
    Abstract: Particular embodiments provide supplemental content that may be related to video content that a user is watching. A segment of closed-caption text from closed-captions for the video content is determined. A first set of information from the segment of closed-caption text, such as terms may be extracted. Particular embodiments use an external source that can be determined from a set of external sources. To determine the supplemental content, particular embodiments may extract a second set of information from the external source. Because the external source may be more robust and include more text than the segment of closed-caption text, the second set of information may include terms that better represent the segment of closed-caption text. Particular embodiments thus use the second set of information to determine supplemental content for the video content, and can provide the supplemental content to a user watching the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr., Anthony J. Braskich, Faisal Ishtiaq, Alfonso Martinez Smith
  • Patent number: 9596491
    Abstract: Methods of monitoring segment replacement within a multimedia stream are provided. A multimedia stream having a replacement segment spliced therein is evaluated by extracting at least one of video, text, and audio features from the multimedia stream adjacent a beginning or ending of the replacement segment, and the extracted features are analyzed to detect if a residual of a segment replaced by the replacement segment exists within the multimedia stream. Methods of ad replacement and a system for performing the above methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr., Isselmou Ould Dellahy, Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott
  • Publication number: 20170048596
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the location of advertisements in multimedia assets are disclosed. A method includes obtaining an audio signature corresponding to a time period of a multimedia asset, identifying a match between the obtained audio signature and one or more stored audio signatures, comparing programming data of the multimedia assets of the obtained audio signature and the matching audio signatures, and determining whether the time period of the multimedia asset contains an advertisement based on the comparison of the programming data of the multimedia assets of the obtained audio signature and the one or more matching audio signatures. Another method includes identifying matches between a plurality of obtained audio signatures and a plurality of stored audio signatures, and determining whether consecutive time periods of the multimedia asset contain an advertisement based on a number of consecutive matching audio signatures of the plurality of stored audio signatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Faisal Ishtiaq, Anthony J. Braskich, Venugopal Vasudevan, Isselmou Ould Dellahy
  • Publication number: 20170041682
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing live video to multiple client devices is provided herein. In particular, a router is provided that acts on behalf of all client devices in its network. The router serves multiple groups of client devices with each group being formed by client devices having similar bandwidth requirements. The router then requests and receives video chunks from a network. The router then redistributes the video chunks to the multiple client devices using a multicast transmission. In particular, to minimize the demands on the core network, the router sets up a separate multicast to each group. Live video, of the appropriate quality is then multicast to each group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Bonta, Kevin L. Baum, George Calcev, Benedito J. Fonseca, JR.
  • Publication number: 20160353139
    Abstract: Particular embodiments provide a system to determine ad segments in a video asset to enable subsequent ad replacement in video programs. The system is included in a multiple service operator (MSO) system that broadcasts video programs via a broadcast schedule. The MSO may not know the location of the ad segments in the video asset. To determine the ad segments, the MSO uses a classifier to classify video program segments and advertisements in the video asset. The classifier may be integrated with an nDVR system. By integrating with the nDVR system, particular embodiments may determine user behavior information, such as trick play commands, from the nDVR system. The classifier may use the user behavior information to detect ad segments in the video asset. In one embodiment, the classifier may fuse outputs from different detectors to detect and validate ad segments in the video program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Alfonso Martinez Smith, Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Faisal Ishtiaq, Andrew Aftelak
  • Patent number: 9510061
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing live video to multiple client devices is provided herein. In particular, a router is provided that acts on behalf of all client devices in its network. The router serves multiple groups of client devices with each group being formed by client devices having similar bandwidth requirements. The router then requests and receives video chunks from a network. The router then redistributes the video chunks to the multiple client devices using a multicast transmission. In particular, to minimize the demands on the core network, the router sets up a separate multicast to each group. Live video, of the appropriate quality is then multicast to each group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Bonta, Kevin L. Baum, George Calcev, Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9398326
    Abstract: A method of identifying a representative image of a video stream is provided. Similarity between video frames of a primary video stream relative to video frames of a different secondary video stream having similar content is evaluated and a video frame from the primary video stream having a greatest extent of similarity relative to a video frame of the secondary video stream is identified. The identified video frame is selected as an image representative of the primary video stream and may be used as an informative thumbnail image for the primary video stream. A video processing electronic device and at least one non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer program instructions stored thereon for performing the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr., Faisal Ishtiaq, Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott, Alfonso Martinez Smith, Anthony J. Braskich
  • Publication number: 20160182922
    Abstract: Methods of monitoring segment replacement within a multimedia stream are provided. A multimedia stream having a replacement segment spliced therein is evaluated by extracting at least one of video, text, and audio features from the multimedia stream adjacent a beginning or ending of the replacement segment, and the extracted features are analyzed to detect if a residual of a segment replaced by the replacement segment exists within the multimedia stream. Methods of ad replacement and a system for performing the above methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Isselmou Ould Dellahy, Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott
  • Publication number: 20160173814
    Abstract: Particular embodiments provide supplemental content that may be related to video content that a user is watching. A segment of closed-caption text from closed-captions for the video content is determined. A first set of information from the segment of closed-caption text, such as terms may be extracted. Particular embodiments use an external source that can be determined from a set of external sources. To determine the supplemental content, particular embodiments may extract a second set of information from the external source. Because the external source may be more robust and include more text than the segment of closed-caption text, the second set of information may include terms that better represent the segment of closed-caption text. Particular embodiments thus use the second set of information to determine supplemental content for the video content, and can provide the supplemental content to a user watching the video content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Anthony J. Braskich, Faisal Ishtiaq, Alfonso Martinez Smith
  • Patent number: 9307337
    Abstract: Devices and methods for scoring viewer's interactions with content broadcast on a presentation device by processing at least one audio signal received by a microphone proximate the viewer and the presentation device, to generate at least one audio signature, which is compared to at least two different reference audio signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr., Kevin L. Baum, Faisal Ishtiaq, Michael L. Needham
  • Patent number: 9301070
    Abstract: Devices and methods that match audio signatures to programming content stored in a remote database are disclosed. In one aspect of an embodiment, audio that includes primary audio from a device that outputs media content to one or more users is analyzed, in order to identify a presence or absence of corruption, and an audio signature is generated for an interval of time. In an aspect of a further embodiment, content being watched by a user is identified using a query audio signature and a message indicating the presence or absence of corruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr., Kevin L. Baum, Faisal Ishtiaq, Jay J. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150365716
    Abstract: A method of identifying a representative image of a video stream is provided. Similarity between video frames of a primary video stream relative to video frames of a different secondary video stream having similar content is evaluated and a video frame from the primary video stream having a greatest extent of similarity relative to a video frame of the secondary video stream is identified. The identified video frame is selected as an image representative of the primary video stream and may be used as an informative thumbnail image for the primary video stream. A video processing electronic device and at least one non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer program instructions stored thereon for performing the method are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Faisal Ishtiaq, Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott, Alfonso Martinez Smith, Anthony J. Braskich
  • Patent number: 9118951
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of operating a secondary device in a manner associated with operation of a primary device including obtaining first information corresponding to a media asset being output by the primary device, processing the first information to determine local media-signature information, transmitting the first information for receipt by a server, receiving secondary information from the server, wherein the secondary information includes a plurality of asset-media signatures that respectively correspond to respective portions of the media asset, attempting to determine a time-based correlation between at least one portion of the local media-signature information and at least one of the asset-media signatures, and outputting one or more portions of time-relevant asset streams from the secondary device, the one or more portions being determined at least indirectly based upon the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhavan Gandhi, Benedito J. Fonseca, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150082349
    Abstract: A method receives video content and metadata associated with video content. The method then extracts features of the video content based on the metadata. Portions of the visual, audio, and textual features are fused into composite features that include multiple features from the visual, audio, and textual features. A set of video segments of the video content is identified based on the composite features of the video content. Also, the segments may be identified based on a user query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Faisal Ishtiaq, Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Kevin L. Baum, Anthony J. Braskich, Stephen P. Emeott, Bhavan Gandhi, Renxiang Li, Alfonso Martinez Smith, Michael L. Needham, Isselmou Ould Dellahy
  • Publication number: 20150073921
    Abstract: A method for creating derivative advertisements is provided. The method includes identifying a visual element based on an analysis of a primary advertisement asset such that the visual element is representative of a branding message provided within the primary advertisement. The method also includes identifying a call-to-action (CTA) data element based on the analysis and creating a derivative advertisement asset having the visual element and CTA data element. A system and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium containing software for executing the method are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Venugopal Vasudevan, Anthony J. Braskich, Renxiang Li, Jehan Wickramasuriya, Faisal Ishtiaq, Stephen P. Emeott, Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Alfonso Martinez Smith