With Entry Of User Identification Patents (Class 725/11)
  • Patent number: 10332503
    Abstract: Systems and methods for active acoustic compensation in proximate theaters are disclosed herein. Such a system can include a first theater including a first content presentation system and a second theater including a second content presentation system. The system can include a processor in communicating connection with the first content presentation system and the second content presentation system. The processor can be controlled to: direct presentation of first content in the first theater via the first content presentation system; direct presentation of second content in the second theater via the second content presentation system; identify an impending first acoustic event in the first theater; and control the second content presentation system to generate a second acoustic event to mitigate the detectability of the first acoustic event in the second theater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 10231012
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems to collect audience measurement data are disclosed. A disclosed example system including means for collecting audience identification data and first media identification data during a first time period, the means for collecting to stop performing data collection after audience member behavior data has been developed based on the first media identification data and the audience identification data, means for accessing second media identification data during a second time period, the second media data collected via a service provider, means for developing the audience member behavior data based on the first media identification data and the audience identification data, and means for identifying an audience member associated with the second media identification data based on the audience member behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shane Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 9940746
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, devices and computer-readable mediums for image fetching for timeline scrubbing of digital media. In some implementations, a method comprises: receiving at a first time prior to receiving a scrub command, a first set of scrub images associated with digital media, the first set of scrub images having a first set of positions on a timeline of the digital media; receiving a first scrub command; receiving at a second time after the first time, a second set of scrub images associated with the digital media, the second set of scrub images having a second set of positions on the timeline that fill time gaps in the first set of positions on the timeline; animating, a timeline overlay including the timeline, a playhead and a scrub image window; and selecting a scrub image from the first or second sets of scrub images for presentation in the scrub image window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Alan Pound, Roger N. Pantos, Christopher L. Oklota, David L. Biderman, John Y. Su
  • Patent number: 9942607
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems to collect audience measurement data are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes collecting first media data and audience identification data via a metering device. Audience member behavior data is developed based on the first media data and the audience identification data. Second media data is accessed after the metering device has been removed. The second media data is collected by a service provider associated with the second media data. The removal of the metering device occurring after the audience member behavior data has been developed. Audience members associated with the second media data are identified based on the audience member behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shane Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 9930482
    Abstract: Signals to be used for receiving a service according to position are appropriately selected from a plurality of positioning signals received by a moving device. A device capable of being used while moving and of receiving a service according to a position to which the device has moved comprises: positioning means for, based on positioning signals for location identification separately received from a plurality of positioning devices, determining their respective positional information; holding means for holding positional information determined by the positioning means for each type of the plurality of positioning devices; and notification means for, regarding positional information newly determined by the positioning means, determining with reference to the holding means whether to provide notification of the position in order to receive the service or not, and providing the notification according to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTEC INC.
    Inventors: Mikio Yoshida, Takahiro Endo, Kenichi Nagami, Natsuko Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9927879
    Abstract: An intelligent television, methods for displaying content, and methods for user interaction between the intelligent television and the user are provided. In general, a user is provided with an application panel allowing for navigation, categories, favorites, and search options that enable one or more functions associated with the intelligent television. The presentation of options is based on input received by the intelligent television. As a user provides input to the intelligent television via a remote control or other input device. The intelligent television is configured to interpret the input and provide interactive functionality in the form of content presented to the display of the intelligent television without obstructing the user from viewing content displayed on the screen of the intelligent television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9781460
    Abstract: This application discloses a system and method for the delivery of television programming comprising of: a video source connected to a subscriber network to transport a primary video signal; a message source connected to said subscriber network to transport a supplemental video signal; wherein the primary and supplemental video signals are combined to display the primary and supplemental video signals concurrently. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the subscriber receives discounts relative to the amount of supplemental video signal that is viewed by the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Tipping Point Group, LLC
    Inventors: Aldemaro Ribeiro, Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 9521456
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems to collect audience measurement data are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes collecting first media data. Audience identification data is collected with a people meter. Audience member behavior is developed data based on the first media data and the audience identification data. Second media data is collected after the people meter has been removed, the removal of the people meter occurring after the audience member behavior data has been developed. Audience members associated with the second media data are identified based on the audience member behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shane Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 9473823
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved method and apparatus to collect and provide viewer feedback to broadcasts. According to one aspect of the present invention, a rating is generated for a broadcast by a server system. The rating is based at least in part on viewer feedback to the broadcast, and the rating indicates a likelihood of interest in the broadcast for potential subsequent viewers. Access to the rating is then provided so that predications can be made as to whether or not the broadcast will be of interest to potential subsequent viewers. According to another aspect of the present invention, the rating is provided from the server system to an entertainment system, and the broadcast can be selected for viewing at an entertainment system based on the rating generated by the server system. In one embodiment, the viewer feedback is received at the entertainment system in response to a feedback questionnaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony A. Shah-Nazaroff, Jean M. Goldschmidt Iki, Kenneth A. Moore, David N. Hackson, Eric O. Smith
  • Patent number: 9282357
    Abstract: The present technology concerns cell phones and other portable devices, and more particularly concerns use of such devices in connection with media content (electronic and physical) and with other systems (e.g., televisions, digital video recorders, and electronic program directories). In certain arrangements, identification of audio or visual content to which the user is being exposed is determined—in part—using information about one or more other people who are known to be present with the user. Information about the user's current location, or about the user's previous activities, can also be used in inferring the identity of content to which the user is currently being exposed. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9245585
    Abstract: There is provided a content editing apparatus, content editing method and program capable of easily and rapidly extracting sections corresponding to a reproducing operation of content data. The content editing apparatus includes an operation input processing unit 104 into which a reproduction operating command of content data is input by a user and a record controlling unit 108 for recording operation data corresponding to the reproduction operating command input into the operation input processing unit along with a reproduction position of the content data in a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsushi Nashida, Akihiro Komori, Takeo Kishida
  • Patent number: 9100132
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for gathering audience measurement data relating to exposure of an audience member to audio data. Audio data is received in a user system and is then encoded with audience measurement data. The encoded audio data is reproduced by the user system, picked up by a monitor and decoded to recover the audience measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Kolessar, James M. Jensen, Wendell D. Lynch
  • Patent number: 9055334
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems to collect audience measurement data are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes collecting first media data and audience identification data, the audience identification data being collected by prompting audience members in the monitored household to self-identify using a meter while the audience members are exposed to first media provided by a first media system. Audience member behavior is developed data based on the first media data and the audience identification data. The meter is deactivated after the audience member behavior data has been developed. Second media data is collected after the audience member behavior data has been developed without collecting audience identification data, the collecting of the second program identification data occurring while the audience members are exposed to second media. The audience members associated with the second media data are identified based on the audience member behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shane Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 9038102
    Abstract: A cable television system with integrated social streaming. The cable television system with integrated social streaming includes a set-top box in communication with a camera and/or a microphone that allows video and/or audio communication over a social streaming channel offered by the cable provider. The cable television system with integrated social streaming provides an interactive experience for a set-top box user by allowing the user to participate in video and/or audio conversations with friends on supported social streaming services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Radhakrishnan Gopinath, Lalit T. Bhatia, Pujan Roka, Catalina Gard
  • Patent number: 9025023
    Abstract: A multimedia device includes a first image sensor to acquire a first image, a second image sensor to acquire a second image, and a processor to determine coordinate information of the person in the first image and to extract a feature of the person in the second image based on the coordinate information. The first and second image sensors have overlapping fields of view, the coordinate information provides an indication of a distance to the person, and the processor compares the extracted feature to reference information and recognizes the person based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Soungsoo Park, Taehyeong Kim, Kyungyoung Lim, Sangki Kim, Mingoo Kang
  • Patent number: 9015740
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to wirelessly meter audio/visual (A/V) devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method receives media content from an A/V source device, embeds a video overlay in the wirelessly received media content, and wirelessly transmits the media content and the video overlay to the wireless A/V device. The example method wirelessly receives audience identification information in response to the transmitted video overlay, and wirelessly receives audience behavior information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9015748
    Abstract: During the display of video content to a viewing audience, a system receives feedback information from the viewing audience concerning the displayed video content. At a later time and based on the feedback, the system substitutes portions of a downloaded data stream with different content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Abroadcasting Company
    Inventor: Art Pharn
  • Patent number: 9003435
    Abstract: A method of recommending media content for a media playing system includes identifying a user in a viewing area; determining whether personal information of the user is stored in a database; and generating information related to a first media content recommendation according to the personal information when the personal information of the user is stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Hsi-Chun Hsiao, Shou-Te Wei, Hsun-Chih Tsao
  • Patent number: 8997132
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for identifying computer systems being used by viewers of television programs is presented. An audio signal received from a microphone of a television metering device is monitored, where the audio signal corresponds to audio of a television program presented on the television set and audio tones generated by computer systems of viewers of the television set. The audio signal is analyzed to determine an identifier for the television program being presented on the television set and to identify an audio tone generated by a computer system of a viewer of the television set. An identifier of the computer system associated with the audio tone is determined. An identifier for the television metering device, the identifier for the television program, and the identifier of the computer system is transmitted to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Michael Rowe
  • Patent number: 8988495
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is included in the input signal, if the video signal is a 3D video signal, requesting 3D format information about the video signal to a server that stores 3D format information, if the input signal does not include the 3D format information about the video signal, and processing, upon receipt of 3D format information from the server in response to the 3D format information request, the video signal according to the 3D format information and displaying a 3D image based on the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Eletronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeongsim Kim
  • Publication number: 20150074695
    Abstract: In a method for selecting one of a plurality of channels, a channel selecting device that is coupled to a television device stores at least a channel statistical data of total watching time of each of the channels. In the method, immediately after the television device is turned on, the channel selecting device selects a preferred channel from the plurality of channels, which has been watched most frequently, according to the channel statistical data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: TOP VICTORY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Chang-Hsien Chuang, Shao-Ching Lu, Che-Hsuan Liu
  • Patent number: 8978071
    Abstract: A multi-functional display device having a channel scan interface and a method of controlling the same are disclosed herein. The method may include registering a first individual at the multi-functional display device to create an account that is associated with at least one first social network service (SNS) account for the first individual. A menu may be displayed for selecting among a plurality of channel scan modes for scanning channels of the multi-functional display device, including a channel scan mode for broadcast content and SNS content. For channel scan mode for SNS content, information for at least one second SNS account for a second individual associated with the at least one first SNS account may be retrieved, and a channel number assigned to the at least one second SNS account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Uniyoung Kim, Hyungnam Lee, T. S. Bipin, Kiran Patalappa
  • Patent number: 8949871
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a system and method to provide smart media selection to a set of one or more individuals at a location associated with a display device of a receiver system is provided. In example embodiments, an indication of a presence change at the location is received. User specific information associated with the set of the one or more individuals identified as being at the location is accessed. A recommendation playlist based on the user specific information is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Crx K. Chai, Alex Fishman
  • Publication number: 20150026707
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for execution in a digital-media content playback device is provided, in which a digital-media content stream is received that includes a plurality of digital-media content provided by at least one digital-media content service. For a playback of each of the plurality of digital-media content via the digital-media content playback device, a playback duration is determined, and a churn rate based on the playback duration relative to the airplay parameter of the corresponding digital-media content to indicate a digital-media content switch by a user. The churn rate of a digital media content-of-interest is produced based on churn rates of a plurality of digital-media content to produce a retention rate relating the digital media content-of-interest. Digital-media content information is transmitted by the digital-media content playback device including the playback duration, the churn rate, and the retention rate relating to the digital media content-of-interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Lisovich, Christopher Keune, Philippe Generali, Joaquin Torsiello, John Fulbright, David C. Jellison, JR.
  • Patent number: 8938748
    Abstract: A method, performed at a computer system having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs executed by the one or more processors, includes receiving respective first set-top box (STB) information from a first plurality of STBs. The first STB information received from a respective STB in the first plurality of STBs includes tuning information for the respective STB in the first plurality of STBs, and power status information for a respective display device coupled to the respective STB in the first plurality of STBs. The method also includes storing the first STB information, and determining a viewership metric for the first plurality of STBs based on the tuning information and the power status information in the first STB information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Raimundo Mirisola, Tim Volodine
  • Patent number: 8931030
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to detect a portable media storage device (PMSD), present media content supplied by the PMSD, present a survey to appraise the media content; receive a survey response, and transmit the survey response to a survey collection system identified by the PMSD. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 8930976
    Abstract: A method of selecting a factor for estimating characteristics of viewers who view a same content is disclosed. This method includes: storing a multi-layered hierarchal list of attribute words expressing viewer attributes, each of which is a candidate of the factor; extracting the attribute words from the same content; generating a first vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in the same content; for a successively-selected one of the attribute words, successively generating a second vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in ones of sets of learned-text information which contain the successively-selected attribute word; calculating a similarity score between the vectors on a per-attribute-word basis; and selecting one of the attribute words as the factor, which is associated with subordinate attribute words on a lower layer, based on a dispersion level of the similarity scores calculated for the subordinate attribute words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KDDI Corporation
    Inventors: Kazushi Ikeda, Gen Hattori, Kazunori Matsumoto, Chihiro Ono
  • Patent number: 8887185
    Abstract: There is provided an online broadcasting system for providing virtual co-presence to broadcast audiences. The online broadcasting system may comprise a plurality of user terminals, a user reaction processing server and a broadcast server configured to transmit broadcast program data to the user terminals. The user terminals may be configured to: display a broadcast program based on the broadcast program data; receive individual user reaction data from a user input interface; and transmit the received individual user reaction data to the broadcast server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Jin Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8863167
    Abstract: A system receives an indication of selection of an item in a broadcast segment from an end device. A broadcast segment is identified by the selection and a broadcast segment schedule. An item ID is determined using the identified broadcast segment and the broadcast segment schedule, and a corresponding sponsor of the item is determined using the item ID and the identified broadcast segment. An anonymized message, including the item ID and a request for information, is sent to the corresponding sponsor. A reply is received from the corresponding sponsor, and forwarded to an end user contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Craig P. Reilly, Robert H. Yacobellis
  • Publication number: 20140304725
    Abstract: A method for data communication is provided and may include, at a communications terminal, displaying picture objects and/or video objects received from a media center via a communications network. The communications terminal may transmit direction of view information (DoV) of at least one eye of a user of the terminal with respect to the displayed objects from an eye tracker at the communications terminal. The DoV may be determined by detecting a position of a pupil based on light reflected off of the pupil. Subsequent picture objects and/or video objects may be displayed by the communications terminal based on user interests determined from the transmitted DoV information. The DoV information may be determined using: a beam splitter, a lens, and a position sensing diode which receives light from the lens which has been received from the beam splitter, wherein the position sensing diode outputs a signal to the eye tracker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Rudolf Ritter, Eric Lauper
  • Patent number: 8856845
    Abstract: A method is provided for a personalized content delivery system. The method includes detecting a viewing activity of at least one user of a content-presentation device capable of presenting multiple programs in one or more channels, and determining a plurality of user identities of the at least one user. The method also includes discovering available video contents for the at least one user based on the plurality of user identities, and determining personalized video contents for the at least one user by merging the plurality of user identities. Further, the method includes recommending the determined personalized video contents to the at least one user, and delivering the recommended personalized video contents to the at least one user such that the personalized video contents are presented on the content-presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: TCL Research America Inc.
    Inventor: Haohong Wang
  • Patent number: 8843950
    Abstract: A television includes an image capturing unit to capture images in front of the television. Faces in the captured images are recognized to generate a face recognition result. When a condition for switching television programs is determined to be met according to the face recognition result, one or more program tables are searched to find a currently aired television program that is suitable for the current audience. The television is switched to a channel playing the found television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8839306
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device, including a controller to: transmit a client program having a graphical user interface (GUI) to a media device operating in an interactive television (iTV) network, wherein the client program presents a symbolic overlay that superimposes onto media content received by the media device and enables the media device to associate commentary with the media content received at the media device; and conduct searches for one of consumer products or consumer services associated with the media content based on the commentary regarding the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert Arthur King
  • Patent number: 8839291
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for estimating demographic compositions of television audiences from audience similarities. In an aspect, pairwise cosine similarities of segment of viewers of rated and unrated television programs are determined, demographic information of rated programs is attributed to the unrated programs from the cosine similarity measures and demographic information for the rated programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Per R. Anderson, Diane Lambert, Daniel J. Zigmond
  • Patent number: 8832737
    Abstract: An interactive system is provided in which information is displayed in response to the entry of the digits of a channel number. The interactive system may be implemented on a television, a computer, or a radio system. The displayed information may be program listings information such as the channel designator or the program currently airing on the channel. The displayed information may also be a list of channels. The list of channels may be associated with the entered digits, may be component channels, or channels of the same type and may be sorted by various techniques such as numerically, by favorite channels, by type, etc. The interactive system may allow a user to specify a source identifier to channels from different sources and display the channels with the source identifier when they are entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8826321
    Abstract: A user interaction request is received during playback of video content. The user interaction request can be received independent of any indication from the video content that user interaction is possible. In response to receiving the interaction request, one or more menus are displayed allowing the user to select one or more reaction options and to select whether the selected one or more reaction options are to be communicated to another user or to a content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis G. Cronin
  • Publication number: 20140229961
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to count audience members are disclosed. An example method includes determining a first viewing count of a number of times that a first person was historically logged in to a measurement apparatus during a day part; determining a second viewing count of a number of times that a second person was historically logged in to the measurement apparatus during the day part; determining, using a processor, a first probability that the first person is in a current audience based on the first viewing count and the second viewing count; and when the first probability satisfies a probability threshold, prompting the audience to enter user identification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Donato
  • Patent number: 8806519
    Abstract: A mechanism to evaluate the geographic popularity of geographically-located user-generated content is presented. A method to evaluate the geographic popularity of geographically-located user-generated content includes receiving a user-generated content item having metadata indicating a geographic location of the user-generated content item, determining geographic location metadata of each of a plurality of views of the content item, calculating a view geographic entropy of the content item by dividing the plurality of views across multiple geographic regions while taking into account the geographic location of the content item, and providing the calculated view geographic entropy of the content item for presentation in a visual display that is part of an analytical report of the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Scellato, Mirjam Wattenhofer, Anders Torp Brodersen
  • 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: 8782680
    Abstract: A media viewing method and system monitors user interaction with an electronic program guide. An awareness engine collects data generated by the user interaction and forms awareness indicators and information. The awareness information is output to end users and is indicative of which users in a social circle are accessing (e.g. viewing, playing, or recording) or have accessed which media works. Some output enables user-to-user interaction. The media works may be supplied by cable television, satellite television, online or global computer network sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Cook, Peter G. Finn, Martin G. Kienzle, Paul J. Ledak, Paul B. Moody, Alan M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8776101
    Abstract: Network content delivery apparatus and methods based on content compiled from various sources and particularly selected for a given user. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and the content sources include DVR, broadcast, nPVR, and VOD. The user-targeted content is assembled into a playlist, and displayed as a continuous stream on a virtual channel particular to that user. User interfaces accessible through the virtual channel present various functional options, including the selection or exploration of content having similarity or prescribed relationships to other content, and the ability to order purchasable content. An improved electronic program guide is also disclosed which allows a user to start over, record, view, receive information on, “catch up”, and rate content. Apparatus for remote access and configuration of the playlist and virtual channel functions, as well as a business rules “engine” implementing operational or business goals, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Donoghue, Jay Thomas
  • Patent number: 8762235
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and computer programs provided for metering and accounting in a commercial e-services infrastructure address the requirement for handling composite services in which higher-level services are built using simpler underlying services, each of which may be autonomously owned and operated. Metering records for each service underlying a composite service are correlated by a process associated with the composite service, and then sent to an accounting service where they can be aggregated. The correlation is performed in a distributed manner with correlated usage data provided on a per-request basis. Accounting services can take account of the usage and charges associated with the underlying services to provide accounting and billing on a per-request basis or per customer-provider pair for a billing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Agarwal, Neeran M. Karnik, Arun Kumar
  • Patent number: 8763019
    Abstract: A method for data communication is provided and may include transmitting picture objects and/or video objects from a media center for display on a communications terminal. The media center may receive, from an eye tracker at the communications terminal, direction of view information (DoV) of at least one eye of a user of the terminal with respect to the displayed objects. The DoV may be determined by detecting a position of a pupil based on light reflected off of the pupil. Subsequent picture objects and/or video objects may be transmitted for display by the communications terminal based on user interests determined from the received DoV information. The DoV information may be determined using: a beam splitter, a lens, and a position sensing diode which receives light from the lens which has been received from the beam splitter, wherein the position sensing diode outputs a signal to the eye tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Swisscom AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Ritter, Eric Lauper
  • Patent number: 8763022
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to wirelessly meter audio/visual (A/V) devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method receives media content from an A/V source device, embeds a video overlay in the wirelessly received media content, and wirelessly transmits the media content and the video overlay to the wireless A/V device. The example method wirelessly receives audience identification information in response to the transmitted video overlay, and wirelessly receives audience behavior information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 8752122
    Abstract: A television receiving device includes an operating mode determining unit and a power supply control unit. The operating mode determining unit is configured to determine an operating mode of the television receiving device. The power supply control unit is configured to automatically turn off the television receiving device when a default time elapses. The power supply control unit is further configured to change the default time to a modified time that is shorter than the default time based on the operating mode determined by the operating mode determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiya Iwahashi
  • Patent number: 8745647
    Abstract: This disclosure describes methods and systems to quantify and understand the behavior and consumption patterns of audiences with respect to Internet video and rich media applications. In operation, an end user video player or a rich media application (such as an interactive advertisement built with Flash or other method) is instrumented to capture data. The data is collected by a service provider and made available for viewing by customers of a video experience and rich media behavior measurement service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Visible Measures Corp.
    Inventors: Brian J. Shin, Gary C. Griffin, Jason T. Tunney, Trevor B. Rundell, Rishi I. Dean, Raymond Yong-Taik Chun
  • Patent number: 8739195
    Abstract: A microchip, comprising an internal hardware firewall located between a protected portion of the microchip protected by the internal hardware firewall and a network portion configured to communicate with a network of computers located between the internal hardware firewall and a connection of the microchip to the network. The microchip also includes one or more microprocessors located in the network portion and separate from network communications components; and the microprocessors located in the network portion and the network communications components being separate from the firewall. The firewall is configured by its location to permit unrestricted access by the network to the network portion, and one or more shared processing operations conducted by the microchip with the network are executed at least by one or many microprocessors located in the network portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis, III
  • Patent number: 8732738
    Abstract: A television audience measurement system measures viewing of a television program viewed on digital television located in a statistically selected site by (i) retrieving an audience measurement data packet from a television set in order to identify the television program, (ii) detecting an audio code embedded in the television program in order to identify the television program, (iii) extracting an audio signature from the television program in order to identify the television program, (iv) identifying the television program through use of a software agent, and (v) selecting at least one of the retrieving means, the detecting means, the extracting means, and the software agent in order to identify the television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Daozheng Lu, Paul C. Kempter, William A. Feininger
  • Patent number: 8732760
    Abstract: Provided is a personalized program providing method and system. The personalized program providing system may provide a view restriction, a personalized advertisement, or a personalized program guide using a set-top box including a fingerprint scanner. The personalized program providing system includes a set-top box to scan a fingerprint using a fingerprint scanner to identify identification information associated with a user and to transmit the identified identification information to an Internet TV service providing server, an Internet TV service providing server to transmit a personalized program guide corresponding to the transmitted identification information to the set-top box, and an Internet TV set to provide the transmitted personalized program guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young Sic Jeong, Shin Gak Kang
  • Publication number: 20140137143
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to collect media exposure information are described. An example metering device to collect media exposure information includes a housing; an input carried by the housing; a display carried by the housing to present a list of media stations which may be tuned by a media device different than the metering device, the metering device incapable of tuning to the media stations; a processor carried by the housing to identify which of the media stations is displayed when the input is selected; and memory carried by the housing to store an indication of an exposure to the identified media station via the media device, the indication including the identified media station and a timestamp corresponding the selection of the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Bruce Hoynoski