Billing In Video Distribution System Patents (Class 725/1)
  • Patent number: 11399121
    Abstract: An image capture device may capture video frames while experiencing motion. The video frames may be stored in a visual track, and rotational positions of the image capture device may be stored in a rotational position track. The visual track and the rotational position track may not be temporally aligned. A looping stabilized view of the view frames and a synchronization adjustment option may be presented on a display. The synchronization adjustment option may enable user modification of timing of the rotational positions stored within the rotational position track. Timing modification of the rotational positions may cause changes in the looping stabilized view, which may be used as feedback on whether the synchronization between the visual track and the rotational position track is being improved or not by the timing modification of the rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McIntosh, Andrew Russell
  • Patent number: 11373688
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes techniques for generating dynamic image covers of multimedia files. The disclosed techniques comprise obtaining a multimedia file and a plurality of comments associated with the multimedia file, wherein each of the plurality of comments corresponds to a time point of playing the multimedia file, and a duration of playing the multimedia file is divided into a plurality of time periods; determining a status corresponding to each of the plurality of time periods based on a subset of comments among the plurality of comments corresponding to each of the plurality of time periods; identifying at least one time period among the plurality of time periods based on determining that a status corresponding to the at least time period satisfies at least one predetermined rule; and generating a dynamic cover of the multimedia file based on images comprised in the multimedia file during the at least one time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI BILIBILI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhengxin Ling
  • Patent number: 11363327
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for displaying a virtual item, a terminal and a storage medium. The method includes: receiving an instruction for customizing a virtual item; displaying a window on the live broadcast interface in response to the instruction; acquiring a custom content through the window input by the first user, wherein the custom content is configured to define a form of the virtual item; generating the virtual item based on the custom content; and displaying the virtual item on the live broadcast interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Dajia Internet Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weisen Qiu
  • Patent number: 11363078
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of capturing devices and a plurality of displaying devices. The capturing devices and the displaying devices can be communicatively connected to a server. The server can receive captured data from the capturing devices and transform the data into a digitized format. At least one of the capturing devices can record a video during a meeting and the capturing device can transmit the captured video to the server as a video feed. The video feed can show an area that includes handwritten text, e.g., a whiteboard. The server can receive the video feed from the capturing device and perform various processes on the video. For example, the server can perform a voice recognition, text recognition, handwriting recognition, face recognition and/or object recognition technique on the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Gaurang Bhatt, Negar Kalbasi
  • Patent number: 11210423
    Abstract: A secure tenant activity data system for a deployment service includes processor that is configured to decrypt a set of encrypted stream processed monitoring data to recover a set of stream processed monitoring data; determine a transaction identifier associated with the set of stream processed monitoring data; determine whether the transaction identifier has been seen associated with a set of previous data; in response to determining that the transaction identifier has been seen associated with the set of previous data, retrieve the set of previous data; decrypt the set of previous data to recover a set of decrypted previous data; aggregate the set of stream processed monitoring data with the set of decrypted previous data to generate a set of aggregated data; encrypt the set of aggregated data to create a set of encrypted aggregated data; and provide the set of encrypted aggregated data to a safe storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Workday, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Avinash Namjoshi, Harikrishna Narayanan, Sergei Winitzki, Yury Markovsky, Lakshminarayanan Renganarayana
  • Patent number: 11210330
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for storing, reading, and displaying a plurality of multimedia files are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Guo, Long Zhang, Anmin Xin
  • Patent number: 11170064
    Abstract: A method, system, and product for filtering out unwanted social media content in real-time. The system comprises multiple sets of machine learning classifiers to filter out the unwanted content on any media including but not limited to text, images, audio, and video. Classifiers are trained with labeled data. After being trained, the models screen the incoming real-time data either on a server or a mobile device. A user application is run that results in only approved content to be displayed on the main screen of the user application device. The unwanted data are still available if the user desires to access them. The classifiers are trained with labeled data; and with input parameters in addition to the labeled data. On the device, customized models are trained with the individual user data and Transfers Learning models. When unwanted content is detected, a report is sent to an entity that might help support the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Corinne David
  • Patent number: 11172227
    Abstract: The video sending method includes: acquiring a video stream to be transmitted; generating consecutive frame groups from the video stream, wherein setting a first frame in the current frame group to be a long-term reference frame that uses a first frame in a previous frame group as a reference during generation of at least one of the current frame group, wherein the long-term reference frame is a predictive coded frame configured to transmit a difference and a motion vector obtained by performing a comparison against the first frame in the previous frame group, the current frame group is a frame group other than the first frame group; and sending the frame groups to a receiving terminal. The video receiving method comprises: receiving the frame groups sent by a sending terminal; and restoring the frame groups to obtain the transmitted video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Li Liu, Yue Ma, Leju Yan, Qing Liu
  • Patent number: 11146832
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for distributed storage of files that represent video content across different storage tiers to reduce the amount of computing resources used to store the files, while maintaining a low latency when responding to user requests to stream the video content. Video streaming services support the streaming of video content at different resolutions to support various user devices and/or user preferences. To provide streaming of a particular video content item at different resolutions, the video streaming services may store multiple files that represent the video content item for the different resolutions and stream at different bitrates to user devices. The techniques described herein include storing files configured to stream a video content item at different bitrates (and for different display resolutions) in a tiered storage structure to reduce the amount of computing resources taken to store the files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Farris, Jimmy George, Jesse Robert Hepburn, Benjamin Schwartz, Mark DeSpain, Mathew P. Jack, Marcin Manek, Prakash Bhasker, Saurav Sengupta, Matei Mitaru Berceanu, Akhil Ramachandran, Colleen Marie Toth
  • Patent number: 11140413
    Abstract: A method for long-term reference prediction video compression, includes: dividing a viewing area into a plurality of viewing sections; measuring an elevation and an azimuth of a field of view (fov) in one or more of the viewing sections; determining a storage location of a video frame associated with the field of view based on the measured elevation and azimuth. A long-term reference prediction video compression encoder, includes: a buffer for storing long-term video frames; a detector to measure an elevation and an azimuth of a field of view associated with a video frame; a buffer manager to determine, based on the measured elevation and azimuth, to store data associated with the video frame in the long-term frame buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: AMIMON LTD.
    Inventors: Zvi Reznic, Amnon Cohen-Tidhar, Tal Keren-Zvi
  • Patent number: 10971871
    Abstract: A method and apparatus utilize a data connector, a connection adapter, and a matching transformer. The data connector receives a data signal from a communication line. The connection adapter, coupled to the data connector, receives the data signal with the data connector, adapts the data signal from the data connector to a coax connector, and communicates the data signal to the coax connector. The matching transformer, coupled to a coax cable, performs impedance matching between a first impedance associated with the coax connector and a second impedance associated with the coax cable communicating the data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: IXI Technology Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Denes Molnar, David Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10963587
    Abstract: A secure tenant activity data system for a deployment service includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive a set of encrypted monitoring data collected and encrypted from a monitoring instrument from a tenant system. The processor is configured to decrypt the data for stream processing; encrypt and store the stream processed data; and provide the encrypted data with a tenant identifier to a deployment service. Steam processing is one or more of data cleaning, data rounding, data filtering, data smoothing, algorithmic processing, improving ranking of results, improved navigation, generating recommendations, generating metrics, or computation of features for a machine learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Workday, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Avinash Namjoshi, Harikrishna Narayanan, Sergei Winitzki, Yury Markovsky, Lakshminarayanan Renganarayana
  • Patent number: 10904329
    Abstract: Systems and methods to remotely store and provide telecast programs are provided. The method includes storing an exclusive first transcoded copy of a program in a first configuration for a user along with multiple shared transcoded copies in respective multiple configurations. The method includes receiving a request from the user to view the program, streaming the first transcoded copy, determining based on one or more criteria whether the first transcoded copy is supported, and continuing to stream the first transcoded copy or switching to a second transcoded copy from the multiple transcoded copies based on the criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Yaron Wartski, John Markowski
  • Patent number: 10863376
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein define a performance data and measurement job creation solutions for advanced networks including network slicing, based on a service-based framework. The embodiments allow different kinds of consumers to flexibly use performance management services and performance data services, to collect real-time performance data and/or periodical performance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yizhi Yao, Joey Chou
  • Patent number: 10834040
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sending serialized data for an interactive message comprising a first session data item to a second computing device to render the interactive message using the first session data item and display the rendered interactive message comprising a first media content item associated with a first interactive object and receiving, from the second computing device, a second media content item associated with a second interactive object of the interactive message. The systems and methods further provided for generating a second session data item for the second interactive object of the interactive message, adding the second session data item to the serialized data, and sending the serialized data to a third computing device to render the interactive message using the serialized data and display the rendered interactive message comprising the first media content item and the second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Grygoriy Kozhemiak, Victor Shaburov, Trevor Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10708660
    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: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Gyanveer Singh, Arun Sreedhara
  • Patent number: 10679668
    Abstract: Spherical video content may have a progress length and include spherical video frames that define visual content viewable from a point of view as a function of progress through the progress length. Edits for the spherical video content may be used to generate an edit tree. The edit tree may include nodes corresponding to the edits and edges connecting different nodes. An edit of the spherical video content may be generated based on the edit tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Clark, Ingrid A. Cotoros, Jessica Bonner
  • Patent number: 10555002
    Abstract: Techniques related to long term reference picture video coding are discussed. Such techniques include determining long term reference pictures for a sequence of pictures, adjusting the quantization parameters for the long term reference pictures based on temporal correlations for pictures temporally neighboring and including the long term reference pictures, and managing reference picture lists including the long term reference pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ximin Zhang, Sang-Hee Lee, Dmitry E. Ryzhov
  • Patent number: 10523606
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sending serialized data for an interactive message comprising a first session data item to a second computing device to render the interactive message using the first session data item and display the rendered interactive message comprising a first media content item associated with a first interactive object and receiving, from the second computing device, a second media content item associated with a second interactive object of the interactive message. The systems and methods further provided for generating a second session data item for the second interactive object of the interactive message, adding the second session data item to the serialized data, and sending the serialized data to a third computing device to render the interactive message using the serialized data and display the rendered interactive message comprising the first media content item and the second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Grygoriy Kozhemiak, Victor Shaburov, Trevor Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10515400
    Abstract: Learning vector-space representations of items for recommendations using word embedding models is described. In one or more embodiments, a word embedding model is used to produce item vector representations of items based on considering items interacted with as words and items interacted with during sessions as sentences. The item vectors are used to produce item recommendations similar to currently or recently viewed items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Balaji Krishnamurthy, Raghavender Goel, Nikaash Puri
  • Patent number: 10405029
    Abstract: The invention is: A method for decoding a service guide associated with a video bitstream comprising: (a) receiving a content fragment within the service guide, (b) receiving a name element within the content fragment, (c) receiving a description element within the content fragment and (d) decoding the service guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10394591
    Abstract: A method sanitizes a virtualized composite service. One or more processors provide a sanitization policy for each image within the virtualized composite service. The processor(s) analyze sanitization policies for multiple images in the virtualized composite service in order to detect inconsistencies among the sanitization policies. The processor(s), in response to finding inconsistencies between the sanitization policies, resolve the inconsistencies to produce a consistent sanitization policy, and then use the consistent sanitization policy to sanitize the virtualized composite service to create a sanitized virtualized composite service. The processor(s) receive a request for the virtualized composite service from a requester, and then respond to the request for the virtualized composite service by returning the sanitized virtualized composite service to the requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh N. Chari, Ashish Kundu
  • Patent number: 10306319
    Abstract: One-way streaming video broadcasts can be presented and consumed by an audience via a media player than allows annotations. If the streaming broadcast is live, or at least has not ended, an opportunity exists for the audience to collaborate with the broadcaster and/or contribute to the broadcast. Such can be accomplished by annotating the presentation of the video broadcast with an object that, when selected, facilitates transmission of a video feed associated with the audience member to the broadcaster. The broadcaster can receive and include this video feed into the video broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Loren Groves, Ming Zhang, Matthew John Leske, Nadim Raad
  • 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