Video Distribution System With Local Interaction Patents (Class 725/135)
  • Patent number: 10320724
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention disclose a method for sending a message. The method includes receiving a calendar of a user. The method further includes receiving an indication of a time. The method further includes determining one or more messages based on the calendar and the time. The method further includes receiving an indication from the user of selecting a message from the one or more messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Nataraj Shivashankaraiah
  • Patent number: 10303984
    Abstract: An apparatus for visual search and retrieval using sematic information is described herein. The apparatus includes a controller, a scoring mechanism, an extractor, and a comparator. The controller is to segment an incoming video stream into a plurality of activity segments, wherein each frame is associated with an activity. The scoring mechanism is to calculate a score for each segment, wherein the score is based, at least partially, on a classification probability of each frame. The extractor is to extract deep features from a highest ranked segment, and the comparator is to determine the top-K neighbors based on the deep features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Teahyung Lee, Krishna Kumar Singh, Myung Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 10304232
    Abstract: System and method for applying presentation templates with image animation to presentation documents. A processor identifies a presentation document including an image and identifies a characteristic of the image. The processor further selects a presentation template with image animation from a plurality of available presentation templates. The selection of the processor is based on the characteristic of the image. The processor further applies the presentation template with animation of the image to the presentation document to define animation of the image. The processor then outputs the presentation document with the presentation template applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lauren M. Janas, Derek M. Johnson, Alexandre Gueniot, Sushant Sharma
  • Patent number: 10275233
    Abstract: A software update method applied to a television includes: downloading an update image file through a network, wherein the update image file includes an update script and a plurality of sets of data; storing the update image file to a memory; reading the update script from the memory; obtaining information of the data from the update script; sequentially reading the data from the memory according to the information; performing a padding operation on the data to generate a plurality of sets of padded data; and updating software in the television according to the padded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventor: Chun Chih Lo
  • Patent number: 10250949
    Abstract: In embodiments of broadcast content to HTTP client conversion, a client converter receives video content as an input of broadcast content data streams from a content distribution system. The client converter can join a content data stream of the broadcast input, and convert the content data stream to unicast HTTP data, such as video content segments that are buffered for communication to a client device or to a media player of a client device. An HTTP server of the client converter can then communicate the unicast HTTP data to the client device or to the media player for playback of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Ajay K. Luthra, Praveen N. Moorthy, Mark S. Schmidt, Haifeng Xu, Thomas L. du Breuil, Glen Peter Goffin, II
  • Patent number: 10166465
    Abstract: A contextual user interface based on video game playback is described. An assistant device can receive video game state information indicating a state of a playback of a video game on a video game console. Using that information, the assistant device can determine characteristics of the playback and generate a button on a graphical user interface (GUI) based on the characteristics. A user can then select the button and cause the assistant device to instruct the video game console to perform a corresponding action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10171538
    Abstract: A system including a monitoring unit to monitor in-stream shared content and content served via the online service to a user; an in-stream shared content receiving unit to receive information about the in-stream shared content served with the content; a companion shared content selection unit to select the companion shared content based on the monitored in-stream shared content and content, and the received information; and a transmitting unit to transmit the selected companion shared content to the online service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jamieson Robert Kerns, Shiva Rama Krishna Jaini, Nicola Ann Crane
  • Patent number: 10136134
    Abstract: A video encoding method is provided when three scenes are separated by two closely spaced scene changes. For scene changes spaced greater than a threshold, scene changes are programmed with I frames in a normal fashion. If less than the threshold, the method encodes depending on complexity of the first, second and third scene to determine how to encode the scene changes. To compare complexities, the process begins by using X1, X2, and X3 to note respectively the complexities of the first, the second and the third scenes. If the absolute difference of X1 and X2 is higher than a first threshold and the absolute difference of X2 and X3 is higher than a second threshold, the first scene change is more significant than the second scene change, so in that case the process encodes the first scene change as an I-frame and picks a quantization parameter (QP) based on the complexity blended from the complexity of scene 2 (X2) and scene 3 (X3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Wei Zhou, Swaroop Chanda, Wayne D. Michelsen, Jane Perera
  • Patent number: 10115032
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for training a convolutional neural network (CNN) is presented. The method includes extracting coordinates of corresponding points in the first and second locations, identifying positive points in the first and second locations, identifying negative points in the first and second locations, training features that correspond to positive points of the first and second locations to move closer to each other, and training features that correspond to negative points in the first and second locations to move away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Manmohan Chandraker, Christopher Bongsoo Choy, Silvio Savarese
  • Patent number: 10091558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a media content user interface. A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. The media content provider records and or otherwise stores video content from around the world. Subscribers are provided a user interface to the system that includes a channel bar. The channel bar is dynamically scoped responsive to interactions of a viewer with the system. Selectable elements within the channel bar provide direct access to related content regarding video content, such as television series information and cast information. In addition, the channel bar is operable in multiple modes. An EPG mode displays live video for multiple channels simultaneously. Themed modes permit channel bars that display content according to various themes which may be defined by a viewer, the provider, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory N. Christie, Alessandro Sabatelli, William M. Bachman, Imran Chaudhri, Jeffrey Robbin, Jim Young, Joe Howard, Marcel Van Os, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen O. Lemay, Jeffrey Ma, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 10080056
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Patent number: 10063905
    Abstract: A digital device and a method for controlling the digital device are disclosed in this specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyeryoung Jeong, Seunghyun Heo, Joonghee Han, Hyangjin Lee, Mingi Kim
  • Patent number: 10061985
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a first feature vector representing a video-content object corresponding to a node in a social graph, wherein the video-content object comprises frames and audio and is associated with text, the first feature vector is based on one or more of the frames; accessing a second feature vector representing the video-content object, wherein the second feature vector is based on at least some of the text; accessing a third feature vector representing the video-content object, wherein the third feature vector is based on one or more portions of the audio; determining a fourth feature vector representing the video-content object, wherein the fourth feature vector is based on a combination of the first, second, and third feature vectors; and determining a context of the video-content object based on the fourth feature vector and social-graph information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Balmanohar Paluri, Benoit F. Dumoulin, Merlyn Deng, Reena Philip, Dario Garcia Garcia
  • Patent number: 10057651
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a system for implementing a video clip service may include a video editor configured to receive a broadcast media stream and obtain a volume of social media engagements of a social media platform. The social media engagements include user engagements on the social media platform about the broadcast stream. The video editor may include a correlator configured to correlate the volume of social media engagements with a timeline of the broadcast media stream, a moment detector configured to detect one or more segments of the broadcast media stream using the volume of social media engagements, and a clip creator configured to automatically create a video clip with the one or more segments. The system may also include a video surfacer configured to provide the video clip for inclusion in a content stream of one or more users of the social media platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Baljeet Singh, Michael Folgner, David Regan, Noah Vihinen, Tom Woolway
  • Patent number: 10015547
    Abstract: A method of assisting selection of a TV channel in a linear IPTV service where a prompt to switch a TV channel to another TV channel is generated based on measures indicative of instantaneous relevance of TV programs concurrently broadcast in a plurality of linear TV channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Edwin Salomons, Rafal Borczuch
  • Patent number: 9984652
    Abstract: DisplayPort topology may be managed in the presence of sink devices that can stream audio/visual (AV) content to the source device, or can receive or transmit IO information from/to the source device. This IO information may include raw sensor data for a touch screen, for example. The framework could be used to support/map other published IO interface standards, over DisplayPort interface. A high bandwidth receive path can be configured in the topology independent of the transmit path to support inbound IO and AV functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Srikanth Kambhatla
  • Patent number: 9986278
    Abstract: There is provided a server for providing an interactive broadcast. The server includes a memory configured to store a story manager including an event controller, a story controller and an action processor, and a hardware processor configured to execute the story manager. The story manager is configured to provide, using the event controller, an event based on a control script, story elements metadata, one or more user performance analyses, and one or more user preferences. The story manager is also configured to generate, using the story controller, an action command based on the event received from the event controller and a story state. The story manager is further configured to determine, using the action processor, an action corresponding to the action command for initiating one or more control processes for distributing the interactive broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolce Stefanoski, Aljoscha Smolic
  • Patent number: 9946352
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a data acquiring unit configured to acquire content to which metadata is attached and the metadata attached to the content, the metadata being generated from data obtained from a sensor mounted on a subject, and a display control unit configured to reflect contents of the metadata acquired by the data acquiring unit in display of the content to which the metadata acquired by the data acquiring unit is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nakanishi, Kosei Yamashita, Ryo Mukaiyama, Takaomi Kimura, Hideyuki Matsunaga, Naofumi Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 9948964
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 9924470
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, at a media-player device, authentication information from a client system that is within range of at least one antenna of the media-player device. In response to receiving the authentication information, the media-player device may set a power level of each of the antennas to a maximum power level and may broadcast, by at least one antenna, broadcast signals. The media-player device may receive, from the client system, instructions to adjust a power level of each antenna. The instructions may be determined based on broadcast signals received at the client system and on the respective position of the client system that is associated with each received broadcast signal. The media-player device may adjust the power levels of each of the antennas of the plurality of antennas to define a range of broadcast based on the received instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Mateusz Marek Niewczas
  • Patent number: 9877055
    Abstract: A system and method for streaming video with dynamic user features enable content distribution systems to increase a user's total watch time. A user behavior server proposes additional watch recommendations to a user in response to detecting certain user behavior. Autoplay and autoscroll functionality is provided that permits a user to browse a video feed during playback of selected content. Global play and pause modes are disclosed that allow a user to select a preferred playback mode and have that mode persist across session and application launches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Wilms, Bryce Gibson Reid, Andrea Zvinakis, Matthew Turner Smith
  • Patent number: 9872071
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for inhibiting the presentation of spoiler content based on requested content are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Arthur Kardatzke
  • Patent number: 9854292
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for measuring audience engagement for a media asset using user motion. For example, a media guidance application may receive movement logs from a plurality of user equipment. These movement logs may contain information indicating when each of the plurality of users moved, as detected by motion sensors, while the user equipment was generating for display a media asset. The movement logs may be analyzed to determine time periods during the media asset during which greater than a certain number of the plurality of users were moving. These time periods may in turn be used to infer how engaged the plurality of users were during the media asset or what portions of the media asset the plurality of users viewed. This data may be used to determine in what media assets, or portions thereof, supplemental video content should be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Kevin Bruce Lenhart, Paul T. Stathacopoulos, William K. Corry
  • Patent number: 9818227
    Abstract: Technology is generally disclosed for augmented-reality presentations. In some embodiments, the technology can receive an indication of a user's sensitivity to an aspect of a presentation, receive general content relating to the presentation, receive overlay content relating to the presentation, combine the received general content and the received overlay content to create the presentation, and render the presentation. The overlay content may respond to the user's sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 9813776
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a secondary soundtrack to a user viewing an audiovisual work associated with a primary soundtrack. A secondary soundtrack corresponding to the primary soundtrack is determined. Soundtrack synchronization data from a user computing device is transmitted to a server, which determines a position within the primary soundtrack based on the soundtrack synchronization data. The selected secondary soundtrack is streamed to the client computing device based on the determined position, and played for a user of the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: PIN PON LLC
    Inventor: Roberto Garcia
  • Patent number: 9805119
    Abstract: A subtitle processing method, comprising: receiving an identification code of a video the uploaded by a client; searching and finding out whether a subtitle file corresponding to the identification code exists or not in a video subtitle mapping database; if the subtitle file corresponding to the identification code is found, returning the subtitle search result to the client; or if no subtitle file corresponding to the identification code is found, searching for another identification code located in the same aggregation result for the identification code from a video aggregation database; according to the other identification code, searching and finding out whether a subtitle file corresponding thereto exists or not in the video subtitle mapping database; and returning the subtitle search result to the client. The above-mentioned subtitle processing method can improve the hit rate when searching for subtitle file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Gang Liu
  • Patent number: 9723349
    Abstract: A terminal device acquires a part of an audio-visual content regenerated by a video display apparatus. The terminal device acquires contents information of the audio-visual content based on the part of the audio-visual content. The terminal device acquires the available enhanced service based on the contents information and regenerates the available enhanced service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyoungsoo Moon, Jaehee Chung, Hyeonjae Lee, Jinpil Kim, Aettie Ji, Kyungho Kim, Sanghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9716912
    Abstract: A method of a broadcast receiving device to receive broadcast service includes: receiving a broadcast table; receiving service signaling data corresponding to a service object; determining a consumption model of the service object on the basis of the service signaling data; receiving a content item configuring the service object on the basis of the service signaling data when the consumption model is a predetermined consumption model; displaying a guide on content on the basis of the broadcast table or the service signaling data; identifying one of the received content item according to an additional information request on the content; and controlling the guide on the basis of the identified content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joonhui Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jongyeul Suh, Kwansuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9712865
    Abstract: Provided are a method, device and system for switching back transferred-for-play digital media content. The method includes: after digital media content being played at a first equipment is transferred to a second equipment, the second equipment identifies a user action; and the second equipment switches the digital media content being played back to the first equipment according to the identified user action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Haijun Liu, Yunjun Zhou
  • Patent number: 9706256
    Abstract: A system and method for making a semantic annotation for a moving object in an interactive video and an interface for the system is described. The annotation creating system may include an annotation creating unit adapted to create annotation information on a moving object contained in a video, and an annotation replaying unit adapted to execute a preview of the annotation information by the video frame or shot. The video and the annotation information may be registered in a platform for sharing the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Geun Sik Jo
  • Patent number: 9705944
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a multi-terminal synchronous play control method and apparatus. The method includes: receiving, by a virtual server, a play instruction issued by a user, where the play instruction is an instruction for playing a media file; and sending, by the virtual server, control information respectively to player terminals entering a virtual studio, where the control information is used to control the player terminals to play the media file synchronously on corresponding channels at corresponding play time. With the multi-terminal synchronous play control method and apparatus, multiple player terminals can play the same media file synchronously, and different player terminals can play different channels of the same media file synchronously, which achieves a good play effect and improves the play experience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu Dong
  • Patent number: 9703846
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for presenting content based on a generic rating are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Joon-Hee Jeon, Michael Kleinerman, Sungsoo Lim, Sun-Gi Hong, Jae Won Seo
  • Patent number: 9674290
    Abstract: A platform receives service requests from a principal. The service request includes a service location that is remote from the principal. A communication session between the principal and an agent that is near the service location is provided. The agent is available to perform the service, which may include remote videography services, tutorial services, or personal shopping services, over the communication session. The principal generates gesture data to direct the agent when performing the service. A visual representation of the gesture data is provided to the agent so that the agent may follow the principal's direction. The gesture data may be blended and/or overlaid image data captured by an image sensor employed by the agent. The principal may provide financial resources to the agent to enable the agent to perform the service and/or compensate the agent for their performance. The principal is enabled to provide metrics for the agent's performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: uZoom, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Rincon, Gregory Harrison, Dean Graziano, Leonard Leung
  • Patent number: 9661367
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 9646387
    Abstract: According to some aspects, methods and systems may include receiving, by a computing device, metadata identifying an event occurring in a video program, and determining an expected motion of objects in the identified event. The methods and systems may further include analyzing motion energy in the video program to identify video frames in which the event occurs, and storing information identifying the video frames in which the event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Schwartz, Jan Neumann, Hassan Sayyadi-Harikandehei, Stefan Deichmann
  • Patent number: 9635073
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for implementing interactive applications by storing and retrieving streaming video clips and associated metadata are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ubitus Inc.
    Inventors: Jung-Chang Kuo, Sheng Lung Yang, Wei Hao Peng
  • Patent number: 9621938
    Abstract: A scheme for providing targeted advertisements in a multicast adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming environment. In one implementation, ads specific to a subscriber's demographic profile and relevant to the genre of a tuned MABR media channel may be downloaded in a gateway (GW) or into a network storage system. In another implementation, multicast ABR streams of ads may be triggered at specific points (e.g., insertion markers in a multicast ABR media channel) that can be selectively joined by a GW node based on demographics and channel genre. In yet another implementation, continuously streaming multicast ad channels may be switched at suitable points in a multicast ABR media channel based on targeting parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ERICSSON AB
    Inventors: Chris Phillips, Jennifer Ann Reynolds, Robert Hammond Forsman, Carl Furgusson
  • Patent number: 9621960
    Abstract: A mobile device may be registered to participate in selection of television programming for presentation by a display device external the mobile device. An indication of selection of particular television programming for presentation by a display device may be received from the mobile device. A determination may be made, based on the indication of selection, whether a collective indication of selection tally of the particular television programming is greater than a collective indication of selection tally of other television programming. The particular television programming may be output for presentation by the display device when the particular television programming has a collective indication of selection tally greater than a collective indication of selection tally of other television programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Chris Hardy, Allan Yarborough
  • Patent number: 9613363
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to determine a consumer classification segment. A disclosed example method involves generating, with a processor, a list of consumer classification segments based on geographic indicators associated with a mobile device, associating, with the processor, the mobile device with a first consumer classification segment of the list of consumer classification segments if the geographic indicators were retrieved while a first application was executed, and associating, with the processor, the mobile device with a second consumer classification segment of the list of consumer classification segments if the geographic indicators were retrieved while a second application was executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Laura Cochran, David R. Miller, Jeff Stevens, Mark Nelson
  • Patent number: 9596510
    Abstract: Provided is a method of a receiver to receive a broadcast service. The method includes: receiving a content; obtaining information on an adjunct service of the broadcast service from the content; transmitting a trigger request according to the information on the adjunct service; receiving at least one trigger in response to the request; and performing a trigger action on a trigger target object at a trigger time on the basis of the received at least one trigger, wherein the received at least one trigger is located in a specific time segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyoungsoo Moon, Hyeonjae Lee, Kyungho Kim, Joonhui Lee
  • Patent number: 9584878
    Abstract: Embodiments of present invention provide a method and system for collecting, transmitting, editing and integrating, broadcasting, and receiving signals. The method comprises acquiring one and/or more audio signals and one and/or more video signals or the one program collected by one and/or more audio and video collection terminals; editing and integrating the one and/or more audio signals and the one and/or more video signals or the one program on a network platform, and then broadcasting; selecting among the one and/or more audio signals and the one and/or more video signals for the one program at a receiving terminal, and receiving the selected audio signal and video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Yong Lu
  • Patent number: 9576334
    Abstract: Systems for, and methods of, displaying video information comprising: a second screen device obtaining current play position data of a video being played on a primary screen device (e.g., obtaining from the primary screen device an identification of a current play position of the video, or obtaining information to generate an acoustic fingerprint of the video); determining a current play position of the video playing on the primary screen device based upon the current play position data (e.g., identification of the current play position or the acoustic fingerprint); downloading information (e.g., video map, subtitles, moral principles, objectionable content, memorable content, performers, geographical maps, shopping, plot point, item, ratings, trivia information, and recipe information) over a computer communications network into the memory of the second screen device; and displaying information on the second screen device synchronized with the contemporaneously played video on the primary screen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Max Abecassis, Ryan M. Donahue
  • Patent number: 9544650
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for presenting news items corresponding to media content are provided. In some implementations, the method comprises: determining a channel that is providing a television program; determining whether news content corresponding to the channel exists, wherein the determining further comprises: obtaining news documents, determining keywords associated with the news documents based on frequency, receiving captioning content corresponding to the channel, determining whether at least one of the keywords associated with the news documents is included in the captioning content, selecting a news document in response to determining that keywords associated with the news document are included in the captioning content, and obtaining one or more news items that correspond to the news document; and causing the one or more news items relating to the television program to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 9535450
    Abstract: Synchronizing a data stream with an associated metadata stream by receiving a data stream and a metadata stream having a plurality of metadata events associated with the data stream, identifying within the data stream a plurality of data events, matching each of the data events to one of the metadata events in accordance with a matching criterion, and synchronizing the data stream with the metadata stream by effecting a relative time shift between the metadata stream and the data stream in accordance with a time shift adjustment value that results in the smallest sum of absolute differences between time indices of each matched data event and metadata event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shay Ben-David, Evgeny Hazanovich, Zak Mandel
  • Patent number: 9538229
    Abstract: A method may include receiving and outputting a selected multimedia stream at a mobile device. It is determined that a user wishes to browse other available multimedia streams. The selected multimedia stream is paused while the user browses the other available multimedia streams. The selected multimedia stream is cached while the user browses the other available multimedia streams. It is determined that the user has finished browsing the other available multimedia streams. The cached multimedia stream is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Afshin Moshrefi, Rahul Khushoo, Changqing Wang
  • Patent number: 9525913
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for inhibiting the presentation of spoiler content based on requested content are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Arthur Kardatzke
  • Patent number: 9516353
    Abstract: A method for generating a set of aggregated media content includes storing a plurality of segments of media data. The method further includes organizing the segments into a set of aggregated content including content for generating a plurality of sets of assembled content. The plurality of segments includes a first segment and a second segment. The method further includes generating a first set of metadata for the first segment specifying a first source index location of the first segment in the set of aggregated media content and a first target index location of the first segment in a first set of assembled media content, and a second set of metadata for the second segment specifying a second source index location of the second segment in the set of aggregated media content and a second target index location of the second segment in a second set of assembled media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kate Megan Carney Landow, John Anthony Card, II
  • Patent number: 9510047
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically performing a media action based on the status of external components are provided. A media asset is determined to be presented on a user equipment device. Components external to the user equipment device are monitored to obtain status information pertaining to the components. A determination is made as to whether a media action is associated with the status information. The identified media action is performed for the media asset in response to determining that the media asset is associated with the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: China Arai, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9462353
    Abstract: An enhanced television service provides a shared folder over a television network, such as a fiber optic network. Users, the service provider, or trusted sources, share use of a program folder via television. A user recommends content, such as a program listing, to other geographically dispersed subscribers, by sending the content to the subscribers' shared folder. Users may create a personal content guide for use instead of a standard program guide that contains identical listings for all subscribers. The shared folder may consist of programs from a variety of channels as well as other content and may be populated by trusted sources in remote locations. Users may search for content that matches search criteria and may delete or edit listings from the shared folder. The contents of the folder may not only include program listings, but also other content such as movies, television shows, web sites, photos, home videos, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Joel S. Angiolillo, Xi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9456240
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus providing UI functionality at a client device via a video decoder/renderer operates to decode a compressed video stream bearing UI imagery and a messaging proxy is adapted to process user interaction data indicative of a local function to invoke an application programming interface (API) associated with the local function in order to select an appropriate channel of the decoded compressed video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Donovan McMahon, David James Colter, Douglas Masaur Ike