Television Receiver Adapted To Receive Radio Broadcast Or In Combination With Radio Receiver Patents (Class 348/729)
  • Patent number: 10931921
    Abstract: Techniques to provide a micro-broadcast of an event are described. Video data streams of a live event at a venue may be captured in one or more wireless camera devices. The data streams may be sent to one of a network of wireless access points where they are relayed to a control center. A computer system in the control center may select one of the video data streams to be broadcast as a micro-broadcast. The selected video data stream may then be formatted for the micro-broadcast before a micro-broadcast transmitter broadcasts the formatted selected video data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Goldfeder, Stephen Martin Milton
  • Patent number: 10873350
    Abstract: A reception device is disclosed. The reception device comprises: a reception unit for receiving a signal including at least one of a channel estimation signal, a transmitter identification (TxID) signal, and a preamble signal; a TxID detection unit for detecting the TxID signal from the received signal; a TxID processing unit for changing the frequency band of the detected TxID signal, on the basis of a result of the detection of the TxID signal; and an attenuation unit for attenuating the TxID signal in the received signal by using the TxID signal having the changed frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO.. LTD.
    Inventors: Young Ho Oh, Hak Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 10809967
    Abstract: An analog/digital audio converting apparatus enables listening to both digital and analog audio signals received from a digital receiving apparatus and analog audio signals input from an external source using the same receiver by providing a formatter capable of converting the analog audio signal into a digital audio signal with the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae-yong Son
  • Patent number: 10750235
    Abstract: A streaming media device includes a printed circuit board hosting components configured to access internet data. An audio/visual connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted for connection to an audio/visual device, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted to operate with a first audio/visual interface having sufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board and a second audio/visual interface having insufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board. A power connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the power connector selectively receives power based on the audio/visual connector utilizing one of the first audio/visual interface and the second audio/visual interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd Klarke, Greg Garner, Carl Sassenrath, Anthony Wood, Scott Edward De Haas
  • Patent number: 10587348
    Abstract: Systems and methods for underwater coaching systems in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless communication system includes a receiver system including a receive antenna configured to receive a radio frequency signal, at least two impedance matching networks, a first water-adapted impedance matching network adapted for reception in a water environment and a second air-adapted impedance matching network adapted for reception in an air environment, a switch configured to select between the at least two impedance matching networks, a signal decoding circuit configured to decode a received radio frequency signal, an amplifier configured to amplify a decoded signal, and a user output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Swimmersive Co.
    Inventors: Sheera Goren, Charles Melvoin, Frank Dunn
  • Patent number: 10540395
    Abstract: A method includes computing match scores for each portion of multiple portions of a first audio fingerprint. The match scores are based on a comparison of the portion with each of multiple portions of a second audio fingerprint. The method includes applying a positional penalty to a highest score of the match scores for a portion of the first audio fingerprint and generating a list of runs based on the highest score for each portion of the multiple portions of the first audio fingerprint. The method includes determining, based on the list of runs, an unordered match between a set of consecutive portions of the first audio fingerprint and a set of non-consecutive portions of the second audio fingerprint. The method includes, in response to determining that a length of the unordered match satisfies a length criterion, outputting an indicator that the first audio fingerprint matches the second audio fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dyon Anniballi
  • Patent number: 10506263
    Abstract: A system, method and data structure for processing basic client application data types to add thereto extension types and priority levels adapted for use by each of a plurality of set top box classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: James Hindle, Peter G. N. Scheyen, Mark A. Vickers
  • Patent number: 10419809
    Abstract: Media content is paired with context-relevant supplemental content, and the media and supplemental content are provided to a user. A media stream containing the media content may be received from a source system, and context information about the media content is determined from information about the media stream. The supplemental content may be selected based on the determined context information. This may enable a business model in which third parties can register advertising or other supplemental content and specify the criteria that cause it to be combined with the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: sling media llc
    Inventors: Jason Gary Krikorian, Blake Gary Krikorian, Brian Meckler
  • Patent number: 9819840
    Abstract: A device, system, and method may provide an audio component of a multimedia stream playing on a video monitor to one or more wireless computing devices. The extracted audio component of the multimedia content may be packetized into data packets and broadcast via a network such that the data packets can be received by the wireless computing devices and the audio component can be played by the wireless computing devices in synchronization with the visual component playing on the video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan Nunes
  • Patent number: 9635413
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. The decryption key transponder stream may include a plurality of decryption keys for a plurality of television channels that are transmitted to the television receiver via a plurality of transponder streams. Such keys may be buffered. A second tuner of the television receiver may be tuned to a media transponder stream to receive a television channel. A buffered decryption key may be used in decoding the television channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Innes, William Michael Beals, David Kummer
  • Patent number: 9485666
    Abstract: Disclosed are an available channel information sharing system and an available channel information sharing method, and an available channel information sharing system and an available channel information sharing method based on positional information and area information. The available channel information sharing system sharing available channel information for each unit region includes: a server; a white band device placed in the unit region; and a white band sensing device creating positional information and transmitting the created positional information to the server, receiving unit region information corresponding to the positional information from the server, and transmitting first available channel information based on channel information of a sensed broadcasting signal to the white band device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kyu Min Kang, Jae Cheol Park, Byung Jang Jeong, Sang In Cho
  • Patent number: 9437115
    Abstract: The invention facilitates asynchronous interaction between a geographically separated facilitator and at least one user. The said invention provides asynchronous interaction between rural classrooms (teacher-student community) and expert teachers to increase the outreach of the expert teachers much beyond that is permitted with the teachings of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Hiranmay Ghosh, Gautam Shroff, Arpan Pal, Ranjan Dasgupta, Tavleen Oberoi, Sujal Subhash Wattamwar, Kingshuk Chakravarhy
  • Patent number: 9438360
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an audio component of a multimedia content playing on an electronic display device to one or more wireless computing devices utilizes a synchronization player application of the electronic display device to display a visual component of the multimedia content on a display of the electronic display device and to extract the audio component from the multimedia content. The extracted audio component of the multimedia content is packetized into data packets and broadcast into a network so that the data packets can be received by the wireless computing devices to play the audio component of the multimedia content in synchronization with the visual component of the multimedia content being displayed on the display of the electronic display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Signet Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Nunes
  • Patent number: 9036093
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a one-segment tuner I/F that is connected to a one-segment tuner, a tuner I/F that is connected to a digital terrestrial tuner, a decoder that selectively decodes a first broadcast signal supplied from the one-segment tuner I/F and a second broadcast signal supplied from the tuner I/F, a general purpose processor that is provided separately from the decoder and decodes the first broadcast signal, and a switch unit that, based on signal intensity of the second broadcast wave, switches the decoding by the decoder between the first broadcast signal and the second broadcast signal while the general purpose processor is decoding the first broadcast signal. The one-segment tuner I/F, the tuner I/F, the decoder, the general purpose processor, and the switch unit are integrated on one chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Hotta, Seiichi Saito, Kazushige Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9025085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 9014615
    Abstract: An end user can sample a radio or television broadcast, generate a user representation of the broadcast sample, and send the user representation to a comparison system, which also receives known representations of content broadcast by multiple different stations. The known representations are stored in a continuous fashion, and represent actually broadcast content. The comparison system identifies the source of the broadcast sample by comparing the user representation to the known representations associated with each of the different stations. By comparing two representations of content that was actually broadcast, a broadcast source can be identified without requiring the use of watermarks, timestamps, or a database of discreet content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dyon Anniballi, Philippe Generali
  • Patent number: 8997141
    Abstract: An application management server includes: a terminal management table storage unit configured to store terminal device identification data for identifying a terminal device and information indicating whether or not transmission of notification data is necessary while correlating the terminal device identification data with the information; a registration request reception unit configured to receive from the terminal device, a registration request for registering transmission of notification data, and update the terminal management table storage unit based on the registration request; a release request reception unit configured to receive from the terminal device, a release request for releasing transmission of notification data, and update the terminal management table storage unit based on the release request; a via-broadcasting notification transmission unit configured to perform a process of including notification data in a broadcasting signal and transmitting the notification data; and a via-communicatio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Hoso Kyokai
    Inventors: Shigeaki Mitsuya, Kinji Matsumura, Akitsugu Baba, Hiroshi Fujisawa, Masaru Takechi, Yasuaki Kanatsugu, Hiroyuki Hamada
  • Publication number: 20150049251
    Abstract: The embodiments herein discloses a portable computing device. The device comprises a main body, a satellite antenna and a cooler fan at a head section of the main body, a web cam built integrally with the satellite antenna, a key board, a mouse pad, a wireless communication module, a plurality of ports, an audio system, a battery power supply and a computer core processor. The satellite antenna is configured to connect the computing device to any satellite television channel or radio station to allow a user to view and listen a desired satellite television channel or a radio channel. The core processor is connected to an external display device through wired and wireless connection for data transmission. The external display device is any one of a LED television, flat screen monitor, HDTV, Television monitor, and computer screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: YENOUKOUME Serge BOKO DAGOUN
  • Patent number: 8953098
    Abstract: A television signal processing device and a television signal processing method are proposed according to embodiments of the present invention, wherein the television signal processing device includes a first signal processing unit, a television demodulator, and a second signal processing unit. The first signal processing unit performs a first signal processing operation upon a television signal according to a feedback signal to reduce distortion of the television signal and accordingly generate a processed television signal. The television demodulator is coupled to the first signal processing unit for receiving the processed television signal, and demodulating the processed television signal to generate a demodulated television signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Seng-Chong Tiun, Ming-Luen Liou, Tsung-Han Wu, Yu Ding
  • Patent number: 8928820
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request to tune to a first desired television channel of a cable spectrum provided in a radio frequency (RF) signal received in a multi-tuner circuit configured to receive and process the entire cable spectrum, determining a channel of the channels including the first desired television channel, disabling the channels other than the determined channel, and processing the RF signal in the determined channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Silcon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Abdulkerim L. Coban, Mustafa H. Koroglu
  • Patent number: 8923770
    Abstract: A wireless communication system that concurrently communicates information in multiple regulatory domains to facilitate audio/video media streaming and other high bandwidth operations. One domain may be licensed and the other may be unlicensed. Transmission in the licensed domain may occur in white space in the domain, and the amount of information transmitted in that domain may be limited by regulations. The amount of information conveyed in the licensed domain may also depend on channel conditions in either or both of the domains. As a result, the relative amount of information transmitted in each domain may vary dynamically. The system includes a transmitter that dynamically determines weighting coefficients applied to each of a plurality of channels to set power levels in both domains to achieve a desired metric for the overall communication. A corresponding receiver assembles the substreams into a stream that can then be displayed or otherwise processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Amer A. Hassan, Danny Allen Reed, Trenholme J. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8908106
    Abstract: A mobile device stores a TV application for serving as a remote control capable of controlling a TV receiver. The mobile device starts the process of starting the TV application and transmits, to the TV receiver, control signals to turn on the TV receiver before the TV application has been started. More particularly, the mobile device transmits the control signals to turn on the TV receiver while performing the process of starting the TV application. When the mobile device has started the TV application and then the TV receiver has been turned on in normal mode, a user can control the TV receiver by using the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Mori
  • Patent number: 8908094
    Abstract: A TV receiver is activated at the time of a transition to a standby condition of a mobile terminal (100) with the TV receiver, data on a standby screen saved beforehand is synthesized with data on a predetermined image, and the synthesized image is displayed. Thereafter, the predetermined image in the synthesized image is switched to, at a predetermined timing, a real-time TV image received by the TV receiver and the real-time TV image is displayed. Accordingly, an image is displayed on the standby screen even in a blank period that a TV image cannot be displayed well because of a preparation for displaying a TV image right after the transition to the standby condition, thereby promoting utilization of a TV broadcasting through the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Uno
  • Patent number: 8902362
    Abstract: A prediction means for predicting a maximum delayed change time, which is the longest in a change time which allows a next program to be displayed, if a channel is selected to change the current program to the next program; and a display control means, by which, from a reception completion time when the reception of the current program has been completed, a relevant program is displayed on the basis of original program data remaining in a buffer at the relevant reception completion time, and at the same time, the reproduction speed of the display is based on a speed at which the current program is displayed during the period between the reception completion time and a maximum delayed change time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Maehara
  • Publication number: 20140347564
    Abstract: A Wi-Fi ATSC TV Antenna with Waveform Compression is comprised of 5 components—TV antenna, ATSC TV tuner, AD Converter, Waveform Data Compression Unit, and Wi-Fi Transceiver. It is used to transfer Analog RF Waveform to Digital IF Signal over Wi-Fi to a TV-viewing device. It is used for ATSC TV reception devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Lin Yang
  • Patent number: 8878994
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a first receiver, a screen transmitter, a second receiver and a controller. The first receiver receives first information associated with a display function of an external device. The screen transmitter generates an operation screen for operating the apparatus based on the first information, and transmits a video signal of the generated operation screen to the external device. The second receiver receives second information associated with content of an operation on the operation screen from the external device. The controller controls operation of the apparatus based on the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takahiro Arai, Eita Shuto
  • Patent number: 8874683
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a broadcast signal including a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver, the method comprises receiving and processing first signaling information including content access information and second signaling information including content detail information, receiving and processing third signaling information including content update information, receiving and storing a content including at least one file through NRT based on the first signaling information and the second signaling information, identifying update availability of the content based on the content update information included in the third signaling information, and receiving at least one file included in the content by accessing a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) session transmitting the content when the update is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8875175
    Abstract: A digital video viewing system including methods for user selection of video advertisement content and time of display of video advertisements during a live video content stream. The digital video viewing system includes modules for receiving, evaluating and transmitting data within the digital video viewing system and to Internet protocol content providers. Also shown are methods for recording and re-playing live internet protocol content in conjunction with the video advertisement display methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Stewart Stremler
  • Patent number: 8872983
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive content, an acquiring unit configured to acquire a time required for reproducing the content, a counter configured to count a first time including at least the required time, and a display controller configured to display the content on the display unit and terminate display of a video on the display unit after expiration of the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8866969
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a receiver which receives a broadcasting signal, a display which displays an image based on the received broadcasting signal, a communication unit which communicates with a mobile device, and a controller which determines whether the mobile device interferes with at least one channel of a plurality of broadcasting channels received through the receiver, and controls the display to display a user interface (UI) indicates a user whether image noise has resulted from channel interference by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok-woo Yong
  • Patent number: 8856857
    Abstract: This technique relates to a receiving device, a receiving method, and a program that can demodulate transmitted signals with high accuracy. A receiving device of this disclosure includes: an amplifying unit that amplifies a received signal; an adjusting unit that adjusts gain of the amplifying unit in accordance with power of the signal; a demodulating unit that demodulates the amplified signal; and a detecting unit that detects an interval from the signal, information having the same content continuously appearing in the interval. The adjusting unit restricts the process of adjusting the gain of the amplifying unit in accordance with a result of the detection of the interval. This disclosure can be applied to receiving devices that receive broadcast signals compliant with DVB-C2 via a CATV network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Kobayashi, Naoki Yoshimochi
  • Patent number: 8848106
    Abstract: A display section (2) includes: a display-end path switching section (50) for detecting, within a LAN, a tuner section (1) with use of a pairing ID which is obtained for establishing communication via a communication path (a) and which is generated with use of a MAC address of the tuner section (1); and a display-end connection processing section (52) for establishing communication with the tuner section (1) via a communication path (c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ohmae, Shinichi Katoh, Fumiaki Suzuki, Yohichi Eguchi, Seiji Imanishi, Takaomi Fujimoto, Yoshinori Moto, Kazuma Naito, Atsushi Hanzawa
  • Patent number: 8842223
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitter apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and a transmitter system capable of easily transmitting a wideband signal. The transmitter apparatus includes: a first acquisition unit that obtains first transmission control information; a second acquisition unit that obtains second transmission control information similar to information input to another transmitter apparatus; and a generating unit that processes transmission target data based on a parameter contained in the first transmission control information and generates data including the processed transmission target data and the second transmission control information. The present technology can be applied to a transmitter apparatus that transmits a DVB-C2 signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael, Takashi Yokokawa, Naoki Yoshimochi, Takahiro Okada
  • Publication number: 20140247398
    Abstract: A display including a display body, a display portion, a first resin frame including a frame-shaped inner side surface having high light reflectance, a light source and a light guide formed in a substantially rectangular shape, having a light incident side surface consisting of a side surface opposed to the light source, and arranged on the first resin frame in a state where three side surfaces other than the light incident side surface are in contact with the inner side surface of the first resin frame or opposed to a portion close to the inner side surface of the first resin frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi KAKIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8825111
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable communication equipment comprising a handset with means for transmitting and receiving radiofrequency mobile telephony signals via a cellular radiocommunication network; means for receiving radiofrequency television signals; means for displaying data corresponding to received television signals and acoustic means for reproducing sounds associated to received television signal. According to the invention, said means for receiving radiofrequency television signals comprise a tuner and demodulator located in an accessory separated from said handset and intended to be worn by a user of the handset, said accessory comprising an external metallic area intended to be in direct contact with the skin of said user and electrically linked to an input of said demodulator, and in that said equipment also comprises a transmitting link for transmitting to said handset data corresponding to received radiofrequency television signals downstream from said demodulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DRNC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Fourquin, Philippe Boutier, Minh Le, Carole Fagnoni
  • Patent number: 8823881
    Abstract: A control device controls a television. The control device includes a touch module. The control device displays a menu containing a number of soft keys on a screen. The soft keys are activated to control the television to carry out corresponding functions. All positions on the menu are associated with all positions on the touch module correspondingly. As a result, a user can select desired soft keys to carry out corresponding functions by viewing the menu on the television and touching the touch module, rather than viewing the touch module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chun Chang
  • Patent number: 8817195
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for digital television demodulation, comprising using adjacent-channel power dependent automatic gain control (AGC) for the digital television demodulation, wherein an AGC technique takes into account a total power as well as power of adjacent channels to control gain of a gain control amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Parveen K. Shukla, Bernard Arambepola, Thushara Hewavithana, Sahan Gamage
  • Publication number: 20140226074
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an internal buffer may be provided within an integrated circuit (IC) to convert a signal to an output current to be output via a pin of the IC, under control of a switch which can be controlled based on a configuration setting of the IC, and may selectively directly couple the signal to the pin when the IC is coupled to an external driver circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: SILICON LABORATORIES INC.
    Inventors: András Vince Horvath, Abdulkerim L. Coban, Pio Balmelli, Ramin Khoini-Poorfard, Alessandro Piovaccari
  • Patent number: 8804042
    Abstract: Digital television channels are preemptively cached based on a modeling of a user to reduce delays while switching channels. A current television channel is selected using a first tuner. A future television channel selection of the user is then predicted based on a modeling of the user. The recorded content of the predicted future television channel is preemptively cached using a second tuner. A buffer of the recorded content of the predicted future television channel is displayed when the user switches from the current television channel to the predicted future television channel. The modeling of the user is updated and stored in storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, James R. Kozloski, Clifford Alan Pickover, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 8797460
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes: a reception unit configured to receive a broadcast stream at least including a data stream for data broadcasting; a first style selector configured to select a display style for each of data broadcast content acquired from the broadcast stream received by the reception unit; a second style selector configured to select, when the data broadcast content corresponding to the style selected by the first style selector corresponds to a plurality of display styles, one display style out of the plurality of display styles; and a display unit configured to display the data broadcast content corresponding to the style selected by the first style selector or the second style selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Yoshiharu Dewa, Izumi Hatakeyama, Masayuki Obayashi
  • Patent number: 8787821
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for providing a broadcasting service in a single frequency broadcasting network, and a system thereof. The apparatus for receiving broadcasting signals includes an RF receiver configured to receive an RF broadcasting signal having identification information to identify a broadcasting signal transmitter and down-convert the received RF broadcasting signal; a reception characteristic measurer configured to measure reception characteristics of the RF broadcasting signal based on the identification information and generate reception characteristic information; and a reception characteristic transmitter configured to transmit the reception characteristic information to a broadcasting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hyoungsoo Lim, Jae-Young Lee, Heung-Mook Kim, Soo-In Lee
  • Patent number: 8780276
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 8767131
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a one-segment tuner I/F that is connected to a one-segment tuner, a tuner I/F that is connected to a digital terrestrial tuner, a decoder that selectively decodes a first broadcast signal supplied from the one-segment tuner I/F and a second broadcast signal supplied from the tuner I/F, a general purpose processor that is provided separately from the decoder and decodes the first broadcast signal, and a switch unit that, based on signal intensity of the second broadcast wave, switches the decoding by the decoder between the first broadcast signal and the second broadcast signal while the general purpose processor is decoding the first broadcast signal. The one-segment tuner I/F, the tuner I/F, the decoder, the general purpose processor, and the switch unit are integrated on one chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Renesas Mobile Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Hotta, Seiichi Saito, Kazushige Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 8736762
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus for communication between a mobile phone and a TV set. The method comprises the following steps of: generating standard RGB signals by an LCD controller in a central processing unit (CPU) of the mobile phone; transmitting the RGB signals to an LCD of the mobile phone and a TV-OUT chip simultaneously; enabling the TV-OUT chip to receive and recognize the RGB signals through configuration of commands; carrying out video conversion on the RGB signals by the TV-OUT chip to output standard AV signals; and transmitting the AV signals to a display of the TV set via a dock. With this disclosure, information on the LCD screen of the mobile phone can be transmitted to the display of the TV set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Luo, Xianglai Li, Shuqiang Huang
  • Patent number: 8736763
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a content synchronizing method includes: first transmitting when receiving an acquiring request for reference time to determine a timing to synchronize a plurality of pieces of content executed by a plurality of modules with each other from a first module out of the modules, the acquiring request for the reference time to a second module out of the modules; receiving source information indicating an acquisition source of the reference time from the second module; and acquiring reference time information indicating the reference time from the acquisition source indicated by the source information, wherein second transmitting to the first module, together with the reference time information, processing time information indicating processing time from receiving the acquiring request until transmitting the reference time information, the processing time information being used to calculate a time lag between time in the first module and the reference time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yoshikata Tobita
  • Patent number: 8730404
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention includes a latch circuit having a first input to receive a data signal and a second input to receive a clock signal. This latch circuit may have a first pair of transistors including a first transistor gated by the data signal and a second transistor gated by an inverted data signal and a second pair of transistors including third and fourth transistors gated by the clock signal. The first transistor may be coupled to the third transistor at a first inter-latch node and the second transistor coupled to the fourth transistor at a second inter-latch node. A reset circuit may be coupled to the latch circuit to maintain the first and second inter-latch nodes at a predetermined voltage level when the clock signal is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Daigle, Abdulkerim L. Coban
  • Patent number: 8730400
    Abstract: An image displaying apparatus and an image processing apparatus are provided. The image displaying apparatus comprises a signal receiver unit, a signal processor unit, a display unit, a signal output unit, and a control unit. The signal receiver unit receives a broadcast signal or a signal provided from a signal source. The signal processor unit processes the received signal. The display unit displays the processed signal. The signal output unit comprises an output terminal configured to output the received signal, and a signal converter configured to convert the processed signal. The control unit controls the signal, provided from the signal receiver unit, to be outputted to the external device by using the signal output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hae-Ryong Kim
  • Patent number: 8724034
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for scanning channels in a television signal receiver. The apparatuses generally include a first acquisition circuit, a second acquisition circuit, and a controller. The first acquisition circuit is generally configured to determine, during a first time period, whether a selected radio frequency channel has a first format and to produce a first acquisition indicator in response thereto. The second acquisition circuit is generally configured to determine, during a second time period overlapping the first time period, whether the selected radio frequency channel has a second format and to produce a second acquisition indicator in response thereto. The controller is generally configured to scan a plurality of radio frequency channels by operating the first acquisition circuit and the second acquisition circuit for each one of the plurality of radio frequency channels. Embodiments advantageously provides for faster scanning and acquisition of television signals in a mixed-format (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Chiao-Chih Chang, Yi-Fu Chen, Ming-Luen Liou
  • Patent number: 8675078
    Abstract: A test system (200) for testing for missing or shorted parts within a tuner circuit includes a signal generator (202) for applying a harmonic-containing baseband time varying RF test signal to the tuner circuit. The tuner circuit is tuned to a harmonic of test signal. A detector 208 coupled to the baseband IF output of the tuner circuit detects the voltage generated in response to the applied RF test signal. A voltage measurement device (210) measures voltage detected by detector to provide an indication of the gain. Significant changes in the gain indicate missing part(s) or short circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Lincheng Xiu, Joseph Risley Perrin, Xiaohong Ji
  • Patent number: 8654261
    Abstract: A video and audio processing device comprises: a switching unit that switches a video input and output pathway at least between “analog video input terminal—analog video output terminal” and “specific-standard digital input terminal—specific-standard digital output terminal”; an input determining unit that determines whether the specific-standard digital data is fed into the specific-standard digital input terminal; and a pathway determining unit that determines whether the video input and output pathway is “analog video input terminal—analog video output terminal”. The receiving unit produces only the audio data from the specific-standard digital data, when the specific-standard digital data is fed into the specific-standard digital input terminal while the video input and output pathway is “analog video input terminal—analog video output terminal”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Kurokawa