Server Or Headend Patents (Class 725/114)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10362358
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. The electronic apparatus includes a communicator configured to receive a first signal from among a plurality of signals and a second from among the plurality of signals from a server through different communication methods and a processor configured to identify a first bandwidth of the first signal from among a plurality of bandwidths and a second bandwidth of the second signal from among the plurality of bandwidths, transmit information regarding a selected bandwidth from among the plurality of bandwidths, and control the communicator to receive one of the plurality of signals corresponding to the selected bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-won Park, Bum-youl Bae, Choon-jae Jung
  • Patent number: 10313731
    Abstract: A roaming video experience, in which users continue watching a content item when moving from viewing device to viewing device is enabled herein via Radio Frequency (RF) enabled remote controls and set top boxes. A device identifier from a first RF-enabled set top box is communicated to an active RF-enabled remote control. When a user signals a second RF-enabled set top box, the viewing session parameter set associated with the active RF-enabled remote control is passed to the second RF-enabled set top box. Using the parameter set, the second set top box is enabled to learn the system settings, user preferences, and content item that were used on the first set top box, and provide a continued viewing experience—the roaming video experience—for the user on an associated viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ramkumar Krishnan, Muhammad Raza, Matt Munchinski, Albert Higashi
  • Patent number: 10284341
    Abstract: A method includes concurrently receiving, at a first communication interface of a media device, a first media content stream and a second media content stream. The method includes sending, from the media device to an output device, decoded first media content processed from the first media content stream. The method includes storing decoded second media content processed from the second media content stream in a buffer. The method includes detecting an error associated with a portion of the second media content stream during receipt of the first media content stream and the second media content stream. The method also includes sending, from a second communication interface of the media device to a media content source, a request for the portion. The second communication interface is distinct from the first communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Arvind R. Mallya
  • Patent number: 10227471
    Abstract: A degradable polymer composite comprises a polyurethane comprising one or more of the following groups: ester groups; carbonate groups; or ether groups, in a backbone of the polyurethane; and about 1 to about 30 parts by weight of an acidic or basic powder comprising particles having an average size of about 5 microns to about 1 millimeter per 100 parts of the polyurethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Xiao Wang, Ping Duan, Anil K. Sadana
  • Patent number: 10194179
    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: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd W. Jones, Jeffrey W. Zimmerman, Daniel J. Hipps
  • Patent number: 10182250
    Abstract: A computer-implemented multimedia broadcast platform provides multimedia content to one or more users that allows users to dynamically send, receive, and modify content data associated with the multimedia broadcast platform. An embodiment of the present invention provides a computer-implemented method for receiving event identification information, receiving second content information, processing the second content information in real time, and outputting combined content. In one example, the second content information includes multimedia commentary related to the received event identification information. Another embodiment of the present invention provides a computer-implemented method for transmitting event identification information, processing second content information, and transmitting generated content information based at least in part on the second content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Fancaster, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Krueger, Steven Peter Spencer
  • Patent number: 10165109
    Abstract: A Web application (such as a workforce management application) on a cloud computing platform controls telephony software used by an agent who operates a remote agent computer. The telephony software may reside on the agent computer, may reside in the cloud and be used by the agent using a browser, or may reside in the cloud and include a client on the agent computer. The agent does not have access to login credentials of the telephony software and cannot log in. The Web application remotely controls the telephony software using an API and makes decisions based upon the scheduled shift activities of the agent or demand for tasks within the enterprise or call center. The Web application is able to log the agent in to or off of the telephony software or to change the status of the agent within the telephony software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PLOYTECH IPCO PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Grant Custance
  • Patent number: 10143923
    Abstract: An electronic game-providing device is provided that stores log information relating to electronic game play conducted by an invitor user in association with link information used to access said log information, in the form of a game play database; transmits invitation information containing the link information to an invitee user; and, upon receipt of a link information selection from the invitee user, refers to the game play database and transmits the log information associated with the selected link information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshinori Suzuki, Makoto Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Inagawa, Yoshiro Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 10116978
    Abstract: The current invention provides a system for distributing content data to user locations. The content data preferably includes digital video data that is available on demand from a requesting location. A system server stores user accounts and generated customized program schedules for the user account based on user criteria which includes user preferences. Authorized users access their accounts to modify user criteria and to select program transmissions. Preferably, a computer and a television set receive program transmissions from a system network, wherein the computer provides a logical interface between the television set and content data transmitted over the system network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: RESOURCE CONSORTIUM LIMITED
    Inventor: Theodore L. Griggs
  • Patent number: 9967205
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a resource downloading method and apparatus. The method includes: intercepting an access request for current resources; finding, through a resource relationship index file, resources which have dependency relationships with the current resources and do not exist locally on the client as predicted resources, wherein the resource relationship index file is generated in advance according to dependency relationships between individual resources in the full client of a network application; and allocating a first thread from unoccupied threads available for downloading the predicted resources, and downloading the predicted resources locally to the client using the first thread. In addition, embodiments of the present invention provide a resource downloading apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: NetEase (Hangzhou) Network Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fei Xu, Zijing Guan
  • Patent number: 9886438
    Abstract: Playback and distribution systems and methods for multimedia files are provided. The multimedia files are encoded with flags associated with the content data of the multimedia files. Through the use of the flags, playback of the content is enhanced without significantly increasing the file size of the multimedia file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Kourosh Soroushian, Shaiwal Priyadarshi, Jason Braness, Roland Osborne, William Frantz, Jerome Vashisht-Rota, Daniel Salmonsen, John Funnell, Michael Floyd
  • Patent number: 9860509
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining whether a video frame is of a 3D TB type (Top-Bottom) or a 3D LR type (Left-Right) frame, characterized in that it comprises the steps of: receiving a video frame (100); extracting at least three portions (121-124) of the frame, each portion belonging to a distinct quarter of the frame (100, 120) and being positioned at the same fragment of the quarter; calculating color histograms for each portion (121-124); comparing the color histograms of at least two different pairs of portions; generating a frame type indicator based on the result of comparison of the color histograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAST S.A.
    Inventor: Jacek Paczkowski
  • Patent number: 9838571
    Abstract: The present aspects relate to techniques of timing synchronization of audio and video (AV) data in a network. In particular, the techniques for a AV master to distribute AV data encoded with one or more time markers to a plurality of processing nodes. The one or more time markers may be indexed to a precision time protocol (PTP) time stamp used as a time reference. In one technique, the nodes extract the time markers to determine an offset value that is applied to a PLL to synchronize AV data packets at a distribution node or a processing node. In another technique the distribution node or the processing node determines the worst case path, which corresponds to a system offset value. The distribution node then reports the system offset value to the AV master, which in turn adjusts the phase based on the report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GVBB HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Charles S. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9716911
    Abstract: A terminal device for carrying out an interactive internet protocol television (IPTV) service comprises: a near distance communication unit to receive set-top box information from a remote controller which controls a set-top box used for the interactive IPTV service; a session setup unit to set up a session to communicate between the terminal device and the set-top box based on the set-top box information; a content information receiver to receive, from the set-top box, content information on content being played by the set-top box over the set up session; a content information transmitter is configured to transmit the content information received from the content information receiver to an information provider; and content-related information receiver to receive content-related information from the information provider, the content-related information is extracted by the information provider from prestored information on a plurality of contents based on the content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-hee Han, Jong-pil Youn, Hyung-joon Cho
  • Patent number: 9634866
    Abstract: Techniques and mechanisms for performing circuit-switched routing and packet-switched routing for network communication. In an embodiment, a router evaluates control information of a packet received by the router, the evaluation to detect whether the packet includes data for a sideband communication. Based on the evaluation, the router performs a selection from among a plurality of modes of the router, the plurality of modes including a first mode to route the packet for packet-switched communication of sideband data in a network. The plurality of modes also includes a second mode to configure a circuit-switched channel according to the packet. In another embodiment, the router determines a direction for routing a packet in a hierarchical network, wherein the determining of the direction is based on a level of the router in a hierarchy of the hierarchical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A Anders, Gregory K Chen, Himanshu Kaul, Ram K Krishnamurthy, Shekhar Y Bokar
  • Patent number: 9484064
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided herein relating to video chunking for robust, progressive upload. Video can be parsed to determined byte offsets associated with prospective chunk boundaries. Chunks can be generated based on the prospective chunk boundaries and a preferred chunk size. Sample tables can be generated for each chunk. The chunks can be fully self contained, in that they can be received and transcoded independently of other chunks. Thus, if one chunk fails, only that chunk needs to be retransmitted versus the entire video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Sharifi
  • Patent number: 9485526
    Abstract: By way of a non-limiting example, a server resource receives portions of a non-adaptive bit rate data stream. The server resource also receives portions of an adaptive bit rate data stream. The server resource interleaves the portions of the adaptive bit rate data stream and the portions of the non-adaptive bit rate data stream onto the multi-stream data channel. Thereafter, the server resource initiates transmission of the multi-stream data channel (which includes the adaptive bit rate data stream and the non-adaptive bit rate data stream) over a network such as a backbone or core network to a downstream resource such as a distribution resource. The distribution resource, in turn, transmits the adaptive bit rate data stream and the non-adaptive bit rate data stream to a group of multiple subscribers that have shared access to communication link in a cable network environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Eric D. Hybertson
  • Patent number: 9467727
    Abstract: A system for simultaneously distributing program content originating from hundreds of remote multicast transmit units to a global network such as the Internet, and configured to receive at a host multicast receiver/server the transmitted program content segments from each of the remote multicast transmit units in real time, at full bandwidth and minimum latency. A command center station coupled to a first output of the multicast receiver/server for distribution of the program content segments via a satellite broadcast network interface to one or more affiliated stations and a second output of the multicast receiver/server via a third party network interface for streaming distribution to the affiliated stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Michael G. Cassaro, Dennis S. Birkemeier
  • Patent number: 9432746
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods of providing content to a user via communications between a content provider and a user over a plurality of disparate communication channels are provided. Content is provided to a user via a first transmission channel for presentation. Metadata associated with the content identifies a content event trigger at a point in the content. The content is displayed using a first presentation system. When the content event trigger is reached, supplemental content is provided to the user via a second transmission channel. The supplemental content is provided to the user during continued presentation of the content, and the supplemental content is provided to the user using a content providing system that is wholly separate from the first presentation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: IPAR, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph L. Spears
  • Patent number: 9414103
    Abstract: A media switch enables a terminal to access content by receiving a content request from a terminal for a first piece of content to be distributed over a cable system, identifying a personal channel within resources available in the cable system to distribute the first piece of content to the terminal, transmitting access information to the terminal to enable the terminal to access the first piece of content through the personal channel, and interfacing with a cable headend to provide the first piece of content on the personal channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventor: Gilbert G. Weigand
  • Patent number: 9391984
    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: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Arvind Ramdas Mallya
  • Patent number: 9369515
    Abstract: A communication method including: generating image data of an item on which an electric appliance performed processing; obtaining setting information of the electric appliance which indicates the processing performed on the item; converting the obtained setting information into reference setting information that is setting information in a general format; generating combined data by adding the converted reference setting information to the generated image data; and transmitting the generated combined data to a storage server. For instance, in the communication method, setting information of the electric appliance when the processing was performed on the item is obtained by performing proximity wireless communication with the electric appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Toshiaki Ohnishi, Masaru Yamaoka, Mariko Nakaso
  • Patent number: 9369339
    Abstract: A method, a system, and an apparatus provide for a cable modem termination system (CMTS). The CMTS may include a virtual machine configured to provide a plurality of virtual CMTSs (vCMTSs). The CMTS may also include a plurality of subscriber groups. Each subscriber group of the plurality of subscriber groups may be assigned to a vCMTS of the plurality of vCMTSs. Additionally, each vCMTS is configured to provide a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Alon Bernstein, John T. Chapman, Rundong Huang, Sangeeta Ramakrishnan, Charles J. Duffy
  • Patent number: 9369775
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for delivering electrical signals from a cable network to a telecommunications network. The electrical signals are received from a community antenna television network and communicated via the telecommunications network. The telecommunications network may then communicate those electrical signals to end-users and to customers. Because the electrical signals may include video, music, data, and other cable content, this cable content is communicated along the telecommunications network and, thus, distributed to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Roman
  • Patent number: 9363313
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for global server load balancing in a communication network using a global site selector and an application control engine in communication with the global site selector, in which the application control engine notifies the global site selector in response to a state change for a virtual internet protocol (VIP) address. Keepalive methods generally rely on periodically polling VIP addresses to check whether they are in an ONLINE or OFFLINE state. A minimum interval between two keepalives can be as long as 40 seconds, during which, without a mechanism to reflect state change to the load balancer in real time, if a VIP address changes state (e.g., VIP address failure), a customer can experience network outage during the time interval. Embodiments provide a mechanism to reflect, in real time, the current VIP address state to a global server load balancer to reduce failure detection time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Mahesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9357265
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for enabling members of a television viewing location to generate user profiles on behalf of a video middleware system. The method comprises intercepting data exchanged between an end user apparatus and the video middleware system; processing the data to generate either first processed data in a first format familiar to a user lifecycle management system, or second processed data in a second format familiar to the video middleware system; and providing either the first processed data to the user lifecycle management system, or the second processed data to the video middleware system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: UXP Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Wang, Soyeon Lim, Gemini Waghmare, Jay A. Deen
  • Patent number: 9342814
    Abstract: A system comprises a database configured to store a presentation, the presentation having a presentation identifier and comprising a sequence of discrete presentation items, a first discrete presentation item of the plurality being associated with first content with first content type and a second discrete presentation item of the sequence being associated with second content of a second content type. A presenter interface is configured to receive viewer identification information identifying a viewer to which the presentation is to be made accessible. An access controller is configured to create an access credential using both the presentation identifier and the viewer identification information, the access credential to enable access to the presentation by a viewer computer system. A tracker configured to generate access history data pertaining to access by the viewer computer system to each of the sequence of discrete presentation items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: CLEARSLIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Michael Lieb, James L. Benton
  • Patent number: 9338467
    Abstract: A system and method provides transcoding a video in parallel by multiple transcoders based on a measure of video coding complexity (VCC). The system has a video pre-processing module, a master transcoder, a transcoding controller and multiple transcoders. The video pre-processing module transcodes a source video into an intermediate video. The master transcoder partitions the intermediate video into multiple transcoding units, where a transcoding unit identifies a portion of data of the intermediate video for transcoding. The master transcoder further generates a transcoding request for each transcoding unit. The transcoding controller distributes the transcoding units to the multiple transcoders, which transcode the data of the transcoding units in parallel into transcoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna K. Gadepalli, Christophe Chaland, Rushabh A. Doshi, Huisheng Wang, Wendy Tobagus, Vijnan Shastri, Debargha Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9326045
    Abstract: A method of a broadcast receiving device to receive broadcast service includes: receiving a broadcast table; receiving service signaling data corresponding to a service object; determining a consumption model of the service object on the basis of the service signaling data; receiving a content item configuring the service object on the basis of the service signaling data when the consumption model is a predetermined consumption model; displaying a guide on content on the basis of the broadcast table or the service signaling data; identifying one of the received content item according to an additional information request on the content; and controlling the guide on the basis of the identified content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joonhui Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jongyeul Suh, Kwansuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9294813
    Abstract: Probabilistic methods and apparatus to determine the state of a media device are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventor: Morris Lee
  • Patent number: 9282349
    Abstract: A method for mapping signaling information to announcement information and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Jong Yeul Suh, Chul Soo Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9226039
    Abstract: Managing communications with a subscriber rendering device by identifying a message that is applicable at a target time and that is designated to be received by a subscriber rendering device, determining that there is no time between a current time and the target time during which the subscriber rendering device is able to receive the message thereby determining that the message cannot be received by the subscriber rendering device prior to the target time, and performing an action responsive to determining that the message cannot be received by the subscriber rendering device prior to the target time. Related methods and apparatus are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Reuel Shenker, Kevin A. Murray
  • Patent number: 9204182
    Abstract: A broadcast signal reception method and a reception system are provided. The reception system includes a first processor, a second processor, and a storage medium. The first processor receives and processes a signaling table, the signaling table comprising first signaling information including access information of Non-Real-Time (NRT) service data and second signaling information including media object association information of the NRT service data. The second processor receives the NRT service data and processes a file including the received NRT service data based on the access information and the media object association information processed by the first processor. The storage medium stores the processed file of the NRT service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Chul Soo Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Yeul Suh, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9185341
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for distributing content using a spectrum generation device. In one embodiment, digital content is received via a time-multiplexed network transport (such as Gigabit Ethernet), and converted to frequency channels suitable for transmission over a content distribution (e.g., Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC)) network. In one variant, the conversion is performed using digital domain processing performed by a full spectrum generation device. Additionally, methods and apparatus for selectively adding, removing, and/or changing digital content from the full spectrum device are also disclosed. Various aspects of the present invention enable physical (infrastructure) consolidation, and software-implemented remote management of content distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Glen Hardin
  • Patent number: 9131007
    Abstract: A communications method and system which can accommodate changes in various parameters on a dynamic basis. A communications method and system utilizing a proxy for delivery of content at an optimal level to a client, even in the face of constantly changing client, channel conditions, or content parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Vitrual World Computing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J Fox, Alexander S Guy
  • Patent number: 9094834
    Abstract: The concepts relate to radio white space utilization. One example can measure a potential radio white space frequency. The example can also communicate results of the measuring for other devices and receive other results from the other devices relating to the potential radio white space frequency. The method can further determine whether the potential radio white space frequency is actually an available radio white space frequency based upon the results and the other results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Amer A. Hassan, Daniel A. Reed, Paul W. Garnett, Billy Anders