Diverse Device Controlled By Information Embedded In Video Signal Patents (Class 348/460)
  • Patent number: 10708539
    Abstract: A media recording system may be provided. The recording system may include features for reducing recording cut-off of a particular media event due to changes in the start time and end time of what is scheduled to be recorded. The recording system may provide a user with an opportunity to select a program by for example, selecting a listing, to have that program automatically recorded at a scheduled time for presentation to viewers. Changes in the schedule of programs may be compensated manually or automatically when the recording system receives information about actual or predicted time changes. In a manual mode, a user may adjust start or end times based on time change information that is displayed. For an automatic mode, the recording system may automatically compensate for predicted or actual time changes that are known by automatically adjusting the start and end times of recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, David M. Berezowski
  • Patent number: 10708658
    Abstract: A system and method for replacing undesirable content in a media stream provides viewers with a highly individualized video viewing experience. A monitoring station detects undesirable content and selects substitute content based upon user preferences stored in a system database. The substitute content may have attributes related to both the primary content being viewed and the user preferences. A first trigger signal is transmitted to an output device which transmits media to the user's display. In response to the first trigger signal, the output device switches from the first media stream to a second media stream containing the substitute content. In embodiments, undesirable content is detected and substituted for in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Theriault
  • Patent number: 10708653
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide an entry presence detection mechanism for audio-video devices. According to aspects, devices are activated based on detecting presence of a subject in the vicinity of a device. Further, subject-specific content is output based on preconfigured preferences and/or historical usage. As described herein, the device is activated and subject-specific content or prompts are displayed without use of a remote control. This reduces the wait time to activate a device and connected devices. When a subject is determined to have left the vicinity for a configurable amount of time, the devices enter a low-power state. In aspects, the devices enter a low-power state in response to determining that no subjects remain in the vicinity of the device for a configurable amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Gerald Stinson, Bojan Rip
  • Patent number: 10694250
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies directed to screening streaming content with locked application programming interfaces are disclosed herein. Embodiments can include a system that is configured to perform operations that can include detecting a content stream directed to a media application on a user equipment, where audiovisual content of the content stream is presented on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, David Crawford Gibbon, Bernard S. Renger, Lee Begeja, Zhu Liu
  • Patent number: 10670648
    Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, devices, and methods for determining if a circuit is acting improperly. A system can include a module to receive proper performance values of a circuit, a module to receive improper performance values of the circuit, a module to compare actual circuit input characteristics (Xa) and actual circuit output characteristics (Ya) to X, Y, D, and Z to determine if the circuit is more likely operating properly or more likely operating improperly, and an alert module to, in response to determining the circuit is operating improperly, provide an alert to personnel indicating that the circuit is operating improperly or providing one or more signals to the circuit that cause the circuit to alter its current operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Christopher R. Eck, Linda A. Gee, John A. Cogliandro
  • Patent number: 10528313
    Abstract: A display device includes a display unit, a driving unit, a control board, and at least one recovery unit. The display unit includes a plurality of pixels. The driving unit provides a driving signal to the display unit. The control board is spaced apart from the driving unit and outputs the output signal in a serial link manner. At least one recovery unit is located between the driving unit and the control board and is spaced apart from the driving unit and the control board, and is configured to recover the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: KukHui Chang
  • Patent number: 10524009
    Abstract: The user can respond to a media segment wherein the media segment may be associated with a schedulable event. Software on the device can then schedule the event into an electronic calendar system, and/or may use data associated with the media segment. At the appropriate time, the electronic calendar system may notify the user of the scheduled broadcast and/or event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: STRATOSAUDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly M. Christensen, John Phillip Hansen, Thomas Daniel Mock
  • Patent number: 10448113
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method of controlling the same are provided. The display apparatus includes a display configured to display a user interface (UI) comprising a plurality of display items corresponding to a plurality of broadcast contents and being displayed on a time axis which is formed of different time units, an input unit configured to receive a user command, and a controller configured to control the UI according to a user command received through the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung-kwan Choi, Young-sun Kim
  • Patent number: 10405014
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are provided for identifying a video segment displayed on a screen of a remote television system, and providing an option to switch to an alternative or related version of the video program that includes the video segment. For example, video segments displayed on a screen of a television system can be identified, and contextually-targeted content or contextually-related alternative content can be provided to a television system based on the identification of a video segment. The alternative or related version of the video program can include the currently displayed program in an on-demand format that can be viewed off-line and can be started over from a beginning portion of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Michael Collette
  • Patent number: 10405042
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for dynamically calibrating digital video recordings of television broadcasts based on analyzes of changes to time data and channel data associated with live television broadcasts. In various embodiments, television receivers may transmit sets of recording schedule data to television broadcast monitor devices, which may receive time data corresponding to live broadcast television programs from various data sources, such as satellite or cable television service providers, social media servers, user devices, and other data sources. Television broadcast monitor devices and/or television receivers may receive and analyze the live television broadcast time data and channel data, and may determine updated recording schedule data which may be used to dynamically reprogram the digital video recorders associated with one or more television receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Keith Gerhards, Danny J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 10382526
    Abstract: A method of providing a program recording to a user includes: accessing an application service provider that includes a program database via a first connection over a network with a user processor; selecting, with the user processor, a program recording to be received at the location of the user processor; providing the program recording selected with the user processor, at the location of the application service provider or a third location different from the location of the application service provider and the location of the user processor; and delivering the selected program recording to the location of the user processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Lambertus Hesselink, Dharmarus Rizal, Joep van Beurden, Eric S. Bjornson
  • Patent number: 10345998
    Abstract: A video content item may be provided to a user in a first area of a graphical user interface (GUI). Related video content items may be provided in a second area of the GUI. A selection of a control element provided in the GUI may be received where the selection of the control element indicates that the user is interested in an audio component that is included in the provided video content item. In response to receiving the selection of the control element, different versions of the audio component that are included in different video content items may be identified and the second area of the GUI may be modified to prioritize a presentation of at least one of the different video content items that includes a respective different version of the audio component over a presentation of the related video content items in the second area of the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Vitor Sessak, Christian Weitenberner
  • Patent number: 10349147
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a product placement event that is triggered by a placement stamp in a media program. The placement stamp may identify an occurrence of a product in the media program, where the occurrence is not an explicit advertisement. The method further may include searching a product description database according to a product identifier of the product placement event and receiving product advertising information matching the product identifier in an entry of the product description database. The product description database may have been updated, and the product advertising information may differ from what the product advertising information would have been if the product description database had not been updated. The method may further include presenting a product advertisement according to the product advertising information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Anthony Bonvolanta
  • Patent number: 10341631
    Abstract: Creating a sub-titles stream or file composed of sub-titles elements. For each sub-titles element in said sub-titles elements, a sub-titles element is inserted into the sub-titles stream or file, at least one end-of-block condition related to a mode of presentation of sub-titles is verified, and a datum representative of an end of a block according to the mode of presentation of sub-titles is inserted into the sub-titles stream or file upon satisfying said at least one end-of-block condition. A sub-titles stream or file may be presented on a terminal of a user by selecting on the terminal a mode of presentation of sub-titles, reading a sub-titles block associated with the mode of presentation in the stream or file, and presenting on the terminal the at least one sub-titles block according to the mode of presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Harmonic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Besnard, Michel Jouan
  • Patent number: 10225583
    Abstract: Summarization segments of an encoded video can be efficiently identified, without the need to decode the encoded video to obtain image data, by analyzing encoded-buffer-size deltas, each indicating an encoded-buffer-size difference between a pair of intra-coded frames of an encoded video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RealNetworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Milko Boic
  • Patent number: 10212466
    Abstract: Techniques are described for playing back a portion of an image frame of media content. The playback can be based on characteristics of the viewer device and active region data indicating important areas of the image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10200498
    Abstract: Embodiments of the instant invention are directed to a method and apparatus for presenting unsolicited data to users without interrupting the user's activities, wherein the presentation of the unsolicited data is monitored and is available for review by the user at the user's convenience. Embodiments of the invention comprise a content and display manager, wherein the content and display manager include a display monitor, a content delivery system and a content controller. The display monitor selects the display of content to the users, in part, by reviewing a marker which defines the last time that content was displayed to the user and the type of content displayed. The content delivery system transmits a content window to a user computer via the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures I LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shuster
  • Patent number: 10191992
    Abstract: A system includes a first computer, the first computer including a user interface to allow a user to access an online service provided by an online service provider and to provide user information, a storage in which to store the user information, a processor executing instructions that cause the processor to receive the user information, access the storage to determine if the user information exists in the storage, determine if the user information in the storage matches the user information provided through the user interface, and if the user information does not match, notifying the user through the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SURVEYMONKEY INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Gray Cederman-Haysom, David Wong
  • Patent number: 10180982
    Abstract: In embodiments, the present invention provides a method and system for managing playback of content delivered to a mobile device with a pause and resume functionality. The method and system including receiving delivered content on a mobile device, initiating playback of the delivered content, pausing playback of the content being delivered to the mobile device in response to an action and resuming delivery of the content upon a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: QUICKPLAY MEDIA INC.
    Inventors: Kavi Maharajh, Bart MacNeil, Torin Walker
  • Patent number: 10129583
    Abstract: A user device may receive one or more signals in a particular sequence and within a threshold period of time from an accessory; determine a scrolling instruction corresponding to the one or more signals received in the particular sequence and within the threshold period of time; and execute the scrolling instruction to continuously scroll through a program guide, displayed by the user device, based on determining the scrolling instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatesan Sriraman, Sivasubramanian Parthasarathy, Sampath Raman
  • Patent number: 10104421
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording multiple copies of a program are provided. The method may include receiving a user instruction to record a program. A determination may be made to record multiple copies of the program. In response to the determination, multiple copies of the program may be recorded. A user instruction to display the recorded program may be received. A copy of the program may be played back. The user may switch to another copy of the recorded program if the original copy lacks desirable recording attributes, or the interactive television application may automatically switch to another copy of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Reed S. Spiegel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10091544
    Abstract: Video content is received and processed to produce the plurality of video frames for displaying the video content on a video rendering device. A video image is embedding into one of a plurality of video frames. Each of the plurality of video frames are analyzed to detect the embedded video image. Upon detecting the embedding video image, an action associated with the embedded video image is triggered. A viewer indication of interest is received in response to the triggering the action associated with the embedded video image. A response to the receipt of the viewer indication of interest is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Lee Poffenberger
  • Patent number: 10044784
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for generating media information, a terminal, a server, and an adaptive streaming system. Media code streams of m types of code rate, which are generated by an AHS system, are divided into h groups, and tracing codes are separately embedded into code stream segments of each group. The tracing codes embedded into the code stream segments, and code stream group information are stored in a media presentation description MPD file. In a downloading process of a terminal, tracing of an end user that downloads media data is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Shiguo Lian, Xin Wang, Yongliang Liu, Shaobo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10045060
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for querying information of a TV program broadcasted currently and a smart TV, to solve the problem that the descriptive information of a TV program broadcasted currently displayed by the smart TV doesn't match the actual video image broadcasted. The method comprises: obtaining a program information list corresponding to a channel identification from an EPG server according to the channel identification of a channel broadcasted currently, where the program information list includes correspondence between program identifications and program descriptive information; after obtaining a real time video stream from a program source server corresponding to the channel identification, parsing and obtaining a program identification in the real-time video stream; and obtaining program descriptive information corresponding to the program identification from the correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: HISENSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hu Song, Shanjuan Bao, Shiming Lu, Yanmei Yu
  • Patent number: 10034056
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an operation section which performs remote control of a television receiver, and a content information acquisition section which acquires content information related to content provided by the television receiver, and causes a storage section to store the content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Tsuchiya, Yasuo Nomura
  • Patent number: 10022624
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a unique interactive game that connects both physical and virtual play environments and includes multiple dynamic layers in which a participant may complete a variety of challenges and/or tasks. For example, the participant may obtain a physical gaming item such as a toy from a retail phase that is usable in an interactive entertainment phase that provides virtual play via computer animation. The interactive entertainment phase may include multiple interrelated layers such that progress in one or more layers may affect the participant's experience in one or more other layers. The participant may also receive training on how to use and improve the physical gaming item to help achieve one or more special effects or complete one or more adventures and/or quests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MQ Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Barney, Denise Chapman Weston
  • Patent number: 10009576
    Abstract: The invention provides an audio-video conversion device, relating to the field of TV, through converting the LVDS and/or V-by-One input port in the display into an HDMI port to make the display match the widely used HDMI audio-video processing device, so as to improve the flexibility of its adaptation; meanwhile, because the audio-video conversion device directly convert the TV signal in HDMI format into TV signal in LVDS and/or V-by-One format and then send it to the play device for playing, therefore there is no need to provide traditional LVDS chip and/or V-by-One chip on the display panel, and supports relatively high frequency to match frequency division and the frequency conversion of the screen, and then achieve the best image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Amlogie (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: John Zhong, Mike Yip, Kevin Chen, Robin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10009646
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, a data transmission device is provided. The device includes a communication unit for transmitting data to a receiver and transmitting data having a changed characteristic to the receiver, wherein when transmitting the data the device transmits timing information to the receiver indicating a time that the device will begin transmitting the data having a changed characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Nagara, Tomoya Yamaura
  • Patent number: 9959908
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes a content processing subsystem configured to record at least a subset of a media content program and detect a defective portion of the recorded media content program that failed to be properly recorded. The content processing subsystem is further configured to provide a recording status indicator to an output device for presentation to a user, the recording status indicator identifying the defective portion of the recorded media content program. In certain implementations, the content processing subsystem is further configured to heal at least a subset of the defective portion of the recorded media content program and provide a healing status indicator to the output device for presentation to the user, the healing status indicator identifying the healed portion of the recorded media content program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Roberts, Heath Stallings, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 9912842
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing haptic effects with at least one media component in a media transport stream includes identifying a series of video frames containing imaging information and/or a series of audio frames containing sound information in the media transport stream; identifying a series of haptic frames containing force feedback information in the media transport stream; and synchronizing the force feedback information in response to the imaging information and/or sound information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert A. Lacroix, Andrianaivo Rabemiarisoa, Henrique D. Da Costa, Herve Thu Timone, Stephen D. Rank, Christopher J. Ullrich
  • Patent number: 9900664
    Abstract: A method and system for display control, a breakaway judging apparatus and a video/audio processing apparatus are provided. The method includes following steps. A display signal source is received and a play content is obtained according to the display signal source. It is judged whether a play time corresponding to the play content is in a breakaway time according to at least one advertising fingerprint, wherein the at least one advertising fingerprint is a characteristic message corresponding to the play content, and the breakaway time is at least one time interval for playing at least one advertisement in the play content. If the play time corresponding to the play content is in the breakaway time, a prompt message is superimposed to the play content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chen-Guei Chang, Ming-Yen Chen, Ming-Shyan Wei, Yuan-Chu Tai
  • Patent number: 9894395
    Abstract: A first media server delivers content for broadcast via a first media channel, and a second media server delivers media content for broadcast via a second media channel. The first media server operates in a synchronized mode, under control of the second media server during some periods of time, and during other periods of time operates in an independent mode. When operating in the synchronized mode, content delivered by the first and second media servers can be synchronized, so that the timing of spot blocks played on the two servers generally coincides. When the first server operates in the independent mode, the timing of spot blocks and other content broadcast on the first media channel are not synchronized under control of the second media server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Koontz, III
  • Patent number: 9872069
    Abstract: A system and method for generating goal-based video analytics is disclosed. The system includes a processor, a configurable goal module, a communication module and an analytics module. The configurable goal module receives a video goal definition configurable by a user. The communication module receives first media player state data including data describing viewer interest in video data playable by a media player included on a viewing device. The analytics module associates the video goal definition with the first media player state data and generates video analytics based at least in part on the video goal definition and the first media player state data associated with the video goal definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Allan Funk, Nareshkumar Rajkumar, Vincent Gatto, Jr., Theodore Kent Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9848161
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a video recorder having user extended and automatically extended time slots. An embodiment of the present invention includes a set-top box having an internal storage device, such as a hard drive where broadcasts are transferred from a broadcast input source to the storage device. The set-top box is connected to an output device such as a television, which displays a graphical user interface (GUI) and an interactive program guide (IPG). The user has the option to extend a chosen time slot, in which a show is scheduled to be transferred to the storage device. A dialog box is used when certain types of shows are selected that commonly require timeslot extensions at the end of the show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Haig H. Krakirian, James A. Bumgardner, Daniel Thomas Ward, Geoffrey Z. Ombao
  • Patent number: 9813773
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a subtitle display method and a subtitle display device, and relate to the field of communications technologies. Category content is presented to a user in an interactive graphic manner, so that the user can select corresponding category content according to the user's preference, and subtitles corresponding to the category content are displayed. The method includes receiving a subtitle file, and parsing a category label of the subtitle file, where the category label includes category content; presenting, on a display device in an interactive graphic manner, the category content for a user to perform selection; and receiving a result of selecting one or more pieces of the category content by the user, and displaying, according to the selection result, subtitles corresponding to the selected category content, therefore classified display of subtitles is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhilei Li, Ying Zhou
  • Patent number: 9813749
    Abstract: A method of performing time-shift function and television receiver having a tuner and a personal video recorder for storing broadcast programs of at least one channel enables a broadcast program of a currently tuned channel to be continuously and efficiently stored to enable time-shifting, regardless of an interruption by switching channels or changing input sources or even in the case of an inadvertent power-off condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Duck Jae Ahn
  • Patent number: 9794505
    Abstract: Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system with minimal configuration are provided. The techniques of the present invention can allow the states of the components in the multimedia system to be captured in a scene. Once the scene has been saved, the scene can be restored at a later time. A remote control system for recommending scenes by comparing states of components in the current scene with states of components in saved scenes is also provided. The remote control system can also recommend scenes based on usage patterns. Moreover, the remote control system can allow users to designate one or more saved scenes as favorite scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Cannistraro
  • Patent number: 9788023
    Abstract: Methods of operating a communications system comprise, in one example, inserting advertising in a program stream by a receiving device based, at least in part, on an encrypted segmentation message embedded in the program steam. The at least one segmentation message defines an expanse of the program stream to receive the advertising. At least one embedded decoy message is included in the program stream, as well. In one example the receiving device, which may be a set-top terminal, for example, is coupled to a display device, such as a television, at a user location. A method of operating a receiving device coupled to a display device at a user location is also disclosed, comprising programming the receiving device to record a program and recording the program based, at least in part, on at least one segmentation message in a program stream. Systems are disclosed, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: John B. Carlucci, Michael L. DeHart
  • Patent number: 9769525
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a monitored display monitors data to be output from a monitored display. The monitored data is analyzed to generate one or more content identifiers. The content identifiers are compared to a set of rules to determine if the monitored data should be blocked from being output or if an alert should be transmitted to a supervisor device. One or more supervisor devices may be used to respond to alerts and may also be used to control the output of the monitored display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Behzad Shahraray, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger
  • Patent number: 9736397
    Abstract: A system for performing closed captioning enables a caption prepared remotely by a captioner to be repositioned by someone other than the captioner, such as by a program originator. This capability is particularly useful when, for example, the program originator wishes to include a banner in a video but also wishes to avoid having a closed caption interfere with the banner. In one illustrative system, the program originator is a broadcast station that includes a conventional encoder and a broadcast station computer. In one arrangement, control data generated at the station computer is incorporated into the caption data by the station computer. In another arrangement, the control data is sent from the station computer to the captioner computer, which incorporates the control data into the caption data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: VITAC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Umberto Lenzi, Wesley Long
  • Patent number: 9735978
    Abstract: Embodiments provided herein involve connected states between a mobile device and one or more zones in a network media system and different interactions between the mobile device and the network media system involving the connected states. The connected states may be established between the mobile device and the one or more zones such that further actions taken on media items identified in the playlist on the mobile device may also be taken on corresponding media items in a playback queue associated with the one or more zones. The interface on the mobile device may display various graphical representations to indicate the different interactions involving the connected states, including when a connected state is established, when a connected state is lost, and when a reconnected state is reestablished. The interface may further provide selectable icons to allow a user to navigate among the different media playback options involving the connected states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Kumar, Andrew Schulert, Robert Andrew Lambourne, Arthur L. Coburn, IV
  • Patent number: 9641725
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for impeding making a useful copy with an optical recording device of video content displayed on a screen, wherein the method comprises displaying the video content on the screen, illuminating with ambience light of an ambience light source the screen, the ambience light comprises light having a wavelength in the visible part of the spectrum, wherein the ambience light is controlled as function of the video content, and wherein the ambience light is intensity modulated with an intensity modulation having an intensity modulation frequency selected from the range of 40 Hz to 00 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten Marinus Johannes Wilhelmus Van Herpen, Arnoldus Johannes Lucas Maria Maandonks, Oscar Hendrikus Willemsen
  • Patent number: 9635415
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products control external devices during presentation of multimedia content. When a description of the multimedia content is received, the description may include control data for controlling a device. The control data may thus be executed to alter a presentation of the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Stefanik, George A. Durden
  • Patent number: 9575546
    Abstract: Whether to enable a packet discarding mode is designated and, if an information processing apparatus operates in a power saving mode and the packet discarding mode is enabled, the information processing apparatus determines processing for a received packet based on a proxy response pattern, a WOL pattern, and a discard pattern, and, if the information processing apparatus operates in the power saving mode and the packet discarding mode is disabled, the information processing apparatus determines processing for the received packet based on the proxy response pattern and the WOL pattern without using the discard pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Okazawa, Tomohiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 9578272
    Abstract: A multifunctional display device includes a processor to control display of information during booting of an operating system. The operating system is booted in response to a predetermined signal and displayed the information includes first information corresponding to visual information, and second information indicating that the operating system is currently booting. The operating system is one which controls display of multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungwon Kim, Youngho Jeong
  • Patent number: 9565186
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a number of systems and associated processes for using machine-readable codes to perform a transaction. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and associated processes for consolidating and replacing various forms of payment (e.g. credit cards, debit cards, and cash) with a single payment system. Further, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and associated processes for reordering a product provided by a product provider. Moreover, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and associated processes for accepting a gift, or gift transaction, associated with a gift card. In addition, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and associated processes for performing an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) transaction using a machine-readable code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin C. Miller, Andrew J. Doane
  • Patent number: 9544661
    Abstract: A cable broadcast receiver and a 3D video data processing method thereof are disclosed. The processing method includes receiving a cable broadcast signal including video data and SI, determining whether a 3D video service is provided through a channel by obtaining a 3D service ID from SI, obtaining 3D image format information indicating an image format of 3D video data from SI, and extracting 3D video data from the broadcast signal and decoding the extracted result. The broadcast receiver includes a receiving unit receiving a cable broadcast signal including video data and SI, a control unit determining whether a 3D video service is provided through a channel by obtaining a 3D service ID from the SI, and obtaining 3D image format information indicating an image format of 3D video data from the SI, and a video decoder extracting 3D video data from the broadcast signal, and decoding the extracted result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Jeong Hyu Yang, Jin Pil Kim, Chang Sik Yun
  • Patent number: 9542714
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for concealing data. Frequency information is identified for a number of data object types of a set of data objects in the data using a frequency map. A set of pixel values is assigned to the set of data objects based on the frequency information for use in encrypting the set of data objects to form encrypted data. An image is generated that includes a set of pixels that represents the encrypted data. Each pixel in the set of pixels has a pixel value from the set of pixel values that is assigned to a corresponding data object of the set of data objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Kevin Hernandez, John W. Glatfelter
  • Patent number: 9525919
    Abstract: A program guide system in which an interactive television program guide is implemented at least partially on user television equipment receives program listings data and real-time data such as sports scores, news data, etc. The real-time data may be stored in a database maintained by the program guide, so that the program guide may access the stored real-time data at a later time. Updated program listings information may be provided to the program guide as part of the data stream in which the real-time data is provided. Unique keys may be generated for the program listings data and real-time data associated with each live event. The keys may be compared at the program guide to determine which program listings correspond to which items of real-time data. Different types of real-time data may be assigned different expiration times. When data has expired it may be removed from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, David M. Rudnick, Michael D. Ellis, Daniel C. Hagenbuch, Joel G. Hassell, Robert A. Knee, Steven J. Reynolds
  • Patent number: RE46451
    Abstract: In a program information broadcasting system, it is aimed to minimize time for retrieval of program by viewers in operating an electronic program guide or time for waiting when applying for subscription. As a program information broadcasting system, program elements constituting a broadcasting program are divided into a plurality of items and are turned to data at a center, and a master data 21 of a program information to recognize the program is prepared. From the data constituting the master data, minimal necessary items for preparation of a program table are extracted, and a program basic information 22 is prepared. Said master data and said program basic information are transmitted simultaneously with the broadcasting, and said program basic information is received, reproduced and displayed before receiving of the master data at a receiving terminal unit 31 is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Tsukidate, Kenichi Fujita, Shigeki Kaneko, Yoshiyasu Takeuchi