Billing In Video Distribution System Patents (Class 725/1)
  • Patent number: 10276185
    Abstract: A system configured to vary a speech speed of speech represented in input audio data without changing a pitch of the speech. The system may vary the speech speed based on a number of different inputs, including non-audio data, data associated with a command, or data associated with the voice message itself. The non-audio data may correspond to information about an account, device or user, such as user preferences, calendar entries, location information, etc. The system may analyze audio data associated with the command to determine command speech speed, identity of person listening, etc. The system may analyze the input audio data to determine a message speech speed, background noise level, identity of the person speaking, etc. Using all of these inputs, the system may dynamically determine a target speech speed and may generate output audio data having the target speech speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhaoqing Ma, Tony Roy Hardie, Christo Frank Devaraj
  • Patent number: 10244289
    Abstract: A method of providing a Non-Real-Time (NRT) service includes receiving a file configuring the NRT service, first signaling information, and second signaling information in a state of being IP-packetized and contained in a single ensemble, configuring and displaying a service guide using the first signaling information acquired from the ensemble, acquiring a first content identifier of content selected from the displayed service guide, accessing a FLUTE session using the second signaling information acquired from the ensemble and acquiring a second content identifier matched with the first content identifier from the accessed FLUTE session, and receiving and storing at least one file configuring the content based on the acquired second content identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Jong Yeul Suh, Chul Soo Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 10152710
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for browser-based payment for content. A request for content is obtained from a client. It is determined whether a payment is sought for the content. It is determined whether a payment-signifying token is presented in a request protocol header of the request. A response protocol header indicating that the payment is sought is returned to the client in response to the request when the payment is sought for the content and the payment-signifying token is not presented in the request protocol header. The content is returned to the client in response to the request when the payment is sought for the content and the payment-signifying token is presented in the request protocol header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryn Edward Nakhuda, Scott Kerns Windsor
  • Patent number: 10127196
    Abstract: A mobile device comprises a sensor to produce image data containing a visual representation of a plurality of physical notes, each of the physical notes comprising separate physical objects, a processor, and at least one module. The module can process the image data to determine boundaries for each of the plurality of physical notes and to determine, based on the boundaries, one or more characteristics for each of the physical notes. The module can also create a digital note representative of each of the plurality of physical notes, apply a set of rules to identify any of the rules that specify criteria satisfied by one or more characteristics of the physical notes, and for each of the identified rules, perform one or more actions specified by the rule to each of the digital notes for which the characteristics of the physical notes satisfies the criteria specified by the rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Moore, Guruprasad Somasundaram, Diane R. Wolk, Brian J. Stankiewicz, Robert D. Lorentz, Scott D. Pearson, Shingo Moriyasu
  • Patent number: 10076709
    Abstract: A media processing unit may identify, automatically based on game play data relating to game events of a sporting event and a set of source selection rules, different media portions from different media sources to include in the media coverage of a particular sporting event. Each of the different media sources may be configured to deliver different media related to the sporting event. The media processing unit determines a plurality of media mappings, which each associate a media portions with a game portions. Based on the determined media mappings, for each game portion, a media processing unit may select a media portion delivery to a user as media coverage of the game portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: VenueNext, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunaldeep Malik, Gideon Yu, Paraag Marathe, Jonathan Dubin
  • Patent number: 10063927
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for automatically providing summarized views of a media asset in a multi-window user interface. For example, a media guidance application may generate a summary view of a media asset by including important content portions into the summary view based on metadata of the content portion. The media guidance application may display the summary view, and missed content in parallel at different windows of the same user equipment. The missed content and the summary view may be coordinated to be displayed in synchronization. In this way, when a user watches the summary view at a center window on the user equipment, the user may also have the option to watch the missed content displayed simultaneously on a side window to catch up on the missed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Gyanveer Singh, Arun Sreedhara
  • Patent number: 10045092
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enforcing the consumption and broadcasting of protected content. A user device on which protected content may be captured, consumed and/or broadcast to other user devices, identifies content being consumed and/or broadcast. Upon identifying the content, the content is determined as being protected or unprotected. If the content is deemed to be protected, the user device can cease consumption of the content on the user device as well as to the other user devices to which the content is being broadcast. Additionally, the user device can transmit a warning notification to one or more of the user device and the other user devices. Further still, the user device can present options to legitimize the presentation of the content on the user device and/or the other user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Deuel, Leon Silverman
  • Patent number: 10044573
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method, an apparatus, and a system for monitoring quality of an OTT video, which can implement monitoring of quality of an OTT video in a convenient manner. An OTT video monitoring apparatus intercepts a message sent by an OTT video terminal to an OTT video source for requesting to watch an OTT video; sends a response message to the OTT video terminal, where the response message carries a monitoring instruction, so that the OTT video terminal obtains identifier information of the OTT video according to the monitoring instruction; the OTT video monitoring apparatus obtains the identifier information of the OTT video from the OTT video terminal; and monitors quality of the OTT video according to the identifier information of the OTT video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinhui Zhang, Youqing Yang, Lu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10009636
    Abstract: A method is performed using a smart TV, which receives from a television signal source device a television signal feed encoding primary television content and then presents that content. The smart TV receives data via the computer network, including first data representing a to-be-replaced portion of the primary television content and second data representing secondary television content. Using the second data, the smart TV automatically presents the secondary television content in place of the to-be-replaced television content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: AlmondNet, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Shkedi
  • Patent number: 9870581
    Abstract: A method for providing a content item element marketplace is disclosed. The method includes receiving an element uploaded by an element provider, the element comprising a segment of media that enhances presentation of a content item, identifying the element as participating in the element marketplace, obtaining, from the element provider, identification of one or more accepted payment modalities for the element, associating the identified element with the obtained one or more accepted payment modalities in the element marketplace, and providing the identified element in the element marketplace for browsing by content creators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jonas Vormweg
  • Patent number: 9805764
    Abstract: A method for media recording creation and catalog is provided, that creates media recordings according to a reference time provided. The method allows editing the media recordings during and after recording, catalogs the media recordings, and identifies the media recordings that are related to the same event or a related event, that are close in time or space, but may have been recorded independently. The method displays the media recordings synchronizedly according to a reference time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CoachMyVideo.com, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Escamilla, Jason Henderson
  • Patent number: 9781172
    Abstract: A media system includes a computer network, a media device supporting a network-based media sharing protocol, a plurality of output devices located at a plurality of physical locations within a hospitality establishment, and a system controller. In response to a first event, the system controller assigns the media device to a particular guest device by reconfiguring one or more components of the computer network to enable the particular guest device to utilize the network-based media sharing protocol to share media over the computer network with the media device, and commands an output device located at a physical location associated with the particular guest device to play media corresponding to the media signal outputted by the media device on the output port. In response to a second event, the system controller un-assigns the media device from the particular guest device and commands the output device to stop playing the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter S. Warrick, Brendan G. Cassidy, Lindsey M. Carriere, Michael D. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9743126
    Abstract: A universal serial bus (USB) dongle device includes a USB interface for receiving a video signal in a first format and for sending a processed video signal in a second format wherein the first format differs from the second format. An encoding module generates the processed video signal based on the video signal. In a further embodiment, A video card includes a video receiver for receiving a video signal in a first format, based on a selection command. An encoding module generates a processed video signal in a second format based on the video signal, wherein the first format differs from the second format. A USB interface transfers the processed video signal to the host device, receives the selection command from the host device and receives a power signal from the host device to power the video receiver and the encoding module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: VIXS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kuldip Sahdra, Norman Stewart, Shijun D. Huang, Mang Lun A. Tong, Lewis Leung
  • Patent number: 9736547
    Abstract: A method of providing a Non-Real-Time (NRT) service includes receiving a file configuring the NRT service, first signaling information, and second signaling information in a state of being IP-packetized and contained in a single ensemble, configuring and displaying a service guide using the first signaling information acquired from the ensemble, acquiring a first content identifier of content selected from the displayed service guide, accessing a FLUTE session using the second signaling information acquired from the ensemble and acquiring a second content identifier matched with the first content identifier from the accessed FLUTE session, and receiving and storing at least one file configuring the content based on the acquired second content identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Jong Yeul Suh, Chul Soo Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9681055
    Abstract: A preview system of an image capture apparatus has a processing circuit and a display apparatus. The processing circuit reads an input image, scales at least a portion of the input image to generate a first preview image, and derives a second preview image from a selected portion of the input image. The display apparatus displays the first preview image and the second preview image, concurrently. Besides, a preview method for an image capture apparatus includes at least the following steps: reading an input image; scaling at least a portion of the input image to generate a first preview image; deriving a second preview image from a selected portion of the input image; and displaying the first preview image and the second preview image on a display apparatus, concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Ju, Ding-Yun Chen, Cheng-Tsai Ho
  • Patent number: 9648013
    Abstract: The invention provides systems, methods and devices for performing passcode authentication. In one embodiment of the invention, a method of performing passcode authentication conducted at a mobile device is provided which comprises the steps of: receiving an authentication request from a security gateway; receiving a passcode entered by a user of the mobile device; comparing the entered passcode to a passcode offset securely stored in a hardware security module (HSM) coupled to the mobile device; and, if the entered passcode corresponds with the passcode offset, generating a secure authentication confirmation message and transmitting the confirmation message to the security gateway; or, if the entered passcode does not correspond with the passcode offset, generating a secure authentication denial message and transmitting the authentication denial message to the security gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Horatio Nelson Huxham, Alan Joseph O'Regan, Tara Anne Moss, Hough Arie Van Wyk
  • Patent number: 9628757
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed herein that enhances communication and collaboration at a distance. In an implementation, a portal engine provides a communication and content portal through which users situated in different locations may interact and collaborate with each other. The portal includes an always-on, bi-directional video link through which the users may communicate over video. The portal may also include a digital white-board or other surface link over which shared content may be exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Beth A. Novak, Anton Oguzhan Alford Andrews, Frederick David Jones, Kenneth Marks
  • Patent number: 9524504
    Abstract: A method for generating microsegments includes retrieving a first set of information including activities attributable to a first plurality of entities and first entity identifiers; retrieving a second set of information including characteristics attributable to the first plurality of entities and second entity identifiers; combining the first and second sets of information using the first and second entity identifiers to obtain a combined set of information, the combined set of information not including personally identifiable information; generating a plurality of microsegments based on selected activities and/or characteristics criteria from the combined set of information; receiving a third set of information including characteristics attributable to a second plurality of entities; and matching characteristics in respective microsegments to characteristics of entities in the second plurality of entities to identify an audience of entities that have a propensity to carry out certain activities based on the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Curtis Villars, Todd Lowenberg
  • Patent number: 9497392
    Abstract: A method of transporting a plurality of similar objects is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of positioning a first one of a plurality of similar objects in the field of view of a camera. The method also includes the step of disposing the remainder of the plurality of similar objects in a container outside of the field of view of the camera. The method also includes the step of transporting all of the plurality of similar objects and the camera and the container to the upper atmosphere. The method also includes the step of generating a video recording and capturing still images of the first one of the plurality of similar objects during at least a portion of the transporting step. The method also includes the steps of selling the objects, videos and the images after the retrieval of container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis Jason Stelmack
  • Patent number: 9483805
    Abstract: A method of limiting tokens for use by a student within an education application displays numerous membership options. For a price, a certain number of tokens are allowed per month. At the end of each month, tokens do not roll over; the account is reset with the monthly allotment of tokens. If the number of tokens in the account reaches zero, access is blocked. A method limits account sharing by using a limited time viewing window for videos and documents. A stated time limit displayed to the student is greater than the length of the video. An actual time limit not displayed to the student is greater than the stated time limit. Requests to restart the video within the actual time limit are granted. A request to restart the video after the actual time limit is denied unless the student again pays the number of tokens equal to the value of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Study Social, Inc.
    Inventor: Ethan Fieldman
  • Patent number: 9462312
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating purchases of broadband content and services are provided. A request to purchase broadband content or a broadband service may be received by a server from a customer device. A transaction associated with the received purchase request may be completed in real-time. Based upon the completion of the transaction, one of (i) access rights associated with the broadband content or (ii) a feature set associated with the broadband service may be altered. The requested broadband content or broadband service is then made available to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Alan Rothschild, Julius Bert Bagley
  • Patent number: 9338491
    Abstract: Predicting user-interest in particular media content. Data associated with scheduled program recording timers may be accumulated across accessible subscribing customers of a particular television provider. A ranking parameter may be assigned to particular programs associated with particular ones of the scheduled program recording timers. A list may be presented itemizing particular programs based on assigned ranking values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Sagar Zaveri
  • Patent number: 9319728
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus which comprises a receiver which receives primary image content; a communicator which communicates with at least one supply source which supplies related image content of the primary image content; a signal processor which processes and outputs the primary image content; and a controller which controls the communicator to request the supply source to supply the related image content, and controls the signal processor to process and play the related image content supplied from the supply source in response to the request if a user selects a key to play the related image content of the primary image content while the primary image content received by the receiver is processed by the signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seong-il Ko
  • Patent number: 9219734
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting media and implementing interaction control thereon. The present method receives a media change notification (MCN) from a non-defeatable autorun. After receiving the MCN of a media event an operation is automatically executed. The operation then initiates a controller for controlling interaction of deliverable electronic media from a media file corresponding to the media event, wherein the receiving, executing, and controlling are automatically implemented and cannot be defeated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 9148702
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes an interface component configured to generate a user interface for playing and requesting videos and a reception component configured to receive a subset of videos from a set of videos in accordance with a video streaming session having a preset duration of time and play the subset of videos for the preset duration of time via the user interface. The device further includes a request component configured to request an increase to the preset duration of time of the video streaming session by a segment of time after reception of a video included in the subset of videos, wherein in response to the request, the reception component is configured to receive the subset of videos for an amount of time including the preset duration of time plus the segment of time and play the subset of videos for the amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Taeho Ko, Robert Lee Thompson, Leslie Wang
  • Patent number: 9143736
    Abstract: On-demand systems and methods are provided to manage locally-stored on-demand content. A user's equipment controls the deletion of and/or access to on-demand content from a local storage device based on constraining criteria that may include rental conditions, dynamic factors, and keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Robert A. Knee, Michael L. Craner
  • Patent number: 9124918
    Abstract: A data processing method and a television controlled by a remote controller are described. The television includes a tuner to receive a broadcast program, an infrared (IR) module to receive an IR signal from a physical remote controller, a controller to change a power-off state into a power-on state based on the received IR signal, a radio frequency (RF) module configured to receive an RF signal from the physical remote controller, and a display module to display a screen remote controller in a predetermined region while displaying the received broadcast program in a screen of the television. The screen remote controller's size is changeable depending on a user's selection. The screen remote controller comprises a first control region comprised of sub-regions used to change at least one channel of the television and a second control region comprised of at least one sub-region used to link to the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Dae Young Jung
  • Patent number: 9106975
    Abstract: A method at a first device coupled to a display includes: when no second device is linked with the first device, receiving a first content stream, the first content stream including a content item and one or more first advertisements, and outputting the content item and the first advertisements to the display. The method also includes: when a second device is linked with the first device, receiving a second content stream, the second content stream including the content item and not including the first advertisements, and outputting the content item to the display without the first advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Gildfind, Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich, Simon Michael Rowe
  • Patent number: 9094728
    Abstract: A client terminal connectable to a video distribution system (VDS) and a display device. The VDS provides program guide information to create a program guide that includes program guide entries for subscribed channels and non-subscribed channels. The client terminal includes a video distribution system interface to receive the program guide information, a display interface to display the program guide on the display device, a user interface to receive user input, and a terminal controller responsive to a subscription control program. In response to user input, the terminal controller selects a program guide entry. If the selected program guide entry is for a non-subscribed channel, the user is queried as to whether the user would like to subscribe to the selected channel. In response to user input indicating that the user would like to subscribe to the selected channel, a subscription request for the selected channel is transmitted to the VDS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Keen Personal Media, Inc.
    Inventors: George B. Hefner, L Jeffrey Kapner, III
  • Patent number: 9021536
    Abstract: A system and process is provided in which original video or dialog content is securely received from the content owner. Subtitle language data is derived, translated, stored and served on a separate database for synchronous playback with the content in video streaming, downloading or online TV following the activation of an option by the end user through a media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Stream Translations, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard E. Greenberg, Bente Cecilie Ottersen, Randi Næs
  • Publication number: 20150095925
    Abstract: A content supply system and a content supply method thereof, and a display device and a control method thereof which supplies content to the display apparatus, are disclosed. A content supply system, including a user terminal which is used to purchase content; a content supply server which stores therein purchase description information of the first content purchased through the user terminal, and supplies second content based on the purchase description information of the purchased first content; and a display device which transmits usage authorization information to the content supply server corresponding to the purchase description information of the purchased first content, and receives the second content from the content supply server. The present invention supplies content which is purchased by a user through a user terminal and enables a user to use the content without double payment for the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeo-ri YOON, Chang-soo LEE, Sang-hee LEE, Dae-Hyun KIM
  • Patent number: 8997131
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing advertisements in association with recorded media items. For example, a broadcast media item is stored in a networked storage system in association with an account of a user for later consumption. At least one marker is located in the broadcast media item that identifies a first advertisement in the broadcast media item. One of a plurality of second advertisements is selected that targets the user to replace the first advertisement. The first advertisement is replaced with the selected one of the second advertisements in the broadcast media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Piragash Velummylum, Johanna S. Olson, Korwin J. Smith, James H. Wood, Wenlin Ma, Christopher G. Emery
  • Patent number: 8988495
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is included in the input signal, if the video signal is a 3D video signal, requesting 3D format information about the video signal to a server that stores 3D format information, if the input signal does not include the 3D format information about the video signal, and processing, upon receipt of 3D format information from the server in response to the 3D format information request, the video signal according to the 3D format information and displaying a 3D image based on the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Eletronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeongsim Kim
  • Publication number: 20150074693
    Abstract: A control device acquires from the content server options for purchasable video contents to display the options, accepts from an input unit a manipulation for determination of a video content to be purchased out of the options, and sends the viewing device a control event. A viewing device executes purchase processing for the video content, which is determined to be purchased, on the basis of the control event received from the control device, acquires the purchased video content from the content server, and plays the video content on the output unit. The control device further causes a control event to control the play of the video content by the viewing device, and sends the viewing device the control event. The viewing device controls the play of the video content on the basis of the control event received from the control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Junya ENOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150067715
    Abstract: The present technology provides a secure event broadcasting system and method. In particular, the secure event broadcasting system and method provides for the compression of event video content at a specified compression ratio and video quality, uploading of the compressed video to a content delivery network and controlled access to the compressed video by invited viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Koat, Philip Nerland, Bryan Chow
  • Publication number: 20150058870
    Abstract: A purchase code, such as a web address indicating a webpage of a product at a merchant's website, may be embedded into a video advertisement by steganography. The video advertisement embedding the purchase code may be displayed to consumers on televisions or on display kiosks installed at a merchant's storefront. A consumer, who is viewing the video advertisement and is interested in purchasing the product being advertised, may point a mobile device with a camera, e.g., a smart phone, to scan the video advertisement with the camera. The mobile device may decode the video advertisement to capture the purchase code embedded in the video advertisement. The purchase code may automatically direct the mobile device to visit the product web page at the merchant's web site. Thus, the consumer may purchase the product immediately at the merchant's web site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ramaneek Khanna, Geoffrey W. Chatterton, Timothy C. Nichols
  • Patent number: 8959539
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a video stream, wherein the video stream is divided into video segments, and wherein the video stream is being sent to a customer device and receiving a request to insert a message into the video stream. The method may further include determining a particular video segment after which to insert the message into the video stream; inserting the message into video stream after the particular video segment; and sending the video stream to the customer device, wherein the video stream includes the inserted message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata S. Adimatyam, Sameer Vasant Gavade, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco
  • Publication number: 20150040147
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile, cause a presentation device to present a user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to communicate with a merchant system, establish a communication session with the merchant system, receive a notification from the merchant system of a merchant avatar engine, establish communication with the merchant avatar engine, adapt the characteristics of the avatar at least in part according to instructions supplied by the merchant avatar engine, and cause the presentation device to present the user the adapted avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Darnell Clayton, E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Publication number: 20150012925
    Abstract: This disclosure describes methods and systems for improved media distribution. More specifically, this disclosure sets forth methods and systems for distributing video to a third party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Chris Kalaboukis
  • Publication number: 20150007203
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 8909691
    Abstract: A method for providing a content service to a subscriber terminal (MS) from a first server, i.e. content server (CS). The provision of the content service from the content server to the subscriber terminal is controlled by a second server, i.e. proxy (CBP). The control comprises the following steps: 1) determining (5-4 to 5-10, 706) a billing address for the content service by means of the proxy (CBP); 2) under the control of the content billing proxy, providing (5-48) a content service corresponding to a service request from the content server (CS) to the subscriber terminal (MS); and 3) generating (5-46) billing information (CDR) related to the content service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Toni Markus Piponius, Lauri Tapio Aarnio, Timo Petteri Kiravuo, Eija Riitta Helena Lehtovaara, Tero Ilari Silvennoinen, Hannu H. Kari
  • Patent number: 8904423
    Abstract: A system, an authentication engine and a method are described herein for authenticating an end user and associating their set-top box with a third party web based application to stream a third party video to the set-top box. In one example, the end user may utilize a client device (e.g., computer, laptop computer, smart phone) to access via the internet the third party video provider which lists a number of videos that the end user could watch on their television. The end user would select one of the videos to watch and then their cable provider would stream the video to the end-user's set-top box to be displayed on their television. To enable this service, the authentication system authenticates the end user and associates their set-top box with the third party video provider's web based application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Jennifer Reynolds, Charles Dasher, Paul Canter
  • Patent number: 8904414
    Abstract: A method of delivering video content is disclosed that includes receiving a request at a video content gifting server from a first set-top box device. The request indicates a selection to purchase video content for a second subscriber associated with a second set-top box device. The method also includes sending notification information to the second set-top box device. The notification information indicates that the video content has been purchased for the second subscriber. Further, the method includes receiving viewing preferences data at the video content gifting server from the second set-top box device. The viewing preferences data indicates a particular time that the second subscriber is to receive the video content. Additionally, the method includes sending video content download data to a particular network entity. The video content download data includes instructions to send the video content to the second set-top box device at the particular time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Publication number: 20140351834
    Abstract: Providing video-on-demand (VOD) content to a subscriber may be disclosed. First, a request for a VOD session may be received from a companion device. Next, in response to the received request for the VOD session, a catalog of VOD content may be sent to the companion device. A selection of VOD content listed in the catalog of VOD content may then be received. A digital transport adaptor (DTA) corresponding to the received request for the VOD session may be identified. Next, the VOD session may be setup with the identified DTA and the selected VOD content may be streamed to the identified DTA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Shankar Srivastav, Timothy C. Richards
  • Patent number: 8881186
    Abstract: This disclosure describes methods and systems for improved media distribution. More specifically, this disclosure sets forth methods and systems for distributing video to a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 8869181
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Publication number: 20140310735
    Abstract: The invention relates to flat rate billing schemes and ways of improving the cost-efficiency in the broadcasting of e.g. streaming media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: CODEMATE A/S
    Inventors: Scott K. Brown, Michael Koehn Milland, Robert J. Gribnau, Theis Rauhe
  • Patent number: 8863180
    Abstract: Interactive audio-video episodes may be provided in which progression of storylines is contingent upon user interactions with the episodes. User activities may be facilitated during presentation of an episode. The user activities may be contextually related to the storyline of the presented episode. A given user activity may include a visual and/or audio queue to prompt the user to participate in the given user activity. Progression of the storyline of the presented episode may be suspended during the given user activity. One or more user interactions may be received during individual user activities facilitated during presentation of the episode. The storyline may continue to progress after the given user activity responsive to receipt of a given user interaction prompted by the given user activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren Devillier, Michael Peterson, Christopher Butler, Jason Scott Byers
  • Patent number: 8856299
    Abstract: A Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) management method includes: acquiring information about a policy control session corresponding to a data connection, where the information about the policy control session includes information about policy control session release or result information about policy control session setup, and managing a mapping relation between the data connection and a PCRF according to the information about the policy control session corresponding to the data connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying Hu, Yu Yin, Shanshan Wang
  • Patent number: 8856813
    Abstract: A computing device, in a video content delivery network, intercepts requested video content prior to delivery of the requested video content to a customer premise device of the network, and receives subscription and authentication information of a customer associated with the customer premise device. The computing device receives video content provider information, and validates the requested video content based on the subscription and authentication information and the video content provider information. The computing device receives capability information associated with the customer premise device, and receives bandwidth information associated with the network. The computing device determines a quality of video content, to provide to the customer premise device, based on the customer premise device capability information and the network bandwidth information, and provides, to the customer premise device, video content with the determined quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: David E. McDysan, Daniel J. O'Callaghan, Stevan H. Leiden, Douglas M. Pasko, John E. Rathke