Near Video-on-demand System (i.e., Providing Plural, Time-staggered Versions Of Same Program) Patents (Class 725/101)
  • Patent number: 10361964
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for optimizing resource utilization in a communications network while also optimizing subscriber engagement with media content over the communications network. Requested content objects can be identified as delayable objects that can be queued for opportunistically delayed communication to both requesting and non-requesting subscribers. Queued delayed content objects are scored with an eye toward optimizing both subscriber engagement and utilization of opportunistically available communications link resources. For example, a storage manager calculates a likelihood that each subscriber will engage with the content if it is opportunistically delivered, and a scheduler calculates a priority order in which to queue each requested delayable content object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: VIASAT, INC.
    Inventors: Mark D. Dankberg, Daniel M. Newman, Steven R. Hart
  • Patent number: 10310928
    Abstract: Multimedia input may be received by two or more transcoders. A primary transcoder may transcode the multimedia input and generate a first multimedia output segment having a first segment quality metric based at least in part on errors detected as part of the transcoding process. A second transcoder may transcode the multimedia input and generate a redundant second multimedia output segment encoded with a segment quality metric. The segment quality metrics may be encoded in a manifest file associated with each particular segment. A multimedia delivery platform may receive redundant segments from two or more transcoders and select, among the redundant segments, a segment to provide to a downstream entity based at least in part on the quality metric of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Paul Hegar, Khawaja Salman Shams
  • Patent number: 10211922
    Abstract: Systems and Methods for reducing distortion due to bursts of upstream transmission in an HFC CATV network. In some preferred systems, the functionality of an Optical Network Unit (ONU) may occur within a node or amplifier along a direction upstream from a subscriber's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh G. Mutalik, Marcel F. Schemmann, John Ulm, Zoran Maricevic
  • Patent number: 10063934
    Abstract: A first portion of programming aired prior to a first time is obtained via a unicast session with a server, the first portion including previously aired programming. When the programming data being sent via the unicast session catches up to a multicast broadcast of the programming, the unicast session is terminated and a switch is made to obtaining a remaining portion of the programming from a different source other than the server. This different source can be, for example, a local storage device or a multicast broadcast of the programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Terry Qing Guo, Nadav M. Neufeld, Edwin K. Lau, Haoyun Wu
  • Patent number: 9736534
    Abstract: A method of content recording and playback is carried out in a receiving device by selecting one of a plurality of digital content streams (80, 82, 84), which have respective distribution arrangements. A content segment (90) of a review buffer (88) is established and configured for the one content stream. While recording the one content stream in the review buffer (90), a content source change operation is performed to record another content stream in the review buffer (88) by discontinuing recording of the one content stream, and iterating establishing, configuring and recording with a new content segment (92). Recorded content of the content segment (90) and new content segment (92) are stored in respective data stores (102, 100). The content streams may be replayed in an order or a reverse order of recording thereof by retrieving data from respective content segments or data stores. Related apparatus is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dany Kharitonsky, Sara Novogrodsky
  • Patent number: 9635528
    Abstract: It is provided are a server including: a storage module for storing original files and characteristics of the original files; an encoding module for encoding the original files stored in the storage module to generate encoded symbols; an information acquisition module for communicating with at least one transmission node and acquiring state information from the at least one transmission node; a control module for calculating a number of the encoded symbols to be sent to the at least one transmission node for caching based on the characteristics of the original files stored in the storage module and the state information of the at least one transmission node acquired by the information acquisition module; and a communication module for sending the encoded symbols to the at least one transmission node based on the number of the encoded symbols calculated by the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chunguang Liu, Peng Yang, Xiaolei Wang, Yanan Bao, Sheng Zhou, Mika Mizutani, Zhisheng Niu
  • Patent number: 9426505
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for simultaneously broadcasting video components (VCs). In one example, a method includes an automation-system (AS) selecting a log entry including (i) a first identifier that maps to a first VC, and (ii) a second identifier that maps to a second VC; a recording-and-playout device (RAPD) retrieving the first VC; the RAPD sending the retrieved first-VC to an encoder; the encoder generating a first transport-stream (TS) having (i) program-identification (PID) data, and (ii) payload data including the sent first-VC; the encoder sending the generated first-TS to a first outbound-broadcast device (OBD); the encoder sending the generated first-TS to a transport-stream splicer; the AS loading the splicer with the second VC; the splicer generating a second TS having (i) the PID data of the generated first-TS, and (ii) payload data including the loaded second-VC; and the splicer sending the generated second-TS to a second OBD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 9271299
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and a Radio Resource Management arrangement in a wireless communication system for allocating communication of one or several services to at least one of several available frequency spectrum resources. The method comprises the steps of categorizing said available frequency spectrum resources with respect to volatility, and categorizing said one or several services with respect to compressibility, and assigning said one or several services to the available spectrum resources such that compressible services are assigned to volatile spectrum resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON
    Inventors: Joachim Sachs, Tim Irnich
  • Patent number: 9191723
    Abstract: A method and system of broadcasting a regional television channel to a user. A digital subscriber line access multiplex (DSLAM) receives a broadcast of multicast channels intended for delivery to the user. The multicast channels include national channels and a regional channel. The DSLAM broadcasts the multicast channels to the user and receives a regional channel control signal specifying a broadcast during a specified period of time of the regional channel instead of a national channel previously scheduled to be broadcast to the user during the specified period of time. The DSLAM switches the multicast channels broadcasted to the user during the specified period of time from the national channel to the regional channel such that the regional channel is in a specific channel slot of the national channel during the specified period of time during broadcasting the multicast channels to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Collet, Francois-Xavier Drouet, Fabien Lanne
  • Patent number: 9100700
    Abstract: A remote storage digital video recorder (RS-DVR) system is disclosed. The RS-DVR system includes a network interface to communicate data between the RS-DVR system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates; and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. The RS-DVR carries out a number of functions and operations to service multiple subscribers and associated subscriber systems, such as various storage device management operations, file structure techniques, assignment of recorded media to subscribers, file system indexing, and supporting shared and per-subscriber content rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Darren Major
  • Patent number: 9060045
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media server and parsing engine, 3rd party mobile aggregator, client servers, and a plurality of communication devices that are each associated with a user and a user profile. The media server can provide one or more of the plurality of communication devices with access to media content, with the access being provided at a time selected by the user. At least one of the one or more of the plurality of communication devices can transmit a critique of the media content. The media server can award points to the user based on performing the critique, and can transmit the critique and user information from the user profile to the client server. The media server can provide the at least one of the one or more of the plurality of communication devices with access to at least one of services or goods to be purchased with the points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: COCKSTER MUSIC, INC.
    Inventor: Jesse James Dupree
  • Patent number: 9043824
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a broadcast transmitter includes: a viewer information memory configured to store viewer information regarding a viewer who signs up for a subscription; a generator configured to generate individual information regarding a conditional access of a content including a first expiration time indicating an expiration time of the individual information and a second expiration time set independently of the first expiration time for each the viewer who signs up for the subscription based on the viewer information; and a transmitter configured to transmit a broadcast signal including the generated individual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shinichi Ooi
  • Patent number: 9032456
    Abstract: A system for modifying commercials for multi-speed playback detects when a commercial break begins in a broadcast program content stream. If the viewer selects fast-forward playback mode during the commercial break, then the system selects the appropriate alternate content to be played to the viewer. The alternate content can include images, video, and/or audio content. The system is provided configuration information by the service provider or broadcaster to identify what alternate content will be played, when it will be played and any additional processing tasks required. A service provider can charge an advertiser or content provider a fee based on viewership of the alternate content. When the system detects that the commercial break has ended, it returns the viewer back to the program material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Pierson, Craig Seidel, James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 9019897
    Abstract: A wireless multimedia brokerage service supports sharing of real-time multimedia content whereby a mobile device user can perceive real-time content from a device in visual proximity, such as a nearby display device, and share the content of the display device with another mobile terminal user without the need to download or otherwise directly access the real-time content. The brokerage service can handle the transactional details of obtaining rights to the real-time content and also manage establishing and terminating a real-time multimedia session with the device(s) of the recipient user(s). In some embodiments, the wireless multimedia content brokerage service can proactively obtain subscriptions to content providers based on the location of one or more users. The brokerage service can also proactively obtain and buffer real-time content after receiving a request to share the content, with the buffering allowing for content to be preserved while the recipient user or users are contacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Neill, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Patent number: 8984570
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for supporting time shift playback in an adaptive Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) streaming transmission solution are disclosed. The method includes: sending a live media presentation description (MPD) request message to a media server; receiving a response message that includes MPD for a current time period, where the MPD further includes media presentation information for another time period; determining that a moment of a media segment to be requested currently exceeds a time range corresponding to the MPD; acquiring the corresponding MPD according to the media presentation information corresponding to the media segment, and requesting, according to the acquired corresponding MPD, the media segment. In this manner, a client supports time shift playback of a larger time range, and at the same time, the size of the MPD is capable of remaining in an acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peiyu Yue, Weizhong Yuan, Teng Shi, Guangyuan Liu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yonghui Tian, Renzhou Zhang, Lingyan Wu, Chuxiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8966557
    Abstract: A system and method for providing multimedia content through a cable, satellite television or other content server system is disclosed. A server facility which provides multimedia content divides formatted multimedia content into data chunks (e.g., collections of data corresponding to one minute lengths) prior to transmission to a user/subscriber receptor unit, and sends the divided data chunks according to a schedule which permits instantaneous starting and viewing of the multimedia content, such as movies, upon user/subscriber request. The user/subscriber receptor unit includes a cable box, video game device, or the like having a digital video recording capability and at least a memory capacity or disk space sufficient to store a complete unit of media content, such as full-length feature film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Corson
  • Patent number: 8959145
    Abstract: A system and method for supporting content distribution in an electronic network includes a peer-to-peer network of electronic devices. The electronic devices are initially preloaded in a distributed manner with various content segments from corresponding content items. When a system user selects a particular content item on a corresponding electronic device, a download manager of the electronic device may automatically generate content segment requests to other appropriate electronic devices in the peer-to-peer network. The download manager may then download and automatically reassemble the content segments to produce the selected content item for utilization by the system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Georgis, Djung Nguyen, Paul Hwang
  • Patent number: 8898328
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a broadcast signal including a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver, the method comprises receiving and processing a signaling information table including access information of the NRT service, receiving data of the NRT service based on the signaling information table in non-real time and storing the received data of the NRT service in a storage medium, extracting service information including service type of the NRT service and detail information of the NRT service from the signaling information table, and controlling processes of the NRT service based on the extracted service information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8893199
    Abstract: A system and method of managing delivery of content is disclosed. The method includes receiving a first request for delayed broadcast of a content item at a first time. The first request is from a first user having access to broadcast content. The method further includes receiving a second request for delayed broadcast of the content item at a second time. The second request is from a second user having access to broadcast content. The method further includes scheduling the content item for broadcast to a plurality of users at a third time. The third time is after the first time and after the second time. The plurality of users includes the first and second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael F. Grannan, Lalitha Suryanarayana
  • Patent number: 8875205
    Abstract: A mobile video device includes a transceiver module that receives navigation data corresponding to a plurality of video programs including at least one unicast video program and at least one multicast video program, that transmits selection data and that receives a video signal in response thereto. An interface module receives interface data in response to actions of a user. A video display device generates a selection display based on selection display data in a video selection mode and that generates a video display in a video display mode based on the video signal. A video application module generates the selection display data based on navigation data, that generates selection data based on user interface data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Quigley, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Stephen E. Gordon
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8839318
    Abstract: Media content quick speed presentation systems and methods are operable to present selected portions of a media content stream at a quick speed presentation rate. An exemplary embodiment receives the media content stream; identifies a normal speed scene in the received media content, wherein the normal speed scene is presented at a normal speed presentation rate; and identifies a quick speed scene in the received media content, wherein the quick speed scene is presented at a quick speed presentation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Broadcasting Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Yao
  • Patent number: 8839324
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a method and an apparatus for digital content transmission that comprise: (a) partitioning the digital content into a plurality of sequential segments; (b) selecting a plurality of transmission time instants for each of the sequential segments as a function of their order; (c) generating a plurality of linear combinations of the plurality of sequential segments during the plurality of transmission time instants resulting in a plurality of linearly combined coded segments; and (c) transmitting the plurality of linearly combined coded segments from a server to a plurality of clients. In particular embodiments, the method and apparatus further comprise performing error correction based on an implicit error correction (IEC) method that employs the redundancy present in the linearly combined coded segments to perform error correction at the client side without extra bandwidth cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Gradiant, Centro Tecnolóxico de Telecomunicacións de Galicia
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Castaño, Rafael Asorey Cacheda
  • Patent number: 8826350
    Abstract: Method, medium and apparatus for receiving a request for a conferencing session identifying a group to participate in the conferencing session, the group comprising a first user terminal and a second user terminal, the request identifying media content to transmit to the group during the conferencing session, initiating the conferencing session including the group, in response to the request, receiving conferencing data comprising first communication data associated with the first user terminal and second communication data associated with the second user terminal, in response to the initiating the conferencing session, generating a first media stream and a second media stream, the first media stream comprising the media content and the second communication data and the second media stream comprising the media content and the first media stream and sending the first media stream to the first user terminal and the second media stream to the second user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 79 LLC
    Inventor: Joon Maeng
  • Patent number: 8819166
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing bookmark information of a media server through a network based on the UPnP AV standard is disclosed. If a request for bookmarking a content item is made, a bookmark item is created and the created bookmark item is linked to the content item by adding the ID of the created bookmark item to the property information of the content item and recording the ID of the content item to be bookmarked in the created bookmark item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Joon Ahn, Chang Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8819165
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing bookmark information of a media server through a network based on the UPnP AV standard is disclosed. If a request for bookmarking a content item is made, a bookmark item is created and the created bookmark item is linked to the content item by adding the ID of the created bookmark item to the property information of the content item and recording the ID of the content item to be bookmarked in the created bookmark item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Joon Ahn, Chang Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8806549
    Abstract: The invention relates to delivering a program to an individual business or residence. In one embodiment, a process for receiving a program by a user location that is sent from a content distributor is described. In one step, a first portion of the program is received and stored at the user location. A user request for the program is detected after storage of the first portion. A second portion of the program is received in response to the detecting the user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Starz Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Sie, Ganesh Basawapatna, Martin F. Sabraw, Gregory R. Deprez
  • Patent number: 8799366
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide a method and system for communicating information in a distributed media network. The communication of information in a distributed media network may include detecting availability of new media, data and/or service and migrating the newly available media, data and/or service to at least a first media processing system within the distributed media network. The migrated media, data and/or service may be stored at a first media processing system. If the stored media, data and/or service is to be processed, then the media, data and/or service may be migrated to a media view and/or a channel view associated with a media processing system. If the newly available migrated media, data and/or service is to be pushed, then the migrated media, data and/or service may be pushed to a second media processing system and/or a personal computer coupled to the media exchange network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, James Bennett
  • Patent number: 8789096
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to transmit at least a portion of a media content event. An exemplary embodiment receives a request from a first media device, wherein the request identifies a media content event of interest; identifies a first media content stream with a concluding portion of the media content event of interest currently transmitting to a second media device; concurrently transmits the concluding portion of the media content event of interest to the first media device; and transmits a second media stream containing an initial portion of the media content event to the first media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Allan Richard Bly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8769593
    Abstract: A client terminal to provide a video program on demand to a client is connected to a video distribution system and a display device. The video distribution system (VDS) broadcasts a video program to the client terminal including an initial program segment (IPS) and a remaining program segment (RPS). The IPS is broadcast during a first broadcast time interval (FBTI) and the RPS is repetetively broadcast during a second broadcast time interval (SBTI). A terminal controller of the client terminal is responsive to a video control program. During the FBTI, the terminal controller records the IPS in a local memory. During the SBTI, the terminal controller selects the video program in response to a user input and displays the recorded IPS. Further, the terminal controller receives the RPS from the VDS and records it in the local memory. After displaying the recorded IPS, the terminal controller displays the recorded RPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Keen Personal Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Jay Schwartz, L. Jeffrey Kapner, III, Timothy J. Elliott
  • Patent number: 8769591
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a buffering server transfers a dynamic burst transfer of data encoded using an inter-coded compression technique. The dynamic burst transfer is timed so that an initial transfer rate is reduced to a remaining transfer rate at the same time or before a decoding endpoint joins a corresponding data stream. The decoding endpoint merges the video stream and the dynamic burst transfer to decode and quickly reconstruct a displayable video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Bernard Gahm, David R. Oran, Kapil Sharma
  • Patent number: 8745675
    Abstract: A system and method for providing multiple audio streams for a video over a network such as the Internet. The system comprises a server that includes an encryption unit and a slicing unit, a plurality of boxes, and an ordering box. The server encodes multiple audio streams and a single video to be sliced into segments. The sliced segments of multiple audio streams and the single video are seeded to a number of the plurality of boxes. This may be repeated for other videos with multiple streams. When the ordering box makes a request for a single video with a single audio, then the number of boxes with segments of the requested video and multiple audio streams, filters and sends the requested video and requested single audio stream to the ordering box. Similarly, multiple closed caption streams can be handled and provided like the audio streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Vudu, Inc.
    Inventors: Edin Hodzic, Prasanna Ganesan, Andrew M. Goodman, Sumankar Shankar
  • Patent number: 8726331
    Abstract: A stream of time-ordered data, such as a movie, is divided into multiple fragments of equal length, which are repetitively transmitted at different respective repetition rates. The fragments are reordered for transmission so that those which occur near the beginning of the original data stream are transmitted more frequently than those which occur later in the data stream. When a user enters a request to utilize the data, the individual fragments are stored upon receipt at the user's premises, and reassembled into a contiguous stream. The ordering of the fragments is such that the wait time required before utilization of the data can begin is limited to a predetermined maximum, and at least one copy of every fragment becomes available by the time it is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Interval Licensing LLC
    Inventors: J. Thomas Ngo, Steven E. Saunders, Owen Rubin
  • Patent number: 8683071
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for supporting time shift playback in an adaptive HTTP streaming transmission solution are disclosed. The method includes: sending a live MPD request message to a media server; receiving a response message that includes MPD for a current time period, where the MPD further includes media presentation information for another time period; determining that a moment of a media segment to be requested currently exceeds a time range corresponding to the MPD; acquiring the corresponding MPD according to the media presentation information corresponding to the media segment, and requesting, according to the acquired corresponding MPD, the media segment. In this manner, a client supports time shift playback of a larger time range, and at the same time, the size of the MPD is capable of remaining in an acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peiyu Yue, Weizhong Yuan, Teng Shi, Guangyuan Liu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yonghui Tian, Renzhou Zhang, Lingyan Wu, Chuxiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8676882
    Abstract: A system and method for supporting content distribution in an electronic network includes a peer-to-peer network of electronic devices. The electronic devices are initially preloaded in a distributed manner with various content segments from corresponding content items. When a system user selects a particular content item on a corresponding electronic device, a download manager of the electronic device may automatically generate content segment requests to other appropriate electronic devices in the peer-to-peer network. The download manager may then download and automatically reassemble the content segments to produce the selected content item for utilization by the system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Georgis, Djung Nguyen, Paul Hwang
  • Patent number: 8646014
    Abstract: A system and method that provide reduced latency in a video signal processing system. Various aspects of the present invention may comprise transmitting a first video information stream representative of a unit of video information. For example, the transmitted first video information stream may correspond to a video channel. A second video information stream representative of the unit of video information may be transmitted simultaneously with the first video information stream. The second video information stream may also, for example, correspond to the video channel. Various aspects of the present invention may comprise receiving a plurality of simultaneously transmitted video information streams. A video information stream of the plurality of received video information streams may be identified that, when processed, is expected to result in the lowest latency in presenting the unit of video information to the user. The identified video information stream may then be so processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Alexander MacInnis
  • Patent number: 8646012
    Abstract: A system, method, and web-based application platform enabling a television viewer to utilize an Internet device to request a Video-On-Demand (VOD) server to stream a selected video to the viewer's Set Top Box (STB). An Internet Protocol (IP) connection is established between the Internet device and an application executing at a web site, and an Internet device identifier is passed to the application. The application communicates with the VOD server to obtain a listing of available videos, and provides the listing to the Internet device. When the viewer selects a video, the application accesses an equipment-mapping table, which associates the Internet device identifier with an STB identifier. The application then sends the STB identifier and a request for the selected video to the VOD server, which delivers the video to the STB over a television delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ericsson Television Inc
    Inventors: Alan Rouse, Charles Dasher
  • Patent number: 8639792
    Abstract: A job processing system has first to third servers. The first server has a job generation program for generating jobs as requested. The second server has a storage device for storing attribute information on and a file for use in processing each job generated by the first server, a management table for managing job management information on each job by assigning a unique ID to each job, and a queue control program for registering job management information in the management table, referring to the management table, and registering the file for and attribute information on each job in the storage device. The third server has one or more job processing programs for processing jobs acquired from the second server, batch control program for acquiring jobs from the second server and issuing responses concerning the processed jobs, and a storage device for storing attribute information on and a file for each job acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mineyuki Tamura
  • Patent number: 8639759
    Abstract: A method and system for multicasting video signals over a network. A standard definition picture-in-picture multicast video signal is encoded from a video signal. A common network address is assigned to the standard definition picture-in-picture multicast video signal for both standard definition picture-in-picture video content and high definition video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brad Medford, Dinesh Nadarajah
  • Patent number: 8631451
    Abstract: A media server component serves media programs to a plurality of client media players across a distribution network taking into consideration available data transfer rate and media player characteristics. The media programs are served adaptively, considering screen size, refresh rate required, frame rate, audio format, user preferences at the recipient media player's end and estimated available data transfer rate. The media server component responds to the channel conditions, recipient media audio and video characteristics and the user preferences at the recipient device's end in real time, by either delivering a stored program or transcoding the stored program in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Jeyhan Karaoguz
  • Patent number: 8619822
    Abstract: A system and method of generating an output signal includes a receiving system generating a plurality of signals having a first format, an encoder 162 encoding the plurality of signals into a plurality of transport streams and a multiplexer 210. The system also includes a local area network 130 routing the plurality of transport streams to the multiplexer 210 to form a combined signal, a modulator 214 modulating the combined signal to form a modulated signal and a system 202 forming the output signal from the modulated signal. In one aspect, the output signals may be satellite uplink signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Munsell, Hanno Basse, Daniel M. Miner, Mitchell B. Wasden
  • Patent number: 8612456
    Abstract: Users provide preferred multimedia programs types and receive electronic messages with recommendations for recording upcoming broadcasts. In response to receiving reply messages to the recommendations, the recommended multimedia programs may be scheduled for transport to the user. Example multimedia programs that may be recommended include without limitation television shows, sporting events, and pay-per-view events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 8583489
    Abstract: Systems and methods for bookmarking media content for future availability are described. The method includes receiving a receiving a request for media content and user account data for a plurality of unique online content sources. The method also includes requesting content availability data from the plurality of unique online content sources and using received content availability data to generate a notification. Pricing information, the media format, and notification preferences may be used to further configure the searches and notifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Allan Funk, Vincent Dureau, Rich Bragg
  • Patent number: 8584183
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a virtual video on demand services is disclosed. The method and apparatus disclose the storing of a segment of the video program in advance for VOD viewing at a later time. When the subscriber selects VOD service, a pre-stored video segment is retrieved for presentation to the subscriber. Remaining video program segments simultaneously broadcast on a plurality of channels are recorded in parallel while the pre-stored video program segment is retrieved and presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Arsenault, Leon J. Stanger
  • Patent number: 8566395
    Abstract: In the field of media transmission technologies, a method and an apparatus for transmitting Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) media are provided, which solve a problem that a specific capability mode to be used cannot be determined when both a server and a client have enhanced functions. In the method and system for transmitting the HTTP media, the respective information of HTTP streaming media capabilities supported by the server and by the client are obtained. According to the obtained information of the HTTP streaming media capabilities supported by the server and supported by the client, the HTTP streaming media capability used by the server or the client in a subsequent media transmission procedure is determined. The server provides media services according to the determined HTTP streaming media capability; or the client obtains the media services according to the determined HTTP streaming media capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teng Shi, Yuanyuan Zhang, Peiyu Yue, Weizhong Yuan, Guangyuan Liu, Renzhou Zhang, Yonghui Tian, Chuxiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8554941
    Abstract: A method of providing content comprises making the content available on a central server, and surveying a plurality of peers for a portion of the content. The portion of the content from one of the peers is obtained when the portion of the content is available from the one of the peers, and obtained from the central server when the portion of the content is not available from the plurality of peers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Samrat Bhattacharjee, Tae Won Cho, Vijay Gopalkrishnan, Rittwik Jana, Divesh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8549102
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing bookmark information of a media server through a network based on the UPnP AV standard is disclosed. If a request for bookmarking a content item is made, a bookmark item is created and the created bookmark item is linked to the content item by adding the ID of the created bookmark item to the property information of the content item and recording the ID of the content item to be bookmarked in the created bookmark item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Joon Ahn, Chang Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8484299
    Abstract: A transmitting terminal can transmit a content held by itself to a specific receiving terminal having no email software as if using a mailer. The transmitting terminal (10) and the receiving terminal (20) are connected to a delivery server (30) via a network (4). The delivery server (30) comprises: a database (36) for registering the device ID that specifies the receiving terminal (20); a content storage (39) for temporarily storing a content transmitted from the transmitting terminal (10); and table (33, 37) for managing contents separately on a per device ID basis of the receiving terminal. The delivery server (30), when receiving a request from the receiving terminal (20), refers to the tables (33, 27) and transmits to the receiving terminal (20) a content, the transmission destination of which corresponds to the device ID of the receiving terminal (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Mizosoe, Junji Shiokawa, Kazuto Yoneyama, Kunihiro Nomura, Masaaki Hiramatsu, Yasuhisa Mori, Takashi Yoshimaru, Kazuaki Aoyama, Tomomu Ishikawa, Yo Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8458752
    Abstract: A method for receiving a broadcasting signal and a broadcasting signal receiver are disclosed. Even when a cell is changed while an emergency alert is output, the emergency alert can be continuously output using emergency alert table information included in the broadcasting signal and channel information of the cell. The emergency alert table information may include a cell identifier and the channel information of the cell may include virtual channel information of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Sik Yun, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Hyoung Gon Lee, Won Gyu Song, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Jin Woo Kim, Byoung Gill Kim
  • Patent number: 8458754
    Abstract: A system and method for providing multimedia content through a cable, satellite television or other content server system. A server facility which provides multimedia content divides formatted multimedia content into data chunks (e.g., collections of data corresponding to one minute lengths) prior to transmission to a user/subscriber receptor unit, and sends the divided data chunks according to a schedule which permits instantaneous starting and viewing of the multimedia content, such as movies, upon user/subscriber request. The user/subscriber receptor unit includes a cable box, video game device, or the like having a digital video recording capability and at least a memory capacity or disk space sufficient to store a complete unit of media content, such as full-length feature film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Corson