With Two-way Connection From Unit To Receiver (e.g., For The Purpose Of Channel Selection) Patents (Class 725/120)
  • Patent number: 10299005
    Abstract: Linear content holds great value to consumers, and by delivering it to consumers on demand, service providers can improve the user experience for their consumers. A consumer requests linear on demand content by selecting channels and time ranges or content items, or bundles thereof, which the service provider broadcasts as linear content. The requested content is broadcast, and repackaged as an unbroken block of content for the consumer during the requested time range or the duration of the content item. By repackaging the linear on demand content, the service provider may provide greater options to consumers without significantly increasing the amount of bandwidth used in its network to deliver that content. Channel guides and viewing features are tailored for the requested content to further improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ray Killick, Muhammad Asif Raza
  • Patent number: 10187167
    Abstract: A system and method for testing multiple set-top boxes. One of the multiple set-top boxes is engaged in a testing platform of the test fixture. The testing platform includes an adapter for interfacing the set-top box with the test fixture. The multiple set-top boxes are automatically tested in parallel. Test results for each of the multiple set-top boxes are measured. The test results for each of the multiple set-top boxes are displayed to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS & ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Jimmie Paul Partee
  • Patent number: 10142387
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an encapsulator device receives a source stream of encoded packets in a first transport format and converts the source stream to packets of an output stream in a second transport format for communication over a data network. The encapsulator device generates a mapping stream with information indicating which packets in the source stream are used to generate the output stream. The output stream of the encapsulator device is coordinated with the output stream of other encapsulator devices by sending the mapping stream to the other encapsulator devices in the network. The other encapsulator devices use the mapping stream to generate identical output streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali C. Begen, William C. Ver Steeg
  • Patent number: 10121512
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for generating a coordinated presentation. Content selected by a user is curated, and a plurality of images are captured for inclusion. A first data stream for the curated content and a second data stream for the captured images are received. A portion of a subject within each second data stream image is defined. An appearance of movement is tracked, and at least some of the plurality of images in the second data stream is modified. The respective content associated with the two data streams is integrated, including the modified at least some of the plurality of images, to generate the coordinated presentation that is capable of transmission to and receipt by one or more remote devices, and wherein the coordinated presentation is configured to enable interaction with at least a portion of the curated content at each of the one or more remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOUCHCAST LLC
    Inventors: Edo Segal, Dmytro Panin
  • Patent number: 10097418
    Abstract: Discovering nodes of a network is disclosed. A multicast group of the network is sent an Internet Protocol multicast packet that requires a receiver of the packet to provide a response packet. One or more Internet Control Message Protocol replies from one or more nodes that belong to the multicast group are received. A listing of nodes of the network is determined using the one or more received replies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Seger
  • Patent number: 10057617
    Abstract: A video aggregation system presents video contents items to multiple users. A first feed, a second feed, and a third feed are acquired. The aggregation system presents content items of the first feed, the second feed, and the third feed in a first sequence to a first user. The aggregation system presents content items of the first feed, the second feed, and the third feed in a second sequence to a second user. In some embodiments, the first sequence and/or the second sequence are based on subscription to content of the first user and/or the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Frequency IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Gordon, Blair R. R. Harrison, Adrian K. Roston
  • Patent number: 10021454
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving reaction information from one or more sensors located at a second location that is representative of a reaction by a second user at the second location to the presentation of the personalized content, analyzing the reaction information to determine a response based at least in part on trait information associated with different first users, selecting a second portion of the recorded segments based on a comparison of the determined response with a context identified for each of received recorded segments, and adjusting personalized content to include the selected second portion of the recorded segments. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, David Feng-Lin Chen, Richard Kuo, Jennifer K. Lam
  • Patent number: 10021437
    Abstract: A method and system for suspending channel signals includes a network, a plurality of terminals in communication with the network and a receiving unit in communication with the plurality of terminals through the network. The receiving unit receives a channel signal and communicates the channel signal to the plurality of terminals through the network. The receiving unit monitors inactivity at the plurality of user terminals. The receiving unit discontinues distributing the channel signal when channel inactivity is determined by monitoring the plurality of user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard B. Tatem
  • Patent number: 9912997
    Abstract: Methods and systems for toggling between media content that is provided from a content service provider and displayed on a display. The systems and methods prospectively determine a variety of content that may be of interest to the user and that will air at some point in the future. This includes different content that will be available at the same time. The systems and methods also determine toggle types and toggle triggers for the content. The occurrence of a toggle trigger while first content is being displayed results in switching the display to a different second content. The prospective content and associated toggle types and triggers are determined based on gathered information about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Darryl Adderly
  • Patent number: 9763061
    Abstract: Router nodes of a wireless network deliver layer-3 multicast packets to subscribing end devices. In an embodiment, upon receiving a layer-3 multicast packet, a router determines a source that originated the layer-3 multicast packet. The router broadcasts at L2-level, the layer-3 multicast packet only if either one of a first condition and a second condition is satisfied. The first condition is satisfied only if (A) the source is not a descendant node of the router node according to the hierarchy, (B) the layer-3 multicast packet is received from a parent node, and (C) the layer-3 multicast address is subscribed to by a descendant of the router node. The second condition is satisfied only if (A) the source is a descendant of the router node, and (B) the layer-3 multicast packet is received from a child node according to the hierarchy, the source being reachable from the child node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: GainSpan Corporation
    Inventor: Sibasis Purohit
  • Patent number: 9716984
    Abstract: A router node according to an aspect of the present disclosure maintains multicast information indicating child nodes registered for respective multicasts, while operating in a non-storing mode along with other router nodes of a wireless network for processing unicast packets. Upon receiving a layer-3 multicast packet, the router node examines the multicast information to identify a set of child nodes registered for the corresponding multicast. The router node thereafter unicasts, at L2-level, the layer-3 multicast packet to each child node of the set of child nodes. In an embodiment, the router node participates in a routing protocol (e.g., RPL) to form a hierarchy of nodes constituting the wireless network, with the hierarchy containing a root node and a set of end devices as leaf nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: GainSpan Corporation
    Inventor: Sibasis Purohit
  • Patent number: 9666231
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for generating a coordinated presentation. Content selected by a user is curated for inclusion in the coordinated presentation, and a plurality of images are captured for inclusion in the coordinated presentation. A first data stream associated with the curated content and a second data stream associated with the captured images are received, and a first arrangement of content associated with at least some of the first and second data streams are output. Telemetry information associated with at least one of a gyroscope and accelerometer is processed and at least some of the curated content is modified in accordance with at least some of the telemetry information and/or at least one of the plurality of images comprised in the second data stream. Further, respective content associated the two data streams are integrated to generate the coordinated presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHCAST LLC
    Inventors: Edo Segal, Dmytro Panin
  • Patent number: 9565481
    Abstract: A method for notifying a viewer of content relevant to the viewer's interests is provided. A computer identifies an identity of a viewer of a display device, wherein the display device is displaying a first video feed. A computer retrieves a profile of the viewer, wherein the profile includes a plurality of preferences of the viewer. A computer, in response to a determination that a content of a second video feed that is available for viewing on the display device matches at least one of the plurality of preferences of the viewer, generates a notification of the second video feed. A computer, in response to receiving an acceptance of the notification, sends a command to the display device to display the second video feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9544259
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dynamic streaming of multimedia files are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a computer-implemented method comprises receiving a list of multimedia files meeting one or more criteria. One or more priority processes are applied to the list. The priority processes include time constraint filtering and bandwidth constraint filtering. A playlist is dynamically generated from the list according to the one or more priority processes, wherein the playlist is a single virtual multimedia file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventors: Geetha Chaney, Scirocco M. Six, Sterling Mace, Rajeev Raman
  • Patent number: 9473819
    Abstract: A method for notifying a viewer of content relevant to the viewer's interests is provided. A computer identifies an identity of a viewer of a display device, wherein the display device is displaying a first video feed. A computer determines a plurality of preferences of the viewer. A computer retrieves a profile of the viewer, wherein the profile includes the plurality of preferences of the viewer. In response to a determination that a content of a second video feed that is available for viewing on the display device matches at least one of the plurality of preferences of the viewer, a computer generates a notification of the second video feed. In response to receiving an acceptance of the notification, a computer sends a command to the display device to display the second video feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9465868
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a technique that can facilitate setting of an object, such as a favorite team. An information output device includes a database that associates and stores a region on a map and a sport team related to the region, a position acquisition unit that acquires a position of a self-vehicle, and a favorite team setting processing unit that sets a favorite team from among sport teams. Moreover, the information output device includes a determination processing unit that specifies the region corresponding to the self-vehicle position acquired by the position acquisition unit and determines the sport team associated with the specified region in the database as an object to be set by the favorite team setting processing unit or a candidate for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazushi Uotani, Masahito Matsumoto, Makoto Oi, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 9419862
    Abstract: A method in an example embodiment can include polling a first cable modem in a cable network and receiving a first response message from the first cable modem identifying a downstream frequency detected by the first cable modem. The method further includes determining the downstream frequency is split between at least two fiber nodes and determining a cable modem termination system (CMTS) service group topology, where the topology includes the at least two fiber nodes. In specific embodiments, determining that the downstream frequency is split is based on at least the first response message from the first cable modem and a second response message from a second cable modem. In more specific embodiments, the method includes constructing a hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) topology map of the cable network based on at least the first and second response messages, where the HFC topology map indicates the CMTS service group topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Rajiv Asati, Alon Bernstein, John T. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9398336
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selecting digital (network) interface technology for programming and data delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different capabilities profiles. The server determines the one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE based on its profile. The server generates a list of programs or content based on this evaluation, and transmits this list to the CPE, which displays the list for viewing by a user. The user is therefore offered a list of available content that is compatible with their specific configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Markley, Charles A. Hasek
  • Patent number: 9351018
    Abstract: A method for receiving a viewing-restricted channel is disclosed. In one embodiment of the present invention, if a user makes a request for receiving a viewing-restricted channel, a command requesting decoding and transmitting broadcast signals of the viewing-restricted channel is generated and transmitted to a broadcast receiver equipped with a CAS module through a network, and broadcast data decoded at the broadcast receiver is received through the network and played after being processed as audio/video signals. If broadcast signals transcoded in a different bit rate at the broadcast receiver is received, the transcoded broadcast data can be decoded in an appropriate way and played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Humax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jungmin Lyu
  • Patent number: 9344760
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a communication unit for receiving, from an external device, degree-of-attention information including information on a degree of attention, for each part of first content, calculated based on a state of viewing of a user, and a priority information generation unit for generating, using the degree-of-attention information, priority information including information on a priority for viewing for each part of second content. The communication unit transmits the priority information to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 9225940
    Abstract: With regard to the exemplary method, a first communication is received from an IPTV subscriber at an IPTV application server via the subscriber's Web-accessible device. The server accesses level of service data for the subscriber and displays a new Web page based on the level of service data. The Web page includes a list of applicable channels. The server also determines whether the subscriber has a set-top box that is powered on. Where the subscriber does have a set-top box and the set-top box is powered off, data received from the subscriber is saved in the database. Where the subscriber does have a set-top box and the set-top box is powered on, the subscriber is allowed to perform a switching function for each applicable and currently viewable channel on a search result list. Finally, a signal to the set-top box to change the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Suzann Hua, Ahmed Zaki
  • Patent number: 9113211
    Abstract: Various methods, systems, and apparatuses can be used to consolidate unicast video streams into multicast video streams. In some implementations, a skewing window associated with multiple unicast video streams for a video can be identified using a maximum skewing rate and a program duration, and a multicast stream for the video can be generated based on the skewing window. The unicast video streams can then be skewed and merged with the multicast stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William Turner Hanks
  • Patent number: 9043854
    Abstract: A method of provisioning a set-top box (STB) with a provisioning server is disclosed. In the method, a provisioning request is received from a STB, where the provisioning request includes a provisioning stream identifier, an authorization server identifier, and a STB address. The provisioning server requests a provisioning system generate a configuration for the STB, where the configuration includes a channel map and basic code. The provisioning server receives the configuration from the provisioning system. The provisioning server prepares provisioning information, including the configuration for the STB and sends the provisioning information to the STB using the identifier for the STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Poli, David H. Brouda, Glen P. Goffin, Robert E. Mack
  • 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: 9032452
    Abstract: An approach is provided for simulating a connection to a head-end system to enable execution of content and features of a set-top box. A simulation platform stores a plurality of control data signals associated with a head-end system. In response to a determined loss of connectivity to the head-end system, the platform invokes a head-end simulation process using the control data signals, including timing information, dynamic data and channel map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Baskaran, Padmakumar Rajan, Mariappan Chellam, Brian E. Bond
  • 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: 9009755
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a match-rule based service message transfer method and system in the IPTV, to address the problems in the IPTV message system of message storing and backlog, low push efficiency and poor usability. In the disclosure, match fields are arranged in a set-top box and a service message to be sent, the service message is sent by means of broadcast or multicast, the set-top box performs matching for the match fields based on the match rule, and filters the message. The disclosure avoids sending a service message by means of unicast, increases the push efficiency and can greatly reduce the storage load of offline messages in a message system. The formed message may be sent according to a single or combined policy which depends on a specific service attribute, thereby greatly facilitating the service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Jianhua Kong, Bin Yang, Liming Zhou
  • Patent number: 9003470
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying received data, analyze the quality of the displayed data formulating a media-parameter suggestion for the encoder to alter the characteristics of data to be sent to the receiver, and sending from the receiver, the formulated suggestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Erich Haratsch, Barin Geoffry Haskell, Joern Ostermann
  • Publication number: 20150089563
    Abstract: A communication management apparatus is provided which includes: a start request acceptance unit configured to accept a request to start a program from a terminal; a query unit configured to query the program whether communication with the terminal is available upon acceptance of the start request; and a response transmission unit configured to transmit to the terminal, in response to the start request therefrom, a message indicating whether communication is available between the program and the terminal as a result of the query about the availability of communication therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Daisuke Kurata, Shunichi Soma
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150067754
    Abstract: A system for and method of transmitting audio and visual programming content, by identifying an amount of broadcast transmission capacity available for transmitting the content to one or more users. The content is separated into at least first and second portions based on user demand for the content and/or the identified available broadcast transmission capacity. The first portion of the content is transmitted, to a receiver/STB associated with at least one of the users, using the identified broadcast transmission capacity; and the second portion of the content is transmitted to the receiver using transmission other than broadcast transmission. The content can include nonlinear content. Transmission other than broadcast transmission can include unicast transmission, which can be in response to a user request and/or an initiation by a server. The received nonlinear content can be stored at the receiver for play back at a time different from the time of transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Philip R. WISER, Yagyensh C. PATI, Garry M. PAXINOS, Michael YOUSSEFMIR, James Vincent BURMEISTER, Anderson Hoyt JACKSON, Richard Blair LEAVELL
  • Patent number: 8966542
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an indicator from a service provider via a network. The indicator is received with first media content and includes data to cause a selectable image to be displayed with the first media content. The selectable image indicates an availability of second media content that is different than the first media content. The method includes, in response to receipt of the indicator, displaying the selectable image with the first media content at a display device. The method further includes, in response to receiving a removal message before receiving an input indicating a selection of the selectable image, removing the selectable image from display at the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wayne R. Howe, Fred Thomas Danner, III, John R. Mauney
  • Patent number: 8959560
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method carried out in a digital television receiver device incapable of full two way communications, of receiving switched digital television programs involves storing a virtual channel table in the digital television receiver device, the virtual channel table having entries for each available channel and having a channel type indicator that identifies switched digital channels; receiving a command indicative of selection of a switched digital channel having the switched digital channel type indicator in the stored virtual channel table; sending a request from the television receiver device for the switched digital channel; responsive to the request, receiving a response that either grants the request or denies the request; and if the response grants the request, receiving an updated virtual channel table having updated table entries. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Leo M. Pedlow, Jr., Stephane Lejeune
  • Publication number: 20150026710
    Abstract: A method for providing programs, the method includes: (i) providing a program multiplex to multiple users device; (ii) considering a removal of at least one program from the multiplex in response to program viewing parameters; (iii) allowing at least one user to respond to a possible removal of the program; and (iv) determining whether to remove the al least one program in response to received user removal responses. A user device that includes a transceiver unit that is connected to a controller, wherein the device is adapted to receive a program multiplex, to receive an indication that at least one program is to be removed from the multiplex, and to selectively transmit a program removal response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: ARRIS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Swaminatha Vasudevan, Pritesh Mukeshbhai Dave, Kumaraguru Dhandapani, Ran Oz, Nery Strasman
  • Patent number: 8937685
    Abstract: Method and system for overlaying videos in a television include: receiving a plurality of video signals directly from a plurality of video sources by the television; receiving and processing a script by the television, the script includes instructions for placing a first picture from a first video signal of the plurality of video signals in a first position at a first depth value on a display coupled to the television, and instructions for placing a second picture from a second video signal of the plurality of video signals in a second position at a second depth value on the display; and simultaneously displaying the first picture and the second picture on the display by the television in an overlayed manner, the first picture being displayed at the first position and at the first depth value, the second picture being displayed at the second position and at the second depth value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu, Bok Knun Randolph Chung
  • Patent number: 8938760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8935169
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes an acquiring module and a display process module. The acquiring module is configured to acquire information regarding a plurality of persons using information of video content data, the plurality of persons appearing in a plurality of sections in the video content data. The display process module is configured to display (i) a time bar representative of a sequence of the video content data, (ii) information regarding a first person appearing in a first section of the sections, and (iii) information regarding a second person different from the first person, the second person appearing in a second section of the sections. The first area of the time bar corresponds to the first section is displayed in a first form, and a second area of the time bar corresponds to the second section is displayed in a second form different from the first form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tetsuya Fujii
  • 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: 8910196
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for broadcast area identification and content distribution. In one embodiment, a broadcast area associated with an electronic device can be identified. Then, content for the broadcast area can be distributed to the electronic device in accordance with distribution parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Jack F. Perry, II, Michael J. Roeder, Brian L. Duhn, David L. Carlile, Jason A. Brunken, Steven J. Turley, Matthew J. Youngblut, Grant Keiser, Steven C. Maher
  • Patent number: 8898707
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for enhancing delivery of media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box that can have a controller element to present at a media device a first satellite program of a number of satellite programs. A first request is received from a cell phone for content associated with the number of satellite programs. A second request is transmitted over a broadband Ethernet connection to a media system that is separate from equipment of the satellite service provider, to cause the media system to submit a fee to the multimedia satellite provider related to the content information. Content information is received over the Ethernet connection without interrupting the presenting of the first satellite program. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 8893209
    Abstract: Multiple devices in a user's premises may each be configured to separately communicate with an external network, but the signal strength available to each may vary significantly depending on the wiring of the premises. The disclosure provides methods wherein the various devices may coordinate with one another, and determine which among them has the best signal connection and the most available capacity, and a subset of the devices may be chosen to act as network proxies to relay communications to/from the other devices in the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher R Albano, Ross Gilson, Mark Francisco
  • Patent number: 8881196
    Abstract: A video playback apparatus for playing back a recorded program video which is connected with an ECG server for providing information related to a program through a communication network includes a designation information transmitting portion to transmit designation information designating a program containing a specific recorded program video to the ECG server, a related information receiving portion to receive a related information associated with the designated program, which is selected from related information each containing an ECG scenario related to each program video constituting a program and a scheduled time of each program video and stored in association with the program, from the ECG server, and a display/playback control portion to control display of the ECG scenario related to the specific program video in synchronization with playback of the specific program video based on the scheduled time of the program video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Fukuda, Tetsuo Maruyama, Asako Honjo
  • Patent number: 8878994
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a first receiver, a screen transmitter, a second receiver and a controller. The first receiver receives first information associated with a display function of an external device. The screen transmitter generates an operation screen for operating the apparatus based on the first information, and transmits a video signal of the generated operation screen to the external device. The second receiver receives second information associated with content of an operation on the operation screen from the external device. The controller controls operation of the apparatus based on the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takahiro Arai, Eita Shuto
  • Patent number: 8854555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for toggling between television channels that appear on a display. A listing of channels is received from a user, with the channels being prioritized in an order of preference. One or more toggle types are also received from the user, with each toggle type further including a toggle trigger. In use, a channel is displayed on the display until a toggle trigger is detected. Once detected, the channel on the display is changed to another channel from the list of channels. This process may continue with the detection of another toggle trigger causing another changing of the displayed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Darryl Adderly, Brian Murray, Wenjian Qiao, Prasad Kashyap
  • Patent number: 8850506
    Abstract: A method and system for supporting media services on devices lacking capabilities to execute reverse transmission communicates necessary to request and/or locate the services. The method and system may be suitable for use with switched broadcast television (SBT) system having unidirectional digital cable products (UDCPs) which are unable to execute reverse transmission communicates necessary to support SBT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: David K. Broberg
  • Patent number: 8843980
    Abstract: A method is provided for authenticating a source device transmitting a video segment. In the method, the video segment is received from the source device over a communication network. The video segment comprises a number of frames. Identification data indicating the source device is also received over the communication network. Each of the frames of the video segment is marked with a form of the identification data. Access information is transmitted over the communication network for accessing the marked video segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Zheng Cai, Arun Manroa, Yaojun Sun
  • Patent number: 8843984
    Abstract: A method and system for remote control at a client of a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) enables a user to add desired multimedia program listings to a user collection. The user collection may be saved at an MCDN server for subsequent retrieval. Multimedia programs corresponding to the listings may be stored in a user collection cache. The user may easily select the listings in a user collection for presentation at an MCDN client. The multimedia programs may be provided from a plurality of content sources, including external content providers and the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert King, Darryl Cynthia Moore, Linda A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8799978
    Abstract: A particular method includes determining whether a recording at a set top box is in progress. When the recording is in progress, a program provided by a video stream transmitted to the set top box is recorded. After the recording is complete, a request is automatically sent to a content source to turn off the video stream. When the recording is not in progress, a warning is transmitted for display at a display device that the video stream will be turned off after a timeout period. After the timeout period has elapsed, the request is automatically sent to the content source to turn off the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc A. Sullivan, Philip T. Kortum
  • Patent number: 8789118
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, a terminal and a server for allocating a signal route resource in a Video On Demand (VOD) service. The method includes: sending a route detection message to a VOD server; receiving a route resource list replied by the VOD server; receiving a route detection stream according to a signal route resource in the obtained route resource list; judging, according to the received route detection stream, whether the signal route resource corresponding to the received route detection stream is valid; and reporting valid signal route resource information to the VOD server. Through a signal route detection method, a location of a VOD terminal device is automatically identified, so that roaming of the VOD terminal device may be realized, and when a coverage relation of the terminal is changed, the VOD service may be normally supported without any additional processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Jiang