Patents by Inventor Megha Venugopal

Megha Venugopal 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: 20230035651
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, applying first data associated with a first content item to a model to generate first classification characteristics, analyzing the first classification characteristics to generate a first marker, wherein the first marker delineates a first location of inventory within the first content item, selecting a first creative to populate a portion of the inventory, and populating, based on the selecting, the portion of the inventory with the first creative. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2022
    Publication date: February 2, 2023
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Binny Asarikuniyil, Megha Venugopal
  • Patent number: 11558670
    Abstract: A method for providing a personalized media stream includes receiving a signal from a user to launch a personalized media stream, determining a current time, identifying a first time slot of a schedule into which the current time falls, identifying a first channel that is associated with the first time slot, wherein viewing history for the user indicates that the user has viewed the first channel during the first time slot in the past, automatically tuning the display device to the first channel in response to the signal, receiving, subsequent to the automatically tuning, a command from the user to pause a program playing on the first channel, identifying a second channel associated with a second time slot, wherein the second time slot occurs later in time that the first time slot, and buffering a portion of a program being shown on the second channel during the second time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Publication number: 20220394331
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining media content, providing it as input to a neural network adapted to categorize scenes according to predetermined categories, and generating metadata according to the categorization. An objectionable scene is identified based on a user preference and according to a characterization. An altered scene based on a content of the objectionable scene may be obtained responsive to the identifying of the objectionable scene. The altered scene provides a suitable scene in place of the objectional scene that preserves information of the content to obtain preserved information. Replacement of the objectionable scene with the altered scene may be facilitated to obtain adapted media content, wherein presentation of the adapted media content via equipment avoids presentation of the objectionable scene, while maintaining a continuity of the original media content via the preserved information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Megha Venugopal
  • Publication number: 20220369002
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, applying first data associated with a first content item to a model to generate first classification characteristics, analyzing the first classification characteristics to generate a first marker, wherein the first marker delineates a first location of inventory within the first content item, selecting a first creative to populate a portion of the inventory, and populating, based on the selecting, the portion of the inventory with the first creative. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Binny Asarikuniyil, Megha Venugopal
  • Publication number: 20220368985
    Abstract: An example method includes training a machine learning algorithm to detect a granular level of tags associated with a media content, receiving a request to play a user selected media content, applying the machine learning algorithm that is trained to the user selected media content to identify at least one tag of the granular level of tags associated with the user selected media content, generating a notification that reports the at least one tag and a number of occurrences of the at least one tag in the user selected media content, and transmitting the notification to an endpoint device of a user that sent the request for the user selected media content to display the notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Binny Asarikuniyil, Megha Venugopal
  • Patent number: 11503383
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, applying first data associated with a first content item to a model to generate first classification characteristics, analyzing the first classification characteristics to generate a first marker, wherein the first marker delineates a first location of inventory within the first content item, selecting a first creative to populate a portion of the inventory, and populating, based on the selecting, the portion of the inventory with the first creative. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Binny Asarikuniyil, Megha Venugopal
  • Publication number: 20220353577
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a selection for a media content program that is stored in a digital video recorder (DVR) database from a communication device, and detecting a first advertisement within the media content program. Embodiments include calculating time period based on a timestamp of the media content program and a current time in response to obtaining the timestamp, and determining the time period is above a threshold. Further embodiments include identifying advertisement content within the first advertisement utilizing an image recognition technique, determining the advertisement content is not relevant to the current time, and obtaining a second advertisement that is relevant to the current time. Additional embodiments can include separating the media content from the first advertisement, and providing the media content and the second advertisement to the communication device to present the media content and the second advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Megha Venugopal
  • Patent number: 11457278
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining social network information associated with a first user, wherein the social network information includes information identifying a second user who is related to the first user. A determination is made that the first user had selected, during a presentation of a first media content item by a first media processing device of the first user, recording of a second media content item that had been advertised during the presentation of the first media content item. Responsive to the determining that the first user had selected the recording of the second media content item, a second media processing device of the second user is directed to record the second media content item. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: DIRECTV, LLC
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Steven Allstead, Jr., Cory Max Bernhardt, Michael Habif
  • Patent number: 11457270
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining media content, providing it as input to a neural network adapted to categorize scenes according to predetermined categories, and generating metadata according to the categorization. An objectionable scene is identified based on a user preference and according to a characterization. An altered scene based on a content of the objectionable scene may be obtained responsive to the identifying of the objectionable scene. The altered scene provides a suitable scene in place of the objectional scene that preserves information of the content to obtain preserved information. Replacement of the objectionable scene with the altered scene may be facilitated to obtain adapted media content, wherein presentation of the adapted media content via equipment avoids presentation of the objectionable scene, while maintaining a continuity of the original media content via the preserved information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Megha Venugopal
  • Publication number: 20220303637
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining, over a first mobile network, first media content from a media content server, and detecting a travel route associated with the communication device. Further embodiments can include identifying a group of mobile networks associated with the travel route in which the group of mobile networks comprise the first mobile network. Additional embodiments can include determining a network condition associated with a second mobile network of the group of mobile networks, and identifying a portion of the travel route associated with the network condition. Also, embodiments can include adjusting the obtaining of the first media content from the media content server according to the network condition. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Publication number: 20220286745
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating metadata associated with a second portion of the first media content, and providing the first media content and the metadata to a media processor that presents the first portion of the first media content. The media processor identifies a media content type associated with the second portion of the first media content according to the metadata. Additional embodiments can include providing the second media content to the media processor. The media processor terminates presentation of the first media content prior to presentation of the second portion of the first media content and presents the second media content during a broadcast of the second portion of the first media content. Further, the media processor terminates presentation of the second media content, and presents the third portion of the first media content from the first broadcast channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Megha Venugopal
  • Publication number: 20220286742
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving a selection of a media content, applying customized parental control rules associated with a user to the media content, providing a notification to apply a parental control associated with the customized parental control rules to the media content, receiving a confirmation to apply the parental control, and controlling the media content in accordance with the parental control that is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Publication number: 20220286744
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining media content that comprises a group of scenes, analyzing each of the group of scenes of the media content utilizing an image recognition technique based on a scene criteria, and identifying a first scene of the group of scenes based on the analysis. Further embodiments include generating metadata associated with the first scene according to the scene criteria, and providing the media content and the metadata to a media processor. In addition, the media processor detects the metadata, adjusts the media content according to the metadata, and presents the adjusted media content on a display communicatively coupled to the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Patent number: 11418837
    Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for providing immersive entertainment experiences by coordinating the actions of connected home devices. For instance, in one example, a metadata file is encoded in a first signal. The metadata file contains data that indicates how to adjust a setting of a connected home device to synchronize a home system with a portion of a media. The first signal is then delivered to a customer device in communication with the connected home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: DIRECTV LLC
    Inventors: Steven Allstead, Jr., Cory Bernhardt, Michael Habif, Megha Venugopal
  • Patent number: 11381884
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining, over a first mobile network, first media content from a media content server, and detecting a travel route associated with the communication device. Further embodiments can include identifying a group of mobile networks associated with the travel route in which the group of mobile networks comprise the first mobile network. Additional embodiments can include determining a network condition associated with a second mobile network of the group of mobile networks, and identifying a portion of the travel route associated with the network condition. Also, embodiments can include adjusting the obtaining of the first media content from the media content server according to the network condition. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Patent number: 11375277
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating metadata associated with a second portion of the first media content, and providing the first media content and the metadata to a media processor that presents the first portion of the first media content. The media processor identifies a media content type associated with the second portion of the first media content according to the metadata. Additional embodiments can include providing the second media content to the media processor. The media processor terminates presentation of the first media content prior to presentation of the second portion of the first media content and presents the second media content during a broadcast of the second portion of the first media content. Further, the media processor terminates presentation of the second media content, and presents the third portion of the first media content from the first broadcast channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property i, L.P.
    Inventor: Megha Venugopal
  • Publication number: 20220132215
    Abstract: In one example, a method for providing content-aware progress bar includes receiving a command from a user via an input device to present a visual media on a display device, retrieving a progress bar associated with the visual media, wherein the progress bar includes a plurality of sections, and where each section of the plurality of sections corresponds to one scene of a plurality of scenes of the visual media, and wherein the each section visually indicates a type of content contained in the one scene, a location of the one scene in the visual media, and a duration of the one scene, presenting the visual media on the display device, and displaying the progress bar on the display device in a manner that is time-synchronized to the visual media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Publication number: 20220132210
    Abstract: A method for providing a personalized media stream includes receiving a signal from a user to launch a personalized media stream, determining a current time, identifying a first time slot of a schedule into which the current time falls, identifying a first channel that is associated with the first time slot, wherein viewing history for the user indicates that the user has viewed the first channel during the first time slot in the past, automatically tuning the display device to the first channel in response to the signal, receiving, subsequent to the automatically tuning, a command from the user to pause a program playing on the first channel, identifying a second channel associated with a second time slot, wherein the second time slot occurs later in time that the first time slot, and buffering a portion of a program being shown on the second channel during the second time slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Binny Asarikuniyil
  • Publication number: 20210368234
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining social network information associated with a first user, wherein the social network information includes information identifying a second user who is related to the first user. A determination is made that the first user had selected, during a presentation of a first media content item by a first media processing device of the first user, recording of a second media content item that had been advertised during the presentation of the first media content item. Responsive to the determining that the first user had selected the recording of the second media content item, a second media processing device of the second user is directed to record the second media content item. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: DIRECTV, LLC
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Steven Allstead, JR, Cory Max Bernhardt, Michael Habif
  • Patent number: 11115714
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining social network information associated with a first user, wherein the social network information includes information identifying a second user who is related to the first user. A determination is made that the first user had selected, during a presentation of a first media content item by a first media processing device of the first user, recording of a second media content item that had been advertised during the presentation of the first media content item. Responsive to the determining that the first user had selected the recording of the second media content item, a second media processing device of the second user is directed to record the second media content item. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DIRECTV, LLC
    Inventors: Megha Venugopal, Steven Allstead, Jr., Cory Max Bernhardt, Michael Habif