Manual Entry (e.g., Using Keypad Or By Written Response) Patents (Class 725/13)
  • Patent number: 10937431
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for identifying users based on voice data and media consumption data. A media guidance application may generate a voice signature from the user's input and based on that signature identify some demographic characteristics of the user (e.g., age, gender, and other suitable characteristics). The media guidance application may retrieve user data for users that are associated with a household of the user and attempt to identify which of the users spoke the command. If multiple users are identified, based on the demographic characteristics, the media guidance application may use the content of the voice command (e.g., a type of media requested) to identify the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin H. Maughan, Kevin B. Lenhart
  • Patent number: 10932014
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for inserting breakpoints and reference links into a multimedia file. A method may comprise receiving breakpoint information from a content provider, wherein the breakpoint information is specific to a first digital media file of a plurality of digital media files, inserting a plurality of breakpoints into the first digital media file based on the breakpoint information, wherein the plurality of breakpoints designate at least one clip within the first digital media file, receiving a user share request from a user device to share the at least one clip within the first digital media file, and providing the user device with a sharable reference link to the at least one clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Vincenza Pizzo, Joel Sanders
  • Patent number: 10893328
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional media systems via a novel technique to prevent corruption of a user's viewing profile. In some aspects, a user of an interactive media guidance application may select a media asset for viewing on a user device. The interactive media guidance application may receive a user viewing profile for the user from a remote server. If the media asset is determined to not be consistent with the user viewing profile, the interactive media guidance application may retrieve another user viewing profile for another user of the user device. If the media asset is determined to be consistent with the other user viewing profile, the interactive media guidance application may update the other user viewing profile based on the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Abhijit Satchidanand Savarkar, Linda Beach
  • Patent number: 10785533
    Abstract: Aggregating viewership data is disclosed. Initially, household viewership data assigned to a tuning event in multiple households is accessed. Then, the household viewership data for the tuning event in the multiple households representing the same episode is aggregated to generate episode viewership data. Next, episode viewership data representing multiple episodes of the same program is aggregated to generate program viewership data. Next, the program viewership data for multiple programs of the same network is aggregated to generate network viewership data. Finally, the network viewership data for multiple commonly-owned networks is aggregated to generate entity viewership data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Comscore, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Pecjak, Ramzi Nasr, Magid M. Abraham
  • Patent number: 10757475
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques to enable data to be tested on subscriber set-top boxes. Some solutions can connect a sever with a group of subscriber set-top boxes through a television distribution network. In some cases, a plurality of set-top boxes are selected, and at least one set-top box is determined to be inactive. In some cases, data are loaded and tested on the inactive set-top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CENTURYLINK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Misbah ur Rehman, Ronnie S. Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 10629087
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a changing unit. The acquisition unit acquires character information input by a viewer to content including an image or sound. The changing unit changes a representation form of a frequent word which is character information with a high appearance frequency among character information input by multiple viewers to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10609527
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using information broadcast by devices and resources in the immediate vicinity of a mobile device, or by sensors located within the mobile device itself, to ascertain and make a determination of the immediate environment and state of the mobile device. The sensor data is then used to identify situational profiles to target and determine the relevance of apps, advertisements, content, and recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sensoriant, Inc.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 10536736
    Abstract: A system and method in which a TV signal reception device (e.g., set top box) receives a broadcast signal, sends the broadcast signal to a TV, and sends an event signal to a rating statistics information server or associated user terminal when a predetermined condition occurs, to ultimately cause an associated user terminal to generate fingerprint data of audio from the TV and to provide the fingerprint data to the server so as to facilitate channel identification and generation of ratings statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Enswers Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon-Young Cho, Kil-youn Kim, Jaehyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10489821
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide information products relating to past, present and future advertising transactions (i.e., contracts to place advertisements in various media) to enable a marketplace in advertising products. Information regarding a plurality of advertising transactions are gathered. Data is analyzed to determine its attributes. Some attribute values are transformed and the attribute values are stored in a database. Attributes are organized or indexed according to a taxonomy of attributes to provide indexes to advertising transaction records. Indexes and benchmarks for various selected types of advertising transactions can be generated by selecting certain records from the database and aggregating the data or otherwise synthesizing information products, such as benchmarks and market entities for the selected types of advertising transactions. Information products may be published and syndicated as market indexes and benchmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Soloff
  • Patent number: 10469902
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for checking the viewing of content. The system includes: an operating computer including a means for storing at least one piece of combined content, in which first content and at least one piece of second content are combined, and a means for providing a benefit set for the combined content; and a user program including a content viewer means for playing back the combined content, and a signal input means for receiving at least one signal from a viewer when the second content is exposed in the combined content being played back via the content viewer means, and being executed on a user terminal; wherein the operating computer provides the benefit in connection with information of the viewer based on data generated based on the information of the signal transmitted from the user terminal and input to the signal input means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Yang Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10469890
    Abstract: Systems and methods to select targeted advertising for display are disclosed. An example system to select a targeted advertisement includes an opportunity calculator to assign a household to a consumer segment based on (1) geodemographic characteristics of the household and (2) characteristics of the consumer segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Zenor
  • Patent number: 10419817
    Abstract: A smart playlist system is described. In one example embodiment, a collector module obtains content utilization data from a plurality of client devices associated with respective plurality of viewers. A hot list generator module generates a list of popular content items based on the obtained content utilization data. A customization module generates a customized playlist for a target viewer from the plurality of viewers, based on the list of popular content items and a profile of the target viewer. The communications module communicates the customized playlist to a client device of the target viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Fishman, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 10402439
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional conversation systems by executing a customized supplemental function for a natural language query based on the user's profile. In some aspects, the systems and methods receive a user query for a media asset, determine a query template in the user's profile matching the user's query, and identify and execute a supplemental function corresponding to the query template in addition to responding to the user's query. The user's profile is customized on the user's usage patterns of an interactive media guidance application. By monitoring the user's usage patterns and learning from the user's actions in conjunction with the user's natural language queries on which supplemental functions to execute, the interactive media guidance application may provide a smarter and more efficient user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Ahmed Nizam Mohaideen P.
  • Patent number: 10390084
    Abstract: A computing device includes program instructions to identify first communications by a first user about respective first media content items, each of the first communications made within a predetermined time preceding the first user's consumption of the respective first media content item. The computing device further includes instructions to identify a plurality of second users, each a party to one of the first communications. For the identified second users, the computing device determines a correlation between the respective second user and the consumption of the first media content items by the first user. Based at least in part on the correlation, the computing device includes further instructions to initiate a second communication between one of the second users and one of the first user and a third user concerning a second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brandon Newell, Christopher Day
  • Patent number: 10390108
    Abstract: An interaction method based on multimedia programs, a terminal device, a server and a system are disclosed, which belong to the field of network technologies. The method includes: acquiring at least one image clip information of a multimedia program in a process of playing back the multimedia program; sending the image clip information, the image clip information being used for matching corresponding multimedia program information; receiving interaction information corresponding to the multimedia program information; and outputting an interactive interface, to interact with the multimedia program based on an interaction operation on the interactive interface. The present disclosure is easy to operate, and improves interaction efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wa Ye, Hongyang Wang, Jie Hou, Zhenyu Xu, Zhuo Tang, Rui Wang, Keren Li, Bo Sun, Jing Zang
  • Patent number: 10375443
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that enhances the viewing experiences of users consuming a sequence of media. In particular, the media guidance application may enhance the viewing experiences of users consuming a sequence of media by removing portions of redundant media that were previously consumed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Patel, John Patterson, Charles Dawes, Jerry Vennerholm, Andrew Hunter, Gavin Clarke
  • Patent number: 10366094
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for accessing data in a data structure are described. Data from a write data structure is read and aggregated into a plurality of data buckets, each data bucket corresponding to a time window. Each data bucket is stored in a read data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Zoltan Albrecht, Ulrich Hanno Peter Christoph Keil
  • Patent number: 10341727
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to allow for appropriate control of how to present content during presentation of the content. An information processing apparatus obtains content identification information. Storage means stores operation logs each of which includes both the time at which an operation to control presentation of content was performed during presentation of the content and details of the operation. The information processing apparatus retrieves operation logs corresponding to the obtained content identification information from the storage means. Based on the retrieved operation logs, a tendency of operation changes is identified. In accordance with the tendency, the information processing apparatus generates control information for controlling how to present content. The control information includes details of control and a timing of the control. The information processing apparatus provides the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Shingo Terui
  • Patent number: 10331875
    Abstract: Examples described herein relate to apparatuses and methods for associating a first account with a second account, the first account being hosted by a first server, the second account being hosted by a second server, including but not limited to, authenticating, by the first server, first login credentials associated with the first account, wherein the first login credentials are received from a user device, receiving, by the first server from the user device, second login credentials associated with the second account, sending, by the first server, the second login credentials to the second server for authentication, in response to determining that the second login credentials are authenticated by the second server, associating, by the first server, the first account with the second account, and connecting, by the first server to the second server, to allow the user device to access services commensurate with the second account without prompting the user device for the second login credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Newton
  • Patent number: 10320853
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for supporting facility control of a terminal are provided. The method includes a sensor device receiving facility-related information from a remote control device of a facility to which the sensor device is attached, driving at least one sensor in accordance with the facility-related information, determining a kind of the facility based on a result of detecting through the at least one driven sensor, and transmitting a registration request for the facility of which the kind has been determined to a gateway. The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, Machine Type Communication (MTC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as a smart home, a smart building, a smart city, a smart car, a connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daedong Kim, Keuncheol Lee
  • Patent number: 10192227
    Abstract: A first set of usage data for a first set of resources on a network and a second set of usage data for a second set of resources on a network are accessed. The first set of resources were accessed by a first group of client systems and the first set of usage data is determined based on information received from the first group of client systems sent as a result of beacon instructions included with the first set of resources. The second set of usage data is determined based on information received from monitoring applications installed on a second group of client systems that accessed the second set of resources. Users of the second group of client systems are a sample of a larger group of users that use resources on the network. Initial usage measurement data for a third set of resources on the network is determined based on the first set of usage data. The third set includes one or more common resources that are included in the first set of resources and the second set of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: comScore, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Frank Eugene Pecjak
  • Patent number: 10178190
    Abstract: A method for extracting user features based on user behaviors. The method uses webpage clickstream data of a current user to compute a path correlation between the current user and other users, selects a number of other users whose path correlation with the current user ranks among the highest, and then configures weights in connection to preset tags of websites visited by the selected other users, and computes a user correlation between the current user and the selected other users based on the preset tags and the weights. The method constructs weighted-directed graphs of webpage click paths based on click stream data, and converts computing user correlation to computing a similarity of weighted-directed graphs. The method further combines computing correlation of webpage tags to discover the user's clicking habits and personal preferences, and improve the accuracy and efficiency of user clustering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ping Qiao, Minggang Wu
  • Patent number: 10154293
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for crowdsourced skipping of media content portions. In an example method, a plurality of content tags are received from a plurality of media content devices over a communication network. Each of the plurality of content tags may designate a location within a media content item. The content tags are processed to generate aggregated content tags for the media content item. The aggregated content tags may designate one or more portions of the media content item for modified playback. The aggregated content tags for the media content item are transmitted over the communication network to a first media content device separate from the plurality of media content devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Jose Emmanuel Pont, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 10142687
    Abstract: The Audience Content Exposure Monitoring Apparatuses, Methods and Systems (“ACEM”) transforms pulsing request (e.g., 1107), viewing status, purchase request, channel selection, survey request, sentiment request, atmospherics, social media posts, response events, data request and access token, app/device input monitoring, check-in, URL access, etc. inputs via ACEM components into atmospherics sampling record (e.g., 1106), ad contents (e.g., 1115), RT data/records, ad tags, media program, full page content outputs. In some embodiments, the ACEM provides a mobile metering system that configures the data collection of audience environment atmospherics to evaluate audience media exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Symphony Advanced Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Pyeush Gurha
  • Patent number: 10136175
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a list of media subscriptions offered by a content source, providing one or more questions for display on a display device of a user, receiving one or more answers to the one or more questions, and determining a media subscription based on the one or more answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 10133460
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time collaborative computing and collective intelligence are disclosed. A collaborative application runs on a collaborative server connected to a plurality of computing devices. Collaborative sessions are run wherein a group of independent users, networked over the internet, collaboratively answer questions in real-time, thereby harnessing their collective intelligence. Methods for collaborative selection of a target point on an image displayed on the computing devices. Methods for collaborative zooming and panning of an image displayed on the computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Unanimous A.I., Inc.
    Inventor: Louis B. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10097865
    Abstract: Particular embodiments can refine a seed sentinel frame signature for a seed sentinel frame. The seed sentinel frame may be predictable or partially predictable content that demarks a beginning and/or end of certain content in a video program. The seed sentinel frame may be first used to detect other sentinel frames in the video program. However, other sentinel frames throughout the video program, or in other video programs, may be slightly different from the given sentinel frame due to different reasons. The seed sentinel frame signature may not detect the sentinel frames of a video program with a desired accuracy. Accordingly, particular embodiments may refine the sentinel frame signature to a synthetic sentinel frame signature. The synthetic sentinel frame signature may then be used to analyze the current video program or other video programs. The synthetic sentinel frame signature may more accurately detect the sentinel frames within the video program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott, Faisal Ishtiaq
  • Patent number: 10089592
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using channel tuning data from a video asset viewing device connected to a network to measure video asset viewing at a second-by-second level during one or more user defined lead-in periods, and then correlating that with video asset viewing during a user defined target period, for the purpose of analyzing how viewing activity during the lead-in period(s) correlates with viewing activity during the target period, thus producing longitudinal viewing metrics; all while maintaining viewer anonymity. Additionally, viewing metrics can be categorized based on user defined demographic, geographic, and histogram groupings representing the percentage of video asset viewing with the result that the analyst is able to gain detailed insight into customer viewing behavior. The lead-in video asset may be any video asset or assets. The target may be any subsequent video asset. The metrics produced are useful to service providers, advertisers, and content producers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Alan Orlowski
  • Patent number: 10015543
    Abstract: A video traffic, quality of service and engagement analytics system and method are provided. The system and method provide business intelligence on the broad areas of traffic statistics, viewer engagement, and quality of service for online video publishers. In one implementation, the system may utilize a tracker unit for a media player to gather the information for the video analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Isaac Peterkofsky, Lakshman Chinnakotla
  • Patent number: 10002365
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to identify publisher advertising behavior. An example disclosed method includes initiating a first probing effort of an Internet publisher of interest to establish a baseline advertising ratio for a plurality of advertisers, determining a first advertising deviation based on a difference between the baseline advertising and a local advertising associated with a first geography of interest, and establishing a first probing frequency for the first geography of interest based on the first advertising deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Ronan Heffernan, Chad A. Hage
  • Patent number: 9898391
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for use in distributing code testing tasks among multiple testers, and incentivizing testing with rewards. One exemplary method includes testing, by a computing device, a code set, where the testing is performed by a tester associated with a profile, and receiving, by the computing device, peer tester feedback based on the testing of the code set, where the peer tester feedback is associated with at least one peer tester profile. The method also includes receiving, by the computing device, a developer decision based on the testing of the code set and/or the peer tester feedback, and rewarding, by the computing device, the profile of the tester and/or the at least one peer tester profile when the developer decision agrees with the testing of the code set and/or the tester feedback associated with the at least one peer tester profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew Scott Morice, Ravi Santosh Arvapally, Walter F. Lo Faro
  • Patent number: 9888361
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for determining characteristics of a plurality of people at an event. A method may include receiving location information about a plurality of active mobile phones, receiving sentiment information relating to the plurality of people, the sentiment information including at least one identifier of the event, determining at least one characteristic about the plurality of people based at least in part on the location information and the sentiment information, aggregating the sentiment information, classifying the aggregated sentiment information as either favorable or unfavorable with respect to the event, and calculating a statistical confidence level indicating an extent the aggregated sentiment information of the particular group correlates with the plurality of people. The location information may include at least one identifier of a geographical location and a time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Popular Metrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Duncan Freeman, John Elmore
  • Patent number: 9860596
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional media systems via a novel technique to prevent corruption of a user's viewing profile. In some aspects, a user of an interactive media guidance application may select a media asset for viewing on a user device. The interactive media guidance application may receive a user viewing profile for the user from a remote server. If the media asset is determined to not be consistent with the user viewing profile, the interactive media guidance application may retrieve another user viewing profile for another user of the user device. If the media asset is determined to be consistent with the other user viewing profile, the interactive media guidance application may update the other user viewing profile based on the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Abhijit Satchidanand Savarkar, Linda Beach
  • Patent number: 9824103
    Abstract: Techniques associated with data management and distribution are described, including receiving at a content distribution and management system activity data associated with a user from a client, the client having an interface configured to display commercial content and a player configured to access the content distribution and management system, storing the activity data in a database, displaying the commercial content using the interface, receiving other activity data associated with the user from the client, storing the other activity data in the database, determining other commercial content to display using the activity data and the other activity data, and displaying the other commercial content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: 1776 Media Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Lourdeaux
  • Patent number: 9807440
    Abstract: An apparatus of processing digital service signals includes a PDI module configured to receive a PDI table, wherein the PDI table includes at least one question element having an id field identifying a PDI question and extract the PDI question from the PDI table, a PDI storing module configured to receive a PDI answer according to the extracted PDI question, a filtering module configured to receive a filtering criteria information associated with downloadable contents including criterion id and criterion value, wherein the criterion id identifies each criterion matching the id field of each of the PDI question and the criterion value indicates a value of the criterion being a possible answer to the PDI question and filter contents of the digital service signal using the filtering criteria information to determine the contents to download.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Jinpil Kim, Seungjoo An, Jinwon Lee, Kyungho Kim, Kyoungsoo Moon
  • Patent number: 9807436
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for providing media recommendations for a group. A media guidance application may identify a group comprising at least a first user and a second user and select a media asset of which the first and second users have previously accessed less than a duration of the media asset. For example, each of the first and the second users may have watched only a respective portion of the media asset. The media guidance application may determine a first amount of the media asset duration that the first user has accessed the media asset and a second amount of the media asset duration that the second user has accessed the media asset. Based on the first and second amounts of the media asset duration, the media guidance application may provide a recommendation for the media asset to the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Vanessa Wickenkamp
  • Patent number: 9756395
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for restricting access to content elements with content ratings. In one method, the content distributor can receive a request from a device to access a set of content elements. The content distributor can then identify at least a content descriptor and a content rating for each content element within the set of content elements, identify a range within the content ratings, and identify content elements with content ratings that are within the range. The content distributor can transmit at least the content descriptors for content elements having content ratings that are within the range to the device for display on the device. This permits a device user to access the content elements by content descriptor. In this method, at least some content descriptors for content elements having content ratings that are outside of the range are not transmitted to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Kilbourn, Pei-Keng Chen, Michael Marchak, David P. Conway, Cassandra Forsyth, Peisun Wu, Paul Montoy-Wilson, Anita Mhaskar
  • Patent number: 9721183
    Abstract: Techniques for selecting a digital image are disclosed. The techniques may include receiving a first set of digital images, analyzing the first set of digital images to extract first image features from each of the first set of digital images, accessing a user profile, comparing the extracted first image features to a preset list of image features, ranking each digital image of the first set, selecting each digital image having a ranking that exceeds a threshold, assigning a category to each selected digital image based on a comparison of each selected digital image to a category database of digital image categories, displaying each selected digital image with the assigned category, receiving an input from the user in response to the displaying, updating the user profile and the category database based on the input, and selecting at least one subsequent digital image based on the updated user profile and category database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Noah Raymond Heller, James Theodore Bartot, David Ballantyne Christianson, Jason Hayes Christensen, Schuyler Cullen, Hugh Crean, Navdeep Singh Dhillon, Samuel J S Fu, Craig Bruce Horman
  • Patent number: 9699505
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and non-transitory computer-readable storage mediums for providing and/or processing service usage reporting data. The reception apparatus includes a receiver, a parser, and a processor. The receiver receives closed caption service data. The closed caption service data includes closed caption data within a first service block having a service number in the range of 1-6, and the service usage reporting data within a second service block having a different service number in the range of 1-6. The closed caption data includes closed caption text. The parser parses the service usage reporting data within the second service block having the different service number in the range of 1-6. The processor provides service-usage information to a service-usage reporting server (SURS) based on the service usage reporting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Mark Eyer
  • Patent number: 9681159
    Abstract: Creating audience segments for campaigns is described. In one or more embodiments, an audience manager is configured to create, for one or more videos, a video audience segment associated with the video by storing, in a data management platform, user identifiers of users that viewed the video. The user identifiers can be received from a client player each time that a video is played at the client player. The audience manager is further configured to extract demographic information from a demographic report associated with the video that is received from a demographics provider, and to associate the demographic information with the video audience segment. The audience manager is further configured to generate a target audience segment for a campaign by merging and combining user identifiers that are included in two or more video audience segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Anuj Jain, Atul Kumar Shrivastava, Praveen Kumar Goyal, Ashish Duggal
  • Patent number: 9674638
    Abstract: A dynamic mobile device feedback system is described. Feedback may be obtained using a device feedback client residing on the mobile device and a feedback server remote to the mobile device. The device feedback client may receive feedback solicitation inquiries (invitations/queries) and presentation rules from the feedback server, monitor the mobile device, identify trigger events associated with the mobile device, present the feedback solicitation inquiries in accordance with the presentation rules, and receive feedback from the user of the mobile device. The feedback may be sent to the feedback server for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Joel S. Angiolillo, Amit Mahajan, Hannah Y. Moon, Dorothy Beau Morley, Elizabeth Bersano
  • Patent number: 9565473
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to maintain audience privacy while determining viewing of video-on-demand (VOD) programs are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Robert A. Luff
  • Patent number: 9549218
    Abstract: A multi-platform television production process that results in an almost completely viewer-guided television episode. The production process begins at an online website where criteria for a first portion of the episode are selected by the public. Production commences on this portion of the episode, based on the criterion chosen by the online users, and the first portion of the episode is aired online. Viewers of this online airing of the initial production of the episode provide feedback on the first portion of the episode and are able to vote on criteria for the second portion of the episode. The second portion of the episode is produced, based on the criterion chosen by viewers. Then, the full episode, incorporating viewer feedback received during the production process) is aired on television. The full episode may also include content received from the online viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Hilary Rowland
  • Patent number: 9456253
    Abstract: A system, methods, and apparatus for Internet Protocol television streaming are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a request in a content delivery network from a client device to receive television programming from a particular television service provider among a plurality of television service providers. The method also includes allocating for the client device a remote access point in the content delivery network connected to a data feed from the television service provider and a portion of a controller connected to the remote access point configured to encrypt a data stream carrying encoded television service from the television service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Virtual Marketing Incorporated
    Inventor: Matthew Steven Murphy
  • Patent number: 9456227
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a video capture system. The video capture system comprises a smart device and a first server. The smart device is configured to detect a user specific action. When the smart device detects the user specific actions, the smart device records a time stamp of the user specific action, and generate an audio fingerprint data based on a audio data of a specific television program showed on a display. The first server receives the time stamp and the audio fingerprint data, and finds the specific television program corresponding to the audio fingerprint data according to the audio fingerprint data and electronic program guide information. Then, the first server obtains a start tag based onbased on the time stamp. The start tag is a starting time of a video fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Chih Yao Hsu, Han-Lin Wang, Wenshan Liou, Youlian Huang
  • Patent number: 9402112
    Abstract: A method for facilitating monetization of an embedded video configured for automated playback includes detecting, via an iframe embedded in a user interface of a third party platform, an indication of a user intent to view the video configured for automated playback. The video is hosted by a content sharing platform and embedded in the user interface of the third party platform. The method further includes providing, to a client device, video related data pertaining to the automated playback of the video in the user interface of the third party platform, and upon receiving the video-related data, validating the automated playback of the video in the user interface of the third party platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Philip Levine, Richard Benjamin Leider, Michael Brandt, Brian Palmer, Shivakumar Littoo Rajaraman, Andrew David Berkheimer, Steven Kollars
  • Patent number: 9386069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for securely transferring research data relating to media exposure data, such as radio, television, streaming media and the Internet. A plurality of portable computing devices seek and bond to a collector via Bluetooth in a specific area, such as a household. The collector authenticates itself with each of the portable computing devices and vice versa where the collector arranges a secure research data transfer session with each respective device using exchanged authentication files. As each secure session is made, each portable computing device transmits stored research data during the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: John Stavropoulos, Anand Jain, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, Jason Bolles, William John McKenna, David Gish, Mark Richardson, Alan Neuhauser
  • Patent number: 9363558
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to generate a cross device panel by determining that a first panelist associated with a first panel data and a first device is also associated with a non-paneled device. Example methods and apparatus disclosed herein match, via a processor, a second panelist associated with second panel data to the first panelist based on (1) the second panelist having demographics matching the first panelist and (2) the second panelist being associated with a second device corresponding to the non-paneled device of the first panelist, and generate a cross device panelist profile for the first panelist, the cross device panelist profile comprising at least some of the first panel data and at least a portion of the second panel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Claudio Meraviglia
  • Patent number: 9292552
    Abstract: This disclosure provides, among other things, a method for adaptive indexing of multimedia content. In some embodiments, the method includes: identifying a keyword associated with a feature found in a data portion of a multimedia item, the keyword being associated with a media type, and the media type being associated with a weight; determining a relevance for the keyword using the weight associated with the media type associated with the keyword; updating the weight associated with the media type based on a particular set of content items, wherein each content item included in the particular set was added to the particular set of content items because the content item was selected by a user from a set of content items that were identified to the user in response to a query from the user, thereby producing an updated weight; and updating the relevance of the keyword using the updated weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Tommy Arngren, Arif Kamal
  • Patent number: 9202251
    Abstract: A system and a method for generating an emotional profile of the user and deriving inference from the analytics of generated emotional profile is provided. The method involves sharing media content or online event in a connected environment; capturing user's reaction to the said content or event; generating an emotional score of the user to rate the media content or event; and sharing the emotional score within the connected environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Anurag Bist, Hamid Lalani