Server Or Headend Patents (Class 725/114)
  • Patent number: 11546645
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and storage media for authenticating a remote viewing device for rendering digital content are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: transmit an initial display to be displayed on the viewing device; receive a request, from the viewing device, to view content; transmit an indication of the request to a mobile device associated with a user who is authorized to view the content; receive, from the mobile device, approval of the viewing device for viewing the content; and authenticate the viewing device for viewing the content in response to the approval of viewing device whereby the content can be viewed on the viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Nagl, Forrest McDaniel, Francis Bato
  • Patent number: 11463781
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for a system of capturing and sharing media. In an embodiment, a request for multimedia content is received from a requesting device comprising a tuner to which the requested multimedia content is unavailable. A first device of the plurality of devices to which the requested multimedia content is currently available is selected, the first device using a narrow band tuner tuned to the requested multimedia content. Access is provided to the requested multimedia content to the requesting device from the first device. It is determined that the narrow band tuner of the first device is changed from the requested multimedia content to different content. A second device of the plurality of devices to which the requested multimedia content is currently available is selected and access to the requested multimedia content is provided to the requesting device from the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Garner
  • Patent number: 11463554
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods that use artificial intelligence and/or machine learning to dynamically allocate services at different times and at different network edge locations within a Multi-Access Edge (“MEC”) enhanced network based on a multitude of factors that change the priorities of the services at the different times and at the different edge locations. For instance, a MEC controller, controlling the allocation of resources at a particular edge location, may modify the allocation of services at that particular edge location at different times based on time and/or location sensitive events that occur at different times and that relate to different services, changing usage patterns that are derived from prior service utilization, and/or categorization of the services as permanent, time insensitive, or other categories of services with permissions to execute at different times from different edge locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Chaysinh, John A. Turato, Rohit Shirish Saraf
  • Patent number: 11418823
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for delivery of one or more channels of programming in an IP network. An edge gateway device may retrieve segments of programming, based on information in a manifest file, and output the segments via multicast to one or more edge devices. Advertising content may be inserted, or replaced if already present, before the segments are multicast. Segments encoded at various bit rates may be available for retrieval. Segments may be selected for retrieval based in part on a quality indicator associated with each segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Weidong Mao, Robert Gaydos
  • Patent number: 11369873
    Abstract: This application is directed to a method of managing processing capability of a server system having one or more processing cores that further include multiple processing slices. Upon receiving requests to initiate online gaming sessions, the server system allocates each processing slice of the processing cores to a subset of the online gaming sessions to be executed thereon. A first processing slice is allocated to a first subset of the online gaming sessions including a first gaming session and a second gaming session. At the first processing slice, a time-sharing processing schedule is determined for the first subset of the online gaming sessions. In accordance with the time-sharing processing schedule, the first and second gaming sessions share a duty cycle of the first processing slice, and are executed dynamically and in parallel according to real-time data processing need of the first and second gaming sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Clinton Smullen, Dov Zimring, Jani Huoponen, Aki Kuusela, Jean-Francois Roy, Paul Lalonde, Paul Leventis
  • Patent number: 11375250
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an edge compute node comprises processing circuitry to: receive an incoming video stream captured by a camera, wherein the incoming video stream comprises a plurality of video segments; store the plurality of video segments in a receive buffer in a memory; perform a visual computing task on a first video segment in the receive buffer; detect a resource overload on the edge compute node; receive load information corresponding to a plurality of peer compute nodes; select a peer compute node to perform the visual computing task on a second video segment in the receive buffer; replicate the second video segment from the edge compute node to the peer compute node; and receive a compute result from the peer compute node, wherein the compute result is based on the peer compute node performing the visual computing task on the second video segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yi Zou, Mohammad Ataur Rahman Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 11349584
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for prioritizing content delivery. Content files associated with one of a plurality of content types are received and saved in one of a plurality of delivery queues according to the content type of the content file where each delivery queue is associated with a priority. In turn, the content files saved in the plurality of delivery queues are delivered over one or more networks to one or more affiliate systems. The transmission order of the content files is based on the priority of the delivery queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: WESTWOOD ONE, LLC
    Inventors: Eric M. Wiler, Kelly G. Kittleson, Franklin L. Camp
  • Patent number: 11336937
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes receiver and processing circuitry. The receiving circuitry is configured to receive a broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to extract a service list table (SLT) from the broadcast stream. The SLT includes service information for each of a plurality of services in the broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to determine whether the broadcast stream includes a digital rights management (DRM) service that is supported by the reception apparatus based on service category information in the service information for the plurality of services in the broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire DRM-related information, which is associated with the reception apparatus and delivered in the DRM service, based on a determination that the broadcast stream includes the DRM service that is supported by the reception apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Mark Eyer, Tatsuya Igarashi, Brant Candelore, Paul Hearty
  • Patent number: 11257320
    Abstract: Servers and method for use in creating a random reward are disclosed. One exemplary method includes receiving a request for a random reward from an organizer, establishing a random reward in response to the request, transmitting a credential associated with the random reward to a player, and crediting gaming activity associated with the credential to the random reward. Access to the random reward is limited to players presenting the credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Thacker, Daniel William Milligan, Stephen Wade Brooks
  • Patent number: 11259061
    Abstract: Mechanisms for presenting media content items using multiple devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tom Jaspers, Ramona Bobohalma, Andreea Chelaru
  • Patent number: 11252111
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for transmitting data and a network device are provided. In an example of the method, after an interface board and a logical channel both corresponding to first data to be sent are determined, when the logical channel has a capability to send the first data, second data is obtained by adding header information of an interface board identifier and a logical channel identifier to the first data, and stored in a buffer corresponding to the logical channel. Next, when the second data is sent, the second data is read from the buffer, the interface board identifier and the logical channel identifier are obtained from the header information of the read second data, the first data is obtained by removing the header information from the read second data, and the obtained first data is sent to the interface board corresponding to the interface board identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: New H3C Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daorong Guo
  • Patent number: 11198065
    Abstract: This application is directed to a method of managing processing capability of a server system having one or more processing cores that further include multiple processing slices. Upon receiving requests to initiate online gaming sessions, the server system allocates each processing slice of the processing cores to a subset of the online gaming sessions to be executed thereon. A first processing slice is allocated to a first subset of the online gaming sessions including a first gaming session and a second gaming session. At the first processing slice, a time-sharing processing schedule is determined for the first subset of the online gaming sessions. In accordance with the time-sharing processing schedule, the first and second gaming sessions share a duty cycle of the first processing slice, and are executed dynamically and in parallel according to real-time data processing need of the first and second gaming sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Clinton Smullen, Dov Zimring, Jani Huoponen, Aki Kuusela, Jean-Francois Roy, Paul Lalonde, Paul Leventis
  • Patent number: 11184187
    Abstract: Method and system for Internet Protocol (IP) provisioning over a cable network. The method and system including a plurality of embedded settop boxes (eSTBs) of at least two different vendors requesting IP provisioning according to a first protocol. The method and system further including a network provisioning unit (NPU) in communication with the eSTBs over the network for responding to the eSTB IP provisioning requests with IP provisioning data, wherein the eSTB IP provisioning data is outputted according to the first protocol such that provisioning of the eSTBs is standard for each vendor in so far as each eSTB utilizes the first protocol for provisioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Woundy, John G. Bevilacqua
  • Patent number: 11184660
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for dynamically switching states of remote control devices. A remote control device may receive voice data from a user, send the voice data to another device which may pass the voice signals to a server. The server may determine instructions associated with responding to the voice signals and send the instructions to the other device, which may convert the instructions to remote control commands. The other device may send the commands along with state information to the remote control device, allowing the remote control device to emit commands determined by the other device and to map other command signals to possible inputs which the remote control device may receive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Ewanchuk, Hongmei Dilip Li, Bernardo De Carvalho e Silva, Balsa Laban, Vijai Rajagopal, Chang Hwa Rob Yang
  • Patent number: 11175727
    Abstract: A method is provided, including the following operations: capturing images of an interactive environment by an image capture device; analyzing the captured images to track motion of a user's head in the interactive environment; providing a view through a display screen of a three-dimensional (3-D) information space, wherein the view of the 3-D information space is defined from a perspective that is determined by the tracked motion of the user's head in the interactive environment, the perspective being dynamically updated in response to the motion of the user's head; wherein the 3-D information space includes a plurality of predefined content regions that are configured to present respectively assigned visual content, the content regions being visually accessible through the display screen based on the provided view of the 3-D information space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Ryuji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11166078
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media device, media content from a media content server. A portion of the media content includes a first item concurrently depicted with a second item. The method includes receiving an input indicating a selection of the second item within the media content. The method includes, in response to the input, sending an identification request for information corresponding to the second item to an identification server in response to the input. The identification request includes data relating to a depiction of the second item. The method also includes receiving the information from the identification server in response to the identification request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Gregory Edwards, Paul Van Vleck
  • Patent number: 11159596
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method, computer system, and computer program product for improving a user's dwell time on streaming media is provided. The present invention may include receiving user information; receiving access to a media stream; analyzing the media stream for stream information; evaluating user activity for abandonment; predicting, based on user information, stream information, and user activity, likely points of abandonment; identifying, based on user information and stream information, points of interest within the media stream; generating, based on the points of interest, the likely points of abandonment, or the user activity, one or more interactive elements, where the one or more interactive elements inform the viewer of the one or more points of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert Loredo, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 11146660
    Abstract: Disclosed are an information packet download method for preventing high concurrency, an electronic device, and a non-volatile computer readable storage medium. The method includes: adjusting a current probability of downloading an information packet based on download environment information; receiving an information packet query request for downloading the information packet from a client, and determining whether to allow the client to download the information packet based on the current probability and the information packet query request; and when it is determined to allow the client to download the information packet, sending a download instruction to the client in response to the information packet query request, to make the client download the information packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ZHANGYUE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xingbo Zhou
  • Patent number: 11130054
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving, from a browser executed by a client device, a request to initiate gameplay of a cloud video game; responsive to receiving the request, transmitting to the client device a web application, and initiating execution of the cloud video game by a cloud game machine to generate a first video stream including video content encoded in a first video format; transmitting the first video stream from the cloud game machine to a streaming server; identifying, by the streaming server, a type of the browser; responsive to identifying the type of the browser, transcoding the first video stream to a second video format, to generate a second video stream; transmitting, by the streaming server, the second video stream to the web application, that is configured to receive and process the second video stream to provide the video content of the cloud video game for rendering to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: David Posin
  • Patent number: 11122307
    Abstract: A data live streaming method is provided. The data live streaming method includes: receiving, by at least one processor, frame data from clients in a client set, wherein each client in the client set is synchronously running a target application; broadcasting, by the at least one processor, the frame data to each client in the client set to perform data exchange; and synchronously sending, by the at least one processor, the frame data to a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal generates live streaming data corresponding to the target application according to the frame data and prestored data corresponding to the target application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LTD
    Inventors: Shuang Wu, Bin Wu
  • Patent number: 11089356
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for handing off media content. A media player client receives a request to transfer a media stream, which is playing on a first media device, to a second media device. In response to determining that the second media device comprises a larger screen than the first media device, the media player content determines, based on the genre and resolution of the media stream data, whether the media stream data can be transferred, from the first media device to the second media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Muni Ramaiah Bandham, Santhiya Krishnamoorthi
  • Patent number: 11089071
    Abstract: A data storage device may comprise a network interface configured to couple to a computer network; a memory configured to store at least one of a first, second and third media file, at least two of the first to third media files being configured differently from one another; and a processor coupled to the memory and to the network interface. The processor may be configured to generate a media stream by at least sequentially applying at least one filter to one or more of the first to third media files; sequentially reformatting one or more of the first to third media files such that each or some substantially conforms to a common format; ordering the filtered and/or reformatted media files according to a selectable metric; aggregating the media files together to generate the media stream; and making the media stream accessible to the computer network over the network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Cipson Jose Chiriyankandath
  • Patent number: 11089283
    Abstract: A time slice video generating server includes a video receiving unit configured to receive multiple videos recorded by multiple cameras; a packaging unit configured to generate multiple packaging data by adding slice information to frames included in the received multiple videos; a video transmission unit configured to transmit at least one datum from the multiple packaging data to a user device in response to a play request received from the user device; and a time slice video providing unit configured to generate a time slice video based on the multiple packaging data in response to request to generate a time slice video received from the user device and transmit the generated time slice video to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Hee Mun
  • Patent number: 11076031
    Abstract: An electronic device according to an embodiment includes a processor and a memory, and the memory stores instructions which when executed, cause the processor to, in a first operation when the electronic device is connected to a first external accessory device via the electrical connector, receive at least one first identification (ID) from the first external accessory device via the electrical connector, render a first screen including a first plurality of icons for application programs on the memory based at least in part on the first ID, and provide data associated with the first screen to an external display through the first external accessory device via the electrical connector and in a second operation when the electronic device is connected to a second external accessory device via the electrical connector, receive at least one second ID from the second external accessory device via the electrical connector, the second ID being of the same type as the first ID, receive at least one third ID from the s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Wonbum Kim, Kwanghyung Lee, Hyunjung Byun, Sungoh Hwang, Gajin Song, Dongho Jang, Yongjoon Jeon
  • Patent number: 11074249
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for dynamic adaptation of language understanding systems to acoustic environments. A methodology implementing the techniques according to an embodiment includes generating a trigger in response to recognition of a wake-on-voice key-phrase in or prior to an audio stream. The trigger serves to switch processing modes from an adaptation mode to a query recognition mode. The method further includes performing automatic speech recognition on the audio stream during the query recognition mode, to recognize an in-domain query. The method further includes applying both a static language understanding classifier and a dynamic language understanding classifier to the recognized in-domain query. The static language understanding classifier employs a static semantic model and the dynamic language understanding classifier employs a dynamic semantic model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Munir Nikolai Alexander Georges
  • Patent number: 11058945
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) system has a server coupled to a data repository and having a processor executing software, a VR game stored in the data repository; and a first network-connected appliance having a display screen, in communication with the network-connected server over the network. The server interacts with the first appliance enabling a user to play a VR game, and prepares a data stream based on the interaction to be streamed to a second computerized appliance, enabling a user of the second computerized appliance to view the activity of a virtual object of the user of the first network-connected computerized appliance as a passive observer from the viewpoint of the avatar, having no control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventor: Baker Humadi
  • Patent number: 11012756
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for the solid state capture of broadcast media. Multimedia content is received by a first tuner over one or more channels. A request is received from a networked device for the multimedia content from a particular one of the channels. The requested multimedia content is unavailable to a second tuner of the networked device. The requested multimedia content is provided over a network to the networked device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Garner
  • Patent number: 10951937
    Abstract: Systems for efficiently providing multiple commentary streams for the same underlying broadcast content may include client applications that enable a user/viewer to select multiple commentary streams for a variety of events from one or more content sources. Exemplary broadcast content may include television shows, movies, and events that may include, for example, a plurality of live and/or recorded poker tournaments, eSports events, and the like. For each event, the systems also may enable a user/viewer to select from one or more live and/or recorded commentaries associated with the event. The event content and the commentary stream may be displayed in different display regions on a single device (such as a computer) or may be displayed simultaneously on different devices. Various technical advantages may be achieved by separating the event content from the commentary content. Revenue for the broadcast may be shared between the event content provider and the commentary content providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Peerless Media Ltd.
    Inventors: Frank Ng, Adam Pliska, David Moon
  • Patent number: 10911794
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for generating secondary content scheduling and dynamic insertion for users of a managed content distribution network, such as a cable, satellite, of HFCu network. In one embodiment, the secondary content comprises advertising content which is directly related or tied to demographics, psychographics, and/or other metrics of applicability to one or more users of the content distribution network. Individual insertion opportunities are identified (either in advance or dynamically), and relevant or targeted secondary content is dynamically “switched in” for delivery to the one or more users via interaction between a local or client application (e.g., operative on the user's set top box or personal electronic device) and a switched digital video entity of the network, and subsequently switched out if no longer required, thereby conserving network bandwidth and/or other resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Basil Badawiyeh, Brian Clements
  • Patent number: 10897640
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes receiver and processing circuitry. The receiver circuitry is configured to receive a broadcast stream including a service list table (SLT) and a digital rights management (DRM) data service. The SLT includes service information for the DRM data service. The processing circuitry is configured to extract the service information for the DRM data service from the SLT included in the received broadcast stream. The service information for the DRM data service includes a DRM system identifier. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire DRM information from the DRM data service based on whether a condition regarding the reception apparatus or a user of the reception apparatus is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Eyer, Tatsuya Igarashi, Brant Candelore, Paul Hearty
  • Patent number: 10841238
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein provide for software defined networking system to provide network service and bandwidth prioritization in a customer's network. The user equipment devices can be connected to a gateway device on a premise network. The gateway device or a server communicably coupled to the gateway device can include an intelligence agent that can prioritize bandwidth, network services, user equipment devices based on a variety of contexts. The intelligence agent can also dynamically increase or decrease the bandwidth available to the gateway device in some embodiments. In an embodiment, the software defined networking system can also instantiate virtual network functions on either the local gateway device or the cloud server in order to provide functionality for one or more network services used by the user equipment device on site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Gavin Bedell, Corine Brahamsha, Debbie Miksiewicz, Grant Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10812843
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an encoder having a controller adapted to receive a digital video stream with metadata, retrieve from at least a portion of the metadata a native video format, configure encoding of at least a portion of the digital video stream according to the retrieved native video format, generate from at least the portion of the digital video stream an encoded video stream conforming to a moving picture experts group format and the native video format, and submit the encoded video stream to an acquisition server for multicast distribution. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd W. Jones, Jeffrey W. Zimmerman, Daniel J. Hipps
  • Patent number: 10810285
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including providing, by a processor in a dongle coupled to a display device, a graphical user interface at the display device, and transmitting a message to an authentication server in accordance with authentication information stored in a storage device of the dongle and an input via the graphical user interface. The method also includes obtaining an authentication confirmation; obtaining content from a content server; and recording the content in accordance with a second input via the graphical user interface. The recorded content is transmitted for storage at a storage server. The display device communicates with equipment of a video provider that is associated with a service area. In accordance with the authentication confirmation, the processor is authorized to obtain the content based on the location of the dongle relative to the service area. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Arvind Ramdas Mallya
  • Patent number: 10805660
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to modem and router modules for use with digital display systems, including televisions. A modem module is configurable to attach to a set-top box, a set-back box, directly to a digital display, or may even be integrated into display equipment. Router functions and ports can be integrated into the module to provide for networking of additional devices in proximity to the module and/or display, using either or both wired and wireless access technologies. Systems including the module convert power to the appropriate forms for delivery to the different devices, hardware, and components associated with the module. The modem and routing functions are configurable to provide separate security domains to isolate or direct traffic among the various networked devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua T. Blanton, Robert J. Palle, Nezam T. Nikoo
  • Patent number: 10750248
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for dynamically switching video segment locations (CDNS) during live content/ad manipulation in a completely transparent way to video players. The computer implemented method and apparatus is configured to use a per-user video manifest delivery to track CDN performance based on CDN switch logic from received manifest/playlist requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ismail R. Haritaoglu, Oztan Harmanci
  • Patent number: 10728599
    Abstract: Modern audio and video content typically provides multiple programming, such as multiple alternate video versions, multiple language options, and possibly also closed captioning or subtitles in multiple languages. Gateway conditioned media streaming provides systems and methods for conditioning multimedia content according to the preferences of a recipient client device, such that the device receives the preferred video, audio, and/or closed captioning automatically and regardless of the application used to play the content. When a gateway server receives a request for content, the gateway server identifies the requesting client device from recorded information, and uses the recorded preferences to modify the content stream according to those preferences. The modified content stream is then sent to the requesting client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISE, LLC
    Inventors: Lakshmi Arunkumar, Krishna Prasad Panje, William P. Franks
  • Patent number: 10657168
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing devices capable of the reception and playback of one or more crafted media channels transmitted over an intermittent connection. The one or more channels may be customized by the end user to bias the programming towards individual tastes or moods. The channels may be delivered over an intermittent, unidirectional link, for example a Satellite Radio receiver in a home or car. Content may also be delivered over an intermittent, bidirectional link, for example to a portable media player via a wireless 802.11 or other networked connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Slacker, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Kindig, Celite Milbrandt
  • Patent number: 10620904
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies directed to network broadcasting for selective presentation of audio content are disclosed herein. Embodiments can include a system having a memory and a processor that is configured to perform operations. The operations can include obtaining a plurality of raw audio streams created by a plurality of audio capture devices, where each of the plurality of raw audio streams captures audio output from an audio source of a plurality of audio sources. The operations can include creating a packetized audio data set for each of the plurality of raw audio streams to create a plurality of packetized audio data sets. The operations can include binding each audio source from the plurality of audio sources to one of the plurality of packetized audio data sets via a plurality of audio isolation tags such that execution of each packetized audio data set can be individually initiated and suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Vestal
  • Patent number: 10623830
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dual-representation streaming frames include (1) determining that a new endpoint is attempting to join a real-time video session (e.g., by receiving a real-time video stream made up of a series of frames) and (2) adding the endpoint to the real-time video session by (i) transmitting, to the endpoint, an initial frame that takes the form of an independent frame and (ii) after transmitting the initial frame, transmitting a series of subsequent frames consisting of only dependent frames, such that the only independent frame transmitted to the endpoint while the endpoint maintains its connection to the real-time video session is the initial frame. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Bakkama Srinath Reddy
  • Patent number: 10616623
    Abstract: The “swarming” behavior of multimedia content distribution network subscribers—numerous, near-simultaneous requests for the same content by different users—is predicted, based on analysis of past viewing habits. Users are grouped based on correlations in the multimedia content requested and the time at which it is requested. When a set of users of a group requests particular multimedia content, that content is autonomously distributed, via a shared distribution channel, to the terminal equipment of all users in the group, where it is buffered. As other users in the group request the same multimedia content, an initial portion is distributed to each requesting user via an individual channel. As the rendered content catches up to the buffered content, the terminal equipment switches from the content delivered via the individual distribution channel to the buffered content. The individual distribution is then terminated, and the individual distribution channel released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Stefan Paul Redmond
  • Patent number: 10609431
    Abstract: There is provided a method in a distribution network (200), comprising a central master node 101 for distributing a received media stream DO comprising packets of a first type over the distribution network to a multiple of client devices 151,152,153. The method comprising providing a common master-client shared time reference Tref, and determining a mean intermediate arrival time for received packets of the first type, which is utilized for providing playout time information for the packets together with the time reference Tref.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Livestreaming Sweden AB
    Inventors: Per Lindgren, Ted Olsson, Anders Cedronius, Hans Insulander, Christer Bohm, Magnus Danielson
  • Patent number: 10602209
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes receiver and processing circuitry. The receiver circuitry is configured to receive a broadcast stream including a service list table (SLT) and a digital rights management (DRM) data service. The SLT includes service information for the DRM data service. The processing circuitry is configured to extract the service information for the DRM data service from the received broadcast stream. The service information for the DRM data service includes a DRM system identifier. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire DRM information from the DRM data service when the DRM system identifier included in the service information for the DRM data service corresponds to a DRM system that is supported by the reception apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Eyer, Tatsuya Igarashi, Brant Candelore, Paul Hearty
  • Patent number: 10602234
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a viewer with relevant commentary for a live video. For example, a media guidance application may receive, during playback of a live video, a request for clarification regarding an aspect (e.g., a play, a score, a player, a strategy, etc.) of the live video. In response to receiving the request, the media guidance application may identify the aspect and identify videos generated by other viewers explaining the aspect. The media guidance application may further select one of the videos based on a preference of the viewer, and cause a user device to play back the selected video to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Miguel Sanchez, Dylan Matthew Wondra, Jean Michelle Somlo, Michaela Schlocker Logan, William L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10583360
    Abstract: A method is provided, including: receiving, over a network by a cloud gaming server computer, a request from a client device to initiate gameplay of a cloud video game; assigning the client device to a data center from which to stream the cloud video game; loading a cloud gaming machine at the data center with the cloud video game; substantially simultaneous with the loading of the cloud gaming machine, performing a stream test between the data center and the client device to determine a quality of service of the streaming of the cloud video game; after completion of the loading and the stream test, initiating interactive gameplay of the cloud video game by streaming video data, generated from execution of the cloud video game by the cloud gaming machine, to the client device, and receiving input data from the client device to drive the execution of the cloud video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Christian Rickeby
  • Patent number: 10523453
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to manage the casting of content from user devices to media playback devices. The proposed approach employs intermediate network components that intercept and manipulate session and configuration protocol traffic according to network rules. Enforcement of such rules ensures user devices only discover and cast content to allowed media playback devices. The proposed techniques support casting to local and remote public and private media playback devices and also regulate media playback device reconfiguration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Eleftherios Simotas, Konstantinos Sakellariou, Ioannis Aglamisis, Peter Politopoulos
  • Patent number: 10498790
    Abstract: A method is provided for distributing video content by a network operator. The method includes receiving media streams including programs having a prescribed duration; assigning a traffic index for each program contained within the media streams, each traffic index reflecting the volume of traffic expected to be associated with the program by client devices; selecting a predetermined number of programs to provide to client devices based at least in part on the traffic index for each program; encoding said selected program as individual adaptive bitrate streams; and streaming said encoded individual adaptive bitrate streams to client devices over the network as a managed bundle, wherein the adaptive bitrate streams in the bundle are multicast simultaneously to the client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L. DuBreuil
  • Patent number: 10484725
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing apparatus and an information processing method that are capable of reproducing content on the basis of an edit list in the case where the reproduction start time of content contained in a file in the MP4 Fragmented Movie format is later than the reproduction start time in a movie time scale. An edit list generation unit registers a top position of content as a reproduction start position of the content and a predetermined value as a reproduction time duration of the content in an edit list when a reproduction start time of the content is later than a reproduction start time of the content on a movie time scale, the edit list associating the reproduction start position of the content with the reproduction time duration of the content reproduced from the reproduction start position. The present disclosure is applicable to a file generation apparatus that generates a Fragmented MP4 file, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 10469880
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing alternative media content to a client device along with primary media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandria Way-Wun Kravis, Joshua Danovitz, Brandon Scott Love, Felicia Yue, Jeromey Russell Goetz, Lars Christian Ulness
  • Patent number: 10437607
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of application control by an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a memory configured to store a first application list including an application installed in the electronic device; and a processor configured to update the first application list according to at least one of an operation of the application, use history of the application, and a user request, and to limit the operation of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Byung Wook Kim, Hee Deog Kim, Moo Young Kim, Hak Ryoul Kim, Jin Goo Lee, Rae Jin Uh, Ju Beam Lee
  • Patent number: 10380171
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing devices capable of the reception and playback of one or more crafted media channels transmitted over an intermittent connection. The one or more channels may be customized by the end user to bias the programming towards individual tastes or moods. The channels may be delivered over an intermittent, unidirectional link, for example a Satellite Radio receiver in a home or car. Content may also be delivered over an intermittent, bidirectional link, for example to a portable media player via a wireless 802.11 or other networked connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SLACKER, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Kindig, Celite Milbrandt