Programmable Recorder Patents (Class 386/291)
  • Patent number: 10003780
    Abstract: A user device and method for operating the same includes a memory and a controller storing a recommended recording list in the memory. The controller stores recommended content from the recommended recording list in the memory and suppresses an indicator in response to storing recommended content from the recommended recording list. When the user selects a live content that corresponds to a recommended content stored in the memory, the user device may display the content from a previous position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Romulo Pontual, Sui-Ky Ringo Ling, Raynold M. Kahn, Gordon H. Chen, Hans M. Hagberg
  • Patent number: 9998782
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a non-transitory storage medium provides to store first recording information that indicates programs that are recorded and stored at user devices, and programs to be recorded and stored at the user devices, receive, from a user device, a message that includes second recording information, wherein the second recording information includes second data instances; compare a portion of the first recording information with the second recording information; determine whether there is a difference between each first data instance relative to each corresponding second data instance; determine a master source for each first data instance that differs from each corresponding second data instance; update each first data instance that differs, one of the network device or the user device based on the master source, and provide the DVR service based on an updated portion of the first recording information, an updated second recording information, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiying Jin, Sandeep G. Rathi, Ian M. Smith, Ravi Kalluri
  • Patent number: 9998788
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for reducing content storage space and network resources. A device, such as a network storage device, can receive a plurality of requests to record a content item with varying start times and end times. The network device can map the start time and end time of each request to a subscriber, premises, and/or device. The network device can determine the earliest of the start times associated with the content item and the latest of the end times associated with the content item. In an aspect, the network device can make a recording, starting at the earliest start time and ending at the latest end time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Hertzfeld, Mark McKelvey, Thomas Day
  • Patent number: 9967626
    Abstract: Provided are a video display device and a method of operating the same. The method includes: executing an enhanced service playing application not dependent on any single channel; obtaining an uncompressed audio video (AV) content; playing the uncompressed AV content through the display unit; attempting to obtain contents information on the uncompressed AV content on the basis of a part of the uncompressed AV content; transmitting an enhanced service request message to an enhanced service providing server not dependent on any single channel by the enhanced service; receiving an enhanced service from the enhanced service providing server; and playing the enhanced service through the display unit by the enhanced service playing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyoungsoo Moon, Joonhui Lee, Hyeonjae Lee, Jinpil Kim, Aettie Ji, Kyungho Kim, Sanghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9961544
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system including media assets and an access system. The media assets include standard media and restricted media. The restricted media is different from the standard media. The access system receives an accessory identifier from a client device communicatively coupled to an accessory associated with the accessory identifier. The access system further authorizes access for the client device to the restricted media based at least in part on the accessory identifier. The standard media is accessible to the client device regardless of the access system receiving the accessory identifier. The restricted media is not accessible to the client device when the access system has not received the accessory identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Paschel, Samuel Steele Noertker, Thomas Bishop, Thomas Burton, Matthew Windt
  • Patent number: 9955034
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus includes a memory device storing data associated with a storage device that is external to the wireless communication apparatus, an image capturing device, a display, and a controller. The controller is configured to identify an external storage device corresponding to a code captured by the image capturing device, generate display data from the data stored in the memory device if the data stored in the memory device are associated with the identified external storage device, and control the display to generate a display image from the display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9954987
    Abstract: Provided is a console unit for controlling a mobile device. The console unit includes a remote control unit and a tower section. The tower section includes a receptacle adapted for receiving the remote control unit at least partially therein. The tower section further includes a housing and an interface configured for coupling to the mobile device. The interface is configured for selectively receiving high definition media data and USB protocol data from the mobile device and for charging the mobile device. The tower section includes at least one media port for providing the high definition media data to a media player device and a power port for receiving power. The remote control unit includes a communications transceiver configured to communicate with the mobile device. The remote control unit includes a touchpad for receiving input from a user, including gestures, while the mobile device is coupled to the tower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Analogix Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Kewei Yang, André Bouwer, Marvin Su, Soumendra Mohanty
  • Patent number: 9948962
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for improving the bandwidth efficiency of delivering electronic program guide (EPG) data to consumer premises equipment (CPE). In one exemplary embodiment, electronic guide data is rendered by devices away from the CPE, shifting the executing data- and bandwidth-heavy operations away from the CPE. In particular, one or more gateways at the user's home bears the processing, memory, bandwidth load to reduce the inefficiency of delivering redundant information to CPE(s) interfacing with the gateway(s). Using guide data it receives from the cloud, the gateway produces and delivers to the CPE one or more “simple views” of the guide data, including a video stream, still image, or simple HTML or other renderable formats. As the end user interacts with the CPE, the user receives a series of the simple views, allowing the rich experience that is typically given by EPG rendered directly by the CPE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Nielsen, Thomas Reed, Eric Hybertson
  • Patent number: 9948966
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for detecting that a given segment in a media asset currently being consumed will be interrupted by an event and, responsively, modifying playback of the media asset such that either the start time or the end time of the given segment coincides with the start time of the interrupting event. Modifying playback of the media asset to cause the end time of the given segment to coincide with the start time of the interrupting event may entail fast-forwarding through or removing one or more segments from the playback of the media asset. Modifying playback of the media asset to cause the start time of the given segment to coincide with the start time of the interrupting event may entail inserting one or more segments of secondary content into the playback of the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 9826191
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the use of feedback to adapt digital video recording are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides, on a computing device, a method of adapting an identification and scheduling of video items for recording based on usage. The method comprises detecting a trigger to perform a series update, and determining one or more video items to record as a part of a series by providing input to a series update module that returns candidate video items for inclusion in the series. The method further comprises scheduling zero or more of the candidate video items for recording, receiving feedback related to video item playback of one or more video items that were recorded based upon the scheduling, and based upon the feedback, adapting the input provided to the series update module for a later series update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Alan Merzon
  • Patent number: 9807441
    Abstract: A disclosed example may accurately start and stop a recording of an event based on accurate event scheduling information from a channel broadcaster. A start time and stop time for a recording of the event may be scheduled according to EPG data. In response to determining that the channel is a controlled channel, which includes accurate event scheduling information provided by a channel broadcaster, a recording may be initially scheduled for the event according to the EPG data with an extended duration of a predetermined time value. The digitally encoded transport stream may be continuously monitored to detect a new event and the detected new event may then be mapped to the event. As a result, the recording time of the event may be accurately updated by extracting a set of parameters from the accurate event schedule information of the new event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICE LIMITED
    Inventor: Sagar Gordhan
  • Patent number: 9734184
    Abstract: Method and systems for executing an interactive computer simulation of a simulated vehicle comprising a remote data management system, a central repository, a remote repository and an interactive computer simulation station. The central repository stores a synthetic natural environment database (SNEDB) that comprises data records for a plurality of geographically-located terrain skin representations of a computer generated environment. The remote data management system maintains the remote repository storing a subset of data records from the SNEDB. Each one of the subset of data records has a priority tag. The station sends a data request for geographical locations from the SNEDB and allows users to interact in the simulation for controlling the simulated vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CAE INC.
    Inventors: Michel Lagacé, Sébastien Emond, Alexandre Gauthier
  • Patent number: 9699485
    Abstract: In particular embodiments a social networking system may receive authorization from a first user of a social-networking system to control at least in part one or more functions of a set-top box (STB) of the first user, determine one or more social actions of one or more second users of the social-networking system, determine one or more instructions for the STB of the first user based at least in part on the social actions, and provide the instructions for the STB of the first user. The social-networking system includes a graph having a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Alexander Marlow, David Harry Garcia, Erick Tseng, Brian Krausz
  • Patent number: 9641893
    Abstract: A device receives a recording schedule for programs to record at a future time and causes, based on the recording schedule, at least some of the programs to be recorded in the device memory to create recorded content. The device detects use of the device, by a user, to initiate obtaining content that creates a conflict with the recording schedule. The device identifies alternate content, from the recorded content, that is related to the content that creates the conflict with the recording schedule. The device presents, to the user, a notification of the conflict. The notification includes a list of at least some of the alternate content from the recorded content such that the user can select alternate recorded content from the notification menu without disrupting the recording schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Sankar Ram Dhanabalan, Prabhakar Mani, Anil Kumar Padi
  • Patent number: 9641791
    Abstract: A scheduler is used to identify a schedule conflict that affects a client device receiving multiple media programs over a network. The scheduler is associated with the client device or a head-end source from which the programs are received. The scheduler accesses a schedule, which specifies a scheduled time at which multiple media programs are to be received by the client device. The scheduler obtains the actual bitrate to be consumed by each of the media programs as they are to be streamed to the client device. Based at least in part on the bitrates obtained for each of the media programs, the scheduler identifies a conflict that prevents at least one of the media programs from being streamed to the client device over the network. The scheduler enumerates at least one solution to the conflict to thereby resolve the conflict.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Tozer, Bharath Shetty, Saul Wyner, Yvonne Ellefson, Jeffery C. Truong, Tim Lett
  • Patent number: 9641886
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, a data transmission device is provided. The device includes a communication unit for transmitting data to a receiver and transmitting data having a changed characteristic to the receiver, wherein when transmitting the data the device transmits timing information to the receiver indicating a time that the device will begin transmitting the data having a changed characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Nagara, Tomoya Yamaura
  • Patent number: 9632558
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the field of display technology, in particular to a power supply control method for display device and a display device. The power supply control method for a display device comprises: acquiring images of a room where the display device is located; judging whether there is any person in the room; when determining that there is a person in the room, further recognizing an action state of the person in the room and judging whether the person in the room has a demand of watching the display device; according to a result of judging that there is no person in the room or that the person in the room has no demand of watching, cutting power supply of the display device off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao Su, Laiyou Cui, Guanghui Xiao, Lifang Wan, Yunchao Feng, Shuai Yang
  • Patent number: 9596499
    Abstract: A content recording method for a recording apparatus includes the following steps: an automatic recording control step of automatically recording a first plurality of pieces of content in a channel automatic recording area, each of the first plurality of pieces of content being broadcast through a channel in a time slot; a deletion step of instructing a mobile apparatus to delete a first piece of content that has previously been copied or moved from the channel automatic recording area to the mobile apparatus when the recording apparatus detects that the recording apparatus has become able to communicate with the mobile apparatus; and a content transfer step of copying or moving a second piece of content included in the first plurality of pieces of content to the mobile apparatus when the recording apparatus detects that the recording apparatus has become able to communicate with the mobile apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masayuki Kozuka, Masaya Yamamoto, Hiroshi Yahata, Shingo Matsumoto, Kaoru Murase, Tadamasa Toma, Tomoki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9559981
    Abstract: Agreement information based on agreements between an intermediary service provider and a plurality of provider entities that operate respective multiple equipment is stored by an intermediary system. The agreement information includes information to enable access of each of the multiple equipment by a client device. Client information associated with the client device is also stored by the intermediary system. The agreement information is useable to provide access by the client device of selected ones of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: James S. Hiscock, Paul T. Congdon
  • Patent number: 9526985
    Abstract: A method for forming a game content group performed by a computer which includes an operation module and a shake detector for detecting a shake, and which forms the game content group formed by a plurality of game contents to be used in a game, includes storing a first state of the game content group in a storage module, changing the game content group to a second state according to an operation by a user via the operation module, and restoring the game content group to the first state based on a detection result by the shake detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Daisuke Takayama
  • Patent number: 9508388
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing presentation of recorded motion video. The method preparing and sending a request for recorded video that originates from a specific video source, receiving a video information message including data relating to characteristics of a plurality of motion video recordings captured by the video source, wherein the received characteristics of each motion video recording includes a recording identity, a video quality value, a media address, an indication of start time and end time for the recording, and generating a motion video play scheme based at least on said video quality value, said indication of start time, and said indication of end time for each motion video recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Petter Wintzell, Oskar Gustafsson, Zacharias Enochsson
  • Patent number: 9501453
    Abstract: In embodiments there are provided techniques for flexibly displaying information into one or more columns. One technique includes the user interface (UI) receiving from an end user a selection of display criteria configured by an administrative user. Data from a dataset may be selected and/or ordered for displaying according to the criterion selected by the end user. Alternative embodiments may provide displaying positive and negative data, sorting, and fixed locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Salesforce.com Inc.
    Inventors: Marni Alyse Gasn, Yurika Sebata-Dempster
  • Patent number: 9479810
    Abstract: A disclosed example may accurately start and stop a recording of an event based on accurate event scheduling information from a channel broadcaster. A start time and stop time for a recording of the event may be scheduled according to EPG data. In response to determining that the channel is a controlled channel, which includes accurate event scheduling information provided by a channel broadcaster, a recording may be initially scheduled for the event according to the EPG data with an extended duration of a predetermined time value. The digitally encoded transport stream may be continuously monitored to detect a new event and the detected new event may then be mapped to the event. As a result, the recording time of the event may be accurately updated by extracting a set of parameters from the accurate event schedule information of the new event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Sagar Gordhan
  • Patent number: 9479805
    Abstract: This disclosure describes system and methods related to entitlement validation and quality control of content in a cloud-enabled network-based digital video recording system. In some embodiments, whether a record event exists may be determined. The record event may indicate an entitlement check associated with a content asset needs to be completed. A determination may be made as to whether a user account is authorized to access the content asset. An asset record associated with the content asset may be modified to prevent future recording of the content asset. A record to delete the content asset may be generated in association with the user account in response to determining the user account is not authorized to access the content asset. The record event may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Alan Rothschild, Slavisha Karach
  • Patent number: 9414123
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hybrid delivery method for content in which content is divided corresponding to the number of means of delivery and transmitted. An hybrid delivery method of content comprises the steps of: detecting the number of delivery means by which a server can transmit content to a client; dividing the content so as to correspond to the detected number of delivery means; generating composition information for each of the divided content; and transmitting the divided content and the composition information to the client using the transmission means. Thus, a variety of transmission means can be used effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HUMAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung Ku Yie, Yong Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9413960
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided so as to capture video images such that an image of a moment of significance is captured within the video. In the context of a method, an indication is received that a video capture user input will be subsequently provided directing that video images be captured. The method then determines whether a pre-roll is to be captured in advance of the video capture user input. The method causes the video images to be captured in response to the video capture user input. The video images include a start frame captured temporarily proximate receipt of the video capture user input. The method receives a video capture completion user input indicating that the capturing of the video images should be ceased. In response to receipt of the video capture completion user input, the method causes a post-roll to be captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V
    Inventors: Maarten Hammendorp, Stephen Hartford, Pascal Wever, Andrew Gartrell
  • Patent number: 9407582
    Abstract: A redundantly operated industrial communication system includes communication devices that are redundantly linked to an industrial communication network and includes network infrastructure devices associated with the industrial communication network, wherein message transmission occurs wirelessly at least in sections. The industrial communication network contains a plurality of buffer memory units for message elements that are received at a network node by wire and message elements that are to be sent by the network node wirelessly. When a maximum buffer size is exceeded, an oldest message element situated in a respective buffer memory unit is erased. Until the maximum buffer size is exceeded, the oldest message element is selected as the next message element to be sent wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hermann Angst, Stefan Keller, Siegfried Kühnel, Henryk Lumpp, Martin Schneider
  • Patent number: 9326026
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example performing, by a wireless communication device comprising a processor, wireless telephony communications via a first wireless interface, transmitting information associated with media-related activities to a server, receiving from the server a media recommendation that is generated according to the information associated with media-related activities, initiating communications with a network via a second wireless interface, downloading a media content item of the media recommendation from a content provider via the second wireless interface, and presenting the media content item at a display. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Yifan Hu, Robert Bell, Jeffrey Pang, Jeffrey Erman
  • Patent number: 9311393
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for creating and managing artist-specific applications (ASAs) that each relate to an individual artist, integrates content related to the artist, and connects fans with the artist through multimedia experiences provided through the ASA. An ASA may include a unified player interface that displays a selectable plurality of songs that are associated with the ASA. The ASA may search for other music (such as locally stored music, music associated with other ASAs, and/or streaming music) and display the other music in the unified player interface for selection as well. Upon selection of the other music, the unified player interface may play the selected music, delivering a seamless experience for users who have locally downloaded music (or other music) and an ASA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: EscapeX Limited
    Inventor: Sephi Joseph Shapira
  • Patent number: 9300902
    Abstract: A system and method for time-shifted viewing of broadcast television programs is disclosed. Simultaneous recording and playback are provided by using buffer storage as the source and destination of compressed or uncompressed digital video/audio programs, Full VCR-like control is provided for all playback within the buffer storage. Playback and control of recorded programs may be initiated by the user at any time after initiation of the broadcast program with simultaneous continuous recording of the ongoing live broadcast. Larger archival storage and removable is also provided for storing and building a library of programs. Viewer playback control data may be stored as part of the program or used as edit points prior to archival. Numerous options are provided for features such as continuous automatic recording in a circular buffer fashion, program archival, editing, Internet interfaces, multiple-channel recording and more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Lang, Eric Walters
  • Patent number: 9277193
    Abstract: A system for receiving satellite signals for display on a monitor. A system in accordance with the present invention comprises an antenna, a server receiver, coupled to the antenna, and at least one client receiver, coupled to the server receiver, wherein the server receiver maintains a list of satellite video signals to be recorded by the server receiver, the satellite video signals including network recorded data and metadata associated with the network recorded data, and wherein the list can be accessed by the server receiver and the at least one client receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanno Basse, Aspandyar M. Jijina, Raynold M. Kahn
  • Patent number: 9253432
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a recording apparatus and a portable device, wherein the recording apparatus includes a recording control section, a selection section, a creation section, a digest information transfer control section, an operation information reception control section, and an operation information reflection section, and wherein the portable device includes a digest information reception control section, and an operation information transfer control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Miyamoto, Hiroshige Okamoto, Shunji Yoshimura, Noboru Murabayashi, Tsutomu Seki, Daisuke Negi
  • Patent number: 9210469
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for television channel selection, including a television controller operatively connected to an electronic memory and configured to process a video selection script. The television controller is also operatively connected to the television and to a television network comprising a plurality of channels. Also provided is a script authoring tool for authoring a video selection script in a Web-based scripting language by a viewer. The television controller is further configured to select a channel to display on the television based on the video selection script and to dynamically update the video selection script based on the occurrence of an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9197872
    Abstract: A content management system may assist users in managing the storage of various pieces of content, such as television programs, that the user has recorded. The system may track the user's consumption behavior, determining which programs the user regularly watches and which programs the user regularly ignores, and use that consumption behavior to determine which recorded programs to recommend for relocation to a remote storage, or for outright deletion. The system can also use the behavior information to modify new recording requests, such as directing a new request to a secondary storage location if it is unlikely that the user will view the recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC.
    Inventors: Bruce Bradley, James Barkley, Robert Knee, Mark McKelvey
  • Patent number: 9172902
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving program data designating media content to be recorded at a media recorder. An electronic program guide accessible to the media recorder includes multiple scheduled delivery times for the media content. The method includes receiving delay data. The delay data enables delayed recording of the media content and specifies at least one delay recording condition. The method includes determining an onset time to begin recording the media content based on the multiple scheduled delivery times for the media content and based on the at least one delay recording condition. The method also includes scheduling the media content to be recorded at the media recorder beginning at the onset time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Benzaia, Bernard S. Ku, Lakshminarashimhan (Naras) Naidu
  • Patent number: 9171580
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording multiple copies of a program are provided. The method may include receiving a user instruction to record a program. A determination may be made to record multiple copies of the program. In response to the determination, multiple copies of the program may be recorded. A user instruction to display the recorded program may be received. A copy of the program may be played back. The user may switch to another copy of the recorded program if the original copy lacks desirable recording attributes, or the interactive television application may automatically switch to another copy of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Reed S. Spiegel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9167196
    Abstract: Systems and methods for trimming recorded content or segments using a media guidance application are provided. A first program scheduled for recording during one timeslot. A determination is made that the first program will run beyond the scheduled broadcast time. The first program may be rescheduled for recording during a second larger timeslot that overlaps with the scheduled broadcast time of a second program. Content provided by the program source may be recorded during the second timeslot. The recorded content may be trimmed to remove portions of the recorded content that correspond to the second program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Steven Woods
  • Patent number: 9165300
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for communicating a recommended item to a user of a network-based transaction facility are described. The method comprises determining that the user has been unsuccessful in concluding a transaction pertaining to an item offered for sale via the network-based transaction facility, and in response to this determination, communicating information concerning a recommended item to the user over a network. The recommended item is available for purchase via the network-based transaction facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Dai-Shun Poon, Reed Maltzman, Jeffrey Taylor
  • Patent number: 9152707
    Abstract: A system and method for storing and providing media objects in a navigable environment implemented on at least one computer executing computer readable program code stored in a tangible memory medium. The at least one computer is configured to access a plurality of media objects comprising a media recording and metadata. The at least one computer is further configured to generate an index of said plurality of media objects based on said metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Libich
  • Patent number: 9154724
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for managing digital video recorder storage for one or more users. Each user in the multi-user environment is assigned an amount of program storage in the digital video recorder. Responsive to receiving a request to record a new program from a user in the multi-user environment, an associated amount of program storage assigned to the use is determined. Responsive to a determination that addition of the new program will not exceed the associated amount of program storage assigned to the user, the new program is recorded to the program storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir Singh Bhogal, Gregory Jensen Boss, Rick Allen Hamilton, II, Brian Marshall O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9143751
    Abstract: A content player includes a pausable mass storage device player that can be used to record and play content. The pausable mass storage device can become paused in response to an assertion of a pause signal. Once paused, the content player remains paused until the pause signal is deasserted. The content player also includes an event detector that is coupled to the pausable mass storage device player. The content player detects a non-viewer initiated event, (e.g., an automatic event such as the receipt of an email with embedded enhanced content), and to assert the pause signal in response thereto. The content player receives content, detects an event, and in response to detecting the event, pauses the content to a presentation device and spools the content onto the mass storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Orr, Godfrey W. Cheng
  • Patent number: 9143832
    Abstract: A customized content calendar may include reminders or invitations to access particular media content, where the reminders or invitations may be pushed to the content calendar based on user-specific preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brandon Newell, Omar Azam Khan
  • Patent number: 9113219
    Abstract: A television viewer interface system provides a viewer interface that allows the viewer to access different functions of a system. A highlight bar is responsive to the user's commands and is used to indicate the current menu item that can be selected by the user. Information is presented in a successive disclosure format where the user navigates through menus by moving the highlight bar to the right to obtain more information or to the left to see less information and return to the previous location. The background colors of each set of menus remains consistent throughout the user's experience such that the user intuitively knows what menu area he is in through the color cues. The invention provides indicators that tell the user that more information is available in a particular direction for a menu item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Look, Robert Vallone, David Avraham Brown, Karen Bedard, Wijnand Van Stam, Ain McKendrick
  • Patent number: 9106943
    Abstract: Digital data associated with recorded programs are uploaded to a Head End facility from user devices (e.g., set-top boxes) in a media distribution network. The Head End facility stores a library of the Digital Video Recording (DVR) assets for programs and makes them available, by streaming, to user devices, including user devices that do not have DVR capability. Techniques are also provided to efficiently upload a DVR asset simultaneously in segments or chunks from multiple user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Raynald Killick, Nadine Guillaume, Vivek Srivastav
  • Patent number: 9077948
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided which facilitate the resolution of recording conflicts of a digital video recorder (DVR). A DVR identifies a recording conflict between a first recording timer associated with a first television program and a second recording timer associated with a second television program. A communication is initiated to a communication device associated with a user of the digital video recorder to inform the user of the recording conflict. Responsive to the communication, the user provides information to the DVR via the communication device requesting to resolve the recording conflict. The DVR utilizes the provided information to modify one or more of the conflicted recording timers to resolve the conflict.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: David A. Kummer
  • Patent number: 9071860
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for personal video recorders (PVRs) and other devices configured for recording and playing back media content from a data storage unit, preferably a random access unit such as a hard drive. A system is described having network connectivity, such as a power-line communications, with other PVRs or similar units, wherein media content can be automatically shifted from one unit to another over the network, such as in response to changes in available storage space. Content transfers and deletions within the system being intelligently performed based on content status, user preference settings, and user preference information such as received from a preference engine, toward optimizing the value to the user of the content which is retained network wide. An additional aspect provides content restoration after mistaken deletion by the user or automated deletion functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kim A. Ryal
  • Patent number: 9049415
    Abstract: A method, digital video recording (DVR) device/system and computer program provide a mechanism for recording video content associated with unpredictable events. A user specifies particular event classifications, keywords, or other control parameters from which the occurrence of an event can be determined, and when such event is detected, the DVR is triggered to record content from a specified channel/location. The events can be detected from feeds such as RSS feeds, websites, video content scans or other mechanisms. The event detection may be provided by a remote service that is accessible for user-configuration via a network, or the event detection may be performed in a DVR device or local computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick Allen Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9042705
    Abstract: A processing system decodes packetized program information including ancillary program specific information comprising a plurality of hierarchically ordered information tables. The ancillary information is used in acquiring and decoding packetized program information to provide a video program for display. The processing system employs a method involving detection of a mismatch between a version number of a first table of the program specific information (e.g. a virtual channel table (VCT), or channel information table (CIT)) and a corresponding version number of the first table conveyed in a second table (e.g. a master guide table (MGT)). If a mismatch is detected, the first and second tables are forced to contain a compatible first table version number. The packetized program information is decoded to provide a video program for display using the program specific information including the first and second tables including the forced compatible version number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Scott Edward Klopfenstein, Daniel Richard Schneidewend
  • Patent number: 9038114
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and method for recording media content. For example, in one embodiment, a method for recording media content is disclosed that includes communicating with a home gateway to determine whether a device connected to the home gateway has enough free storage space to store a media content in response to a determination that an internal data storage unit of a set top box does not have sufficient free storage space to store the media content. In one embodiment, the method routes the storage of the media content to the device via the home gateway in response to a determination that the device connected to the home gateway has sufficient free storage space to store the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Christopher Howarter, Doug Ceballos
  • Patent number: 9020330
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a receiving apparatus for sending received contents to a recording apparatus and for getting the recording apparatus to record the contents in accordance with preset recording reservations, the receiving apparatus including: a recording ready time information acquisition section configured to acquire from the recording apparatus information about a recording ready time; a continuous recording determination section configured to determine whether two chronologically successive broadcast contents are reserved for recording based on the preset recording reservations; and an end time setting section configured such that if the two chronologically successive broadcast contents are found reserved for recording, then the end time setting section sets the time at which to end processing for recording the earlier of the two contents based on a broadcast start time of the latter of the two contents and on the acquired information about the recording ready time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiko Sato