Patents by Inventor Kenneth Gould

Kenneth Gould 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: 10362323
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems of parallel encoding and publishing media content in a plurality of encoded formats. One exemplary embodiment includes the steps of receiving at least a first portion of a first content stream; communicating the first portion of the stream to a plurality of encoders including a first through Nth encoder, operating said first through Nth encoders in parallel to perform different encoding operations in real time to generate first through Nth encoded versions of said first portion of content; monitoring the encoding status of each of the first through Nth encoders; determining when at least the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, and publishing, in response to determining that the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, at the same time, the successfully encoded versions of the first portion of the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Forehand, Niem Dang, John Patti, Kenneth Gould
  • 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: 20190098353
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. The network server may also alter the audio-video stream based on the received operating mode notification and send the altered audio-video stream to the receiver device via the service provider network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jian Yu, David Chen, Vipul Patel, Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 10200425
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assigning physical channels in a content-based network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network having a plurality of cable modems, and the physical channels are assigned to the cable modems based at least in part on any multicast transmissions that may exist on the system. When two cable modems are receiving the same multicast transmission, the invention causes tuning of one or more of the cable modems to the same physical channel in order to limit the total number multicast transmissions on the network. Multicast transmissions typically comprise video or audio information, but other types of information may also be multicast according to the invention. In another embodiment, a multicast transmission list (containing a list of multicast transmissions and the corresponding physical channels) is sent to the set of cable modems. This list is used by the modems (or associated CPE) to manage channel allocation and tuning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 10182252
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. The network server may also alter the audio-video stream based on the received operating mode notification and send the altered audio-video stream to the receiver device via the service provider network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Jian Yu, David Chen, Vipul Patel, Kenneth Gould
  • Publication number: 20180262771
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems of parallel encoding and publishing media content in a plurality of encoded formats. One exemplary embodiment includes the steps of receiving at least a first portion of a first content stream; communicating the first portion of the stream to a plurality of encoders including a first through Nth encoder, operating said first through Nth encoders in parallel to perform different encoding operations in real time to generate first through Nth encoded versions of said first portion of content; monitoring the encoding status of each of the first through Nth encoders; determining when at least the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, and publishing, in response to determining that the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, at the same time, the successfully encoded versions of the first portion of the stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Forehand, Niem Dang, John Patti, Kenneth Gould
  • Publication number: 20180139508
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content using remnant capacity includes an intermediate device having a content storage, a user device in communication with the intermediate device and a communication system provider communicating content to the intermediate device. The intermediate device stores the content the content storage. The user device requests content from the content storage. The intermediate device communicates content from the content storage to the user device in real time in response to requesting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: KAROUSEL LLC
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Boris Bogatin, John S. Leibovitz, Kenneth Gould, Monish Kundra
  • Patent number: 9973769
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems of parallel encoding and publishing media content in a plurality of encoded formats. One exemplary embodiment includes the steps of receiving at least a first portion of a first content stream; communicating the first portion of the stream to a plurality of encoders including a first through Nth encoder, operating said first through Nth encoders in parallel to perform different encoding operations in real time to generate first through Nth encoded versions of said first portion of content; monitoring the encoding status of each of the first through Nth encoders; determining when at least the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, and publishing, in response to determining that the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, at the same time, the successfully encoded versions of the first portion of the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Forehand, Niem Dang, John Patti, Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 9883223
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing coordination between two or more different media distribution channels. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a server and associated client processes disposed of various components of a managed content distribution network (e.g., cable or satellite network). The server process coordinates with the client processes to obtain user interactivity data useful is assessing the efficacy of certain secondary content (e.g., advertisements). In one variant, input is received from, and provided to, other associated media campaigns (e.g., print, online, and/or telephonic) so as to allow rapid and effective coordination between the campaigns. Mechanisms for improving user engagement to the secondary content are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Vipul Patel, Kenneth Gould, David Chen
  • Publication number: 20170353752
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. The network server may also alter the audio-video stream based on the received operating mode notification and send the altered audio-video stream to the receiver device via the service provider network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jian YU, David CHEN, Vipul PATEL, Kenneth GOULD
  • Publication number: 20170339651
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for synchronizing devices corresponding to a customer are described. A plurality of devices are associated with a customer record. The customer indicates which one or ones of the devices are to be synchronized from a content playback perspective. Content delivery delays based on a time stamp included in content sent to the devices to be synchronized is determined by the devices and reported to a control device. Transmission of on-demand content is adjusted on a per device basis, e.g., delayed or advanced, to achieve synchronized delivery. For content transmitted according to a schedule, a delay may be communicated to the playback device and the device delays output of received content to synchronize output with other devices. Customer premise records include a list of devices to be synchronized along with transmission and/or output timing adjustment information on a per device basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Niem Dang, Kenneth Gould, Joseph Forehand
  • Publication number: 20170308681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for secondary content management, including preventing viewing fraud, are disclosed. In one embodiment, apparatus of the present disclosure includes an Advertisement Decisioning Service (ADS) and Manifest Manipulator (MM) configured cooperate to receive client requests for secondary content, select one or more secondary content elements (e.g., advertisements), and generate and transmit one or more identifiers that uniquely identify the client's request for a session. The selected advertisements in one implementation include embedded beacons or tags used to ensure accurate accounting with regards to the amount or quality of consumption of the advertisement by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth Gould, Vipul Patel
  • Patent number: 9769512
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. The network server may also alter the audio-video stream based on the received operating mode notification and send the altered audio-video stream to the receiver device via the service provider network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Jian Yu, David Chen, Vipul Patel, Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 9743368
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for synchronizing devices corresponding to a customer are described. A plurality of devices are associated with a customer record. The customer indicates which one or ones of the devices are to be synchronized from a content playback perspective. Content delivery delays based on a time stamp included in content sent to the devices to be synchronized is determined by the devices and reported to a control device. Transmission of on-demand content is adjusted on a per device basis, e.g., delayed or advanced, to achieve synchronized delivery. For content transmitted according to a schedule, a delay may be communicated to the playback device and the device delays output of received content to synchronize output with other devices. Customer premise records include a list of devices to be synchronized along with transmission and/or output timing adjustment information on a per device basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Niem Dang, Kenneth Gould, Joseph Forehand
  • Patent number: 9743158
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for efficiently and flexibly providing emergency alert data (e.g., EAS messages) to subscribers of a content-based network, such as for example Internet protocol television (IPTV) subscribers. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a server performing real-time receipt and encapsulation of the EAS data (which may comprise audio, video, and/or text), transport of the EAS data to client devices over the network, and use of one or more applications running on the client devices to decode and display/present the EAS data in a manner which effectively guarantees that it will be perceived by the viewer. In one variant, instant messaging (IM) infrastructure is used to authenticate clients and receive and display at least portion of the EAS data via a separate transport process. Server and client-side apparatus adapted for EAS data receipt, decoding and display are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hasek, Kenneth Gould
  • Publication number: 20170048536
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems of parallel encoding and publishing media content in a plurality of encoded formats. One exemplary embodiment includes the steps of receiving at least a first portion of a first content stream; communicating the first portion of the stream to a plurality of encoders including a first through Nth encoder, operating said first through Nth encoders in parallel to perform different encoding operations in real time to generate first through Nth encoded versions of said first portion of content; monitoring the encoding status of each of the first through Nth encoders; determining when at least the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, and publishing, in response to determining that the first through Nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, at the same time, the successfully encoded versions of the first portion of the stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Forehand, Niem Dang, John Patti, Kenneth Gould
  • Publication number: 20170026712
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing delivery of content to client devices of a network via both multicast and unicast mechanisms. In one embodiment, a system for use in a managed content delivery network is described to bridge multicast to unicast, so that the total network bandwidth consumption is significantly lower than a corresponding unicast-only delivery solution, yet which still provides improved quality of service and user viewing experience as compared to a multicast-only delivery solution. In addition, various exemplary aspects of the present disclosure are readily adapted for real-time multicast to unicast streaming of audio and data to, among other things, minimize network bandwidth usage, while maintaining the guaranteed delivery of unicast streams with little or no modification to the existing client device logic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Tom Gonder, William L. Helms, Kenneth Gould, David Chen, John Chen, Jian Yu, Niem Dang, Vipul Patel
  • Patent number: 9531760
    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: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    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: 20160359933
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assigning physical channels in a content-based network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network having a plurality of cable modems, and the physical channels are assigned to the cable modems based at least in part on any multicast transmissions that may exist on the system. When two cable modems are receiving the same multicast transmission, the invention causes tuning of one or more of the cable modems to the same physical channel in order to limit the total number multicast transmissions on the network. Multicast transmissions typically comprise video or audio information, but other types of information may also be multicast according to the invention. In another embodiment, a multicast transmission list (containing a list of multicast transmissions and the corresponding physical channels) is sent to the set of cable modems. This list is used by the modems (or associated CPE) to manage channel allocation and tuning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 9497503
    Abstract: The present invention teaches methods and systems for subscriber blocking of unauthorized network traffic in a cable data network. The cable modem termination system (CMTS) incorporates a data gateway agent that filters unauthorized traffic thereby eliminating consumption based subscribers from being responsible for related service charges. Embodiments incorporate the use of packet filtering, hybrid stateful packet filtering, content filtering, application layer filtering and time based filtering. Greater acceptance of consumption based billing is achieved by having the filter settings directed by the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Gould, Andrew Danforth