Vcr-like Function Patents (Class 725/102)
  • Patent number: 10313530
    Abstract: A distributive instructions transmission system for the performing a task the can be generated by request of a user. A user initiates the task by transmitting instructions for a chosen task to a remote processing center. The selected task will be acted upon by one several options. The processing center immediately generate instructions that will execute the task, check to see if the task is already requested by other users, or take steps to make possible execution of the task. Execution of the requested task can involve the generation of an enhance subset of user instructions that is transmitted to one or many different processors. If more than one process is involved they can be located in a single site, or be remote to one another. The instructions for each sub-segment task can be routed to the involved processor(s), and they initiate an integrated coordinated action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Oliver Gamble
  • Patent number: 10298721
    Abstract: A system is described to determine a work distribution model for a computing application deployed on a cloud. In one embodiment, the system comprises a launch request detector, a provisioning module, and a work distribution module. The launch request detector may be configured to detect a request from a client device to launch a computing application. The provisioning module may be configured to provision an application container on a virtual instance of a machine for executing the computing application. The work distribution module may be configured to generate a work distribution model for the computing application, the work distribution model indicating a first portion of the computing application to be executed on the client device and a second portion of the computing application to be executed on the virtual instance of a machine. The client device may be a desktop device or a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventor: David Tompkins
  • Patent number: 10165337
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing playback devices with trick play functionality are described. The system includes a playback device, e.g., without recording capability, and a gateway device with multiple tuner-demodulators and/or a cable modem and recording capability. During normal playback, in some embodiments, both the playback device and gateway receive content in parallel with the gateway recording content at the request of the playback device and supplying the content over the local network when a user of the playback device requests a trick play operation. A single gateway, with multiple tuner demodulator pairs and/or a cable modem, supports trick play functions. In some embodiments if the number of playback devices exceeds the number of tuner-demodulator pairs in the gateway, the playback device can stream content to the gateway for recording and to be returned via the local network in the event of a request for a trick play operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Eric D Hybertson, Robert Taylor, Edward P Galt, III, Thomas Harrison Reed, Ernest Joseph Biancarelli
  • Patent number: 10158912
    Abstract: Particular portions or events of recorded television programming identified as having especially significant or interesting detail may be played-back at normal speed without user input; whereas other portions or events of the recorded television programming may be played-back at greater than normal speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Alisson Friedrich, Kevin Swain
  • Patent number: 9955193
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying transitions within media content items. In one implementation, a processing device process a first media content item, the first media content item being associated with a transition, to identify one or more characteristics associated with the transition. The processing device processes a second media content item to identify at least one of the one or more characteristics at a chronological interval of the second media content item. The processing device receives a sponsored content item. The processing device provides, during a presentation of the second media content item, the sponsored content item at the chronological interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jun Hong, Yun Shi, Ramesh Sarukkai, Min-hsuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 9930404
    Abstract: Particular portions or events of recorded television programming identified as having especially significant or interesting detail may be played-back at normal speed without user input; whereas other portions or events of the recorded television programming may be played-back at greater than normal speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Alisson Friedrich, Kevin Swain
  • Patent number: 9615129
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing multiple devices with each other is provided. The method includes generating first interworking information corresponding to a first device, transmitting the generated first interworking information to the first device, receiving second interworking information from a second device and if the first interworking information corresponds to the second interworking information, synchronizing the first device with the second device, wherein the second device is configured to display broadcasting related information generated based on a broadcasting schedule provided by a broadcasting transmission apparatus that transmits broadcasting contents to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventors: Joon-Woo Park, Hyun-Sook Kim, Sung-En Park, Seung-Ho Yeon
  • Patent number: 9538122
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for time shifting a video program. In one embodiment of the present invention, a receiver, which may be configured to function as both a receiver and a DVR, is configured to receive a video program having both primary and secondary portions. The receiving device is further configured to play both portions of the video program if the program is being watched (a) during a first period of time or (b) during a second period of time and a user desires to watch both portions, and to play only the primary portions if the program is being watched during the second period of time and the user desires to watch only the primary portions. By doing this, the user can avoid the secondary portions when those portions have a diminished value to the user, the content owner, the content provider and/or advertisers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Todd Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 9363563
    Abstract: A media distribution system provides controlled distribution of media owned by various parties hosted on a local media access device. The media access device may store temporary media, such as rented or leased media, on a separate provider controlled storage partition. This gives the media provider control over rented or leased media even though it is locally hosted. The media access device can download media from providers at various predefined times so as to limit its use of bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Duvon Corporation
    Inventors: Benedict Ow, Andrew Platter, Dmitry Kogosov, Richard Stiles
  • Patent number: 9100687
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing the playback of streamed content on multiple playback devices is disclosed. The systems and methods include receiving time information based on a network time source in the playback devices connected to a defined network. The playback clock in each playback device is set based upon the time information. A first playback device then generates presentation time information including a start time for playback and broadcast the presentation time information to the other playback device over the defined network. The playback devices use the presentation time information to adjust the presentation time stamps of the frames of the media content in the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventor: William David Amidei
  • 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: 9032455
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of management of trick mode commands destined to control a digital content streaming server. In order to manage the transmission of trick mode commands from multiple trick mode command issuers, the method comprises: a step of reception of at least one trick mode command from at least one command issuer, a step of determination of elapsed time between the received command and a last transmitted command, and a step of transmission of the received command to the at least a digital content streaming server if none of determined conditions applies, whereby the determined conditions comprises: if the elapsed time is smaller than a determined first delay; and if the command issuer of the received command does not have highest issuer rights allowing the issuer to derogate from respecting of the determined first delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: François Gerard, Denis Mischler, Jean-Baptiste Henry
  • Patent number: 9015782
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for recording programming content in a signal distribution system are disclosed. In one aspect of the invention, an interrupt is received, which may be associated with an incoming telephone call, email message, alarm or other type of message, and a corresponding interrupt indicator is presented on a user interface screen of a device such as television, laptop computer, mobile telephone, etc. Also presented on the user interface screen of the device is an activatable pause control that if activated initiates recording of a portion of the programming content that would otherwise be presented via the device absent activation of the pause control. Various trick play functions, such as pause, play, forward and rewind, may be provided utilizing the recorded portion of the programming content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Swarup Acharya, Bhawna Gupta
  • Patent number: 9009760
    Abstract: A system may send a request for video content to a server device; obtain, in response to the request, control information, associated with the video content, where the control information may include one or more digital versatile disc (DVD) features that correspond to one or more portions of the video content; and present the control information, for display, via a user interface, where presenting the control information for display may enable a user, of the video client device, to interact with the control information as though the video content was being played by a DVD player. The system may also receive selection of a DVD feature, of the one or more DVD features; and obtain, from the server device, a portion of the video content, of the one or more portions of the video content, that begins at a point that corresponds to the selected DVD feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Srirama Kalidindi, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 9009768
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for establishing a connection with a first processor-based device at a second processor-based device, receiving through the connection a control command from the first processor-based device implemented according to a first protocol, wherein the command corresponds to a remote control command received through a remote control device at the first processor-based device, translating the control command from the first protocol to a second protocol executable at the second processor-based device, and executing an event in response to the control command having been translated into the second protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tanmay Agnihotri, Guru Prashanth Balasubramanian, Kalyana Kota
  • Patent number: 8955002
    Abstract: A distraction monitoring system may monitor a user's consumption of content, such as video content, and identify times at which the user is distracted from the content. The identified times may then be presented with a timeline for the video program, and the user may be permitted to view the distractions that occurred during the viewing of the video program. The user may select a distraction, and the video content may be played back from a corresponding playback point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Seiden, Derek Johnson
  • Patent number: 8935735
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing playback devices with trick play functionality are described. The system includes a playback device, e.g., without recording capability, and a gateway device with multiple tuner-demodulators and/or a cable modem and recording capability. During normal playback, in some embodiments, both the playback device and gateway receive content in parallel with the gateway recording content at the request of the playback device and supplying the content over the local network when a user of the playback device requests a trick play operation. A single gateway, with multiple tuner demodulator pairs and/or a cable modem, supports trick play functions. In some embodiments if the number of playback devices exceeds the number of tuner-demodulator pairs in the gateway, the playback device can stream content to the gateway for recording and to be returned via the local network in the event of a request for a trick play operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Eric D. Hybertson, Robert Taylor, Edward P. Galt, III, Thomas Harrison Reed, Ernest Joseph Biancarelli
  • Patent number: 8898316
    Abstract: An enhanced collaboration system makes it possible for viewers of post-original video presentations to collaborate online with others who are viewing the same video presentation at the same time. A collaborate room controller establishes and maintains sets of online collaboration sessions for the post-original video presentation with each collaboration session being associated with a particular time slot in the presentation. Typically, a viewer is assigned to a collaboration session that is associated with the user's current view point; i.e., the presentation time slot the user is currently viewing. A graphical user interface conveys information about existing collaboration sessions to the user to assist the user in selecting an appropriate collaboration session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Dennis Facemire, Gerald Laverte Mitchell, Jr., Michael C. Wanderski, Gabriel Aaron Cohen
  • Patent number: 8881213
    Abstract: In embodiments, apparatuses, methods and storage media are described that are associated with determination of frame alignment. In embodiments, a similarity value matrix may be determined representing similarity values for pairs of frames from two pieces of video content. An alignment score matrix may be determined from the similarity scores. Multiple sets of frames may be selected from the two pieces of video content and alignment score matrices determined for each set. From these alignment score matrices, an alignment of frames may be determined. In embodiments, a Needleman-Wunsch process may be used to compute alignment scores as well as to compute alignments based on alignment score matrices. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes P. Schmidt, Leslie Harris Francis
  • Patent number: 8869220
    Abstract: Processing a video stream using upon Program Clock References (PCRs) contained therein in preparation for transmission to a wireless device. Operation includes receiving video frames of the video stream, buffering the video frames, and extracting PCRs from at least some of the video frames of the video stream. Operation further includes, based upon at least the values of the PCRs, determining transmission parameters, and transmitting video frames of the video stream to the wireless device according to the transmission parameters. Operation may further include determining a round trip delay of transmissions to the wireless device and acknowledgements from the wireless device, adjusting PCRs of at least some video frames of the video stream based upon the round trip delay, and transmitting the video frames of the video stream to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Quigley, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Stephen E. Gordon
  • Patent number: 8868682
    Abstract: A method of optimizing the design of a Tracker in P2P applications to support DVD features, the method including determining for each peer and video operation the time T and jump point Pj, generating a hash key HKj for each peer, the hash key having a value Kj=(Pj?T)/C, where C>=1 is the granularity of the system, and grouping the peers with the same hash-key, where the system is designed to provide good viewer experience while supporting DVD features like pause, forward and backward jump operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonica, S.A.
    Inventors: Xiaoyaun Yang, Minas Gjoka, Pablo Rodriguez, Parminder Chhabra
  • Patent number: 8854555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for toggling between television channels that appear on a display. A listing of channels is received from a user, with the channels being prioritized in an order of preference. One or more toggle types are also received from the user, with each toggle type further including a toggle trigger. In use, a channel is displayed on the display until a toggle trigger is detected. Once detected, the channel on the display is changed to another channel from the list of channels. This process may continue with the detection of another toggle trigger causing another changing of the displayed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Darryl Adderly, Brian Murray, Wenjian Qiao, Prasad Kashyap
  • Patent number: 8855469
    Abstract: In embodiments, the present invention provides a method and system for managing playback of content delivered to a mobile device with a pause and resume functionality. The method and system includes receiving delivered content on a mobile device, initiating playback of the delivered content, pausing playback of the content being delivered to the mobile device in response to an action and resuming delivery of the content upon a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Quickplay Media Inc.
    Inventors: Kavi Maharajh, Bart MacNeil, Torin Walker
  • Patent number: 8843974
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a process for a user viewing a media item. The process comprises the user viewing the media item on a first device in a first format, and the user pausing the media item at a stop time. The stop time is saved in the first format and a second format. The process further comprises the user choosing to view the media item on a second device requiring the second format. The media item is resumed in the second format from the saved stop time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Albert John McGowan, Michael Edmund Godlewski
  • Patent number: 8843977
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes receiving, by a media content delivery subsystem from an end-user media content processing device via a network, a request to record a live transmission of a media content instance, recording, by the media content delivery subsystem, the live transmission of the media content instance, and transmitting, by the media content delivery subsystem, data representative of the recorded live transmission of the media content instance to the end-user media content processing device via the network for local storage by the end-user media content processing device. In certain embodiments, the recording includes generating at least one media data file containing the data representative of the recorded live transmission of the media content instance, and the transmitting includes transferring the at least one media data file from the media content delivery subsystem to the end-user media content processing device via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Ruffini, Harpal S. Bassali, John K Trimper, Armando P Stettner
  • 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: 8826346
    Abstract: A method of operating an IP client device for presentation of video content to a viewer includes the step of transmitting a trickplay request to a server. The client device receives from the server a manifest that references at least first and second consecutive video content fragments. The first fragment contains a sequence of N1 frames and the second fragment contains a sequence of N2 frames, and defines a set of M1 frames of the first fragment, where M1 is less than N1, and a set of M2 frames of the second fragment, where M2 is less than N2. The client device transmits a request for the M1 frames and the M2 frames and receives the M1 frames and the M2 frames. The client device presents the M1 frames and the M2 frames consecutively at the uniform, predetermined frame rate. The sequence of the M1 frames and the M2 frames has a presentation duration of (M1+M2)/F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Kishna Prasad Panje, William P Franks, Murali Sahasranaman
  • 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: 8789107
    Abstract: A system measures a frequency with which a user views a television program and identifies the television program as one of the user's favorite programs based on the measured frequency. The system automatically records, without intervention of the user, the one of the user's favorite programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Steven D. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 8782267
    Abstract: A system and method for improving media delivery and display. By utilizing a memory buffer in a DVR or similar device, and broadcasting linear content at a rate other than 1×, services like video on demand or regular broadcasters can be more versatile. For example viewers can start over without launching a separate VOD session. If part of the linear content requested is not in the buffer, a switched multicast stream can be sent to with the proper section of content. Other receivers on the network may also receive the stream and buffer the content if the content is related to what a viewer is viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Gilson
  • Patent number: 8776150
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for implementing a cross frame playing mode in media-on-demand in a peer to peer network, comprising the following steps of: (a) partitioning a requested media file into blocks and encapsulating the blocks into a media content file, and recording a number of a block where each media key frame is located so that a frame index file is formed; (b) distributing said media content file and said frame index file in the peer to peer network; (c) when requesting a media, a client acquiring said frame index file and media blocks in said media content file from a source node; (d) when cross frame playing is required, the client calculating the number of a block where a next key frame is located according to said frame index file, and acquiring a corresponding media block to de-encapsulate, decode and play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Hongliang Tian
  • Patent number: 8754946
    Abstract: A method for locking communication between at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and a corresponding digital input recorder (DIR) and/or another ICD, including the steps of providing base system; at least one user accessing the DIR via user interface either directly or remotely; the DIR and/or ICD searching for signal from the ICD(s) and establishing communication with them; and locking the ICDs to send wireless data exclusively to that DIR and/or ICD; and/or the DIR and/or ICD locking itself for exclusive communication with the locked ICDs, thereby providing a secure surveillance system for a target environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Smartvue Corporation
    Inventor: Martin A. Renkis
  • 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: 8739205
    Abstract: An ad in a movie can be a static ad having a position in the movie that cannot be moved, or a dynamic ad having a position in the movie that can be changed. When a viewer of the movie wishes to skip a portion of the movie containing the ad, the playback system determines whether the ad is static or dynamic. If the ad is static, then only the portion of the movie preceding the static ad can be skipped, that is, the ad is unskippable; this technique is referred to as “bounceback” since the end of the skip bounces back to the start of the static ad. If the ad is dynamic, then the ad is moved to after the end of the skip; this technique is referred to as “slipad” since the ad slips to later in the movie. When a movie has multiple ads, some can be static and some can be dynamic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Open Text S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Gilley, Eric Hoffert, Rabih Nassar, Brenda Pomerance
  • Patent number: 8732774
    Abstract: A video server to transmit a plurality of video information, set to a the decode processing mode, the decode processing mode including a combination of allocation, a decoding method, and a buffering method, an allocation indicating which read port of a storage the designated content is output from, the decoding method being for a plurality of decoders, the buffering method being for a plurality of output buffers, the decoding method and the buffering method being based on each of the output modes, and to output a control signal with reference to an identification information depending on the set connection pattern and the set decode processing mode so that connection between an output interface port and an allocated read port is established, the control signal setting the destination of each of the selectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kenichi Kiura
  • Patent number: 8707376
    Abstract: A system and method are described herein for providing an convenient video program start over system and method for a video entertainment distribution network whereby a user may interactively revert back to the beginning of an ongoing video program that is currently broadcasted over the video distribution network. The novel system and method may be implemented on any video network having interactive television (ITV) capabilities, wherein user requests from a client are serviceable at an upstream head end, and video storage means exist for the purpose of storage of time based broadcast video programs. The system preferably utilizes a process that involves a minimally complicated sequence of commands that are easily understood and remembered by virtually any user, thereby enhancing the probability of consumer acceptance. The start over system and method may be embodied as a program of instructions, defining a controller, that are executed by a micro-processor located in the STB (client) or head end (server).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Sandi Hannum, Peter Sheedy, James R. Albrecht, Matt Wong, Bruce R. Bradley
  • Patent number: 8687949
    Abstract: Flexibility with respect to access and enjoyment of time shifted content in a content distribution network is provided, especially with regard to content not present on a DVR. A DVR accesses a network storage device over a network for particular portions of content not available on the DVR and the network storage device provides those missing portions. The user may then rewind and playback not only already locally stored content but also that content provided by the storage device. Content can be provided through faster-than-real-time transmissions such that the content is made available to the DVR prior to it being needed for rewind functionality or playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Walters, Richard Lang
  • Patent number: 8689351
    Abstract: The certificate with specified conditions under which copyrighted material can be played. Copyrighted material, such as videos are stored in a storage unit. They are stored along with a policy that indicates when the information can be played. The information can, for example be encrypted one stored, and the decryption key is available only when characteristics of the policy are met. When those characteristics are not met, the information can not be retrieved at all or only can be retrieved in some very limited format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Harris Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Patent number: 8661482
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing latency caused by information server processing of subscriber request wherein a plurality of content streams defined by a playlist are sequentially provided to a subscriber in a substantially seamless manner and wherein the playlist is updated and otherwise maintained in response to subscriber commands and requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Aidan James Smyth, Christopher W. B. Goode
  • Patent number: 8661481
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for performing dynamic compensation for delays over extant infrastructure within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable network, and the infrastructure comprises that nominally used for on-demand (OD) services such as VOD. The method includes periodically or situationally assessing variable delays within the system associated with functional commands (such as “trick mode” commands), and dynamically compensating for these variable delays in order to improve the accuracy and timeliness of the user's trick mode command. This approach increases user satisfaction, and obviates the issuance of additional compensatory trick mode commands that only further degrade the performance of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Stephen L. Maynard, Tho Autruong, John Callahan, Nicholas Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8650599
    Abstract: An accumulation display device can interlock a display content according to specification of each of the mobile data terminals. An interlocked display system includes an accumulation display device having a metadata interpretation unit that analyzes metadata transmitted by a broadcast wave or a communication network and an accumulated image processing unit that performs accumulation processing of a program content or transmission processing of a restructured program content and managing each mobile data terminal, and the mobile data terminal. Highlights or replays of various scenes of a program currently viewed on the accumulation display device can be viewed on another device. Information on the currently viewed program and a related program as well as a previous scene can be viewed on the mobile data terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Shindo, Yasuo Endo, Yutaka Tomioka
  • 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: 8627387
    Abstract: Logical content is defined by start/end times into a VoD media offering. The calculation of byte-range markers corresponding to the start/end times is distributed among the STBs to first request the particular logical content. Upon receiving an initial request for a logical content offering, an IPTV AS returns a VoD media file URL, start/end times, and null values of byte-range markers corresponding to the start/end times. In response to the null values, the initially-requesting STB downloads the entire VoD media file from a Download Media Server, and calculates the byte-range markers by comparing the start/end times to timestamps in non-encrypted headers in the VoD media file. The non-null byte-range markers are transmitted back to the IPTV AS, which provides them to STBs subsequently requesting the same logical content. The subsequently-requesting STBs may download only the logical content by providing the non-null byte-range markers to the Download Media Server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Sorin Marian Georgescu
  • 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: 8601526
    Abstract: A system comprises television equipment and a number of portable electronic devices. The television equipment includes a large display and control circuitry. The control circuitry receives media content and media guidance data for display on the display. The control circuitry also includes communication components for communicating with the portable electronic devices. The portable electronic devices are operable for displaying video and communicating with the television equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Akitaka Nishimura, Akio Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 8578429
    Abstract: A media device and a method for outputting data stored in a wireless terminal to an external device through the media device are provided. The media device includes a radio frequency (RF) unit for communicating with the wireless terminal; a power supply unit for controlling power of the external device; a control unit for performing control operations for decoding data transmitted from the wireless terminal according to a command transmitted from the wireless terminal and transmitting the decoded data to the external device; and an output unit for transmitting the decoded data to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chae-Whan Lim, Hyun-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 8566862
    Abstract: A video content network having a plurality of program channels is operated, and a target time slot for an enhanced advertisement is identified. At least some of the plurality of program channels have programs scheduled during the target time slot. The target time slot is signaled to a plurality of terminals connected to the video content network. Each of the terminals is viewing a given one of the program channels prior to the signaling. Responsive to the signaling, the programs scheduled during the target time slot are effectively paused at a program time corresponding to a beginning of the time slot, and the enhanced advertisement is caused to be displayed on the terminals. Responsive to an end of the enhanced advertisement, the programs scheduled during the target time slot are resumed at the program time corresponding to the beginning of the time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Kreig DuBose
  • 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: 8549556
    Abstract: A contextual advertising system and method receives video data and multiple advertisements associated with the video data. The system and method identify object content in the received video data and generates a video signal representing the video data. The video signal is communicated to a display device which displays a video image. User interaction with the displayed video image is monitored by the system and method. An advertisement is selected from the multiple received advertisements for display to the user. The advertisement is selected based on the user interaction with the displayed video image and the identified object content in the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Shlomo Selim Rakib, Gilles Bruno Marie Devictor
  • Patent number: 8549568
    Abstract: A digital content processing apparatus and method of a digital video receiver is provided for controlling playback speed of digital content. The method includes receiving content data from a content provision server; buffering the received content data; demultiplexing the buffered content data to extract video data; indexing GOPs including specific frames in the content data; storing running times and file sizes of the GOPs as index data; demultiplexing the stored content data to extract the video data, when a request for a multiple speed playback is input; and decoding the GOPs corresponding to the multiple speed playback in the extracted video data by referencing the index data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Si Heung Kim