Transmission Network Patents (Class 725/118)
  • Patent number: 10326701
    Abstract: Techniques for intelligent designated forwarder (DF) and master router selection (for router redundancy) are provided. In one embodiment, a network router that is part of a set of network routers connected to a common LAN segment can retrieve a priority value adapted for use by the network router in electing a DF for multicast traffic. The network router can further check for the presence or absence of one or more routes to one or more multicast sources in a routing table of the network router. The network router can then modify the priority value based on the presence or the absence of the one or more routes and can transmit a multicast routing protocol control packet including the modified first priority value to one or more other network routers in the set of network routers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Nitin Jain, Wing-Keung Adam Yeung
  • Patent number: 10303634
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a connector constituted by plural types of pins and configured to perform a communication in accordance with at least one of a first communication standard for requesting a symmetrical pin arrangement and a second communication standard for requesting an asymmetrical pin arrangement, an input unit configured to input a signal for detecting that an external apparatus connected to the connector is an apparatus in conformity to the first communication standard or the second communication standard via at least one of the pins in the connector, and a control unit configured to perform control in a manner that signal assignment of the plural types of the pins of the connector is switched to a first state corresponding to the first communication standard or a second state corresponding to the second communication standard in accordance with the signal input by the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ayumu Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10219022
    Abstract: This technology relates generally to television set-top-boxes (STBs), and more particularly to sharing program information between STBs using voice communication. In one embodiment, a method of sharing television (TV) program information between STBs is disclosed. The method includes obtaining, by a control unit, program-specific-information of TV content selected by a first user using a first STB. The program-specific-information may be converted into a voice message by a Text-to-Speech (TTS) converter. The method further includes establishing, using a first Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) associated with the first STB, a voice call from the first STB to a second STB. The voice message associated with the program-specific-information may be transmitted from the first SIM to a second SIM associated with the second STB over the voice call using a first modulation scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Krishnanunni Gopalakrishnan, Abbin Paul, Ajin Alias Mammoottil, Abdul Salam Thayyil Azeez
  • Patent number: 10192516
    Abstract: Methods and devices for wirelessly transmitting content from a source device to a sink device are disclosed. The method comprises: identifying one or more data types associated with a display frame displayed on the source device; selecting a transmission format for the display frame in accordance with the one or more identified data types, wherein the transmission format is selected from the group consisting of screencasting, graphics processing unit (GPU) processing, or GPU processing with media streaming; and sending visual information representing the display frame in the transmission selected transmission format to the sink device. One or a combination of latency, image/video quality, and power consumption associated with the wireless transmission may be used to adapt the wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Mohammed Nawaf Smadi, Wolfgang Michael Theimer, Vytautas Robertas Kezys
  • Patent number: 10187393
    Abstract: A system includes determination, at a first computing system, of the creation of a first user account, the first user account associated with a first username, a first identity store and a first person, determination, at the first computing system, of a first identifier uniquely identifying the first person, storage, at the first computing system, of a first association between the first username, the first identity store and the first identifier, reception, at a second computing system, of an indication of activity, the indication including the first username and the first identity store, determination, at the second computing system, the first identifier based on the first username, the first identity store and the stored first association, and creation, at the second computing system, of a log entry associating the activity with the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Jens Odenheimer, Peter Eberlein
  • Patent number: 10142233
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for transmitting a broadcast signal. The method for transmitting a broadcast signal according to the present invention can support future broadcast services in an environment supporting future hybrid broadcast using terrestrial broadcast networks and the Internet. In addition, the present invention provides efficient signaling methods using both terrestrial broadcast networks and the Internet in an environment supporting future hybrid broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Jangwon Lee, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10134356
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes a data transmission unit that transmits image data with a wide color gamut to an external apparatus over a transmission path; and an information transmission unit that transmits additional information on the image data with the wide color gamut that is transmitted by the data transmission unit and information on a transmission method for the additional information, to the external apparatus over the transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10063656
    Abstract: A server that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, operations including monitoring current transport characteristics of an internet protocol network communicatively coupled to the server and to a mobile device. Data packets are transported to the device according to a dynamic adaptive streaming over hypertext transfer protocol. A future transport characteristic of the network is predicted according to the trajectory of the device. A request is received from the device for transmission of a data packet, and a time for fulfilling the request is scheduled according to the current and predicted transport characteristics. The operations further comprise selecting a transmission rate for transmission of the data packet to the mobile device responsive to detecting the time for fulfilling the request. The device performs buffering of the data packet for a future presentation of the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Andrea Basso
  • Patent number: 10004061
    Abstract: To improve manipulability. An information processing device includes a wireless communication unit and a control unit. The wireless communication unit performs real-time image transmission with at least one sink device according to a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast specification. The control unit performs control related to the real-time image transmission based on control information for controlling the information processing device according to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast specification, the control information being received from the at least one sink device. The control unit performs control such that on-off switching of a UIBC for transmitting manipulation information in the sink device that has transmitted the control information is performed when a plurality of pieces of control information are received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Iwami
  • Patent number: 9979599
    Abstract: A data communication architecture delivers a wide variety of content, including audio and video content, to consumers. The architecture employs channel bonding to deliver more bandwidth than any single communication channel can carry. In some implementations, the communication architecture communicates content according to an initial bonding configuration. The communication architecture may adjust the bonding configuration to adapt to bonding environment changes affecting the communication capabilities or requirements associated with transmitting the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Rajesh Shankarrao Mamidwar, Xuemin Chen, Victor Hou
  • Patent number: 9967623
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a receiver obtains service location information which defines current and next sources from which a data stream can be obtained, and a switching time at which the source of the data stream will be switched from the current source to the next source. Before the switching time, the receiver receives the data stream from the current source, and after the switching time, the receiver receives the data stream from the next source. The next source can be defined in initial service location information, or in updated service location information obtained later. An apparatus and method for providing the service location information are also disclosed. In some embodiments, a broadcast provider and/or the receiver can execute a method to compensate for an IP delay experienced by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Arthur Simon Waller
  • Patent number: 9924239
    Abstract: Consumption habits of video content have been changing for some time, as more people (especially young people) prefer video on demand (VOD) services over linear channels. Disclosed is a communication system configured to efficiently deliver video content on demand over a satellite medium. Also disclosed are methods for efficiently delivering video content on demand using multicast transmissions and caching of video title prefixes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.
    Inventor: Oren Markovitz
  • Patent number: 9813760
    Abstract: A system is proposed for delivering video content to display devices using a cloud computing model. A plurality of independent physical computer systems cooperate to implement a virtual computer system (“cloud”) which receives media content from sources of media content, and delivers the media content selectively to video display devices. For each of a plurality of users of the virtual computer system, there is a corresponding process (“cloudclone”) running on the virtual computer system which coordinates the delivery of the content to one or more of the video display devices which are associated with the corresponding user. The cloudclone includes respective components for managing the transfer of media content to each of the video display devices associated with the user. This makes possible a straightforward way of migrating video sessions between the devices associated with the user, by changing the corresponding cloudclone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Yonggang Wen
  • Patent number: 9727648
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a search query containing one or more query terms from a remote device, determining one or more entity types implicated by the search query based on the one or more query terms, and determining an entity score indicating a likelihood that the search query implicates the entity type. The method also includes identifying one or more index clusters from index clusters to search based on the one or more entity types implicated by the search query, generating a query execution plan based on the entity scores, and performing a consumer driven search on the identified index clusters based on a set of query terms corresponding to the one or more query terms and in accordance with the query execution plan to identify a delivery consideration set of records. The method also includes generating delivery search results based on the delivery consideration set of records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Quixey, Inc.
    Inventors: Leigh Klotz, Jr., Eric J. Glover
  • Patent number: 9686097
    Abstract: A machine, program product, and method for enabling interoperable and low-latency networking among service devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ORBIT-MATRIX, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Johnson, Jose Fernandez, Stephen Vowell, Kevin Mayer
  • Patent number: 9661605
    Abstract: A posting-status notification system includes: a determination unit that determines whether or not a posting status of posting information being associated with a content satisfies a predetermined notification condition, the posting information being posting information posted on a network; and an instruction unit that instructs an output unit to output the posting status in a case where the determination unit determines that the posting status satisfies the notification condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Itamoto
  • Patent number: 9491080
    Abstract: An indicator circuit comprises a first logic circuit, a second logic circuit, a third logic circuit, an auxiliary power circuit, a switch circuit, and a light emitting diode (LED) circuit. The switch circuit controls whether the LED circuit lights or not, according to the first logic circuit, the second logic circuit, and the third logic circuit, to indicate connections to different data bandwidths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tung-Liang Chien
  • Patent number: 9451318
    Abstract: Provided is a reception apparatus including a reception unit that receives broadcast content transmitted by a broadcast waves of digital broadcasting, a first obtaining unit that obtains transmission data other than data-broadcast content, the transmission data being transmitted in a data carousel transmission scheme by the broadcast wave, and a control unit that controls a predetermined operation based on the obtained transmission data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Jun Kitahara
  • Patent number: 9432623
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention include a communication terminal, which controls a display to display a currently set value of quality parameter of content data to be transmitted from the communication terminal to a counterpart communication terminal, transmits a request for changing quality parameter from the currently set value to a value selected by a user to a communication management system through a network, receives an updated charge fee to be charged for transmitting content data having the selected value of quality parameter from the communication management system, and controls a display to display the updated charge fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Nagase, Takahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 9432724
    Abstract: A method of processing a web service in a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and the broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of providing an NRT service in a broadcasting receiver may include receiving first signaling information, identifying whether a service type of an NRT service is a web service based upon the first signaling information, identifying a web page type and a web page version of the NRT service and browsing the NRT service. The method may further include connecting a service signaling channel, parsing the received first signaling information, determining whether the NRT service is supported in the broadcasting receiver and consuming the web contents of the NRT service. The NRT service may include at least one of a fixed NRT service and a mobile NRT service. The first signaling information may be a data casting description table (DDT) if the NRT service is the fixed NRT service. The first signaling information may be a service map table (SMT) if the NRT service is the mobile NRT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongyeul Suh, Huisang Yoo, Jaehyung Song, Minsung Kwak, Joonhui Lee, Inhwan Choi, Chulsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9418023
    Abstract: Provided is a method of delivering a user input received from a Human Interface Device (HID) to a source device by a sink device. The method includes: receiving the user input from the HID; generating HID user input information including a first field that represents a type of the HID, a second field that represents an interface type of the HID, and a third field that includes the user input received from the HID; and transmitting the configured HID user input information to the source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Byung Joo Lee, Wongyu Song, Inhwan Choi, Jaehyung Song
  • Patent number: 9332290
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for certifying a playback device are provided. In some embodiments, methods for certifying a playback device are provided, the methods comprising: identifying a plurality of playback capabilities associated with the playback device; identifying at least one certification test based on the plurality of playback capabilities; receiving a plurality of media streams corresponding to the certification test from a server; causing a first media stream to be presented by the playback device; changing a streaming condition experienced by the playback device; causing a second media stream to be presented by the playback device based on the streaming condition; capturing, using a camera, a video signal representing video content presented by the playback device; and determining, using a hardware processor, whether the playback device has passed the certification test based at least in part on the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventors: William David Amidei, Eric William Grab
  • Patent number: 9300924
    Abstract: A handheld device in an audio and video system including a system for receiving and processing video and/or audio signals, a system for displaying a virtual image to a user, and a system for producing sounds audible to a user. The handheld device also incorporates a shroud to block ambient light when the handheld unit is engaged with the user's face. As a result, the user may hear sounds produced from the received audio signals. Further the user may see the virtual images produced from the received video signals when the handheld device is engaged with the users face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Entertainment, LLC.
    Inventors: Tazwell L. Anderson, Jr., Mark A. Wood, Geoffrey L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9292179
    Abstract: A method for media recommendations is provided, including storing, on a peer device, a pre-existing list of media presentations including a plurality of pre-existing media presentations. A plurality of media recommendations are received from a plurality of recommending peer devices in response to a media presentation being played. Each of the plurality of media recommendations comprises an identifier that identifies a recommended media presentation. Each recommended media presentation is automatically added to the list of media presentations in a position determined based user preferences to form an updated list of media presentations. Based on the position of each of the media presentations, a media presentation is selected to play on the peer device from the updated list of media presentations. The selected media presentation is then played on the peer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Napo Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh B. Svendsen, Michael Erickson
  • Patent number: 9247310
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for up-converting a downstream set-top box control signal to a frequency that is above a cable television system upstream communications band. The downstream set-top box control signal is down-converted to a frequency in a set-top box control band and injected into a set-top box communications pathway. The downstream set-top box control signal may be up-converted from baseband or from the set-top box control band to a frequency in cable television system downstream communications band and transmitted on a DOCSIS RF channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Chapman, Mark A. Palazzo
  • Patent number: 9215493
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a non-real-time broadcast service processing system and a processing method thereof. According to the present invention, the method for processing a non-real-time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver enables the NRT service to be processed with the following steps: receiving a broadcast service and signaling information; identifying whether the broadcast service is the NRT service on the basis of the signaling information; and identifying whether the identified NRT service includes a 3D service or a 3D content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Joon Hui Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Kwan Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 9137835
    Abstract: There is provided a communication apparatus including: a device detecting unit detecting devices capable of establishing a wireless connection; a user input unit selecting, based on a user operation, a combination of sync devices to carry out a pairing process out of a plurality of sync devices detected by the device detecting unit; a message transmitting unit transmitting an autosetup request message to one sync device out of the selected sync devices; a message receiving unit receiving an autosetup response message from a transmission destination of the autosetup request message; a wireless connection unit establishing a wireless connection with each of the selected sync devices; and a reproduction starting unit wirelessly transmitting, as a source device, data to be reproduced to each of the sync devices after establishment of the wireless connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Sato, Tomoya Yamaura
  • Patent number: 9124933
    Abstract: A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a set top box includes a terrestrial signal determination module in the set top box that receives terrestrial signals from a terrestrial source comprising terrestrial signal identifiers. A memory in the set top box stores expected terrestrial signal identifiers for a location of the user device. The user device also includes a comparison module comparing the received terrestrial signal identifier to the location-based terrestrial signal identifiers and a disable module disabling the user device from receiving satellite signals in response to comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S. Lee, Scott D. Casavant, Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 9100690
    Abstract: Data between a client and a server is pinned through a receiving interworking unit and a transmitting interworking unit connected via a non-IP based communications path. The receiving interworking unit and transmitting interworking unit convert received data between IP and a non-IP based communications protocols. The transmitting interworking unit receives IP data for the client from the server. The data is converted and transmitted via the non-IP based communications link to the receiving interworking unit, which converts the data back into an IP format and forwards the converted data on to the client. One segment of the path between server and client transports the data in a non-IP format. Neither IP client nor the server are aware of the non IP segment and no change in their IP network mode of operation is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: RPX Clearinghouse LLC
    Inventor: Liam Casey
  • Patent number: 9043835
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for simultaneously broadcasting video components (VSs). In one example, a method includes an automation-system (AS) selecting a log entry including (i) a first identifier that maps to a first VC, and (ii) a second identifier that maps to a second VC; a recording-and-playout device (RAPD) retrieving the first VC; the RAPD sending the retrieved first-VC to an encoder; the encoder generating a first transport-stream (TS) having (i) program-identification (PID) data, and (ii) payload data including the sent first-VC; the encoder sending the generated first-TS to a first outbound-broadcast device (OBD); the encoder sending the generated first-TS to a transport-stream splicer; the AS loading the splicer with the second VC; the splicer generating a second TS having (i) the PID data of the generated first-TS, and (ii) payload data including the loaded second-VC; and the splicer sending the generated second-TS to a second OBD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 9032467
    Abstract: Disclosed is an approach for delivering visual content that improves network bandwidth utilizations. The visual data is separated into multiple categories, where the data for different categories are delivered using different bandwidth utilizations schemes. A first category of the data is delivered at a higher frame rate than the frame rate for a second category of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Makarand Dharmapurikar
  • Patent number: 9032020
    Abstract: A method for online enhancement of videos includes rendering, at one or more computers, a first video stream based on a first video; transmitting the first video stream to a client; receiving, at the one or more computers, a first user input from a client, the first user input selecting at least one enhancement operation; rendering, at the one or more computers, a second video stream based on the first video and the at least one enhancement operation; and transmitting the second video stream to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Gregg, Jason Toff, Josh Sassoon, Thomas Benton Bridgwater
  • Patent number: 9032460
    Abstract: A method of operating a first networking device includes receiving, from a media server, a cable length request message. The cable length request message includes data indicative of a length of a first networking cable arranged between the media server and the first networking device. The method includes determining a cumulative cable length based on the length of the first networking cable and a length of a second networking cable arranged between the first networking device and a media client. The method includes, in response to presence of a second networking device between the first networking device and the media client, sending a further cable length request message to the second networking device indicating the cumulative cable length. The method includes, in response to absence of the second networking device, sending a cable length response message to the media server indicating the cumulative cable length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: Raghu Kondapalli
  • Patent number: 9032088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system that optimizes transmission bandwidth of a broadband transmission system such as a cable television, satellite system, or wireless information service. Requests for content items from users are employed to add or delete content items from a list. Content items in the list are ranked relative to the number of requests received or by rate of request. Package groups are created with most requested content items being broadcast more frequently than less requested content items. Transmit groups are produced from package groups and placed in a broadcast queue. A transmit process transmits groups retrieved from the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Sedlak, Thomas Lemmons, Gary Rasmussen, Ian Zenoni, Thomas Huber
  • Patent number: 9032453
    Abstract: A multiplexed transport interface (MTSIF) may be utilized during communication between a demodulation module and a video processing system-on-chip (SoC). The MTSIF may enable concurrent demodulation of a plurality of input modulated video streams, via a plurality of demodulator chips within the demodulation module, by multiplexing data generated by the demodulator chips via the MTSIF during communication between the demodulator module and the video processing SoC. The MTSIF may also be utilized for communicating control signals, which may be used in controlling and/or managing operations of the demodulation module, the video processing SoC, and/or the MTSIF. Communication via the MTSIF may be synchronized. Packets communicated via the MTSIF may be timestamped. Timestamp counters may be used in the demodulation module and the video processing SoC to generate and/or track timestamps in communicated packets. The timestamp counter may be synchronized, using control signals communicated via the MTSIF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Mamidwar, Stephen Edward Krafft
  • Patent number: 9027063
    Abstract: The present invention provides for closed loop multimedia content management systems and methods to ensure accurate and timely delivery of VOD content from multiple content providers using multiple distribution systems. The present invention provides for a method of distributing multimedia content using a VOD management system by receiving a multimedia asset data file and associated metadata from a content provider and/or a MSO, tracking the delivery of the multimedia asset data file to a MSO, tracking the upload of the multimedia asset data file to a VOD server maintained by the MSO, and providing usage reports relating to usage of multimedia asset data files by end users of the MSO. Usage reports are prepared by receiving data from the VOD servers regarding the files requested by end users, creating a master reporting database using that data, and generating the usage reports using the data contained in the master reporting database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Deluxe Digital Distribution Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Fickle, José A. Róyo, Timothy Bruce Aron
  • Patent number: 9021086
    Abstract: System and methods for inferring network topology are described, including a method comprising determining a normalized transmit power of a first device, identifying a second device based upon a parameter of the second device and the normalized transmit power of the first device, and generating a topology including the first device and the second device based upon at least one of the normalized transmit power of the first device and the parameter of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Wolcott, Justin Riggett, Bryan Johnston
  • Patent number: 9015772
    Abstract: An interactive gaming channel presented on a monitor, with a plurality of transponders being used to present the games available at a given time. Such a channel in accordance with the present invention comprises a game selection screen, comprising a genre selection area and a game selection area, related to the genre selection area, wherein a viewer of the monitor selects a game to be played from a plurality of games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Thompson, Richard F. Purpura, Eric W. Adams, Andrew K. Shiozaki
  • Patent number: 9014536
    Abstract: [Problem] In a system for transmitting content data from a content reproducing apparatus to a content output apparatus, no complicated signal processing is required, setting change operations can be simplified, and the degradation of sound quality and the degradation of picture quality of video data are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: D&M Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9015738
    Abstract: A video stream measurement method and system. The method includes receiving by a computing system, a video stream comprising plurality of timestamps located at specified intervals of the video stream. The computing system broadcasts the video stream for a user and decodes a first time stamp broadcasted during a first time period. The computing system monitors a user interaction function performed by the user and associated with the video stream. The computing system generates and transmits a report comprising a description associated with the user interaction function. The computing system receives an analysis associated with the report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Stephen C. Hammer, Christopher E. Holladay, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9009772
    Abstract: A system and method for providing content providers with network distribution nodes for distributing content to subscribers of a communications service provider may include maintaining multiple network nodes by the communications service provider, where the network nodes may be in communication with the Internet and be configured to enable subscribers of the communications service provider to access and download content over a controlled service provider network without the content having to be communicated over the Internet. Multiple respective content service providers may be enabled to store content at the network nodes for subscribers local to each respective network node to download the content. Multiple customer databases configured to store information associated with subscribers of the communications service provider may be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 9009765
    Abstract: An object with embodiments of the present invention is to achieve a solution for fast channel change that improves bandwidth utilization, wherein the fast channel change is accomplished by initiating a unicast stream until a multicast stream can provide the desired media. The bandwidth utilization is achieved by delaying the multicast session and by terminating the unicast session at the latest when the multicast session starts. The delay of the multicast session is dependent on the network latency. Latency in this context refers to the time passed from when the client sends an IGMP JOIN message until it receives the first packet of the multicast stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Thomas Lundqvist, Mats Cedervall
  • Patent number: 9008246
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, a reception method, a program, and a communication system which can realize a system capable of promptly addressing a newly-generated disturbance wave. A broadcasting device of the present disclosure includes: a reception unit which receives reception interference information notified from the reception device; a setting unit which sets a frequency of a notch to be provided in a transmission signal on the basis of the reception interference information that has been received; a modulation unit which provides the notch in accordance with the set frequency of the notch while at the same time generates a modulated signal by modulating information to be transmitted; and a send-out unit which sends out the modulated signal as the transmission signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Takahashi, Takahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 9009771
    Abstract: In a video distribution apparatus, a memory caches segments of video data into which video data received from a communication network is sectioned on a basis of a predetermined unit and stores video identifying information of the segments of video data. A distribution controller derives, upon receipt of a cache distribution request from the network, video identifying information contained in a cache distribution request. A relay controller obtains segments of video data associated with the video identifying information from the memory to transfer the obtained segments of video data to a requester at a transfer rate defined on the segments of video data in the vicinity of a source of the video data. The video can be distributed at a transfer rate close to a transfer rate defined by a content distribution server while the video traffic can be diminished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takezawa, Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 9003464
    Abstract: A method of verifying a blackout event is disclosed that includes receiving blackout event data from an event log database of a video distribution platform at a subscriber event transmission interface (SETI) communicating with an electronic data warehouse (EDW) system. The method also includes creating at least one EDW load-ready file that includes at least a portion of the blackout event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ospalik, Daniel Malee, Jeffrey Dicks, John Mathew
  • Publication number: 20150089562
    Abstract: A digital media distribution device that includes an encoder, a decoder coupled to the encoder, and a transcoder coupled to the decoder. The encoder is configured to encode input data that is received by the digital media distribution device into a first data format. The decoder is configured to decode output data to be output by the digital media distribution device. The transcoder is configured to convert the encoded input data from the first data format into a second data format. The digital media distribution device is configured to be coupled to a computer network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Klamer, Ken Long, Arjun Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 8990878
    Abstract: A system is described that consists of a variable modulation unicast system that utilizes multiple modulation schemes in a cable network for unicast applications and is capable of assigning users to different channels of differing modulation schemes in the network based on a feedback signal received in response to a transmitted probe signal. The system may also, in response to the feedback signal from a remote device in the network, assign a channel from a plurality of channels having differing carrier frequencies and modulation schemes to the remote device and may also modify the carrier frequencies of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Itzhak Gurantz
  • Publication number: 20150082368
    Abstract: A system for presentation timing based audio video (AV) stream processing may include a switch device, a first processor, and a second processor. The switch device may be configured to route AV traffic to the first processor for processing and non-AV traffic to the second processor for processing. The first processor may receive transport stream packets that include an audio stream and/or a video stream. The first processor may receive a request to modify presentation timing of the audio stream and/or video stream. The first processor may modify the transport stream packets and/or presentation timing parameters of the transport stream packets based at least in part on the received request. The first processor may provide the transport stream packets to an electronic device. In some implementations, the second processor may be unable to access the content of the transport stream packets in the clear, e.g. due to security considerations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rajesh Shankarrao MAMIDWAR, Sanjeev SOOD, Flaviu Dorin TUREAN
  • Patent number: 8984555
    Abstract: There is provided a display device including a signal receiving unit for receiving a video signal from an external device via a transmission path through a plurality of channels using a differential signal, an information receiving unit for receiving program information from the external device using a bidirectional communication path including predetermined lines of the transmission path, an image display unit for displaying images on image display elements based on the video signal received by the signal receiving unit, and a program information display unit for displaying the program information on the image display elements based on the program information received by the information receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Espana S.A., Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Sato, Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8984576
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for transmission of multiple data streams from a mobile device to a network. In an embodiment, the system includes a multipath wireless router configured to provide a plurality of network connections including cellular, satellite, or wired Ethernet. An encoding module provided on the mobile device is configured to encode high volume data (e.g. high definition video) recorded by the mobile device into multiple data streams in dependence on the number of network connections available for transmission via the multipath wireless router. The encoding module provided on the mobile device transmits the multiple data streams to the wireless router using Wi-Fi to provide a local, short-hop, high capacity network connection. The plurality of network connections available via the multipath wireless router provides the necessary capacity and reliability to transmit a high volume of data, such as high definition video, virtually live.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dejero Labs Inc.
    Inventors: David Sze, Hagen Kaye, Robert Flatt, Joseph Robert (Wayne) Mallet, Arif Hudda, Barry Gilhuly, Bogdan Frusina