Patents by Inventor Eric Hsiao

Eric Hsiao 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).

  • Publication number: 20060059514
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying media in the otherwise blank spaces remaining when a standard television signal is viewed on a high definition television screen and vice versa. In one embodiment, two separate media are accessed by a set top box for a high definition television screen. A standard television broadcasting signal is accessed as well as second media signal. The second media signal may consist of for example advertisements, program guide information, an internet browser, other media, etc. The standard television signal is rendered on a main portion of the high definition television screen, while the second media occupies the remaining space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Publication date: March 16, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Hsiao, Kim Ryal
  • Publication number: 20060031872
    Abstract: A method for displaying electronic programming guide (EPG) information is disclosed. The method includes determining whether content to be delivered over a media stream is blocked, and, if so, indicating the blocked status on a grid of the electronic programming guide corresponding to the blocked content. The blocked status may result from a locked-out channel or it may result from a program exceeding a preset maximum allowable rating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Hsiao, Kim Ryal
  • Patent number: 6973651
    Abstract: Aspects for managing subsystem processes from a central site in a digital media distributor system are presented. The aspects include utilizing a plurality of threads as a task manager in a central site server of the digital media distributor, and autonomously controlling initiation and termination of one or more subsystem processes with the task manager. The aspects further include providing the task manager as a main program thread of an operating system of a central site server of the DMD system, and managing subsystem processes from start-up to shut down, including states of online, offline, process inoperable, deadlock inoperable, and spawn inoperable, with the task manager to dynamically manage the DMD system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jennie Ching, Eric Hsiao, Peter S. Lee, Cris W. Sandoval
  • Publication number: 20040213546
    Abstract: A data management method for recorded programs stored on a digital recording device. A portion of a first recorded program is rendered to an audio/video device. A user command is received for releasing memory associated with a rendered portion of the first recorded program. In response to the user command, the memory associated with the rendered portion is released, wherein the memory is available to store data associated with a second recorded program and a remaining portion of the first recorded program is available for presentation to the audio/video device. The present invention provides a method for maximizing the storage space of a digital recording device, such as a personal video recorder (PVR) or a digital video recorder (DVR), by allowing for partial deletion of a recorded program. The remaining portion of the recorded program may be presented in response to a second user command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicants: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Poslinski, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 6775461
    Abstract: A data management method for recorded programs stored on a digital recording device. A portion of a first recorded program is rendered to an audio/video device. A user command is received for releasing memory associated with a rendered portion of the first recorded program. In response to the user command, the memory associated with the rendered portion is released, wherein the memory is available to store data associated with a second recorded program and a remaining portion of the first recorded program is available for presentation to the audio/video device. The present invention provides a method for maximizing the storage space of a digital recording device, such as a personal video recorder (PVR) or a digital video recorder (DVR), by allowing for partial deletion of a recorded program. The remaining portion of the recorded program may be presented in response to a second user command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Poslinski, Eric Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20040071439
    Abstract: A data management method for recorded programs stored on a digital recording device. A portion of a first recorded program is rendered to an audio/video device. A user command is received for releasing memory associated with a rendered portion of the first recorded program. In response to the user command, the memory associated with the rendered portion is released, wherein the memory is available to store data associated with a second recorded program and a remaining portion of the first recorded program is available for presentation to the audio/video device. The present invention provides a method for maximizing the storage space of a digital recording device, such as a personal video recorder (PVR) or a digital video recorder (DVR), by allowing for partial deletion of a recorded program. The remaining portion of the recorded program may be presented in response to a second user command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas Poslinski, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 6581076
    Abstract: Aspects for efficient archiving and dearchiving for a digital media distributor are presented. The aspects include a tape library for storing archived storage items, an archive server coupled to and managing the tape library, and a central site server coupled to the archive server and including a stage manager component. The stage manager component performs an archive operation to the archive server in response to a store request by grouping storage items according to predefined group categories and performs a dearchive operation from the archive server in response to a retrieve request by sorting storage items according to storage order within the predefined group categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jennie Ching, Eric Hsiao, Peter S. Lee
  • Publication number: 20020111959
    Abstract: A method and system of synchronizing files between a central site and a plurality of remote sites is disclosed. The method and system comprises providing a list of files to the plurality of remote sites by the central site, prior to a callback time of the remote sites and reporting which of the files are missing by each of the plurality of remote sites to the central site. The method and system further includes determining within the central site which of the files needs to be sent to each of the plurality of remote sites. Accordingly, a system and method in accordance with the present invention helps deliver content from a central site to multiple remote sites. A system and method in accordance with the present invention uses the DMD in conjunction with a software client described below to maintain the file synchronization between the central server and remote site servers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Jennie Ching, Eric Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20020104084
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for object retransmission in an asynchronous environment without a continuous network connection in a digital media distributor (DMD) system. The method and system include receiving objects in a receiver from a central site, generating a response document in the receiver, and sending the response document asynchronously to the central site. The received response documents are then utilized in the central site to determine which object to retransmit to the receiver. In another aspect of the present invention, the central site manages the inventory of objects in the receiver by instructing the receiver to delete objects not needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Jennie Ching, Eric Hsiao, Peter S. Lee, Warren R. Vollinger