Tuning Patents (Class 348/731)
  • Patent number: 10986415
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and a method for managing a channel list is provided. The electronic apparatus may include: a receiver, a communicator, an input interface, and a controller. The receiver may be configured to receive a first broadcast signal. The communicator may be configured to receive a second broadcast signal through a network. The input interface may be configured to receive a user input. The controller may be configured to perform a channel scan for the first broadcast signal, generate a channel list including a first channel of the first broadcast signal, insert a second channel of the second broadcast signal in the channel list in response to determining that the second channel of the second broadcast signal exists based on information embedded in the first broadcast signal, and provide content corresponding to a channel selected from the channel list in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mun-seok Kim
  • Patent number: 10943177
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a system and method for providing optimized channel change using probabilistic modeling. A digital receiver detects an occurrence of a channel event. In response to the detected occurrence, the digital receiver accesses a probabilistic causal model from a data storage device, and dynamically learns in real time one or more probabilities based on the detected channel event and the probabilistic causal model. The digital receiver updates the probabilistic causal model at the data storage device with the learned one or more probabilities. A next channel is determined by the digital receiver based on the updated probabilistic causal model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventor: Vincenzo Rubino
  • Patent number: 10848818
    Abstract: Processing circuitry of a connectivity device can receive an audio video signal from a first source. The processing circuitry can also receive an audio signal from a second source. The processing circuitry can transmit the audio video signal to a sink device. When an audio level from the second source exceeds a threshold, the processing circuitry can send the audio signal from the second source along with the video signal from the first source to the sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Vanco International, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon White, Joseph Allen Whitaker, Mark Corbin
  • Patent number: 10841350
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reception device configured to acquire second metadata including a flag, the flag indicating whether or not there is a component stream transmitted from a server via the Internet for a service. The reception device is also configured to acquire first metadata based on the second metadata, the first metadata including information related to a component stream for the service transmitted in a broadcast signal using an Internet Protocol (IP) transmission scheme. Finally, the reception device is configured to access the component stream transmitted in the broadcast signal based on the first metadata, and control reproduction of the component stream transmitted in the broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10834356
    Abstract: In one example, a remote tuner module includes: a first tuner to receive, process and demodulate a first radio frequency (RF) signal to output an analog audio signal, and to receive and process a second RF signal to output a first downconverted modulated signal; a second tuner to receive and process the second RF signal to output a second downconverted modulated signal; a demodulator circuit coupled to the first and second tuners to demodulate and link the first and second modulated signals, to output a linked demodulated signal. The remote tuner module may further include a gateway circuit coupled to at least the demodulator circuit to output the analog audio signal and the linked demodulated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus Efrain Gaxiola-Sosa, Aaron Blank, Kathir Manthiram, Shawn Davis, Jan Schnepp, Jacob Morris, Damian Szmulewicz
  • Patent number: 10798444
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for navigating through channels in a content receiver, wherein the channels have assigned channel numbers and categories, the method comprising: providing a list of categories; providing an ordered list of channels for each category; upon receiving a channel zapping command (SIMILAR+, SIMILAR?), selecting a next channel or a previous channel from the list of channels for the current category; upon receiving a category zapping command (NEXT, PREV), selecting a last watched channel in a next category or a previous category from the list of categories and changing the current category to the next category or the previous category; storing the channel number of the selected channel as the last watched channel on the current channel category; and tuning the content receiver to the selected channel. A suitable predictive channels assignment to respective tuners is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAST S. A.
    Inventor: Zbigniew Skowronski
  • Patent number: 10763912
    Abstract: A demodulation apparatus according to the present disclosure includes an analog audio demodulator, a digital audio demodulator, a selection circuit, and a noise addition circuit. The analog audio demodulator demodulates a received signal of an analog radio broadcast wave into an analog audio signal and outputs the analog audio signal. The digital audio demodulator demodulates a received signal of a digital radio broadcast wave into a digital audio signal and outputs the digital audio signal, the analog/digital radio broadcast waves including audio signals indicative of a same content and being broadcasted simultaneously. The selection circuit selects either the analog audio signal or the digital audio signal. The noise addition circuit adds noise to the digital audio signal in a first period including a switching period for switching from a state where the analog audio signal is selected to a state where the digital audio signal is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Asaka
  • Patent number: 10739799
    Abstract: A method for voltage regulation, control, protection and monitoring of state of on-load tap changers of power transformers, voltage regulators, and capacitor banks comprising: uses a voltage regulation system that has sets of voltage regulation parameters available for programming by a user. Each of these sets is adjustable in an independent manner for a given prevailing load condition. The parameters include a desired rated voltage at a load: a voltage variance percentage allowed over and below rated voltage; time delay adjustments for CDC (15) actuation in order to correct voltage; choice of linear or reverse time delay type; and parameters referring to voltage drop in the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Eduardo Pedrosa Santos
  • Patent number: 10728623
    Abstract: The described technology is generally directed towards integrated tools for editing and otherwise working with close-captioning captions (or subtitles), including an on-screen editing interface that allows a user to select and edit caption text directly on-screen. Caption editing can include changing positioning metadata associated with a caption, changing timing metadata associated with a caption, and/or changing text content/text style metadata of a caption. A counter is provided to assist the user with respect to how many additional characters can be added to the caption. Also provided is a search interface that locates captions within a large set of captions, such as the full set of captions for a video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Home Box Office, Inc.
    Inventor: Hugo Ayala
  • Patent number: 10693682
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device, including a housing, a first communication circuit disposed in the housing and configured to support omnidirectional wireless communication, a second communication circuit disposed in the housing and configured to support directional wireless communication using beamforming, a processor disposed in the housing and operatively coupled to the first communication circuit and the second communication circuit, and a memory disposed in the housing and operatively coupled to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyunkee Min, Yongseok Jang, Taehun Lim, Minwhoa Hong, Sunkee Lee, Doosuk Kang, Bokun Choi
  • Patent number: 10680670
    Abstract: In a receiving apparatus configured to receive a plurality of broadcasts, a disturbing signal is attenuated. The receiving apparatus includes a first filter, a second filter, a detector, and a selector. The first filter allows a received signal to pass in a first passband. The second filter allows a received signal to pass in a second passband having a band partly overlapping with that of the first passband. The detector detects a disturbing signal included in the received signal passed through one of the first filter or the second filter. The selector selects one of the first filter or the second filter according to a signal level of the detected disturbing signal. The signal processing section performs processing on the received signal passed through the selected filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Takaike
  • Patent number: 10659727
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for transmitting video signals, including: two or more signal channels respectively connected to the signal sources; two or more trigger switch units respectively disposed corresponding to the signal channels; a switch control unit configured to determine a target signal channel according to a channel selection signal, and turn on the trigger switch unit corresponding to the target signal channel and turn off the other trigger switch units; and a signal source control unit disposed at each of the signal sources, and configured to control the operation and standby of the signal source according to the turning on and turning off of the trigger switch unit of the signal channel connected to the signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xitong Ma, Qi Zeng, Tianyue Zhao
  • Patent number: 10645456
    Abstract: Techniques are described that allow DVR users to create program shortcuts to different types of media content from content providers. A program shortcut comprises a reference to another media content. A user may generate a shortcut so that the user may easily find and return to media content without performing a new search. In addition, techniques may be used to automatically generate program shortcuts for a user based at least in part to user-indicated preferences or actions. Shortcuts may be generated to media content that is related to a preferred genre or media type specified by a user. Shortcuts may also be generated to content that is determined to be similar to content that is often viewed or recorded by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Shelly Glennon
  • Patent number: 10530508
    Abstract: A method for scanning a frequency band for producing a service plan. The method parallelises the scanning by dividing the analysis into two steps: an exploration step for the purpose of detecting channels or frequencies carrying services; and an analysis step for extracting detected channels from program information in order to supply a service plan. Each of the steps is performed by multiple task instances. These tasks share the band to be explored and synchronise, for one same step, via semaphores and, for an inter-step communication, according to a producer/consumer principle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAGEMCOM BROADBAND SAS
    Inventor: Romain Déjardin
  • Patent number: 10523062
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-mode wireless power transmission method and a device for the same. A wireless power transmitter for supporting a plurality of wireless power transmission modes, according to one embodiment of the present invention, can comprise: a first transmitter for transmitting a first power signal corresponding to a first wireless power transmission mode; a second transmitter for transmitting a second power signal corresponding to a second wireless power transmission mode; and a first power cutoff circuit coupled to the first transmitter so as to block the incoming second power signal and allow the first power signal to pass therethrough. Therefore, the present invention can minimize power consumption in the wireless power transmitter supporting the plurality of wireless power transmission modes, and can maximize power transmission efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Ho Bae
  • Patent number: 10477669
    Abstract: On a circuit board, a metal thin film is formed on a surface 101 of a board body. A linear slit is formed in a metal thin film, so that the metal thin film is separated into a first region and a second region with the slit interposed therebetween. The circuit board 1 includes a heat generation source (for example, an IC) arranged in the first region and an element arranged in the second region. A current flows through the element in a direction parallel to the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Hashizume
  • Patent number: 10439838
    Abstract: A control device, a method of controlling the same, and an integrated control system are provided. The method includes in response to a setting command being input, registering a setting state of at least one device connected to the control device at a time point when the setting command is input as a preferred setting state of the at least one device, and, in response to an execution command being input, transmitting a control command to the at least one device based on the registered preferred setting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hark-joon Kim, Sung-bin Kuk, Mi-ra Park, Sang-il Lee, Min-kyu Jung, Seong-hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 10432294
    Abstract: Technology for a repeater is disclosed. The repeater can include a first multiband filter. The repeater can include a second multiband filter. The repeater can include one or more first-direction signal paths communicatively coupled between the first multiband filter and the second multi-band filter. At least one of the one or more first-direction signal paths can be configured to amplify and filter signals in two or more spectrally adjacent bands. The repeater can include one or more second-direction signal paths communicatively coupled between the first multiband filter and the second multi-band filter. At least one of the one or more second-direction signal paths can be configured to amplify and filter signals in two or more spectrally adjacent bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WILSON ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Ken Ashworth
  • Patent number: 10417969
    Abstract: An organic light emitting (OLED) display panel, a driving method thereof, and a display apparatus are provided. The OLED display panel comprises a display region including N number of pixel rows and a non-display region including a light-emitting driver circuit and a scanning driver circuit. The display region includes a first display region including N1 number of pixel rows and a second display region including N2 number of pixel rows, where N1, N2, and N are positive integers, and N1+N2=N. A pixel row in the second display region has a smaller number of pixels than a pixel row in the first display region. The light-emitting driver circuit is configured to, in scanning time S for each frame, supply a light-emitting control signal having n number of light-emitting cycles to each pixel row in the display region, where n is a positive integer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Shanghai Tianma Micro-Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xingyao Zhou, Chuanli Leng, Yuan Li, Yana Gao, Yue Li, Renyuan Zhu, Dongxu Xiang
  • Patent number: 10412443
    Abstract: A method of providing a broadcast service, the method includes generating service data for a broadcast service and Service Layer Signaling (SLS) for signaling the broadcast service; generating a signaling table having information used for indicating a transport session carrying the SLS for the broadcast service; and transmitting the service data, the SLS and the signaling table via a broadcast network, wherein the SLS includes a Service-based Transport Session Instance Description (S-TSID) and a Media Presentation Description (MPD), wherein the S-TSID includes information for indicating transport sessions carrying service components and content items for the broadcast service, the MPD includes a period element having an event stream element, the event stream element includes a plurality of event elements, and each of the event elements includes an event ID for an event and timing information for indicating start time of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungryul Yang, Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong, Jangwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10389572
    Abstract: Wide band quadrature signal generation includes a frequency synthesizer generating a LO or 2×LO signal, a polyphase filter coupled to receive the LO signal and generate first in-phase and quadrature LO signals, a 2:1 frequency divider coupled to receive the 2×LO signal and generate second in-phase and quadrature LO signals, and a LO signal selector for selecting either the first or second in-phase LO signals as an output in-phase LO signal and either the first or second quadrature LO signals as an output quadrature LO signal based on an output frequency. In some embodiments, when the output frequency is above a threshold, the first in-phase and quadrature LO signals are selected as the output in-phase and quadrature LO signals and when the output frequency is at or below the threshold, the second in-phase and quadrature LO signals are selected as the output in-phase and quadrature LO signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuying Mao, Ran Li, Jean-Marc Mourant
  • Patent number: 10375436
    Abstract: A reception apparatus including a decoding apparatus and a demultiplexing apparatus for identifying a packet with clock information. The decoding apparatus receives a transfer frame, which stores second transfer units containing one or more first transfer units obtained by multiplexing contents. A decoder in the decoding apparatus acquires the first transfer units by decoding the transfer frame, and outputs the first transfer units to the demultiplexing apparatus. The demultiplexing apparatus acquires content by demultiplexing the first transfer units. Additionally, a heading first transfer unit positioned at a head within a heading second transfer unit, which is positioned at a head within the transfer frame, contains reference clock information. The decoder generates information for identifying the heading first transfer unit and outputs the information to the demultiplexing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noritaka Iguchi, Tadamasa Toma
  • Patent number: 10348998
    Abstract: Provided are an image display apparatus and an operation method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-hwa Jang, Kyung-chul Nam, Ho-shin Son
  • Patent number: 10328326
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining interest levels for sporting events and notifying users when the sporting events' interest levels reach threshold levels. One embodiment is a system that includes a processing engine that receives data associated with sporting events and, based on this data, determines interest levels associated with the sporting events. The system also includes a notification engine is coupled to the processing engine. When the processing engine determines that the interest level associated with a particular sporting event has reached a threshold, the notification engine provides notifications to users indicating that the threshold level has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RUWT, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Phillip
  • Patent number: 10334317
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for monitoring a digital media receiver (including receivers for television or other type of digital media) to determine whether it is necessary for a receiver to re-connect in order to continue receiving a predetermined channel or stream. This invention is useful in digital media monitoring systems and in situations with many receivers connected to the same signal source and predetermined channels defined to be output by each receiver. One embodiment of the invention uses an auditing receiver that constantly scans the upstream channel-map, guide data, service information or system information to determine if the connection parameters required for receiving each predetermined stream have changed. Some examples of connection parameters include packet identifiers (PIDs), radio frequency (RF) channel and uniform resource locator (URL), depending on the type of broadcast and stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Edgar Kelly
  • Patent number: 10305949
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reception device configured to acquire second metadata including a flag, the flag indicating whether or not there is a component stream transmitted from a server via the Internet for a service. The reception device is also configured to acquire first metadata based on the second metadata, the first metadata including information related to a component stream for the service transmitted in a broadcast signal using an Internet Protocol (IP) transmission scheme. Finally, the reception device is configured to access the component stream transmitted in the broadcast signal based on the first metadata, and control reproduction of the component stream transmitted in the broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10240927
    Abstract: An apparatus obtains data comprising magnetic flux density data and an association of the magnetic flux density data to grid points of at least one grid, each grid point representing at least a geographical location. The apparatus applies at least one frequency transform to a representation of the magnetic flux density data and their association to grid points to obtain frequency components. The apparatus provides compressed magnetic flux density data comprising a subset of the obtained frequency components for at least one of storage and transmission. The same apparatus or another apparatus applies at least one inverse frequency transform to the frequency components in order to recover the magnetic flux density data and their association with different grid points and provides the recovered magnetic flux density data and their association with different grid points for supporting a positioning of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Wirola, Jari Syrjärinne
  • Patent number: 10209280
    Abstract: A circuit breaker for a low-voltage circuit is disclosed. In an embodiment, the circuit breaker includes a current conductor, assigned a measuring transducer for measuring the electrical current of the current conductor; a first filter connected to the measuring transducer; an analog/digital converter connected to the first filter; a second, high-pass filter connected to the analog/digital converter; and a digital integrator, connected to the high-pass filter and configured to determine the electrical current of the current conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Andre Borgwardt, Marco Bruell, Peter Kopaczewski
  • Patent number: 10206000
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a receiving apparatus, a receiving method, and a program which are configured to provide application programs to be executed in response to AV content. The receiving apparatus includes: a receiving block; a trigger acquisition block; an application acquisition block; and a control block. The control block acquires trigger information and, on the basis of a command obtained from the acquired trigger information, acquires a data broadcast application from an application server on the Internet or a data broadcast application transmitted as NRT content of an NRT service using a FLUTE session by referencing an FDT identified by an SMT and an NRT-IT. In accordance with a command obtained from the acquired trigger information, the control block controls an operation of the acquired application program. The present technology is applicable to television receivers configured to receive digital television broadcast signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Yoshiharu Dewa, Yasuaki Yamagishi, Jun Kitahara, Mark Eyer
  • Patent number: 10178429
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for aggregating media content from multiple sources for viewing on a local display or for placeshifting to a remote display. The aggregation system responds to instructions received from a remote device via the digital network to provide the video output incorporating the media content received from any of the media sources to the locally-connected display. The media aggregation system also simultaneously provides a placeshifted video stream to the remote device via the digital network that incorporates media content received from any of the plurality of media sources selected in response to the instructions received from the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA L.L.C.
    Inventors: Iiya Asnis, Nino Marino
  • Patent number: 10129588
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver transmits a request for discovery information to a discovery information server, the request including receiver profile information associated with the current state of the digital broadcast receiver. The server identifies, on the basis of the receiver profile information, additional services that are available over an IP with a digital broadcasting receiver, and transmits discovery information for the additional services to the receiver. Then, the digital broadcast receiver determines a receiver channel number in order to locate the additional service at a channel guide on the basis of the received discovery information and logical channel numbers that are assigned to a plurality of broadcast services by a broadcast provider, and generates a channel guide by including the additional services in the determined receiver channel number and the plurality of broadcast services of the respective receiver channel numbers corresponding to the logical channel numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yann Muller, Jan-David Stephane Outters, Stephen Baker, Thomas Bernard
  • Patent number: 10111195
    Abstract: A method implemented in Access Nodes (ANs) for maintaining synchronization in a radio access network employing a hierarchical synchronization mechanism. One of the methods is implemented in an Access Node (AN) at synchronization level 1 and comprises detecting that an AN at synchronization level 0 is down and initiating a random back-off procedure. The method further comprises determining whether a first synchronization signal generated at another AN at synchronization level 1 is received during the random back-off procedure. If it is determined that no first synchronization signal is received during the random back-off procedure, a second synchronization signal providing a synchronization reference is generated and broadcast upon completion of the random back-off procedure. The method also provides ANs for maintaining synchronization in a radio access network employing a hierarchical synchronization mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Qianxi Lu, Qingyu Miao
  • Patent number: 10110960
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service system providing a manifest file for use by a media player to perform adaptive bitrate switching in accordance with an adaptive bitrate streaming heuristic, the manifest file including data that associates a first media program provided by an on-demand media service with a first bitrate and a second media program provided by the on-demand media service with a second bitrate; directing the media player to present the first media program; detecting, while the first media program is being presented, a channel change command provided by the user; and directing, in response to the channel change command, the media player to switch from presenting the first media program to presenting the second media program by providing the media player with a command to use the manifest file to switch from the first bitrate to the second bitrate. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Anthony Lemus
  • Patent number: 10091539
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed toward providing a customized over-the-air channel mapping to each content receiver in a geographical area based on crowdsourced mappings of available channels from at least a subset of the content receivers in that geographical area. When a new content receiver is installed in the geographical area, the customized over-the-air channel mapping is provided to the new content receiver and used by the new content receiver as its internal list of available over-the-air channels without performing a scan of its own. At least a portion of the content receivers in the geographical area perform a round-robin-type scan to identify new or missing channels in the geographical area. The customized over-the-air channel mapping is then updated when a new channel or missing channel threshold is reached. And the updated customized over-the-air channel mapping is provided to each content receiver in the geographical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sling Media Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventors: Preetham Kotian, Jayaprakash Ramaraj
  • Patent number: 10057543
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a method of receiving content over a content delivery system is provided. The method includes receiving a user request to initiate a rewind operation on content locally available in a live-off-disk (LOD) buffer. The content is associated with an event received over a content delivery system. If all of the event is not available in the LOD buffer, a message is communicated over the content delivery system to a headend requesting remaining content associated with an unreceived portion of the event. In response to the message, the remaining content is received from the headend over the content delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Hardt, Navneeth N. Kannan, Terry L. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 9986301
    Abstract: A method for processing a broadcast signal includes encoding broadcast data for at least one broadcast service; encoding first level signaling information including attribute information regarding the at least one broadcast service; encoding second level signaling information including information for listing the at least one broadcast service; and generating a broadcast signal including the encoded broadcast data, the first level signaling information, and the second level signaling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jangwon Lee, Minsung Kwak, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 9980015
    Abstract: A broadcast signal reception method and a reception system are provided. The reception system includes a first processor, a second processor, and a storage medium. The first processor receives and processes a signaling table, the signaling table comprising first signaling information including access information of Non-Real-Time (NRT) service data and second signaling information including media object association information of the NRT service data. The second processor receives the NRT service data and processes a file including the received NRT service data based on the access information and the media object association information processed by the first processor. The storage medium stores the processed file of the NRT service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Chul Soo Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Yeul Suh, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9973562
    Abstract: Techniques are described for split processing of streaming segments in which processing operations are split between a source component and a decoder component. For example, the source component can perform operations for receiving a streaming segment, demultiplexing the streaming segment to separate a video content bit stream, scanning the video content bit stream to find a location at which decoding can begin (e.g., scanning up to a first decodable I-picture, for which header parameter sets are available for decoding), and send the video content bit stream to the decoder component beginning at the location (e.g., the first decodable I-picture). The decoder component can begin decoding at the identified location (e.g., the first decodable I-picture). The decoder component can also discard subsequent pictures that reference a reference picture not present in the video content bit stream (e.g., when decoding starts with a new streaming segment).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yongjun Wu, Shyam Sadhwani, Wenbo Zhang, Sudhakar V. Prabhu
  • Patent number: 9973154
    Abstract: RF receive circuitry, which includes a first output impedance matching circuit coupled to a first alpha output of a first alpha LNA, a second output impedance matching circuit coupled to a first beta output of a first beta LNA, and a first dual output RF LNA, is disclosed. The first dual output RF LNA includes the first alpha LNA, the first beta LNA, and a first gate bias control circuit, which is coupled between a first alpha input of the first alpha LNA and ground; is further coupled between a first beta input of the first beta LNA and the ground; is configured to select one of enabled and disabled of the first alpha LNA using an alpha bias signal via the first alpha input; and is further configured to select one of enabled and disabled of the first beta LNA using a beta bias signal via the first beta input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventors: George Maxim, Marcus Granger-Jones, Kelvin Kai Tuan Yan, Dirk Robert Walter Leipold, Baker Scott
  • Patent number: 9955214
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for aggregating media content from multiple sources for viewing on a local display or for placeshifting to a remote display. The aggregation system responds to instructions received from a remote device via the digital network to provide the video output incorporating the media content received from any of the media sources to the locally-connected display. The media aggregation system also simultaneously provides a placeshifted video stream to the remote device via the digital network that incorporates media content received from any of the plurality of media sources selected in response to the instructions received from the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Asnis, Nino Marino
  • Patent number: 9905149
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose a driving circuit, a driving method, and a display device, and pertain to the field of display. The driving circuit comprises: a gate driving unit for sequentially inputting a gate voltage to gates of pixel cells in each row on a display panel, the display panel being divided into a plurality of regions along a gate scanning direction, each region including at least one row of pixel cells controlled by a gate line; and a control unit for controlling the gate driving unit to input different gate voltages to gates in at least two different regions, and to input the same gate voltage to gates in the same region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chuanyan Lan, Fucheng Yang, Dongmei Wei
  • Patent number: 9885932
    Abstract: To provide a display device in which parasitic capacitance between wirings can be reduced while preventing increase in wiring resistance. To provide a display device with improved display quality. To provide a display device with low power consumption. A pixel of the liquid crystal display device includes a signal line, a scan line intersecting with the signal line, a first electrode projected from the signal line, a second electrode facing the first electrode, and a pixel electrode connected to the second electrode. Part of the scan line has a loop shape, and part of the first electrode is located in a region overlapped with an opening of the scan line. In other words, part of the first electrode is not overlapped with the scan line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hirose
  • Patent number: 9859997
    Abstract: A receiving circuit includes: a first receiving terminal for receiving a RF signal; a second receiving terminal for receiving an external oscillating signal generated by an external oscillator; a low-noise amplifier coupled with the first receiving terminal and the second receiving terminal and utilized for generating an output signal; a first switch element positioned between the second receiving terminal and the low-noise amplifier; an in-phase signal processing circuit for generating an in-phase detection signal based on the output signal; an quadrature signal processing circuit for generating an quadrature detection signal based on the output signal; and a calibration circuit for controlling the first switch element and capable of performing an I/Q mismatch calibration operation according to the in-phase detection signal and the quadrature detection signal when the first switch element is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying-Hsi Lin, Ming-Chung Huang
  • Patent number: 9854293
    Abstract: A system or method selects among multiple tuners to tune a particular channel. A request is received to tune a first channel. In response to this request, a first tuner is assigned to tune the first channel. A request is received to tune a second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is not being recorded, the first tuner is assigned to tune the second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is being recorded, the second tuner is assigned to tune the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Potrebic, Geoffrey R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9847754
    Abstract: A multi-mixer system comprising a plurality of mixers and a filter module is provided. Each of the mixers is selectively enabled to mix an input signal with a corresponding oscillation signal to generate an output signal at an output node; and the filter module provides different frequency responses for the output signals from at least two of the output nodes of the mixers, wherein the at least two of the output nodes of the mixers are connected to different internal nodes of the filter module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MediaTeck Inc.
    Inventors: Kun-Da Chu, Chi-Yao Yu
  • Patent number: 9813093
    Abstract: A broadcast signal receiving apparatus, including a multi-layer printed circuit board comprising a transmission line configured to connect with at least one component mounted on the multi-layer printed circuit board, the at least one component being configured to process a broadcast signal received from an outside of the apparatus through a cable, wherein a signal line for receiving the broadcast signal is at least partially provided on an inner layer of the multi-layer printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-Jun Kim, Sung-soo Lee, Hwan-sun Hong, Ja-hun Lee, Cheol-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9792857
    Abstract: Raw grayscale image data, representing images to be displayed in successive frames, is used to drive a display having pixels that include a drive transistor and an organic light emitting device by dividing each frame into at least first and second-frames, and supplying each pixel with a drive current that is higher in the first sub-frame than in the second sub-frame for raw grayscale values in a first preselected range, and higher in the second sub-frame than in the first sub-frame for raw grayscale values in a second preselected range. The display may be an active matrix display, such as an AMOLED display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ignis Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Kongning Li, Vasudha Gupta, Gholamreza Chaji, Arokia Nathan
  • Patent number: 9794645
    Abstract: A method of processing an interactive service and an apparatus thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Byungsun Park, Kyoungsoo Moon, Gomer Thomas, Seungjoo An, Jinwon Lee, Jinpil Kim, Kyungho Kim, Aettie Ji
  • Patent number: 9744427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining interest levels for sporting events and notifying users when the sporting events' interest levels reach threshold levels. One embodiment is a system that includes a processing engine that receives data associated with sporting events and, based on this data, determines interest levels associated with the sporting events. The system also includes a notification engine is coupled to the processing engine. When the processing engine determines that the interest level associated with a particular sporting event has reached a threshold, the notification engine provides notifications to users indicating that the threshold level has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Phillip
  • Patent number: 9723362
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control device and a control target device, and particularly, to a method for transmitting a content list of a control target device and a control device. A method for allowing a control point device to receive a content list from a control target device, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: transmitting a content list request message to the control target device; receiving a response message which includes a fragment of the content list; and displaying the content list based on the fragment, wherein the fragment includes a plurality of content objects corresponding to the number of content objects for one content list fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungho Kim, Gomer Thomas, Kyoungsoo Moon, Jongyeul Suh, Joonhui Lee