Receiver Indicator (e.g., On Screen Display) Patents (Class 348/569)
  • Patent number: 10929878
    Abstract: A method of identifying targeted content includes deploying a plurality of internet bots configured to interact with content sources using predetermined patterns and profiles, wherein each individual internet bot of the plurality of internet bots includes at least one characteristic that is unique relative to the rest of the plurality of internet bots, collecting cause and effect data related to cause and effect of user interactions with content sources, receiving the cause and effect data collected by the plurality of internet bots, correlating user interactions with content sources using the cause and effect data collected by the plurality of internet bots, and identifying, how content is targeted to users by content sources from the correlating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew M. Lobbes, Brian J. Snitzer, Nathaniel J. Gibbs, Shelbee Eigenbrode
  • Patent number: 10887656
    Abstract: A method and system of dynamically adapting a streaming media content are provided. A user device determines a class of each member of its audience. Streaming media content is received. The streaming media content is monitored to dynamically determine a rating of each segment of the streaming media content. For each segment of the streaming media content, upon determining that a rating of a segment is above a class of a most restricted member of the audience, one or more portions of the segment are adapted to alter the rating of the segment to the class of the most restricted member of the audience. The segment of the media content is then presented on a user interface of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Rossi de Mello Brandao, Marcio Ferreira Moreno, Renato Fontoura de Gusmão Cerqueira
  • Patent number: 10796021
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for automatically adjusting parental controls of computing devices to accommodate holidays may include (i) identifying, at a computing device, a geolocation of the computing device from geolocation information and (ii) performing, at the computing device, a security action. The security action may include (a) identifying holiday information associated with the geolocation of the computing device, (b) determining at least a portion of a current day is a holiday by comparing a current date to the holiday information, (c) determining a level of parental controls to impose on operation of the computing device in response to at least a portion of the current day being a holiday, and (d) imposing the level of parental controls on the computing device during the at least a portion of the current day. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NortonLifeLock Inc.
    Inventors: Manjunath Rajendrababu, Trijimon Padmalayam Rajan
  • Patent number: 10789385
    Abstract: Techniques are described for real time monitoring and tagging of media content generated during a service session between an individual and a service representative (SR). Media content received during a service session may be dynamically tagged with one or more metadata tags during the service session, the tag(s) indicating portion(s) of the media content that potentially include sensitive information. Tagging may be based on a SR's gestures, clicks, keystrokes, mouse-overs, and/or other actions performed in a SR user interface (UI) during the service session. The media content may be redacted based on the tags to remove and/or obfuscate potentially sensitive information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Vijay Jayapalan, Gregory Yarbrough, Eric J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10775962
    Abstract: A user interface overlay is presented over a native graphical user interface (GUI) of a device. By way of example, the overlay can include a graphical presentation layer (GPL) that can selectively mask and/or expose functionality of the native GUI of the device. In addition, the GPL can bundle disparate portions of native functionality in accord with one or more logical associations between a title, tag, application, purpose, type, or like qualifier, associated with the disparate portions. In addition, user preferences and device/network intelligence components can dynamically customize portions of the GPL to match a location, locale, mood, or setting or like situational context of a device and/or user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Smoak, Michelle Mindala-Freeman, David Ames Christopher
  • Patent number: 10715855
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, systems, and apparatuses for computing a channel incrementality ratio using a machine learning model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Anand, Sandeep Dey, Ravi Kiran Garimella
  • Patent number: 10623682
    Abstract: An interactive antenna system includes an adjustable antenna device, an antenna control device and an operation device. The adjustable antenna device is for receiving a radio frequency signal wirelessly to generate an antenna signal. The antenna control device measures signal strength of the antenna signal to generate a strength signal, transmits the strength signal wirelessly to the operation device, and controls the adjustable antenna device based on a control signal. The operation device displays the signal strength of the antenna signal based on the strength signal, generates the control signal at least based on an operation performed thereon, and transmits the control signal wirelessly to the antenna control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRANS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mao-Jung Lin
  • Patent number: 10616640
    Abstract: Various arrangements for providing bimodal digital video recording are presented. A plurality of over-the-air (OTA) television programs received via an antenna input port may be recorded to a local processor-readable storage medium. Record instructions may be transmitted to a cloud-based television programming service provider server system to remotely record and store scheduled streaming television programs to storage of the cloud-based television programming service provider server system. OTA television programs received via the antenna input port and recorded to the local processor-readable storage medium may be determined. Indications of television programs stored by the cloud-based television programming service provider server system may be received. Data may be output to a display device to present the bimodal DVR interface having a unified interface that simultaneously comprises indications of the recorded OTA television programs and indications of the scheduled streaming television programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sling TV L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jimshade Chaudhari, Joseph Puccio, James Burke O'Brien, IV, David London, Trent A Badger, James Kim
  • Patent number: 10602228
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for editing channels of a smart TV. The device includes a memory and at least one processor, wherein the memory stores therein computer readable instructions, wherein the instructions are executed by the at least one processor to enable the at least one processor to: receive an interface calling up instruction, and displaying a channel editing list and an operation prompt on a display screen of the smart TV; receive a channel selecting instruction, and determine a channel to be edited in the channel editing list according to the channel selecting instruction; and receive a channel edit instruction, and edit the channel to be edited according to the channel editing instruction, wherein the operation prompt is configured to remind a user that the channel editing instruction is triggered by using a left arrow key or right arrow key of a remote control, and the channel editing instruction is an instruction indicating deletion or a move of the channel to be edited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: HISENSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xuelei Wang
  • Patent number: 10542304
    Abstract: A video encoder generates a video stream including image data. A subtitle encoder generates a subtitle stream including subtitle information. An adjustment information insertion unit inserts luminance level adjustment information for adjusting the luminance level of a subtitle, into the video stream and/or the subtitle stream. A transmission unit transmits a container in a predetermined format containing the video stream and the subtitle stream. The reception side is enabled to perform subtitle luminance level adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10476924
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention may be deployed in a system comprising a media player and a remote server operably connected to communicate with one another. The invention allows for a settings file to be stored on the remote server, the settings file comprising parameters useful for adjusting different settings on the media player such that rendering of a particular content to be made possible on the media player according to a user's predetermined taste by downloading the settings from the server onto the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Aditee Anil Pathak, Philippe Stransky, Gyanveer Singh
  • Patent number: 10376786
    Abstract: Provided are a display device and method of changing a display setting. According to an aspect of an exemplary embodiment, the method of changing a display setting in a display device includes operations of: storing a plurality of display settings corresponding to a plurality of game categories; determining a display setting to be used for displaying video data of a currently running game among the plurality of display settings; and changing an actual display setting of the display device according to a determined display setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyeon-ji Lee, Dong-hyun Kim, Yu-hyeon Jun
  • Patent number: 10356479
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for editing channels of a smart TV. The device includes a memory and at least one processor, wherein the memory stores therein computer readable instructions, wherein the instructions are executed by the at least one processor to enable the at least one processor to: receive an interface calling up instruction, and displaying a channel editing list and an operation prompt on a display screen of the smart TV; receive a channel selecting instruction, and determine a channel to be edited in the channel editing list according to the channel selecting instruction; and receive a channel edit instruction, and edit the channel to be edited according to the channel editing instruction, wherein the operation prompt is configured to remind a user that the channel editing instruction is triggered by using a left arrow key or right arrow key of a remote control, and the channel editing instruction is an instruction indicating deletion or a move of the channel to be edited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corporation, Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuelei Wang
  • Patent number: 10271092
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses a television channel switching method and a television. The method includes: determining that a first channel being played enters into a no-signal state; displaying a commonly-used channel list, wherein the commonly-used channel list is determined according to a preset rule; and switching from the first channel to a second channel in the commonly-used channel list, wherein the second channel and the first channel are different channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corporation, Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yongjian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10264294
    Abstract: A television playout system that handles playout of a channel, receives a video feed of the channel comprising programming data and a plurality of interstitial content items, and a playout schedule of the channel. Metadata comprising a pre-roll value is inserted at a first insertion point related to a first interstitial content item of the plurality of interstitial content items, based on the playout schedule. An offset is detected in the metadata, based on the first insertion point of the metadata in the video feed, the pre-roll value, and a time-code (TC) jump associated with a second interstitial content item in the video feed. One or more control parameters associated with the insertion of the metadata are calibrated, based on the detected offset to align a splice point related to the first interstitial content item with the TC jump associated with the second interstitial content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Kevin Scott Snedden, Steven Ernest Riedl, James T Bernier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10255573
    Abstract: Mechanisms for presenting interactive checklists comprising: at least one hardware processor that: receives an indication from a first user assigned to a first step that the first step has been completed; presents a description for a second step to users assigned to the second step in response to receiving the indication; receives at least one of: interactive checklist content describing how to perform the second step; and a new description for a new step, after the presenting of the description of the second step; and saves the at least one of the interactive checklist content and the new description, and an indicator that the at least one of the interactive checklist content and the new description is to be available for presentation to users after the receiving of the at least one of the interactive checklist content and the new description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: WebINTENSIVE Software, LLC
    Inventors: David Bodnick, Marlon Feld, Rachel J. Gild
  • Patent number: 10211556
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device includes a body, a housing separated from the body and configured to transmit/receive signals to/from the body, and a cable coupling the housing and the body, wherein the cable includes a flat cable located in at least part of the cable and having a flat shape, and a round cable located in at least another part of the cable and having a round shape. According to the present invention, the flat cable has a narrow width by including a plurality of layers, and thus wiring of signal terminals and power terminals can be easily changed between the flat cable and the round cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seunghak Ryu
  • Patent number: 10200761
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a media content user interface. A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. The media content provider records and or otherwise stores video content from around the world. Subscribers are provided a user interface to the system that includes a side bar. The side bar includes multiple elements representing different categories of video content. By selecting a given category, available content is filtered according to the selected category and presented. Content which is presented may include live broadcast video for multiple channels on multiple television networks or other content providers. The side bar may further include a collection category specific to a given viewer. Selection of such a category may display video content within the collection. Subcategories in the side bar may be selected for further filtering of available content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory N. Christie, Alessandro Sabatelli, William M. Bachman, Imran Chaudhri, Jeffrey Robbin, Jim Young, Joe Howard, Marcel Van Os, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen O. Lemay, Jeffrey Ma, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 10182192
    Abstract: In a method of setting an OSD function according to a related technique, it is not allowed to select various superimposing techniques. In a case where a monitoring camera supports a plurality of superimposing techniques, a user is supposed to select one of the superimposing techniques via a troublesome operation. In view of the above, an image pickup apparatus is provided which includes a reception unit configured to receive an acquisition request for information associated with an image superimposing method of the image pickup apparatus, and a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the acquisition request for the information associated with the image superimposing method of the image pickup apparatus is received by the reception unit, transmit information associated with the image superimposing method of the image pickup apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Niida
  • Patent number: 10157088
    Abstract: In response to determining that an activity has been postponed (e.g., interrupted or deferred), a computer system stores a record indicating that the activity is postponed. In response to determining that another activity has become active, the computer system stores a record indicating that the other activity is active. The computer system reminds a user to return to the postponed activity in response to determining that a reminder condition associated with the postponed activity has been satisfied. For example, the computer system may remind the user to return to the postponed activity in response to determining that the other activity has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Yagi Corp.
    Inventor: Robert Plotkin
  • Patent number: 10091451
    Abstract: A remote controller and a method for controlling a screen using the remote controller are provided. The remote controller includes a first screen key; an output interface configured to output a control signal; and a controller configured to control the first screen key and the output interface. The controller outputs first control information corresponding to a press of the first screen key to a display by using the output interface. The first control information is information for scaling a content screen displayed on the display and for displaying the scaled content screen on a first screen area of split screen areas of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok-jae Lee, Ji-won Choo
  • Patent number: 10015546
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing content creation and content publishing in a controlled environment are disclosed herein. A media management device receives an audio track including lyrical content. Further, the media management device performs speech recognition analysis on the audio track to determine lyrical text corresponding to the lyrical content. Additionally, the media management device determines whether the audio track contains prohibited content based on comparing the lyrical text to a blacklist of prohibited information. When the audio track does not include prohibited content, the media management device publishes the audio track to a media library accessible to devices within the controlled environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corp.
    Inventor: Alex Petty
  • Patent number: 9984154
    Abstract: A method for analyzing time series data to identify an event of interest is provided. The method includes receiving, at a computing device, time series data that includes the event of interest, identifying, using the computing device, a start time of the event of interest and an end time of the event of interest by modeling at least one transitional pattern in the time series data, and categorizing, using the computing device, the event of interest based on the at least one transitional pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Morpho Detection, LLC
    Inventors: Jixu Chen, Peter Henry Tu, Ming-Ching Chang, Yelin Kim, Siwei Lyu
  • Patent number: 9980004
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment of the present disclosure, operations related to display level content blocking may include obtaining pixel data of a screen image intended for presentation on a display. The operations may further include, prior to presenting the screen image on the display: identifying particular content in the screen image based on the pixel data; identifying, in the pixel data, content-pixel data that is a portion of the pixel data that corresponds to the identified particular content; and modifying the content-pixel data to obscure presentation of the particular content. In addition, the operations may include causing presentation of the screen image on the display based on the modified content-pixel data such that presentation of the particular content is obscured in the presentation of the screen image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Braden Christopher Ericson
  • Patent number: 9952287
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a first converter that converts first analog data indicating a voltage value of each of batteries into first digital data; and a second converter that converts second analog data indicating an electric current value flowing through the plurality of batteries into second digital data. The first analog data and the second analog data are data having the same timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sugeno, Morihiko Sato, Koji Umetsu
  • Patent number: 9930393
    Abstract: An audio/video content receiver decoding audio/video signals modulated onto transmission channels as transport streams, at least one transmission channel carrying non-viewing information. The content receiver includes a tuner arrangement for concurrently tuning to two or more transmission channels and a multiplexer configured to generate a composite signal from received audio/video signals of required programs for decoding. The content receiver further includes a content decoder for concurrently decoding two or more audio/video programs from the composite signal and a detector configured to detect whether one or more of the transmission channels tuned by the tuner arrangement are not currently in use for providing a program for decoding. Finally, the content receiver includes a controller that, responsive to detection that a transmission channel is not currently in use, controls the tuner to tune that channel to a transmission channel carrying a transport stream including non-viewing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Sri Gopikanth Gutta
  • Patent number: 9894420
    Abstract: A content hosting system allows content providers to create channels of video content and make them available to users in a marketplace. Users can search or browse for channels of interest, and selectively subscribe to channels. Users can also pay for the right to view premium videos in each channel. The system ranks channels according to the value provided. Generally, users will seek out and subscribe to the highest ranked channels that provide the greatest value. The ranking function allows different providers to compete for the subscriptions of users. Providers can observe their channel's reception in the market by analyzing rankings and usage statistics to adjust channels to maximize channel performance. The system operator can also create bundled channels containing videos from multiple providers, and the resulting subscription revenue can be distributed to the various providers of the videos in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: James Patterson, Hunter Everett Walk, Kuan Loong Yong
  • Patent number: 9894083
    Abstract: A system for providing a secure video display using a one-way data link. An input interface for receives a video stream signal. The one-way data link has an input node coupled to receive the input video stream signal and an output node. A processing system is coupled to the output node of the one-way data link and is configured to run a predetermined operating system. In an embodiment, a video display software program operates within the predetermined operating system to process the video stream signal received from the output node of the one-way data link and to provide an output signal for viewing on a display coupled to the processing system. Optionally, the video display program operates within a virtual operating system running within the predetermined operating system. In other embodiments, the video display program may process a video stream signal containing a plurality of different video programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Owl Cyber Defense Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Mraz, Jeffrey Menoher, Andrew Holmes
  • Patent number: 9858334
    Abstract: A distributed database management system provides a central database resident on a server that contains database objects. Objects, e.g., program guide data, to be replicated are gathered together into distribution packages called “slices,” that are transmitted to client devices. A slice is a subset of the central database which is relevant to clients within a specific domain, such as a geographic region, or under the footprint of a satellite transmitter. The viewer selects television programs and Web content from displayed sections of the program guide data which are recorded to a storage device. The program guide data are used to determine when to start and end recordings. Client devices periodically connect to the server using a phone line and upload information of interest which is combined with information uploaded from other client devices for statistical, operational, or viewing models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Beach, David C. Platt
  • Patent number: 9838617
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium for performing an intelligent display device detection operation. With the intelligent display device detection operation even if a user has not turned on a second information handling system, the display device automatically switch a video input from a first information handling system to the second information handling system when the second information handling system is coupled to the display device. When the user powers on the second information handling system, a video stream provided by the second information handling system is immediately presented on the display device. In certain embodiments, the intelligent display device detection operation comprises one or more of a signal detection operation which detects which input port is transmitting a signal and a cable detection operation which detects which input port is coupled to a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jin Shiong Koh, Khang Chian Yong
  • Patent number: 9819981
    Abstract: A distributed database management system provides a central database resident on a server that contains database objects. Objects, e.g., program guide data, to be replicated are gathered together into distribution packages called “slices,” that are transmitted to client devices. A slice is a subset of the central database which is relevant to clients within a specific domain, such as a geographic region, or under the footprint of a satellite transmitter. The viewer selects television programs and Web content from displayed sections of the program guide data which are recorded to a storage device. The program guide data are used to determine when to start and end recordings. Client devices periodically connect to the server using a phone line and upload information of interest which is combined with information uploaded from other client devices for statistical, operational, or viewing models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Beach, David C. Platt
  • Patent number: 9813656
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a channel service are disclosed. The method may generate a channel list including a channel number inputted by a user and a main viewing channel list and display together the channel list and the main viewing channel list. Here, the channel list includes at least one channel of which number starts from the inputted channel number, and the main viewing channel list includes one or more channels viewed mainly by the user with the received channel number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventors: Chang-Hwan Kang, Sung Woo Nam, Jin-Gwan Kim, Da-Hye Hyoung, Jae-Hwan Park, Jung-Ik Lee, Ju-Hyun Won
  • Patent number: 9749575
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display unit configured to display an image of media content; an external device interface unit configured to receive an image signal outputted from an external device connected to the display device; and a control unit configured to control the display unit and the external device interface unit. The control unit displays a plurality of external input items, receives an instruction for positioning a pointer to one item among the plurality of external input items, displays a plurality of external input switching options on an external input item where the pointer is disposed according to the received instruction, and performs a function corresponding to a selected external input switching option among the plurality of external input switching options based on the image signal outputted from the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seunghun Lee, Hyojung Oh
  • Patent number: 9747325
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for identifying duplicate stations in a radio station network. An example method includes identifying stations within a radio station network, determining which of the stations are duplicate stations, and selecting, via automated operated content management devices or user input directed to manually operated content management devices, which of the duplicate stations to show and which of the duplicate stations to suppress from being presented to a user. The example method further includes selectively displaying a selected duplicate station of a group of duplicate stations depending on a radio network's contractual agreements with various partners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Jolly, Jackie Chang, Sanjay Rajput, Sergey Petrov, Nikhil Iyer
  • Patent number: 9741151
    Abstract: An animated visualization of data on an electronic device having a limited display area (such as a mobile device with a touch screen input) is disclosed. The limited display area is partitioned into a thumbnail view of a full data set and an expanded view of a subset of the data that is highlighted within the thumbnail. The views are correspondingly animated such that the highlighted data appears to progressively slide across the thumbnail view such that the full set of data is ultimately displayed in the expanded view. The data displayed in the expanded view is kept in context by dynamically highlighting the corresponding data within the thumbnail view. Various actions are also disclosed, such as pausing/re-starting the animation, selectively pinning data and consolidating coupled data elements—in each case at any time during the animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Alireza Pourshahid, Maria Gabriela Sanches
  • Patent number: 9721617
    Abstract: A media content processing system includes a receiver configured to receive a media content signal, associated with a media content instance, from a plurality of sources including a first source and a second source. The media content processing system further includes a processing device programmed to generate a first recorded segment that includes a portion of the media content instance received from the first source, determine a signal strength of the media content signal received from the first source, compare the signal strength to a predetermined level, request the media content signal from the second source if the signal strength is below the predetermined level, generate a second recorded segment that includes a portion of the media content instance received from the second source, and concatenate the second recorded segment to the first recorded segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jarrod C. Austin, William Joseph Ivanich
  • Patent number: 9706069
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device wherein a clocking part measures an adjusting operation time on an initial adjustment screen, a screen display item determination part makes a comparison between a first target value and a measuring result of the clocking part to determine a displaying number of adjusting items, and by doing so, a system control part will cause a panel part as a display part to display screens (detailed adjustment screens) of different displaying numbers of the adjusting items based on the screen display data corresponding to the displaying number of the adjusting items that has been determined by the screen display item determination part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Kowaka, Yosuke Nakazato
  • Patent number: 9686592
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system is provided in which the program guide may provide the user with a selectable list of combination categories. Combination categories are composed of multiple simple categories such as sports, news, comedy, movies, children, etc. Program listings are supplied to the program guide. At least some of the program listings are associated with combination categories. A combination category build process may be used to assign combination categories to program listings. The user is able to use the selectable categories list to quickly identify programming of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, Joel G. Hassell, Michael D. Ellis, William L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9641833
    Abstract: Various arrangements for monitoring and utilizing solar conjunction events are presented. An occurrence of a solar conjunction event caused by the sun being substantially aligned with the satellite antenna through which a television receiver receives signals from one or more satellites may be monitored. A prediction of a future solar conjunction event based on the monitored occurrence of the solar conjunction event may then be calculated. A second occurrence of the solar conjunction event may be monitored. It may be determined that the second occurrence of the solar conjunction event does not match the calculated prediction of the future solar conjunction event within a threshold range. One or more features of the television receiver may be disabled in response to determining that the second occurrence of the solar conjunction event does not match the calculated prediction of the future solar conjunction event within the threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Henry Gregg Martch, Edmund Petruzzelli
  • Patent number: 9628865
    Abstract: Adjustments to the closed caption component of video content may be implemented by identifying text elements within the closed caption text component of a video stream and to properly adjust the appearance of the text elements. Embodiments described herein provide a method for detecting and correcting text elements that have spacing conflicts as a result of a size or other appearance adjustment. If the correction of a conflict results in a new conflict, such conflicts may be detected and one or more text elements grouped to form a new text element that may then be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Takayuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9596427
    Abstract: A program information displaying apparatus includes a CPU, and displays a plurality of program information in tabular form. For example, users register accounts as user information in the program information that the user is interested in. A priority and a display manner are set for each of the plurality of accounts, and the program information in which the account is registered is depicted in the display manner on the basis of the priority. When a first depicting method is selected, the program information is depicted in a display manner of the account with the highest priority. When a second depicting method is selected, the program information is depicted such that the display manners are layered in order of the priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignees: NINTENDO CO., LTD., HAL LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Daiji Imai, Ryoichiro Atono
  • Patent number: 9571870
    Abstract: In an approach, a server computer receives a request from a client computer specifying particular content for a particular user, wherein the particular content is associated with an original audio language. In response to receiving the request, the server computer selects a preferred audio language and a preferred subtitle language for the particular content based on a particular record of a preference database. The server computer returns asset identifying data that the client computer uses to obtain a stream of the particular content using the preferred audio language and the preferred subtitle language from a content delivery network (CDN) or other asset location. The server computer receives a message from the client computer that identifies an presented audio language and a presented subtitle language that were presented to the particular user while the particular content streamed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Netflix, Inc.
    Inventors: Haley Wilson, Eddy Wu, Ritesh Makharia, Taskin Rahman, Philip Fisher-Ogden
  • Patent number: 9565480
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that facilitates showing a user's media asset consumption and interaction history by collecting and storing the user's interactions with media assets for later presentation to the user. Specifically, the media guidance application may monitor content that the user is consuming, purchasing, or otherwise interacting with and may store the monitored information. At a later time, the media guidance application may detect that the user wishes to navigate to a past time interval. As a result, the media guidance application may generate for display media asset identifiers corresponding to media assets transmitted to a plurality of users during that time interval and indicate to the user which media asset identifiers correspond to media assets that the user interacted with and also indicate the different types of previously monitored user interactions corresponding to respective media assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Akitaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9547868
    Abstract: Selecting a content filler from a plurality of content fillers in a satellite broadcast comprises receiving a content in a first broadcast frequency channel, and a plurality of content fillers in a respective plurality of second broadcast frequency channels, wherein the content includes a gap in content to be filled by one of the plurality of content fillers, the gap in content defined by a start indicator and an end indicator. The receiver transmits the content to a display device. The receiver determines a second broadcast frequency channel, from among the plurality of second broadcast frequency channels and responsive to receiving the start indicator, switches to the determined second broadcast frequency channel, transmits the content filler in the determined second broadcast frequency channel to the display device. Responsive to receiving the end indicator, the receiver switches to the first broadcast frequency channel and transmits the content to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karthik Sankaranarayanan, Karthik Visweswariah
  • Patent number: 9547867
    Abstract: Selecting a content filler from a plurality of content fillers in a satellite broadcast comprises receiving a content in a first broadcast frequency channel, and a plurality of content fillers in a respective plurality of second broadcast frequency channels, wherein the content includes a gap in content to be filled by one of the plurality of content fillers, the gap in content defined by a start indicator and an end indicator. The receiver transmits the content to a display device. The receiver determines a second broadcast frequency channel, from among the plurality of second broadcast frequency channels and responsive to receiving the start indicator, switches to the determined second broadcast frequency channel, transmits the content filler in the determined second broadcast frequency channel to the display device. Responsive to receiving the end indicator, the receiver switches to the first broadcast frequency channel and transmits the content to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karthik Sankaranarayanan, Karthik Visweswariah
  • Patent number: 9478855
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Patent number: 9471101
    Abstract: A wearable computing device receiving at least one of visual information and audible information from an information providing device and providing the received information to a user is disclosed. The wearable computing device includes a detecting unit detecting a state of the wearable computing device and outputting detection information, a controller deciding whether the state of the wearable computing device corresponds to a first mode or a second mode based upon the detection information of the detecting unit, and controlling an output of the visual information and the audible information provided by the information providing device based upon the decided mode, a converter converting the visual information provided by the information providing device to audible information of a voice format when the state corresponds to the second mode, and an audible information output unit providing the audible information converted by the converter to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongho Kim, Sinae Chun, Eunhyung Cho, Jihwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9462209
    Abstract: A display control apparatus connected to a display apparatus, which is remotely controllable through wireless communication, generates a first video/audio signal for displaying a first image on the display apparatus, and outputs the first video/audio signal to the display apparatus. Either of a first signal pattern indicative of a command to cause the first image based on the first video/audio signal to be displayed on the display apparatus or a second signal pattern indicative of a command to cause a second image based on a second video/audio signal, which is obtained from a device different from the display control apparatus, to be displayed on the display apparatus is selected, and a wireless signal of the selected signal pattern is outputted to the display apparatus through the wireless communication. Information determined based on the signal pattern of the outputted wireless signal is informed from an apparatus different from the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: NINTENDO CO., LTD., HAL LABORATORY INC.
    Inventors: Daiji Imai, Masayoshi Tanimura, Akira Ozawa, Masanobu Sakata, Tomokazu Tsuruoka
  • Patent number: 9398245
    Abstract: In order to enable cables to be easily and correctly connected in a display device requiring a plurality of cables to be connected to source device, even if cables having the same appearance are used, the display device (100) is provided with one display panel (10) and a plurality of input terminals, and is able to be connected via a plurality of cables to source device (101), which outputs a video signal for a video to be displayed on the display panel (10). The display device (100) includes an on-screen display (OSD) processing portion. When a plurality of video signals, which show a test image having different colors in split display areas formed by splitting a display area of the display panel (10) so as to have the same number as the number of cables, are received from the source device (101) via the plurality of cables, an OSD image that prompts a user to switch the cables is displayed on the display panel (10) according to the received test image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9398251
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compositing images in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes acquiring a plurality of images; determining a composition region of each of the plurality of images; and compositing the plurality of images by using the composition regions of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoon-Hee Choi, Hee-Seon Park