Program Event Priority Patents (Class 386/293)
  • Patent number: 10412451
    Abstract: First media segments for a first media program are recorded. The first media program is scheduled to start at a first start time and end at a first end time, whereas a second media program is scheduled to start at a second start time and end at a second end time, the first end time being after the second start time. It is determined whether the first media program and the second media program are on a same channel. If so, one or more shared media segments, one of which is before all other shared media segments in the shared media segments and begins no later than the first time, are recorded. A first media program object is generated to represent a first recording of the first media program, and includes references to the first media segments and the shared media segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Lovell
  • Patent number: 10382815
    Abstract: Media content presentation systems and methods are operable to present media content received by a media device, wherein the media device comprises a plurality of tuner systems. An exemplary embodiment tunes the plurality of tuners to receive different broadcasting media content streams each comprising a streaming media content event; communicates the streaming media content events from the receiving tuner to a corresponding tuner buffer of the tuner system; and stores a portion of the streaming media content events into the corresponding tuner buffers. When a user selection is received for presentation of one of the streaming media content events, the selected one of the streaming media content events are presented to a user of the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 10198453
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and an apparatus for clearing temporary files in a mobile terminal and a mobile terminal, the method comprises: receiving a clearing instruction; establishing a writer thread according to the clearing instruction; and controlling the writer thread to write data into a first preset file directory, such that an operating system of the mobile terminal is triggered to clear temporary files in at least one second preset file directory according to a preset cache release rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHELL INTERNET (BEIJING) SECURITY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong Li, Hang Wei, Dingpan Li, Jian Ma
  • Patent number: 10176178
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for automatically arranging media assets that are contextually related to a requested media asset for access prior to a start time of the requested media asset. In some embodiments, user input circuitry may receive a user request to access a media asset. Control circuitry may identify, by consulting a database, a first set of media assets that share a context with the requested media asset and were released prior to the release date of the requested media asset. Control circuitry may determine a subset of media assets of the first set of media assets by performing a comparison of each media asset of the first set of the media assets against a viewing history of the user. Control circuitry may access a user profile to determine a user constraint, and generate a recommendation for display based on a first aspect of the user constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Akitaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10057646
    Abstract: First media segments for a first media program are recorded. The first media program is scheduled to start at a first start time and end at a first end time, whereas a second media program is scheduled to start at a second start time and end at a second end time, the first end time being after the second start time. It is determined whether the first media program and the second media program are on a same channel. If so, one or more shared media segments, one of which is before all other shared media segments in the shared media segments and begins no later than the first time, are recorded. A first media program object is generated to represent a first recording of the first media program, and includes references to the first media segments and the shared media segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Lovell
  • Patent number: 9699495
    Abstract: Enhanced history buffer systems and methods are operable to temporarily store program content for program events. An exemplary embodiment receives program content corresponding to each of the plurality of program events, generates a unique discrete program content file in the enhanced history buffer for each of the plurality of program events, and stores the received program content for each of the plurality of program events in the associated one of the discrete program content files. Each discrete program content file begins at a known starting location in the enhanced history buffer and ends at a known ending location in the enhanced history buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar UK Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Blight
  • Patent number: 9244625
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for RAID Restriping. One method includes selecting an initial RAID device for migration based on at least one score, creating an alternate RAID device, moving data from the initial RAID device to the alternate RAID device, and removing the initial RAID device. The method may be performed automatically by the system or manually. The method may be performed periodically, continuously, after every RAID device migration, upon addition of disk drives, and/or before removal of disk drives, etc. One system includes a RAID subsystem and a disk manager configured to automatically calculate a score for each RAID device, select a RAID device based on the relative scores of the RAID devices, create an alternate RAID device, move data from the selected RAID device to the alternate RAID device, and remove the selected RAID device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Compellent Technologies
    Inventors: Michael J. Klemm, Michael J. Uttormark
  • Patent number: 9240217
    Abstract: First media segments for a first media program are recorded. The first media program is scheduled to start at a first start time and end at a first end time, whereas a second media program is scheduled to start at a second start time and end at a second end time, the first end time being after the second start time. It is determined whether the first media program and the second media program are on a same channel. If so, one or more shared media segments, one of which is before all other shared media segments in the shared media segments and begins no later than the first time, are recorded. A first media program object is generated to represent a first recording of the first media program, and includes references to the first media segments and the shared media segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Lovell
  • Patent number: 9025940
    Abstract: A media recording device automatically records selected broadcast programs according to categories specified by the user, without requiring the user to specify in advance which programs are to be recorded. The recorded programs are then presented to the user for selection, and the selected programs may be played back immediately or saved for later playback. Each broadcast program may be allocated a priority, and the device may decide which programs to record or delete according to their relative priority. For each broadcast program, a corresponding visibility period may be specified, during which the program can be selected for playback and is not deleted. There may be a delay between the broadcast of the program and the beginning of its visibility period. An expiry time may be specified for each program, after which the program is deleted. There may be a delay between the end of the visibility period and the expiry time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: British Sky Broadcasting Limited
    Inventors: Michele Seisun, Herve Murret-Labarthe, Steven Griffith
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8989561
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein in relation to notifications about alternative viewing opportunities for recording and playback of media programs. In particular, the systems and methods provide users with information related to alternative recorded programming viewing opportunities for programs scheduled for recording by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon P. Radloff
  • Patent number: 8971693
    Abstract: Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for switching streams in response to detecting a start trigger are presented. A program's start trigger indicating that the program is upcoming may be detected on a first stream, and in response to detecting the start trigger on the first stream, a second stream containing the program may be switched to. The program may be a video program. Segment triggers may be detected and may be used to selectively record and/or delete segments of the program according to a priority scheme. Multiple start triggers may be detected at decreasing time intervals. The existence of a recording conflict may be determined based on a program's start trigger and a user may be alerted of the recording conflict.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Gilson
  • Patent number: 8965182
    Abstract: A broadcast program recording overrun and underrun scheduling system provides a system for adjusting the start and end times of a broadcast program's recording schedule that has a start and end broadcast time. The viewer selects a particular broadcast program to record from the program guide using a remote input device. The system schedules the broadcast program to be recorded by inserting the program's information such as program identifier, start and end times, and storage duration into a recording schedule database. The system allows the viewer to adjust the scheduled start and/or end recording times for a broadcast program by specifying the time increment to add or subtract from the start and/or end recording times of a specific program or series of programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Beach, Alan Waterman
  • Publication number: 20150016803
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for processing content recording requests. The method includes producing a prioritized set of recording requests from all pending recording requests, analyzing the prioritized set of requests with respect to available resources, and producing a list of content requests to be excluded from a recording schedule due to resource constraints. Content recording is performed based on results of the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Duane Clevenger
  • Patent number: 8909032
    Abstract: Systems and methods for advanced recording options in interactive media guidance applications pertaining to whether a program includes commercials, has a particular aspect ratio, is a director's cut, or is unrated. The interactive media guidance application receives a user input to search for and record a program with one or more recording attributes, including an input designating that an attribute be required, preferred, or preferred in multiple copies. In one method, the interactive media guidance application retrieves media guidance information data for the program from memory, determines if the program has the desired recording attribute, and if so, records the program. In another method, the interactive media guidance application records the first available program which has all required recording attributes, and then continues to search for and record more-preferred versions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Knee, Reed S. Spiegel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8903226
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for displaying conflicts between two or more recording timers. Recording conflicts are displayed graphically for the user to resolve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Rudolph, Daniel J. Minnick, David A. Kummer, Wendell R. Blackman, Brent Tinker
  • Patent number: 8873938
    Abstract: A receiver receives a request for content associated with a channel, determines that all channel selectors are in use, selects a set of options, and transmits the set to a presentation device. The receiver may then fulfill the request utilizing a selected option. All available channel selectors may be in use because they are tuned to frequency bands of a broadcast signal to record content and data associated the channel is included in a different frequency band. The set of options may include options to stop the current recording in favor of the requested content and options to present content included in a same frequency band to which a tuner is already tuned. In one or more implementations, the receiver may determine that content currently being recorded will be rebroadcast at a later time and may include notifications indicating such and/or options to record the content at the later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Eldon Technology Limited
    Inventor: Dale Llewelyn Mountain
  • Patent number: 8873931
    Abstract: A storage medium for storing text-based subtitle data including style information, a reproducing apparatus and methods are provided for reproducing text-based subtitle data including style information separately recorded on the storage medium. The storage medium includes: multimedia image data; and text-based subtitle data for displaying subtitles on an image based on the multimedia image data, wherein the text-based subtitle data includes dialog information indicating subtitle contents to be displayed on the image, style information indicating an output style of the dialog information, and partial style information indicating an output style applied to a portion of the dialog information. Accordingly, subtitles can be provided in a plurality of languages without limited to the number of units of subtitle data. In addition, subtitle data can be easily produced and edited. Likewise, an output style of the subtitle data can be changed in a variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kil-soo Jung, Sung-wook Park
  • Patent number: 8861938
    Abstract: A method and a system for replacement of programs on a video recorder based on preferences and size constraints of a video recorder. The video recorder compares recorded programs in the computer readable storage media and a schedule of programs to be recorded to a plurality of global preferences and program specific preferences specifying preferred recording quality. For each recorded program whose quality does not match a global preference or program specific preference, a listing of future programs is examined for alternate versions of the program which do match a global preference or program specific preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20140294363
    Abstract: In many aspects, systems and methods for recording overlapping media content using interactive media guidance applications are provided. The systems and methods for recording overlapping media content generally relate to cropping overlapping portions of the media content thereby allowing a user to enjoy most of the recording wile only forgoing a portion of the beginning or the end of a program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: James A. Bumgardner, Geoffrey Z. Ombao, Gregory L. DeCamp, Haig H. Krakirian
  • Patent number: 8831409
    Abstract: Storage management technology, in which a system determines a first amount of storage space on a downloader device of a user that is available for download of new content made available on channels subscribed to by the user. The system also determines a second amount of storage space needed to download new content that has been made available on channels subscribed to by the user. The system further compares the second amount of storage space to the first amount of storage space and determines whether the second amount of storage space exceeds the first amount of storage space. Based on a determination that the second amount of storage space exceeds the first amount of storage space, the system controls downloading of the new content to the downloader device and deletion of previously-stored content on the downloader device based on a content allocation policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: PurpleComm Inc.
    Inventors: Jack H. Chang, William H. Sheu, Sherman Tuan
  • Patent number: 8813122
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for reproducing programs, comprising storage means for storing a plurality of stored programs, for example, a television receiver comprising or controlling a video recorder. The apparatus comprises scheduling means for composing a personal reproduction schedule of a subset of said plurality of stored programs, in accordance with a user profile. If the apparatus is also capable of receiving broadcast programs, the scheduling means are adapted to include said broadcast programs in the reproduction schedule. A user-selectable virtual channel may be provided for easy inspection and execution of the reproduction schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Edwin A. Montie, Warner R. T. Ten Kate, Frank Uittenbogaard
  • Publication number: 20140178051
    Abstract: A system for loading videos includes an interactive video player is with a loader. A product configuration file in operation configures files for a user in creation of a custom video. External assets are configured for a design of an interactive layer of the video. The interactive video player in operation creates in real-time a custom video that includes a plurality of video segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Bloch, Barak Feldman, Tal Zubalsky, Kfir Y. Rotbard
  • Publication number: 20140169769
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system with program series reminder and recording capabilities is provided. The system allows a user to set a reminder or schedule a recording for a single episode or for each episode of a program series. In addition, other options may be provided that allow the user to determine, for example, whether to schedule reminders/recordings for episodes on all channels on which the program airs or only on a selected channels, whether to schedule reminders/recordings for all episodes including reruns or only new episodes, whether to schedule reminders/recordings for network or syndicated episodes, and whether to schedule reminders/recordings for episodes on all days or only on selected days of the week. Before the scheduled broadcast time of each episode of each selected program series, the system sends a reminder message to the user that reminds the user of the program episode or sends a record command to a videocassette recorder to initiate recording of the episode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, Thomas R. Lemmons, Kevin D. Satterfield, Donald W. Allison, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8745632
    Abstract: Under a resource manager, unexpected blocking is prevented without calling a handler for resolving a resource contention, by assigning a priority level depending on the program that has requested for a reservation of a resource as well as by assigning a special priority level which permits a reservation of a resource without any conditions in the case of a program which is urgently needed such as an EAS module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hashimoto, Takaaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8739174
    Abstract: Under a resource manager, unexpected blocking is prevented without calling a handler for resolving a resource contention, by assigning a priority level depending on the program that has requested for a reservation of a resource as well as by assigning a special priority level which permits a reservation of a resource without any conditions in the case of a program which is urgently needed such as an EAS module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hashimoto, Takaaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8731376
    Abstract: A recorder control apparatus which controls execution of broadcast program recording in a plurality of recorders connected thereto, comprises an acceptance unit configured to accept a request to execute broadcast program recording, an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from each recorder, reservation information related to reserved program recording to be executed by the recorder after a point at which the execution request is accepted, a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of recorders, a recorder capable of executing broadcast program recording corresponding to the execution request for a longest duration, based on the reservation information, and a request unit configured to request the recorder selected by the selection unit to execute broadcast program recording corresponding to the execution request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Shikata, Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Tomoyasu Yoshikawa, Teruki Kikkawa, Satoshi Hanamitsu, Tomoya Asanuma, Osamu Yonishi, Koji Mito
  • Patent number: 8712213
    Abstract: A first video-recording reservation management apparatus which communicates with a second apparatus and can receive the same channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Toru Kamiwada, Noboru Iwamatsu, Yousuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8687949
    Abstract: Flexibility with respect to access and enjoyment of time shifted content in a content distribution network is provided, especially with regard to content not present on a DVR. A DVR accesses a network storage device over a network for particular portions of content not available on the DVR and the network storage device provides those missing portions. The user may then rewind and playback not only already locally stored content but also that content provided by the storage device. Content can be provided through faster-than-real-time transmissions such that the content is made available to the DVR prior to it being needed for rewind functionality or playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Walters, Richard Lang
  • Patent number: 8677429
    Abstract: A system for managing resource-usage conflict among a plurality of viewers associated with a plurality of TVs, including a plurality of resources for shared usage among the viewers, the resources including at least one input device adapted to receive a program broadcast and to transmit the program broadcast onward for display, a resolution arrangement operationally connected to the at least one input device, the resolution arrangement being adapted to identify a usage conflict of at least one of the resources, and send an on-screen display having a resource usage action-choice to at least two of the TVs. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Yonatan Lehman, Ezra Darshan
  • Patent number: 8677368
    Abstract: Under a resource manager, unexpected blocking is prevented without calling a handler for resolving a resource contention, by assigning a priority level depending on the program that has requested for a reservation of a resource as well as by assigning a special priority level which permits a reservation of a resource without any conditions in the case of a program which is urgently needed such as an EAS module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hashimoto, Takaaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8660412
    Abstract: Content receivers may be configured to simultaneously record multiple instances of content for multiple programming channels based on content provider instructions. Systems and methods utilize the content receivers to dynamically adjust recording parameters to account for instances of content with a start time and/or end time that falls outside of predefined recording parameters. The dynamically adjusted recording parameters may adjust the number of channels recorded and/or instances of content recorded. The content receiver may compare programming information received at a processing unit with predefined recording parameters and may dynamically adjust the recording parameters based on the comparison. The content receiver may generate on screen display content to include information on the dynamically adjusted recording parameters and may transmit the on screen display content to a content display device for notifying the user of the dynamically adjusted recoding parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David A. Kummer, Erik J. Swenson
  • Patent number: 8644687
    Abstract: In a recording apparatus (camcorders, optical disc recorders, etc.), the operator presses down priority designating buttons for designating priorities when recording input image data. An additional information generating section records and holds, in a storage section, additional information indicating priorities of data to be recorded (e.g., “low”, “intermediate”, “high”, or “highest”) which are set, depending on what priority designating button has been pressed down. If recordable remaining space in the storage section detected by the remaining amount detecting section falls below a predetermined value before the start of or during recording of data, a control section overwrites regions in order of priority of data which is stored therein, the lowest first, with data which is about to be recorded or is being recorded, based on the additional information generated by the additional information generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Kitagawa, Masaru Iwasa, Takeshi Yado
  • Publication number: 20130343730
    Abstract: An interactive television system is provided in which a user can use an interactive television application to establish time-based settings. The user may set television program reminders, advance-order pay-per-view programs, schedule programs for recording and establish parental controls to prevent television viewing during certain times on certain channels. The interactive television application may be used to support video recorder functions such as personal video recorder functions implemented locally on the user's set-top box or other equipment and network-based video recorder functions implemented using servers at cable television headends and other network locations. The interactive television application may also be used to deliver video-on-demand content. When the user requests that video be delivered, conflicts may arise between the requested video delivery and the previously-established time-based settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: UNITED VIDEO PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8615164
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided according to one embodiment. The method includes receiving a request to record a television program; determining an amount of available storage space on each of at least two recording devices; and selecting one of the recording devices to store a representation of the television program on a computer readable medium associated with the respective recording device based on the determined amounts of available storage space on each of the at least two recording devices, wherein the selected recording device stores the representation of the television program. Additional systems, methods, and computer program products are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Dominic M. Kotab
  • Patent number: 8600220
    Abstract: A system for loading videos includes an interactive video player is with a loader. A product configuration file in operation configures files for a user in creation of a custom video. External assets are configured for a design of an interactive layer of the video. The interactive video player in operation creates in real-time a custom video that includes a plurality of video segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd—Israel
    Inventors: Jonathan Bloch, Barak Feldman, Tal Zubalsky, Kfir Y. Rotbard
  • Patent number: 8587654
    Abstract: A network switch control digital video recorder (DVR) is provided. The network switch control DVR includes a network switch module configured to include a plurality of ports via which data is input to or output from at least one camera, a network storage, an external computer, and a DVR module and to multiplex data input or output via the plurality of ports; and the DVR module configured to control the input or output of data to or from the network switch module by monitoring a state of the input or output of data via the plurality of ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: ITX Security Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Song-Nam Bae, Dong-Uk Park, Byung-Yun Lee
  • Patent number: 8588590
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided according to one embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Dominic M. Kotab
  • Patent number: 8571387
    Abstract: Administration of storage space requirements on personal video recorders (“PVRs”), including recording a show having a storage space requirement, and incrementing the show's storage space requirement. Embodiments include tracking a recording period for the show and actual storage space used during the recording period; comparing the storage space used with an amount of storage space projected to be used during the tracked recording period; and incrementing the show's storage space requirement if the storage space used is greater than the storage space projected to be used. Embodiments include incrementing the show's storage space requirement in accordance with a predetermined overallocation rate. Embodiments include incrementing a show's storage space requirement in dependence upon genre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Boston, Michael Wayne Brown, Andrew Douglas Hately, Michael A. Paolini
  • Patent number: 8554058
    Abstract: An electronic device for playing multimedia files includes a storage unit, an input unit, a control unit, and a play unit. The storage unit stores a number of multimedia files. The control unit determines whether two or more multimedia files are selected to play according to signals from the input unit, determines types of the selected multimedia files if two or more multimedia files are selected, and controls the play unit to play the selected multimedia files according to a priority each type of multimedia files is assigned if the selected multimedia files have different types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tien-Ping Liu
  • Publication number: 20130259452
    Abstract: Under a resource manager, unexpected blocking is prevented without calling a handler for resolving a resource contention, by assigning a priority level depending on the program that has requested for a reservation of a resource as well as by assigning a special priority level which permits a reservation of a resource without any conditions in the case of a program which is urgently needed such as an EAS module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi HASHIMOTO, Takaaki SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20130251349
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying identifiers for one or more series of recordable events is described. A system, such as the system of a digital video recorder, may receive a set of recordable events data, such as a listing of all television shows to be broadcast over a two-week period. The system analyzes the set of recordable events data for determining one or more sets of recordable events, where each set includes recordable events having the same title. The system analyzes each set of recordable events to determine sub-sets of recordable events based on relationships between the recordable events of each sub-set. The system displays an identifier for each sub-set of a given set of recordable events when the given set of recordable events is selected for display. A user may select to record a sub-set of recordable events by selecting the identifier that represents the sub-set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Goodwin, Deborah E. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 8542984
    Abstract: Systems and methods for advanced recording options in interactive media guidance applications pertaining to whether a program includes commercials, has a particular aspect ratio, is a director's cut, or is unrated. The interactive media guidance application receives a user input to search for and record a program with one or more recording attributes, including an input designating that an attribute be required, preferred, or preferred in multiple copies. In one method, the interactive media guidance application retrieves media guidance information data for the program from memory, determines if the program has the desired recording attribute, and if so, records the program. In another method, the interactive media guidance application records the first available program which has all required recording attributes, and then continues to search for and record more-preferred versions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Knee, Reed S. Spiegel, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130243398
    Abstract: In response to receiving a request, a current status of each one of a number of tuners of a television receiver may be determined. A ranking may be assigned to each one of the number of tuners based on an associated determined status. A listing may be generated based on the ranking and, when selected, a particular tuner of ranking greater than other ones of the plurality of tuners may be allocated for the recording of a particular broadcast program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Templeman, Yunfeng Yang
  • Publication number: 20130247115
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a selection of a television program to record may be received by a television receiver. The television program may be broadcast on a first television channel and as part of a first transponder stream. A plurality of television channels that are transmitted as part of the first transponder stream may be determined. A user interface may be presented that permits a user to select from the plurality of television channels transmitted on the first transponder stream. A selection of a second television channel from the plurality of television channels may be received. In response to the selection of the first television program to record and the selection of the second television channel from the plurality of television channels, record the first television channel and the second television channel via a single tuner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Danny Jean Minnick
  • Publication number: 20130209071
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for managing digital video recording of alternative event data during a blackout of primary event data at a client device, the method including but not limited to receiving notification data indicating that a blackout has been cancelled for a primary event; proceeding with recording the scheduled digital video recording for the primary event; and graphically presenting the notification data of the cancelled blackout for the primary event at the client device. A system is disclosed for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: AT & T Legal Department-Roebuck, Patent Docketing
    Inventor: AT & T Legal Department-Roebuck, Patent Docket
  • Patent number: 8479232
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for scheduling a broadcast using the same. The broadcast scheduling method includes generating a program information table, in which broadcast information is arranged, if a broadcast program selected by a user in the program information table is moved into an area adjacent to an icon, displaying the broadcast program being added to an item folder, and scheduling the broadcast program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won-il Kim, Yong-hwan Kwon, Joon-hwan Kim, Heui-jin Kwon, Chang-soo Lee, Jeong-yeon Lee, Victor Szilagyi
  • Patent number: 8478113
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a video server includes a plurality of processors and a log data integration unit. Each of the plurality of processors includes a generation module, a storage module, and a transmission module. The generation module generates the log data including at least an event occurrence time. The storage module stores the log data. The transmission module transmits the log data stored in the storage module to the log data integration unit via the common bus. The log data integration unit includes a reception module and an integration module. The reception module receives the log data from the plurality of processors via the common bus. The integration module integrates the received log data in an occurrence time order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Toshiki Mori, Shuichi Yamaguchi, Toshio Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8447171
    Abstract: A storage medium for storing text-based subtitle data including style information, a reproducing apparatus and methods are provided for reproducing text-based subtitle data including style information separately recorded on the storage medium. The storage medium includes: multimedia image data; and text-based subtitle data for displaying subtitles on an image based on the multimedia image data, wherein the text-based subtitle data includes dialog information indicating subtitle contents to be displayed on the image, style information indicating an output style of the dialog information, and partial style information indicating an output style applied to a portion of the dialog information. Accordingly, subtitles can be provided in a plurality of languages without limited to the number of units of subtitle data. In addition, subtitle data can be easily produced and edited. Likewise, an output style of the subtitle data can be changed in a variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kil-soo Jung, Sung-wook Park
  • Patent number: 8442387
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying identifiers for one or more series of recordable events is described. A system, such as the system of a digital video recorder, may receive a set of recordable events data, such as a listing of all television shows to be broadcast over a two-week period. The system analyzes the set of recordable events data for determining one or more sets of recordable events, where each set includes recordable events having the same title. The system analyzes each set of recordable events to determine sub-sets of recordable events based on relationships between the recordable events of each sub-set. The system displays an identifier for each sub-set of a given set of recordable events when the given set of recordable events is selected for display. A user may select to record a sub-set of recordable events by selecting the identifier that represents the sub-set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Goodwin, Deborah Elizabeth Rodgers