Commercial Identification (e.g., Video And/or Audio Detectors, Etc.) Patents (Class 386/249)
  • Patent number: 10825481
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that includes a processing system with a processor, and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations such as receiving user input comprising a keyword identifying an object, monitoring a video recording during a generation of the video recording by a camera, wherein the monitoring includes detecting the object being captured by the camera, creating a video clip from the video recording, wherein the video clip comprises a start point and a stop point in the video recording determined by a machine learning algorithm, and sending a notification of the creating of the video clip. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 10764613
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and a system where a processor(s) obtains a request, from a first client, to stream selected content, uploaded by a second client, on a streaming media platform. The processor(s) identifies a similarity between metadata associated with the selected content and metadata associated with relevant additional content uploaded to the streaming media platform, by a third client. The metadata associated with the selected content and the metadata associated with the relevant additional content describe elements in the selected content and the relevant additional content identified, based on the processor(s) performing a content analysis of the selected content and the relevant additional content. The processor(s) selects the relevant additional content to provide to the first client, with the selected content, based on the similarity. The processor(s) displays the relevant additional content with the selected content on a viewer on the first client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Strosaker, Sandra P. Nava, Eric Richter, Jon P. Weiser, George C. Wilson, Matt Hartenbower
  • Patent number: 10714140
    Abstract: A non-transitory tangible recording medium storing AV data having a system stream file is provided. The system stream file is played by a playback device. The system stream file includes an individual decryption key and a common decryption key. The individual decryption key is owned individually by each of multiple playback devices. The common decryption key is owned in common by the playback devices. The system stream file includes a first system stream file to be played back using both the individual decryption key and the common decryption key. The system stream file also includes a second system stream file to be played back using only the common decryption key among the individual decryption key and the common decryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yahata
  • Patent number: 10673967
    Abstract: A system and method for altering a website from a default appearance to a personalized appearance includes aggregating user-specific information based on an online user activity across a plurality of platforms, analyzing the aggregated user-specific information based on the online user activity to determine a user-preferred term for describing a category of an object, detecting a default term used to describe the category of the object on the default appearance of the website, in response to a determination that a user has accessed the website, and superimposing the user-preferred term on the website at a location of the default term on the website, such that the website is altered to display the user-preferred term to the user instead of the default term for the category of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kelley Anders
  • Patent number: 10582229
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for managing recorded media assets through advertisement insertion. A media guidance application may record and store media assets for later viewing by a user. To help ensure that the user views older recordings first, the media guidance application may insert advertisements into media assets which are part of a program series where there are older recorded media assets of the same program series that have not yet been watched by the user. The media guidance application may determine that multiple media assets are part of the same program series, and which of the media assets was recorded latest. The media guidance application may then select a play position within the later-recorded media asset and insert an advertisement at the selected play position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Parasuraman Ramakrishnan, Michael A. Montalto, Pok-Ching Lee, Wendy Cheang
  • Patent number: 10528982
    Abstract: An online system provides an advertisement (“ad”) request including ad content and a prompt to perform an action presented in association with the ad content. For example, the ad content is video data and the prompt for performing an action is presented after the video data is presented or after a portion of the video data is presented. An advertiser may include a custom prompt in the ad request that includes text information and instructions associated with the text information that perform an action when executed. Multiple prompts may be included in the ad request, and the online system selects a prompt based on information maintained by the online system and associated with a user to be presented with the ad content. The selected prompt is communicated to a client device for presentation in association with the ad content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidji Nahema Simo, Asad K. Awan, David Tin Ho Shih
  • Patent number: 10354693
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine a playback mode of sound included in content. The information processing apparatus includes a playback unit configured to play back the sound included in the content in the playback mode determined by the determination unit, at playback of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ai Matsubara, Kenichi Kuromusha, Yoshihito Nishikawa, Yoshio Ikai, Kazutaka Kimura, Kanta Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10353555
    Abstract: A method, system, apparatus, article of manufacture, and computer program product provide the ability to manage a digital asset. One or more media content assets are acquired. Metadata describing the assets is also acquired. The metadata enables a search of the assets within a content repository. The assets and metadata are stored in the content repository. An online collaboration tool is provided. Such a tool: provides a discussion thread regarding the assets; manages, controls, and provides preview, download, and upload capability, of the assets, to a defined set of users; provides search capability of the content repository for the assets based on the metadata; provides opt-in capability to allow the users to opt-in to receive notifications regarding the assets; and provides a multi-contributional workspace where the users with authorization may preview, download, and upload the assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FOX DIGITAL ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Garrett V. Boss, Jonathan A. de Armas, Dmitry Erman, Grace C. Jeng, Ashley M. Mason, Jane R. Prior
  • Patent number: 10133472
    Abstract: System, method, and computer program product to generate a clip of a media file on a device having a touch input component, the media file comprising a plurality of segments, by outputting for display a first segment of the media file, responsive to receiving: (i) input indicating to generate the clip of the media file using the first segment, and (ii) a first swipe gesture on the touch input component: identifying a subset of segments, of the plurality, based on a direction of the first swipe gesture, the first subset of segments including a destination segment, and outputting for display each of the subset of segments, and responsive to receiving input selecting the destination segment as part of the clip of the media file, generating the clip of the media file, the media clip including each segment of the media file between the first and the destination segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ching Lau, Michael O'Brien, Sce Pike, Jiancheng Ma, Jeremy Marusek, Quinn Simpson
  • Patent number: 9922037
    Abstract: A graphical user interface allows a customer to specify delimiters and/or patterns that occur in event data and indicate the presence of a particular field. The graphical user interface applies a customer's delimiter specifications directly to event data and displays the resulting event data in real time. Delimiter specifications may be saved as configuration settings and systems in a distributed setting may use the delimiter specifications to extract field values as the systems process raw data into event data. Extracted field values are used to accelerate search queries that a system receives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Splunk Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse Miller
  • Patent number: 9881584
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting two-dimensional (2D) content within a virtual reality (VR) presentation are disclosed. Some embodiments include providing the VR presentation to a user, receiving information of the 2D content for display during the VR presentation from an external source and obtaining location information related to a display location within the VR presentation for displaying the 2D content. The 2D content may be displayed at the display location based on the received information and the location information, wherein the display location corresponds to a 2D display rendered within the VR presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC, COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Dakss, Ali A. Khorram, Samuel Harrell
  • Patent number: 9858967
    Abstract: Video content can be analyzed to identify particular sections of the video content. Speech to text or similar techniques can be used to obtain a transcription of the video content. The transcription can be indexed (e.g., timestamped) to the video content. Information describing how users are interacting with or consuming the video content (e.g., social media information, viewing history data, etc.) can be collected and used to identify the particular sections. Once the particular sections have been identified, other services can be provided. For example, custom trailers and summaries of the video content can be generated based on the identified sections. Additionally, the video content can be augmented to include additional information relevant to the particular sections, such as production information, actor information, or other information. The additional information can be added so as not to interfere with the important sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jagadeshwar Reddy Nomula, Erick Cantu-Paz, Francois Huet
  • Patent number: 9860613
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to present summaries of a media content event. An exemplary embodiment receives a media content stream having at least one media content event, receives a summary feed stream having at least one media content event summary segment associated with the received at least one media content event, receives a user request for presentation of the media content event summary residing in the received at least one media content event summary segment, ends or pauses presentation of the media content event on a media presentation device, and presents the media content event summary of the media content event summary segment on the media presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sling Media PVT LTD
    Inventor: Nandury V. Kishore
  • Patent number: 9832450
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for using selective resolution reduction on images to be transmitted and/or used by a playback device are described. Prior to transmission one or more images of an environment are captured. Based on image content, motion detection and/or user input a resolution reduction operation is selected and performed. The reduced resolution image is communicated to a playback device along with information indicating a UV map corresponding to the selected resolution allocation that should be used by the playback device for rendering the communicated image. By changing the resolution allocation used and which UV map is used by the playback device different resolution allocations can be made with respect to different portions of the environment while allowing the number of pixels in transmitted images to remain constant. The playback device renders the individual images with the UV map corresponding to the resolution allocation used to generate the individual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NextVR Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Alan McKay Moss, Hector M. Medina
  • Patent number: 9756378
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording multiple broadcast television programs to a single file may include receiving user selection for recording a first media content and a second media content, determining the first media content and the second media content are provided on a single television service, and tuning to the television service to receive the first media content via a tuner of the television receiver. The systems and methods may include recording the first media content as a first permanent recording to a master file, receiving the second media content via the tuner of the television receiver, and recording the second media content as a second permanent recording to the master file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Rocky Hardy
  • Patent number: 9478257
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a control unit configured to store in a recording medium a piece of attribute information specified by a user input from among a plurality of sequential pieces of the attribute information in association with a predetermined time period of a content stored in the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Saitou, Ayako Iwase, Nobuki Furue, Shinichi Iriya, Hiroyuki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9036979
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the playing of an advertisement may be detected by identifying the persons associated with the faces in the advertisement portion of the media content and determining that the identified persons are not actors listed for the media content. In an embodiment, the advertisement may be enhanced with additional content pertaining to the product or service being advertised. In an embodiment, the advertisement may be automatically fast-forwarded, muted, or replaced with an alternate advertisement. In an embodiment, only a non-advertisement portion of the media content may be recorded by skipping over the detected advertisement portion of the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Splunk Inc.
    Inventors: Amir H Gharaat, James Barton, Mukesh K Patel
  • Patent number: 9025015
    Abstract: A video sign based advertising method involves providing a video display that is adapted to display images as an arrangement of pixels; sending video signals representing an advertisement to the video display; capturing an image of a sample of less than all of the pixels of the video display; determining if the captured sample matches a bitmap of the image sample of the image that is being sent to the display; logging play-out of the advertisement if a match is detected; and initiating an error condition action if a match is not detected. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Convergent Media Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9020327
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and system for altering a presentation of recorded content. More specifically, embodiments provide an accurate and efficient mechanism for suppressing advertisements by using downloaded templates to identify advertisements before suppression for a duration indicated by information downloaded about the advertisement, where the suppression is effectuated by controlling a display, set-top box or personal video recorder using remote-control functionality. In one embodiment, a digital signal representing the recorded content is accessed. Thereafter, a plurality of templates are received and stored, wherein each template represents a known portion of the recorded content. The digital signal is then compared against a portion of the plurality of stored templates. Upon a match, a control signal operable to alter a component of a presentation of the recorded content is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 9009751
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining if a commercial contains one of metadata, close captioning information, recognizable speech in an audio component of the commercial, or a combination thereof. In response to determining that the commercial does not contain metadata, but does contain close captioning information, an advertised show is identified based on the close captioning information. Likewise, in response to determining that the commercial contains neither metadata, nor close captioning information, but does contain recognizable speech in an audio component of the commercial, the advertised show is identified based on the recognizable speech. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Charles V. Scott
  • Patent number: 8983271
    Abstract: Systems which allow for the insertion of targeted advertisements or other messages into programming content, e.g., using Digital Video Recording (DVR) technology are disclosed. Systems use storage to pre-load advertisements, record content with commercials breaks, and merge the advertisements into the recorded content in the background, so that they are available when the content is viewed in time-shifted mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Visible World, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Niemeijer, Andrew Fife, Seth Haberman
  • Publication number: 20150063783
    Abstract: Among other things, videos and commercials are downloaded to a mobile device for storage on the mobile device and later playout on the mobile device. The downloading includes downloading of metadata associated with the commercials and based on which the mobile device can select commercials for insertion into videos being played back to the user of the mobile device. The commercials to be downloaded are selected based on one or a combination of any two or more of the location of the user, the type of mobile device, and personally-identifiable information about a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Adam L. Berger, Joshua Pressnell, Richard David Jackson
  • Patent number: 8965178
    Abstract: A program information display device includes: an identification unit which obtains identification information for identifying a video program and a video program scene included in the video program which are being displayed in a television; a program information obtainment unit which obtains program information including first program information and second program information which are relevant to the video program identified by the identification information and are different in content from each other; a display unit which displays the program information obtained by the program information obtainment unit; and a control unit which, in the case where the video program scene identified by the identification information transitions from a non-CM scene to a CM scene, switch the program information being displayed in the display unit, from the first program information to the second program information according to the transition from the non-CM scene to the CM scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Tsuji, Atsuhiro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8954346
    Abstract: Serving form ads with videos is disclosed, including: receiving from a client device a request including a set of parameters associated with a video; and determining a form ad to be displayed with the video based at least in part on the set of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Inadco, Inc.
    Inventors: James N. Walker, Patrick Mee, Hung The Duong
  • Publication number: 20150030311
    Abstract: A system for handling data and transactions involving data through the use of a virtual transaction zone, which virtual transaction zone removes the dependency of such transaction on the delivery medium of the product. The invention may reside and operate on a variety of electronic devices such as televisions, VCRs, DVDs, personal computers, WebTV, any other known electronic recorder/player, or as a stand alone unit. The transaction zone also provides a mechanism for combining mediums, data feeds, and manipulation of those feeds. The transaction zone also provides a mechanism for controlling the content, delivery, and timing of delivery of the end consumer's product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Customedia Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William Henry Lewis
  • Publication number: 20150023652
    Abstract: A DVR parses advertising audiovisual content, i.e., commercials, from a received audiovisual signal during recording. The DVR stores only commercial-free content and replaces parsed commercials with their URLs for retrieval during playback. During playback, the DVR requests commercial audiovisual content to be played back in place of the parsed commercials using the stored URLs, determines whether the commercial is played back in its entirely at a normal rate (not skipped), logs whether the commercial was skipped, and periodically sends a log of playback of all commercials to the commercial server. As a result, the commercial server has a complete record of all impressions of commercials played back through the DVR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Dono Harjanto
  • Patent number: 8934758
    Abstract: A digital video recorder is operable to receive and record an audio/video stream including a segment of a program and at least one first advertisement. The digital video recorder is then operable to identify a temporal location within the segment of the program for insertion of a second advertisement during playback of the recorded audio/video stream. The second advertisement is then inserted within the segment of the program during playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Global B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Meijer
  • Patent number: 8929717
    Abstract: Among other things, videos and commercials are downloaded to a mobile device for storage on the mobile device and later playout on the mobile device. The downloading includes downloading of metadata associated with the commercials and based on which the mobile device can select commercials for insertion into videos being played back to the user of the mobile device. The commercials to be downloaded are selected based on one or a combination of any two or more of the location of the user, the type of mobile device, and personally-identifiable information about a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Penthera Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Berger, Joshua Pressnell, Richard David Jackson
  • Patent number: 8929720
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatic detection of insertion zones within pre-recorded video material are provided. The apparatus includes a video analysis unit configured to automatically determine at least one candidate insertion zone within the pre-recorded video material suitable for receiving additional material to be inserted and configured to generate zone meta data defining attributes of the insertion zone, and an insertion module configured to receive additional material for insertion and arranged to generate an output representative of the pre-recorded video material with the additional material placed on an insertion zone such that the additional material adopts the image attributes of the insertion zone as the pre-recorded video material is played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: MirriAd Limited
    Inventors: Mark Popkiewicz, Janko Mrsic-Flogel, Philip McLauchlan
  • Publication number: 20150003810
    Abstract: Presenting viewers with an alternative brief version of a recorded advertisement when they choose to fast-forward through or skip (or any other trick play event) the recorded advertisement. The alternative advertisement may be displayed instead of or in conjunction with the recorded advertisement (i.e., fast-forwarding advertisement is displayed in one portion of the screen (i.e., background or portion of a split screen) and the alternative brief version is displayed in another portion). The alternative brief version of the advertisement (trick play advertisement) may be a marketing message that is a static screen presenting a logo or a portion of the recorded advertisement, or may be a condensed version of the actual advertisement. The trick play advertisements may be targeted. An alternate or entirely unrelated advertisement can also be displayed as the trick play advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Michael A. Plotnick, Robert F. Deitrick, Charles A. Eldering, Douglas J. Ryder, Herbert M. Lustig
  • Patent number: 8923683
    Abstract: Among other things, videos and commercials are downloaded to a mobile device for storage on the mobile device and later playout on the mobile device. The downloading includes downloading of metadata associated with the commercials and based on which the mobile device can select commercials for insertion into videos being played back to the user of the mobile device. The commercials to be downloaded are selected based on one or a combination of any two or more of the location of the user, the type of mobile device, and personally-identifiable information about a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Penthera Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Berger, Joshua Pressnell, Richard David Jackson
  • Patent number: 8917974
    Abstract: A digital broadcasting receiver, programming a recording a broadcast program, and a method thereof are disclosed. The digital broadcasting receiver can register a programmed channel including one or more channels, stores broadcast data received from the programmed channel as a programmed-recording program in accordance with a predetermined criterion, and stores a next programmed-recording program to replace the stored programmed-recording program if the programmed-recording program is completely stored and broadcast data corresponding to the next programmed-recording program is received. With the present invention, it becomes possible to program a recording although no information on a broadcast program is available, to view a currently-broadcast program from the beginning regardless of when the TV is turned on, and program a recording to exclude commercial programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Humax Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Oh, Eun-Kyung Kwak
  • Publication number: 20140348491
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking playout of auxiliary content (e.g., advertisements) accompanying a digital cinema feature presentation commences by first detecting identifying information in an auxiliary content file associated with the auxiliary content while the auxiliary content undergoes playout. The length of time the detected identifying information remains active is established. Thereafter, both the auxiliary content file(s) and identifying information activity length for which identifying information was detected are logged to track the auxiliary content files that underwent playout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: William Gibbens Redmann
  • Patent number: 8886014
    Abstract: There are provided with a video recording apparatus and a scene change extraction method, by which a scene change can be extracted from a video while recording the video. The video recording apparatus 100 includes an encoder 101 for encoding video data PIN, an HDD 105 for storing an encoded stream outputted from the encoder 101, a stream controller 103 for transferring the encoded stream outputted from the encoder 101 to the HDD 105, a scene change extractor 110 for decoding the encoded stream outputted from the encoder 101 and extracting a scene change in the decoded video data, and a recording controller 102 for receiving an encoding-completion notification IEN on a unit-of-encoding basis of the encoded stream from the encoder 101 and outputting a scene change extraction instruction CSC to the scene change extractor 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kusunoki, Isao Otsuka
  • Patent number: 8867897
    Abstract: Among other things, videos and commercials are downloaded to a mobile device for storage on the mobile device and later playout on the mobile device. The downloading includes downloading of metadata associated with the commercials and based on which the mobile device can select commercials for insertion into videos being played back to the user of the mobile device. The commercials to be downloaded are selected based on one or a combination of any two or more of the location of the user, the type of mobile device, and personally-identifiable information about a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Penthera Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Berger, Joshua Pressnell, Richard David Jackson
  • Patent number: 8867898
    Abstract: Among other things, videos and commercials are downloaded to a mobile device for storage on the mobile device and later playout on the mobile device. The downloading includes downloading of metadata associated with the commercials and based on which the mobile device can select commercials for insertion into videos being played back to the user of the mobile device. The commercials to be downloaded are selected based on one or a combination of any two or more of the location of the user, the type of mobile device, and personally-identifiable information about a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Penthera Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Berger, Joshua Pressnell, Richard David Jackson
  • Patent number: 8855470
    Abstract: Methods of generating video streams including advertisement information sufficient to support advertisement countdown times and other functions such as advertisement auto pause functions are described. In accordance with various embodiments, advertisement duration is determined from one or more messages included in a video stream, e.g., prior to the corresponding advertising segment. A countdown timer is generated from the advertisement information and displayed along with the content of the advertisement segment. Restrictions for different subscribers may be indicated in the advertisement information messages, e.g., with some end users being permitted to fast forward or skip advertisements with other users being required to allow the full normal playback of one or more advertisement segments. The auto pause function, when activated, pauses an ad segment or set of ad segments at a predetermined time before output of the main program resumes thereby making sure none of the main program is missed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Peter Stern, Melinda Witmer
  • Patent number: 8849100
    Abstract: Methods and products to deliver at least a portion of an advertisement to a viewer at normal playback speeds after receiving a command from the viewer to fast-forward through an advertisement faster than normal playback speeds is described. In certain embodiments, the invention delivers a portion of the advertisement to be played at normal playback speeds to the viewer; and delivers the remaining portion of the advertisement to be played at a playback speed that is faster than the specified playback speed so that the combination of the portions delivered at normal and faster playback speeds is delivered to the user at the specified playback speed. In some other embodiments, the invention delivers at least a portion of the first advertisement to the viewer at normal playback speeds; and delivers one or more other advertisements to the viewer simultaneously with the first advertisement with the audio information muted based on the specified playback speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Visible World, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Haberman
  • Patent number: 8825188
    Abstract: System and methods are provided configured to reveal differences in content, such as commercial and program content. An input port may be configured to receive a first plurality of bit stream audio channels. A circuit may optionally be configured to enhance artifacting, noise, and/or bit rate errors and may optionally reduce redundant signal information. A signal processor circuit may be configured to transform the first plurality of bit stream audio channels into a frequency domain. A spectrum analysis system may be configured to compare properties of the first plurality of bit stream audio channels to one or more reference signals. An identification circuit may be configured to identify different content types included in the first plurality of bit stream audio channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Troy Christopher Stone, Wayne Roy Lappi
  • Patent number: 8818163
    Abstract: A motion picture playing method for playing a motion picture image on a display unit includes a motion picture image-obtaining step for obtaining the motion picture image, a character string-obtaining step for obtaining a character string scrolled and displayed in a predetermined direction overlaid on the motion picture image obtained in the motion picture image-obtaining step, and a control step for controlling a display mode for scrolling and displaying the character string based on (i) a length of the character string in the predetermined direction obtained in the character string-obtaining step, and (ii) a playing time of the motion picture image obtained in the motion picture image-obtaining step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Yamamoto, Nobuhiro Aoki, Yoshiharu Houjou
  • Publication number: 20140233912
    Abstract: A computer readable medium is disclosed containing a computer program including but not limited to computer executable instructions that when executed by a computer present advertising data, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to display advertising data on an end user device for a duration longer than a duration of normal playback of advertising data at normal speed that is being skipped during the current trick play command; and instructions to continue the display of the advertising data until after the duration of normal playback when trick play trend data indicates that an end user at the end user device has skipped advertising data during the last two consecutive trick play commands including the current trick play command and during a most recent trick play command in the trick play command history.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: James L. Cansler, Charles Scott, Scott White
  • Patent number: 8798442
    Abstract: A method is disclosed including but not limited to, receiving a video data stream at a multimedia processor end user device; storing the video data stream at a digital video recorder; monitoring a playback of the stored video data stream at the multimedia processor end user device; detecting an advertising trigger in the playback of the video data stream at the multimedia processor end user device; logging a time for the trigger detected in the video data stream in a trigger log at the multimedia processor end user device; sending the trigger log including data to an advertising server so that the advertising verification system can correlate the time the trigger occurred with an advertising schedule; receiving a replacement advertising data stream from the advertising server based on the advertising trigger; and receiving a replacement advertising data stream during the playback of the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Frank Coppa, Larry Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8781298
    Abstract: A closed caption tagging system provides a mechanism for inserting tags into an audio or video television broadcast stream prior to or at the time of transmission. The tags contain command and control information that the receiver translates and acts upon. The receiver receives the broadcast stream and detects and processes the tags within the broadcast stream which is stored on a storage device that resides on the receiver. Program material from the broadcast stream is played back to the viewer from the storage device. Tags indicate the start and end points of a program segment. Program segments such as commercials are automatically replaced by the receiver with new program segments that are selected based on various criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Kevin P. Smith, David Chamberlin, Howard Look
  • Publication number: 20140193137
    Abstract: Speed of commercial playing is detected and used for determining whether program information can be played.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Harris Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Patent number: 8774600
    Abstract: A device including a module to receive a stream including an insertion content item and first timecodes, a module to record the stream, a module to receive a live stream including a timeslot and second and third timecodes, a clock to provide a clock reading updated based on at least some of the third timecodes, a module to retrieve the recorded stream so that the insertion content item can be at least partially rendered during at least part of the timeslot, a module to calculate a desired timecode of the first timecodes from which to start rendering the recorded stream for output at real-time speed based one of the first timecodes, second timecodes, and third timecodes or the clock reading, and a module to render the recorded stream for output at real-time speed from the desired timecode. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yair Mirsky, Ariel Zentner, Yael Weinbach, Len Sundy
  • Patent number: 8774607
    Abstract: Providing re-addressable alternate video content to consumers during trickplay modes of operation. For example, providing first video content for standard playback to a consumer; receiving a first consumer request for a first trick mode operation during the standard playback of the first video content; responsive to the first consumer request, providing addressable second video content, different from the first video content, to the consumer; receiving, during providing of the addressable second video content, a second consumer request for a second trick mode operation on the addressable second video content; and responsive to the second consumer request, providing addressable third video content, different from the first and second video contents, to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Dan Holden
  • Patent number: 8763024
    Abstract: A set top box includes a processor configured to detect a commercial and analyze the commercial to identify an advertised video content. The processor is further configured to search an electronic programming guide for availability of the video content and record the video content in response to a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Scott White, James L. Cansler, Charles Scott
  • Publication number: 20140169761
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes analyzing characteristics of a media program to label parts of the media program with a plurality of labels where parts of the media program that are determined to be substantially similar are labeled with a same label. The method then analyzes different partitionings of a sequence of the labels to determine partitions for the media program based on a weighting function that is configured to weight the different partitionings based on portions created from the partitions in the different partitionings. Then, a partitioning for the media program is outputted based on comparing the different partitionings of the sequence of labels using the weighting function. The outputted partitioning partitions the media program into a set of portions and provides points for insertion of information for a service in the media program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Hulu, LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Khadiwala, Baptiste Coudurier
  • Patent number: 8755669
    Abstract: A system for switching from a first (14) to a second (16) audio/video sequence, the second sequence (16) including a splice point time stamp (12), the system including a disk (18) to store the first sequence (14), a receiver to receive the second sequence as live audio/video, a demultiplexer arrangement (24) to demultiplex at least some of the first sequence (14) from the disk (18) and the second sequence (16) from the receiver, demultiplex the first sequence fast enough so that the demultiplexing of the second sequence (16) can commence a number of frames prior to the splice point time stamp (12), a buffer (28,30) to receive for storage from the demultiplexer arrangement (24), the demultiplexed audio/video of the first sequence (14) and at least part of the second sequence (16), and a decoder (34,36) to decode the demultiplexed audio/video stored in the buffer (28,30) including decoding the first sequence (14) and then the second sequence (16) from the splice point time stamp (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Len Sundy, Yair Mirsky, Ariel Zentner, Yael Weinbach
  • Patent number: 8752115
    Abstract: The present invention provides for gathering and aggregating data related to the functionality of digital video recorders (DVRs) and transmitting updated instructions to the DVRs. During its operation, a DVR gathers data that is relevant to the detection of commercials such as luminance values, commercial patterns, and user input and stores this information in its internal storage. A central server receives updated instructions from administrators and generates new instructions in response to data aggregated from individual DVRs. The central server transmits the updated instructions to remote DVRs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Dow, Philippe Pignon