Programmable Or Upgradeable Patents (Class 725/132)
  • Patent number: 11400380
    Abstract: A language information retention section retains working language information for specifying a user-selected working language in an information processing apparatus. A download processing section downloads application software into an auxiliary storage apparatus. The download processing section acquires a data region in the auxiliary storage apparatus as needed for an application body and language-dependent files for a working language before the start of an application software download, and then executes the application software download. In a case where the working language used by an application is changed, the download processing section confirms whether or not a data region for language-dependent files for the changed working language can be acquired in the auxiliary storage apparatus 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Syunsuke Bamba
  • Patent number: 11350149
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system are provided for binding application data associated with an application with content asset data associated with a content asset. In some embodiments, capacity or bandwidth for each of the application data and the content asset data may be allocated in accordance with one or more profiles. The one or more profiles may include horizontal aspects, vertical aspects, linear and non-linear aspects, and the like. In some embodiments, the binding may take place at a content provider location in accordance with early binding practices, at a central location in accordance with late binding practices, and/or at a user equipment device in accordance with user binding practices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Danial E. Holden
  • Patent number: 11310306
    Abstract: Approaches for updating a firmware file in a network having multiple transceiver nodes and being capable of receiving and transmitting the firmware file include dividing the firmware file into multiple of chunks, each chunk being able to be included in a single data packet transmitted between two of the transceiver nodes; transmitting each of the chunks from the first one of the transceiver nodes to the second one of the transceiver nodes; transmitting a request message from the first one of the transceiver nodes to the second one of the transceiver nodes, the request message including information associated with the chunks that have been transmitted in step (b); and transmitting a responding message from the second one of the transceiver nodes to the first one of the transceiver nodes, the responding message including information associated with one or more chunks that are included in the request message but not received by the second one of the transceiver nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: JUGANU, LTD.
    Inventors: Pinchas Ziv, Reuven Cohen, Eran Ben-Shmuel, Alexander Bilchinsky
  • Patent number: 11252482
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver for processing data of a broadcaster application, includes a tuner configured to receive a broadcast signal including video data for a broadcast program and application signaling information, wherein the application signaling information includes a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of an entry page of the broadcaster application for providing an interactive service; a frequency deinterleaver configured to frequency deinterleave the video data and the application signaling information; and a time deinterleaver configured to perform time deinterleaving differently based on mode information, wherein the time deinterleaver comprises a twisted block deinterleaver, and wherein the twisted block deinterleaver is configured to deinterleave one or more FEC (Forward Error Correction) blocks comprising the video data and the application signaling information based on at least one TI (Time Interleaving) block interleaved by a TI scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Minsung Kwak, Seungjoo An, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 11234057
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver for receiving a broadcast signal, includes a tuner configured to receive the broadcast signal including a table for service, video data for a broadcast program and application signaling information, wherein the table for service includes IP (Internet Protocol) address of a LCT (Layered Coding Transport) channel carrying service signaling information and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) port number of the LCT channel carrying the service signaling information, wherein the application signaling information includes a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of an entry page of a broadcaster application; a network interface configured to receive at least one content; a cache configured to store the at least one content; and a processor configured to launch the broadcaster application after the digital broadcast receiver receives the application signaling information and then forwards the URL to a first module capable of processing HTML5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Minsung Kwak, Seungjoo An, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 11082736
    Abstract: Various arrangements for performing in-vehicle delivery of over-the-air (OTA) television channel broadcasts are presented. A vehicle antenna can be installed on a vehicle. An OTA television tuner that receives an OTA television channel broadcast and is electrically connected with the vehicle antenna may be present. A wireless network hotspot module can be installed in the vehicle and can receive the OTA television channel broadcast from the OTA television tuner. The OTA television channel may be packetized. The packetized OTA television channel can be broadcast via a wireless local area network (WLAN) to a mobile device located within the vehicle for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Wireless L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kevin Yao
  • Patent number: 11039187
    Abstract: The present application relates to a self-adaptive software background update method and device. The method includes: monitoring a TCP download request in a system, after the system starts up; filtering a download request of a network video and a download request of a system update software from the TCP download request, when the download request of the network video and the download request of the system update software exist simultaneously in the TCP download request; downloading and playing the network video under a TCP link according to the download request of the network video, and obtaining a data cache amount of the network video; starting up downloading the system update software according to the download request of the system update software; controlling a download rate of system update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN TCL NEW TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Zhongyang Jiang
  • Patent number: 11019602
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for wireless communication are described. Some wireless communications systems may support a determination of user equipment (UE) capabilities, such as a category or a coverage level for broadcast or multicast content. In some cases, a radio interface may be configured to account for an indicated capability of a target UE. For example, a base station may receive an indication of a capability of a particular targeted UE. The capability of the targeted UE may be specified by a service provider to deliver multicast or broadcast content, and subsequently associated with a radio interface between the base station and the target UE. The radio interface may then be configured based on the indicated capability of the target UE, for example, by configuring a transport block size or bandwidth. The base station may then transmit broadcast or multicast content to the UE using the configured radio interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Alberto Rico Alvarino, Miguel Griot, Kapil Bhattad, Haris Zisimopoulos, Lenaig Genevieve Chaponniere, Mungal Singh Dhanda
  • Patent number: 10951684
    Abstract: A non-limiting example information processing system includes a plurality of user terminals, and a download task list for each user terminal is managed by a list server. Existence/non-existence of renewal of the download task list is managed by a revision server, and the user terminal inquires of the revision server the existence/non-existence of the renewal. If the download task list is renewed, the user terminal acquires the download task list from the list server, and acquires a content from a content server according to an acquired download task list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhiko Goda, Naoki Takeda, Eiji Tokunaga, Koichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 10826633
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods that enable the delivery of rich digital content over terrestrial base frequency modulated broadcast systems. The digitally rich content may include, but not limited to live or recorded video, command and control information. Access to the content may be on a free, pay-per-use, pay-per-view, or pay-per-broadcast or multicast method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Nu Lightwave Logic LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Edwards, Robert B. Beck, Kenneth O. C. Edwards, Charles E. Dunn, Guiffre M. Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: 10785741
    Abstract: A method of registration for a broadcast receiver, a terminal and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium are provided. The method includes: classifying a broadcast sender according to a frequency of a broadcast message sent by the broadcast sender and called by a broadcast recipient, and recording the broadcast sender and a type of the broadcast sender determined in a classification result; querying, after obtaining a registration instruction of the broadcast receiver and according to a registration object in a registration instruction, the type of the broadcast sender corresponding to the registration object from the classification result; and processing, according to the type of the broadcast sender, the registration of the broadcast receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Zhang, Liangjing Fu, Zhiyong Lin, Runsheng Pei, Ruyu Wu
  • Patent number: 10757460
    Abstract: A distribution system and reception apparatus, and methods thereof, are provided for broadcasting and receiving a plurality of non-backwards-compatible services. The broadcasting method includes receiving, by a first service provider, a plurality of first services, which include a first service from each of the first and second service providers. The first service provider generates a first broadcast multiplex, including the plurality of first services, and broadcasts the first broadcast multiplex on a first broadcast channel allocated to the first service provider. A second service provider receives a plurality of second services, which include a second service from each of the first and second service providers. The second service provider generates a second broadcast multiplex, including the plurality of second services, and broadcasts the second broadcast multiplex on a second broadcast channel allocated to the second service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Luke Fay
  • Patent number: 10735686
    Abstract: Enhanced content consumption is provided by establishing a pairing between two computing devices, wherein at least one of the two computing devices provides a primary consumption experience of a digital content item, so that a secondary consumption experience can be provided via operation of at least one of the two computing devices. The method further comprises presenting, using at least one of the two computing devices, the digital content item for consumption by a user. The method further comprises performing one or more supplemental consumption functions with the other of the two computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Gammill, Stacey Law, Jeff Tucker, Sean Kollenkark
  • Patent number: 10659565
    Abstract: A non-limiting example information processing system includes a plurality of user terminals, and a download task list for each user terminal is managed by a list server. The download task list includes a list for each user terminal and a list for each of groups into which a plurality of user terminals are classified. If the download task list is renewed, the user terminal acquires the download task list from the list server, and acquires a content from a content server according to an acquired download task list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhiko Goda, Naoki Takeda, Eiji Tokunaga, Koichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 10616296
    Abstract: A system for delivering content, such as video content, via a network. In an illustrative embodiment, the system includes a server system that is connected to the network and has access to the content. A client system is adapted to forward a request for the content to the server system via the network. One or more content-delivery routines in communication with the server system are adapted to initiate sending of the content to the client system via multiple streams over the network in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MatrixStream Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Chung
  • Patent number: 10609428
    Abstract: Control information on a data broadcasting application for each delivery segment is distributed. An application service descriptor for each delivery segment is arranged into an MP table stored in a PA message on the side of a broadcast station. Each application service descriptor indicates information on one application type and priority of the application type. A receiver further selects a specific MH-AIT and data transmission message, on the basis of the priority for each application type, indicated with the application service descriptor, and a default AIT flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10462525
    Abstract: A consumer electronic device tracks the current channel to which the electronic consumer device is tuned. The consumer electronic device determines an amount of time that the current channel remains unchanged. Based at least in part on this amount of time, the consumer electronic device determines whether the current channel should be stored as a favorite channel. When the consumer electronic device subsequently receives a favorite channel command, the consumer electronic device is caused to tune to the favorite channel that is currently stored in memory. Changing user preferences are thus automatically accommodated without manual intervention, resulting in an effortless user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ramaiah Satish
  • Patent number: 10277932
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods may provide for technology to conduct contemporaneous crowd-sourced voting via interaction between a client and a client interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John Gaffrey, Glen J. Anderson, Meng Shi, Therese E. Dugan
  • Patent number: 10237624
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for communication, collaboration, and resource sharing between television receivers operating at separate locations. In some embodiments, a television receiver device may be configured to identify and transmit various receiver data to other associated television receivers at separate physical locations. In order to transmit data from one receiver to another, the transmitting receiver device may establish a connection to an Internet Protocol (IP) network, contact a television provider server to obtain network addresses for one or more related receiver devices, and then transmit the data over the IP network to the related receiver devices. Additional aspects relate to identifying and sharing resources between associated television receivers operating at separate locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Keith Gerhards, Danny J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 10055901
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the communication of vehicle data, diagnostics and related information with a network remote from the vehicle, and more particularly to communications and storage of vehicle data in the cloud. In one or more preferred embodiments, vehicle information is securely gathered from a vehicle, processed in accordance with instructions and a profile set remotely, and stored at a remote data store, where remote access to such information can be accommodated through applications, smartphones and other remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AERIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yixiang Chen, Drew S. Johnson, Andrew Durrer, Michael Garner
  • Patent number: 9842564
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for wireless transmission of audio/video information via different wired AV interface formats. A method and system for wireless communication of audio/video AV information between AV devices includes receiving audio/video (AV) information from a first AV module via a first wired AV interface in a first AV device, applying interface dependent processing to the AV information, and transmitting the processed AV information from a wireless transceiver over a wireless channel to a wireless receiver of a second AV device. The second AV device includes a second wired AV interface and the first AV interface is of a different type than the second interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huai-Rong Shao, Ju-Lan Hsu, Chiu Ngo
  • Patent number: 9813769
    Abstract: There is provided a display device including a detection section which detects a presence of another display device, and acquires information of a provision source of a function provided by the another display device, a function execution section which executes the function provided by the another display device based on the information acquired from the another display device, a communication section which establishes a connection with the another display device by the execution of the function by the function execution section, and a display section which displays information corresponding to reception, by the communication section, of information of a content provision source specified from content displayed on the another display device with which a connection has been established by the communication section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sato, Yoshiharu Dewa
  • Patent number: 9781483
    Abstract: A system and method of distributing electronic content includes a network operations center communicating national feeds to an over-the-air broadcast center through a satellite. The over-the-air broadcast center receives the national feeds from the satellite and broadcasts the national feeds to a user device through a cellular tower wireless transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Erin Sibley, William Goliff
  • Patent number: 9672022
    Abstract: An application on a device includes multiple experience modules that each implement a set of features when the application is running on the device. Each of the multiple experience modules includes a first component that includes code specific to a particular type of the device, and a second component that includes code that is common across multiple types of devices. Update packages changing individual ones of the multiple experience modules can be received from a deployment service and installed on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Evans, Scott Jensen, Advay V. Mengle, Jeffrey T. Pearce, John Elsbree, Louis M. Kahn, Chad C. Neff, Nermin Osmanovic, Nosherwan Minwalla, Rajadurai Isaac Rajakumar, Dale A. Sather, Manuel A. Schröder, Ovidiu G. Temereanca
  • Patent number: 9647997
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a Transport I/O system are described. Network encrypted content may be received by a device. The device may provide the network encrypted content to a secure processor, such as, for example, a smart card. The secure processor obtains a network control word that may be used to decrypt the network encrypted content. The secure processor may decrypt the network encrypted content to produce clear content. In embodiments, the secure processor may then use a local control word to generate locally encrypted content specific to the device. The device may then receive the locally encrypted content from the secure processor and proceed to decrypt the locally encrypted content using a shared local encryption key. The secure processor may connect to the device via a standard connection, such as via a USB 3.0 connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NagraStar, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Perrine, Hervé Goupil, Maurice Gerard van Riek, William Michael Beals, Nicolas Fischer, Benjamin Brian Ellis, Gregory Duval
  • Patent number: 9621424
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to accessing configuration settings for a variety of different hardware or software components and to providing a common interface for accessing and presenting component configuration settings. In one scenario, a computer system receives a request to access configuration settings for hardware and/or software components. The request specifies at least one namespace for the corresponding hardware or software component. The computer system accesses a directory to determine which configuration settings are available for the specified namespace, and further accesses configuration metadata to determine where the configuration settings for the hardware or software components are stored and how the configuration settings are to be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technologies Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Rikyu Luty
  • Patent number: 9507785
    Abstract: A media broker comprises a communication interface and a controller associated with the communication interface configured to divide at least one media item into a plurality of media item content layers, assign a priority to each of the plurality of media content item layers and direct one or more media storage devices to store the plurality of media content layers. The controller is configured to subsequently determine when space is needed. In response to determining that space is needed, at least one of the plurality of media content item layers is selected based upon the priority of the at least one of the plurality of media content item layers and deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Christopher M. Amidon, Hugh Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9497418
    Abstract: A content processing device is configured to store a parameter indicative of a content preference of a system user, to request and receive data relating to the stored parameter, to receive an incoming video signal, and to provide to a video display at least a portion of the video signal and a data interface including at least a subset of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Shafiq Kassam, Prabhakar Mani, Raul Aldrey, Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, Anil Guntupalli
  • Patent number: 9407960
    Abstract: A method of providing communications services to customer premise equipment (CPE) coupled to a television. The method includes operating a network element as a communications terminal server, the network element being part of a communications network. The network element receives from the CPE a request to initiate communications with a diagnostic system coupled to the communications network. The network element accesses a communications application executing on a communications server coupled to the communications network and pushes a communications interface to the CPE. The network element receives message information from the CPE and routes the message information to the communications server to initiate delivery of a message to the diagnostic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jacklyn A. Mickle, Michael W. Smith, James H. Chilton
  • Patent number: 9317021
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9300993
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a content notification for a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives security information at a web portal and the security information has identification information for a user assigned to a set-top box, services a request to create a content notification preference for the set-top box at the web portal in response to successful entry of security information, determines media content received by the set-top box and the media content selected for display, determines the content notification preference associated with the set-top box, the content notification preference has a content notification rule to monitor media content received by the set-top box, and sends a content notification to a recipient based on the content notification preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goergen, Gary W. LaFreniere, David Emerson, David Rondeau
  • Patent number: 9286854
    Abstract: A streaming media device includes a printed circuit board hosting components configured to access internet data. An audio/visual connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted for connection to an audio/visual device, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted to operate with a first audio/visual interface having sufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board and a second audio/visual interface having insufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board. A power connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the power connector selectively receives power based on the audio/visual connector utilizing one of the first audio/visual interface and the second audio/visual interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd Klarke, Greg Garner, Carl Sassenrath, Anthony Wood, Scott Edward de Haas
  • Patent number: 9232280
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for dynamically transmitting a services list to a playback device. The system comprises a display device, a playback device, and a mediator server with a mediator application. The mediator application is configured to receive, from the playback device, a service request for a services list, to send a services list for presenting on a display device in response to receiving the service request, to receive an activation request for at a third-party service listed in the services list, and to activate the third-party service in response to receiving the activation request. By programming a digital video disc such as a Blu-ray disc according to an API and using such a mediator server, a dynamically adjustable list of third-party services may be supported and used by the playback device without changing the disc application code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Ashbrook, Kyle Prestenback
  • Patent number: 9188971
    Abstract: A Programmable Terminal (PT) system, a PT device and a PT system management method having a function of displaying a screen having a content on a display screen while at the same time positively preventing the leakage of confidential content are disclosed. When a part read from a screen data file corresponds to the part including a content acquired from a server device, a transmission request command including a information indicating a storage location of a content data corresponding to the contents in the server device is transmitted to the server device through a communication circuit, the content data arriving as a response from the server device is acquired through the communication circuit and stored in a volatile memory. The part is plotted and displayed using the content data stored in the volatile memory and a part configuration information contained in the screen data file in a nonvolatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Aono, Shinichi Kojima, Hiroki Murata
  • Patent number: 9191710
    Abstract: Near real time downloading and verifying of a subscriber's remote record request is provided to control a DVR using the existing satellite network. The insertion of the programming request into the continuous broadcast stream enables near real time processing of the request by a subscriber IRD to accommodate same day and even last minute remote programming requests. The use of a back channel to verify the request provides the subscriber with assurance that the request has been processed successfully and flexibility to change services on the fly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Kuether, Philip R. Hilmes, Heang K. Lim
  • Patent number: 9166717
    Abstract: A cell within cellular network includes user equipments (UEs) that transmit data to a base station (eNB). Over a period of time, not all of the UEs will have data to transmit. The UEs are tracked as a scheduled portion and an unscheduled portion, wherein a UE is included in the scheduled portion in response to receiving a scheduling request from the UE. Synchronization is maintained between the eNB and each UE in the scheduled portion by sending a timing adjustment (TA) command if needed. Synchronization is maintained between the eNB and each UE in the unscheduled portion by allocating a periodic reference signal (sync-RS) to each UE in the unscheduled portion and by sending a respective timing adjustment (TA) command if needed to each respective UE in the unscheduled portion in response to a respective sync-RS received from each UE in the unscheduled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Pierre Bertrand, Tarik Muharemovic, Zukang Shen
  • Patent number: 9167206
    Abstract: A method and system for communication with a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives security information and the security information has identification information for a user assigned to a set-top box, services a request to create a notification preference for the set-top box in response to successful entry of security information, establishes the notification preference for the set-top box and the notification preference has a rule for providing information in a notification on media content available to be received by the set-top box, sends the notification to the recipient in accordance with a notification preference, receives a communication for the set-top box from a user device and the communication comprises a partial command for a set-top box, interprets the partial command in view of the notification, and sends a command to the set-top box based on the partial command and the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goergen, Gary W. Lafreniere, David Emerson, David Rondeau
  • Patent number: 9083851
    Abstract: A method and system for communication with a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives security information and the security information has identification information for a user assigned to a set-top box, services a request to create a notification preference for the set-top box in response to successful entry of security information, establishes the notification preference for the set-top box and the notification preference has a rule for providing information in a notification on media content available to be received by the set-top box, sends the notification to the recipient in accordance with a notification preference, receives a communication for the set-top box from a user device and the communication comprises a partial command for a set-top box, interprets the partial command in view of the notification, and sends a command to the set-top box based on the partial command and the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goergen, Gary W. Lafreniere, David Emerson, David Rondeau
  • Patent number: 9071854
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for dynamically transmitting a services list to a playback device. The system comprises a display device, a playback device, and a mediator server with a mediator application. The mediator application is configured to receive, from the playback device, a service request for a services list, to send a services list for presenting on a display device in response to receiving the service request, to receive an activation request for at a third-party service listed in the services list, and to activate the third-party service in response to receiving the activation request. By programming a digital video disc such as a Blu-ray disc according to an API and using such a mediator server, a dynamically adjustable list of third-party services may be supported and used by the playback device without changing the disc application code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Ashbrook, Kyle Prestenback
  • Patent number: 9043856
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and storage mediums provide for selecting a remote control mode of operation for a mobile device to allow the mobile device to remotely control a program receiving device. Additionally, methods, devices, and storage mediums provide for a proxy service to allow the mobile device to remotely control a program receiving device, an over-the-top service to allow the mobile device to remotely control a program receiving device, and a direct link service to allow the mobile device to remotely control a program receiving device. Methods, devices, and storage mediums also provide for a notification protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Baskaran, Srirama R. Kalidindi
  • Patent number: 9043858
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver on a mobile body includes: a tuner that receives a broadcast signal of a physical channel; a signal intensity detector that detects a signal intensity of the broadcast signal; a current position detector that detects a current position of the mobile body; a movement direction detector that detects a movement direction of the mobile body; a reception judging unit that controls the tuner to judge whether the physical channel can be received; an area information storage unit that stores receivable area information indicating a receivable area of the physical channel; and an area information updating unit that determines, when it is judged that the physical channel can be received, a position apart from the current position in the movement direction according to the signal intensity as a receivable position, and updates the receivable area information to extend the receivable area to the receivable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Aki Kimura, Keiichi Shirasuka, Kazuya Takaki, Soichiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9043857
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a receiving device for receiving AV contents, the receiving device including: an obtaining section configured to obtain a description document described in a program language for displaying contents from a server present on a network connected with the receiving device; a determining section configured to determine whether the obtained the description document is obtained from a first server managed on a broadcaster side broadcasting the AV contents; and a controlling section configured to control execution of the obtained the description document according to a result of determination by the determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Dewa
  • Publication number: 20150143448
    Abstract: A digital service signal apparatus is disclosed. The digital service signal apparatus includes a receiving module receiving signaling information having channel information for an application from the digital service signal, a generating module generating a request using the channel information, a sending module sending the generated request, a downloading module downloading the application, an executing module configured to execute the API related to the application and a registering module configured to register the specific key set according to the mode number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Sejin OH, Deokhyun KIM, Jaeseung KO, Jongsung CHOI, Kyoungsoo MOON, Jin Pil KIM, Youngmu KWON, Sungguk LIM
  • Patent number: 9037508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the formation and rearrangement of ad hoc networks and more particularly to systems and methods for sharing bandwidth in ad hoc networks. The method comprises broadcasting a table to at least one potential lender requesting pertinent lender information and receiving the table from the at least one potential lender with the pertinent lender information. The method further includes selecting one or more lenders of the at least one potential lender which meet preset criteria and establishing an ad hoc network with the one or more lenders based on the selecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 9032020
    Abstract: A method for online enhancement of videos includes rendering, at one or more computers, a first video stream based on a first video; transmitting the first video stream to a client; receiving, at the one or more computers, a first user input from a client, the first user input selecting at least one enhancement operation; rendering, at the one or more computers, a second video stream based on the first video and the at least one enhancement operation; and transmitting the second video stream to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Gregg, Jason Toff, Josh Sassoon, Thomas Benton Bridgwater
  • Patent number: 9032389
    Abstract: A method for generating a Set Top Box (STB) code download step sequence includes the steps of retrieving a code object from a Software Download Generator (SDG) memory in response to an instruction signal, generating at least one of a control message and a decoder conditional command using a SDG processor in response to the code object, accessing information in a channel map in the SDG memory, combining the at least one of a control message and a decoder conditional command with the code object to generate the STB code download step sequence for a target STB, transmitting the at least one STB code download step sequence from the SDG memory to a Digital Addressable Controller (DAC), re-transmitting the STB code download step sequence from the DAC to a Remote Addressable DANIS/DLS (RADD), and re-transmitting the STB code download step sequence from the RADD to the target STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua A. Seiden
  • Patent number: 9027072
    Abstract: Set top boxes (STBs) in a cable system are configured on a box-by-box basis to facilitate beta and trial testing of new or updated services. STBs are assigned to deployment groups identified by a deployment group identifier. Features configurations including hierarchies of features can be defined individually for different deployment groups. Configuration files for provisioning the STBs are provided by a cable system head end according to the deployment group the STB is assigned to. STBs can be configured at the time they boot and register with the system or in a “hot” manner to avoid rebooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Neill
  • Patent number: 9025507
    Abstract: An association table associates each program stream of a plurality of program streams with a MAC domain, with a channel frequency and with a multicast address. If a subscriber device selects a content program different from a current program, a determination is made whether the new program is serviced by a different MAC domain than the one serving the current program. If the selected new program is not serviced by the same domain that is serving the current program stream(s), the current MAC domain is informed that the subscriber device is ending the session therewith, the new frequency is tuned by the subscriber device and new content is received immediately after the new frequency is tuned. The subscriber device registers with the new MAC domain after receipt of new content has begun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Walston, Carol Ansley
  • Publication number: 20150121415
    Abstract: Allowing a user of a mobile computing device to link the mobile computing device and its associated network or system to a subject piece of hardware operating via a second network or system is provided. After the mobile computing device is linked to a given hardware device, functional operation of the hardware device and access to accounts associated with the hardware device may be provided to the linked mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Douglas Lee, Yousef Wasef Nijim
  • Patent number: 9021522
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for processing iTV. A request to play a first interactive television signal at a first electronic device is received. A first virtual machine for processing the first interactive television signal is instantiated at the first electronic device. A first file that includes information associated with playing interactive TV on the first electronic device is accessed from non-volatile storage on the first electronic device. A request to play a second interactive television signal at a second electronic device that is communicatively coupled to the first electronic device is received. A second virtual machine for processing the second interactive television signal is instantiated at the first device. A second file that includes information associated with playing interactive TV on the second electronic device is stored in non-volatile storage on the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shigeru Aoki, Azmee Carlton Lane, Kenichiro Tanaka, Michimune Kono