Patents by Inventor Mark B. Hurst

Mark B. Hurst 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: 10812555
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are described to improve the performance of adaptive media streaming sessions. A media player device proactively requests segment data representing a media stream over multiple simultaneous network connections. Delivery of the requested segment data on each of the plurality of simultaneous connections is monitored, and subsequent requests for segment data are adapted based upon the monitored delivery of the requested segments on each of the plurality of simultaneous connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark B. Hurst, Herrick Muhlestein
  • Publication number: 20200280595
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: DAVID F. BRUECK, MARK B. HURST, R. DREW MAJOR
  • Publication number: 20200280594
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: DAVID F. BRUECK, MARK B. HURST, R. DREW MAJOR
  • Patent number: 10757156
    Abstract: An apparatus for adaptive-rate shifting of streaming content includes an agent controller module configured to simultaneously request at least portions of a plurality of streamlets. The agent controller module is further configured to continuously monitor streamlet requests and subsequent responses, and accordingly request higher or lower quality streamlets. A staging module is configured to stage the streamlets and arrange the streamlets for playback on a content player. A system includes a data communications network, a content server coupled to the data communications network and having a content module configured to process content and generate a plurality of high and low quality streams, and the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Mark B. Hurst
  • Publication number: 20200204839
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing trick play functions such as fast forward, rewind or slow motion during playback of streaming media content. Multiple sets of streamlets or other media files that represent the same media stream are encoded differently from each other (e.g., at different frame rates and/or frame directions), and each set of files is simultaneously maintained at a server. Files encoded at a first format are made available to the client device during regular playback, and files encoded at a different frame rate and/or a different direction of encoding are made available to support trick play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark B. Hurst
  • Patent number: 10674131
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to arbitrate network bandwidth that is shared between multiple video players executing concurrently on one or more client platforms that each have at least one video data stream supplied over a data network. An amount of bandwidth available from the data network is determined. An arbitration module calculates whether the selected video players can sustain a video playback quality above a pre-defined threshold using the determined amount of bandwidth available, and a modify playback message is sent to at least one video player when the video playback quality is not sustainable. Various implementations could prioritize bandwidth based upon the content presented so that high-bandwidth scenes (e.g., action sequences) receive more bandwidth than more static scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark B. Hurst
  • Patent number: 10659513
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David F. Brueck, Mark B. Hurst, R. Drew Major
  • Patent number: 10594752
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing multiple video players executing on a client software platform. The method includes the operation of displaying a plurality of video players viewable by an end user. Each video player can have at least one video data stream supplied over a data network. A priority value can be applied to selected video players. In addition, an amount of bandwidth available from the data network to supply the plurality of video players can then be determined. Another operation is calculating whether the selected video players can sustain a video playback quality above a pre-defined threshold using the determined amount of bandwidth available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark B. Hurst, David S. Anderson, Krysta L. Hurst
  • Patent number: 10582233
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing trick play functions such as fast forward, rewind or slow motion during playback of streaming media content. Multiple sets of streamlets or other media files that represent the same media stream are encoded differently from each other (e.g., at different frame rates and/or frame directions), and each set of files is simultaneously maintained at a server. Files encoded at a first format are made available to the client device during regular playback, and files encoded at a different frame rate and/or a different direction of encoding are made available to support trick play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark B. Hurst
  • Publication number: 20200007840
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to arbitrate network bandwidth that is shared between multiple video players executing concurrently on one or more client platforms that each have at least one video data stream supplied over a data network. An amount of bandwidth available from the data network is determined. An arbitration module calculates whether the selected video players can sustain a video playback quality above a pre-defined threshold using the determined amount of bandwidth available, and a modify playback message is sent to at least one video player when the video playback quality is not sustainable. Various implementations could prioritize bandwidth based upon the content presented so that high-bandwidth scenes (e.g., action sequences) receive more bandwidth than more static scenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: MARK B. HURST
  • Patent number: 10469554
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David F. Brueck, Mark B. Hurst, R. Drew Major
  • Patent number: 10469555
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David F. Brueck, Mark B. Hurst, R. Drew Major
  • Patent number: 10412464
    Abstract: Various systems, methods and devices adaptively manage the multicast delivery of multiple media programs. Each of the media programs is encoded into multiple media streams, each stream having a different bitrate, frame rate, resolution or other encoding parameter. A computer receives feedback about the delivery of the multiple streams and automatically adapts the number of streams available for at least one of the multiple media programs in response to the received feedback. This allows resources to be applied to those multicast streams having the greatest user demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Dish Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Mark B. Hurst, Herrick Muhlestein
  • Patent number: 10412357
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to arbitrate network bandwidth that is shared between multiple video players executing concurrently on one or more client platforms that each have at least one video data stream supplied over a data network. An amount of bandwidth available from the data network is determined. An arbitration module calculates whether the selected video players can sustain a video playback quality above a pre-defined threshold using the determined amount of bandwidth available, and a modify playback message is sent to at least one video player when the video playback quality is not sustainable. Various implementations could prioritize bandwidth based upon the content presented so that high-bandwidth scenes (e.g., action sequences) receive more bandwidth than more static scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark B. Hurst
  • Publication number: 20190215350
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are described to improve the performance of adaptive media streaming sessions. A media player device proactively requests segment data representing a media stream over multiple simultaneous network connections. Delivery of the requested segment data on each of the plurality of simultaneous connections is monitored, and subsequent requests for segment data are adapted based upon the monitored delivery of the requested segments on each of the plurality of simultaneous connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: MARK B. HURST, HERRICK MUHLESTEIN
  • Publication number: 20190199768
    Abstract: An apparatus for adaptive-rate shifting of streaming content includes an agent controller module configured to simultaneously request at least portions of a plurality of streamlets. The agent controller module is further configured to continuously monitor streamlet requests and subsequent responses, and accordingly request higher or lower quality streamlets. A staging module is configured to stage the streamlets and arrange the streamlets for playback on a content player. A system includes a data communications network, a content server coupled to the data communications network and having a content module configured to process content and generate a plurality of high and low quality streams, and the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Mark B. Hurst
  • Publication number: 20190158560
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: DAVID F. BRUECK, MARK B. HURST, R. DREW MAJOR
  • Publication number: 20190158561
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. A method includes receiving media content, segmenting the media content and generating a plurality of streamlets, and generating a set of streamlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: DAVID F. BRUECK, MARK B. HURST, R. DREW MAJOR
  • Patent number: 10250655
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are described to improve the performance of adaptive media streaming sessions. A media player device proactively requests segment data representing a media stream over multiple simultaneous network connections. Delivery of the requested segment data on each of the plurality of simultaneous connections is monitored, and subsequent requests for segment data are adapted based upon the monitored delivery of the requested segments on each of the plurality of simultaneous connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark B. Hurst, Herrick Muhlestein
  • Publication number: 20190082000
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for maintaining a programming lineup of adaptive-bitrate content streaming is provided. The apparatus includes a timeline module configured to maintain a programming lineup of media content available over a network. The media content may comprise a plurality of streamlets. The apparatus also includes at least one data module configured to maintain multi-bitrate streamlet information. The system includes the apparatus and a client module configured to acquire content based upon the programming lineup provided by the timeline module. The method includes maintaining a programming lineup of media content available over a network, and maintaining multi-bitrate streamlet information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark B. Hurst, David F. Bruek