For Receiving More Than One Format At Will (e.g., Ntsc/pal) Patents (Class 348/555)
  • Patent number: 10116881
    Abstract: An image apparatus and a method for receiving a video signal are provided. The image apparatus includes dedicated input terminals for receiving only particular video signals, and a common input terminal for receiving diverse video signals, and determines the format of video signals input through a corresponding input terminal and then displays the determined format on a screen. Accordingly, the number of input terminals can be reduced and the user can identify the format of the video signal input through the common input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-bin Choi, Seung-jun Lee
  • Patent number: 10114523
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for controlling the display apparatus are provided. The display apparatus includes a display which displays an On Screen Display (OSD) menu; a storage unit; an inputter which receives a user command; and a controller which, when an OSD menu display stop event occurs with an OSD menu displayed on the display, removes the OSD menu displayed on the display, and temporarily stores the OSD menu as displayed at the time of removal, in the storage unit, and when an OSD menu resume event occurs within a predetermined period of time, controls the display to redisplay the temporarily stored OSD menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Je-sun Hwang, Chang-soo Noh
  • Patent number: 10103233
    Abstract: An embodiment of a transistor die includes a semiconductor substrate a drain region, a channel region, a drain terminal, and a conductive gate tap. The conductive gate tap includes a distal end that is coupled to a gate structure over the channel region. A first segment of the drain region is adjacent to the distal end of the gate tap. The drain terminal includes a drain runner formed from one or more portions of the patterned conductive layers. A plurality of drain pillars electrically connects the drain runner to second and third segments of the drain region, and a plurality of second drain pillars electrically connect the drain runner and the third drain region segment. The build-up structure over the second drain region segment between the first and second drain pillars is devoid of electrical connections between the drain runner and the drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Ibrahim Khalil, David Cobb Burdeaux, Damon Holmes, Hernan Rueda, Partha Sarathi Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 10080051
    Abstract: An information presentation method includes steps of providing a plurality of displays comprising a main screen and at least one picture-in-picture (PiP) window, the main screen having a first displaying region for displaying a first content in the first displaying region, and the at least one PiP window displaying a second content in at least a portion of the first displaying region; providing a surrounding display circumambiently located around the plurality of displays for displaying a third content; determining an immersive impact region and a non-immersive impact region in the plurality of displays; calculating an immersive effect (IE) of the plurality of displays; and displaying the first content or the second content on the immersive impact region and the non-immersive impact region with different intensities based on the IE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: TCL RESEARCH AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Haohong Wang
  • Patent number: 10019223
    Abstract: A soft decision audio decoding system for preserving audio continuity in a digital wireless audio receiver is provided that deduces the likelihood of errors in a received digital signal, based on generated hard bits and soft bits. The soft bits may be utilized by a soft audio decoder to determine whether the digital signal should be decoded or muted. The soft bits may be generated based on the detected point and a detected noise power, or by using a soft-output Viterbi algorithm. The value of the soft bits may indicate confidence in the strength of the hard bit generation. The soft decision audio decoding system may infer errors and decode perceptually acceptable audio without requiring error detection, as in conventional systems, as well as have low latency and improved granularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Shure Acquisition Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Mamola
  • Patent number: 9992049
    Abstract: A receiver for processing a data stream includes: a bursty phase detector having a first voltage-controlled oscillator configured to provide a first VCO phase, a signal stream detector configured to provide a data stream phase and a data stream detect signal, and a delay component configured to receive the data stream; a clocking circuit coupled to receive an output of the delay component, the data stream phase, and the data stream detect signal, the clocking circuit configured to provide a second VCO phase at an output of the clocking circuit, wherein the clocking circuit is configured to operate based on a fractional relationship between a reference clock frequency and an output frequency; and a data sample selector with a first input coupled to the output of the delay component, and a second input coupled to the output of the clocking circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: XILINX, INC.
    Inventor: Paolo Novellini
  • Patent number: 9872057
    Abstract: A method and system for accessing content includes a user device and a subscription manager that generates a first identifier associated with a first content in a first format and a second identifier associated with the first content in a second format. The system also includes a conditional access system that communicates a first identifier, the second identifier and rules to the user device. The user device accesses the first content with the first format in response purchasing the first content in the first format. The user device selects the first content in the second format and accesses the first content in the second format in response to purchasing the first content in the first format and the rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Raynold M. Kahn, Dien L. Nguyen, Joseph T. Hayes, Jianming Yu, Kapil Chaudhry, An T. Lam, Don E. Cansino, Yeung K. Chan, Charles C. DeBergh, Lonnie Scott Clabaugh
  • Patent number: 9832413
    Abstract: Features of various implementations are used to enable delivery of matched functionality, content and/or services, as a part of an interactive television suite of technologies. In some implementations, a content delivery process is enabled so that communication between the primary TV receiver and a supplemental set-top box is reduced in order to avoid the need for one or more provider-specific APIs. For example, one aspect of the disclosure is a method of identifying a media program by capturing display data from the media program, and extracting text from the display data in response to determining that the display data includes the text overlay, wherein the extracted text is associated with the media program. In some implementations, a supplemental set-top box is configured to operate a primary TV receiver, without a provider-specific API, in order to determine the channel line-up available to a particular subscriber through the primary TV receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Leslie Sandland, Jason Bayer, Dennis Miloseski, Majd Bakar
  • Patent number: 9807439
    Abstract: An electronic device and method thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a display; and a processor configured to control the display, wherein the processor is further configured to identify a condition for updating a channel, compare the condition for updating the channel to a predetermined condition, determine whether to update the channel based on a result of the comparison, and control the display to display information relating to updating the channel. The method includes identifying a condition for updating a channel; comparing the condition for updating the channel to a predetermined condition; determining whether to update the channel based on a result of the comparison; and displaying information relating to updating the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kwang-Jeung Lee, Kyung-Chun Moon
  • Patent number: 9634701
    Abstract: A system comprises a modulator circuit, a test signal generator circuit, and a control circuit. The modulator circuit is operable to generate a data-carrying signal based on a reference signal. The test signal generator circuit is operable to generate a test signal based on the reference signal. The control circuit is operable to determine current status of a microwave backhaul link. The control circuit is operable to configure a nominal frequency at which the test signal generator circuit generates the test signal based on the determined status of the microwave backhaul link. The control circuit is operable to determine an amount of whitespace to have on either side of the test signal based on the current status of the microwave backhaul link. The control circuit is operable to configure the modulator circuit such that the data-carrying signal has the determined amount of whitespace surrounding the nominal frequency of the test signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Laurent-Michel, Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9485454
    Abstract: A display device, configured to receive a video signal including a plurality of frames having an odd field and an even field, including a processor and a display module. The processor performs the following steps: respectively determining whether the odd fields and the even fields of each current frame and its previous frame are similar; generating a first pattern, a second pattern, a third pattern, or a fourth pattern corresponding to the current frame according to a determining result; accumulating the first patterns, the second patterns, the third patterns, and the fourth patterns in a first cycle; determining whether the video signal is a video converted from film according to the accumulations; generating output frames according to the pattern of each current frame when the video signal is the video converted from film. The display module displays the output frames by progressive scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: VIA ALLIANCE SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Aimin Liang, Han Wang
  • Patent number: 9479806
    Abstract: A user recovers and records multiple programs communicated simultaneously using a communications channel, e.g., QAM communications channel. The simultaneous communication may be by communicating, e.g., an MPEG-2 transport stream including data corresponding to multiple programs through a corresponding to QAM communications channel. Thus a user device, e.g., a set top box, is able to receive and record programs corresponding to multiple simultaneously broadcast programs using a single tuner. This allows a device to receive and record or display more programs at any given time, than the number of QAM tuners and/or receivers in the user device. Novel user interface features which facilitate a user's ability to identify and record multiple programs corresponding to a QAM channel are also described. Methods and apparatus for determining program to communication channel mappings based on user program recordation information are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Howard Pfeffer, Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 9378703
    Abstract: A KVM switch that is connected between servers, and at least one set of a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor, comprising: an acquiring portion that acquires information showing a screen resolution to which the monitor is capable of adapting, from the monitor; an analysis portion that analyzes a screen resolution of a video signal output from a corresponding server, based on a horizontal synchronizing signal and a vertical synchronizing signal received from each of the servers; a determination portion that determines whether the analyzed screen resolution exceeds the screen resolution shown by the acquired information; a conversion portion that, when the analyzed screen resolution exceeds the screen resolution shown by the acquired information, converts the analyzed screen resolution into the screen resolution shown by the acquired information; and an output portion that outputs the video signal having the converted screen resolution to the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Tomonori Nakano
  • Patent number: 9270438
    Abstract: A method, performed by a transceiver, is described. The transceiver receives a null data packet announcement (NDPA) frame to initiate channel sounding and a null data packet (NDP), the NDP following the NDPA frame. A first report field including beamforming information and a second report field including signal to noise ratio (SNR) information is configured. First feedback data including the first report field and a second report field is split into a plurality of segments. The plurality of segments is transmitted in a single aggregated medium access control protocol data unit (A-MPDU) including MPDUs. A retransmission request including a segment retransmission bitmap field indicating at least one segment of the plurality of segments for retransmission is received. In response to the retransmission request, second feedback data including the at least one segment indicated by the segment retransmission bitmap field is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dae Won Lee, Ill Soo Sohn, Yong Ho Seok
  • Patent number: 9215352
    Abstract: A pixel clock generator is provided. The pixel clock generator includes a phase-locked-loop (PLL) circuit that generates, from an oscillation signal having a first frequency of tens of MHz, a multi-phase oscillation signal having a second frequency of several GHz; and a frequency/phase adjusting circuit that synchronizes the multi-phase oscillation signal with a horizontal sync signal to generate a first oscillation signal, frequency-divides the first oscillation signal to generate a second oscillation signal, and adjusts a phase of the second oscillation signal to generate the pixel clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang-Yeop Choo, Do-Hyung Kim, Tae-Ik Kim, Jong-Bin Moon, Sang-Don Jung
  • Patent number: 9184770
    Abstract: A method processing broadcast data in a broadcast transmitter is described. The method may include randomizing broadcast service data, encoding the randomized broadcast service data at a code rate of D/E. D<E, and D and E are integers equal to or greater than 1, respectively. The method further includes first interleaving the encoded broadcast service data, second interleaving the first-interleaved broadcast service data, encoding signaling data for signaling the broadcast service data, interleaving the encoded signaling data, modulating the first-interleaved broadcast service data and the interleaved signaling data, and transmitting the modulated data. The signaling data may include information for indicating the code rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Byoung Gill Kim, Jin Woo Kim, Hyoung Gon Lee, Won Gyu Song
  • Patent number: 9160896
    Abstract: Analog circuits for detecting edges in pixel arrays are disclosed. A comparator may be configured to receive an all pass signal and a low pass signal for a pixel intensity in an array of pixels. A latch may be configured to receive a counter signal and a latching signal from the comparator. The comparator may be configured to send the latching signal to the latch when the all pass signal is below the low pass signal minus an offset. The latch may be configured to hold a last negative edge location when the latching signal is received from the comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Norman F Prokop
  • Patent number: 9137569
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for obtaining one or more video capture parameters associated with a video capture device and using the obtained video capture parameters to control a video decoding process. The obtained video capture parameters may be, for example, parameters associated with auto exposure control (AE), auto focus (AF), and auto white balance (AWB), zooming, motion in captured frames, and the like. The video encoding device may embed the video capture parameters in the encoded video bit stream such that a decoder may utilize the camera parameters during frame rate up-conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Liang Liang, Bob R. Hung, Gokce Dane
  • Patent number: 9025085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 8982279
    Abstract: An HDMI® source determines whether or not an HDMI® sink can receive a sub-signal based on VSDB of E-EDID. When the HDMI® sink can receive the sub-signal, the HDMI® source adds a sub-signal to pixel data of a main image composed of pixel data whose number of bits is smaller than that of transmission pixel data transmitted by a transmitter, thereby constructing transmission pixel data. This data is transmitted by the transmitter through TMDS channels #0 to #2. Furthermore, the HDMI® source transmits a general control packet containing sub-signal information indicating whether or not the sub-signal is contained in the transmission pixel data in the control period of a vertical blanking period. The present invention can be applied to, for example, HDMI®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Katsuji Matsuura
  • Patent number: 8982278
    Abstract: An HDMI® source determines whether or not an HDMI® sink can receive a sub-signal based on VSDB of E-EDID. When the HDMI® sink can receive the sub-signal, the HDMI® source adds a sub-signal to pixel data of a main image composed of pixel data whose number of bits is smaller than that of transmission pixel data transmitted by a transmitter, thereby constructing transmission pixel data. This data is transmitted by the transmitter through TMDS channels #0 to #2. Furthermore, the HDMI® source transmits a general control packet containing sub-signal information indicating whether or not the sub-signal is contained in the transmission pixel data in the control period of a vertical blanking period. The present invention can be applied to, for example, HDMI®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Katsuji Matsuura
  • Patent number: 8938760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8934057
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a first determiner configured to determine a terminal into which a video signal inputs and to determine a terminal into which a synchronizing signal type inputs, a frequency measuring unit, a switch configured to connect one of first and second input terminals to the frequency measuring unit, and a second determiner configured to determine a video signal type input into the input terminal which is connected by the switch to the frequency measuring unit on the basis of a determination result of the synchronizing signal type in the first determiner and a measurement result of the frequency in the frequency measuring unit and to determine a video signal type input into the input terminal which is not connected by the switch to the frequency measuring unit on the basis of the determination result of the synchronizing signal type in the first determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Funada
  • Patent number: 8928817
    Abstract: An image apparatus and a method for receiving a video signal are provided. The image apparatus includes dedicated input terminals for receiving only particular video signals, and a common input terminal for receiving diverse video signals, and determines the format of video signals input through a corresponding input terminal and then displays the determined format on a screen. Accordingly, the number of input terminals can be reduced and the user can identify the format of the video signal input through the common input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-bin Choi, Seung-jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8922714
    Abstract: A video processing system includes a network processing module configured to receive video content. A decoder module is configured to decode the video content received from the content transmitting system, and separately provide each of the decoded video content and data describing transmission features of the video content. A video quality estimation module is configured to estimate a quality factor based on the data describing the transmission features of the video content, wherein the quality factor corresponds to an estimation of a visual quality of the video content. A database control module configured to select, based on the quality factor, one of a plurality of predetermined settings for video post-processing. A video post-processing module is configured to receive the decoded video content separately provided from the decoder module, and process the decoded video content based on the selected one of the predetermined settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Vasudev Bhaskaran, Mainak Biswas, Nikhil Balram
  • Patent number: 8902362
    Abstract: A prediction means for predicting a maximum delayed change time, which is the longest in a change time which allows a next program to be displayed, if a channel is selected to change the current program to the next program; and a display control means, by which, from a reception completion time when the reception of the current program has been completed, a relevant program is displayed on the basis of original program data remaining in a buffer at the relevant reception completion time, and at the same time, the reproduction speed of the display is based on a speed at which the current program is displayed during the period between the reception completion time and a maximum delayed change time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Maehara
  • Publication number: 20140347559
    Abstract: A video display device is provided with: an insertion section that enables direct insertion of a specified external device that outputs a video stream; and a control section. An input terminal is provided in the insertion section, said input terminal being for inputting the video stream output by the specified external device. The video display device has multiple choices as choices for an ‘item to input’, said multiple choices including a choice corresponding to the input terminal When the specified external device is inserted in the insertion section, the control section sets the ‘item to input’ to the choice corresponding to the input terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masafumi Nishi, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Takafumi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8896756
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes an image processor commonly provided to a plurality of channels, and configured to provide processing to an image signal of a selected channel selected by a channel switch in accordance with a parameter, a parameter acquirer commonly provided to the plurality of channels, and configured to obtain the parameter in accordance with a format of the image signal of the selected channel, a memory controller configured to hold the parameter for a first channel in a memory while a detector detects the image signal in the first channel even after the channel switch switches from the first channel to a second channel, and to delete the parameter when the detector detects no image signal in the first channel, and an image processing controller configured to set the parameter to the image processor without acquiring a new parameter from the parameter acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Funada
  • Patent number: 8891017
    Abstract: A video input section acquires a video signal formed of a plurality of frames. A frame separator separates the video signal acquired by the video input section on a frame basis and distributes the separated video signals. A plurality of parallel processors perform video processing in parallel on the separated video signals corresponding to the frames separated and distributed by the frame separator. A frame combiner combines the separated video signals on which the plurality of parallel processors have performed the video processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Kegasawa
  • Patent number: 8885106
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a splitter to receive a radio frequency (RF) signal and to provide the RF signal to multiple channels of a tuner. Each channel may include an amplifier to amplify the RF signal, a mixer to downconvert the amplified RF signal to a second frequency signal using a local oscillator (LO) signal, where each of the channels is configured to receive a different LO signal, a filter to filter the downconverted second frequency signal, and a digitizer to digitize the downconverted second frequency signal. A clock generation circuit has multiple interpolative dividers and a frequency synthesizer to generate a reference clock signal. Each of the interpolative dividers is configured to receive the reference clock signal, generate a corresponding LO signal, and provide the corresponding LO signal to the mixer of at least one of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa H. Koroglu, Abdulkerim L. Coban
  • Publication number: 20140327829
    Abstract: Disclosure is generally directed to a television receiver with multiple inputs, some accepting a local broadcast and some accepting satellite transmissions or transmissions across another network. The television receiver may pass local transmissions through to a display in their original form and at their original frequency, while retuning the display to receive the transmission at its original frequency. The television receiver may also receive, process and provide satellite or other types of programming to the television as necessary. The output of the receiver's modulator may switch back and forth as a user changes between local broadcast and satellite channels. Further, an EPG may be provided that includes information for both programming sources in an integrated fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Markus Wayne Jackson
  • Patent number: 8866968
    Abstract: Provided is a video processing device capable of displaying an easily viewable video utilizing a broader area in a display. A video processing unit that is included in the video processing device and processes an input video includes a first memory that stores the input video, a second memory that stores the input video, a compression/expansion control unit that compresses and/or expands a first area of the input video stored in the first memory and compresses and/or expands a second area of the input video stored in the second memory, and an image composing unit that generates an output video in which a video of the first area compressed and/or expanded by the compression/expansion control unit and a video of the second area compressed and/or expanded by the compression/expansion control unit are horizontally aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 8843961
    Abstract: A multiple-resolution audio and video system is disclosed that includes: at least one shared network infrastructure; at least one audio file, video file or a combination thereof, wherein each of the at least one audio file, video file or combination thereof has at least one resolution format and wherein one of the at least one resolution format is a studio quality resolution; at least one executable user interface application; and at least one device that accesses the at least one executable user interface application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Neil Young
  • Patent number: 8836857
    Abstract: A device is provided for use with an input signal and a selecting signal. The input signal has a first format, and the selecting signal has a first state and a second state. The device comprises a receiving portion and a transcoder portion. The receiving portion can receive the input signal and output a received signal. The transcoder portion is arranged to receive the selecting signal and can output a first transcoded signal when the selecting signal is in the first state and can output a second transcoded signal when the selecting signal is in the second state. The first transcoded signal is based on the received signal and is in a second format. The second transcoded signal is based on the received signal and is in a third format, wherein the first format is different from the second format, the first format is different from the third format and the second format is different from the third format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Mark L. Schaffer
  • Patent number: 8823881
    Abstract: A control device controls a television. The control device includes a touch module. The control device displays a menu containing a number of soft keys on a screen. The soft keys are activated to control the television to carry out corresponding functions. All positions on the menu are associated with all positions on the touch module correspondingly. As a result, a user can select desired soft keys to carry out corresponding functions by viewing the menu on the television and touching the touch module, rather than viewing the touch module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chun Chang
  • Patent number: 8817186
    Abstract: A video playing apparatus includes a connecting port, a video outputting unit, a video processing unit, and a switching unit. The connecting port is coupled to a displaying apparatus, and outputs a first video signal or a second video signal. The video outputting unit generates the first video signal. The video processing unit is coupled to the video outputting unit and the connecting port. The video processing unit receives the first video signal, converting the first video signal to the second video signal, and then outputs the second video signal. The switching unit is coupled to the video outputting unit, the video processing unit, and the connecting port. The switching unit switches the output of the first video signal between the connecting port and the video processing unit according to a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Gemtek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8817182
    Abstract: An HDMI® source determines whether or not an HDMI® sink can receive a sub-signal based on VSDB of E-EDID. When the HDMI® sink can receive the sub-signal, the HDMI® source adds a sub-signal to pixel data of a main image composed of pixel data whose number of bits is smaller than that of transmission pixel data transmitted by a transmitter, thereby constructing transmission pixel data. This data is transmitted by the transmitter through TMDS channels #0 to #2. Furthermore, the HDMI® source transmits a general control packet containing sub-signal information indicating whether or not the sub-signal is contained in the transmission pixel data in the control period of a vertical blanking period. The present invention can be applied to, for example, HDMI®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Katsuji Matsuura
  • Patent number: 8810732
    Abstract: A multimedia device is described. The multimedia device includes a multiplexer. The multimedia device also includes a plurality of high-definition interface inputs coupled with the multiplexer and an output coupled with the multiplexer. Moreover, the multimedia device includes a processor coupled with the multiplexer to configure the multiplexer to provide one of the plurality of high-definition multimedia interface inputs to the output based on the detection of a clock signal on one of the plurality of high-definition multimedia interface inputs. Furthermore, methods related to embodiments of a multimedia device are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AliphCom
    Inventors: Bradley Bozarth, Jeffrey D. Boone, Jon Norenberg, Jano Banks, David C. Buuck, Eric Wiles
  • Patent number: 8797460
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes: a reception unit configured to receive a broadcast stream at least including a data stream for data broadcasting; a first style selector configured to select a display style for each of data broadcast content acquired from the broadcast stream received by the reception unit; a second style selector configured to select, when the data broadcast content corresponding to the style selected by the first style selector corresponds to a plurality of display styles, one display style out of the plurality of display styles; and a display unit configured to display the data broadcast content corresponding to the style selected by the first style selector or the second style selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Yoshiharu Dewa, Izumi Hatakeyama, Masayuki Obayashi
  • Patent number: 8799963
    Abstract: A system and method of switching services in a receiver unit includes a verifier module in the receiver unit receiving a service signal and middleware within the receiving unit receiving an evaluate signal and enabling the verifier to determine a service change from the service signal. The middleware changing a service flag for the service when a service change is determined at the verifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hubach, Ivonne Y. Chen, Natalya Klimochkin, Sewon Oh, Tam T. Leminh
  • Publication number: 20140211089
    Abstract: A display apparatus including a signal demodulator for receiving an integrated signal output from a device and to demodulate the integrated signal into a plurality of image signals is provided. The device including a signal receiver configured to receive the plurality of image signals, an image processor configured to process the plurality of image signals, and a display configured to display an image based on at least one of the processed image signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-eun LEE, Bong-su KIM, Hyun-ho KIM, Byeong-woon HA
  • Patent number: 8793737
    Abstract: Disclosure is generally directed to a television receiver with multiple inputs, some accepting a local broadcast and some accepting satellite transmissions or transmissions across another network. The television receiver may pass local transmissions through to a display in their original form and at their original frequency, while retuning the display to receive the transmission at its original frequency. The television receiver may also receive, process and provide satellite or other types of programming to the television as necessary. The output of the receiver's modulator may switch back and forth as a user changes between local broadcast and satellite channels. Further, an EPG may be provided that includes information for both programming sources in an integrated fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Markus Wayne Jackson
  • Patent number: 8780276
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 8780275
    Abstract: An image apparatus and a method for receiving a video signal are provided. The image apparatus includes dedicated input terminals for receiving only particular video signals, and a common input terminal for receiving diverse video signals, and determines the format of video signals input through a corresponding input terminal and then displays the determined format on a screen. Accordingly, the number of input terminals can be reduced and the user can identify the format of the video signal input through the common input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-bin Choi, Seung-jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8743285
    Abstract: A high definition television monitor adapted to display a program guide, for example an electronic program guide demonstration, in low definition mode (1H) and automatically switch to high definition mode (2H) upon completion of the program guide display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Mark Alan Nierzwick, Carlton Jethro Simmons
  • Patent number: 8736759
    Abstract: A method of interpolated frame generation and input source detection includes: receiving input frames; storing at least a first frame of successive frames in the input frames into a storage device under a film mode; comparing the stored first frame with a second frame of the successive frames not stored in the storage device to generate a first comparison result for determining whether to exit the film mode; and reading frames stored in the storage device to generate interpolated frames under the film mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Chuan Liang, Siou-Shen Lin, Te-Hao Chang
  • Patent number: 8736770
    Abstract: A method for processing signals in a communication system may include performing by one or more processors and/or circuits integrated within a single digital television (DTV) receiver chip, demodulating a wirelessly received digital inband signal and a wirelessly received digital out-of-band signal. The demodulating may include equalizing the received digital inband signal and the received digital out-of-band signal. The demodulated digital inband signal and the demodulated digital out-of-band signal may be error corrected. One or more TV channels may be generated based on one or both of the error corrected demodulated digital inband signals and/or the error corrected demodulated out-of-band signals. The wirelessly received digital inband signal may include a VSB signal, a NTSC signal and/or a QAM signal. The one or more processors and/or circuits may perform decoding the wirelessly received digital inband signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Maneesh Goyal, Charles A. Brooks, Randall B. Perlow
  • Patent number: 8736755
    Abstract: A display apparatus, includes: a display unit; a signal receiving unit which receives a video signal; a signal processing unit which processes the video signal received by the signal receiving unit to be displayed; an input unit through which a frame rate demonstration function is selectable; and a control unit which controls the signal processing unit so that the video signal is processed into an inherent frame rate of the video signal and at least one corrected frame rate which is different from the inherent frame rate to be displayed in different areas of the display unit if the frame rate demonstration function is selected through the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Deok-jin Yang
  • Patent number: 8730400
    Abstract: An image displaying apparatus and an image processing apparatus are provided. The image displaying apparatus comprises a signal receiver unit, a signal processor unit, a display unit, a signal output unit, and a control unit. The signal receiver unit receives a broadcast signal or a signal provided from a signal source. The signal processor unit processes the received signal. The display unit displays the processed signal. The signal output unit comprises an output terminal configured to output the received signal, and a signal converter configured to convert the processed signal. The control unit controls the signal, provided from the signal receiver unit, to be outputted to the external device by using the signal output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hae-Ryong Kim
  • Patent number: 8719864
    Abstract: A multiple-resolution audio and video system is disclosed that includes: at least one shared network infrastructure; at least one audio file, video file or a combination thereof, wherein each of the at least one audio file, video file or combination thereof has at least one resolution format and wherein one of the at least one resolution format is a studio quality resolution; at least one executable user interface application; and at least one device that accesses the at least one executable user interface application. Methods of using a multiple-resolution audio and video system are also included. Devices and related software applications are also contemplated herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Neil Young