Receiver (e.g., Set-top Box) Patents (Class 725/139)
  • Patent number: 10593222
    Abstract: A system and method for filming and discovering videos for users may include receiving an instructional video of an event from a content provider. The instructional video includes portions of a first video stream with images at an eye level of an instructor and portions of a second video stream with close-up shots related to a concept being taught during the event. It is determined whether the instructional video includes a title sequence, an introduction, a lesson, a recap, and a conclusion. If the instructional video fails to contain the title sequence, the introduction, the lesson, the recap, and the conclusion, a rejection of the instructional video is provided that includes an explanation. If the instructional video contains the title sequence, the introduction, the lesson, the recap, and the conclusion, the instructional video is stored in a video database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Lorna Borenstein, Bradley Staples, Christopher Kirmse
  • Patent number: 10545652
    Abstract: A method for navigating video content comprising the steps of receiving a video content item; receiving a plurality of thumbnails from the video content item, each thumbnail associated with a time point in the video content item; playing the video content item starting at a first time point; receiving in the user interface a gesture having a magnitude and a direction, the magnitude associated with a speed of playing of the video content item, the direction associated with a direction of playing of the video content item, and the gesture received at a second time point in the video content item; displaying a first subset of the plurality of thumbnails; receiving a selection of a third time point in the video content item; and playing the video content item at the third time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Julian Frumar, Jasson Schrock, Ryan Junee, Simon Ratner, Geoff Stearns
  • Patent number: 10523998
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a machine architecture implementing a staging automation process, including features such as multiple IR transmitters and composite video inputs for automated high volume quality testing. Diagnostic display outputs from a unit under test are input to OCR and video quality algorithms to validate that the units under test are ready for a functional test process at the next stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Vladzimir Valakh
  • Patent number: 10348427
    Abstract: Determining effect of changes in parameters may include, during a time interval, rotating from setting a first parameter to a first value for a first time period, to setting the first parameter to a second value for a second time period such that the time interval includes multiple first time periods with the first parameter set to the first value sequenced with multiple second time periods with the first parameter set to the second value; obtaining, for the time interval, a first set of ratings corresponding to the first time periods and a second set of ratings corresponding to the second time periods; averaging, for the time interval, the first set of ratings to a first average rating and the second set of ratings to a second average rating; and correlating the first average rating to the first value and the second average rating to the second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TLS Corp.
    Inventor: Barry Blesser
  • Patent number: 10244285
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a machine architecture implementing a staging automation process, including features such as multiple IR transmitters and composite video inputs for automated high volume quality testing. Diagnostic display outputs from a unit under test are input to OCR and video quality algorithms to validate that the units under test are ready for a functional test process at the next stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Contec, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Tiwari, Vladzimir Valakh
  • Patent number: 10212475
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a live video processing method and device. The method includes: determining whether a terminal is rotated when the terminal is playing a first live video; determining a current rotation angle and a current rotation direction of the terminal when it is determined that the terminal is rotated; and switching from playing the first live video to playing a second live video according to the current rotation angle and the current rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhigang Li
  • Patent number: 10200633
    Abstract: A camera system includes a plurality of camera apparatuses that output respective video data in a packetized format. A relaying apparatus receives the packetized video data from the plurality of camera apparatuses and relays selected selected packetized video data from a particular one of the plurality of camera apparatuses on a frame basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eisaburo Itakura
  • Patent number: 10165027
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for operating a server providing a streaming service are provided. The method includes collecting statistical information regarding media generated by a plurality of users who reproduce the media, determining at least one preferred section of the media based on the statistical information, and transmitting media data regarding the preferred section of the media to User Equipment (UE) reproducing the media regardless of a currently reproduced point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyeon-Jin Kang
  • Patent number: 10104428
    Abstract: Disclosed in the disclosure are a video playing detection method and apparatus. The video playing detection method includes: obtaining a playing count of a video at a detection pending moment; obtaining a quitting moment of the video, wherein the quitting moment is a video playing completion moment; judging whether the playing count of the video at the detection pending moment is zero; if the playing count of the video at the detection pending moment is zero, judging whether the detection pending moment is before the quitting moment; and if the detection pending moment is before the quitting moment, determining that video playing is not completed at the detection pending moment. The disclosure solves the problem in the related art where a video playing behavior cannot be accurately analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Gridsum Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ning Du, Fei Lin, Jie Chen
  • Patent number: 10097605
    Abstract: A method for identifying insertion points for inserting live content into a continuous content stream is disclosed. The method includes identifying a live content item to include in a continuous content stream, and identifying an interesting portion of the live content stream, the interesting portion corresponding to a time duration. The method further includes computing an estimated end time of a first content item included in the continuous content stream, and scheduling the live content item to be included in the continuous content stream as a next content item to be presented after the first content item in response to a determination that the estimated end time of the first content item occurs within the time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Ruxandra Georgiana Davies
  • Patent number: 10075775
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present specification are various embodiments regarding a digital device and a method for processing services on the digital device. Here, a method for processing an application on a digital device having a Web OS platform according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of: receiving a load request from a media application located in the foreground; generating a first media pipeline according to the received load request; if a resource assigning request is received from the first media pipeline, assigning the acquisition-requested resource to the first media pipeline; and receiving a playing request from the media application and then outputting the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ian Cain, Peter Nordstrom, Robert Jagt, Steve Winston
  • Patent number: 10003850
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 9973788
    Abstract: A video is analyzed to identify interest level for a plurality of frames. The interest level is determined based on analysis of the content of each of the plurality of frames or how often other clients view the frames or take actions while viewing the frames. Frames are clustered and key frame locations are determined for each of the clusters. Key frames are given a higher buffering priority than non key frames. Buffering of key frames is prioritized based on key frame interest level. Key frames are also utilized to enable a client to skip forward or backward between key frames and view content that is likely to be of interest to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Martin, David Dorwin
  • Patent number: 9967618
    Abstract: A device may receive an indication of a playback of media content. The device may receive a trigger signal associated with the playback of the media content. The trigger signal may indicate a point, within the playback of the media content, to capture user reaction information associated with the media content. The device may determine, based on the trigger signal, that the user reaction information is to be captured. The device may capture the user reaction information, to form captured user reaction information, based on determining that the user reaction information is to be captured. The captured user reaction information may include an audio recording or a video recording captured by the device. The device may cause the captured user reaction information and the media content to be linked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Devin Blong, Tina Chou, I-Han Chen, Tushar Chaudhary, Paresh Vakhariya, Annu Yadav, Mat Mejia, Jason Goldsmith, Manish Sharma
  • Patent number: 9756399
    Abstract: A remote engagement system for a live event includes at least one output device located at the live event for providing an audio and/or visual output to people at the live event. A controller receives signals transmitted from a plurality of user input devices and in response thereto and in real time or near real time, controls the at least one output device located at the live event to provide an audio and/or visual output to people at the live event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Chandrasagaran Murugan
  • Patent number: 9516362
    Abstract: When switching sources, resolutions or refresh rates in a video distribution network, switching times are reduced by maintaining video lock and security authentication between a video switcher and a video sink. The scaler maintains video lock and security authentication by continuing to generate video timing data during switching events. The scaler also facilitates an aesthetically pleasing transition by generating image content data prior to and after the switching event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Adolfo Velasco, Daniel Jackson
  • Patent number: 9489981
    Abstract: In various arrangements, a television receiver system for successive initialization of television channel recording is presented. The system may include a control processor, configured to determine a plurality of television channels are configured to begin recording at a same time. The control processor may transmit a first request for recording of a first television channel of the plurality of television channels. The system may include a tuning management processor, configured to configure a first recording of the first television channel in response to the first request. The tuning management processor may also transmit an acknowledgement to the control processor following the first recording of the first television channel being configured. The control processor may, in response to receiving the acknowledgement, transmit, to the tuning management processor, a second request for recording of a second television channel of the plurality of television channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Templeman, Yunfeng Yang, Mark Sokald
  • Patent number: 9483540
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system for data replication. The mechanism divides a set of data to be replicated into a plurality of slices. Each slice of the plurality of slices is to be copied from a primary site to a master secondary site within a plurality of secondary sites. The plurality of secondary sites comprises the master secondary site and at least one subsidiary peer site. The mechanism copies the plurality of slices from the primary site to the plurality of secondary sites such that the master secondary site stores a first slice of the set of data and each of the at least one subsidiary peer site stores a corresponding slice of the set of data. Responsive to completion of copying the plurality of slices to the plurality of secondary sites, for each of the at least one subsidiary peer site, the mechanism initiates copying of the corresponding slice of the set of data to the master secondary site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shrikant V. Karve, Janmejay S. Kulkarni, Sarvesh S. Patel, Ashish R. Pathak, Sandeep R. Patil
  • Patent number: 9424557
    Abstract: A communication unit connects an e-mail data transfer protocol to transfer e-mail data item via near-field wireless communications with an external device. A retrieval unit retrieves the e-mail data item transferred from the external device when the protocol is connected. A storage unit stores the retrieved e-mail data item. A control unit causes the external device to transfer the e-mail data item in each indication unit of the indication device thereby to cause the storage unit to store the retrieved e-mail data item, when the protocol is connected, and even when a user does not implement a browsing operation of an e-mail list. The control unit further causes an indication device to indicate the e-mail list of the stored e-mail data item when the user implements the browsing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, AISIN AW CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuji Sakata, Soichi Saito, Suguru Matsushita, Shinichi Yamamoto, Kazushige Hayashi, Masao Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9392329
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, accessing, by a system comprising a processor, a content display configuration corresponding to a plurality of feed selections from a plurality of media content feeds, a plurality of display selections from a plurality of available displays, and a plurality of pairing selections assigning each feed selection of the plurality of feed selections to at least one display selection of the plurality of display selections, and transmitting a plurality of displayable content streams according to the content display configuration. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, Zachary Meredith
  • Patent number: 9319743
    Abstract: A digital service signal apparatus is disclosed. The digital service signal apparatus includes a receiving module receiving signaling information having channel information for an application from the digital service signal, a generating module generating a request using the channel information, a sending module sending the generated request, a downloading module downloading the application, an executing module configured to execute the API related to the application and a registering module configured to register the specific key set according to the mode number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Deokhyun Kim, Jaeseung Ko, Jongsung Choi, Kyoungsoo Moon, Jinpil Kim, Youngmu Kwon, Sungguk Lim
  • Patent number: 9307269
    Abstract: A video is analyzed to identify interest level for a plurality of frames. The interest level is determined based on analysis of the content of each of the plurality of frames or how often other clients view the frames or take actions while viewing the frames. Frames are clustered and key frame locations are determined for each of the clusters. Key frames are given a higher buffering priority than non key frames. Buffering of key frames is prioritized based on key frame interest level. Key frames are also utilized to enable a client to skip forward or backward between key frames and view content that is likely to be of interest to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto Martin, David Dorwin
  • Patent number: 9285955
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted apparatus is disclosed which includes a displaying unit for providing information to a user, an inputting unit for inputting operations carried out by the user, and a controlling unit for controlling a display of the displaying unit based on the operations input through the inputting unit. The inputting unit has at least a touch-sensitive panel attached to a display screen of the displaying unit. The controlling unit causes the displaying unit to display a menu screen based on the operations input through the inputting unit. The controlling unit also causes the displaying unit to switch the displays based on menus selected on the menu screen. Furthermore, the controlling unit causes the displaying unit to switch, as when a specific menu is selected on the menu screen, the displays in response to a fingertip gesture made by the user for detection on the touch-sensitive panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nezu, Tomoaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9258592
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for secure transfer of previously broadcasted content enables the secure transfer of previously broadcasted content between DVRs on a computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventor: Wijnand van Stam
  • Patent number: 9237374
    Abstract: A content broadcast device for broadcasting a content, using a broadcast wave, the content broadcast device including a first supply section configured to supply service information to a content reception device through a predetermined network in response to a request from the content reception device, the service information including at least a broadcast schedule of metadata and location information that indicates where the metadata is located in the broadcast wave, and a broadcast section configured to broadcast, using the broadcast wave, the metadata, which includes at least a broadcast schedule of the content and location information that indicates where the content is located in the broadcast wave, in accordance with the broadcast schedule of the metadata, included in the service information, and broadcast, using the broadcast wave, the content in accordance with the broadcast schedule of the content, included in the metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9232266
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a playlist at a network device from a client device in communication with the network device over a network. In response to receiving the playlist, the method also includes disabling channel changes not associated with the playlist from executing during times indicated in the playlist. The method further includes transmitting a control message from the network device to the client device that requests the client device to tune to a channel conforming to the playlist when the network device receives a channel change request not associated with the playlist from the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Bruce R. Bradley
  • Patent number: 9195775
    Abstract: A system and a method render internet multimedia content in a network using an application to render the internet multimedia content and/or locally stored multimedia content on one or more rendering devices in the network. The application may provide web browser functions, such as, for example, receiving, processing, decoding and/or rendering the internet multimedia content. The application may have an enhanced user interface which may enable a user to select the internet multimedia content and a rendering device in the network, send the internet multimedia content to the rendering device and/or control rendering of the internet multimedia content on the rendering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: III Holdings 2, LLC
    Inventors: Osama Al-Shaykh, Rick Schwartz, Ralph Neff, Magdalena Leuca Espelien, Greg Sherwood
  • Patent number: 9178792
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention include a protocol sensitive visual navigation apparatus, and associated methods, for navigating and relating different protocol levels of a protocol. A test and measurement instrument can include the protocol sensitive visual navigation apparatus, which can facilitate analyzing, searching, and measuring various aspects of the different protocol layers and cross-correlating items from one protocol layer to another protocol layer. The type and characteristics of the analysis is informed by a selected protocol layer. Physical layer signals or events can be correlated to protocol level information, thereby increasing an understanding of the overall protocol and associated protocol layers and events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Rule, Michael J. Wadzita, Walter R. Strand
  • Patent number: 9179117
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes, an error detector configured to make an error check of the stream received, a player configured to reproduce the stream, a memory configured to store a plurality of pieces of displaying data indicating formats of the streams that can be processed by the image processing apparatus, a transmitter configured to transmit the pieces of displaying data stored in the memory to the external device in response to a request from the external device, and a rewriting module configured to delete one piece of displaying data stored in the memory when an error is detected by the error detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiromi Hoshino, Yusuke Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9167297
    Abstract: Content, such as video content, may be encoded using encoders that are installed at encoding devices of customers of a telecommunications provider. In one implementation, a server device may maintain presence information relating to an operational state of a number of set-top boxes installed at customer residences; receive an indication of content that is to be encoded; and select a set-top box, of the set-top boxes, to encode the segment, the set-top box being selected based on the operational state of the set-top boxes. The server may further transmit, to the selected set-top box, instructions to initiate encoding of the content and to provide an encoding format for the content; and update the presence information to reflect a result of encoding of the content by the selected set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Sameer Gavade, Venkata S. Adimatyam, Tariq Roshan
  • Patent number: 9160933
    Abstract: In embodiments, apparatuses, methods and storage media are described that are associated with content distribution. In embodiments, one or more frames may be displayed on a display, and the frame or frames with the highest luminance level of those frames may be identified. A camera may be configured to capture an image at a point in time based at least in part on display of the frame with the highest luminance level. In some embodiments, the luminance level of the frames may be identified based at least in part on analysis of the frames by a device prior to display of the frames. In other embodiments, the luminance level of the frames may be identified based at least in part on the receipt of luminance data from a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Baldwin, Suri B. Medapati
  • Patent number: 9160692
    Abstract: An interactive political event allows clients to provide feedback to political candidates speakers and/or event producers relative to the event being observed. Feedback options include shout outs, emotapplause, and voting. Ticket scarcity management system adjusts event marketing, and/or ticketed sales methodologies, which include free and paid to maintain optimal conditions for an interactive political event. Multiple video/audio streams of an interactive event are simultaneously distributed as part of a broadcast to enable switching between streams by the online audience members and/or users without interruption of the presentation of the event and may include additional data relative to a candidates and/or speakers history and/or position with respect to issues being debated and/or discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Deep Rock Drive Partners Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Evan Socolof
  • Patent number: 9148681
    Abstract: Audiovisual reproduction system including a central unit managing a sound control circuit, and a telecommunications modem connected to a distribution network controlled by a host server, through a multitask operating system created around a tools and services library, in which the operating system includes a function that adjusts the sound control circuit to couple volumes in the various areas in which the loudspeakers in the audiovisual reproduction system are used, this function being accessible through a management mode of the multitask operating system, the coupling maintaining the ratios between the various volumes in each area when the volume in one area is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventor: Guy Nathan
  • Patent number: 9143725
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example and includes receiving a video input from a video source coupled to a display configured for rendering a user interface thereon; generating a grayscale element associated with the user interface by evaluating alpha values related to pixels associated with the video input; generating an opacity mask; and setting red, green, blue (RGB) values equal to an alpha value of a source image for certain pixels in the source image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: John M. Kanalakis, Jr., Zachary R. Bean, David J. Mackie, Eddie Collins, Mark David Dyer
  • Patent number: 9141346
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems, computer-readable media, and methods for aligning widgets and groups of widgets, and defining relationships between the widgets and groups of widgets. In a first case, a most significant sub-component border determination may be made for each widget. Then, a grouping relationship determined between each of a plurality of the widgets. Finally, for each widget in each determined group, the widgets may be aligned based on the determined most significant sub-component border of each widget in the group. In a second case, connections between widgets, groups of widgets, and/or edges of a page are determined, and an algorithm applied to infer whether a relationship exists, and if it does, to determine whether the relationship is one of a fixed-distance relationship and a proportional-distance relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Nicholas Quine
  • Patent number: 9137575
    Abstract: A video server delivers video on demand (VOD) and other video services responsive to a remote selection application over an IP network from a personal communication device of a user, such as a cellphone or smartphone. The remote selection application drives a user interface of available content, and transmits a user selection request to the video delivery server via a public access network such as the Internet. The video server correlates the identity of the requesting user with a video services channel in communication with a settop box or similar device of the user, and delivers the content to the client video device for rendering. In contrast to conventional VOD, in which the video services request emanates from the settop box on the same communication path (QAM channel) as the downstream signals containing the VOD content, the remote selection application is independent of the client device on an HFC network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: BEAUMARIS NETWORKS INC.
    Inventor: John Schlack
  • Patent number: 9137557
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a dynamic broadcast campaign and/or an interactive broadcast campaign are provided, in which an interactive program is broadcast to an audience and in which members of the audience may interact with media content of the interactive program and/or in which a dynamic program is broadcast to a segment of the audience. The systems and methods utilize a platform that facilitates the creation, execution, and monitoring of a dynamic broadcast campaign and/or an interactive broadcast campaign, as well as one or more interactive and/or dynamic programs within the campaign. Each interactive program enables audience members to interact or send messages to the program, such that the messages are received and processed by the program itself or received by the program and processed by the broadcaster that aired the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: TIME WARNER CABLE INC., CABLE TELEVISION LABORATORIES, INC., COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Francis R. Sandoval, Steven Ernest Riedl, Walter F. Michel
  • Patent number: 9118882
    Abstract: A method and apparatus updates supplement information (SI) in a time-shifted multimedia program that includes a primary multimedia-content feed and one or more SI overlays. In one embodiment, the invention identifies spatial, temporal, and/or logical occurrences of supplemental information (SI) in a recorded program and replaces this potentially outdated information with SI that is either less time-sensitive and/or updated to be relevant to the playback time of the program. In another embodiment, SI overlays are identified by tags that are embedded into a multimedia program feed and stored (time-shifted) along with the feed by an enhanced digital video recorder (EDVR) set-top. The set-top decodes the stored feed, reads the tags to determine sources for replacement SI, retrieves the replacement SI from the sources, and creates updated overlays from the replacement SI. The set-top then replaces the original overlays with updated SI overlays and outputs the result to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Home Box Office, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans J. Deutmeyer, Craig D. Cuttner
  • Patent number: 9100713
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for customizing the display of interactive television overlays. A condition related to the display of an overlay on top of video for a television channel may be defined for each of a plurality of television channels. A default set of information types for an interactive television overlay (e.g., a FLIP overlay, a BROWSE overlay, etc.) may be defined for the plurality of television channels. When the overlay is displayed on top of video for a given television channel of the plurality of television channels, the overlay may include information of the default set of information types. One or more television channels of the plurality of television channels may be identified as channels for which the default set of information types does not apply (e.g., channels for which the overlay is not displayed or for which a custom set of information types is defined).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Walker, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9092415
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating automatic program recommendations based on user interactions. In some embodiments, control circuitry processes verbal data received during an interaction between a user of a user device and a person with whom the user is interacting. The control circuitry analyzes the verbal data to automatically identify a media asset referred to during the interaction by at least one of the user and the person with whom the user is interacting. The control circuitry adds the identified media asset to a list of media assets associated with the user of the user device. The list of media assets is transmitted to a second user device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Fife, Jason Braness, Michael Papish, Thomas Steven Woods
  • Patent number: 9075529
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system for data replication. The mechanism divides a set of data to be replicated into a plurality of slices. Each slice of the plurality of slices is to be copied from a primary site to a master secondary site within a plurality of secondary sites. The plurality of secondary sites comprises the master secondary site and at least one subsidiary peer site. The mechanism copies the plurality of slices from the primary site to the plurality of secondary sites such that the master secondary site stores a first slice of the set of data and each of the at least one subsidiary peer site stores a corresponding slice of the set of data. Responsive to completion of copying the plurality of slices to the plurality of secondary sites, for each of the at least one subsidiary peer site, the mechanism initiates copying of the corresponding slice of the set of data to the master secondary site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shrikant V. Karve, Janmejay S. Kulkarni, Sarvesh S. Patel, Ashish R. Pathak, Sandeep R. Patil
  • 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: 9043836
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 9037494
    Abstract: Method and system of managing subscriber access to services. The method and system including features for use in determining sub scriber entitlements to the services and managing presentation of the services for subscriber selection and access as a function of the subscriber entitlements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David Cleary, Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 9038101
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 9038122
    Abstract: Without using a gateway, an AV device is controlled as intended by an operator without causing a conflict between an operation by a user and an operation by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Konishi
  • Patent number: 9038124
    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 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Harvey, James W. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 9032436
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 9032472
    Abstract: To allow viewer to adapt audiovisual content to their attention level, the audiovisual signal processing arrangement (104, 106), comprising an audiovisual signal processing unit (104) arranged to receive from a control unit (106) at least one complexity setting value (S_Inf-c) specifying a complexity of information in an audiovisual signal, the audiovisual signal processing unit (104) being arranged to process an inputted audiovisual signal S(A, V) to decrease or increase its information complexity as determined by the complexity setting value (S_Inf-c), wherein the audiovisual signal processing unit (104) is arranged to process at least an audio component (A) of the audiovisual signal S(A, V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Mark Jozef Willem Mertens
  • Patent number: 9027073
    Abstract: The present application provides transferring channel allocation tables for receiving radio frequency services. Automatic updating channel allocation tables is provided by storing within at least one central database at least one channel allocation table, storing within each of a plurality of distributed consumer electronic devices at channel allocation table for receiving the radio frequency services, and transferring the channel allocation tables between the central database, and the distributed consumer electronic device via a bidirectional communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: TP Vision Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Theodorus Anna Petrus Gertrudis Vergoossen