Having Significant Intermediate Network Unit (e.g., Hub, Substation, Etc.) Patents (Class 725/119)
  • Patent number: 11164288
    Abstract: A compositor receives, from each of a plurality of originating devices, compressed and/or encrypted image data portions of a frame of image data, together with portion metadata for each of the compressed and/or encrypted image data portions. Frame metadata for the frame of image data. The compositor then composites the image data portions without decompressing and/or decrypting them, based on the portion and frame metadata, by generating composited frame metadata for the composited image frame and amending the portion metadata for each of the compressed and/or encrypted image data portions to indicate a location of the compressed and/or encrypted image data portions in the composited image frame. The compressed and/or encrypted image data portions, the composited frame metadata and the amended portion metadata are then transmitted by the compositor to a display control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: DISPLAYLINK (UK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Dave Hargreaves, David Dunn, Douglas Morse
  • Patent number: 11159259
    Abstract: A system includes a host device to provide a content signal, an end device to receive the content signal, and a branch of amplifiers connected between the host device and the end device to carry the content signal from the host device to the end device. The host device may receive a first signal from the branch of amplifiers connected to the end device, and extract, from the first signal, first characteristics of the content signal measured at one or more points in the branch of amplifiers. The host device may compare the first characteristics of the content signal to second characteristics. The host device may determine, based on the comparison, adjustments for one or more settings of a first amplifier of the amplifiers, and send a second signal to the branch of amplifiers to communicate the adjustments for the one or more settings to the first amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sonifi Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Aasen, Joshua H. Pulford, Leon P. Stoel
  • Patent number: 11151070
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) data. HDMI data received by at least one of a second HDMI connector of an HDMI device and the processor of the HDMI device is transmitted to a first HDMI connector of the HDMI device according to each of a plurality of modes of operation. A switching operation between the plurality of modes of operation is automatically performed based on a time schedule programmed by a user notwithstanding a priority signal embedded within the HDMI data received at the second HDMI connector or the processor is configured to override the time schedule to initiate the switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David B. Lection, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Mark B. Stevens, John D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11119960
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein involve a first connector that facilitates access to a system, a second connector that facilitates access to the same system, and an adapter controller to facilitate concatenating functionality of the first connector and the second connector when the apparatus is communicatively coupled to the system via the first connector and the second connector; and establish a high speed connection between the system and the apparatus via the first connector and the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew David Bodley, Byron A. Alcorn, Shane Ward
  • Patent number: 11107190
    Abstract: Provided is a decoding apparatus including: a communication interface configured to receive AI encoding data generated as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) down-scaling and first encoding of an original image; a processor configured to divide the AI encoding data into image data and AI data; and an input/output (I/O) device, wherein the processor is further configured to: obtain a second image by performing first decoding on a first image obtained by performing AI down-scaling on the original image, based on the image data; and control the I/O device to transmit the second image and the AI data to an external apparatus. In some embodiments, the external apparatus performs an AI upscaling of the second image using the AI data, and displays the resulting third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngo Park, Kwangpyo Choi, Yumi Sohn, Sungchan Kim, Myungjin Eom
  • Patent number: 11083102
    Abstract: Cable housing assemblies include frames and cable carriers slidably mounted to channels provided at edges of the frames. The cable carriers may house or support male or female connectors to the cables, which may be power or communications cables (e.g., Ethernet cables) that extend from the connectors within the cable carriers into the channels, and through voids within the frames to power sources or communications systems. The cable carriers are releasably inserted into channels at edges of the frames, and permitted to slide in either direction (e.g., up or down) to various positions within such channels, in order to make power or communications services available at such positions. When installed in association with a shelving unit, e.g., between a backerboard and shelves, the cable carriers may be used to provide power or communications services available to such shelves provided at any height within the shelving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Darche, Zachary Jackson, Jason Michael Long, Tom Murphy, Dana Whitford
  • Patent number: 11042965
    Abstract: Provided is a decoding apparatus including: a communication interface configured to receive AI encoding data generated as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) down-scaling and first encoding of an original image; a processor configured to divide the AI encoding data into image data and AI data; and an input/output (I/O) device, wherein the processor is further configured to: obtain a second image by performing first decoding on a first image obtained by performing AI down-scaling on the original image, based on the image data; and control the I/O device to transmit the second image and the AI data to an external apparatus. In some embodiments, the external apparatus performs an AI upscaling of the second image using the AI data, and displays the resulting third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngo Park, Kwangpyo Choi, Yumi Sohn, Sungchan Kim, Myungjin Eom
  • Patent number: 10930166
    Abstract: A system includes a processor coupled to a memory. The processor is configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to store an original content of an online education course of a first format type in an online education platform. The processor is further configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to automatically translate the original content of the online education course from the first format type to a content of a second format type, and to deliver, by the online education platform, the translated content of the online education course in the second format type to a student logged in on a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Coursera, Inc.
    Inventors: Amory B. Schlender, Ankit Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10917176
    Abstract: An optical local area network includes a passive optical distribution fabric interconnecting a plurality of nodes including a first node and a plurality of remaining nodes, a hub that includes the first node and a control module, and a client network adapter coupled to each of the remaining nodes for responding to the control module. The control module controls timing for each of the client network adapters to transmit signals over the passive optical distribution fabric and distribution of signals to each of the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Alexander Ivan Soto, Walter Glenn Soto
  • Patent number: 10839565
    Abstract: Provided is a decoding apparatus including: a communication interface configured to receive AI encoding data generated as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) down-scaling and first encoding of an original image; a processor configured to divide the AI encoding data into image data and AI data; and an input/output (I/O) device, wherein the processor is further configured to: obtain a second image by performing first decoding on a first image obtained by performing AI down-scaling on the original image, based on the image data; and control the I/O device to transmit the second image and the AI data to an external apparatus. In some embodiments, the external apparatus performs an AI upscaling of the second image using the AI data, and displays the resulting third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngo Park, Kwangpyo Choi, Yumi Sohn, Sungchan Kim, Myungjin Eom
  • Patent number: 10825141
    Abstract: Provided is a decoding apparatus including: a communication interface configured to receive AI encoding data generated as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) down-scaling and first encoding of an original image; a processor configured to divide the AI encoding data into image data and AI data; and an input/output (I/O) device, wherein the processor is further configured to: obtain a second image by performing first decoding on a first image obtained by performing AI down-scaling on the original image, based on the image data; and control the I/O device to transmit the second image and the AI data to an external apparatus. In some embodiments, the external apparatus performs an AI upscaling of the second image using the AI data, and displays the resulting third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngo Park, Kwangpyo Choi, Yumi Sohn, Sungchan Kim, Myungjin Eom
  • Patent number: 10614485
    Abstract: A content item may be received from an author and offered to customers on behalf of the author. A promotional activity associated with the content item may be conducted or performed. A baseline amount of sales expected for the content item during a time period associated with the promotional activity may be determined. The actual amount of sales of the content item during the time period may also be determined. Based on the baseline amount of sales and the actual amount of sales, the financial impact of the promotional activity may be determined. The expected financial impact of a future promotional activity for the content item that has yet to occur may be predicted. Some or all of the data may be visually presented to the author via a self-service interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Morgan Ford, Hendrik Jacobus de Kock, Austin Fox, Dina Hilal, Mohanish Hemant Kulkarni, Gerard P. Learmonth, Jr., Chuen Leong Liang, Yaodong Liu, Graham Thomas Ludwinski, Yusuf Roso
  • Patent number: 10453109
    Abstract: A method for evaluating an electronic response message by a vehicle product vendor for an online electronic inquiry message from a consumer concerning a vehicle product inquiry, the method comprising the steps of: receiving the online electronic inquiry message; identifying the inquiry content pertaining to each of the plurality of inquiry content categories; receiving the electronic response message; identifying the response content pertaining to each of the plurality of response content categories; scoring each of the response content; comparing a message reception timestamp and a message send timestamp; generating a response score by combining the quantitative score to the message send timestamp and the quantitative score to the assigned response content; and sending a score message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SCI Limited
    Inventor: Ross Kenneth McKenzie Paton
  • Patent number: 10331606
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) data, such as an HDMI device, are provided. The HDMI device includes a body, first and second HDMI connectors coupled to the body, and an electronic assembly coupled to the body. The electronic assembly is configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode of operation, the electronic assembly causes HDMI data received at the second HDMI connector to be transmitted to the first HDMI connector. In the second mode of operation, the electronic assembly does not cause the HDMI data received at the second HDMI connector to be transmitted to the first HDMI connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David B. Lection, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Mark B. Stevens, John D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10205983
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to configuration of content and consumption thereof content in a networked environment. In certain aspects, the consumed content can be coordinated or otherwise synchronized between disparate consumption devices, which may be served content via different content platforms. In another aspect, the consumed content can be customized for a specific device and/or an end-user thereof. In yet another aspect, recommendations for content and/or products associated with at least a portion of the content can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Nadine Finnerty, Keith Alan Rothschild, Roy Edmond Pereira, Roy Roger Toney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10193670
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a communication system. The communication system includes a central node that is coupled to a communication channel and configured to individually communicate with a number of network nodes over a frequency range. One of the network nodes can identify a common frequency band that is within the frequency range and on which the central node and network nodes can transmit a signal. Other methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Lantiq Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Vladimir Oksman, Axel Clausen
  • Patent number: 10127804
    Abstract: A system for controlling a remote device including a trainable transceiver, communications electronics, and a processing circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the communications electronics. The processing circuit is configured to cause the trainable transceiver to control a remote device in response to a signal received from a cloud computing system, wherein the signal is received from the cloud computing system using the communications electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Douglas C. Papay, Carl L. Shearer
  • Patent number: 10015528
    Abstract: A server structure (101) includes one or more multicast servers (106). An analytics engine (207) determines one or more channel maps (217) identifying a group of channels that will be delivered by the multicast servers across a network (104). The analytics engine determines the one or more channel maps as a function of both historical data corresponding to one or more client groups (204,205,206) operating in one or more zones (201,202,203), and optionally from near real time data such as electronic program guide metadata provided by an electronic program guide metadata manager (213). A flap detector (210) can determine one or more flapping thresholds (405,406,407) identifying channels in the group of channels delivered by the multicast servers, as well as whether channels having flapping frequencies greater than the flapping threshold should remain in the group of channels delivered by the multicast servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Sridhar Kunisetty, Vinay Kalra, Robert Linwood Myers, Niranjan R. Samant
  • Patent number: 9936228
    Abstract: A system for asynchronous uploading of live digital multimedia with guaranteed delivery is provided. The system comprises a video encoder and a remote server, wherein the video encoder includes instructions for acquiring video and audio, encoding the video and audio, creating a manifest file, storing the manifest file, adding the manifest file to an upload queue, creating a segment file, storing the segment file, adding the segment file to the upload queue, initiating at least one upload worker thread, taking a first file from the upload queue, attempting to transmit the first file to the remote server, determining if an instability with the connection to the remote server exists, and, if so, repeating the attempting and determining steps, executing a data integrity test on the first file upon a successful upload of the first file, and repeating, if the data integrity test fails, the attempting, determining, and executing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LIVING AS ONE, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Martel, Bradley Reitmeyer
  • Patent number: 9705975
    Abstract: A method for and a feedback node capable of making feedback information provided from communication devices accessible to an application server, the feedback information being associated with at least one service provided by the application server, the feedback node comprising a processor and a memory comprising executable code which when executed by the processor causes the feedback node to: receive a second set of instructions from the application server, instructing the feedback node, under which conditions to provide feedback information from at least one of the communication devices to the application server; received feedback information from the at least one communication device, and forward the received feedback information to the application server according the second set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Elena Fersman, Curtis Goedde, Hongxin Liang, Joerg Niemoeller, Robert Törnkvist
  • Patent number: 9594536
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for electronic device communication. A method includes translating monitor control commands to an internet protocol (IP) format to produce IP formatted monitor control commands, and communicating the IP formatted monitor control commands to an IP port dedicated for communicating IP formatted monitor control commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Keith Shu Key Lee, Syed Athar Hussain
  • Patent number: 9516077
    Abstract: A method for enabling a consumer to remotely manage a media content subscription is described. The method includes transmitting, over a network from a computing device associated with a consumer, a request to set up an account. The request is received at a local point of presence having an address within the local media market in which a local media content provider is providing the media content subscription. The local point of present includes a storage device and a plurality of servers located within the local media market, with the plurality of servers being configured to execute computer programmed instructions to receive the request to set up the account and, in response, create a user profile and an account associated with the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: NTV Internet Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Anand Subramanian
  • Patent number: 9479843
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing playback devices with trick play functionality are described. The system includes a playback device, e.g., without recording capability, and a gateway device with multiple tuner-demodulators and/or a cable modem and recording capability. During normal playback, in some embodiments, both the playback device and gateway receive content in parallel with the gateway recording content at the request of the playback device and supplying the content over the local network when a user of the playback device requests a trick play operation. A single gateway, with multiple tuner demodulator pairs and/or a cable modem, supports trick play functions. In some embodiments if the number of playback devices exceeds the number of tuner-demodulator pairs in the gateway, the playback device can stream content to the gateway for recording and to be returned via the local network in the event of a request for a trick play operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Eric D Hybertson, Robert Taylor, Edward P Galt, III, Thomas Harrison Reed, Ernest Joseph Biancarelli
  • Patent number: 9456340
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating a broadcast packet at a first device including an address; transmitting the generated broadcast packet to a second device through a first protocol. The first device may communicate with the second device via the transmitted address through a second protocol different from the first protocol. Alternatively, an apparatus is provided to receive an unsolicited broadcast packet including an address through a wireless, close-by communication protocol; extract from the broadcast packet identification information about the remote device; and store the extracted identification information in association with the remote device. Alternatively, a computer-readable medium is provided storing instructions to receive a an unsolicited broadcast packet including an address through a first protocol; extract from the broadcast packet identification information, including the address and a service available at the remote device; and communicate with the remote device via a second protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventor: Yannick Koehler
  • Patent number: 9407895
    Abstract: A system for controlling a video is provided. The system includes a terminal which transmits a flush command to an external device to delete buffered data in a buffer of the external device when a search command for moving to a location of specific data of a video is generated while data of the video is streamed to the external device and which then transmits to the external device the specific data located in relation to the search command, and an external device which deletes the buffered data in the buffer when the flush command is received from the terminal while a video streamed from the terminal is reproduced and which buffers the specific data of the video received from the terminal in the buffer to be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: You-Kyung Cho, Soung-Kwan Kimn, Jong-Kyu Kim, Tae-Hyung Kim, Jung-Wook Chai
  • Patent number: 9388680
    Abstract: A method for providing assistance to a drilling site including receiving, by a remote system, an assistance request from a quick-link communication device, wherein the quick-link communication device is located at the drilling location. The method also including obtaining sensor data from the rig based on the assistance request, analyzing, by the remote system, the sensor data to identify a condition of the rig, and providing assistance to the drilling site for the condition of the rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Moran
  • Patent number: 9246695
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a private broadcast channel service, e.g., a virtual closed circuit television service, on packet networks such as Service over Internet Protocol (SoIP) networks are disclosed. For example, a customer subscribes to the private broadcast channel service for a group having a plurality of confirmed members who have confirmed their desire to participate. The network service provider enables one or more of the group members to upload media content to the service provider's network. The service provider then broadcasts the uploaded media content to all the confirmed members such that each confirmed member may view the media content by simply tuning to the appropriate channel assigned for the private broadcast channel service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Benjamin J. Stern, Ganesh K. Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 9229051
    Abstract: An integrated circuit including a degradation monitoring circuit. The degradation monitoring circuit includes a comparison circuit having a delay element including an input coupled to a data node of a timing path and having an output to provide a delayed signal of a data signal of the data node. The comparison circuit includes a logic comparator that provides a logic comparison between a data signal of the data node and the output of the delay element. The monitoring circuit includes a sampling circuit that provides a sampled signal of the output of the logic comparator that is a sampled with respect to a clock signal of the clock signal line. The monitoring circuit includes a hold circuit that provides a signal indicative of a data signal of the data node transitioning within a predetermined time of an edge transition of a clock signal of the clock signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Puneet Sharma, Matthew A. Thompson, Willard E. Conley
  • Patent number: 9210450
    Abstract: Entertainment systems for aircraft and other vehicles are described having a plurality of media players. The media players collectively store a full content set, with each media player storing only a fraction of the full content set. Each of the media players can be configured to index the full content set, such that media players can obtain missing content from other media players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Systems and Software Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Healy, Randall Bird, Kevin Cote, Rodney Farley
  • Patent number: 9185004
    Abstract: A gateway device configured to receive IP video content may select and use transmission methods that maintain a certain quality of service for delivering the content. A transmission method may be selected based on a network to which the client device is connected. The gateway device may select a network through which the content is to be delivered depending on a variety of factors including bandwidth availability, client compatibility, quality of service provided and the like. A gateway device may further be configured to convert multicast transmissions to unicast, to provide dynamic storage of content for pre-positioning and other purposes and/or to provide other functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Daniel Salinger, Mark Francisco
  • Patent number: 9185450
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing content on a distributed storage system are described including receiving a request to schedule recording of the managed content from at least one of a plurality of networked recording device, the request including a reference for the managed content, determining a replication factor, selecting a number and selecting which of the plurality of networked recording devices are to record the managed content, determining actual program start time and one of starting content ingest and instructing the selected plurality of networked recording devices to start content ingest, fragmenting the requested content and distributing the fragmented content to the selected plurality of networked recording devices and transmitting at least unique content playback reference required to access the content on the distributed storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Barrett
  • Patent number: 9184984
    Abstract: A home network, in one embodiment including a home wiring system; a demarcation point unit in electrical communication with the home wiring system; and a home network module in electrical communication with the home wiring system. The home network module is adapted for connection to a home electronic device. The demarcation point unit passes data to and receives data from the home electronic device through the home network module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Avi Kliger, Rami Kopelman, Nachum Avishay, Alon Shtern, Amir Wassermann
  • Patent number: 9148674
    Abstract: A method and system optimally selecting antenna elements based on the current availability of antenna elements and the current usage of other antenna elements within a two or three dimensional array. The present system and method pertain to an approach to allow the maximal usage of each antenna element while simultaneously reducing the coupling between antenna elements to improve the signal strength in each antenna element by ensuring that antenna elements in the same incident path are not tuned to the same frequency or physically or electrically near elements tuned to identical or adjacent frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: RPX Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Thaddeus Lipowski, James Alan Bingham
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150113585
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a Transport I/O system are described. Network encrypted content may be received by a device. The device may provide the network encrypted content to a secure processor, such as, for example, a smart card. The secure processor obtains a network control word that may be used to decrypt the network encrypted content. The secure processor may decrypt the network encrypted content to produce clear content. In embodiments, the secure processor may then use a local control word to generate locally encrypted content specific to the device. The device may then receive the locally encrypted content from the secure processor and proceed to decrypt the locally encrypted content using a shared local encryption key. The Transport I/O system ensures the protection of the network control word by maintaining the network control word on the secure processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: William Michael Beals, Nicolas Fischer, Benjamin Brian Ellis, Gregory Duval
  • Patent number: 9015230
    Abstract: A gateway includes at least one communications interface and processing circuitry and establishes communications with at least one service provider device and with a serviced client device. The gateway receives serviced client device display structure instructions, first streamed content from a service provider device, and second streamed content from a cloud server, the second streamed content based upon an Internet session hosted by the cloud server. Based upon the serviced client device display structure instructions, the gateway combines the first streamed content with the second streamed content to form merged streamed content and transmits the merged streamed content to the serviced client device. In another operation the gateway forwards the first streamed content to a first client device and the second streamed content to a second client device based upon the serviced client device display structure instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, David Erickson, Vladimir Silyaev, Alan Trerise, Marcus C. Kellerman, Jeyhan Karaoguz
  • 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: 9009766
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving at a network device interposed in a network path between a source and a receiver, video optimized for a wired network link located between the source and the network device, identifying the receiver as a wireless device, optimizing the video for wireless transmission, and transmitting the video optimized for wireless transmission to the receiver. An apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Edric Tasker
  • Patent number: 8990850
    Abstract: A system and method for providing personal broadcast channels are provided. In one embodiment, one or more users interact with a local broadcast agent hosted by a local server to define profiles for a number of personal broadcast channels. The profiles include information identifying types of content to be broadcast on the personal broadcast channels and optionally formats for the personal broadcast channels. Based on the profiles for the personal broadcast channels, the local broadcast agent generates a request for content types desired for the personal broadcast channels and provides the request to a content distribution agent hosted by a master server. Based on content provided to the local server in response to the request and the profiles of the personal broadcast channels, the local broadcast agent generates the local broadcast channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Evans, James Evans, Richard J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8978079
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for managing provision of content to devices in a content delivery network. In one exemplary embodiment, content with a high probability of viewership is sent to consumer premises equipment (CPE) during off-peak periods and stored prior to viewing. An application is utilized to manage decisions related to content provision. The computer program will identify content that is likely to be of interest users associated with respective CPE, and schedule provision of that content in advance of viewing. Then, the system will develop a plan for optimal scheduling of transmission of content to CPEs, often including the use of trickle downloads. The scheduling plan is based collected statistical and historical data on network resource demand to make scheduling decisions. The system allows for the shifting of bandwidth utilization from periods of high demand to those of low demand, and increased performance with regard to user experienced latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Howard Pfeffer, Daniel Stoller, Christopher Stengrim
  • Patent number: 8973077
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of streaming video content from a server to a client over a channel via a network. Video content is offered as a set of consecutive fragments, each fragment of said set of consecutive fragments being offered in a plurality of quality levels corresponding to respective encoded data rates. The method comprises a session of transmitting one or more of requests for fragments and receiving via the network one or more replies to the requests containing fragments with target quality levels at said client. These fragments are displayed at said client. At a capture node requests and/or replies to the requests of the session are captured. The captured data is used to reconstruct at least part of the session as experienced (QoE) at the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Rafael Huysegems, Bart De Vleeschauwer
  • Patent number: 8966517
    Abstract: An affiliate site commands the central site to construct a unique broadcast event log through the affiliate site's command browser. The sequenced data stream of broadcast content is combined with a digital artifact inserted into the digitized broadcast video and/or audio content immediately prior to the data transmission process. Transmission to the affiliate site is accomplished utilizing Internet Protocol. Upon reception at the destination, the commercial advertising or prepared program content is input to the affiliate site's system, routed to the broadcast production system, and in turn, processed by the broadcast transmission site, where it is converted from a digital to an analog signal, and transmitted electromagnetically in the radio frequency spectrum by the broadcast transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Forefront Assets Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Jon S. Putnam
  • Patent number: 8938769
    Abstract: A virtual converged cable access platform (CCAP) system and method for hybrid fiber CATV (HFC) cable networks. The system uses a new type of digital optical fiber node configured to receive optical fiber data packets, and reconstitute the optical data packets into RF waveforms suitable for injection into the system's CATV cable. The system replaces the legacy HFC head end with a simplified “virtual head end”. The system's virtual head end operates using a new type of virtual CCAP controller and virtual CCAP software that in turn controls high performance edge routers. Much of the intelligence of running the HFC cable system is managed by the controller software, while the edge router manages the interface between the CATV portion of the system and outside networks. The system can handle even legacy CATV RF signals by appropriate conversion operations, while reducing power and space needs, and improving operational flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Gainspeed, Inc.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 8931022
    Abstract: A user may purchase in a retail outlet a host device for receiving cable services. The cable operator needs to provide a point-of-deployment (POD) module for insertion into the host device to realize out-of-band communications, and provide conditional access to premium subscription channels. Security measures are implemented to detect removal of the host device from its connection to a broadband communications system. If its removal is unauthorized, the service area in which the host device is located may be identified when it is reconnected to the system. In addition, a transmission device in the host device may be activated to transmit detectable signals to help recover the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Lajoie, James J Braun
  • Patent number: 8929942
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a wireless communication device including: a cable port to which an external device is connected; a reading unit that reads identification information from the external device; a determination unit that determines whether the external device is the source-side wireless communication device; an authentication memory unit that performs an authentication process with the source-side wireless communication device; a wireless communication unit that performs a wireless communication with the source-side wireless communication device; and a physical address processing unit that controls the source-side wireless communication device to store a physical address of a source-side device calculated based on from the read identification information of the sink-side device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tomokazu Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8925004
    Abstract: Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay are described. A processor component controls a video interface module, a replay clip editing module, a replay clip selection module, and a broadcast feed module. The video interface module may receive a first and a second video stream of an event in a first and a second video resolution. The replay clip editing module may determine a time period within the second video stream that contains a scene of interest and create multiple video clips in the first video resolution. The multiple video clips each represent of a portion of the field of view of the second video stream. The broadcast feed module may interrupt a broadcast feed of the first video stream and insert the selected one of the multiple video clips into the broadcast feed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: CBS Interactive, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Goldfeder, Ken Aagaard
  • Patent number: 8918569
    Abstract: A source of video data may be coupled to a plurality of sinks using a wireless branch device with more than one connector. Numbers may be assigned to the connectors in a sequence depending on the wireless technology used by each connector. Examples of wireless technologies include DisplayPort, HDMI, and Wireless Gigabit Alliance. Sinks coupled to the branch device are interrogated to determine the number of connectors and each connector's wireless technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Srikanth Kambhatla
  • Patent number: 8910230
    Abstract: A method of converting legacy HFC CATV cable systems, which transmit data over the optical fiber portion of the system using the optical counterpart of analog RF waveforms, such as RF QAM waveforms transduced to corresponding optical QAM waveforms, to improved HFC CATV systems that transmit data over the optical fiber using optical fiber optimized protocols, such as Ethernet frames and other optical fiber optimized digital transport protocols. According to the method, most aspects of the legacy HFC CATV system may be retained, however at the CATV head end, the optical fiber transmitter system is replaced by an improved system that extracts the underlying symbols from legacy waveforms, packages these symbols into optical fiber optimized packets, and transmits downstream. The legacy optical fiber nodes are replaced with improved nodes capable of receiving the packets and remodulating the symbols into RF waveforms suitable for injection into the system's CATV cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gainspeed, Inc.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 8910218
    Abstract: An approach is provided for controlling one or more set-top boxes. Communications is established among a plurality of set-top boxes. One of the set-top boxes is designated as a master set-top box that is configured to control one or more of remaining ones of the set-top boxes. A control message is generated to configure the remaining ones of the set-top boxes as child set-top boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sangchai Tirasirikul, Rajesh Gopal