Diverse Device Controlled By Information Embedded In Video Signal Patents (Class 348/460)
  • Patent number: 8514761
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus enable ATSC-M/H mobile devices to conserve power by entering a high power state at a slot reception start time that is after the start of an ATSC M/H slot and entering a low power state at a slot reception stop time before the end of the ATSC M/H slot. Data lost due to the device being in a low power state during the time between the start time of the ATSC M/H slot and the activation time and during the time between the deactivation time and the end of the ATSC M/H slot are recovered using error correction processing. The slot receive and slot reception stop times may be based on the received signal quality. The receiver circuitry may also be deactivated when the entire payload has been received and skip reception of remaining slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yuval Carmel, Alecsander P. Eitan
  • Patent number: 8505058
    Abstract: A synchronization mechanism embeds synchronization triggers into a television signal or stream at regular intervals. The triggers include an accurate representation of the time in which the triggers were embedded. A receiving device decodes the triggers and synchronizes its internal timer based on the triggers. In this regard, the receiving device obtains a reference time from the internal timer and computes an offset between the reference time and the trigger time. The computed offset is then applied to the reference time. With the receipt of each new trigger, the application compares the trigger time to a new reference time with the most recently computed offset value applied. If there is any variance between these two values, the application creates a new smoothed offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Ericsson Television Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Dakss, Paul Milazzo, Karen Sarachik, Allan Kotmel, V. Michael Bove, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8499329
    Abstract: A power saving device is described that is disposed in use between a further device and a mains power supply for supplying power to the further device. The power saving device includes: a communications channel input connected in operation to a communications channel output of the further device. The communications channel input is operable to receive control instructions from the further device. The power saving device also includes: a switch for disconnecting the further device from the mains power supply in response to the control instructions received from the further device; and an internal power source operable to provide power to the power saving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Bastable, Bijal Shah, Peter Yaxley
  • Patent number: 8482614
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a technique for controlling the presentation of content in a venue to provide an optimal presentation, as well as one or more standard and or user defined presentations. The present disclosure includes optimal setup data along with content to permit devices operating according to the present disclosure to decode the setup data and configure themselves to provide an optimal presentation of the content. A content presentation optimizer according to the present disclosure provides the necessary mechanism for any compliant device to understand a basic set of control commands, so that any one device within a connected network of compliant devices can initiate these control commands toward a destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: THX Ltd
    Inventor: Rick Dean
  • Patent number: 8482577
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method for controlling the output of a display unit to meet various requirements of the user, and an output control apparatus employing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Su Kim, In Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20130169865
    Abstract: Disclosed are terminals having a television function and display methods thereof. The terminal comprises a display, a first port, a first hardware system, and a second hardware system, the display is connected with the first hardware system and the second hardware system, the first port is connected with the first hardware system. The first port is adapted to receive a television signal. In a first operation mode, the first hardware system is adapted to generate a first display data to be displayed by the display according to the television signal, and instruct the display to display the first display data. In a second operation mode, the second hardware system is adapted to generate a second display data to be displayed by the display according to the television signal, and instruct the display to display the second display data. A generation procedure of the second display data is different from a generation procedure of the first display data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicants: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Donghua Liang
  • Patent number: 8467402
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention allow users to post or publish audio information to a destination on a digital network. A particular embodiment provides a user interface for recording and uploading a short comment, remark, song segment, sound effect or any other audio portion. The comment can be sent directly to another user's device or can be published or uploaded to a network site, web page, user group or other location. A user interface allows organizing, reviewing, editing, tagging, transferring and other types of processing or manipulation in association with the audio portion to be transferred, or which has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Miselu, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Yoshikawa, Kaoru Zeren, Justin Mayer, Toshiaki Takada, Noriyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8467001
    Abstract: A video system suitable for being set in one of several scene modes and controlling one of several ambient light sources is disclosed. The video system includes a storage unit, a signal transceiver, and a control module. The storage unit stores several brightness setting values, in which the brightness setting values correspond to the scene modes and/or several specification data respectively, and the specification data is contained in the several ambient light sources respectively. The signal transceiver is used for receiving the specification data of one of the ambient light sources. The control module is electrically coupled to the signal transceiver, and controls the signal transceiver to transmit a corresponding brightness setting value in the storage unit to the ambient light source according to the set scene mode and the received specification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: AmTRAN Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Chou Chen, Wen-Kang Wei
  • Publication number: 20130148020
    Abstract: Systems, methods, software, and data structures that provide dynamic ambient lighting synchronized to a video program being watched in a premises are described herein. A video program may be associated with a predefined lighting scheme that specifies or identifies a time-sequenced set of lighting effects (e.g., flashing police lights, sunrise, explosion, etc.) that are to be performed by the dynamic ambient lighting system time-synchronously with the video program. Components of the dynamic ambient lighting system may extract the lighting scheme from video data, parse the lighting scheme into individual lighting effects, and then control a single-color or multicolor light source associated with each of a plurality of light channels (e.g., front right, rear right, front left, rear left, center, and burst channel, among others) based on time-sequenced lighting primitives defined by each lighting effect. Light sources may be wirelessly controlled, e.g., using an IEEE 802.15.4 or ZigBee-compliant wireless system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Cook
  • Patent number: 8462271
    Abstract: A communication system 100 includes a content repository storing a plurality of content files, a content delivery network 280 communicating with a content repository 274, a content management system 221 determining a plurality of publication times respectively corresponding to each of the plurality of content files and a content distribution system 260 communicating with the content management system and content delivery network. The content distribution system determines an earliest publication time and transfers the plurality of content files to the content delivery network in order of publication in response to determining the earliest publication time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Xavier D. Riley
  • Patent number: 8441574
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying images or video on an electronic display. A unique identifier may be embedded within the frames of images or video and detected by a light sensor. The data from the light sensor is analyzed to determine if the proper image or video was actually shown at the display. Some embodiments analyze the data from the light sensor in real time and may stop displaying the image or video if the data is not in the format of a unique identifier. Using this embodiment, the system can prevent unintended images or video from being shown on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Manufacturing Resources International, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dunn, Rick De Laet, John Schuch, Jerry Wasinger
  • Patent number: 8418199
    Abstract: In a system, tabulated information on broadcasting programs is supplied through a network. When a user selects information on a desired program from the tabulated information of programs, supplemental information attached to the individual program information is converted into an remote control signal to remote-control a user's receiver to receive the desired program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Sato
  • Patent number: 8401359
    Abstract: A video receiving apparatus having an input terminal to receive pixel-based video data transmitted with pixel clock synchronized with the video data is provided. The video receiving apparatus may include a separation unit, an information acquisition unit, and a determination unit. The separation unit may be configured to separate auxiliary data added to the video data from the video data obtained at the input terminal. The information acquisition unit may be configured to acquire information on the number of horizontal pixels and the number of vertical pixels for the input video data from the auxiliary data separated at the separation unit. The determination unit may be configured to determine a type of the input video data based on the information on the number of horizontal pixels and the number of vertical pixels that is obtained at the information acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Shoji, Akira Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 8395707
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8385728
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for searching a start position of a broadcast program. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a received broadcast program is recorded in a recording medium while being output as video and audio. If a new broadcast program is started, position information regarding a start part of the new broadcast program is stored in a memory. Thus, a current broadcast program is reproduced from a start part by searching a start position of the current broadcast program recorded in the recording medium with reference to stored position information. A determination on whether the new broadcast program is started is done on the basis of Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information or a change in audio and video signals. Accordingly, it is possible to quickly search and reproduce a start part of a broadcast program which is currently recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Humax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Chul Chung
  • Patent number: 8379714
    Abstract: A digital broadcast transmitter/receiver, and a signal processing method thereof, includes a randomizer randomizing a dual transport stream which includes a normal data packet and a robust data packet and into which stuff bytes are inserted, a stuff-byte exchanger replacing the stuff bytes of the randomized data with known data, a first RS encoder performing RS-encoding of data output from the stuff-byte exchanger, a packet formatter performing an interleaving of the robust packet of the data output from the first RS encoder and reformatting the packet, an interleaver interleaving data output from the packet formatter, a trellis encoder performing a trellis encoding of interleaved data, a second RS encoder changing a parity by performing an RS encoding of the robust data of the trellis-encoded data, and a modulator modulating data output from the trellis encoder and RF up-converting the modulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eu-jun Park, Yong-sik Kwon, Yeon-woo Lee, Jin-hee Jeong
  • Patent number: 8373799
    Abstract: An apparatus including a display, an input unit and a processor connected to the display and input unit, the processor being configured to recognize an input and embed at least one effect, in response to the input, into a video feed transmitted from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Erika Reponen, Jarmo Kauko
  • Patent number: 8332885
    Abstract: A digital video program is obtained. The program includes: (i) at least one broadcast segmentation message specifying at least one location for at least one broadcast advertisement, and (ii) at least one time-shifted segmentation message specifying at least one location for at least one time-shifted advertisement. The program is broadcast with at least one broadcast advertisement in accordance with the at least one broadcast segmentation message, and is made available to a subscriber at a time after the broadcasting, with at least one time-shifted advertisement in accordance with the at least one time-shifted segmentation message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Williamson, Steven Riedl
  • Publication number: 20120307143
    Abstract: A display apparatus displaying video input through various ports is provided. The display apparatus includes a board which is disposed behind a display module, wherein the board includes a universal serial bus (USB) port which receives a USB standard signal, a decoder which decodes a video signal from the USB standard signal and outputs a decoded signal, a video output unit which outputs a displayable video signal to the display module corresponding to the video signal, wherein the USB port is disposed at an edge of a first side of the board, and the video output unit is disposed at an edge of a second side of the board which is different from the first side of the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-kyan YUN
  • Patent number: 8321896
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a t-commerce platform, which is linked to the content from a video signal that the user is currently watching. At some point during the broadcast of the content, a close-up of the product is shown. Simultaneous with this, a VBI-based trigger is added to the video signal of the broadcast. This trigger causes the television, a set-top box, or a similar device to capture in a memory, a “freeze-frame” of the image being shown. This action is transparent to the user while the video being displayed on the television is continuing normally. If the user chooses to perform an interactive “buy” transaction the saved image data is used as part of the interactive screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Index Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Macrae, Thomas E. Westberg
  • Publication number: 20120281138
    Abstract: Provided is a method and apparatus for generating and consuming sensory effect media. The method for generating sensory effect media includes receiving sensory effect information about sensory effects that are applied to media, and generating sensory effect metadata including the received sensory effect information. The sensory effect metadata includes effect description information for describing the sensory effects and device control description information for controlling devices that perform the sensory effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Bum-Suk Choi, Sanghyun Joo, Hae-Ryong Lee, Kwang-Roh Park, Chae-kyu Kim, Munchurl Kim, Shinjee Pyo, Muhammad Syah Houari
  • Patent number: 8307388
    Abstract: A method of detecting missing devices in a home entertainment system using a wireless home entertainment hub includes obtaining a registration of at least one device that includes a source device. An instruction is received from a user to present program content from the source device. A set of one or more sink devices missing from the home entertainment system for a presentation of the program content based on an assessment by the wireless home entertainment hub of presentation capabilities of the home entertainment system using the at least one device registered with the wireless home entertainment hub is determined. The set of one or more sink devices is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Porto Vinci Ltd. LLC
    Inventors: Patrick T. Igoe, Leonid Kravets
  • Patent number: 8284288
    Abstract: An image shooting apparatus records video information obtained by shooting a subject, and transfers the video information to an external appliance by communication conforming to the HDMI standards. The image shooting apparatus also records rotation information representing how, when a video based on the video information is displayed on the external appliance, the video is to be rotated, and, when transferring the video information, transmits the rotation information to the external appliance by use of CEC conforming to the HDMI standards. Thus, an image shooting apparatus that transmits a shot video to an external appliance also transmits rotation information by use of CEC so as to be capable of making the external appliance display the shot image in a rotated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Kitamori, Ichiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 8286207
    Abstract: A system for initiating scheduled program processing functions such as program display, recording or playback, derives a time clock based on a current time reference indication produced by a particular broadcast source. The derived time clock is used in initiating scheduled processing functions for programs derived from the particular broadcast source and time clocks derived from sources other than the particular broadcast source are disregarded. The system displays a second time clock different to the derived time clock. In addition, the system forms a composite program guide from data from multiple broadcast sources to associate current time reference indications with their corresponding broadcast sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Schneidewend, Aaron Hal Dinwiddie
  • Patent number: 8233095
    Abstract: A technique that allows a DTV receiver to perform a channel scan in a manner that is faster and more efficient than conventional channel scanning techniques. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the technique allows a DTV receiver to perform a scan of only those channels that are known to be available within a local terrestrial broadcast region. In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, the technique allows a DTV receiver that operates in conjunction with an antenna, such as a smart antenna designed to comply with EIA/CEA 909, to use the same antenna configuration parameters for different terrestrial broadcast signals in an instance where such signals are known to originate from the same antenna location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8224159
    Abstract: A data accessing and reproducing apparatus and method that permits a user to selected desired video clips and perform editing on the clips such that the time needed to display a thumbnail representation is minimized. In an edit mode, thumbnail pictures are arranged and displayed in the order of which edit results are reproduced. These thumbnails may be, for example, a lower resolution, proxy representation of the audio or video data. When data of thumbnail pictures are read from a disc, the data are read in the order of which they have been recorded. The order of which thumbnail pictures are displayed on the screen is different from the order of which they are arranged on the screen, and thus, the seek time for the disc becomes the shortest. Thus, the thumbnail pictures can be displayed at high speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Hirose, Motohiro Terao, Takashi Furukawa, Hisao Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8212921
    Abstract: A display apparatus displaying video input through various ports is provided. The display apparatus includes a board which is disposed behind a display module, wherein the board includes a universal serial bus (USB) port which receives a USB standard signal, a decoder which decodes a video signal from the USB standard signal and outputs a decoded signal, a video output unit which outputs a displayable video signal to the display module corresponding to the video signal, wherein the USB port is disposed at an edge of a first side of the board, and the video output unit is disposed at an edge of a second side which is different from the first side of the board. The video output unit receives video from an external apparatus such as a computer through a USB port in addition to a DVI port and D-SUB port, and displays the received video. Display apparatuses having additional ports than the DVI ports and D-SUB ports may be connected to a computer without requiring additional hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-kyan Yun
  • Patent number: 8136140
    Abstract: Various embodiments of apparatus, systems and/or methods are described for generating metadata utilized by a DVR to filter content from a video stream. A video stream is reviewed to identify portions the video stream to skip during presentation of the video stream. Text data associated with the video stream is parsed to identify a string in the text data that identifies boundaries of the portions of the video stream that are to be skipped during presentation by the DVR. The string is provided to the DVR, and the DVR utilizes the string to skip the portion of the video stream during presentation of the video stream by the DVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth Robert Hodge
  • Patent number: 8108891
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatuses are provided for allowing a user to supervise personal exposure to a program exhibited by a consumer electronics device, such as, e.g., a television system. The consumer electronics device includes “V-chip” circuitry that analyzes a program signal and either blocks or passes the program signal based on certain content and time based criteria. In this connection, a user can program the “V-chip” circuitry with the content- and time-based criteria in the form of one or more content-based specifications, which specify a rating and/or a subject matter category, and finite time range specifications, which are associated with the content-based specifications. The “V-chip” circuitry receives one or more content-based indicators, which are indicative of a rating and/or a subject matter category of the program, and a reference time from an external source, such as the program signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Edwin Jou, Shawn Graham
  • Patent number: 8089567
    Abstract: The dimensions of a viewing screen are altered to fit the aspect ratio of video being displayed on the viewing screen. A viewing screen includes screen covers which may be displaced horizontally along the viewing screen. If a different aspect ratio video is being displayed, the screen covers are moved horizontally to increase or decrease the viewing area of the viewing screen. The video is then optically resized and shifted to fit the height or width of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Optoma Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Yau Wing Chung
  • Patent number: 8085347
    Abstract: A technology is provided that suppresses a noise that an image forming apparatus makes in the course of an operation thereof from interfering with a user who is watching television. When a printer 203 receives a print command, the printer 203 performs a print job as per a normal mode if a commercial is being displayed on a digital TV 201. If what is being displayed on the digital TV 201 is not the commercial, the printer 203 suspends the print job until the commercial begins to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Yoshikawa, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8072632
    Abstract: According to this invention, when a network device is made to leave from a network, the network device transmits a network leaving message containing information specifying an alternative network device inputted in advance. This makes it possible for a client using the network device to automatically install a printer driver corresponding to an alternative network device. For this purpose, a printer as a network device stores in advance alternative printer information specifying an alternative printer. When an instruction to make the printer leave the network is provided for maintenance or the like, the printer broadcasts a Bye message containing alternative printer information to the network. The client, who has used the printer, stores the alternative printer information. In printing, if an alternative printer is successfully found by a search, and the corresponding printer driver has not been installed, the client executes setup processing for installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Furuya
  • Patent number: 8064751
    Abstract: The invention comprises an application for recording and the playback of MPEG-2 transport-streams transmitted via DVB-systems with optical discs. Apart from audio- and video-signals, additional information (which describe the content of the DVB-multiplex) will also be transmitted in DVB-SI descriptors. These descriptors correspond to the incoming transport-stream-packets and can be used for comfortable features, like event-triggered start of a recording or automatic generation of play-lists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Wolfgang Klausberger, Stefan Kubsch, Ralf Ostermann
  • Patent number: 8056104
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian Maxson, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 8036421
    Abstract: The picture information of video can be used in various ways to identify the video or its topical subject matter. This enables numerous novel arrangements in which particular video of interest to a particular consumer can be discerned. A variety of other embodiments and features are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8037498
    Abstract: An electronic mail on which a control command is interpolated is transmitted through a public line, received by a modem section of a gate way, converted to a digital data, and supplied to the control section. A CPU of the control section stores the received electronic mail in a RAM, and extracts the control command contained in the electronic mail. The CPU supplies a control signal corresponding to the control command to an interface section. The interface section controls an IR transmission section to transmit a signal corresponding to the control signal supplied from the CPU or outputs a signal through a connection line, and controls a video deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 8009967
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a reservation unit reserving predetermined processing for a broadcast program, the predetermined processing being started in accordance with conditions corresponding to program information concerning the broadcast program; a processing unit starting the processing, reserved by the reservation unit, for the broadcast program in accordance with the conditions; and an acquiring unit acquiring the program information. The reservation unit obtains program information concerning another broadcast program for which the processing is reserved and which is to be broadcasted subsequent to the broadcast program, the program information being acquired by the acquiring unit, if the processing reserved for the broadcast program is started by the processing unit. The reservation unit changes the conditions of the processing reserved for the other broadcast program in accordance with the obtained program information concerning the other broadcast program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 8010986
    Abstract: A synchronization mechanism embeds synchronization triggers into a television signal or stream at regular intervals. The triggers include an accurate representation of the time in which the triggers were embedded. A receiving device decodes the triggers and synchronizes its internal timer based on the triggers. In this regard, the receiving device obtains a reference time from the internal timer and computes an offset between the reference time and the trigger time. The computed offset is then applied to the reference time. With the receipt of each new trigger, the application compares the trigger time to a new reference time with the most recently computed offset value applied. If there is any variance between these two values, the application creates a new smoothed offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Ericsson Television, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Dakss, Paul Milazzo, Karen Sarachik, Allan Kotmel, V. Michael Bove, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7966640
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 7966633
    Abstract: A method for receiving a broadcasting signal and a broadcasting signal receiver are disclosed. Even when a cell is changed while an emergency alert is output, the emergency alert can be continuously output using emergency alert table information included in the broadcasting signal and channel information of the cell. The emergency alert table information may include a cell identifier and the channel information of the cell may include virtual channel information of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Sik Yun, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Hyoung Gon Lee, Won Gyu Song, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Jin Woo Kim, Byoung Gill Kim
  • Patent number: 7954126
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian D Maxson, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 7950032
    Abstract: A system and related apparatus for comprising a video processing system having a ratings control system which blocks or permits viewing of programs which are broadcast with ratings or spending information according to a profile set by a supervisor who has entered a password accepted by the control system, in which supervisor can temporarily modify the profile. After completion of the time period(s) or supervisor-designated television broadcast(s) or programs, the system automatically returns to the normal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: David Johnston Lynch
  • Patent number: 7941821
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian D. Maxson, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 7926084
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 7921440
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring and budgeting television viewing in order to influence and manage television-viewing habits in a manner that promotes self-monitoring. Example embodiments provide a Content Viewer Control System (“CVCS”), which enables devices and systems connected to a head-end, such as through a standard set-top box or a media center, to track and potentially control differing aspects of television viewing according to a viewing budget. For example, the CVCS can allow tracking and control over what content is viewed according to a variety of criteria, during which time periods, and for what duration on an individual or on a per-location basis, and/or based upon other configurable parameters. In summary, the CVCS receives notification of content as potential viewing events, compares a potential viewing event to stored viewing budget “allocations,” and reconciles the potential viewing event against the viewing budget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: ARRIS Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Hubert E. Kolde, Tobin E. Farrand, Steven J. Young
  • Patent number: 7890980
    Abstract: A method for receiving a broadcasting signal and a broadcasting signal receiver are disclosed. Even when a cell is changed while an emergency alert is output, the emergency alert can be continuously output using emergency alert table information included in the broadcasting signal and channel information of the cell. The emergency alert table information may include a cell identifier and the channel information of the cell may include virtual channel information of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Sik Yun, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Hyoung Gon Lee, Won Gyu Song, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Jin Woo Kim, Byoung Gill Kim
  • Publication number: 20110035773
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian D. Maxson, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Publication number: 20110025912
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an audio switching device for an audio or audio/video entertainment system having multiple audio channels; the device comprising at least two audio inputs for receiving at least two respective input signals from a media source on respective input channels, and switching means for selectively switching the device, independently of an actuating signal embedded in the input signals, between a first mode of operation in which respective audio input signals are output to respective audio reproduction means for stereo/multi-channel reproduction of the audio content of the said audio signals, and a second mode in which at least one of the said audio channels is switched to a respective audio output connected to a wireless transmitter for transmission of a media source input signal, including control and or audio information, to at least one remote device for controlling movement/animation of the said remote device and/or reproducing audio content of the signal at the said remote device
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Jason Regler
  • Patent number: 7873103
    Abstract: A digital broadcast transmitter/receiver, and a signal processing method thereof, includes a randomizer randomizing a dual transport stream which includes a normal data packet and a robust data packet and into which stuff bytes are inserted, a stuff-byte exchanger replacing the stuff bytes of the randomized data with known data, a first RS encoder performing RS-encoding of data output from the stuff-byte exchanger, a packet formatter performing an interleaving of the robust packet of the data output from the first RS encoder and reformatting the packet, an interleaver interleaving data output from the packet formatter, a trellis encoder performing a trellis encoding of interleaved data, a second RS encoder changing a parity by performing an RS encoding of the robust data of the trellis-encoded data, and a modulator modulating data output from the trellis encoder and RF up-converting the modulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eu-jun Park, Yong-sik Kwon, Yeon-woo Lee, Jin-hee Jeong
  • Publication number: 20100310119
    Abstract: The picture information of video can be used in various ways to identify the video or its topical subject matter. This enables numerous novel arrangements in which particular video of interest to a particular consumer can be discerned. A variety of other embodiments and features are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez