Picture In Picture Patents (Class 348/565)
  • Patent number: 8397260
    Abstract: This display includes a control portion controlling a selected screen portion to display a program other than a program displayed on a nonselected screen portion if a program subsequently displayed on the selected screen portion and the program displayed on the nonselected screen portion are identical to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takafumi Adachi
  • Publication number: 20130050578
    Abstract: An audio-video system for a sports café that is configured to allow multiple people to simultaneously view multiple images and listen to audio corresponding to selected images including: a large screen; a setup box for receiving a plurality of broadcasting channels; an image synthesizer for synthesizing the plural image channels into one image; an image selector for selecting and outputing one image selected from the plural image channels or synthesized image; a projector for projecting the image from the image selector; an audio selector for selecting one audio channel among the plural audio channels output corresponding to the selected image for output of a speaker; an audio amplification unit for amplifying the audio selected by the audio selector; and an audio collecting unit for controlling the directional output of the audio from the speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Hae-Yong CHOI
  • Patent number: 8379667
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving terminal, which implements a service executing method, includes a receiver operable to receive an application, a recording medium, and a service executer operable to execute a service that uses one or more resources in a service execution environment intended for the service. The terminal also includes an associater operable to associate the service execution environment with resource set information indicating the one or more resources used by the service, when the application requests the service executer to execute the service, and a storager operable to store, into the recording medium, a plurality of service execution environments together with the associated resource set information that are associated by the associater. The terminal further includes a resource manager operable to provide, to a selected service, one or more resources indicated in the resource set information in the associated service execution environment, in the recording medium, stored by the storager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Harada, Yoshio Kawakami, Takakazu Shiomi, Takaaki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20130038794
    Abstract: A media playback device capable of displaying multiple streams simultaneously and with expanded picture-in-picture capabilities is provided. The placement, size, aspect ratio, cropping, scale, transparency, tint, contrast, and cropping of the media can be set or adjusted arbitrarily. Furthermore, the audio may be mixed between separate tracks accompanying the video streams and may also be set or adjusted arbitrarily. Each variable can be dynamically changed during playback through either automated or user-initiated means. A system and method are provided for simultaneously displaying a first video stream and at least a second video stream on a display comprising the steps of feeding the video streams into a video player; providing control of the display of the video streams; displaying a first video stream substantially across the display; and displaying the other video streams in a secondary display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Christopher T. Carey, Bennet S. Carr, Kathleen S. Poole
  • Patent number: 8373721
    Abstract: In a method of realism assessment of an image composite, the foreground and the background are transformed into a color space, such as YCbCr, followed by projecting the foreground and the background to a subspace represented by the axes representing chromatic information. The image composite is assessed in the projected subspace, according to linearity of color distributions of the foreground/the background, or according to distance between the color distributions of the foreground/the background and a center of the transformed color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Bing-Yi Wong, Homer H. Chen, Chia-Kai Liang, Tai-Hsu Lin
  • Patent number: 8358378
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for receiving a group of video channels at a client device, selecting a display set from the group of channels, and sending a communication to a display for displaying each channel in the display set in parallel wherein each one of the channels in the display set is displayed in one of a plurality of picture in picture (PIP) displays for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Dinesh Nadarajah
  • Patent number: 8352983
    Abstract: A user interface for interactive television services is represented as a visual overlay that provides a viewer with knowledge of a library of available content relating to a currently tuned to television channel and navigation options for selecting desired portions of the available content from the library, the available content being designated according to business rules specified by a provider of the interactive television services. The visual overlay may be displayed over full-screen or embedded television programming, which may be broadcast television programming or on-demand television programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: TVWORKS, LLC
    Inventors: Lena Chane, Samuel Moreau, Darrell Haber, Matt Marenghi
  • Patent number: 8350965
    Abstract: A portable terminal device includes: an operation part 7 including operation keys 71 that are two-dimensionally arranged in a matrix form; an image enlarging part 91 that, in a state where a plurality of enlargement target areas 93 are preliminarily set as partial areas of an image, generates an enlarged image by, on the basis of an operation of any of the operation keys 71, enlarging an image within an enlargement target area 93 preliminarily related to the operation key 71; a display image generating part 92 that generates a display image including the image in a normal or an enlargement browsing mode generates a display image including the enlarged image; and a display part 5 that displays the display image. The respective enlargement target areas 93 respectively correspond in an arrangement order to the operation keys 71, and form overlap areas with their adjacent enlargement target areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Mohri, Kei Okuda
  • Patent number: 8341672
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, apparatus, system, and computer readable media containing instructions for preparing and displaying a plurality of audio-visual signals in a digital video distribution system (e.g., IPTV), which enables fast channel switching between channels. The system includes a server which sends a plurality of audio-visual signals coded in a base layer and enhancement layer format to an endpoint. The endpoint receives and decodes the base layer of a first channel, at least one second base layer of a second channel, and at least one enhancement layer of the first channel, and displays them on a video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Vidyo, Inc
    Inventors: Mehmet Reha Civanlar, Ofer Shapiro, Tal Shalom
  • Patent number: 8340902
    Abstract: A remote vehicle management system by video radar includes a camera array installed on the vehicle to capture and generate video data, video recognition units receiving the video data and converting into an object data stream, a vehicle database including static and dynamic data, an environment management unit generating a video radar data stream based on the object data stream and, a wireless transfer unit transmitting the radar data stream in a wireless medium, and a remote device reconstructing an illustrative screen based on the received video radar data stream by using specific icons or symbols, which is used to assist the operator of the vehicle to fully understand the actual situation so as to alleviate the human workload, reduce human mistakes and improve the efficiency of the vehicle management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Yan-Hong Chiang
  • Patent number: 8334993
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for associating an image with a communication characteristic are disclosed. According to one method, a content characteristic of a first image may be identified. Communication of the first image may be monitored to identify a communication characteristic of the first image. Further, the content characteristic may be associated with the communication characteristic. The association between the content and communication characteristics may be used to associate a second image having the content characteristic with the communication characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: FotoMedia Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mona Singh
  • Publication number: 20120314134
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a multi-perspective video display are presented. In one example, a program of visual content that includes a plurality of visual perspectives is received. A first one of the plurality of visual perspectives is displayed on a display device, and a second one of the plurality of visual perspectives is displayed on the display device during the displaying of the first one of the plurality of visual perspectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Debra Hensgen, Ludovic Pierre
  • Patent number: 8330863
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus including a video signal inputting unit, a first image generating unit, a second image generating unit, and an image combining unit is provided. A video signal is inputted to the video signal inputting unit. The first image generating unit is configured to generate an image using the video signal inputted from the video signal inputting unit. The second image generating unit is configured to generate a small image with a display size smaller than a display size of the image generated by the first image generating unit. The image combining unit is configured to combine the small image generated by the second image generating unit with the image generated by the first image generating unit by placing the small image at a predetermined display position in a subtitle display area where a subtitle image is displayed within the image generated by the first image generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Kazutaka Uchida
  • Patent number: 8330866
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a number of techniques for processing multimedia data that can improve multi-program “picture-in-picture” viewing, particularly in a wireless mobile apparatus setting. In one example, a method includes receiving multiple channels of the multimedia data, decoding frames associated with two or more of the channels, presenting first frames of a first channel at a first frame rate, and presenting second frames of a second channel at a second frame rate while presenting the first frames, wherein the second frame rate is lower than the first frame rate. In another example, method includes receiving multiple channels of the multimedia data, receiving channel switch frames (CSFs) associated with the multiple channels, and simultaneously presenting the CSFs associated with two or more of the multiple channels to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gordon Kent Walker, Vijayalakshmi R. Raveendran
  • Patent number: 8314888
    Abstract: An image display device for displaying a main image and an auxiliary image that is combined with the main image in an auxiliary-image composite region of the main image, includes: a moving object detecting unit that detects a moving object which relatively moves in the main image; and a composite region determining unit that predicts a moving-object moving region, into which the moving object will move in the main image, based on a moving direction of the detected moving object, and determines the auxiliary-image composite region based on information relating to the moving-object moving region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tooru Ueda
  • Patent number: 8305494
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving device includes a first receiving unit, a second receiving unit, a display control unit, an audio determination unit, a switching determination unit and a switching execution unit. The display control unit displays a first image corresponding to a first television broadcast received by the first receiving unit on a main screen in a monitor, and displays a second image corresponding to a second television broadcast received by the second receiving unit on a subscreen in the monitor. The switching determination unit compares a first audio corresponding to the first television broadcast with a second audio corresponding to the second television broadcast, and determines whether or not the second audio is to be outputted instead of the first audio. The switching execution unit executes audio switching processing based on a determination result of the switching determination unit so that the second audio is outputted instead of the first audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Katayama
  • Publication number: 20120274853
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus having multi-window display mode for displaying a plurality of images and single-window display mode for displaying one image on the display screen, including receiving units which receive broadcast signal and acquiring image signals relating to programs, and acquisition unit which acquires program information of the programs, and memory unit which stores program information of a selected program, and control unit which selects display mode for an image, and the control unit exerts control such that if the multi-window display mode is selected, a comparison is made at predetermined timing between the program information about the selected program and program information about newly selected program, and the display mode is switched from multi-window mode to single-window mode according to the comparison result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Osawa
  • Patent number: 8300151
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus and a control method thereof preventing boring and a trouble misunderstanding due to a mute screen supplied in changing an image signal, the display apparatus, including: a display unit which displays an image; an image processing unit which processes an input image signal to be displayed in the display unit, and displays a mute image in the display unit during a mute time when changing the input image signal; and a control unit which controls the image processing unit to gradually convert the total screen of the display unit displaying the input image signal to the mute image before displaying the mute image if a change signal for changing the input image signal is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-sung Kim
  • Patent number: 8296809
    Abstract: Where an instruction for a scheduled recording has been received from a remoter controller, a control unit starts the processing for display control (step S1). When the time has reached a predetermined period of time counted by a timer, for example, two minutes, before the start of the scheduled recording (step S2), the control unit determines whether or not a display unit currently displays two or more screen, and if the display unit is displaying two or more screens, the processing proceeds to step S4, and before the time for starting the scheduled recording, the controls unit makes a screen other than the screen for a program scheduled to be recorded disappear, that is, one of the screens, which displays a channel not selected for a scheduled recording, remain, and makes one screen in a multi-screen go into non-display. For example, on a TV screen, the display of a program on a BS channel for which a recording is scheduled disappears, and only the remaining BS display is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Hirota
  • Patent number: 8284804
    Abstract: An IP network includes a central entity and at least one customer premises equipment (CPE) device. The central entity generates a program clock reference (PCR) clock and provides audio-visual packets to a CPE based on the PCR clock. The CPE sets a first clock based on the PCR clock for decoding operations. The CPE sets a second clock that is independent from the first clock for audio and video output operations. For example, the CPE can process the audio-visual packets using the second clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Fisher, Brian Schoner, Rajesh S. Mamidwar
  • Patent number: 8279938
    Abstract: It is possible to display a caption with an aspect ratio independent from the aspect ratio of a main video. When a flag indicating that the aspect ratio of the caption is 16:9 is set, the caption video image frame size (720×480) is converted so as to match the aspect ratio of 16:9 and the caption video obtained as the result is superimposed on the main video and displayed. That is, when the main video has an aspect ratio of 4:3, as shown in FIG. 19, reduction in the lateral direction is performed and the main video is displayed with addition of black tone at the right and left but the caption video is displayed with the aspect ratio of 16:9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Takahashi, Toshiya Hamada, Yasushi Fujinami
  • Publication number: 20120242779
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively implementing a stroboscopic visual effect with a television device includes a strobe engine that analyzes video data to create a sequence of stroboscopic images based upon motion information from the video data. The television utilizes a display manager to present the stroboscopic images and the video data on a display device during a strobe display mode. A processor device of the television typically controls the operations of the strobe engine and the display manager to implement the stroboscopic visual effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Ming-Chang Liu, Kuang-Man Huang, Chuen-Chien Lee
  • Patent number: 8274555
    Abstract: A stereoscopic image supplier acquires stereoscopic image data in a side-by-side layout format. Visual information supplier acquires visual information to be added to a stereoscopic image. Based on a 3D display for displaying a stereoscopic image, a 3D display information supplier acquires the coordinates of portions that are not used for 3D display representation as the coordinates of the pixels with which visual information is combined. An image synthesizer combines visual information obtained at Step S2 with the pixel at the coordinates set at Step S3. Visual information is combined with all the portions at the coordinates to be processed, and the image with visual information synthesized is stored in a stereo image storage. In this way, if additional information is added to the stereoscopic image, no uncomfortable feeling will occur when the image is viewed in stereoscopic vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yabe, Hiroyuki Katata
  • Patent number: 8264610
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and the associated method for decoding multiple video signals. The video signals may be component video, composite video or s-video signals each having multiple portions using a multimode video decoder. A selection stage may combine the multiple video signals and select some of their video signal portions for processing. The selection stage may time-multiplex some of the video signal portions. An analog to digital conversion stage may be shared by the time-multiplexing of the video signals. A decoder stage may decode the various signal portions and provide decoded output video signals. These feature may reduce the overall cost of the system. Various clock signals may be used to operate various stages of a multimode video decoder. Some of the clock signals may run at different frequencies and others may operate at a different phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanjay Garg, Bipasha Ghosh, Nikhil Balram, Kaip Sridhar, Shilpi Sahu, Richard Taylor, Gwyn Edwards, Loren Tomasi, Vipin Namboodiri
  • Patent number: 8259233
    Abstract: A system for processing a television (TV) picture-out-picture (POP) includes a line buffer, a first multiplexer, an image processing engine, a scaling engine and a timing generator. The line buffer receives partial pixels of a first picture and partial pixels of a second picture. The first multiplexer selects the partial pixels of the first and second picture as an output. The image processing engine performs an image processing on the partial pixels output by the first multiplexer to thereby produce processed pixels. The scaling engine performs a scaling operation on the processed pixels to thereby produce scaled pixels. The timing generator produces a timing signal for the image processing engine and the scaling engine and produces enable signals respectively for the first picture and the second picture. The image processing engine and the scaling engine process the partial pixels of the first or second picture in multiplexing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yu-Yu Sung, Chang-Sheng Chen, Chiung-Sui Liu
  • Patent number: 8248535
    Abstract: A video processing system comprising a video frame buffer memory, a first video pipeline, a second video pipeline, a blender, and an overdrive processing unit. The video frame buffer memory has a first memory region and a second memory region, the first memory region being configured to store a first video data frame and the second memory region being configured to store a second video data frame. The first video pipeline is coupled to the video frame buffer memory and configured to receive and process the first video data frame. The second video pipeline is coupled to the video frame buffer memory and configured to receive and process the second video data frame. The blender is coupled to the first and second video pipelines and is configured to receive and blend the processed first video data frame and the processed second video data frame in a first mode of operation and to provide the blended processed first and second video data frame to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: CSR Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Lei He
  • Patent number: 8243959
    Abstract: An audio output control device includes: display means for displaying two screens; speaker output control means for recognizing whether a main screen or a sub screen is being selected on the display means that is displaying the two screens and performing a control process to output a main or sub sound of the selected main or sub screen through a speaker; and headphone output control means for, before a headphone is connected, performing a control process to supply to a headphone terminal of the headphone the sub or main sound of the sub or main screen that is not being selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Mishima
  • Patent number: 8239897
    Abstract: A method for transmitting audio signals. The method of transmitting audio signals may include separately transmitting a video signal and an audio signal. Further, the method of transmitting audio signals may include transmitting a first video signal and a first audio signal to one component, transmitting a second video signal to the same component and separately transmitting a second audio signal to a second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eldon Technology Limited
    Inventor: Robert Wadey
  • Patent number: 8228362
    Abstract: The invention discloses an image capturing device and an image delivery method which is suitably applied to a video conference. The video conference is held between a local terminal and a remote terminal through a network. The device comprises a processor, a video encoder, an encryption engine and a data transmitting interface. The processor is used to process an original video signal for generating a first video signal and a second video signal. The video encoder is for receiving and compressing the first video signal. The encryption engine is for encrypting the compressed first video signal. The data transfer interface is for transmitting the compressed and encrypted first video signal and the second video signal to the local terminal. Wherein, the first video signal is transmitted to the remote terminal by the local terminal through the network and recovered by the remote terminal, and the second video signal is presented at the local terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Min Chao, Chun-Chiao Wang
  • Patent number: 8228432
    Abstract: A picture processing device is capable of performing a process of superposing a sub picture image on a moving picture image which forms a base. The device includes a detection unit for detecting a region in which a movement amount is small, out of a plurality of regions in which the sub picture image may be superposed on the moving picture image which forms a base, and a picture image superposing unit for superposing the sub picture image on the region in which the movement amount is small, the region being detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Ruwan Perera
  • Patent number: 8228433
    Abstract: A method of controlling a receiver for processing a broadcast signal defining a multi-channel broadcast, and a broadcast receiver using the same, enable the joint management of a plurality of channels, which are effectively bundled together according to relevance of broadcasting Content, such that broadcast programs of associated channels can be simultaneously processed, including processes of viewing, recording, and editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hee Young Park
  • Patent number: 8225349
    Abstract: Disclosed is a digital broadcast receiver including a Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) module for receiving digital broadcastings of multiple channels; an output unit for outputting voice and image signals of the digital broadcastings; and a controller for controlling the DMB module to receive the digital broadcastings while successively and automatically switching the channels at a predetermined time interval, and controlling the digital broadcasting data received in the DMB module to be transmitted to the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sang-Hyeon Yoon, Sun-Hee Chang
  • Publication number: 20120176544
    Abstract: Provided is a method for auto-setting a configuration of a television (TV) based on a TV installation type, and a TV using the same. The present method for auto-setting configuration may set a TV configuration based on a TV installation type input via a GUI which receives a TV installation type. Accordingly, a TV configuration such as audio parameters may be automatically set according only to the TV installation type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-young SHIM
  • Patent number: 8218646
    Abstract: A moving image encoding apparatus includes a first-step encoding section for executing a plurality of times first-step encoding by use of different quantization control variables; a code-amount estimation section for estimating, for all the quantization control variables, an amount of codes generated for each frame by making use of a plurality of results of the encoding; a code-amount allocation section for allocating an amount of codes for each frame on the basis of results of the estimation; and a second-step encoding section for executing second-step encoding on the basis of the amount of codes allocated to each frame. The first-step encoding section changes the number of times of execution of the encoding in accordance with the attribute of each frame, and omits a portion of processes contained in the coding process in the second and subsequent executions of the encoding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: KDDI Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Murakami, Ryuichi Kanda
  • Publication number: 20120169934
    Abstract: Media content is received in a windows management application. The media content is from a set of content including zero or more television signal content and zero or more application content. The media content is incorporated into a television signal containing a window configuration. The television signal is then sent from the windows management application to a television where it is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: ROVI SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle
  • Publication number: 20120162518
    Abstract: A first signal representing a reduced size video program is transmitted from a central location to a plurality of user terminals in a television signal. A second signal representative of an EPG is generated at one of the user terminals. The first and second signals are linearly combined and applied to a display monitor to display the reduced size video program and the EPG on the screen of the monitor simultaneously in a PIG format. In one embodiment a plurality of reduced size video programs are transmitted in the television signal and one of them is selected for display in a PIG format by marking the program listing in the EPG corresponding to the selected reduced size video program with a cursor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: GEMSTAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Henry C. Yuen
  • Publication number: 20120162517
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a first signal processor which processes a first image; a second signal processor which processes a second image; a display unit which displays the processed first image on a main screen and the processed second image on a picture-in-picture (PIP) screen having a predetermined size and at least partially overlapping with the first image; a receiver which receives a pointer signal corresponding to a user's selection; and a controller which determines which one of the first image and the second image shows a pointer corresponding to the received pointer signal located thereon, and controls the second signal processor so that a result from performing an operation corresponding to a location of the pointer on the second image can be processed and displayed on the PIP screen if the pointer is located on the second image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-wook CHOI, Hyun-sig LIM
  • Publication number: 20120148210
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus is equipped with a plurality of tuners that can respectively receive a control signal including region information identifying a region and channel designation information designating a program broadcast channel. A channel selection action of each tuner, display processing for a display unit, and recording processing for a storage unit are controlled based on a channel selection state of each tuner and the control signal. Furthermore, a tuner to select a channel designated by the channel designation information is determined based on a state of use of each tuner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuharu ICHIHASHI
  • Patent number: 8195036
    Abstract: A storage medium includes multimedia image data, and text-based subtitle data for displaying subtitles on an image based on the multimedia image data, wherein the text-based subtitle data includes dialog information indicating subtitle contents to be displayed on the image, style information indicating an output style of the dialog information, and partial style information indicating an output style applied to a portion of the dialog information. Accordingly, subtitles can be provided in a plurality of languages without being limited to a particular number of units of subtitle data. In addition, subtitle data can be easily produced and edited. Likewise, an output style of the subtitle data can be changed in a variety of ways. Also, a special style can be applied in order to emphasize a portion of the subtitles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kil-soo Jung, Sung-wook Park
  • Patent number: 8194187
    Abstract: A digital broadcasting apparatus and a method for providing a service thereof are provided. In the digital broadcasting apparatus, a storage unit stores a designated target mode between a picture in picture (PIP) mode and an application mode running a downloaded application program, an embodiment unit provides a PIP function corresponding to the PIP mode and an application function corresponding to the application mode, and a control unit controls the embodiment unit to provide at least any one of the application function and the PIP function, based on the stored target mode, when the PIP function is activated at present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mun-seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8194756
    Abstract: Processing a video stream using upon Program Clock References (PCRs) contained therein in preparation for transmission to a wireless device. Operation includes receiving video frames of the video stream, buffering the video frames, and extracting PCRs from at least some of the video frames of the video stream. Operation further includes, based upon at least the values of the PCRs, determining transmission parameters, and transmitting video frames of the video stream to the wireless device according to the transmission parameters. Operation may further include determining a round trip delay of transmissions to the wireless device and acknowledgements from the wireless device, adjusting PCRs of at least some video frames of the video stream based upon the round trip delay, and transmitting the video frames of the video stream to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Quigley, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Stephen E. Gordon
  • Patent number: 8189108
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing multiple screens and a method of dynamically configuring multiple screens are provided. The apparatus for providing multiple screens is capable of providing a plurality of contents on a single physical display device and reconstructing a form or connection relationship among screens existing on a system. The apparatus for providing multiple screens includes an operation module which generates at least one screen for displaying a service and a setting module which senses a change of set of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-ho Lee, Kwang-kee Lee, Un-gyo Jung, Glenn A. Adams
  • Patent number: 8190204
    Abstract: A digital, wireless PC/PCS modem is disclosed for incorporation with personal home computers, laptop units, hand-held computer units, and cellular phones for providing wireless communication via satellite transmission. The invention is a device that combines a personal computer (PC) modem with a satellite link and relay system for computers. This will allow the user to establish a communications link with Internet™ access, access to direct dial telephones, faxing on demand, hyperterminal access for remote computer link-up, video, and voice applications. Utilizing existing software and hardware, this invention uses digital satellite technology and combines it with a PC modem for access to various communication links including phone links, without a phone line. In order to accomplish this, the laptop has a type II PCMCIA card slot for receiving the PC modem. An antenna is attached to the plug-in cellular phone card for the modem using a swivel joint assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Ray Whitney
  • Publication number: 20120120318
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for receiving broadcasting signals. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining a channel number of contents included in a first broadcasting signal; and allocating a channel number into contents included in a second broadcasting signal by using the obtained channel number. The method is characterized in that the same contents included respectively in the first and second broadcasting signals have the same channel number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Seonggeun Song
  • Patent number: 8170914
    Abstract: An inventory control system for a digital signage network is provided that uses a denormalized relational database to maintain a record of each of a plurality of screen zones for displays of the network. An inventory column in the database may be used to track scheduling assignments for each day of a calendar year. A screen zone may be given a collective duration limit that prevents assignment of media content items to that screen zone if the assignment would cause the limit to be exceeded for any of the days in the scheduling request. A screen zone may also be designated as overbookable to allow a scheduling assignment even if the limit is exceeded, or may be designated as partially bookable to allow the assignment of media content items for only those days specified in the request for which the limit would not be exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Bryan Mongeau, Pascal Patry
  • Patent number: 8169544
    Abstract: To eliminate a signal deviation that occurs when scaling processing is performed on image data including multiple signals having different data rates, there is provided an image processing apparatus which performs scaling processing on image data including multiple signals having different data rates and includes a first scaling processing unit that performs a first scaling processing according to a first scale factor in a first area; and a second scaling processing unit that performs a second scaling processing subsequent to the first scaling processing, according to a second scale factor in a second area adjacent to the first area, on a signal having a high data rate using the first scale factor, and performs the second scaling processing on a signal having a low data rate using the second scale factor obtained by correcting the first scale factor, after the first scaling processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8165455
    Abstract: Division editing of a movie stream file picked up for a recording application is executed while conforming to a predetermined standard format. When a stream file is divided at an arbitrary division point, a preceding chapter is created by giving padding in an end region of a GOP including the division point in accordance with a length alignment restriction. Furthermore, a first extent of a succeeding chapter is created by copying the GOP including the division point and a GOP immediately succeeding it, a region formed of GOPs after the copied portion is used as a second extent of the succeeding chapter, and padding is given to an end region of the second extent in accordance with the length alignment restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Morimoto, Kenichiro Aridome, Yukio Isobe, Atsushi Mae
  • Patent number: 8164690
    Abstract: An image display device includes an MPEG decoder configured to generate image signals based on digital signals received by a tuner unit, an image segmenting unit configured to extract image signals included in a segment area being an arbitrary area portion from image signals outputted from the MPEG decoder, a display position adjusting unit configured to set a display area being an arbitrary area portion displaying the extracted image signals, an expansion display producing unit configured to allocate the extracted image signals to the display area to generate an expanded image, and a video synthesizing unit configured to synthesize image signals outputted from the expansion display producing unit and image signals outputted from the MPEG decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideaki Fukui, Akira Ishii
  • Patent number: 8164689
    Abstract: A synchronizing signal control circuit includes: a phase detecting section configured to detect a phase difference between a display synchronizing signal and an input synchronizing signal; an adding section configured to add a set value for setting a synchronization compensation period and the detected phase difference; a synchronization phase correcting section configured to correct the phase of the input synchronizing signal on the basis of the output signal of the adding section; a gate signal generating section configured to generate a gate signal representing the synchronization compensation period based on the display synchronizing signal; a synchronization determining section configured to determine whether the synchronization can be effected, by detecting whether the input synchronizing signal exists within the synchronization compensation period; and a selecting section configured to perform switching to the corrected input synchronizing signal on the basis of the determination result of the synchron
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hori, Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: RE44006
    Abstract: A user interface for a screen oriented electronic device includes a rotating menu of options. Options are highlighted and therefore selectable as they rotate past a fixed position on the screen. A remote is shown for use with the menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lisa Cherian, Robert Andrew Lambourne, Guy James Roberts