Telephony Via Television Distribution Network Patents (Class 725/106)
  • Patent number: 11350193
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing outage scope in cable networks with ideal taps. An ideal tap may have a plurality of ports that include at least an input port configured for receiving downstream (DS) signals from and transmitting upstream (US) signals to upstream nodes, an output port configured for transmitting downstream (DS) signals to and receiving upstream (US) signals from downstream nodes, and one or more drop ports for receiving signal from and transmitting signals to customer premise equipment (CPE) in the coaxial network. The ideal tap may further include one or more mitigation components configured for reducing scope of outage in the ideal tap, with the one or more mitigation components configured to, when an outage occurs in the ideal tap, provide or maintain inter-port connectivity within the ideal tap, the inter-port connectivity including at least connectivity between the input port and the output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: MaxLinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Krapp, Leonard Dauphinee, Stefan Szasz
  • Patent number: 11317162
    Abstract: Systems, and methods are described for navigating non-dynamic pages at a client device served up from voice search requests by selecting a feature on the image page by a user request for navigating the feature viewed on the image page wherein the feature selected has an appearance of a dynamic feature when served up on the display wherein the user request selects a location on the image page; identifying the feature by the voice cloud server by location data of a selected location on the page; executing a feature request on a corresponding page which contains dynamic script at the voice cloud server to receive a linked page from a third-party search service; and removing dynamic scripts, at the voice cloud search server, of the linked page for serving up as an image page of the linked page at the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Wilde, Ashok Soni, Hawk McGinty, James Shuler, Lixing Zhang, Michael Disante, Narayanan Sekhar, Xiaomei Sun, Xinhua Yang
  • Patent number: 11271677
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for determining conditions for non-terminated service provider network connections. The method includes receiving, at a service provider headend, upstream signals from premises. An uncorrectable metric and a correctable metric are determined from a portion of the upstream signals upon application of signal correction to the upstream signals, where the portion is related to an operating frequency range of a networking device and an operating frequency range of Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) devices. An alert is generated when the determined uncorrectable metric meets an uncorrectable threshold and the determined correctable metric is less than a correctable threshold for a persistent period of time, where the non-termination alert indicates a non-terminated pathway to a service provider central office from the premises when service is provided to the premises from a different service provider central office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Gleason
  • Patent number: 11206232
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, non-transitory computer-readable media, and methods for generating and maintaining group messaging threads associated with ephemeral content. For instance, the disclosed systems can facilitate the creation of ephemeral content including a customizable group messaging graphical element associated with the ephemeral content the enables users to join a group messaging thread associated with the ephemeral content. In addition, the disclosed systems can generate user requests to join the group messaging thread based on user interaction with a group messaging graphical element within ephemeral content and can present the requests to the creator of the ephemeral content. Accordingly, in various embodiments, the disclosed systems can facilitate group messaging threads between creators of ephemeral content and users that view the ephemeral content via associated group messaging graphical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Mihika Kapoor, Blake Cutler, Andrew James Taylor, Joseph Kennedy, Yo-Tzu Yeh
  • Patent number: 11164006
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus (2000) detects a stationary object from video data (12). In addition, the information processing apparatus (2000) executes person detection process of detecting a person in vicinity of an object (target object) detected as the stationary object for each of a plurality of video frames (14) which includes the target object. Furthermore, the information processing apparatus (2000) executes a predetermined process by comparing results of the person detection process for each of the plurality of video frames (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoma Oami
  • Patent number: 10901540
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, to systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features and improved user interfaces. For instance, a smart search may be provided, e.g., where search results vary based on the popularity of songs within the venue, in dependence on songs being promoted, etc. As another example, a tile-based approach to organizing groupings of songs is provided. Groupings may involve self-populating collections of songs that combine centrally-promoted songs, songs in a given genre that are popular across an audiovisual distribution network, and songs that are locally popular and match up with the given genre (e.g., because of shared attributes such as same or similar genre, artist, etc.). Different tile visual presentations also are contemplated, as are different physical jukebox designs. In certain example embodiments, a sealed core unit with the “brains” of the jukebox is insertable into a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Francois Beaumier, Karim Dhambri, Daniel Susla, Matthew Labunka, Ian Moulton, Samer Alameer, Michael Tooker
  • Patent number: 10841720
    Abstract: A system and method for use of a public address pause module with an onboard entertainment system of an aircraft cabin. The module includes a connector for connecting the module to an aircraft public address speaker and an audio detection circuit connected with respect to the connector. A micro controller unit is connected with respect to the audio detection circuit to determine whether a measured voltage of the public address speaker exceeds a pre-set threshold for a pre-determined time period and to generate a pause signal. A wireless transmitter communicates the pause signal to the onboard entertainment system thereby pausing the onboard entertainment system during onboard use of the public address speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ASTRONICS CONNECTIVITY SYSTEMS & CERTIFICATION CORP.
    Inventor: Eric Tarter
  • Patent number: 10812875
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, facilitating access to a synopsis of a missed portion of a media program, identifying subject matter in a segment of content in the media program that has not been presented, determining a particular time for presenting the summary according to the subject matter in the segment of content, and initiating a presentation of the summary at the particular time. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Raghuraman Gopalan, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 10798338
    Abstract: Single point devices that connect to a display device include a port for establishing a connection to a port on the display device and for switching the display device from a first mode to a second mode; an audio video device configured to capture image data representing one or more images of physical entities in a field of view of the audio video device and further configured to capture acoustic data; a receiver device and a transmitter device configured for dedicated communication with a data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: American Well Corporation
    Inventor: Roy Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 10743313
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device providing network communications services to user devices using a frequency band and to machine-to-machine (M2M) communication devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). The device monitors traffic loads in the frequency band due to the user devices and due to the M2M communication devices. Depending on the traffic loads, the M2M communication devices use a narrowband carrier within the frequency band, within the adjacent guard band, or separate from the frequency band and guard band as a standalone carrier. The narrowband M2M carriers are dynamically deployed to support the user devices and IoT devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ye Chen, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 10708649
    Abstract: Provided are a method, an apparatus and a system for displaying bullet screen information. The method includes playing a target video, and displaying bullet screen information of the target video during the playing of the target video; displaying a reply window corresponding to currently displayed first screen information when a selection instruction corresponding to the first screen information is received; and receiving an information sending instruction corresponding to the reply window, obtaining second screen information input by a user in the reply window, displaying the second screen information corresponding to displaying of the first screen information, and transmitting, to a server, a reply information adding request corresponding to the first screen information, with the second screen information and an identifier of the first screen information being carried in the reply information adding request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Guoyong Yuan, Zhongwei Li
  • Patent number: 10673740
    Abstract: A system for proactive traffic restoration in a network includes at least one forecasting engine that models and forecasts traffic patterns of at least one traffic channel along a signal path of the network to provide forecast traffic quality metrics, y. The system further includes at least one time-to-failure, TTF, analyzer that calculates a time-to-failure, TTF, forecast for the traffic channel based on the forecast traffic quality metrics, y. The calculated time-to-failure, TTF, forecast is evaluated to trigger a proactive network traffic restoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE
    Inventors: Danish Rafique, Joerg-Peter Elbers
  • Patent number: 10602200
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for switching between different modes of a media content item. A media content item may include a movie that has different modes, such as a cinematic mode and an interactive mode. For example, a movie may be presented in a cinematic mode that does not allow certain user interactions with the movie. The movie may be switched to an interactive mode during any point of the movie, allowing a viewer to interact with various aspects of the movie. The movie may be displayed using different formats and resolutions depending on which mode the movie is being presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LUCASFILM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Andrew Grant, Lutz Markus Latta, Ian Wakelin, Darby Johnston, John Gaeta
  • Patent number: 10575029
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure is directed to systems and methods for transferring in-flight entertainment content. A content loading panel in an aircraft may load content from at least one of a plurality of types of portable content storage devices. A content server in the aircraft may receive, from the content loading panel via a fiber optic link, the in-flight entertainment content loaded via the content loading panel. The content server may store the received in-flight entertainment content for provisioning to one or more wireless access points located in the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Petrus Lai, Gauthier Provost, Sakthivel Jayaraman
  • Patent number: 10547813
    Abstract: A method and system for video relay service calling with audio monitoring is described. The method includes initiating a video relay service call, the video relay service call including a video portion between a sign language interpreter and a user who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired (D-HOH-SI); an audio portion between the sign language interpreter and a called party; and one or more call parameters. The method further includes determining whether one of the call parameters indicates that the video relay service call should be monitored; in response to determining that the video relay service call should be monitored, directing at least the audio portion of the video relay service call to an audio monitoring service so that the audio portion of the video relay service call between the sign language interpreter and the called party can be monitored by the audio monitoring service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Chris Talbot
  • Patent number: 10491949
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a bullet screen posting method and apparatus, and belongs to the field of video playing technologies. The method includes: displaying a voice input button on a playing interface during a process of playing a video; receiving a press-and-hold signal acting on the voice input button; collecting voice information by using a microphone within duration of the press-and-hold signal; invoking a voice conversion module, and converting the voice information into text information by using the voice conversion module; and sending, by a video playing application, a bullet screen posting request to a background server, where the bullet screen posting request carries the text information. The method resolves a problem in the related technologies that when a user enters a comment in an input box, an input interface occupies an entire screen or occupies a large part of a screen, and normal watching of a video by the user is affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hongtao Zuo
  • Patent number: 10469427
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for sharing live video while maintaining an asynchronous copy of the video. According to some embodiments, a user begins to record video and shares the video with selected other users. If one of the other users opts to join the original user, the shared video upgrades to a live video conversation. If no one (or only some participants) joins the original user, the recorded video becomes an asynchronous artifact in the users' messaging history. In some embodiments, the live video may be recorded and shared in response to a first user initiating a video call with at least a second user, but receiving no answer. The first user begins to share a live video (which may become an asynchronous artifact). If the second user joins the call while the video is being recorded, the conversation may upgraded to a video conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Brendan Benjamin Aronoff, Stephane Taine
  • Patent number: 10447548
    Abstract: A head-end system and radio head apparatuses are connected to a cable network for wired transmission of radio signals. The head-end system obtains information identifying available IFs, and receives, from a RAN, information identifying communication RFs. The head-end system sends, to the radio head apparatuses, configuration instructions. The head-end system communicates data between the RAN and said radio head apparatuses, via broadcast of one or more radio signals in the cable network, located within the one or more communication IF bands. The radio head apparatuses communicate the data between the head-end system and wireless devices, via the cable network and wirelessly to/from the wireless devices using the communication RFs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Kim Laraqui, Boris Dortschy, Erik Rickard Söderqvist, Elmar Trojer
  • Patent number: 10318027
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, to systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features and improved user interfaces. For instance, a smart search may be provided, e.g., where search results vary based on the popularity of songs within the venue, in dependence on songs being promoted, etc. As another example, a tile-based approach to organizing groupings of songs is provided. Groupings may involve self-populating collections of songs that combine centrally-promoted songs, songs in a given genre that are popular across an audiovisual distribution network, and songs that are locally popular and match up with the given genre (e.g., because of shared attributes such as same or similar genre, artist, etc.). Different tile visual presentations also are contemplated, as are different physical jukebox designs. In certain example embodiments, a sealed core unit with the “brains” of the jukebox is insertable into a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Francois Beaumier, Karim Dhambri, Daniel Susla, Matthew Labunka, Ian Moulton, Samer Alameer, Michael Tooker
  • Patent number: 10165225
    Abstract: A video endpoint and related methods are disclosed. A video endpoint includes a control circuit configured to provide a user interface configured to enable a user to communicate with another user of another video endpoint with text during video communications with the other user. The user interface is also configured to enable the user to select from text strings stored in a database. A method of operating the video endpoint includes transmitting data corresponding to a selected one of the text strings stored in the database to the other video endpoint during the video communications responsive to the user selecting the selected one of the text strings. A method of transforming a computing device into a video endpoint includes storing computer-readable instructions directed to performing the functions of the control circuit on one or more servers, and transmitting the computer-readable instructions to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Thelin, Tara Lalor, Jeremiah Long, Cameron Dadgari, Kevin Selman, Lane Walters, Kurt Eilander, David Frye
  • Patent number: 10146596
    Abstract: Data input supporting method and apparatus are disclosed. The data input supporting method includes receiving virtual data sent by an intelligent mobile device, analyzing the received virtual data according to a pre-stored key value mapping file, the key value mapping file saving a mapping relationship between the virtual data and a real instruction, encapsulating the real instruction obtained by analyzing the virtual data, and sending the encapsulated real instruction to a pre-established virtual device node, filling the real instruction into a corresponding system function by the virtual device node automatically according to an instruction type; and responding to a kernel space data injection event generated by filling the real instruction into the system function. Embodiments of the invention can support non-contact control of the intelligent mobile device to an electronic product through a wireless connection, thereby providing desirable user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SKYWORTH-RGB ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhi-Guo Wang, Yong-Bin Chen, Xia Tan, Chong-Yan Xu, Hao Li
  • Patent number: 10135632
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for determining whether a user is authorized to perform an action that meets a goal of a sound. A media guidance application may detect a sound generated by a first device external to a media equipment device. The media guidance application may retrieve, from a lookup table, a known goal that is associated with the sound. The media guidance application may detect a user in a viewing environment. The media guidance application may determine an identity of the user, and may modify playback to encourage or discourage the user from achieving the known goal based on the identity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen E. Roe, Michael McCarty, Charles Dawes, Milan Patel
  • Patent number: 10080137
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and other mechanisms for authenticating wireless customer premises equipment (CPE) at a service location by transmitting an authentication trigger signal via a first communication mechanism associated with the service location toward CPE associated with the service location; monitoring a second communication mechanism associated with the service location to detect therefrom any received authentication trigger response signals; and authenticating only CPE associated with a received authentication trigger response signal, wherein at least one of the first and second communication mechanisms comprises a local infrastructure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventor: James A. Rolls, IV
  • Patent number: 10057627
    Abstract: Provided are a method, an apparatus and a system for displaying bullet screen information. The method includes playing a target video, and displaying bullet screen information of the target video during the playing of the target video; displaying a reply window corresponding to currently displayed first screen information when a selection instruction corresponding to the first screen information is received; and receiving an information sending instruction corresponding to the reply window, obtaining second screen information input by a user in the reply window, displaying the second screen information corresponding to displaying of the first screen information, and transmitting, to a server, a reply information adding request corresponding to the first screen information, with the second screen information and an identifier of the first screen information being carried in the reply information adding request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Guoyong Yuan, Zhongwei Li
  • Patent number: 10021463
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide voice communication inoperative condition notifications are disclosed. An apparatus includes an error capture to: transmit a request to a voice over internet protocol processor that serves a first voice over internet protocol user and a second voice over internet protocol user, the request indicating that the error capture is to be subscribed to receive voice over internet protocol notifications from the voice over internet protocol processor; and a notifier to: determine a voice over internet protocol user identifier associated with a first notification; determine a video distribution system user identifier associated with the voice over internet protocol user identifier; and transmit a third notification to the video distribution system, the third notification instructing the video distribution system to cause an indication of the first notification to be presented on a video presentation device associated with the video distribution system user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Jeffrey Lee Scruggs, Robert F. Dailey
  • Patent number: 9967381
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed for placing an outbound telephony call using a mobile telephony device as a proxy to make the call on behalf of a smart speaker device. At a communications server, it is determined whether a mobile telephony device is in proximity of a smart speaker device. When the mobile telephony device is in proximity of a smart speaker device and attempts to place a telephony call, the communications server establishes a communications link between the communications server and the smart speaker device. The communications server may then dial the telephone number sent by the mobile telephony device and establish a communications link between the communications server and a device associated with the dialed telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Republic Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Kashimba, Sai Rathnam, Justin Milam, Jon Schniepp, Sam Quaile, Jesse Stimpson, James Mulcahy
  • Patent number: 9667285
    Abstract: A flexible multi-channel diversity wireless audio receiver system for routing, processing, and combining multiple radio frequency (RF) signals containing audio signals received on respective antennas is provided. The wireless audio receiver system provides flexible routing of multiple RF signals in different selectable modes, and low latency uninterrupted reception of signals in harsh RF environments by combining multiple RF signals to maximize signal-to-noise ratio. The audio output may be generated in an uninterrupted fashion and mitigate multipath fading, interference, and asymmetrical noise issues. Received RF signals may also be cascaded by the wireless audio receiver system to allow daisy chaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Shure Acquisition Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kundmann, Michael Goodson, Robert Mamola, Jeffrey Arthur Meunier, Robert Szopko, Yang Tang
  • Patent number: 9596518
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling a user to display and interact with a social networking structure on a video device connected to a network enabled host device is provided. A user interface (UI) is also provided for displaying content (e.g. messages or tweets) that is output in an overlay for display on a display while program video is playing. The method provides for accessing a social networking site in response to a user input, the user input initiated while outputting a program for display, generating at least one keyword for searching the social networking site based on at least one characteristic associated with the program, retrieving content from the social networking site based the at least one keyword and outputting the retrieved content in an overlay for display simultaneous with the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Evan Michael Foote, Martin Vincent Davey
  • Patent number: 9584859
    Abstract: A method for measuring viewer attentiveness to an audio-visual presentation on one display in the presence of a visual distraction on another display simulating a “second screen”, comprising: reproducing the audio-visual presentation for viewing by a viewer on a first display; while the audio-visual presentation is being reproduced for viewing by the viewer, providing the visual distraction to the viewer on a second display; and determining whether the viewer switches from viewing the audio-visual presentation to the visual distraction and, if so, continuing to reproduce at least the audio of the audio-visual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Lee S. Weinblatt
  • Patent number: 9549301
    Abstract: A method and system suitable for supporting various wireless services on a Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The DAS can provide wireless services including voice and data services using the same equipment. The DAS can include one or more active antenna units controlled by an access point, and includes control channels for transferring control and status information between the access point and the antenna. The control channels can be transferred over a separate cable, or transferred using one or more intermediate frequency signals transferred over existing cables. The control channels can be used to configure and control and receive status from the managed components of the DAS including active antennas, control the amplifiers used to process TDD signals, and control the switching of diversity antenna systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications Wireless Ltd
    Inventors: Igor Berlin, Dror Harel, Ofer Saban, Isaac Shapira
  • Patent number: 9491598
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for allowing a mobile device user to forward one or more messages which are received on the user's mobile device, to a television or a set top box are described. The user is able to view the forwarded messages on the television and can also reply to such received messages from the television. The methods and apparatus may be implemented using a message forwarding application installed on a user's cell phone and a server responsible for forwarding messages and replies between the user's Internet capable TV or set top box and mobile telephone. To the party sending a message, replies appear to have originated from the user's cell phone making the use of the service transparent to individuals other than the user to which the message is sent. Message received and sent logs are maintained in the user's phone so the message record is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Howard Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 9485458
    Abstract: A data processing method and a device are provided. The method includes: sending, by a first communication device, a video communication request to a second communication device; receiving a first response identifier corresponding to the video communication request, where the first response identifier is adapted to identify that the first communication device fails to communicate with the second communication device in response to the video communication request; and collecting message information according to the first response identifier and transmitting the message information to the second communication device. The type of the message information is one of video message information, audio message information, text message information and picture message information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Han, Xiaobing Guo
  • Patent number: 9413697
    Abstract: Method and device for using or dropping erroneous packets, including the steps of: receiving, by a network adaptor, first and second packets having headers, payloads, error propagation fields, and error detection fields. The error propagation fields indicate reception errors while the error detection fields do not indicate reception errors. Determining that the first packet is addressed to a first application and dropping the first packet. And determining that the second packet is addressed to a second application and enabling an end-device coupled to the adaptor to use the erroneous data stored in the second payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Valens Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Eyran Lida, Nadav Banet, Aviv Salamon
  • Patent number: 9386346
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for determining a tag based on an interaction of a mobile device with a media processor. The tag is associated with a number of options of video content received at the media processor. A request is determined from the media processor for the number of options of video content associated with the tag. A transfer of the plurality of options of video content is initiated from a video source to the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9369747
    Abstract: A system of grouping broadcasting signals based on a multimedia DNA of corresponding broadcast, which groups users viewing the same broadcast through the multimedia DNA of each broadcasting signal output from a TV in real time. A DNA information receiver receives DNA information on broadcasting signals, which are broadcasted through each TV. A DNA information grouping unit calculates similarity of the DNA information received through the DNA information receiver, and when the calculated similarity satisfies a predetermined similar condition, determines the similar DNA information as the DNA information of the same broadcasting signal to group the DNA information into the same group. A group information transmitter transmits group related information of each group grouped by the DNA information grouping unit to each TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventor: Byoung Seok Yang
  • Patent number: 9060098
    Abstract: Aspects of a method and system for data processing in a device with integrated set-top-box and femtocell functionality are provided. Data may be received via an integrated femtocell and set-top-box device and may be synchronously processed, utilizing a common clock, to perform one or more femtocell functions and/or set-top-box functions. The common clock may be derived from global navigation satellite system signals. The integrated femtocell and set-top-box device may convert the received data from a first to a second format. The converted data may be transmitted to a cellular enabled communication device via a cellular transmitter within said integrated femtocell and set-top-box device and/or to a multimedia device via a multimedia interface within said integrated femtocell and set-top-box device. The received data may comprise multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Victor T. Hou, Xuemin Sherman Chen, Charles Abraham, Wael William Diab, Vinko Erceg, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Mark Kent
  • Publication number: 20150150064
    Abstract: A context managing apparatus and method thereof. The context managing apparatus may include a communicator to acquire context information from each broadcast receiving terminal used by at least one user, and a controller to manage the acquired context information as information for providing a receive service for a predetermined broadcast receiving terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jeoung-Lak HA, Soon-Choul KIM, Bum-Suk CHOI, Young-Ho JEONG, Jin-Woo HONG
  • Patent number: 9043852
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer program products for providing instant messaging in conjunction with an audiovisual, video, or audio program are provided. The methods include providing an audiovisual, video, or audio program to a user. Viewer/listener input is received requesting activation of a program-based instant messaging function. A viewer/listener identifier corresponding to the viewer/listener is associated with a program identifier that uniquely identifies the audiovisual, video, or audio program being provided to the user to thereby generate a program viewer/listener record. The program viewer/listener record is transmitted to an electronic database. A list of other users who are viewing or listening to the program in addition to the viewer/listener is acquired from the electronic database. The list of other users is transmitted to the viewer/listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Tim Weaver
  • Patent number: 9032543
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing access to content are disclosed. The method is performed at least in part at a client computer system having a processor and memory. The method includes executing a host application associated with a first party. In some implementations, the host application is a media player. The method further includes initiating a secure communication channel between the host application and a server associated with the first party. The method further includes executing a supplemental application associated with a second party. The method further includes accessing, with the supplemental application, content licensed to the first party, wherein the licensed content is accessible to the supplemental application via the secure communication channel subject to terms of a licensing agreement. In some implementations, the content is media content, such as music, movies, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Mattias Robert Arrelid, Mikael Gustav Olenfalk
  • Patent number: 9021042
    Abstract: A method includes enabling accessing of content via a first device. The access of the content may be suspended in response to receiving a suspending signal associated with a second device coupled to the first device in a communication session. The access of the content may be resumed via at least one of the first device or a third device coupled to the first device in the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcos Weskamp, Jon Lorenz
  • Publication number: 20150095959
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to receive a call request from a set top box that is remote from the server where the call request identifies a telephone number that is presented from video content presented by the set top box where the telephone number is detected based on a combination of image pattern recognition and speech recognition and where the telephone number is associated with a marketing entity, establish a voice communication with a first telephone device associated with the set top box, and establish the voice communication with a second telephone device associated with the telephone number and the marketing entity if the first telephone device accepts the voice communication. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 8994777
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for web conference recording. A system receives a request to record a web conference from a web conference participant device. The system identifies video files associated with the web conference. The video files include different types of video files, such as a webcam file, a display screen file, a document file, a presentation program file, a chat session file, an electronic whiteboard file, and a mash-up web application file. The system creates a combined recording file associated with the web conference by stitching copies of the video files together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Steve Chazin, Prakash Khot
  • Patent number: 8982174
    Abstract: A video telephony system and a control method thereof are provided. The video telephony system includes a first mobile communication terminal and a second mobile communication terminal, wherein, during a video telephone call connection, the first mobile communication terminal receives a command from a user and sends the received command to the second mobile communication terminal and wherein the second mobile communication terminal executes the command received from the first mobile communication terminal and reconfigures multi-media data transmitted to the first mobile communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Woo-Young Choi
  • Patent number: 8978072
    Abstract: A method for enabling a broadcast/cellular device within a coverage area of a cellular network to access packet mobile digital broadcast services offered by a cellular operator of the cellular network, includes: a) obtaining a first identifier identifying the cellular operator; and b) accessing a storage area in order to retrieve a second identifier identifying and enabling access to the packet mobile digital broadcast services offered by the cellular operator, based on the first identifier obtained in a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Ciarniello, Antonia Napolitano, Giacomo-Edgardo Rosellini
  • Patent number: 8970710
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the quality of a video is provided. The method comprises: generating a frame loss pattern of the video by indicating whether each frame in the video is lost or successfully transmitted; and evaluating the quality of the video as a function of the generated t came loss pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Xiao Dong Gu, De Bing Liu, Zhi Bo Chen
  • Patent number: 8973071
    Abstract: A voice telephone call may be received, from a telephony device, in a server configured to provide interactive voice response. A spoken command may be received from the telephony device. In the server, the spoken command may be converted to a format appropriate for the media storage unit. The converted command may be sent from the server to the media storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Tanya D. Cherifi, Rajesh Sharma
  • Patent number: 8963982
    Abstract: A method, client application and user terminal, the method including providing a packet-based communication system for conducting voice or video calls over a packet-based network and providing an instance of a client application enabling a first user terminal to access the packet-based communication system. The client application is configured so as when executed on the first terminal to receive an input from multiple different audio and/or video input transducers of the first terminal, to analyze those inputs in relation to one another, and based on that analysis to select at least one audio and/or video input transducer and/or output transducer of the first terminal for use in conducting a voice or video call with a remote user terminal via the packet-based communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Skype
    Inventor: Derek MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8959536
    Abstract: A method for providing applications to one or more requesting devices is provided. The method comprises a step of first receiving an application request from the one or more requesting devices. The method includes extracting details of the request. Further markup language structure for corresponding page of the application is generated. The markup language structure is generated by invoking page handlers which includes contacting business logic layer to get information required to be embedded in the corresponding page. The output page is then provided to the requesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Sanjoy Paul, Manish Jain
  • Patent number: 8959561
    Abstract: A method of tagging video content includes receiving video content at a set-top box device via a private video distribution access network. The method also includes receiving a tag associated with the video content at the set-top box device and sending the tag to a tag management system via the private video distribution access network. Further, the method includes sending a request for content associated with the tag to the tag management system and receiving the video content at the set-top box device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8949880
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and computer-readable medium providing licensing rights for media content that follows a subscriber so that the subscriber may experience the media content on various content distribution platforms. In particular embodiments, the systems, methods, and computer-readable medium transfer licensing rights for a user for particular media content that is associated with a first device on a first distribution platform so that the rights are associated with a second device on a second distribution platform. As a result, in various embodiments, the user is able to experience the particular media content with the use of the second device on the second distribution platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ericsson Television Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Rouse, Charles Hammett Dasher