Headend Patents (Class 725/138)
  • Patent number: 10217131
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system, is provided to take not just a person's time and location into consideration, but also has knowledge of and takes into account their availability, their preferences, their schedule, their purpose for being at their current location, and/or their next goal or stop. One embodiment is able to take into account a real-time view of supplier inventory and deduce and make available much better-adapted offerings and support for that person's travels and endeavors. In one embodiment, having an understanding of a rate of conversion and its relation to traffic and weather patterns allows service providers to make more accurate predictions about various items, including but not limited to, conversion rates, offer types, offer upgrades, traffic etc. In yet another aspect of the invention, the information collected from many travelers, and also information collected from airlines and weather observers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DEEM, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Handel, Patrick Grady, Mark Orttung, Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 10171876
    Abstract: A media switch device includes at least one media input port, a media input/extension composite port, a media output port, a media switch unit and a command switching and control module. The command switching and control module receives a response command from the media input/extension composite port to determine whether the media input/extension composite port is connected to a source device or to another media switch device. The command switching and control module receives a query command from the media output port to determine whether the media output port is connected to a sink device or to another media switch device. Related media switch system and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ATEN INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo Feng Kao, Hsing-Ju Shih
  • Patent number: 9961374
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system of pause and replay of media content through bookmarks on a server device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of a server device includes authenticating a user of a client device, communicating a media content to the client device through a network, processing a pause request of the client device to pause the media content, storing a bookmark location indicating a current playback location of the media content in the client device on the server device, processing a play request of the user to play the media content from the bookmark location (e.g., the play request may be received from a different client device of the user), and communicating the media content from the bookmark location to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Arun Kalmanje, Sachin Gupta
  • Patent number: 9942612
    Abstract: A television receiver, comprising a television signal input, a tuner, a frame buffer, a control input, a pattern recognition unit, and an electronic program guide unit. In operation, the television signal input receives a television signal. The tuner generates consecutive frames of a selected television channel on the basis of the television signal and is connected to a screen so as to drive the screen to display the frames consecutively. The frame buffer buffers the frames. The control input receives a scheduling request triggered by a user. The pattern recognition unit determines one or more program schedule values in response to the scheduling request, by performing an automatic pattern recognition analysis of one or more frames residing in the frame buffer. The electronic program guide unit provides program schedule information and updates the program schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrei Mihaila
  • Patent number: 9681188
    Abstract: A method for operating a display device according to an embodiment includes acquiring an image of a plurality of users, recognizing a plurality of faces respectively corresponding to the plurality of users from the acquired image, checking a viewing state of media content for each user, when the plurality of users respectively corresponding to the plurality of recognized faces are registered users, acquiring viewing information corresponding to at least one of the plurality of registered users of which the viewing state has been changed from a viewing maintaining state in which the media content is viewed to a not-viewing state in which the media content is not viewed, and performing a re-viewing function on the basis of the acquired viewing information when a face of the user of which the viewing state has been changed is re-recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wonbae Park, Sewon Park, Hyeongchul Oh, Eunyul Lee
  • Patent number: 9621606
    Abstract: A request to retrieve data from a client device is intercepted by a video detector. The video detector determines if the request is for retrieving a video file. If the request is for a video file, and the video file is deemed to be transcoded to be displayed on the client device, the video detector forwards the request to a video optimizer along with encoding parameters. Encoding parameters are selected by the video detector based on properties of the client device, networks accessible by the client device, conditions of those networks, properties of the requested video and the type of video requested. The encoding parameters also include a file format type to which the requested video is to be transcoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Opera Software Ireland Limited
    Inventors: Erik R. Swenson, Nitin Bhandari, Jaime Heilpern, Robert Oberhofer, John Hansen
  • Patent number: 9448772
    Abstract: A program development framework (PDF) is described herein which allows a user to produce a program in piecemeal fashion by successively specifying program fragments. The PDF creates a new program fragment by receiving keyword information from the user that describes a new program fragment, and then identifies context information that pertains to a programmatic context in which the new program fragment appears within the overall program being created. The PDF then generates a set of candidate program fragments that satisfy the keyword information and the context information, and ranks those candidate program fragments based on ranking information. At least part of the ranking information may be based on statistical information that is produced by analyzing a corpus of previous programs produced by one or more users. The PDF then provides the ranked program fragments to the user using various user-friendly presentation strategies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sumit Gulwani, Jonathan Paul de Halleux, Nikolai Tillmann, Vu Minh Le, Zhendong Su
  • Patent number: 9426336
    Abstract: An alternative content system receives a primary content data stream and a secondary content data stream associated with an event. The alternative content system provides an alternative content data stream associated with the event. The alternative content system extracts a primary content identifier from the primary content data stream. The alternative content system identifies an alternative content identifier based on the alternative content data stream. The alternative content system synchronizes the alternative content data stream to the primary content data stream based on the alternative content identifier and the primary content identifier. The alternative content system transmits the synchronized alternative content data stream based on the primary content identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Fansmit, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Savare, Jeffrey Sherwin
  • Patent number: 9247285
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a signal includes a monitoring display and an automation system receiving the content signal and either captures an I-frame of the content signal or encodes the content signal into an MPEG signal. The automation system communicates the I-frame or MPEG encoded signal to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitch C. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9232115
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for an audio playing scheme for digital billboard systems. In some examples, a method performed under control of a server may include receiving from an end device a control signal configured to indicate that the end device is located in a first predetermined area relative to a first digital billboard, identifying first video data currently displayed on the first digital billboard, determining first audio data corresponding to the first video data, and transmitting the first audio data to the end device based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Hyun Oh Oh
  • Patent number: 9043859
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 9021536
    Abstract: A system and process is provided in which original video or dialog content is securely received from the content owner. Subtitle language data is derived, translated, stored and served on a separate database for synchronous playback with the content in video streaming, downloading or online TV following the activation of an option by the end user through a media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Stream Translations, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard E. Greenberg, Bente Cecilie Ottersen, Randi Næs
  • Patent number: 9003464
    Abstract: A method of verifying a blackout event is disclosed that includes receiving blackout event data from an event log database of a video distribution platform at a subscriber event transmission interface (SETI) communicating with an electronic data warehouse (EDW) system. The method also includes creating at least one EDW load-ready file that includes at least a portion of the blackout event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ospalik, Daniel Malee, Jeffrey Dicks, John Mathew
  • Patent number: 8966042
    Abstract: A content player accesses content via a content access list shared by a network of players. The content is stored by one or more of the players. One or more of the players may be thin clients that can access content stored by other players but cannot themselves store content. The content access list lists available stored content. The content player associates a bookmark with the content and includes identification information that identifies the requestor related to generation of the bookmark. When the content player presents the content access list, bookmarks associated with content included in list are also be along with the identification information. In some implementations, the requestor related to generation of the respective bookmark may be the content player that generated the bookmark, the specific user that entered input that prompted generation of the bookmark, and/or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Paul A. Langer, Dan J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 8955019
    Abstract: A network system in which a terminal apparatus, a recording apparatus, and a server apparatus are connectable via a network is disclosed. The server apparatus includes a service processing unit performing a service of reserving recording of a content to the recording apparatus by a request from the terminal apparatus, and an available service information provision unit managing information on the service available to the recording apparatus as available service information and transmitting the available service information to the terminal apparatus in response to a request from the terminal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Kinoshita, Takashi Kanao, Hiroyuki Chiba, Tsuyoshi Honma, Hirofumi Kouda
  • Patent number: 8918827
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for providing complete Internet anywhere with partial server processing in which a request is sent from a set-top-box (STB) to a server communicatively coupled with the STB to process a portion of a web page that is unsupported by a web browser running on the STB. In one such method, the STB sends to the server an unsupported content request associated with a portion of a web page that is unsupported by a web browser executing on the STB. The STB receives a data stream from the server in response to the unsupported content request. The data stream was generated at the server by processing the unsupported portion of the web page. The STB composites the received data stream with another portion of the web page, that is supported by the web browser, to produce the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Kellerman, Xuemin Chen, Vladimir Silyaev, David Erickson
  • Patent number: 8909776
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system of pause and replay of media content through bookmarks on a server device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of a server device includes authenticating a user of a client device, communicating a media content to the client device through a network, processing a pause request of the client device to pause the media content, storing a bookmark location indicating a current playback location of the media content in the client device on the server device, processing a play request of the user to play the media content from the bookmark location (e.g., the play request may be received from a different client device of the user), and communicating the media content from the bookmark location to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Arun Kalmanje, Sachin Gupta
  • Patent number: 8893165
    Abstract: A system and method for cleaning television viewing behavior data collected from set top boxes by detecting and correcting various problems that can occur in the viewing data. Three problems that may be detected and corrected by the system include: overflows of memory buffers; inclusion of non-human generated tuning events; and presence of clock offsets. After cleaning the television viewing behavior data, the cleaned data may be used to analyze audience viewing behavior in a manner that achieves a higher degree of accuracy than can be achieved by using uncleaned television viewing behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Rentrak Corporation
    Inventors: Kim Hadfield, Amir Yazdani, Aaron Harsh, Maria Loper, Michael Vinson
  • Patent number: 8881215
    Abstract: A system and method are described below for encoding interactive low-latency video using interframe coding. For example, one embodiment of a computer-implemented method for performing video compression comprises: detecting a maximum data rate of a communication channel between a server and a client; dynamically selecting a tile size for encoding a sequence of images based on the detected maximum data rate; logically subdividing each of the sequence of images into a plurality of tiles sized according to the selected tile size, each of the tiles having a defined position within each of the sequence of images; encoding each tile within each image of the sequence of images using a first compression format or a second compression format, wherein a tile at a particular position of a first image in the sequence of images is encoded using the first compression format and the same tile within one or more subsequent images is encoded using the second compression format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: OL2, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Roger van der Laan
  • Patent number: 8850504
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system that features retrieving, with a comparator module, a first characteristic of a first media asset and associated with a first media asset identifier from a media server storing a plurality of media assets. A second characteristic of a second media asset associated with a second media asset identifier from an archive server is retrieved with the comparator module. The comparator module is utilized to compare the first characteristic to the second characteristic based on an association of the first media asset identifier and the second asset media identifier. A report that includes an indication of the result of the comparison of the first characteristic and the second characteristic is generated by the comparator module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Viacom International Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg William Riedel
  • Patent number: 8839337
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for providing interactive broadcasting of a video or TV content wherein users viewing the interactive broadcast content received from a broadcasting service by means of transceiver and display means are able to provide feedbacks relating to said video or TV content any time during said interactive broadcast of said content by means of input means coupled to the transceiver means, said broadcasting service comprises processing means capable of: i) continuously identifying and marking in the broadcasted content one or more key features which may change from time to time; and ii) processing users feedbacks received from the transceiver means and provide indications concerning the feedbacks and events related to the marked key features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Shay Bushinsky
  • Patent number: 8826362
    Abstract: An enhanced cable card device is described that operates in host devices without requiring an out-of-band data channel. One embodiment includes a broadcast receiver for receiving a broadcast signal, a processor for coordinating processing in the cable card, a memory for storing data normally received by the cable card over an out-of-band signal, an in band data receiver for receiving an in band data signal, and a control program running on the processor to signal reception of an out-of-band signal to a host device electrically connected to the cable card. In addition, the control program processes data from the memory and provides processed output data to the host device simulating data normally received over an out-of-band data channel, and the cable card allows the host device to operate normally without an out-of-band receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Verimatrix, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kulakowski
  • Patent number: 8813163
    Abstract: A method for presenting multi-media contents on a specific communication device is disclosed. The method includes detecting a multi-media content channel currently tuned by the specific communication device; and in addition to a specific multi-media content corresponding to a specific channel number currently tuned by the specific communication device, presenting an information communication user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: CyberLink Corp.
    Inventor: Yueh-Hsuan Chiang
  • Patent number: 8804035
    Abstract: A method and system for communicating text descriptive data has a receiving device that receives a data signal having text description data corresponding to a description of a video signal. A text-to-speech converter associated with the receiving device converts the text description data to a first audio signal. A display device in communication with the text-to-speech converter converts the first audio signal associated with the receiving device to an audible signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Brian D. Jupin, Stephen P. Dulac
  • Patent number: 8797461
    Abstract: A screen time control device includes a source interface for receiving a video signal, a processor connected to the video source interface for overlaying the video signal with a translucent signal to produce an overlaid video signal, and a device interface connected to the processor for receiving the overlaid video signal and providing the overlaid video signal to the display device. The processor substitutes the translucent signal in the overlaid video signal with a parental signal, where the parental signal can be a substantially opaque overlay signal that masks an image on the screen of the display device to prohibit viewing of the screen, a textual message, or a combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Behavioral Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steve G. Davis, Jim Vincent, Trever Patton, Kristin Christopherson
  • Patent number: 8799965
    Abstract: The on-train information providing device, which is provided with a controlling unit that transmits to the display device video data that is transmitted from the ground transmitting and receiving device to the on-train transmitting and receiving device, includes a storage unit that stores therein a program listing in which a valid period of video is stored in accordance with each advertisement, audio data transmitted from the ground transmitting and receiving device to the on-train transmitting and receiving device, and video data including audio data; and a sound recognizing unit that attaches a value of 1 or greater as an audio flag to the program listing when the video data does not include any audio data, and attaches 0 as the audio flag to the program listing when the video data includes audio data. The controlling unit sends the audio data corresponding to the audio flag to the radio radiating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunari Morimoto, Masao Oki, Atsuhiko Nagamune
  • Patent number: 8752111
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes a content delivery subsystem configured to receive media content from a content provider and transmit the media content over a network to a content processing subsystem configured to process and provide the media content for presentation to an end user. The content delivery subsystem is further configured to maintain resource data associated with at least one of the media content and the content provider, make at least a subset of the resource data available to the content processing subsystem for inclusion in an end user interface, provide a content customization portal for access by the content provider, authenticate the content provider accessing the content customization portal, receive custom content from the authenticated content provider via the content customization portal, validate the custom content, and provide the custom content to the content processing subsystem for inclusion in the end user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Roberts, Heath Stallings, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 8713594
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a memory coupled to a processor. The processor can be operable to receive a request for promotional information responsive to a media processor detecting a promotional tag in a media program stream and transmit to the media processor promotional information associated with a promotion responsive to a determination that a promotional offer is available. The processor can also be operable to receive from the media processor a request for redeemable material associated with the promotion and store the redeemable material in a portion of a database associated with a user of the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Sreenivasa Gorti, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 8713622
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for providing complete Internet anywhere with partial server processing in which a request is sent from a set-top-box (STB) to a server communicatively coupled with the STB to process a portion of a web page that is unsupported by a web browser running on the STB. In one such method, the STB sends to the server an unsupported content request associated with a portion of a web page that is unsupported by a web browser executing on the STB. The STB receives a data stream from the server in response to the unsupported content request. The data stream was generated at the server by processing the unsupported portion of the web page. The STB composites the received data stream with another portion of the web page, that is supported by the web browser, to produce the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Kellerman, Xuemin Chen, Vladimir Silyaev, David Erickson
  • Patent number: 8713604
    Abstract: Various systems and methods allow supplemental information such as recipes, parts lists, instructions, notes, outlines or other information associated with a television program to be delivered in the same transport stream that carries the television program to the viewer. The transport stream includes at least two elementary streams, wherein the first elementary stream conveys video content associated with the television program and the second elementary stream conveys supplemental information that summarizes at least a portion of the television program. The device receiving the digital transport stream identifies the first and second elementary streams in the digital transport stream, processes the first elementary stream to present the video content associated with the television program to the viewer, and makes the supplemental information in the second elementary stream available to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Nicholas Newell
  • Patent number: 8707373
    Abstract: An approach is provided for distributing multi-media information from a satellite broadcast system. A hub receives a signal from the satellite broadcast system, wherein the signal represents video information and audio information associated with multiple broadcast channels. The hub centrally demodulates and decodes the received signal for distribution to one of a number of access point devices. According to one embodiment of the present invention, the decoded signal represents uncompressed video and audio information corresponding to one of the broadcast channels. The access point devices convert the received decoded signal for output respective displays (e.g., television sets). The hub can also be equipped with an interface to provide access to a public data network, such as the global Internet. Further, the hub can be supplied with a digital video recording capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lin-Nan Lee, Mustafa Eroz, Feng-Wen Sun, John Corrigan, Walter Kepley, Kuriacose Joseph, Scott Casavant
  • Patent number: 8687497
    Abstract: A reduced-memory vectored DSL system includes methods and apparatus for reducing the bandwidth and memory storage demands on a vectored DSL system in which FEXT data is transmitted and stored. An upstream-end device such as a DSLAM communicates with a plurality of downstream-end devices such as CPE modems. When test signal data, such as training and/or tracking data, is sent to determine FEXT characteristics of the DSL system, error signals are available for all or substantially all of the upstream and/or downstream frequency band DSL tones used in the system. Dividing a frequency band into sub-bands, only a subset of tones in each sub-band is used for deriving FEXT data, such as a FEXT channel response, FEXT channel coefficients and/or FEXT cancellation coefficients. For tones in the sub-band subsets, full-precision FEXT data values can be derived. For other tones, approximations of the FEXT data can be derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ikanos Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Sands, Kevin D. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8667553
    Abstract: A method and mechanism for automating user input in an interactive television system. An interactive application is conveyed concurrently with a broadcast programming stream in an interactive television system to a receiver. The interactive application is configured to provide added content to a television viewer upon a request by the viewer. In order to request the display of the available added content, a viewer may provide an indication that the use of a script is desired. Subsequently, a script corresponding to the interactive application is utilized to provide input to the interactive application in lieu of the viewer actively providing the input necessary to display the added content. In addition, a viewer may configure the receiver to indicate default preferences for the use of scripts. The receiver may then utilize a standardized script to provide input to interactive applications having added content available for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Zdepski
  • Patent number: 8667533
    Abstract: Streaming content customization techniques are described. In an implementation, metadata, that is associated with an element, is synchronized with a stream of content that includes the element. The element is configured to accept an input to access related content that provides context for a scene that includes the element. After the related content is output, playback of the stream of content is resumed from the point at which the input was accepted to access the related content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Darren A. Apfel, Brian C. McDowell, Paolo V. Malabuyo, Mark J. Weinberg
  • Patent number: 8661475
    Abstract: A method and system for providing selected content displays to users of mobile electronic devices and more specifically to a method and system for broadcasters to provide a marketing portal presented in the form of displayed customized broadcaster content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: J. William Whikehart
  • Patent number: 8661484
    Abstract: The dynamic probability admission control policy for distributed video provides a method that decides in a Video on Demand (VOD) system which content requests can be admitted and which requests should be rejected to maintain Quality of Service (QoS). Requests for popular and expensive movies should not be rejected on the behalf of unpopular movies to generate more revenue. The dynamic probability admission control policy combines a shared resource admission control and a class-based admission control. Moreover, dynamic probability is used to access shared resources, such as ports and bandwidth. A nonlinear dynamic probability function is used for allocation of ports/bandwidth. The dynamic probability admission control policy improves performance of all the request classes, as well as overall system performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Sami Saleh Alwakeel, Hesham Abdulaziz Altwaijry, Muhammad Ammad Ud Din
  • Patent number: 8646015
    Abstract: An Internet gateway video server transmits selection information to a set top box connected to a television. The set top box displays the selection information on the television. A user views the selection information, and inputs user selection requests to the set top box. The Internet gateway video server receives user the requests for information and retrieves the information. The server then converts the network information from a network format to a television format. The conversion includes scanning the network information for selection elements, and adding selection elements for transmission in the television format. The converted network information is then transmitted to the set top box for display on the television. The user may then make further selections based on the displayed network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lin, Howard S. K. Wan
  • Patent number: 8621547
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8621531
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide novel solutions for providing real-time content in an on-demand environment. In a novel aspect of some embodiments, a real-time on demand server may be configured to integrate real-time content with on-demand content. This can allow a subscriber to enjoy the benefits of on-demand programming without having to forego access to real-time news, sports, weather information and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Charles I. Cook, Michael D. Sprenger, Steve Goeringer, Gnanasegeran Selvadurai
  • Patent number: 8615783
    Abstract: A reception processor converts an MXF file to internal content data pieces, and converts replacement caption data to internal caption data pieces and then stores the internal content data pieces and the internal caption data pieces in a memory. A separator separates a video data piece, an audio data piece and an ANC data piece from the internal content data piece received from the memory. When a caption replacer receives synchronously the internal caption data piece outputted from the memory and the ANC data piece outputted from the separator, the caption replacer replaces a caption data piece included in the ANC data piece with a replacement data piece in the internal caption data piece. Subsequently, the multiplexer multiplexes the video data piece and the audio data piece outputted from the separator, and the ANC data piece outputted from the caption replacer, and thus outputs an SDI signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kenshi Dachiku
  • Patent number: 8607296
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8606085
    Abstract: A method for replacing audio data within a recorded audio/video stream is presented. In the method, a first audio/video stream including audio data, video data, and supplemental data is stored. Location information is received which references the supplemental data to identify a location within the first audio/video stream. The location information is received in a data file separately from the first audio/video stream. Also received is an audio data segment. At least a portion of the audio data of the first audio/video stream is replaced at the identified location with the audio data segment to produce a second audio/video stream. At least a portion of the second audio/video stream is then transferred for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Max S. Gratton
  • Patent number: 8584190
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for transmitting and receiving broadcasting data and supplementary data. The method includes: generating broadcasting data and supplementary data for a plurality of predetermined 3D broadcasting services to be provided to users; multiplexing the generated broadcasting data for broadcasting channels respectively allocated to the plurality of predetermined 3D broadcasting services, and multiplexing the generated supplementary data for one commonly broadcasting channel commonly allocated to the plurality of predetermined 3D broadcasting services; encoding the multiplexed supplementary data corresponding to a conditional access system; and transmitting the encoded supplementary data to the one common broadcasting channel, and transmitting the multiplexed broadcasting data to the allocated broadcasting channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Bong-Ho Lee, Hyun Lee, Gwang-Soon Lee, Yong-Hoon Lee, Namho Hur, Kwanghee Jung, Soo-In Lee
  • Patent number: 8561115
    Abstract: There is provided a stream transmitter for generating and transmitting a digest stream that is a single stream into which digests, each having a predetermined time length, cut out from the respective plurality of video contents stored in a contents storage are combined. This configuration allows a user to view the digest stream, which collects the digests of the respective contents, and select a desirable program by viewing each digest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiro Hattori, Kouichi Matsumura, Ken Suzuki, Shinya Teshima
  • Patent number: 8561119
    Abstract: A method of processing broadcast data in a broadcast transmitting system is presented. The method includes performing Reed-Solomon (RS) encoding and Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) encoding on mobile service data bytes to generate an RS frame, wherein the RS frame comprises an RS frame payload including the mobile service data bytes, RS parity data bytes added at bottom ends of columns of the RS frame payload and CRC data bytes added at right ends of rows of the RS frame payload having the RS parity data bytes, dividing the RS frame into a plurality of portions, wherein each of the plurality of portions has an equal size of data bytes, converting the data bytes of the plurality of portions into data bit, and encoding each of the data bits at a code rate of 1/H to output data symbols, wherein H is greater than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Moon Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Byoung Gill Kim, Won Gyu Song, Jin Woo Kim, Eun Hyung Cho, Hyoung Gon Lee
  • Patent number: 8549551
    Abstract: A system and method for cleaning television viewing behavior data collected from set top boxes by detecting and correcting various problems that can occur in the viewing data. Three problems that may be detected and corrected by the system include: overflows of memory buffers; inclusion of non-human generated tuning events; and presence of clock offsets. After cleaning the television viewing behavior data, the cleaned data may be used to analyze audience viewing behavior in a manner that achieves a higher degree of accuracy than can be achieved by using uncleaned television viewing behavior data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Rentrak Corporation
    Inventors: Kim Hadfield, Amir Yazdani, Aaron Harsh, Marla Loper, Michael Vinson
  • Patent number: 8549415
    Abstract: A personal display system with which a user may adjust the configuration of displayed media is provided. The personal display system may include an electronic device operative to provide media to a personal display device operative to display the received media. Using one or more optical and digital components, the personal display device may adjust displayed media to overlay features of a theater, thus giving the user of the personal display device the impression of being in the theater. In some embodiments, the personal display device may detect the user's movements using one or more sensors and may adjust the displayed image based on the user's movements. For example, the device may detect a user's head movement and cause the portion of media displayed to reflect the head movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John Tang
  • Patent number: 8549566
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing an NRT service in a broadcast receiver includes receiving and processing a signaling information table including detail information of each content in the NRT service and indication information indicating whether the content is available on internet, acquiring internet access information of each file belonging to content available on the internet through File Delivery Table (FDT) of File Delivery over Unidirection Transport (FLUTE) based on the indication information, and downloading files belonging to the content by accessing the internet based on the acquired internet access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8539537
    Abstract: A method for connecting a media player to a remote server is provided. The method comprises processing a request for connecting to an remote server while reproducing data recorded on an enhanced navigation medium, processing connection information recorded on the enhanced navigation medium to determine whether connection to the remote server is permitted, and requesting connection to the remote server, if connection to the remote server is permitted in accordance with the connection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ki Won Kim, Jea Yong Yoo, Woo Seong Yoon
  • Patent number: 8539542
    Abstract: A system and method for managing multiple live video broadcasts via a public data network on a single viewing channel is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: WHDC LLC
    Inventors: Sam Elhag, Kevin E. Kalajan