Data Storage Or Retrieval Patents (Class 725/115)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9544657
    Abstract: A method and system for providing video content on a data network connected device having a display and a device display controller including a player. The method comprises the steps of a data network connected device, accesses a reference file including a plurality of player control parameter values and linking data for one or more content sources. Play control commands are provided to the player based on the play control parameter values. Content data is acquired by the player from one or more content sources via the data network using the linking data, and the content acquired from each source played on the display in accordance with the player control commands. The reference file may be a pre-existing reference file or a reference file created in response to a request to play the video content data. A reference file compiler is provided for generating the reference file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Linius (AUST) Pyt Ltd.
    Inventor: Finbar O'Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9516392
    Abstract: A method and system for providing video content on a data network connected device having a display and a device display controller including a player. The method comprises the steps of a data network connected device, accesses a reference file including a plurality of player control parameter values and linking data for one or more content sources. Play control commands are provided to the player based on the play control parameter values. Content data is acquired by the player from one or more content sources via the data network using the linking data, and the content acquired from each source played on the display in accordance with the player control commands. The reference file may be a pre-existing reference file or a reference file created in response to a request to play the video content data. A reference file compiler is provided for generating the reference file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Linius (AUST) Pyt Ltd.
    Inventor: Finbar O'Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9497512
    Abstract: A content player which receives a broadcast content and an information content and plays back a video image concerning a content, comprises a channel selection unit configured to select a channel to view the broadcast content; an acquisition unit configured to acquire location information of an information content corresponding to the broadcast content on the channel selected by the channel selection unit; a detection unit configured to detect that the broadcast content on the selected channel has been viewed starting halfway; a determination unit configured to, if the detection unit has detected that the broadcast content has been viewed starting halfway, determine whether to notify that it is possible to view, from the beginning, the broadcast content that has been viewed starting halfway; and a notification unit configured to generate a notification image for notification when the determination unit has determined to notify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Ukawa, Tomoyuki Ohno
  • Patent number: 9489932
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating customized music arrangements based on multiple criteria are provided herein. A user selects a musical composition and provides ensemble information about an ensemble, such as the number of instruments, instrument types, and playing ability of each member of an ensemble to the system. When inputted instrumentation or proficiency does not work within the pre-determined parameters of the musical selection, notification is provided to the user, and the system rebalances the arrangement to accommodate the proficiencies of the ensemble. In embodiments, the system is configured to transpose portions of a musical score into a range suitable for a substitute instrument or a player of limited skill. The user receives a conductor's score arrangement that has been adapted for each member of the ensemble and tailored to balance the entire ensemble. The system is capable of receiving ensemble information and creating customized musical arrangements in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: NiceChart, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Morell, Tammy Morell
  • Patent number: 9398351
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for converting content by a terminal in a multimedia system are provided. The method includes acquiring reference information for converting a first content based on a Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) transport stream to a second content based on a media file format and converting the first content to the second content using the reference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Ryeul Rhyu
  • Patent number: 9319720
    Abstract: A system and method for rendering digital content includes a media player having access to at least one server via a network. In addition to storing digital data corresponding to a printed document, such as an eBook, the one or more servers also stores a descriptor file. The descriptor file includes time information for defining the digital data, which is determined relative to a timeline of an audio recording of the text of the printed document. The digital content to be rendered is selected using the time information in the descriptor file and a time offset external to the descriptor file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Audio Pod Inc.
    Inventors: John McCue, Robert McCue, Gregory Shostakovsky, Glenn McCue
  • Patent number: 9225998
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to delivery of advertising content for video on-demand are disclosed. One example embodiment comprises receiving a set of VOD metadata including a first configuration of ad avails to be included in a VOD content item. The first configuration specifies a first set of locations of ad avails and a size of each ad avail in the first configuration. The method further includes comparing the VOD metadata to a set of one or more policy rules specifying a second configuration of ad avails to be included in the VOD content item, the second configuration of ad avails specifying a second set of locations of ad avails and a size of each ad avail in the second configuration. The method further includes determining a number of advertisements to be included in the VOD content item based upon a result of the comparing and obtaining an ad decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gaurav Agarwal, Charles Migos
  • Patent number: 9218213
    Abstract: Techniques for managing a system of heterogeneous applications are provided. A plurality of applications is classified into a plurality of application types. One or more of the plurality of applications in each of the plurality of application types are classified into one or more collections. A utility function of possible resource allocations is computed for each of the one or more collections. An application placement is computed that optimizes a global utility of the plurality of applications in accordance with the one or more utility functions. Placement and resource allocation of the plurality of applications are modified in the system in accordance with the application placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Malgorzata Steinder, Ian Nicholas Whalley
  • Patent number: 9201024
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus includes an image combining unit configured to sequentially combine divided and transmitted images, a mode selection unit configured to select one of a speed priority mode and a resolution priority mode, and a control unit configured to, if image enlargement is instructed before all the images are received, perform control to change a combining method used for the image combining unit depending on the mode selected by the mode selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Nishii
  • Patent number: 9164995
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein provide a computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for managing usage policies for data recorded with a digital life recorder. A usage profile sensor determines whether a broadcast of a usage profile is detected. A usage profile sensor receives the broadcast of the usage profile in response to a first determination that the broadcast of the usage profile is detected, wherein the usage profile comprises a usage policy. A usage profile processor determines whether the usage profile is currently being tracked. A usage profile processor records a start date, a start time, and usage profile information into a tracking table in response to a second determination that the usage profile is not currently being tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Clifton E. Grim, III, Rex Edward Marzke, Mark B. Stevens, Gary A. Ward, John David Wilson
  • Patent number: 9159091
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes one or more apparatuses and methods to allow users to generate a greeting card by defining a theme, a personalized message, content, and optionally a gift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Joey Horvitz
  • Patent number: 9131250
    Abstract: A control server receives a local input to control a remote video device and sends an indication of the local input to the remote video device to control, access, or operate the remote video device. Video data indicative of images provided by the remote video device in response to the local input are relayed to the control server by the remote video device or associated components. A plurality of remote video devices can be simultaneously controlled, accessed, or operated. Control code sets for remote video devices are mapped to a local interface control set. Local input is translated to a remote video device command based on such mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hung John Pham, Bach N. Hoang
  • Patent number: 9066142
    Abstract: A method and system for providing content includes a network having a plurality of receiving units generating a plurality of recording or tuning requests for content and communicating the recording or tuning requests through the network. The system includes a first receiving unit of the plurality of receiving units that is selected by the network to receive content corresponding to the request and stream the content to the network. A second receiving unit receives the content from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S Lee, Scott D Casavant
  • Patent number: 9060196
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards a technology by which background application code (e.g., provided by third-party developers) runs on a mobile device in a way that is constrained with respect to resource usage. A resource manager processes a resource reservation request for background code, to determine whether the requested resources meet constraint criteria for that type of background code. If the criteria are met and the resources are available, the resources are reserved, whereby the background code is ensured priority access to its reserved resources. As a result, a properly coded background application that executes within its constraints will not experience glitches or other problems (e.g., unexpected termination) and thereby provide a good user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Peter John Torr, Abolade Gbadegesin, Shawn P. Burke, Vijayendra Gopalrao Vasu, Jason William Fuller, Randal J. Ramig, Kunal R. Gandhi, Jorge I. Raastroem, Darin Miller, Alper Selcuk, Timothy Michael Kurtzman, Rachel Jiang
  • Patent number: 9043848
    Abstract: System and method for providing a probabilistic order of tiles relative to a current section of a video that a user is viewing. A cache implementation uses this ordering to decide what tiles to evict from the cache, i.e. which tiles will probably not be accessed within a particular timeframe, but not when to evict (this is up to the cache implementation). A cache implementation can also use the prioritized list of the present embodiment to pre-fetch tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Christopher J. Michael, Bruce Y. Lin, Elias Z. K. Ioup, John T. Sample
  • Patent number: 9038117
    Abstract: Automated media programming (AMP) systems and methods are provided. The systems and methods allow independent users to submit, edit, rate, and watch video content (preferably, although not necessarily, from other users) over a broadcast media channel or network. In one embodiment, among others, the AMP system employs a topic generator means for determining one or more topics that will be used for identifying one or more videos to be broadcast, an upload means for receiving uploads of one or more user videos relating to the determined topics, a prescreening means for allowing users to view the uploaded user videos, a rating means for rating the uploaded user videos, their respective producers, or both, a pre-production means for scheduling the uploaded videos for transmission based upon the ratings, and a broadcast means for enabling broadcast of the videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 9038121
    Abstract: A system for bit-rate stream playout at preset speeds including a regular playout speed and other than the regular playout speed includes multiple streams encoded at a same bit-rate (R) but at a plurality of playout speeds. A selection mechanism is responsive to requests for playout speeds. The selection mechanism selects from among the plurality of streams to service a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin G. Kienzle, Krishna Ratakonda, Deepak S. Turaga, Durga Sai Phaneendhar Vemuru
  • Publication number: 20150135249
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving and distributing an over-the-air signal over a network. At least one antenna receives an over-the-air signal containing a plurality of channels, at least one tuner isolates from the over-the-air signal information associated with a selected channel and produces an intermodulated carrier wave associated with the selected channel, at least one demodulator demodulates the intermodulated carrier wave to produce a data stream in a first format. Optionally a processor (for example a transcoder) converts the data stream in a first format into a second format. A communications interface produces a network transport stream from the data stream in the second format and distributes the network transport stream over the network. A line coupling unit (LCU) sets resistance/capacitance values which optimize the signal for distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Northvu Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ross JEFFERY, Spenser Williams
  • Publication number: 20150135248
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a first protocol and a first capability information in a memory, the first capability information being associated with the first protocol as a capability information and also store a second protocol and second capability information in the memory, the second capability information being associated with the second protocol as the capability information, a reception unit configured to receive a command for requesting the capability information from the external apparatus via the network, a determination unit configured to determine whether the received command is in conformity to the first protocol or the second protocol, a reading unit configured to read out the first or second capability information associated with the protocol determined by the determination unit from the memory, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the read capability information to the external apparatus via the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Sayuri Idaka
  • Patent number: 9027062
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the delivery of digital content in a network. In one embodiment, the digital content comprises internet content received from an Internet host server in a first container format, and converted to a second container format at a headend entity of a cable television or satellite network. The headend entity transmits the re-containerized content to one or more consumer devices, and acts as a gateway device between the consumer devices and various internet content sources. Delivery of internet content from the gateway device can be via broadcast, nPVR, DVR and/or VOD delivery mechanisms. The internet content gateway device is adapted to request, receive and process the internet content. Requests for internet content may be made from either a CPE or the gateway device itself according to one or more rules. The content may also be selectively transcoded before re-encapsulation based on the consumer device capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Vipul Patel, David Chen, Scott Miller, Mehul Shah
  • Patent number: 9026463
    Abstract: An online video distribution network includes an online video portal and an online video merchant. In one embodiment, when the consumer orders a video, the merchant provides a pick-up ticket to the consumer. The portal uses the merchant identity in the pick-up ticket to connect to the merchant, and the merchant uses a product identity in the pick-up ticket to retrieve and send the video to the portal. In another embodiment, the portal provides the consumer with a drop-off ticket, which is provided to the merchant. The merchant connects to the portal using the portal identity in the drop-off ticket, and sends the video and a customer identity in the drop-off ticket to the portal. The portal determines a consumer record associated with the consumer identity and stores the video in the consumer record. The consumer can then easily access the video at the portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9027065
    Abstract: A system for managing delivery of content from multiple platforms maintains data for various video channels. Some of the video channels are television channels, while others are over-the-top (OTT) video content sources such as video streaming websites. The system includes a package generation module by which a service provider may define a package of both traditional and OTT channels to offer to subscribers in a unified programming interface. When a user uses the interface to select a set of video channels, the system compiles the set of the video channels in a subscriber package of both television and OTT channels. The system assigns a name to the subscriber package, and it stores the defined package and name, along with other information about the package, in a data storage facility for offering to a subscriber of content from the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: aioTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Everett Earle
  • Patent number: 9027067
    Abstract: System and method for providing a probabilistic order of tiles relative to a current section of a video that a user is viewing. A cache implementation uses this ordering to decide what tiles to evict from the cache, i.e. which tiles will probably not be accessed within a particular timeframe, but not when to evict (this is up to the cache implementation). A cache implementation can also use the prioritized list of the present embodiment to pre-fetch tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Christopher J. Michael, Bruce Y. Lin, Elias Z. K. Ioup, John T. Sample
  • Patent number: 9026672
    Abstract: Techniques for fragmenting a file or a collection of media data are disclosed. According one aspect of the techniques, a file pertaining to a title is fragmented into a header and several tails or segments. The header is a continuous portion of the file while the segments are respective parts of the remaining portion of the file. The header is seeded substantially in all boxes, and none, one or more of the segments are distributed in each of the boxes in service. When a title is ordered, the header is instantly played back while the segments, if not locally available, are continuously fetched respectively from other boxes that have the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Vudu, Inc.
    Inventor: Prasanna Ganesan
  • Patent number: 9027064
    Abstract: Some embodiments seamlessly deliver video content by streaming the video content for on-demand playback and by store and forward delivery of the video content for delayed playback. In some embodiments, a user combines a plurality of video content items from a plurality of content sources, organizes the video content items into a set of playlists, and assigns the playlists to a set of channels for distributing the video content items in the playlists. In some embodiments, each channel is associated with at least two video distribution protocols that deliver the video content items of the assigned playlist at approximately the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Susie Opare-Abetia, Zarik Boghossian
  • Publication number: 20150121444
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for receiving a request to display, on an first communications device, media content, where the request comprises a first logical address for accessing the media content at a first storage location, transmitting to a second communications device, a second logical address for accessing a copy of the media content at a second storage location, where the second logical address differs from the first logical address, and where the second storage location differs from the first storage location. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Nadia Morris, Virginia S. Ng, Nicholas Peter Hill