Picture In Picture Patents (Class 348/565)
  • Patent number: 10271002
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes an image reception unit that receives image data from an external device, a display unit that displays an image related to the image data, a setting changing unit that changes, in accordance with an instruction determined in advance, a setting determined in advance, an image determination unit that determines whether or not a prescribed pattern determined in advance is included in the image related to the image data, a storage unit that holds the instruction in association with the prescribed pattern in advance, and a control unit that, when the image determination unit determines that the prescribed pattern is included in the image related to the image data, causes the setting changing unit to change the setting in accordance with the instruction associated with the prescribed pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Yasuta
  • Patent number: 10268760
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for reproducing multimedia content are provided. Content selected through user input unit is reproduced, and if it is requested that part of the reproduced content be registered as content of interest, metadata about the part of the reproduced content is generated and stored using metadata about the reproduced content. The generated metadata is generated and stored as metadata of interest about the content of interest according to input of a user input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Yun Sung, Hee-Jeong Choo, Keum-Koo Lee, Ji-Young Kwahk
  • Patent number: 10250950
    Abstract: Techniques for use in determining redress measures for a television (TV) service outage based on impact analysis are described. A TV service outage may be associated with a TV system apparatus including a TV user interface (UI). In one illustrative example, one or more subscribers impacted by the TV service outage are determined. An impact score is determined for each one of the subscribers. A redress measure for each one of the subscribers is then determined in accordance with their corresponding impact scores. An impacted subscriber and/or an impact score may be determined based at least in part on subscriber TV usage data or subscriber TV UI usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAMEDIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Steven Carl Gorretta, Steven Jason Epstein, Marcelo Blatt, Ezra Darshan
  • Patent number: 10250818
    Abstract: An electronic device and an operating method thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a plurality of cameras, and a processor configured to activate the plurality of cameras, receive camera images that are output from the activated cameras, display at least one of the camera images, sense a camera switch request, and display a camera image different from the displayed camera image, in response to the sensed camera switch request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Wooyong Lee, Beomjoon Kwon, Daehyun Sung, Inho Jeong, Jonghoon Won
  • Patent number: 10225601
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus is provided. The broadcast receiving apparatus may include a display, a storage configured to store a broadcast channel list and a CP channel list in which at least one of CP channels where content information provided by a content provider is mapped to is sequentially arranged, a communicator configured to communicate with a server providing Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information, an input interface configured to receive a user command and a processor configured to, in response to the user command being inputted, display an EPG UI including the broadcast channel list on the display, and the processor inserts a content advertisement including the CP channel information between broadcast channels included in a first page of the EPG UI and displays the content advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ye-ji Park, Heui-jin Kwon, Young-sun Kim, Myung-kwan Choi, A-rum Choi
  • Patent number: 10210833
    Abstract: A display device includes a primary display area which comprises a first display area and a second display area which is unique from the first display area, a control unit configured to display an image in the primary display area, an image signal generating unit configured to generate display data based on externally input image data for a single image. The image signal generating unit comprises a memory which stores display-position information indicating a display location of a first image displayed in the primary display area. The display data comprises first and second display data to be displayed in the first display area and the second display area, respectively. The first display data is generated based on the externally input single image data and the display-position information. The control unit is configured to cause a first image to be displayed in the first display area based on the first display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Koudo, Katsuji Tanaka, Makoto Arita, Kazusa Miyaji, Ikuko Mori
  • Patent number: 10212471
    Abstract: Provided is a method of displaying and controlling a plurality of sub-screens on a display apparatus. A plurality of sub-screens of a preset number are displayed on a screen of the display apparatus, and the sub-screens are respectively bound to different input devices, and a control instruction sent from the input devices to the display apparatus independently controls only a sub-screen bound to a particular input device, and does not affect other sub-screens that are not bound to the particular input device. A user of a display may use various services at the same time via the plurality of independent sub-screens displayed on the screen of the display apparatus, and a plurality of users may share a large screen of the display apparatus and view respectively desired content at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Gao, Jinlong Zhu, Huayong Xu, Hongbo Wan, Zhenhua Qu
  • Patent number: 10205977
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application to determine that a user has switched away from a source transmitting a media asset with which the user was engaged and detect, while the user is switched away from the source, that secondary content transmitted by the source during a break of playback of the media asset relates to the media asset. In response to detecting that the secondary content relates to the media asset, the media guidance application may access a database to determine whether the secondary content specifically corresponds to the media asset, and, in response to determining that the secondary content specifically corresponds to the media asset, the media guidance application may generate for display the secondary content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Roma Jhaveri
  • Patent number: 10178340
    Abstract: A broadcasting signal receiving apparatus includes an input receiver configured to receive a user's input selecting a channel among a plurality of channels; a first tuner configured to tune to the channel selected by the user's input and receive a broadcast signal of the tuned channel; and a controller configured to control the first tuner to tune to a first channel and receive a broadcast signal of the first channel when a user makes the first input, and to control the first tuner to tune to a second channel and receive a broadcast signal of the second channel when a user makes a second input within a predetermined period of time after receiving the first input, wherein the first channel corresponds to the first input, and the second channel corresponds to a combination of the first input and the second input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong-hwa Kim
  • Patent number: 10158904
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a media guidance application that may enhance viewer experience. The media guidance application may tune to a first program with a first tuner and generate for display the first program on a display area of a display device, determine other programs of interest being broadcast, and simultaneously with the generating for display of the first program, use the second tuner to tune to and generate for display the other programs of interest being broadcast. The second tuner cycles between the additional programs of interest to periodically update the segments of the additional programs of interest generated for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 10148902
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for displaying video from a plurality of video streams on a display. It includes an input interface for receiving video data from a plurality of video streams and transferring the video data to a frame controller in communication with a television display. The frame controller causes the video data from each of the plurality of different video streams to be displayed in a separate frame on the television display, and each frame occupying an area of the television display separate from an area occupied by any other frame. A system for displaying video from a plurality of video stream using the correct aspect ratio and resolution is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INNOBRILLIANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10110953
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aiding user content navigation are described. An exemplary system may include an electronic device configured to receive audiovisual content and/or user inputs. The electronic device may additionally include one or more outputs coupled with a display device. The electronic device may further include one or more processors as well as memory, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause them to perform one or more navigation functions to receive a channel change command to adjust from a first channel to a second channel. The one or more processors may further be caused to determine that the second channel is presenting advertising content instead of program content, and determine that a third channel is presenting program content. The one or more processors may further be caused to adjust the output to the third channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Chris Wordley
  • Patent number: 10104330
    Abstract: Various embodiments facilitate minimization of multimedia content currently being shown on a display in response to a mute command. In a first embodiment, a receiver is configured to provide multimedia content to an entertainment system and obtain commands from a control device. A user presses the control device's mute button and a mute command is transmitted from the control device to the receiver and the entertainment system. In response to the mute command, the entertainment system turns off its own audio and the receiver minimizes multimedia content currently being provided by the receiver to the entertainment system. In a second embodiment, the mute command is transmitted from the control device to the receiver. In response to the mute command, the receiver mutes and minimizes multimedia content currently being provided by the receiver to the entertainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark Felton
  • Patent number: 10063911
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for automatically recording and generating for display a catch-up video in a PIP window. If a user viewing a media program on a user equipment is detected to be distracted, the user equipment automatically begins recording the program. When the user is detected to no longer be distracted, the user equipment begins to display the recorded catch-up video in a PIP window. The playback rate of the catch-up video may be faster than the rate of the live video to allow the user to catch up quickly. The playback rate and size of the PIP window may be varied depending on the duration, remaining duration, and content of the catch-up video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Takeaki Obara, Mario Sanchez, Phillip Teich, Carla Mack
  • Patent number: 10038828
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, an information processing method, a display control apparatus, a display controlling method, and a program may allow a provider subjectively to control the manner in which to display pictures using of a plurality of video streams. A transmission device generates video streams used for picture display of a single program. The video streams are multiplexed into a multiplexed stream to which compose information is added. The multiplexed information together with the added compose information is supplied to a reception device. The compose information includes information designating the video streams for displaying pictures in various positions on a screen. The reception device decodes the video streams included in the multiplexed stream. The pictures from the decoded video streams are displayed on the screen in accordance with information included in the compose information. This information can be applied to apparatuses handling a plurality of video streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 9998781
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method plays, on an interface, a media program in a media player operating in a first mode. A position change of the media player on the interface is determined while the media program is being played in the media player to cause the media player to move to an out of bounds position. The method detects the media player moving to the out of bounds position and upon detecting, automatically performs switching from the first mode to a second mode based on the media player moving to the out of bounds position where the second mode restricts movement of the media player. Also, the method transfers the media player to a new position that is not in the out of bounds position where the media player continues to play the media program in the new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Bao Lei, Ilya Haykinson, Rajiv Naresh Makhijani
  • Patent number: 9986298
    Abstract: A multimedia mobile personalization system provides a remote control that detects a user's electronic tag, e.g. an RFID tag. The remote control notifies a multimedia device of the user's identity. The multimedia devices tailors it operations to the user's preferences stored locally. Multimedia content such as broadcast or recorded television programs, music play lists, and the like could be sorted, displayed, or restricted, depending on the user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Lockett, Adam Feder, James M. Barton, Michael F. Klar, Andrew M. Goodman, David C. Platt, Brian Beach, David Avraham Brown
  • Patent number: 9973722
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods of displaying and/or recording multiple pictures in a picture (PIP) on the same display of a digital display device are disclosed. The PIPs can show objects from the main field view of the display device, such as a front camera lens, as well as objects from a different field of view, such as a back camera lens. The PIPs can further track the objects that are being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Fan Deng, Karthikeyan Shanmugavadivelu, Wan Shun Vincent Ma, Narayana Karthik Sadanandam Ravirala, Lei Ma, Pengjun Huang, Shizhong Liu
  • Patent number: 9967610
    Abstract: An exemplary computer-implemented television service system detects, while a media content processing device is presenting a user interface view associated with a television service within a display screen in communication with the media content processing device, an input command provided by a user of the media content processing device and representative of a request for customer support. In response, the system identifies a context within which the input command is provided by the user, selects, based on the identified context, customer support content provided by the television service and associated with the user interface view being presented within the display screen, and directs the media content processing device to present the customer support content within the user interface view. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, George M. Higa, Anthony Lemus
  • Patent number: 9961378
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application to determine that a user has switched away from a source transmitting a media asset with which the user was engaged and detect, while the user is switched away from the source, that secondary content transmitted by the source during a break of playback of the media asset relates to the media asset. In response to detecting that the secondary content relates to the media asset, the media guidance application may access a database to determine whether the secondary content specifically corresponds to the media asset, and, in response to determining that the secondary content specifically corresponds to the media asset, the media guidance application may generate for display the secondary content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Roma Jhaveri
  • Patent number: 9948987
    Abstract: Various embodiments facilitate generation, distribution, and presentation of category-based predefined channel lists. In one embodiment, an electronic program guide (“EPG”) manager is provided for execution on a receiving device, such as a set-top box. The EPG manager receives from a program distributor a predefined channel list that includes multiple channels that carry related programming. The channel list includes an associated category and indicators of the multiple channels, the multiple channels each carrying at least some programming in the associated category. The EPG manager presents to a user at least some of the multiple channels in an electronic program guide. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Daniel Mark Overbaugh
  • Patent number: 9930253
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for extendable field of view rendering. A method is provided for receiving media data including a plurality of video frames. The method also includes determining, with a processor, video frames corresponding to camera motion and determining speed and duration of the camera motion. The method also includes determining at least one frame extension based on the video frames corresponding to camera motion, determining a frame extension offset based on the camera motion, and generating an extended field of view metadata based on the frame extensions and frame extension offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate, Igor Danilo Diego Curcio
  • Patent number: 9930400
    Abstract: There is provided a display device including a signal receiving unit for receiving a video signal from an external device via a transmission path through a plurality of channels using a differential signal, an information receiving unit for receiving program information from the external device using a bidirectional communication path including predetermined lines of the transmission path, an image display unit for displaying images on image display elements based on the video signal received by the signal receiving unit, and a program information display unit for displaying the program information on the image display elements based on the program information received by the information receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ichiro Sato, Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9906839
    Abstract: Aspects of a method and apparatus for communicating electronic service guide information in a satellite television system are provided. A satellite communication system may receive a signal via an interface to a satellite dish, and receive data from a network via a second interface (e.g., an interface to a LAN or a WAN, such as the Internet). The satellite communication system may be operable to channelize the received satellite signal into a plurality of channels, wherein a first channel of the plurality of channels carries electronic service guide (ESG) data. The satellite communication system may select which of the plurality of channels to input to a demodulator based, at least in part, on whether ESG data is available via the second interface. A second channel carrying media data may be input to the demodulator while the ESG data is available via the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9883135
    Abstract: An operation-mode conversion apparatus for an image display compound device includes a power-state detector which detects a power state of the compound device, an operation-mode determination unit which determines a present operation mode of the compound device, and an operation-mode controller which converts the operation mode of the compound device based on the power state, the present operation mode, and whether one of an optical storage medium and a movable memory is detected by the compound device, in response to a user input signal, regardless of the preset operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun-sup Kim
  • Patent number: 9875521
    Abstract: An image output apparatus includes an input image acquiring unit, a target attribute value acquiring unit that acquires at least one target attribute value, which is an original attribute value of a subject contained in an input image, an attribute value acquiring unit that acquires at least one attribute value of the subject contained in an output image formed using the input image, a difference information acquiring unit that acquires at least one piece of difference information indicating a difference between the at least one target attribute value acquired by the target attribute value acquiring unit and the at least one attribute value acquired by the attribute value acquiring unit, and an image output unit that, in a case where the at least one piece of difference information does not satisfy a predetermined condition, changes an output mode of the output image formed using the input image, and performs output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: I-CUBED RESEARCH CENTER INC.
    Inventor: Tetsujiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 9838742
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing and displaying an enhanced program guide may include a method including identifying each channel viewed by a user over a period of time at an electronic device. The method may include storing data associated with each channel viewed, and may include producing a list of each channel viewed with the electronic device. The produced list may be ordered from most watched channel to least watched channel. The method may also include receiving a command at the electronic device to display an electronic program guide, and may still include incorporating at least a portion of the list into the electronic program guide at the electronic device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Scott Parker
  • Patent number: 9805685
    Abstract: A display controller, video signal transmitting method and system thereof are provided. The display controller includes a processing circuit; a transmitting channel, coupled to the processing circuit; a receiving channel, coupled to the processing circuit; and a clock generator, that generates an internal clock signal and an external clock signal. Upon receiving a video signal, the processing circuit processes a first partial pixel data of the video signal to output a first display control signal. The transmitting channel converts a second partial pixel data of the video signal to a partial video signal having a multiple data rate according to the internal clock signal to be outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Chen-Nan Lin, Ming-Chieh Yeh, Chun Wen Yeh, Chun-Chia Chen
  • Patent number: 9794616
    Abstract: A method of controlling a digital television, the method includes displaying content or application being executed on a display screen of the digital television, receiving a first signal requesting a menu to be displayed, and displaying the requested menu, overlaid on the display screen, wherein the menu includes a first part and a second part, wherein the first part displays at least one menu item corresponding to previously displayed content or previously executed application, and wherein the second part displays at least one menu item corresponding to content or an application executable in the digital television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daegu Kim, Alan Thomas Shen, David Kempe, Itai Vonshak, Molly Davis, Liron Damir, Danielle Zimmerman, Herbert Han-pu Wang, Brian Behnke
  • Patent number: 9762954
    Abstract: An approach for streaming audio feeds independently from visual feeds is provided. The approach includes processing programming information associated with one or more first devices proximate a user to determine one or more programs presented by the one or more first devices. The approach also includes presenting a user interface to the user for selecting from among the one or more programs. In addition, the approach includes determining an input from the user for selecting at least one of the one or more programs. The approach further includes streaming an audio feed of the at least one of the one or more programs to a second device associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Nisheeth Gupta, Ernesto Vazquez, Siddharth Chitnis
  • Patent number: 9756398
    Abstract: Provided is an operating method of a TV. The method includes: receiving a multi screen enter command according to a user input; transmitting a multi screen request signal to a server in response to the multi screen enter command; receiving a multi screen response signal corresponding to the multi screen request signal transmitted through a first channel from the server; entering a multi screen mode according to multi screen information included in the multi screen response signal; and storing the multi screen information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jaekyung Lee
  • Patent number: 9749576
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a subtitling format encompassing elements of enhanced syntax and semantic to provide improved animation capabilities. The disclosed elements improve subtitle performance without stressing the available subtitle bitrate. This will become essential for authoring content of high-end HDTV subtitles in pre-recorded format, which can be broadcast or stored on high capacity optical media, e.g. the Blue-ray Disc. Embodiments of the invention include abilities for improved authoring possibilities for the content production to animate subtitles. For subtitles that are separate from AV material, a method includes using one or more superimposed subtitle layers, and displaying only a selected part of the transferred subtitles at a time. Further, colors of a selected part of the displayed subtitles may be modified, e.g. highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Dirk Gandolph, Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Harald Schiller
  • Patent number: 9749710
    Abstract: A system may include an interface, memory, and a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory. The interface may be configured to receive a signal that may include one or more user-selected frames of video content. The processor may execute the instructions to identify a market-relevant video object in the one or more frames. The processor may also facilitate storing in the memory, market-relevant information associated with the market-relevant video object. The processor may also execute the instructions to compare the stored market-relevant information to stored advertisement information and determine ad request criteria and/or advertisement for distribution to a user based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventor: Sneha Modlur Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9743128
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus which comprises a receiver which receives primary image content; a communicator which communicates with at least one supply source which supplies related image content of the primary image content; a signal processor which processes and outputs the primary image content; and a controller which controls the communicator to request the supply source to supply the related image content, and controls the signal processor to process and play the related image content supplied from the supply source in response to the request if a user selects a key to play the related image content of the primary image content while the primary image content received by the receiver is processed by the signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seong-il Ko
  • Patent number: 9723371
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for handling broadcast television commercials. A television receiver may receive, from a television service provider, metadata that indicates a commencement of a television commercial break and an expected duration. Based on the metadata, the television receiver may initiate a countdown timer such that the countdown timer is based on the expected duration of the television commercial break and counts down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Echostar UK Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Stephens
  • Patent number: 9693009
    Abstract: A viewer-selectable audio display region is associated with certain pixels of a video feed visible to the viewer of the video. Directional microphones provide audio signals for specific audio sources within a three-dimensional (3-D) video recording space. The recorded video signal is augmented with the audio signals and identified sound sources. The sound sources are mapped to pixels on the display. When the viewer selects the pixels, one or more audio recordings are: (i) played; (ii) amplified; (iii) mixed; and/or (iv) otherwise processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Farrell, James R. Kozloski
  • Patent number: 9674573
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a gateway having a controller operable to receive media content from first and second service providers where the first and second service providers deliver the media content to the gateway using different transport protocols, provide the media content from the gateway to a plurality of display devices without utilizing a set top box, receive a request for a service associated with a third service provider where the request is received at the gateway, receive an application resource bundle at the gateway to implement the requested service where the application resource bundle is received from a server associated with one of the first, second and third service providers, and implement the service without identifying the third service provider. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Alson Hicks, III, Nicholas Steven Huslak
  • Patent number: 9674578
    Abstract: A method of providing information about a service provider by using an electronic device displaying contents is described. Information corresponding to first service providers which are able to provide a service to a specific electronic device regardless of a location of the specific electronic device is displayed. The information corresponding to the first service providers is displayed enabled. Information corresponding to second service providers which are able to provide a service to a specific electronic device in a certain region is displayed. The information corresponding to the second service providers is displayed disabled. Regional information of the electronic device is set based on regional information received through a user interface unit or location information obtained by a location information module. The set regional information is transmitted to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Leena Kim, Youngjae Seo, Hyunhee Yoon, Jungwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9661262
    Abstract: The content processing device includes a first converter for performing first conversion processing of converting frame rates of the first content and the second content, which are moving images, so that the frame rates become equal to each other, a synthesizer for performing screen synthesis for displaying side by side the conversion results on the same screen, a second converter for performing a second conversion processing of converting the frame rate of the synthesis result to a frame rate higher than the frame rate before being converted, a storage unit for temporarily storing the frames required for the first conversion processing and the second conversion processing, and a controller for calculating a ratio of storage capacities of the storage unit to be assigned to the first conversion processing and the second conversion processing according to attributes related to motion amounts of moving images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 9654076
    Abstract: An audio encoding device and an audio decoding device are described herein. The audio encoding device may examine a set of audio channels/channel groups representing a piece of sound program content and produce a set of ducking values to associate with one of the channels/channel groups. During playback of the piece of sound program content, the ducking values may be applied to all other channels/channel groups. Application of these ducking values may cause (1) the reduction in dynamic range of ducked channels/channel groups and/or (2) movement of channels/channel groups in the sound field. This ducking may improve intelligibility of audio in the non-ducked channel/channel group. For instance, a narration channel/channel group may be more clearly heard by listeners through the use of selective ducking of other channels/channel groups during playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tomlinson M. Holman, Frank M. Baumgarte, Eric A. Allamanche
  • Patent number: 9635306
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a subtitling format encompassing elements of enhanced syntax and semantic to provide improved animation capabilities. The disclosed elements improve subtitle performance without stressing the available subtitle bitrate. This will become essential for authoring content of high-end HDTV subtitles in pre-recorded format, which can be broadcast or stored on high capacity optical media, e.g. the Blue-ray Disc. Embodiments of the invention include abilities for improved authoring possibilities for the content production to animate subtitles. For subtitles that are separate from AV material, a method includes using one or more superimposed subtitle layers, and displaying only a selected part of the transferred subtitles at a time. Further, colors of a selected part of the displayed subtitles may be modified, e.g. highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Dirk Gandolph, Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Harald Schiller
  • Patent number: 9621942
    Abstract: A display apparatus, a paid broadcast processing apparatus, and a control method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes: a tuner configured to receive at least one broadcast signal through at least one broadcast channel; a signal processor configured to signal-process the received at least one broadcast signal; a display configured to display the signal-processed at least one broadcast signal; an interface connected with at least one paid broadcast processing apparatus which descrambles at least one paid broadcast signal; and a controller configured to control the signal processor to signal-process the received at least one broadcast signal into a form that is displayable through the display, and, when the received at least one broadcast signal is the at least one paid broadcast signal, transmit the at least one paid broadcast signal to the paid broadcast processing apparatus through the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min-suk Seo, Jeong-kee Park, Jong-po Lee
  • Patent number: 9609381
    Abstract: A method for playing contents is provided. In the method, information corresponding, respectively, to a plurality of contents may be displayed, and a drag and drop operation related to first contents information and second contents information among the displayed contents information may be received. Thereafter, the first contents and the second contents may be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eun Seon Ahn, Jae Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 9607537
    Abstract: In embodiments of display region refresh, a display panel has addressable display regions that display at different display refresh rates. Display data is buffered to update the addressable display regions, and subsequent display data is received to further update the addressable display regions. A display controller can determine display update deltas that indicate pending display updates based on a comparison of the display data to the subsequent display data. A first addressable display region can then be refreshed at display refresh rate based on a first display update delta that corresponds to the first addressable display region, and a second addressable display region can be refreshed at a different display refresh rate based on a second display update delta that corresponds to the second addressable display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Rod G. Fleck, Derek Leslie Knee
  • Patent number: 9591351
    Abstract: To compound broadcast content and network content and suitably reproduce the two pieces of content concurrently using a data broadcast service. A broadcaster and an application provider, for example, upload AV content related to broadcast content to a server, and deliver a data broadcast application containing a URL link to AV content. Each of selection buttons of a mosaic-type menu contains a URL link to AV content. The broadcaster and the application provider can control what should be a streaming moving picture that a user reproduces concurrently with viewing a program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Dewa, Alexandre Keller Albalustro
  • Patent number: 9584725
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method and a terminal device for shooting control. The method includes: obtaining a moving speed of an object on a shooting screen of the terminal device; determining whether the moving speed is within a preset speed range; and focusing on the object if the moving speed is within the preset speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Mingyong Tang, Yijun Liu Hua, Xiao Liu
  • Patent number: 9578274
    Abstract: An example news production system includes a scheduling system, a composite display, and a camera. The scheduling system accesses a news program schedule that specifies a sequence of actions to be performed by the news production system. The scheduling system reads entries from the news program schedule, identifies actions associated with each, and sends signals to cause the actions to be performed. The news production system may cause the composite display to render video content in accordance with a specified layout. A camera can capture video of a field of view that includes at least a portion of the composite display while the specified video content is rendered thereon. The news production system may also cause an output video stream to be based, at least in part, on the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: RE46434
    Abstract: A video decoding apparatus capable of controlling presentation of sub-pictures includes a first decoder, a second decoder, a first scaler, a second scaler and a combiner. The first decoder and the second decoder respectively decode a digital audio/video signal to generate a decoded video and a decoded sub-picture. In accordance with an output picture size, the decoded video size, the decoded sub-picture size and a sub-picture aspect ratio, the first scaler and the second scaler generate a first scaling factor and a second scaling factor. The combiner combines the decoded video and the decoded sub-picture according to the first scaling factor and the second scaling factor and outputs the combination thereof. A video decoding method and a digital audio/video playback system capable of controlling presentation of sub-pictures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Meng-Nan Tsou, Jung-Fu Hsu
  • Patent number: RE46644
    Abstract: An image transmission system for reserving and transmitting an image to be broadcast is provided. The image transmission system includes: an uploading unit for inputting reservation request information for reservation of image transmission and uploading an image; and a server for storing the reservation request information and the image and transmitting the image to one or more recipients' display devices according to the reservation request information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jae Kyung Lee
  • Patent number: RE46677
    Abstract: An image transmission system for reserving and transmitting an image to be broadcast is provided. The image transmission system includes: an uploading unit for inputting reservation request information for reservation of image transmission and uploading an image; and a server for storing the reservation request information and the image and transmitting the image to one or more recipients' display devices according to the reservation request information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jae Kyung Lee