Patents by Inventor James Michener

James Michener 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: 10306329
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitating mixed service use of bonded satellite transponders in communication systems are provided. An apparatus comprises a first multiplexer configured to receive first content from first channels of a first type of channel, a second multiplexer configured to receive second content from second channels of a second type of channel, and a transport stream processor (TSP). The TSP can be configured to output the received first content and the second content to modulators respectively associated with different channels for transmission of the first type of channel and the second type of channel, wherein the different channels are transmitted to a bonded satellite transponders, which transmits to a receiver. In some embodiments, the apparatus can comprise a multiplexer aggregator coupled between the TSP and the first multiplexer and the second multiplexer. The first content can be high bit-rate information and the second content can be lower bit-rate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Trevor Yang, Joseph Santoru, James Michener, An Vuong, Sassan Pejhan
  • Publication number: 20190141407
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitating mixed service use of bonded satellite transponders in communication systems are provided. An apparatus comprises a first multiplexer configured to receive first content from first channels of a first type of channel, a second multiplexer configured to receive second content from second channels of a second type of channel, and a transport stream processor (TSP). The TSP can be configured to output the received first content and the second content to modulators respectively associated with different channels for transmission of the first type of channel and the second type of channel, wherein the different channels are transmitted to a bonded satellite transponders, which transmits to a receiver. In some embodiments, the apparatus can comprise a multiplexer aggregator coupled between the TSP and the first multiplexer and the second multiplexer. The first content can be high bit-rate information and the second content can be lower bit-rate information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Trevor Yang, Joseph Santoru, James Michener, An Vuong, Sassan Pejhan
  • Publication number: 20180242048
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitating mixed service use of bonded satellite transponders in communication systems are provided. An apparatus comprises a first multiplexer configured to receive first content from first channels of a first type of channel, a second multiplexer configured to receive second content from second channels of a second type of channel, and a transport stream processor (TSP). The TSP can be configured to output the received first content and the second content to modulators respectively associated with different channels for transmission of the first type of channel and the second type of channel, wherein the different channels are transmitted to a bonded satellite transponders, which transmits to a receiver. In some embodiments, the apparatus can comprise a multiplexer aggregator coupled between the TSP and the first multiplexer and the second multiplexer. The first content can be high bit-rate information and the second content can be lower bit-rate information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Trevor Yang, Joseph Santoru, James Michener, An Vuong, Sassan Pejhan
  • Patent number: 9917564
    Abstract: An audio loudness data collection module collects and stores audio data. The data can be stored for a first time period. A monitoring system can access and store the audio data collected and stored by the loudness data collection module according to a second time period. The stored audio data can be processed and displayed to a user in a number of ways. The data can also be used to provide loudness data control. For example, a loudness data control module can perform an audio AGC function to control audio loudness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Culwell, Daniel M. Miner, Heather N. Truong, Uy X. Nguyen, Leon J. Stanger, James A. Michener
  • Publication number: 20170359047
    Abstract: An audio loudness data collection module collects and stores audio data. The data can be stored for a first time period. A monitoring system can access and store the audio data collected and stored by the loudness data collection module according to a second time period. The stored audio data can be processed and displayed to a user in a number of ways. The data can also be used to provide loudness data control. For example, a loudness data control module can perform an audio AGC function to control audio loudness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin S. Culwell, Daniel M. Miner, Heather N. Truong, Uy X. Nguyen, Leon J. Stanger, James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 9729120
    Abstract: An audio loudness data collection module collects and stores audio data. The data can be stored for a first time period. A monitoring system can access and store the audio data collected and stored by the loudness data collection module according to a second time period. The stored audio data can be processed and displayed to a user in a number of ways. The data can also be used to provide loudness data control. For example, a loudness data control module can perform an audio AGC function to control audio loudness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Culwell, Daniel M. Miner, Heather N. Truong, Uy X. Nguyen, Leon J. Stanger, James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 9564988
    Abstract: A communication system includes a content repository storing a content file and a video transport processing system receiving the content file and dividing the content file into a plurality of content file portions, forming a leading data portion, determining a cyclic redundancy check value, forming a trailing data portion with the cyclic redundancy check value therein, forming a content data stream from the leading data portion, the plurality of content file portions and trailing data portion. The system also includes a system communicating the content data stream to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Munsell, James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 9060096
    Abstract: A communication system includes a content repository 274 storing a content file and a video transport processing system 273 in communication with the content repository 274. The video transport processing system 273 receives a plurality of conditional access information, stores a relative time of arrival of each of the plurality of conditional access information and encrypts the content file using the plurality of conditional access information and the relative time of arrival to form an encrypted content file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Munsell, Mitchell B. Wasden, James A. Michener, Raynold M. Kahn, Maria G. Popoli
  • Patent number: 8732780
    Abstract: Content delivery systems and methods to operate the same are disclosed. A disclosed example content delivery system comprises: a receiver station; a content server to transfer a file to a receiver via a point-to-point communication signal; and a transmission source that includes a computer readable medium to store the file containing pre-packetized content data and a controller to send the file containing the pre-packetized content data to a broadcast transmitter and to the content server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Raynold M. Kahn, Vladislav Kolegayev, Hanno Basse, James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 8532294
    Abstract: Essential data elements, particularly entitlement control messages (ECMs), are inserted in a manner that reduces the overhead bit rate without effecting overall tuning time at the customer receiver or security in satellite, cable or other programming networks. ECMs are inserted into the transport stream by detecting random access points (RAPS) in the encoded programming and inserting the ECM packets in a window just ahead of the RAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Michener, Hanno Basse, Raynold M. Kahn, Peter M. Klauss
  • Patent number: 7948558
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for synchronizing audio and video portions of a media program signal is disclosed. In a transmitting embodiment, the method comprises the steps of identifying a video event according to an video event discriminant in the video signal, and inserting a timing signal into the audio signal, and the apparatus comprises a video analysis module for identifying a video event according to an video event discriminant in the video signal, a timing signal generator for generating a timing signal, and a mixer for inserting the timing signal into the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon J. Stanger, James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 7912219
    Abstract: Essential data elements, particularly entitlement control messages (ECMs), are inserted in a manner that reduces the overhead bit rate without effecting overall tuning time at the customer receiver or security in satellite, cable or other programming networks. ECMs are inserted into the transport stream by detecting random access points (RAPS) in the encoded programming and inserting the ECM packets in a window just ahead of the RAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Michener, Hanno Basse, Raynold M. Kahn, Peter M. Klauss
  • Patent number: 7848364
    Abstract: A system and method for adding auxiliary data DA to an output data stream from a statistical multiplexer is disclosed. An auxiliary multiplexer accepts a statistically multiplexed data stream, and substitutes auxiliary data packets for null data packets. The auxiliary multiplexer controls the number of null packets in the statistically multiplexed data stream by controlling the target bandwidth BT of the statistical multiplexer, or by modifying the statistical multiplexer equation to make the auxiliary data stream a participant in the negotiation process of allocating throughput among the data sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon J. Stranger, Hanno Basse, James A. Michener, Robert H. Plummer, Richard K. Newman
  • Patent number: 7848933
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for broadcasting high quality audio “studio direct” with the same digital information employed in the studio by the video producer with AC-3 digital audio signals for broadcast to integrated receiver decoders (IRD). Control over individual data bits such as copyright bits is maintained by determining the bit status, comparing it to a preferred status, changing the status if it does not comply with the preferred status, and reevaluating cyclical redundancy check value in each data packet to avoid disruption in the data transmission. The system includes an uplink device which automatically checks, logs and reports errors in Dolby Digital AC-3 signals by a monitor which employs a processor, a digital audio card and an SMPTE timecode reader. The monitor employs a state machine that finds AC-3 packets, locks into the packets and detects discontinuities or loss of signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 7817184
    Abstract: Methods of testing receiver video fidelity are disclosed. One example method includes producing a video test signal; coupling the video test signal into an input of the receiver, wherein the video test signal is configured to cause a decoder to output a step function signal upon processing the video test signal; coupling the step function signal to a display rate converter; and measuring signal characteristics of signals provided at a receiver output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Michener, Leon J. Stanger, Michael R. Munsell
  • Publication number: 20100180291
    Abstract: Content delivery systems and methods to operate the same are disclosed. A disclosed example content delivery system comprises: a receiver station; a content server to transfer a file to a receiver via a point-to-point communication signal; and a transmission source that includes a computer readable medium to store the file containing pre-packetized content data and a controller to send the file containing the pre-packetized content data to a broadcast transmitter and to the content server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Raynold M. Kahn, Vladislav Kolegayev, Hanno Basse, James A. Michener
  • Patent number: 7735111
    Abstract: A system and method for merging of multiple encoded audio and video streams into a single program in the transport stream enables playback of any audio stream with any video stream. This is accomplished by first locking the frequency of audio and video input streams for a plurality of different programs to a source clock, independently encoding each program with its own PCR and PTS into a program stream, multiplexing the program streams into a transport stream, and then synchronizing the PCR and PTS of the program streams to a declared master PCR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Michener, Leon J. Stranger
  • Patent number: 7647221
    Abstract: Audio level control is provided for compressed audio. Scale factors for the compressed audio are extracted from an MPEG audio data stream, the extracted scale factors are altered without decompressing the compressed audio, and the MPEG audio data stream is updated with the altered scale factors. All of the scale factors in the MPEG audio data stream are altered based on a parameter identifying how the gain levels in the MPEG data stream are to be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Michener
  • Publication number: 20090028328
    Abstract: A communication system includes a content repository 274 storing a content file and a video transport processing system 273 in communication with the content repository 274. The video transport processing system 273 receives a plurality of conditional access information, stores a relative time of arrival of each of the plurality of conditional access information and encrypts the content file using the plurality of conditional access information and the relative time of arrival to form an encrypted content file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Munsell, Mitchell B. Wasden, James A. Michener, Raynold M. Kahn, Maria G. Popoli
  • Publication number: 20090031189
    Abstract: A communication system 100 includes a content repository 274 storing a content file and a video transport processing system 223 receiving the content file and dividing the content file into a plurality of content file portions, forming a leading data portion, determining a cyclic redundancy check value, forming a trailing data portion with the cyclic redundancy check value therein, forming a content data stream from the leading data portion, the plurality of content file portions and trailing data portion. The system also includes a system communicating the content data stream to a user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Munsell, James A. Michener