Data Storage Or Retrieval Patents (Class 725/115)
  • Patent number: 10885570
    Abstract: An embodiment of this disclosure provides an apparatus. The apparatus includes a memory element configured to store a plurality of products and services and a processor. The processor is configured to receive profile information for a user accessing a plurality of video content. The processor is also configured to receive video content information for each of the plurality of video content being accessed by the user in a smart viewer. The video content information identifies at least one category associated with each of the plurality of video content. The processor is also configured to identify one or more of the plurality of products or services based on the profile information and the at least one category of the video content information. The processor is also configured to send the one or more of the plurality of products or services to the smart viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: AiBUY, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Spitz, Todd Downing, Christian Briggs
  • Patent number: 10795968
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and apparatus are provided for transmitting, via at least one network, a request to another apparatus for still image data generated from moving image data, the request comprising at least one criterion, and receiving still image data generated from moving image data matching the at least one criterion in the request. In further embodiments, methods and apparatus are provided for receiving the request via at least one network, using the at least one criterion in the request to obtain still image data generated from moving image data, and responding to the request by transmitting the obtained still image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ootsuki, Kazuki Aisaka
  • Patent number: 10771825
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention simplifies management of the “video lifecycle”. An embodiment includes one of more modules that streamline the video publishing process by abstracting technical steps such as video publishing, updating video, unpublishing video, retrieval or statistics concerning video, authorization to process video, validation of video, video metadata processing, video transcoding, and/or video transmission. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: uStudio, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. Marshall, Jennifer L. Grogono
  • Patent number: 10764611
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a content distribution system that verifies a media presentation (or portions thereof) using a broadcast schedule. In one embodiment, the content verification system evaluates the media presentation to identify a unique identification data for the presentation such as a fingerprint or watermark. Using the broadcast schedule, the content verification system can identify what content the media presentation should (or is expected) to contain. The content verification system can retrieve a previously stored unique identifier from a database corresponding to the content identified using the broadcast schedule. If the stored unique identifier matches the unique identifier derived by the content verification system, the system verifies the content in the media presentation is correct. The verified media presentation can then be transmitted to a content distribution network—e.g., a broadcast network or video-on-demand provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Efthimis Stefanidis, Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein
  • Patent number: 10762536
    Abstract: Instead of accepting competing ads and using an arbitration function (e.g., an auction) to choose winning ads to be served with a document, sets of ads (perhaps having different characteristics) can be generated, and an arbitration function can be used to select the winning set of ads. Such arbitrations on sets of ads can consider how ads, search results, colors, positions, fonts, etc., all interact with each other and affect the usefulness of the sets of ads to advertisers, end users, document publishers, and/or an ad serving entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Amit J. Patel, Hal R. Varian
  • Patent number: 10735809
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine a state of a media presentation device are disclosed. Example disclosed methods include generating a first set of weighted coefficients based on first audio received by first and second microphones at a first time. Example disclosed methods include generating a second set of weighted coefficients based on second audio received by the first and second microphones at a second time after the first time. Example disclosed methods include comparing the first set of coefficients and the second set of coefficients to generate a similarity value. Example disclosed methods include, when the similarity value satisfies a threshold, determining that the media presentation device is in a first state. Example disclosed methods include, when the similarity value does not satisfy the threshold, determining that the media presentation device is in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Venugopal Srinivasan, Morris Lee, Jeremey M. Davis
  • Patent number: 10728603
    Abstract: One method includes receiving information identifying multiple products or services offered by one or more vendors and a set of criteria for each vendor, identifying base content to be presented to a user, selecting one or more of the products or services based on the criteria and the base content, and sending supplemental content associated with the selected product(s) or service(s) to an endpoint associated with the user for display with the base content. Another method includes receiving a request from a vendor associated with an e-commerce website and issuing a sub-account of a merchant processing account to the vendor in response to the request. The e-commerce website is associated with a merchant having the merchant processing account allowing the merchant to perform electronic transactions with a merchant processor, and the sub-account allows the vendor to transact directly with customers and to perform electronic transactions with the merchant processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AiBUY, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Spitz, Todd Downing, Christian Briggs
  • Patent number: 10701040
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to enable delivery of streaming content while inhibiting or preventing removal, blocking, or skipping of portions within that streaming content. A content delivery system can generate a manifest indicating content portions that form the streaming content. Each content portion can be identified in the manifest using a concealed identifier, which conceals the actual identifier of the content portion from the client to inhibit or prevent the client from automatically removing or modifying the content portion. On receiving a request for a content portion, the content delivery system can convert the concealed identifier into the actual identifier, and return the appropriate content portion to the client. In some instances, the specific identifiers included within a concealed manifest may be modified or adapted based on monitoring information of the client device, to ensure clients view given portions of streaming content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan F. Watson, Craig Wesley Howard, Gregory Kenneth Truax, Alex Xiaoye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10687018
    Abstract: A wireless device includes a memory, a display unit configured to display a first image, a wireless communication unit configured to receive a mirroring image from an external device including a mobile display unit configured to display a second image, and a processor configured to control the display unit and the wireless communication unit. The processor is configured to automatically analyze a ratio of the second image based on the received mirroring image, and display a third image having the same ratio as that of the second image on the first image according to the analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeongyun Jeong, Chiho Shin
  • Patent number: 10687029
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a doorbell having a visitor detection system that can comprise at least one of a camera, a microphone, and a motion detector. The method for using the doorbell can comprise recording, via the camera, video data that represents a video. The method can also comprise recording, via the microphone, audio data that represents audio. The method of using the doorbell can comprise transmitting at least a portion of the video data and at least a portion of the audio data, to a remote computing device that is communicatively coupled to the doorbell. The method can also comprise transmitting the video data and the audio data to a remote server that is communicatively coupled to the doorbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SkyBell Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Frank Scalisi, Seton Paul Kasmir, Jeremy Norberg
  • Patent number: 10595071
    Abstract: A media information delivery method includes providing a playing interface and playing a video on the playing interface; in response to the video being played to a video point location, tracking display of a target object included in at least one frame image of the video point location by using a tracking identifier corresponding to the target object in the playing interface, and providing an interactive element corresponding to the target object on the playing interface; and providing, in response to an operation regarding the interactive element, a result responding to the operation in the playing interface, and providing media information corresponding to the target object on the playing interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xing Xing Wang
  • Patent number: 10580038
    Abstract: A method for identifying a simulated social media account history is provided. The method may include querying a social media account to obtain social media identification information. The querying may determine whether the account history includes one or more parameters that indicate whether the social media account is related to an automated entity or a human entity. The parameters may include at least one of less than a threshold number of friends on the account; more than a threshold frequency of historic ticket purchases per unit time; disparate location of historic ticket purchases per unit time and/or a historic record of less than a threshold reaction time to a plurality of ticket offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Callum Merriman, Joshua C. Block
  • Patent number: 10560738
    Abstract: An interactive video distribution system and video player are described. A client server arrangement may be used for providing a video player and video content to a client device. The video player may display navigation images enabling navigation to specific portions of the video content by activating a corresponding navigation image. The video player may also enable the sharing of a segment of the video with other video players, enabling the video players to play the streamed segment of the video without having to play the entire video, thereby reducing network bandwidth usage. The video player may be embeddable. The server may associate searchable tags with respective video segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Scorpcast, LLC
    Inventors: Narbeh Avedissian, Nikhil Sreenath
  • Patent number: 10546342
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to processing of information, data and transactions involving content and/or experiences. According to one exemplary implementation, an illustrative method of computerized information processing may involve handling and/or processing data regarding a product, the product comprising an experience, a physical product, and/or a digital product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TRAINA INTERACTIVE CORP.
    Inventors: Trevor Dow Traina, Joseph Peter Vierra, Jennifer Chih-Ting Chen, Mitchell Paul Galbraith
  • Patent number: 10521166
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing computer readable instructions that are executable by a computer in an operating terminal is provided. The computer readable instructions, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to designate an information processing apparatus to transmit apparatus information to a server, and based on the designation of the information processing apparatus, transmit a setting command to the designated information processing apparatus through a communication interface. The setting command commands the information processing apparatus to shift to one of a condition for transmitting the apparatus information to the server and a condition for not transmitting the apparatus information to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10476926
    Abstract: A scheme for managing delivery of segmented media content in an ABR network, wherein bitrates of a manifest file may be selectively modified or removed based on a client device's video buffer characteristics. An ABR stream delivery server is operative to simulate the client device's video buffer in a streaming session and accordingly modify the manifest files to include metadata for media segments encoded at a particular single bitrate responsive to the buffer performance and other network conditions. Responsive to monitoring the video buffer characteristics of the media player during the streaming session, a selected single bitrate may be moved up or down to other bitrates of the manifest files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Chris Phillips, Robert Hammond Forsman, Jennifer Ann Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10455291
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide live broadcasts with real-time feedback from viewers using mobile computing devices. An example method includes providing a live feed broadcast from a source mobile device to a plurality of viewing devices, receiving, during the live feed broadcast, an engagement from one of the plurality of viewing devices, and associating the engagement with a particular time in the live feed broadcast. The method also includes providing an indication of the engagement to the source mobile device, wherein the source mobile device displays a graphic representation of the engagement during the live feed broadcast and adding the indication of the engagement to the live feed so that a graphic representation is displayed during the live feed at the particular time to users of the plurality of viewing devices. The viewing user may each have a graph relationship with a user of the source mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Harold Bernstein, Kayvon B. Beykpour, Geraint John Davies, Tyler Jan Hansen, Alexander Kayvon Khoshnevissan, Nils Victor Rocine, Aaron William Wasserman
  • Patent number: 10447768
    Abstract: One or both of a metadata associated with content to be integrated into a linear broadcast and a content data comprising content to be integrated into the linear broadcast is received via a network. A trigger to integrate content into said linear broadcast is received from a broadcast automation system associated with the linear broadcast. Based at least in part on said metadata a content item is determined to be integrated into the linear broadcast in response to the trigger. The determined content item is integrated into the linear broadcast, including by providing to a mixing node associated with the linear broadcast a broadcast-ready audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Jelli, Inc.
    Inventors: Jateen P. Parekh, Yuri Regelman, Bo-Lin Hsu, John Paul LeFlohic
  • Patent number: 10440432
    Abstract: A video-platform server may obtain and provide context-specific metadata to remote presentation devices via an application programming interface. Context-specific metadata may include tags describing one or more assets (social-media-enhanced annotations or other such enhancements arising from viewer selections, e.g.) that are depicted in or otherwise associated with a given sequential position (a segment in a video playback, e.g.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Strickland, Joel Jacobson, Philip Smith, Phil Austin, Senthil Vaiyapuri, Satish Kilaru, Ravishankar Dhamodaran
  • Patent number: 10440367
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to adaptively encoding a video stream based on viewer engagement, content schedule and/or content characteristics. A system routes a video stream from a signal extractor to a first virtual encoder. The first virtual encoder is instantiated on a cloud platform and provides a first video output at a first bitrate. A second virtual encoder is instantiated on the cloud platform in response to a change in viewer count. The system routes the video stream from the signal extractor to the second virtual encoder. The second virtual encoder provides a second video output at a second bitrate. The second bitrate is different from the first bitrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FuboTV Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ho Choi, Thomas Symborski, Matthew Tretin
  • Patent number: 10440427
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a content supply device, a content supply method, a program, a terminal device, and a content supply system, which are capable of implementing rapid zapping between channels in DASH. The content supply device of the present disclosure generates a zapping segment stream by delimiting zapping streaming data among a plurality of pieces of streaming data into minimum units when reception of the streaming data is switched, according to a common timing with another channel, unicast-delivers the zapping segment stream, multicast-delivers the zapping segment stream, and generates a metafile for a reception side to receive the zapping segment stream that is unicast-delivered and multicast-delivered. The present disclosure can be applied to a system that delivers content in a streaming manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10432997
    Abstract: A rear seat entertainment system includes an access point and a second housing. The access point includes a first screen and input/output ports. The access point is included in a first housing. The second housing is separate from the first housing and includes a second screen. The access point is configured to display first content on the first screen and stream the first content displayed on the first screen to the second housing so that the first content is displayed on the first and second screens. The access point is further configured to receive second content from a mobile device, display the second content on the first screen and stream the second content displayed on the first screen to the second housing so that the second content is displayed on the first and second screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mike Morales, Robb Groner
  • Patent number: 10410239
    Abstract: A digital magazine presents content items based on user interaction with or preference for content items determined based on how a user flips through different content items of the digital magazine. For example, the user may slow down or pause flipping, flip through content items at an inconsistent pace or change the navigational direction of the flipping, when the user is encountered with content items of interest. By analyzing how a user flips through different content items, content items that the user interacts with can be determined, and content items that the user may interact with or prefer can be determined and presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Flipboard, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wigder, Yuru Zheng
  • Patent number: 10394411
    Abstract: Techniques are described for optimizing the use of computing resources in connection with providing online services. A user interface (UI) executes in the cloud and is streamed as video to a client device. When the user navigates away from the UI, the connection between the client and the computing resource is terminated and the resource is placed back in the pool. The most recent state of the UI is retained so that when the user navigates back to the UI, a new resource is allocated and the UI begins executing at or near the point where the user last interacted with the UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel Dominic Caballero
  • Patent number: 10382442
    Abstract: A system may include a first network in which user device(s) and a HIP server are communicably coupled. The first network may include a secure data administrator, such as a medical data system, that stores secure data. In some implementations, at least one of the user devices may include a web module and communicate with a web server through a second network. At least one of the user device may be restricted from communicating with the secure data administrator, so the user device may request data stored in the secure data administrator through the HIP server. The user device may base the requests for the data on information received from the web server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ikonopedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendrell, Michael Sokoryanksy
  • Patent number: 10321183
    Abstract: [Object] The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a reception method, a transmission apparatus, and a transmission method capable of limiting use of broadcast resources by a predetermined application. [Solving Means] There is provided a reception apparatus including: a control information obtaining unit that obtains first control information for controlling an operation of a first application, the first application being capable of requesting use of a broadcast resource transmitted via a digital broadcasting signal; and an application controller that controls, when the first application requests use of the broadcast resource, the use of the broadcast resource by the first application on the basis of the first control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Yoshiharu Dewa
  • Patent number: 10154290
    Abstract: A multimedia distribution system receives multiple television channels and transcodes them into a single stream of data packets with each of the plurality of video data packets for respective ones of the television channels being assigned a port number corresponding to the respective television channel. The data packets are routed to a plurality of Access Points (APs) for transmission. A User Equipment (UE) communicates with the APs and selects one of the television channels for viewing on the UE by selecting the port number corresponding to the desired television channel. The UE can “change channels” to view other television channels by changing the port number to the port number of the desired television channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mobilitie, LLC
    Inventors: Gary B. Jabara, Lloyd Frederick Linder, David Brett Simon
  • Patent number: 10129568
    Abstract: A video or multimedia distribution system receives multiple video streams and transcodes them into a single stream of data packets with each of the plurality of video data packets for respective ones of the video streams being assigned a port number corresponding to the respective original video stream. The data packets are routed to a plurality of Access Points (APs) for transmission. A User Equipment (UE) communicates with the APs and selects one of the video streams for viewing on the UE by selecting the port number corresponding to the desired video stream. A processor in the UE identifies and stores data packets having the selected port number and plays the video stream on a display. The UE can “change channels” to view other video streams by changing the port number to the port number of the desired video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mobilitie, LLC
    Inventors: Gary B. Jabara, Lloyd Frederick Linder, David Brett Simon
  • Patent number: 10121183
    Abstract: Methods set forth herein relate to processing of information and data objects associated with products such as experiences. According to one exemplary implementation, an illustrative method of computerized information processing may involve automated computerized processing including generating display interfaces that are automatically customized and populated as a function of identifiers or variables associated with products, and performing processing associated with selecting, fulfilling and providing notification regarding selected products. Further, as a function of such computerized processing of identifiers and variables, graphical information may be automatically presented and updated to the user and to an individual associated with the experience such that fully-automated processing regarding the experiences is provided there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Traina Interactive Corp.
    Inventors: Trevor Dow Traina, Joseph Peter Vierra, Jennifer Chih-Ting Chen, Mitchell Paul Galbraith
  • Patent number: 10102544
    Abstract: A method for simulating a social media account history may be provided. The method may include generating social media identification information (“social media ID”). The method may also include creating an account history for the social media ID with respect to a pre-determined entity. The creating may include identifying the social media ID with respect to at least one of a time-stamped indication of affinity for the pre-determined entity. The creating may also include tagging of a photograph of the entity. The creating may also include linking of a photograph of the pre-determined entity. The creating may also include a threshold amount of streaming audio time relating to the pre-determined entity. The method may also include querying the account history to determine whether the account history includes one or more parameters that indicate whether the social media ID information is related to an automated entity or a human entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Callum Merriman, Joshua C. Block
  • Patent number: 10078851
    Abstract: A method for identifying a simulated social media account history is provided. The method may include querying a social media account to obtain social media identification information. The querying may determine whether the account history includes one or more parameters that indicate whether the social media account is related to an automated entity or a human entity. The parameters may include at least one of less than a threshold number of friends on the account; more than a threshold frequency of historic ticket purchases per unit time; disparate location of historic ticket purchases per unit time and/or a historic record of less than a threshold reaction time to a plurality of ticket offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Callum Merriman, Joshua C. Block
  • Patent number: 10063904
    Abstract: A rear seat entertainment system includes an access point and a second housing. The access point includes a first screen and input/output ports. The access point is included in a first housing. The second housing is separate from the first housing and includes a second screen. The access point is configured to display first content on the first screen and stream the first content displayed on the first screen to the second housing so that the first content is displayed on the first and second screens. The access point is further configured to receive second content from a mobile device, display the second content on the first screen and stream the second content displayed on the first screen to the second housing so that the second content is displayed on the first and second screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mike Morales, Robb Groner
  • Patent number: 10009661
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for performing dynamic compensation for delays over extant infrastructure within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable network, and the infrastructure comprises that nominally used for on-demand (OD) services such as VOD. The method includes periodically or situationally assessing variable delays within the system associated with functional commands (such as “trick mode” commands), and dynamically compensating for these variable delays in order to improve the accuracy and timeliness of the user's trick mode command. This approach increases user satisfaction, and obviates the issuance of additional compensatory trick mode commands that only further degrade the performance of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Stephen L. Maynard, Tho Autruong, John Callahan, Nicholas Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9978337
    Abstract: A wireless device supporting Wi-Fi Direct service includes: a display; a communication unit; and a controller configured to cause: transmitting resolution information including a plurality of resolutions that are supported by the wireless device to a second wireless device; receiving an entire image including a first image and a second image from the second wireless device if a resolution of the first image is not one of the plurality of resolutions; displaying the first image by removing the second image from the received entire image when the entire image is received; and receiving the first image from the second wireless device without the second image if the resolution of the first image is included in the resolution information, the second image being an image that is added to the first image such that a resolution of the received entire image corresponds to one of the plurality of resolutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungnam Bae, Jeonghwan Hwang, Chiho Shin, Sunho Hwang
  • Patent number: 9966087
    Abstract: A method that may be performed by a device may include receiving, from a personal camera, streaming content via a first WiFi interface. The method may include receiving a vocal instruction regarding the streaming content. The method may include determining configuration information based on which to modify or provide the streaming content. The configuration information may be determined based on one or more of: location information associated with the device, or the vocal instruction. The method may include modifying the streaming content, to obtain modified streaming content, based on the configuration information. The method may include providing the modified streaming content via a second WiFi interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel H. Huh, Matthew Scott Deatrick, Denise N. Lyn-Shue, Andrew Nicholas Toth, Mauricio Pati Caldeira De Andrada, Bing Qiu, Sidharth R. Sibal
  • Patent number: 9948970
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosure may include systems, methods and apparatuses for recording and viewing content items on multiple devices. According to an example embodiment, a method is provided for displaying recorded content to a user. The method includes receiving, from a playback device and by a service provider system comprising at least one processor, a request to retrieve a recorded content item, wherein the recorded content item is recorded on a recording device. The method further includes identifying, by the service provider system, based at least in part upon the received request, at least a portion of the recorded content item as a unique recording specific to the recording device. The method also includes facilitating, by the service provider system, access of the unique recording to the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: John Civiletto
  • Patent number: 9888277
    Abstract: A method for managing a playback of contents in an electronic device is provided. The method includes recognizing a major section of the contents, obtaining at least one of setup information related a network speed, data remaining amount and playback, and playback time of the contents, and deciding a playback policy of the contents based on at least one of the recognized major section and the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Donghyun Yeom, Hyunsoo Kim, Yongjoon Jeon, Geonsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9860742
    Abstract: A bandwidth estimation-based streaming content processing method and apparatus of a terminal is provided. The streaming content processing method includes establishing a communication channel with a network selected among a plurality of cellular communication networks and a short range communication network, detecting a playback request signal for playing a streaming content received through the communication channel, configuring a fixed bandwidth corresponding to the selected network as an available bandwidth of the streaming content, transmitting a download request for a data version corresponding to the fixed bandwidth to a server providing the streaming content, downloading the requested data from the server, and playing the streaming content of the downloaded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Younggyun Lee, Seongyeob Kim, Kangsik Shin
  • Patent number: 9843835
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for verifying media guidance data. Specifically, a media guidance application may facilitate the extraction and transmission of an excerpt of a media asset that is associated with media guidance data such that the content of the excerpt may be compared to content known to be associated with the media guidance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9838733
    Abstract: There are many boxes (e.g., set-top boxes) in a system offering media services to users. Each of the boxes maintains a library with a significant number of titles. Techniques for updating the library in each of these boxes using a transmission infrastructure are described. According to one aspect of the techniques, a service provider is provided with a high bandwidth broadcasting or multicasting capability, a release fragmented into a header and several segments is transmitted to all boxes that are respectively configured to receive a proper release package to update the library. Alternatively, separate release packages may be transmitted via different channels to the boxes, wherein each of the boxes is tuned to a proper channel to receive a proper release package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: VUDU, INC.
    Inventors: Prasanna Ganesan, Shahriyar Matloub, Anthony Miranz, Alain Rossmann
  • Patent number: 9830091
    Abstract: A storage platform computing apparatus obtains a lifecycle management policy and configuration information for a cloud repository identified in the lifecycle management policy. The configuration information includes at least one access parameter for the cloud repository. The lifecycle management policy is applied to determine when an object is required to be replicated to the cloud repository in response to a received write request. A request to store the object in the cloud repository is generated, when the object is determined to be required to be stored in the cloud repository, wherein the request includes the access parameter. The request is sent to the cloud repository using a representational state transfer (REST) interface associated with the cloud repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NETAPP, INC.
    Inventors: Vivek Venkatesan, Alvin Lam, Varun Ganesh, Emalayan Vairavanathan
  • Patent number: 9798705
    Abstract: Multimedia content is featured on user pages of an online social network using embed codes that are generated using a configuration file associated with the source ID for the multimedia content and a content ID for the multimedia content. The configuration file, the source ID and the content ID are stored locally by the online social network so that any changes to the embed codes can be made by changing the configuration file associated with the source and regenerating the embed codes. By managing multimedia content in this manner, greater control can be exercised by the online social network over the multimedia content that are featured on its user pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. Tiu, Jeffrey J. Roberto
  • Patent number: 9769236
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for facilitating combined broadcast and unicast delivery of content. According to various embodiments, a media stream from a content provider may be received at a unicast server and at a broadcast server. The media stream may comprise a plurality of media stream fragments. A relative delay may be introduced into the media stream at the broadcast server such that media stream fragments transmitted from the broadcast server are delayed relative to media stream fragments transmitted from the unicast server. The media stream fragments may be transmitted to a user device. The user device may be operable to switch between receiving the media stream fragments from the unicast server and the broadcast server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Torbjorn Einarsson, J. Fritz Barnes
  • Patent number: 9754074
    Abstract: A smart placement module determines components of received medical data, such as medical reports and image montages, to forward to one or more secondary location, such as an EMR system, based on smart placement rules that are established by a user that receives the medical data, such as a referring doctor. Thus, the smart placement module decreases or removes the need for the receiving user to manually select and transfer certain medical data for storage at the EMR system. Accordingly, the receiving user, and other authorized EMR system users, may have prompt access to the medical data via their respective connections to the EMR system. In one embodiment, the smart placement module transmits a patient identification file that is usable by the receiving EMR system to allow the EMR system to associate received medical data with other data regarding a respective patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: D.R. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Cole A. Genovese, Carol G. Sloyer, Thomas J. Edwards
  • Patent number: 9747013
    Abstract: Predicting what content items a user finds important and sending those items to a cache on the user's device at times when doing so will not drain resources and will not result in expensive data rates. Applying a ranking function that examines recency and other content metadata associated with the user's content items stored in a synchronized content management system. Determining how much of a ranked list of content items to cache and deciding when is a good time to send content items to the local cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Kluesing, Rasmus Andersson
  • Patent number: 9712861
    Abstract: A technique for load balancing between first and second DVRs includes receiving a customer selection of content with respect to load balancing between the DVRs, and responsive to the customer selection and based at least in part on a storage size of one content, execute a load balancing algorithm to move at least some content from the first DVR to the second DVR. Responsive to the customer selection and based at least in part on a storage size of a future content, a DVR is selected to record the future content at a future recording time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Milne, Fred Ansfield, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 9652129
    Abstract: Techniques are described for optimizing the use of computing resources in connection with providing online services. A user interface (UI) executes in the cloud and is streamed as video to a client device. When the user navigates away from the UI, the connection between the client and the computing resource is terminated and the resource is placed back in the pool. The most recent state of the UI is retained so that when the user navigates back to the UI, a new resource is allocated and the UI begins executing at or near the point where the user last interacted with the UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel Dominic Caballero
  • Patent number: 9602391
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for communication among different components, including integrating a Network Forwarding Component (NFC) for forwarding messages and at least one Independent Application Component (IAC) for performing other service processing into one network device; setting at least one cooperation mode in the NFC and each of the at least one IAC; and communicating with each other, by the NFC and the at least one IAC, according to the at least one cooperation mode. The cooperation mode may be any or any combination of a host mode, a mirror mode, a redirection mode and a pass-through mode. According to the present invention, the NFC and the IAC may communicate according to the cooperation mode so as to ensure that the NFC and the IAC can cooperate to provide various service capabilities including message forwarding and other additional service capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventors: Ju Wang, Shunlin Zhou, Rui Wang, Chi Fan, Haidong Wang, Guohua Chen, Shilin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9578364
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol television (IPTV) server includes: a subscriber file managing module configured to store a subscriber file of a recorded program, where the subscriber file of the recorded program includes advertisement information in the recorded program; a controlling module configured to obtain a playback request of the recorded program or an advertisement playback policy request of the recorded program, obtain the advertisement information in the recorded program from the subscriber file managing module according to the playback request or the advertisement playback policy request, obtain an advertisement playback policy from an advertisement managing module according to the advertisement information, and send the advertisement playback policy to the subscriber terminal; and the advertisement managing module configured to determine the advertisement playback policy of the recorded program according to the advertisement information sent by the controlling module and a preset policy, and send the advert
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoqiang Lv, Lei Wang, Wenmei Gao, Shunan Fan, Yahui Wang
  • Patent number: 9558407
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media detecting and/or presenting related media content are provided. In some embodiments, methods for detecting and presenting related media content are provided, the methods comprising: receiving, using a hardware processor, a query media content item corresponding to a query episode; selecting a portion of the query media content item; receiving at least one reference media content item; determining whether the reference media content item and the query media content item contain matching content; and identifying a related episode corresponding to the reference media content item in response to determining that the reference media item and the query media content item contain matching content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Gareth McSorley