Interactive Data Transmitted In Video Signal Band (e.g., Vbi Or Hbi Data) Patents (Class 725/136)
  • Patent number: 10318982
    Abstract: For ad campaigns that have multiple advertisements, each associated with an ad creative, which are automatically selected, an online system may bias selection of advertisements away from underestimated advertisements and towards early-selected advertisements with positive user interactions. To increase the likelihood of various advertisements in an ad campaign being evaluated for presentation to users, the online system may: associate a relatively high performance score with each advertisement in an ad campaign, randomly select advertisements from an ad campaign, modify bid amounts associated with advertisements in the ad campaign, or allocate a portion of the ad campaign's budget for allocation across advertisements in the ad campaign. After presenting a threshold number of advertisements in an ad campaign or receiving an instruction from an advertiser, advertisements from the ad campaign may be selected using conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinmay Deepak Karande, Joaquin Ignacio Quinonero Candela, Yaron Greif
  • Patent number: 10321189
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing content are disclosed. An example method can comprise monitoring a number of users accessing content, and recording a first segment of the content if the number of users accessing the content reaches a threshold value. A second segment of the content can be recorded based on a request to record the second segment of the content, and at least a portion of the recording of the first segment of the content can be associated with the recording of the second segment of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ronald Wannamaker
  • Patent number: 10290032
    Abstract: Described are methods, systems, and apparatus for recommending catalog items for blacklisting. For each of a plurality of catalog items: image features are extracted; image features are associated with the catalog item; and user purchase events, user view events, a textual description, and categories are associated with the catalog item by the recommendation system. An identification of a first blacklisted catalog item is received. A catalog item is identified by the recommendation system based on i) a similarity between the image features associated with the first blacklisted catalog item and the image features associated with the catalog item, and ii) a correspondence between at least one of the user purchase events, the user view events, the textual description, or the categories associated with the blacklisted catalog item and the user purchase events, the user view events, the textual description, or the categories associated with the catalog item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Criteo SA
    Inventors: Olivier Koch, Pierre-Emmanuel Mazaré, Romain Lerallut, Dan Teodosiu
  • Patent number: 10276166
    Abstract: A method of detecting an occurrence of splicing in a speech signal includes comparing one or more discontinuities in the test speech signal to one or more reference speech signals corresponding to the test speech signal. The method may further include calculating a frame-based spectral-like representation ST of the speech signal, and calculating a frame-based spectral-like representation SE of a reference speech signal corresponding to the speech signal. The method further includes aligning ST and SE in time and frequency, calculating a distance function associated with aligned ST and SE, and evaluating the distance function to determine a score. The method also includes comparing the score to a threshold to detect if splicing occurs in the speech signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Zvi Kons, Ron Hoory, Hagai Aronowitz
  • Patent number: 10271098
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying which video segment is being displayed on a screen of a television system. The video segment is identified by deriving data from the television signals, the derived data being indicative of the video segment being displayed on file screen. This feature can be used to extract a viewer's reaction (such as changing the channel) to a specific video segment (such as an advertisement) and reporting the extracted information as metrics. The systems and methods may further provide contextually targeted content to the television system. The contextual targeting is based on not only identification of the video segment being displayed, but also a determination concerning the playing time or offset time of the particular portion of the video segment being currently displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Edo Liberty
  • Patent number: 10250933
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for providing content recommendation by obtaining metadata associated with a media object, extracting from the metadata a plurality of terms associated with the media object, and mapping at least a portion of the plurality of terms to buckets. A query vector having attributes corresponding to the buckets is used to perform a query on a database storing media object documents having attributes corresponding to the buckets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Brian Whitman, David Rodger
  • Patent number: 10242007
    Abstract: A system may receive a search term from a user device. The system may identify a set of media files based on the search term, the set of media files including multiple media files. The system may automatically create a single media file by combining the multiple media files, from the set of media files, into the single media file. The system may output the single media file for presentation on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Devin Blong, Kevin Flores, Mat Mejia, Tushar Chaudhary, Paresh Vakhariya, Jason Goldsmith, Manish Sharma
  • Patent number: 10232272
    Abstract: A system and method is provided that generates a game log that specifies game events during gameplay to enable efficient distribution of video game playback, facilitates the annotation of gameplay through content from users and others, and generates a video game stream that includes the game log and content. The system facilitates the efficient sharing of video game playback, as well as annotations from users and others. For example, e-sportscasters may use the system to broadcast video game playback with their commentary and/or graphical overlays. Video game players may use the system to share video game playback efficiently with other users. The system may also facilitate the sharing of loadout conditions and micro-transactions relevant to video game playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Marr, Keith S. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10225589
    Abstract: Simplifying subtitle display processing in a variable speed reproduction mode on the receiving side is intended. A video stream formed with a video packet having coded image data in a payload is generated. A subtitle stream formed with a subtitle packet having subtitle information in a payload is generated. A multiplexed stream including the video stream and the subtitle stream is generated and transmitted. In generating the multiplexed stream, the subtitle packet is arranged at a random access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10187605
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for transmitting and displaying video frames or groups of video frames of program content. A program content processor is utilized with an added material processor to insert added material to a limited number of the video frames or groups of video frames of the program content. A broadcasting/transmission device configured to transmit the program content with the added material to a plurality of users who can selectively receive the program content. A controller operable for selectively controlling a speed of the playback of the program content so that the added material becomes readily discernible by the user. An electronic response device is utilized by the user to respond to the now user discernible added material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: W. Eric Blayney, Christopher Seckel
  • Patent number: 10142697
    Abstract: Various enhanced interactive TV experiences are supported by a real-time TV service that can interact over a network with applications running on interactive TV platforms. The real-time television service enables data, video, and communication user interface (UI) elements to be supported alongside the linear TV content in three discrete navigational states, each with a specific role aligning to user intent. In the case of one particular UI element—a focused companion panel—a live stream of personalized data is supported that enhances the user's comprehension and awareness of live events. The real-time TV service can further enable users to opt in to certain customizable events and be served notifications on the TV screen on which their attention is directed, and follow the notification into an application that lands them on a specific piece of content that satisfies specific conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Bielman, Helen Lam, Michelle Tze Hiang Chua, Shannon Yen Yun Lee, Matthew Nigel Carter, Matthew Davy Walsh, David Seymour, Preetinderpal S. Mangat, William Michael Mozell, Jesse William Wesson, Michael James Mahar, Raymond Alexander Chi-Yue Lum, Michael James Perzel, Cameron David James McRae, Darrin Adam Brown, Dashan Yue, Remus Radu, Eric C. Bridgwater, David T. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10129098
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for device resource enumeration are described herein. In one example, an enumeration module may include logic executable at a networked device. The enumeration module may be configured to enumerate resources of the networked device without dependency on write permissions to a file system of the networked device, and generate a data object stored in a memory unit of the networked device based on the enumerated resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Commons, Todd Rawlings
  • Patent number: 10116982
    Abstract: System and methods for finding and analyzing target content from audio and video content sources, including means and methods for extracting captions from audio and video content sources; searching the captions for a mention of at least one target; extracting audio and video segments relating to the at least one target; delivering extracted audio and video segments to a user device; harvesting social media data relevant to the target content; analyzing the search results in correlation with the social media data for target content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: CROSSBAR MEDIA GROUP, INC
    Inventor: Samir Abed
  • Patent number: 10116986
    Abstract: A digital video recorder control database is maintained for a digital video recorder in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes. The database includes program content, associated programming metadata, and a recording schedule. A subset of the digital video recorder control database is pushed from the digital video recorder control database to the plurality of set-top boxes for local caching on the plurality of set-top boxes. The subset includes at least a portion of the recording schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, Douglas Frusciano, Carissa Mahonchak
  • Patent number: 10099116
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system comprises a game controller module, a trigger satisfaction module, a metadata module, and a marker module. The game controller module may be configured to receive user control signals and execute gameplay based on the user control signals. The trigger satisfaction module may be configured to determine whether one or more events that occur during the gameplay satisfy one or more trigger conditions of a trigger. The metadata module may be configured to generate one or more trigger satisfaction indicators based on the satisfaction of the one or more trigger conditions of the trigger. The marker module may be configured to associate the one or more trigger satisfaction indicators with video of the gameplay to generate one or more game event markers to be used to enable a viewer to jump to one or more game segments associated with the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Michael Lewis, Hans Van Veenendaal, Jonathan Back, Thomas Bruckschlegel
  • Patent number: 10091543
    Abstract: To monitor audio-visual content which includes captions, caption fingerprints are derived from a length of each word in the caption, without regard to the identity of the character or characters forming the word. Audio-visual content is searched to identify a caption event having a matching fingerprint and missing captions; caption timing errors and caption discrepancies are measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Snell Advanced Media Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Diggins
  • Patent number: 10075140
    Abstract: Media devices present content such as games, audiobooks, music, movies, and so forth. During presentation of content, usage data may be acquired which provides information about how the media device is configured to present the content. For example, the usage data may indicate at which times during presentation that a user has increased or decreased volume for presentation of a movie. Information from a plurality of users may be analyzed to develop a presentation profile, which indicates at what times in the movie users have increased or decreased volume. During subsequent presentation of the content, a media device may use the presentation profile to adjust presentation settings of the content without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Sim Dietrich, Eric Peter Raeber
  • Patent number: 10031728
    Abstract: A system may receive application data in a client-incompatible format and convert at least a portion of the application data into an alternate client-compatible format. In one example, the incompatible format may comprise Enhanced Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) while a client-compatible format may include a web format such as JavaScript, XML or HTML. Interactions (e.g., commands and user input) associated with the application may be received and converted. The interactions may then be processed using the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: David de Andrade, Michael J. Cook, Labeeb K. Ismail, Mark Andrew Vickers
  • Patent number: 9918136
    Abstract: Content delivery and playback methods and apparatus are described. The methods and apparatus are well suited for delivery and playback of content corresponding to a 360 degree environment and can be used to support streaming and/or real time delivery of 3D content corresponding to an event, e.g., while the event is ongoing or after the event is over. Portions of the environment are captured by cameras located at different positions. The content captured from different locations is encoded and made available for delivery. A playback device selects the content to be received based in a user's head position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: NextVR Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Alan McKay Moss
  • Patent number: 9852190
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for retrieving information via a flexible and consistent targeted search model that employs interactive dynamic menu information retrieval techniques that provide context-specific functionality tailored to particular information channels, as well as to records within or across such channels, and other known state information. Users are presented with a consistent search interface among multiple tiers across and within a large domain of information sources, and need not learn different or special search syntax. A thin-client server-controlled architecture enables users of resource-constrained mobile communications devices to locate targeted information more quickly by entering fewer keystrokes and performing fewer query iterations and web page refreshes, which in turn reduces required network bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TROPARE, INC.
    Inventors: G. Gregory Carpenter, Timothy L. Kay
  • Patent number: 9774926
    Abstract: A flexible video-on-demand viewing period is varied depending on whether the customer has completed viewing the entire program, allowing the viewing period to be extended if the customer has not completed viewing the entire program. The approach better assures the customer that they will have the opportunity to complete viewing the entire program, compared to a fixed rental period, while assuring program copyright owners that the utility of the rental is limited, fundamentally as intended, preserving the future value of the asset. The approach also enables viewers to retain bookmarks as needed for content that is not naturally tied to a rental period, such as subscription video-on-demand, without unnecessarily enlarging their list of active rentals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Greenfield
  • Patent number: 9743143
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide for setting a timer via an interactive trigger. The interactive trigger may be combined with a video stream and detected when the video stream is to be displayed. Based on the detection, a selectable display object associated with the interactive trigger may be displayed with the display of the video stream. Selection of the selectable display object may enable a timer to be set based on the interactive trigger. The timer enabled by the interactive trigger may be a recording timer, an auto-tune timer or a reminder timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Daniel Overbaugh, Casey Paiz, Taun Crum, Timothy Heckathorn, Kate Megan Carney Landow
  • Patent number: 9706250
    Abstract: Disclosed is that datacast information from at least one or more broadcast station is searched for information that a user wants to view and searched information is presented to the user in a manner desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Go Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9668031
    Abstract: Media rich content server systems and methods are operable to provide access to supplemental media rich content at a portable media device. An exemplary embodiment communicatively couples a portable media device to a media device that initially receives a media content stream comprising at least one supplemental media rich content trigger, wherein the supplemental media rich content trigger includes access information configured to access at least one media rich content server; receives a portion of the media content stream with the supplemental media rich content trigger at the portable media device; establishes a communication link between the portable media device and the media rich content server based upon the access information in the received supplemental media rich content trigger; receives supplemental media rich content from the media rich content server; and presents at least the received supplemental media rich content on a display of the portable media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kate Landow, John Card, Daniel Overbaugh
  • Patent number: 9661044
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivery of localized media assets to a content playback device are disclosed. A file server stores a base file and localized file associated with a localized media content. The base file and localized file each include one or more fragments. A web server delivers base file fragments and localized file fragments from the file server to the content playback device. Playback logic contained in one or more playlists determines an order of streaming each of the plurality of base file fragments and each of the plurality of localized file fragments for playback of the localized media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Kevin Liao, Jared McPhillen
  • Patent number: 9654828
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing content are disclosed. An example method can comprise monitoring a number of users accessing content, and recording a first segment of the content if the number of users accessing the content reaches a threshold value. A second segment of the content can be recorded based on a request to record the second segment of the content, and at least a portion of the recording of the first segment of the content can be associated with the recording of the second segment of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ronald Wannamaker
  • Patent number: 9628545
    Abstract: A system and method for using a webpad to select a target device which is to receive from a source device a stream of a digital representation of a media. The webpad is used to send a transmission to the source device to cause the source device to route the stream of the digital representation of the media to the target device where the target device decodes and converts the digital representation of the media into analog signals to thereby allow for a reproduction of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CALLAHAN CELLULAR L.L.C.
    Inventors: Craig M. Janik, Nick Kalayjian, Bruce Edwards, Josh Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9578379
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for identifying media assets. A media guidance application may receive a first user rating for a first portion of a first media asset and a second user rating for a second portion of the first media asset. Each of the first portion and the second portion of the first media asset may be associated with metadata. The media guidance application may determine whether the second user rating is higher than the first user rating. The media guidance application may also determine a property of the first media asset determining a property of the first media asset based on the first metadata and the second metadata. In response to determining that the second user rating is higher than the first user rating, the media guidance application may identify a second media asset that is associated with the property of the first media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Klappert, Glen E. Roe, Curtis Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9571872
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are described to process timed text that is associated with television or other video programming. Pre-set data that describes the particular format of the timed text that is associated with a program is initially received and stored at the television receiver prior to receiving the program with encoded timed text. The timed text that is associated with the received program is interpreted according to the pre-set data previously stored at the television receiver, and the program with the interpreted timed text is output to a display for presentation to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kate Landow
  • Patent number: 9554197
    Abstract: A method of processing an interactive service and an apparatus includes generating an application parameter table including a first identifier and a second identifier, wherein the first identifier identifies a interactive programming segment which application parameter table pertains to, and wherein the second identifier identifies an application within the scope of application parameter table; generating an activation message file that indicates at least one of activation times of the applications, wherein the activation message file includes a third identifier and activation messages, wherein the third identifier matches the first identifier of application parameter table which contains the applications, wherein the activation message includes a fourth identifier and a start time information, wherein the fourth identifier matches the second identifier of the application in the application parameter table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Byungsun Park, Kyoungsoo Moon, Gomer Thomas, Seungjoo An, Jinwon Lee, Jinpil Kim, Kyungho Kim, Aettie Ji
  • Patent number: 9544619
    Abstract: A multi-view video streaming system and a method of providing the same. A streaming module streams at least part of individual-view videos of a multi-view video taken at different views to a user terminal under the control of a control module. Each individual-view video corresponds to at least part of predefined user types. A command receiving module receives a view movement command from the user terminal. An target view determination module determines an target individual-view video to be streamed to the user terminal from among the individual-view videos based on the view movement command. A user type determination module determines a user type of a user corresponding to the user terminal from among the predefined user types. The streaming module streams the target individual-view video to the user terminal when the type of the user corresponds to a user type set to the target individual-view video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: NEXT AEON INC.
    Inventors: Gyu Hyon Kim, Hyun Kyu Sin
  • Patent number: 9535722
    Abstract: A system and method includes a host device, an intermediate device and a user device. A network is in communication with the host device, the intermediate device and the user device. The host device communicates a first graphics command and a second graphics command to the intermediate device. The intermediate device composites the first graphics command and the second graphics command to form a composite graphics command and communicating the composite graphics command to the user device. The user device generates a screen display in response to the composite graphics command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S. Lee, Scott D. Casavant, Phillip T. Wang
  • Patent number: 9537675
    Abstract: Provided is a method of transmitting and receiving personal broadcasting data in a peer-to-peer (P2P) based network. A terminal (client) that receives a personal broadcast requests a tracker server for a viewing reservation by using electronic program guide (EPG) information or a uniform resource locator (URL) of a personal broadcasting channel, a terminal (broadcaster) that transmits personal broadcasting data receives a list of clients that made a viewing reservation of the personal broadcast from the tracker server and notifies the clients about starting of the personal broadcast when it is time to start the personal broadcast. Accordingly, the client starts streaming when notified of the starting of the personal broadcast by connecting to the personal broadcasting channel after making the viewing reservation, without having to wait for the personal broadcast to start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guanhua Zhang, Hee-Seok Yu, O-Hoon Kwon, Sung-Bin Im, Akhil Chapalamadugu
  • Patent number: 9525921
    Abstract: A method of processing an interactive service and an apparatus thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Byungsun Park, Kyoungsoo Moon, Gomer Thomas, Seungjoo An, Jinwon Lee, Jinpil Kim, Kyungho Kim, Aettie Ji
  • Patent number: 9521460
    Abstract: A receiving device embodiment receives a user command from an external source. The user command is directed to a remote target destination. A first interactive programming command communicator embodiment generates a mobile device command from the received user command, and communicates the mobile device command to a mobile device. A second interactive programming command communicator embodiment receives the mobile device command from the receiving device. A target destination is identified from information in the mobile device command, and information from the mobile device command is communicated to the target destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9497404
    Abstract: The invention relates to an auto zapping function corresponding to user' taste. A block receives a particular channel and disassembles the received channel into intervals (chapters) of predetermined length. The block calculates scores of chapters, based on a result of comparison of EPG information of a program from an EPG acquiring part, symbol information from a symbol information managing part, viewing history from a viewing history managing part, and news information from WWW news site and the like in an RSS acquiring part, etc. with meta information obtained from the chapters, viewer responsiveness obtained from the chapters, etc., and provides a result of calculation and starting time and ending time of the chapters to a chapter selecting part. The chapter selecting part selects chapters to be most highly recommended to a user, based on scores, which are provided from the block, for chapters of a program being broadcasted in each channel. The selected chapters are sequentially reproduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Negi
  • Patent number: 9491496
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media content delivery system generating a supplemental content stream associated with a primary media content stream, the supplemental content stream including one or more supplemental content instances temporally aligned with one or more content moments in a media program represented by the primary media content stream, and facilitating concurrent streaming of the primary media content stream and the supplemental content stream to a media content access device, the streams configured for concurrent presentation by the media content access device in a user interface. A presentation of the supplemental content stream in the user interface may be transparent to a user during a presentation of a segment of the media program that is not part of the one or more content moments in the media program and visible to the user during the presentation of the one or more content moments in the media program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Amit B. Patadia, Lakshmi N. Chakarapani
  • Patent number: 9456254
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a system includes an end device configured to transmit a user input; and a television apparatus configured to: receive the user input from the end device, determine a query that is associated with a function that is executable by the television apparatus, based at least in part on the user input, execute the function that corresponds to the determined query, and generate a reply to the determined query based at least in part on a result of the execution of the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventors: Joo-won Sung, Du-seong Chang
  • Patent number: 9407893
    Abstract: A method and system for recording a media file, include a recorder and a player. The recorder receives in real time a first content of the media file; stores the first content in a recorded media file; and determines that the recorded media file includes a hole. The player plays in real time the recorded media file including the hole. The recorder then receives a second file data packet which includes a second content of the media file to fill the hole, and stores the second content in the recorded media file. The recorded media file can be replayed with the filled hole. During the replay, more content of the media file is played than during the first play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: TP LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9343108
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display, a selecting unit, and a writing unit. The display displays a list of multiple combinations of multiple types of information synchronously played back as first information. The selecting unit selects a new combination of the multiple types of information from the combinations of the multiple types of information included in the first information displayed by the display. The writing unit writes out the combination of the multiple types of information selected by the selecting unit as second information synchronously played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Nagamine
  • Patent number: 9336332
    Abstract: Systems, methods and techniques for discovering, managing and/or representing data are described. In particular, systems and methods for acquiring, representing, and disseminating data independently of, for example, the nature of the data sources or the data storage infrastructure, are described. Such discovery, management and/or representation may be enabled by various manners of integration into pre-existing network architecture, enabled via system(s) or method(s) implemented remotely from pre-existing network architecture, and/or enabled via programmatic integration into existing computing applications such as Web applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CLIPCARD INC.
    Inventors: Don W. Davis, Michael P. Gerlek, Ryan Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9325958
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for publicly broadcasting and user display of video frames or groups of video frames of program content. A program content processor is utilized with an added material processor to insert added material to a limited number of the video frames or groups of video frames of the program content. A broadcasting device configured to broadcast the program content with the added material to a plurality of users who can selectively receive the program content. A controller operable for selectively controlling a speed of the playback of the program content so that the added material becomes readily discernible by the user. An electronic response device is utilized by the user to respond to the now user detectable added material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Eric Blayney
  • Patent number: 9319447
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for synchronizing an action in a piece of Rich Media® content with a change in a piece of audiovisual content, said Rich Media® and audiovisual content being part of a Rich Media® presentation. According to the invention, the method comprises the following steps: obtaining a piece of information representative of said change in said piece of audiovisual content, or change information; synchronizing an action in said piece of Rich Media® content with said change, said synchronization step including the following substeps: converting said change information into a Rich Media® event; detecting said event by at least one Rich Media® object of said presentation; triggering said action in said presentation on the basis of said detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Streamezzo
    Inventors: Pierre-Erwann Gouesbet, Stephane Bellanger, Jean-Claude Dufourd
  • Patent number: 9311394
    Abstract: Speech representing a desired video site or video subject is detected and digitized at a TV remote, and then sent to a TV. The TV or in some embodiments an Internet server communicating with the TV use speech recognition principles to recognize the speech, enter a database using the recognized speech as entering argument, and return a link to an Internet site hosting the desired video. The link can be displayed on the TV for selection thereof by a user to retrieve the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Behram Mario Dacosta
  • Patent number: 9271038
    Abstract: This technique relates to a receiving device, a receiving method, a providing device, a providing method, a program and a broadcasting system that can notify the receiving side of control information such as the timing to synchronize an application program with progress of a show without using a television broadcast signal. When the application control type written in the application control descriptor is 3, the receiving device acquires application control data from a server, and, for example, acquires and starts a new information service application in accordance with the segment data forming the application control data. When an external device is designated as the command destination device, the receiving device generates a command for the external device, and outputs the command to the external device. In accordance with the command from the receiving device, the external device, for example, acquires and starts the new information service application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9226001
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing content supplementary information, a recorded medium related thereto, a personal storage device, and a method of controlling the personal storage device are disclosed. One aspect of the invention provides an apparatus for providing supplementary information of a multimedia content that is connected over a network with a user terminal. The apparatus includes: a receiving unit configured to receive from the user terminal a request for supplementary information of a multimedia content currently in use by a user, where the request for supplementary information comprises at least one of an identifier of the multimedia content, an identifier of supplementary information related to the multimedia content, and address information of a personal storage device matching the user terminal; and a control unit configured to provide control such that the requested supplementary information is read from a database and transmitted to the personal storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventor: Jung Sam Han
  • Patent number: 9226029
    Abstract: Provided are a method and an apparatus for a client, connected to a broadcasting network and an Internet network, to receive data for executing an application through the broadcasting network or the Internet network, according to information about the application received through the broadcasting network. The method includes: receiving information about the application from at least one of the through the broadcasting network; and receiving data for executing the application from at least one of the broadcasting network and the Internet network based on the received information about the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mun-jo Kim, Eun-hee Rhim, Soon-back Cha, In-chul Hwang
  • Patent number: 9196004
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for detecting when an online session is compromised. A plurality of device fingerprints may be collected from a user computer that is associated with a designated Session ID. A server may include pages that are delivered to a user for viewing in a browser at which time device fingerprints and Session ID information are collected. By collecting device fingerprints and session information at several locations among the pages delivered by the server throughout an online session, and not only one time or at log-in, a comparison between the fingerprints in association with a Session ID can identify the likelihood of session tampering and man-in-the middle attacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: The 41st Parameter, Inc.
    Inventor: Ori Eisen
  • Patent number: 9197932
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing content are disclosed. An example method can comprise monitoring a number of users accessing content, and recording a first segment of the content if the number of users accessing the content reaches a threshold value. A second segment of the content can be recorded based on a request to record the second segment of the content, and at least a portion of the recording of the first segment of the content can be associated with the recording of the second segment of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ronald Wannamaker
  • Patent number: 9191610
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for storing a media stream on a storage medium, wherein the media stream is based upon at least one source file. An index file for the media stream is created, and the at least one source file is processed to create at least one media file that is stored on the storage medium. The index file is updated to reference at least a portion of the at least one media file, and the index file is stored on the storage medium. Such techniques may be useful, for example, in encoding information onto a disk drive, flash drive or other portable media compatible with a placeshifting audio/video player or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sling Media PVT Ltd.
    Inventor: Anant Madhava Kulkarni