Patents by Inventor Charles Hasek

Charles Hasek 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: 10298977
    Abstract: A request is received from one of a plurality of terminals in a service group of a video content network. The request is to establish a session with a head end of the network. The video content network provides at least first and second different categories of sessions to the service group. The request is evaluated against a policy. The policy specifies a maximum utilization threshold for sessions of the first category and a maximum utilization threshold for sessions of the second category. The request is granted if it is in conformance with the policy. The method may be carried out, for example, with a session resource manager apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Patent number: 10264029
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for delivery of packetized content (e.g., video, audio, data, etc.) over a content delivery network. In one embodiment, the content is packetized using an Internet Protocol (IP), and delivered by a service provider over both managed and unmanaged networks to subscribers of the provider, so as to provide delivery at any time, at any location, and via any designated user device. The delivered content may originate from the service provider, third-party content sources (e.g., networks or studios), the subscriber(s) themselves, or other sources including the Internet. Use of a common control and service functions within the network afford the ability to integrate or blend services together, thereby affording the service provider and subscriber new service and economic opportunities. Content delivery sessions may also be migrated from one device to another. A network-based user interface infrastructure, and gateway-based client-side architecture, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Lajoie, Louis Williamson, Wilfrid Aissi, Chris Cholas, Jason Gaedtke, Kenneth Gould, Glen Hardin, Charles Hasek, Vedavati Hegde, Jeffery P. Markley, Vipul Patel, Howard Pfeffer
  • Publication number: 20190098257
    Abstract: A video-on-demand server, having a plurality of audiovisual assets stored in association therewith, and an application server module, are interconnected with a first group of consumer premises equipment (CPE) associated with a first group of subscribers and a second group of CPE associated with a second (different) group of subscribers, via a video content network. The application server module, the first group of CPE, and the second group of CPE are cooperatively configured to prepare a first video-on-demand catalog comprising a first group of the audiovisual assets and a second video-on-demand catalog comprising a second (different) group of the audiovisual assets. The application server module, the first group of CPE, and the second group of CPE are further cooperatively configured to make the first video-on-demand catalog available to the first group of subscribers and to make the second video-on-demand catalog available to the second group of subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Publication number: 20190090016
    Abstract: A digital content recording network controller device determines a first content of a set of content to be more likely to be requested by a user of a content access device than a second content of the set of content based on monitored behavior of the user. The device stores the first content in a first storage device of a tiered group of storage devices and stores the second content in a second storage device of the tiered group of storage devices wherein the content access device is located closer to the first storage device than the second storage device. This balances storage load with accessibility, resulting in a faster responding system that does not require as much storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Charles A. Hasek, IV, Brian Stark
  • Patent number: 10225592
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing an alternate content delivery mechanism available to content-based network users. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and subscribers are able to retrieve requested content from one or more other subscriber's storage medium and without going outside the cable network (or accessing the network core in any significant capacity) using a peer-to-peer (P2P) network protocol. Using this approach, bandwidth consumption is advantageously pushed out to the edge of the network from the core, also obviating content requests outside the network (e.g., to third-party servers on the Internet). Methods of operating the aforementioned P2P network, and various business paradigms relating thereto, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Peters, Charles A. Hasek, Glen Hardin
  • Publication number: 20180359535
    Abstract: A content access device is operable to present a user interface that includes content type menu elements arranged on a first axis, content category menu elements arranged on a second axis, and content selection elements arranged in an area between the first axis and the second axis. The content selection elements arranged in the area between the first and second axes may correspond to a selected content type menu element and a selected content category menu element. The content access device may change the content selection elements arranged in the area upon selection of a different content type menu element and/or a different content category menu element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Hasek, Jeffrey Binder, Vic Odryna
  • Publication number: 20180359517
    Abstract: A digital video recorder records first content from a channel broadcast that includes second content adjacent to the first content in response to a user request and stores a border around the first content that includes a portion of the second content and metadata related to the second content. The border may be previous and/or subsequent to the first content. In some implementations, the digital video recorder may obtain the metadata from a source other than from which the digital video recorder receives the content. The first content and the metadata may be recorded at the same and/or different times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Hasek, Vic Odryna
  • Publication number: 20180359500
    Abstract: A content provider device adaptively selects content resolution. The content provider device receives a request for content and obtains resolution information for a device associated with the request from a profile. Based at least on the obtained resolution information, the content provider device selects among available resolution versions of the content and provides access to the selected version of the content. The resolution information may be derived from a High Definition Multimedia Interface handshake, such as from Extended Display Identification Data stored by the device, and recorded in the profile during a registration process identifying the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Publication number: 20180359529
    Abstract: An electronic device for providing geolocation independent content rights management includes a non-transitory storage medium and a processing unit. The processing unit executes instructions stored in the non-transitory storage medium to receive a request for content from a content access device and, if the content access device is registered to an account associated with a geolocation, provides access to the content. In some implementations, the processing unit may determine if the content access device is registered using a token corresponding to the request. In various implementations, the processing unit may verify that one or more digital rights management and/or persistence policies allow the access, such as where access may be provided to one copy of the content at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Patent number: 10142594
    Abstract: A video-on-demand server, having a plurality of audiovisual assets stored in association therewith, and an application server module, are interconnected with a first group of consumer premises equipment associated with a first group of subscribers and a second group of consumer premises equipment associated with a second group of subscribers, different than the first group of subscribers, via a video content network. The application server module, the first group of consumer premises equipment, and the second group of consumer premises equipment are cooperatively configured to prepare a first video-on-demand catalog comprising a first group of the audiovisual assets and a second video-on-demand catalog comprising a second group of the audiovisual assets, different than the first group of the audiovisual assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Publication number: 20180316969
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selecting digital access technology for programming and data delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different capabilities profiles. The server determines the one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE based on its profile. The server generates a list of programs or content based on this evaluation, and transmits this list to the CPE, which displays the list for viewing by a user. The user is therefore offered a list of available content that is compatible with their specific configuration. A business and operational rules engine is also optionally employed to control the operation of the foregoing processes to accomplish particular business, or operational goals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Charles A. Hasek, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 10085047
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selectively caching (and de-caching) video content in network so as to reduce content transformation requirements and also cache storage requirements. In one embodiment, a content caching controller associated with a content server differentiates content requests based on content attributes such as the requested codec format (e.g., MPEG or Windows Media), resolution, bitrate, and/or encryption type or security environment. If the content requested by a user is not available with the requested attribute(s), the content server transfers to content to the user by first transforming it. The content server also speculatively caches the transformed content locally, so that a future request for the same content with the same attributes can be filled by transferring without the intermediate transformation step. The controller allows the network operator to optimize use of available storage and transcoding resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Publication number: 20180241840
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for ensuring delivery of geographically relevant content to IP-enabled user devices associated with a content distribution network. In one embodiment, the network (or designated content source) determines a geographic context or location of the user device, and uses this information to manage the packaging and delivery of content thereto so as to obey blackout restrictions and/or provide content which is relevant to the geographic context/location. In one variant, the user device comprises a mobile device such as a tablet computer or smartphone, and the content is delievered thereto over either a managed or unmanaged network infrastructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Patent number: 10051302
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining and selecting digital coding and/or decoding technology, delivery bitrates, and resolution parameters for programming and data delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different display resolution, bitrate, and/or decoding capabilities profiles. The server determines the one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE or client device, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE or device based on its profile. The selection process may also take into consideration network and/or CPE operational considerations, such as conservation of downstream bandwidth, CPE uprating capability, client device power consumption, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hasek, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 10009652
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selecting digital access technology used to deliver content data over a network are disclosed. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different capabilities profiles. The server determines one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE based on its profile. The server generates a list of programs or content based on this evaluation, and transmits this list to the CPE, which displays the list for viewing by a user. The user is therefore offered a list of available content that is compatible with their specific configuration. A business and operational rules engine is also optionally employed to control the operation of the foregoing processes to accomplish particular business or operational goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Hasek, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 9992520
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing content to IP-enabled devices in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, a network architecture is disclosed which enables delivery of content to such IP-enabled devices without the use of a high-speed data connection This capability allow the managed network operator to provide content services to an IP-enabled device associated with a non-data subscriber. In one implementation, requests for content from user IP-enabled devices are received, authenticated, and content processed into a series of encrypted segments. Once the requesting user/device is authenticated, the segments are provided with a playlist. The rendering device is also provided access to a decryption key (e.g., via a URL to a managed key server). Variants providing (i) user access to the MSO distribution network via an indigenous modem or gateway; and (ii) user access to the MSO core via a gateway and a third party unmanaged network are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Louis D. Williamson, William L. Helms, Howard Pfeffer, Noah Paci, Tushar Nakhre, Andrew Danforth, Charles Hasek, Shan Huang
  • Patent number: 9961383
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for optimizing the distribution and delivery of content within a content-based network based on e.g., business or revenue considerations. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network that utilizes a Global Session Resource Manager (GSRM). The GSRM processes subscriber program viewing requests to identify options available to fulfill the request (including, e.g., providing free on-demand (FOD), standard definition on-demand (SVOD), and/or high definition on-demand (HDVOD) content), and evaluate these options to determine the one that optimizes network revenue or profit. The GSRM performs this identification and evaluation process by considering various parameters including network resource (e.g., bandwidth) availability, and different revenue and profit implications for different classes of service, the individual or collective demographic or other profile of network subscribers, and other business or operational rules programmed by the operator of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Charles A. Hasek
  • Publication number: 20180091864
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a non-transitory storage medium storing instructions and a processing unit that executes the instructions to present a group of selectable elements. Each of the selectable elements in the group corresponds to content assets accessed by a user. The group is ordered according to chronological access. Selection of a selectable element from the group provides access to content determined based on the respective content asset, an application used to access the respective content asset, and information regarding previous user behavior. The electronic device may be a content access device, such as a set top box, a digital video recorder, and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey BINDER, Miles FENN, Charles HASEK
  • Patent number: 9900401
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for ensuring delivery of geographically relevant content to IP-enabled user devices associated with a content distribution network. In one embodiment, the network (or designated content source) determines a geographic context or location of the user device, and uses this information to manage the packaging and delivery of content thereto so as to obey blackout restrictions and/or provide content which is relevant to the geographic context/location. In one variant, the user device comprises a mobile device such as a tablet computer or smartphone, and the content is delivered thereto over either a managed or unmanaged network infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Publication number: 20180041426
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is content delivery system that delivers content to one or more client devices. The content delivery system is configured to determine which network paths within the content delivery network have performance characteristics that exceed a performance threshold. These paths are then used to deliver content to the client devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventor: Charles A. Hasek, IV