Control Process Patents (Class 725/116)
  • Patent number: 10284683
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a channel access method and system. The channel access method includes the steps of: receiving an access request for accessing a parent channel from a user; obtaining a reception channel information currently corresponding to the parent channel in response to the access request, wherein the reception channel information is a channel identification information of a sub channel corresponding to a preset reception channel switching requirement; and connecting the user to the sub channel identified by the obtained reception channel information according to the obtained reception channel information. The present invention makes it conducive for the user requesting an access to be connected to a preset sub channel and realize user distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU HUADUO NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Wang, Lulin He, Tielei Peng
  • Patent number: 10264624
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a transmission method, a reception apparatus, and a reception method that enable channel selection information and time information to be transmitted effectively. A transmission apparatus acquires channel selection information for selecting a service and time information used for synchronizations on a transmission side and a reception side, generates, as a physical layer frame constituted of a preamble and a data portion, the physical layer frame in which specific information including at least one of the channel selection information and the time information is arranged at a head of the data portion right after the preamble, and transmits the physical layer frame as digital broadcast signals. The present technology is applicable to IP packet broadcasting, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10171530
    Abstract: Devices and methods for obtaining media stream with adaptive resolutions. The device includes a receiver in communication with a processor, and a transmitter. The receiver is configured to receive a plurality of media signals. The processor is programmed to communicate with a terminal device in the home network, obtain a corresponding display resolution of the terminal device, and select a media signal according to the corresponding display resolution of the terminal device and a video resolution of the media signal. The transmitter is configured to transmit media stream corresponding to the selected media signal to the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense USA Corp., Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ke Yu
  • Patent number: 10129556
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for encoding and decoding a container. The container contains one or more accessors for content included in the container. An accessor implements an algorithm for accessing the content. In some aspects, the algorithm may be implemented via intermediate or source code defined in the container. In one aspect, a method of encoding a container includes encoding first content in the container, encoding first accessor data in the container, the first accessor data implementing a platform independent algorithm for accessing first content; and writing the container to a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Bevara Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Gorin, Maja Bystrom
  • Patent number: 10123062
    Abstract: System and method are disclosed herein for excluding consumed content from a content presentation. Specifically, fingerprints for each unique media asset included in a compilation of media content consumed by a user may be obtained and stored in a user's profile. Fingerprints for each unique media asset included in another compilation of media content may be generated and compared with fingerprints stored in the user's profile to determine which of the unique media assets in the other compilation have been consumed by the user. The second compilation may be presented to the user without the unique media assets that were consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin H. Maughan
  • Patent number: 10110669
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request to initiate a multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) to wirelessly distribute media content to mobile user equipment within a target geographical region using a common radio channel. An efficiency metric is obtained, in response to the request, for each broadcast multicast service center (BMSC). The efficiency metric is evaluated for each of the BMSCs and one of the BMSCs is selected based on the evaluation result. Establishment of an MBMS bearer service is facilitated using the selected BMSC, and a first media content item is disseminated to the mobile user equipment within the target geographical region using the common radio channel by way of the MBMS bearer service. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 10091133
    Abstract: Systems and methods for scheduling network communications in a managed network can include a Network Controller discovering a plurality of network nodes; the Network Controller classifying the discovered network nodes into two or more classifications of node for node-level prioritization of network communications; the Network Controller receiving reservation requests from at least some of the plurality of network nodes, wherein the reservation requests request one or more time slots for their respective network nodes in an upcoming communication window; and the Network Controller assigning time slots in the upcoming communication window to one or more network nodes in response to reservation requests, wherein the assignment is based on a priority of the network nodes and wherein the priority is assigned to the nodes according to their classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Zong Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 10080041
    Abstract: The present invention is applicable to the field of an LED display screen, and provides a method and device for separating a rebroadcasted video from a live display video, the method includes: feeding the rebroadcasted video and the live display video of the LED display screen into a video processor by two paths; completing an aliasing of two paths of the videos through the video processor, sending the aliased video to a LED display control system; controlling by the LED display control system a video ratio of the two paths of the videos, utilizing a high-speed camera to synchronously capture the rebroadcasted video according to the video ratio; receiving by the LED display control system the rebroadcasted video synchronously captured by the high-speed camera; and transforming by the LED display control system through image processing the rebroadcasted video into a video which is to be rebroadcasted to different countries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Mingpu Xie, Shengcai Lu, Xuanzhong Li, Wuchang Liu, Zhenzhi Wu, Hanqu Wu
  • Patent number: 10067944
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for performing cache aware searching. In response to a search query, a first bucket and a second bucket in remote storage for processing the search query. A determination is made that a first file in the first bucket is present in a cache when the search query is received. In response to the search query, a search is performed using the first file based on the determination that the first file is present in the cache when the search query is received, and the search is performed using a second file from the second bucket once the second file is stored in the cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Splunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Ledion Bitincka, Alexandros Batsakis, Paul J. Lucas, Nicholas Robert Romito
  • Patent number: 10057568
    Abstract: A video decoding apparatus for decoding an encoded video bitstream having a sequence of video pictures, wherein at least one video picture is encoded in a plurality of slices, wherein each slice comprises a sequence of raster scan order blocks which can be decoded independently of another slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventor: Dominic Hugo Symes
  • Patent number: 10045100
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for asymmetric distribution of mixed content via a network. Current optical fiber-based access network technologies are multiplexed onto the same fiber for delivery via a common Optical Distribution Network (ODN). Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to combining (using optical multiplexing and power splitting) two or more optical user-technologies onto a single Passive Optical Network (PON) while maintaining an independent serving group size and operational independence for each of the combined user-technologies. The disclosed methods and apparatus allow the so-called “outside plant” architecture (i.e., the fiber optic infrastructure from the headend to the customer premises) to be independent of the user-technologies and network architecture that are provided via the outside plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Noll, David J. Musser, Paul D. Brooks, Peter H. Wolff
  • Patent number: 10028030
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus (100), a video system, a method and a corresponding computer program and a computer readable medium for managing a personal channel (210) of a user (200). The apparatus (100) is configured to identify a personal channel data piece that specifies a content item that the user (200) of the personal channel might not like anymore. The apparatus (100) then suggests (142) to the user (200) to delete the corresponding identified personal channel data piece and thus assists the user (200) in keeping a clear personal channel (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Funke Digital TV Guide GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Korst, Mauro Barbieri, Serverius Petrus Paulus Pronk
  • Patent number: 9992251
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a method includes identifying a request for a piece of content, and obtaining a Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG) Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) manifest after identifying the request for the piece of content. The method also includes identifying at least one location at which the piece of content is located using the DASH manifest, wherein the at least one location at which the piece of content is located is a location from which the piece of content is arranged to be fetched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Surcouf, William Mark Townsley, Thierry Gruszka
  • Patent number: 9979991
    Abstract: There is described a method for generating a frame label for a media frame sampled at a media frame rate at a given time-of-day relative to a day-zero reference. The method comprises: obtaining a calendar day at which the media frame is sampled, the calendar day having a day origin; computing a day-origin phase offset at the day origin based on the day-zero reference and on the calendar day; subtracting the day-origin phase offset from the given time-of-day to get a media frame relative offset which is relative to a first frame of the calendar day; computing the frame label from the media frame relative offset and from the media frame rate; and assigning the frame label to the media frame for time-positioning the media frame with respect to other media frames and with respect to a timescale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen C. Scott
  • Patent number: 9942166
    Abstract: Provided is a relay management apparatus including: a session management unit configured to perform registration of session information for multicast transmission of a data stream that is performed between one or two or more transmission apparatuses and one or two or more reception apparatuses via relay links of a relay apparatus, separately for information on a transmission apparatus side and information on a reception apparatus side; and a band reservation unit configured to perform band reservation of a relay link on the transmission apparatus side or band reservation of a relay link on the reception apparatus side, based on the registration of the session information on the transmission apparatus side or the reception apparatus side performed by the session management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Kure, Koichi Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 9918114
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for controlling data such as content and/or application data transmitted to one or more user devices. One method can comprise receiving a request for first content and generating, in response to the request for the first content, a first transport stream comprising the first content and application data relating to a first application. At least a portion of the first transport stream is transmitted to a recipient device. An interruption in the transmission of the first transport stream is detected and a determination is made that only a first portion of the application data has been transmitted to the recipient device. A second transport stream including second content and a second portion of the application data is generated and transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn O'Malley, Jeremy Zaucha, Michael Rosenwald, Ruifeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9877051
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for synchronizing media data and auxiliary data received by a service through a broadcast network or a communication network in a multimedia broadcast service are provided. The method includes receiving regular media data provided for a broadcast service, receiving and storing control information regarding adjunct media data comprising auxiliary data regarding the regular media data, determining location information of the adjunct media data included in the control information, and receiving and storing the adjunct media data according to the location information. If an identifier of the adjunct media data is included in a header of the regular media data, reading the stored adjunct media data corresponding to the identifier of the adjunct media data, and executing the adjunct media data in synchronization with the regular media data according to synchronization information included in the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., UNIVERSITY OF SEOUL INDUSTRY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sung-Oh Hwang, Yong-Han Kim, Kyung-Mo Park, Sung-Ryeul Rhyu
  • Patent number: 9866607
    Abstract: A system for receiving satellite radio signals and/or internet content and extracting a plurality of channels from the satellite radio signals and/or internet content is disclosed. The content of the channels is converted to IP packets and streamed across an Ethernet network. In one embodiment, each of the channels is associated with an IP address or port. Users receive the content of the channels by selecting the IP address or port associated with the desired content. An administrator may control the channels that are available to the users. In one embodiment, the users each have a subscription to access the content, and the subscription may control the channels that the user access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Keiser, Scott Passe
  • Patent number: 9774905
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a content service such as an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) using multiple devices are provided. A method, in which a gateway provides a content service using multiple devices, includes sending a service request to a service provider, receiving required list information from the service provider receiving the service request, the required list information indicating a list of devices required for a requested service, acquiring performance information of accessible devices on the basis of the required list information, receiving content with a service level corresponding to the acquired performance information from the service provider, and distributing the received content to the accessible devices to be used for the content service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hyung Kim, Bo Sun Jung, Ji Eun Keum, Ho Yeon Park, Sung Oh Hwang
  • Patent number: 9721263
    Abstract: A system is described that implements symmetrical object profiles across one or more objects, wherein an object profile is influenced by other object profiles with which it interacts. In particular, the system includes a configuration for a first object profile that is associated with a first object, wherein the first object profile comprises a set of attributes having a first set of valuations. The system includes a configuration for a second object profile that is associated with a second object, wherein the second object profile comprises said set of attributes having a second set of valuations. The system includes a profile updater for managing the first object profile and the second object profile, wherein in a transaction involving the first and second objects, corresponding object profiles are updated based on valuations in the first and second set of valuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventor: Pavel A Fort
  • Patent number: 9712892
    Abstract: A method of processing a broadcast signal including an interactive broadcast service at a transmitter is disclosed. The method comprises generating an parameter table containing metadata about applications and interactive broadcast events targeted to the applications, dividing the parameter table into a plurality of parameter blocks, inserting each of the parameter blocks into each of a plurality of parameter table sections, generating a trigger which is a signaling element to identify signaling and establish timing of playout of the interactive broadcast events, inserting the trigger into a closed caption channel of the broadcast signal, transmitting the broadcast signal including the closed caption channel and a specific channel carrying the plurality of parameter table sections, wherein the trigger includes location information specifying a location of the parameter table in the broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungho Kim, Gomer Thomas, Seungjoo An, Jinpil Kim, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon
  • Patent number: 9700790
    Abstract: A server center for hosting low-latency streaming interactive audio/video (A/V) includes a plurality of servers that run one or more applications and an inbound routing network that receives packet streams from users via a first network interface and routes the packets to one or more of the servers. The packet streams include user control input. One or more of the servers are operable to compute A/V data responsive to the user control input. A compression unit is coupled to receive the A/V data from the one or more of the servers and output compressed A/V data therefrom. An output routing network that routes the compressed A/V data to each of the users over a corresponding communication channel via a second interface, the compression unit is operable to modify a compression rate responsive to current characteristics of the corresponding communication channel for each user so as to optimize performance of the one or more applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Roger van der Laan
  • Patent number: 9686576
    Abstract: A method to coordinate video stream timing is disclosed. In one embodiment, a request is received at a streaming platform coordinator (SPC) to create a plurality of synchronized media workflows for video sources. Using the plurality of video sources as input, the SPC transmits a request from the SPC to at least one video streaming platform to create the plurality of media workflows, which are assigned to a plurality of workers. The SPC causes the plurality of videos to be routed to the plurality of workers upon receiving the request to route them. The SPC then determines a set of timing offsets to synchronize the plurality of media workflows, and makes the set of timing offsets available to the plurality of workers so that the workers publish synchronized media outputs. A system to perform the method and a storage medium storing instructions to perform the method are disclosed too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: iStreamPlanet Co.
    Inventor: Mark Daniel VanAntwerp
  • Patent number: 9686569
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a method for calibrating an interactive time in a live program, and a system thereof. In the method, a user device is used to receive a live content embedded with a mark from a live program system. A signal processing scheme is performed to identify the mark so as to obtain a marking time. Then an interactive content is received from an interactive serving system. An initiating time of interactive activity is obtained. A time difference between the marking time and the initiating time is counted. The time difference is referred to for calibrating the time of issuing an interactive message when responding to the interactive activity. The responding time, at the system side, is restored to an actual time. Therefore, the method effectively excludes the time error for responding to the interactive activity in the live program due to transmission delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Chang-Hsien Yu, Wen-shan Liou, Hsin-I Lai
  • Patent number: 9665339
    Abstract: Embodiments including methods and apparatus to select an audio track are disclosed. An example method includes detecting first and second playback conditions. The example method also includes comparing an audio track property of an audio track to the first and second playback conditions to determine if the first audio track property matches the first and/or second playback condition. In addition, the example method includes comparing a second audio track property of the audio track to the first and second playback conditions to determine if the second audio track property matches the first and/or second playback condition. Also, the example method includes selecting the audio track for presentation to a user when the first playback condition matches the first and/or second audio track property and the second playback condition matches the first and/or second audio track property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Reimann, Abhishek Kumar, David Taylor
  • Patent number: 9661368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for extending a breakout in a broadcasting environment. In one example, a method involves: (i) receiving a traffic log including traffic log entries, each corresponding to a VC and a start time; (ii) operating in a traffic log mode comprising; (iii) receiving a breakout-mode request; (iv) responsive to receiving the breakout-mode request, (a) terminating operation of the traffic log mode, (b) generating a simulation log, and (c) operating in a first breakout mode; (v) receiving a breakout-extension request; (vi) responsive to receiving the breakout-extension request, terminating operation of the first breakout-mode, and operating in a custom log mode; and (vii) responsive to all the VCs indicated in the generated custom log being sent to the air-chain system, terminating operation of the custom log mode, and operating in a second breakout mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Hank J. Hundemer, Dana A. Lasher
  • Patent number: 9661361
    Abstract: Systems and methods for matching live media content are disclosed. At a server, obtaining first media content from a client device, herein the first media content corresponds to a portion of media content being played on the client device, and the first media content is associated with a predefined expiration time; obtaining second media content from one or more content feeds, wherein the second media content also corresponds to a portion of the media content being played on the client device; in accordance with a determination that the second media content corresponds to a portion of the media content that has been played on the client device: before the predefined expiration time, obtaining third media content corresponding to the media content being played on the client device, from the one or more content feeds; and comparing the first media content with the third media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Sharifi
  • Patent number: 9648368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for rejoining a traffic log mode after a breakout in a broadcasting environment. One example method involves (i) receiving a traffic log including traffic log entries, each corresponding to a VC and a start time; (ii) operating in a traffic log mode; (iii) receiving a breakout-mode request; (iv) responsive to receiving the breakout-mode request, (a) terminating operation of the traffic log mode, (b) generating a simulation log, and (c) operating in a breakout mode; (v) receiving a rejoin request; (vi) determining a breakout termination time based on the received rejoin request; (vii) proximate the breakout termination time, terminating operation of the breakout-mode, and operating in a custom log mode; (viii) determining a rejoin position of the traffic log based on the received rejoin request; and (ix) operating in the traffic log mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Hank J. Hundemer, Dana A. Lasher
  • Patent number: 9635406
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system for determining user input values for demographic categories is provided. The system includes user television equipment having a receiver for receiving program guide information for the interactive television program guide, a user input receiver for receiving user input from user interface, such as a remote control, a microprocessor which utilizes the user input received to determine user values for demographic categories, and memory for storing the user values determined. In one illustrative use of the system for targeting advertisements to a user of the interactive television program guide, the receiver also receives advertisements, where the advertisements have preselected values for specified demographic categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Knee, Steven J. Reynolds, Michael D. Ellis, Joel G. Hassell
  • Patent number: 9633656
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to implement a technique for using a second display with a network-enabled television. In one implementation, this feature allows the user to conveniently register and manage their IPTV device directly from a second display device instead of going to a separate registration website. A typical current situation requires the user to either leave the living room for the PC which is inconvenient or perform the registration directly on the IPTV which often has a poor input interface. The second display could be a smart phone that can often be found beside the user, or a laptop or tablet PC, a desktop PC, or the like. After registration, certain convenient follow-up features can be implemented, such as directly selecting the device for browsing, or inheritance of configurations of other available devices for the newly-registered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Davender Agnihotri, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9615136
    Abstract: The present technology may identify item category affinities by identifying a plurality of classifications of an item. An accuracy of the plurality of classifications relative to one another for the item may be identified. A category affinity of the item may be determined based on the accuracy of the plurality of classifications relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant Michael Emery, Rahul Hemant Bhagat, Brian Cameros, Benjamin Thomas Cohen, Logan Luyet Dillard, Yongwen Liang, Scott Allen Mongrain, Michael David Quinn, Eli Glen Rosofsky, Adam Callahan Sanders
  • Patent number: 9577857
    Abstract: Techniques for providing hybrid communications to devices on vehicles include using a selected modulation scheme on a forward link to deliver data (that is intended to be received by an on-board device) onto a vehicle, and using a reverse link in a different frequency band to send reverse data from the vehicle. Based on the reverse data, a subsequent pre-defined modulation scheme for a subsequent forward transmission is selected from a plurality of modulation schemes corresponding to a plurality of performance levels of data delivery. The selections may be based on a current geo-spatial location of the vehicle, a type of data, and/or on one or more other dynamic conditions. The forward data may be multiplexed and/or multicast. Thus, adaptive modulation is achieved in a hybrid communications system in which the forward link and the reverse link to the vehicle are supported by different wireless communication bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Adrian Lauer, Rukmani Loganathan, Sajit Sasi, Pat Walsh, Anand Chari
  • Patent number: 9571958
    Abstract: An anonymous location wireless network service for use in a wireless network. The service provides content providers with the location of network users without revealing their identities. The service includes a wireless network having a proxy server, a network communication link to a plurality of web sites, and a wireless communication link to a plurality of handheld devices. The proxy server blocks identity by reading the location and identity information of network devices, generating dummy identifications, relating the dummy identifications to the identity information, storing the relationships in a memory storage, and forwarding the location information and dummy identifications to the global computer network. Upon receiving messages from the global computer network, the proxy server reads the dummy identifications, looks up the related identification information in the memory storage, and forwards the data to the appropriate network devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Propery I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9560421
    Abstract: Method and apparatuses for broadcasting and receiving media data over a heterogeneous network. A method for receiving media data includes receiving and processing media data broadcast using MMTP packets via a broadcast network. The method also includes, in response to receiving a signaling message associated with the broadcast media data, determining whether broadband media data associated with the broadcast media data is available via a broadband network based on the signaling message. The method includes receiving the broadband media data using DASH via the broadband network. Additionally, the method includes providing the broadband media data in association with the broadcast media data for presentation via a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Youngkwon Lim
  • Patent number: 9549229
    Abstract: A method of processing a broadcast signal including an interactive broadcast service at a transmitter is disclosed. The method comprises generating an parameter table containing metadata about applications and interactive broadcast events targeted to the applications, dividing the parameter table into a plurality of parameter blocks, inserting each of the parameter blocks into each of a plurality of parameter table sections, generating a trigger which is a signaling element to identify signaling and establish timing of playout of the interactive broadcast events, inserting the trigger into a closed caption channel of the broadcast signal, transmitting the broadcast signal including the closed caption channel and a specific channel carrying the plurality of parameter table sections, wherein the trigger includes location information specifying a location of the parameter table in the broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungho Kim, Gomer Thomas, Seungjoo An, Jinpil Kim, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon
  • Patent number: 9544620
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to implement a technique for using a second display with a content playback device. In one implementation, this feature allows users to easily return to a recently-accessed service when browsing on a second display. The most recent service may appear at the top of the list. Such systems and methods may be particularly advantageous when a user normally only visits a few services in an entire list of available services on a regular basis. The recently-accessed service may be specific to the user account, a user profile within the user account, the second display, or the content playback device. In some implementations, the second display may be a smart phone that can often be found beside the user, a laptop or tablet PC, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, Charles McCoy, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9520919
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating a signal is disclosed. An aircraft is moved so that an aircraft-based coil is within a selected volume defined by a ground-based coil. A current is modulated in one of the aircraft-based coil and the ground-based coil to generate a magnetic field in the volume. A current generated in the other of the aircraft-based coil and the ground-based coil in response to the generated magnetic field is measured to communicate the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SIMMONDS PRECISION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Sanjay Bajekal, Michael Anthony Lynch
  • Patent number: 9497492
    Abstract: A distribution control system includes a generating unit configured to generate image data from content data; a converting unit configured to convert the image data into transmission data; a transmitting unit configured to transmit the transmission data to a plurality of communication terminals; and a creating/selecting unit configured to newly create the converting unit to be assigned to each of the communication terminals or select the converting unit out of converting units already created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kasatani
  • Patent number: 9490948
    Abstract: A communication network's bandwidth may be managed using bandwidth management (“BWM”) and/or bandwidth aggregation (“BWA”) techniques. For example, packets of traffic may be inspected to identify a video stream and/or video sub-streams. The video sub-streams may be partitioned for transmission. For example, the video sub-streams may be partitioned based on a characteristic and/or policies associated therewith. One or more radio access technologies (“RATs”) may be selected for transmitting the video sub-streams. The one or more RATs may be selected according to one or more policies for managing the bandwidth associated with the video. The video sub-streams may be transmitted via a single RAT or a plurality of aggregated RATs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: VID SCALE, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhad Doken, Alexander Reznik
  • Patent number: 9485543
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for presenting suggestions of media content are provided. In some implementations, the method comprises: determining an item of media content; determining a probability of the item of media content being watched at one or more times based on at least one of: a characteristic of a person; a characteristic of a group; and a characteristic of the item of media content; creating a user interface which suggests that the item of media content be watched at one or more times based on the determined probability; and presenting the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Bayer, Eric H C Liu, Calvin Lee, Stephen Chau
  • Patent number: 9477973
    Abstract: A personalization enhancement method and system. The method includes retrieving and analyzing digital content associated with a user. Characteristics describing the digital content are tagged and transferred to a profile of said the user. The profile includes additional characteristics generated during previous analysis of data from the digital content and additional digital content associated with the user. User information associated with products, a location, and a time profile is assigned. The profile is analyzed based on selection and interaction of the user with respect to a consumer Website. The profile includes the characteristics and the additional characteristics with respect to products and services of the consumer Website. A presentation color setting and a group of products and services of are determined for presentation to the user. The group of products and services are presented to the user using the presentation color setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines
    Inventors: Bernadette R. Duponchel, Myron Flickner, Victoria B. Platt, John R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9456469
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems are described that are configured to act on a heading-dependent suitability indicator of a channel through a mobile communication system that can have a defined heading, such as a passenger vehicle or other motor-propelled vehicle. The indicator may also use other determinants such as a latitude and longitude of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander J. Cohen, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert W. Lord, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud
  • Patent number: 9456234
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcasting signal transmission device, a broadcasting signal reception device, and a method for transmitting/receiving a broadcasting signal using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woosuk Ko, Hotaek Hong, Sangchul Moon
  • Patent number: 9454726
    Abstract: Systems and methods for defining a custom segment in a set of behavioral data are provided. A described method includes receiving a set of behavioral data associated with a plurality of user devices and identifying multiple cohort groups, each of the cohort groups including one or more of the user devices. The behavioral data includes a behavior metric for each of the user devices and the cohort groups are identified based on the behavior metric for each of the user devices. The method further comprises generating a segmentation interface including a graphical visualization of the multiple cohort groups and causing the segmentation interface to be presented via a user interface device. The method further comprises defining a custom segment of the behavioral data based on a user selection of one or more of the multiple cohort groups via the segmentation interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Yao, Andrew Baldwin, Calvin Lee, Hui Sok Moon, Hetal Thakkar
  • Patent number: 9456224
    Abstract: A motion image distribution system includes a server and a user terminal. The server generates a feature quantity table CHT1 representing a data structure of motion image encoded data VDE, and authenticates the motion image encoded data VDE by using the generated feature quantity table CHT1. Then, the server transmits the motion image encoded data VDE and the feature quantity table CHT1 to the user terminal. The user terminal generates a feature quantity table CHT2 representing a data structure of the received motion image encoded data VDE, and authenticates received motion image encoded data VDE by using the generated feature quantity table CHT2. Then, the user terminal plays back the motion image encoded data VDE and outputs motion image playback information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Mei Kodama
  • Patent number: 9451297
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating channels dedicated to a particular type of content. The method includes acquiring seed content and using the seed content in the creation or updating of a content list. Additional content for the channel is acquired based on the common features of the content list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 9432710
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for conserving bandwidth. A notification is received from a customer's device that indicates media will be recorded/saved to memory. The available bandwidth is compared to required bandwidth to deliver the media to the customer's device. When the required bandwidth exceeds the available bandwidth, then delivery of the media is deferred to a period of lesser demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter N. Hill, Timothy H. Weaver
  • Patent number: 9426528
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining customer information regarding the user and marketing rules regarding a plurality of store offerings. A number of store offerings from the plurality of store offerings may be identified based on the customer information and the marketing rules. One or more of the identified store offerings may be provided to the user. A user request to purchase a selected one of the provided store offerings may be received. The content or services associated with the selected store offering may be provisioned based on the user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Venket Kandanala, Lisa A. Caputo, Nicky Pinakin Joshi, Mousumi Dasgupta, Srimathi Saravanan, Jagadish B. Nagam, TamilKumaran Palaniappan, Rajesh Narayan, Anand N. Sankaran, Jubish C. Parambath
  • Patent number: 9418673
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for authenticating and using a personal voice profile. The voice profile may be issued by a trusted third party, such as a certification authority. The personal voice profile may include information for generating a digest or digital signature for text messages. A speech synthesis system may speak the text message using the voice characteristics, such as prosodic characteristics, only if the voice profile is authenticated and the text message is valid and free of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Rafael Graniello Cabezas, Jason Eric Moore, Elizabeth Silvia
  • Patent number: 9414127
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling client recording and storage behavior schedules the recording, storing, and deleting of multimedia content on a client system storage device. The viewer may request that certain content be captured. Capture requests also allow the service to determine content to be recorded by the client system in the same manner that a viewer requests that certain content are recorded but are more powerful than what a viewer can request. Recording requests for a capture request can preempt viewer requests or be entered at the same or lower priority as a viewer request. Capture requests can adjust all aspects of a recording request and affect the capture request itself. Client system operational functionality are also manipulated by the service using capture requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Westbrook, Howard Look, James Young, Stephen Lacy, Timothy Davison, James M. Barton