With Diverse Device (e.g., Personal Computer, Game Player, Vcr, Etc.) Patents (Class 725/141)
  • Patent number: 10375425
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to techniques providing on-demand services through the use of portable computing devices. More particularly, embodiments are related to methods and systems for allowing point-of-view streaming via mobile devices by matching users browsing a webpage with an associated real world address with a streamer with a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WORLDRELAY, INC.
    Inventor: Gilbert A. Amine
  • Patent number: 10334525
    Abstract: As the variety and number of wireless client devices have increased, often there may be multiple client devices in close proximity of each other. In addition to the connectivity to the wireless wide area network (WWAN), the client devices may have short range link to directly connect with each other. Two or more client devices in a given area may be camped on the same cell of the same WWAN, and the client devices may be decoding the paging information from the same cell. A method and apparatus are disclosed such that a client device may decode the paging information from the WWAN and relay the WWAN paging information to other client devices over the short range link. This may enable other client devices to avoid having to decode the paging information directly from the WWAN which may reduce their power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MBIT WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventor: Sivakumar Govindassamy
  • Patent number: 10327030
    Abstract: A display device includes: a wireless communication unit configured to communicate to perform a screen mirroring function with a mobile terminal; a display unit configured to display a screen of the mobile terminal through the screen mirroring function; and a control unit configured to control the wireless communication unit and the display unit. If the mobile terminal receives a notification, while displaying a media content being played by the mobile terminal, the control unit displays a notification icon for representing that the notification is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyojung Oh, Seunghun Lee
  • Patent number: 10194366
    Abstract: As the variety and number of wireless client devices have increased, often there may be multiple client devices in close proximity of each other. In addition to the connectivity to the wireless wide area network (WWAN), the client devices may have a short range link to directly connect with each other. Two or more client devices in a given area may be camped on the same or neighboring cells of the same WWAN, and the client devices may be performing measurements on the same set or subset of cells. A method and apparatus are disclosed such that a client device may perform serving and neighbor cells measurements and relay the measurements information to other client devices over the short range link. This may enable other client devices to avoid having to perform measurements directly on the WWAN cells which may reduce their power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MBIT WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventor: Sivakumar Govindassamy
  • Patent number: 10185467
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for managing intelligent content queuing from a secondary device for content delivery to a primary device. A content queuing system on the secondary device generates and displays a playlist interface on the secondary device. A selection of a content item to be added to a playlist is received. The content queuing system determines that addition of the content item causes a live content item to overlap with an on-demand content item on the playlist. As a result, the content queuing system creates at least two segments for the on-demand content item. The live content item is positioned between the first and a second segment on the playlist. The first segment is scheduled to end at a start time of the live content item and the second segment is scheduled to begin at an ending time of the live content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: David Rhys Edward Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10102867
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a server apparatus includes a content provision module which selectively provides a plurality of items of content, and an audio source separation module which separates a voice component and a background sound component from an audio signal of the content, and sets different levels of volume, and a television apparatus connected to the server apparatus through a network includes an instruction module which instructs selection of the content to the content provision module of the server apparatus and instructs execution of an audio source separation process to the audio source separation module, and a playback module which plays back the content provided from the server apparatus in response to the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Naoki Yamanashi
  • Patent number: 10051572
    Abstract: As the variety and number of wireless client devices have increased, often there may be multiple client devices in close proximity of each other. In addition to the connectivity to the wireless wide area network (WWAN), the client devices may have short range link to directly connect with each other. Two or more client devices in a given area may be camped on the same cell of the same WWAN, and the client devices may be decoding the same broadcast information. A method and apparatus are disclosed such that a client device may decode the broadcast information from the WWAN and relay the WWAN broadcast information to other client devices over the short range link. This may enable other client devices to avoid having to decode the broadcast information directly from the WWAN which may reduce their power consumption and at times it may help the client devices for faster WWAN connection setup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MBIT WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventor: Sivakumar Govindassamy
  • Patent number: 10034052
    Abstract: Systems and methods of media devices are operable to receive appointment information from an electronic device, wherein the appointment information is defined by a time period for a scheduled appointment for a user, and wherein the scheduled appointment requires the user to be at a remote location that is remote from a location of the media device such that the user is unable to manually operate or use their media device. The media device is configured to automatically modify at least one operation of the media device based on the received appointment information that is associated with the scheduled appointment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Eldon Technologies
    Inventor: Dale Mountain
  • Patent number: 9986296
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sharing content includes detecting a secondary device that is paired to a main device. The main device is used to render publicly viewable content. Each secondary device is associated with a user and is used to access and view content provided by one or more content sources over a network and share the content with the main device and with other secondary devices. Selection of a multimedia content for sharing, is detected at the secondary device. The selection causes the rendering of the multimedia content at a display screen of the secondary device. Share attributes defined for the multimedia content selected for sharing, is identified on the secondary device. The multimedia content selected for sharing is populated and is available for viewing on the main device and/or one or more secondary devices of other users in accordance to the defined share attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Karolina Buchner, Roman Lissermann, Lars Erik Holmquist
  • Patent number: 9912980
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for dynamically creating intuitive favorites for a user. The system and methods include monitoring actions performed, by the user at a digital receiver, with respect to a plurality of content programs. The actions performed with respect to the plurality of content programs are analyzed. The analysis includes comparing a level of the actions with respect to a first content program of the plurality of content programs with a threshold. Based on the comparing indicating that the first content program is a favorites, an indication that the first content program is a favorites content program is stored to a data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Amudha Kaliamoorthi, Dharmveer Lakshmi Sharan Lal
  • Patent number: 9883222
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by a system comprising a processor, first media content from a service provider network over a high resolution channel at a first resolution, determining whether a first resolution exceeds a resolution threshold for viewing the first media content, transmitting a notification to the service provider network that the first resolution exceeds the resolution threshold, receiving the first media content from the service provider network over the high resolution channel at a second resolution according to the notification, wherein a difference between the first resolution and the second resolution provides unused bandwidth on the high resolution channel, and receiving second media content from the service provider network over the unused bandwidth of the high resolution channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Zhu Liu, Amy Ruth Reibman, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9846471
    Abstract: Systems and methods for conserving power in an apparatus are provided. A sensor of the apparatus is configured to detect an event comprising a device having a predetermined attribute entering into a designated region surrounding the apparatus. An integrated circuit (IC) of the apparatus operable in multiple power modes. The IC is configured to transition from a low-power standby mode to a high-power standby mode upon detection of the event by the sensor. The IC is further configured to transition from either the low-power standby mode or the high-power standby mode to an active mode upon occurrence of one of multiple wakeup events. The transition from the high-power standby mode to the active mode takes less time than the transition from the low-power standby mode to the active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MARVELL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Gaurav Arora
  • Patent number: 9778747
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a multimodal and gestural control system. According to one embodiment, the multimodal and gestural control system is configured to detect a gesture command from a user via at least one device of a plurality of devices. A control operation and a destination device are both determined based on the gesture command such that the determined control operation is executed on the determined destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chandra Praphul, Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Sriganesh Madhvanath
  • Patent number: 9716918
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for providing an interactive advertising system and components thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: WinView, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lockton, Kathy Austin Lockton
  • Patent number: 9712868
    Abstract: Systems and Methods for allowing a user to control access to interactive television applications and events are provided. One method includes detecting an interactive television event destined for a user's device, and determining at least one of whether the interactive television application event is allowed, disallowed, or conditionally allowed to be executed on the user's device. The determining may include generating a query based on the interactive television application event and checking the query against a preference database containing one or more user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Madeleine Noland
  • Patent number: 9674271
    Abstract: A method for storing information items from a client device to a remote server is performed at the client device having memory and one or more processors, the remote server being communicatively coupled to the client device. The client device renders an information item and an information storing option associated with the information item using a first application at the client device. Upon detecting a user selection of the information storing option, the client device invokes a second application, which may or may not run on the client device, to upload data associated with the information item rendered on the client device to the remote server and then resumes the rendition of the information item using the first application at the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Bin Zhang, Xueqin Lin, Zhiyuan Lin, Jiangxun Lin, Zhuo Tang, Ling Li, Yi Dan
  • Patent number: 9552188
    Abstract: A media player device and method for receiving and playing a playlist is provided. The device has a transceiver to wirelessly send and receive communication, a memory, a control system connected to the memory and the transceiver, and at least one speaker to play the plurality of songs. The control system and method receive a command to log into an account before receiving a playlist, receive and display the playlist identifying a plurality of songs in a menu with context sensitive icons representing different functions, receive and display information associated with an artist from a currently playing song of the plurality of songs in the playlist, receive and display information on a related song that is from a genre similar to that of one of the currently playing song, and receive and display advertising. The method provides for the speaker to play the plurality of songs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Black Hills Media, LLC
    Inventors: Safi Qureshey, Daniel D. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9553927
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to providing synchronized supplemental content. In one aspect, second user devices may be used to consume supplemental content associated with primary content presented on a first display. The supplemental content may be synchronized with the primary content. Such synchronization may be performed by detecting and reporting triggers within the primary content and transmitting synchronization signals to appropriate second user devices. Another aspect of the disclosure relates to determining which interfaces or applications will report the triggers, and fine-tuning how many interfaces or applications will report the triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Sudhanshu Sharma, James D. Mora
  • Patent number: 9549001
    Abstract: An electronic device and method for sourcing and/or constructing a playlist are provided. An assignment of a playlist identifying a plurality of songs is received. A plurality of devices from which the plurality of songs may be retrieved is determined. The availability of the plurality of devices is determined. At least one of the plurality of devices is connected to in order to to access at least one of the plurality of songs. Memory of the electronic device can be scanned for stored songs to incorporate into the playlist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Black Hills Media, LLC
    Inventors: Safi Qureshey, Daniel D. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9516358
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by a system comprising a processor, first media content from a service provider network over a high resolution channel at a first resolution, determining whether a first resolution exceeds a resolution threshold for viewing the first media content, transmitting a notification to the service provider network that the first resolution exceeds the resolution threshold, receiving the first media content from the service provider network over the high resolution channel at a second resolution according to the notification, wherein a difference between the first resolution and the second resolution provides unused bandwidth on the high resolution channel, and receiving second media content from the service provider network over the unused bandwidth of the high resolution channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Zhu Liu, Amy Ruth Reibman, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9436756
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for dynamically generating a playlist of multimedia files for a user based upon a mood of the user. The system comprises a mood detection module, a tag allocation module, and a playlist generation module. The mood detection module is configured to determine the mood of the user based upon the one or more emotion tags allocated to records of the user. The tag allocation module is configured to categorize the at least one multimedia file under one or more emotion tags based upon the weights assigned to the one or more emotion tags. The playlist generation module is configured to dynamically generate the playlist of multimedia files based upon the mood of the user and the categorization of the at least one multimedia file under one or more emotion tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Sujit Devkar, Pankaj Doke, Vinayak Iyer, Kushal Gore, Sylvan Lobo, Apurv Nigam, Praveen Sunka, Priyanka Chandel, Sanjay Kimbahune, Ravichander Karthik Chittur, Ramiz Raza
  • Patent number: 9307277
    Abstract: Methods and systems for presentation of content through an interface to provide personalized video feeds to a user. A selective feed is generated by combining a first service feed and a second service feed. A control feed is sent to a second end-user device based on the selective feed and receiving input from a first end-user device. In some embodiments, playback on the second end-user device is controlled by input received from the first end-user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Frequency IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Gordon, Blair R. R. Harrison, Adrian K. Roston
  • Patent number: 9298214
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel, a backlight, a pair of inverter circuit boards that are respectively arranged in vicinities of end portions in a longitudinal direction of a hack side of the display panel, and an expansion slot unit having an expansion slot, a case that includes a slit serving as an opening through which a expansion board to be inserted into the expansion slot is inserted and can guide and house the expansion hoard, and an expansion slot board, the expansion slot unit being arranged on the back side of the display panel to be adjacent to a side of one of the pair of the inverter circuit boards and the slit being provided in an open state at a position separated from the side edge of the display panel by more than a length in an insertion direction of the expansion board that is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Mukaide, Atsushi Mizutani, Mitsutaka Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 9300415
    Abstract: A method of transmitting a broadcast signal includes generating vibration control information for controlling vibration of a terminal, and transmitting to the terminal broadcast data including the generated vibration control information. The method further includes converting the generated vibration control information into a format compatible with the transmitting to the terminal. An apparatus for transmitting a broadcast signal includes a vibration control information generator for generating vibration control information for controlling vibration of a terminal, a broadcast data converter for converting the generated vibration control information into broadcast data and a transmitter for receiving the broadcast signal from the broadcast data converter and transmitting to the terminal the received broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jaedo Kwak
  • Patent number: 9271031
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for distributed recording of content in a client system having a home network connecting a content broker and a plurality of set-top boxes (STBs) with digital video recording capability. In a requesting STB, a command is received from a user to begin recording a content item. A query is sent from the requesting STB to the content broker to determine whether the content item is being recorded by any other STB of the plurality of STBs. A response is received from the content broker. If the response indicates that none of the plurality of STBs is then currently recording the content item, the content item is recorded in the requesting STB. If the response identifies a recording STB that is then currently recording the requested content, an internal content list is updated in the requesting STB to identify the recording STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Somesh Saraf, Rakesh Rajan
  • Patent number: 9258617
    Abstract: A system and method in a television system for presenting information associated with a user-selected object in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Nambirajan Seshadri
  • Patent number: 9191605
    Abstract: An interconnect device receives encrypted high quality media content from a protected interface of the source device and decrypts the encrypted high quality media content to recover the high quality media content. For remote monitoring, the decrypted high quality media content is processed to reduce the quality of the high quality media content to generate the reduced quality media content. The reduced quality media content may be generated by further compressing the high quality media content, reducing the resolution of the high quality media content, downscaling the high quality media content or the like. The decrypted high quality media content is also re-encrypted and delivered to the protected media interface of the destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Morgan Evans, Thomas A. Roberts, Cheryl Adams
  • Patent number: 9179188
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transmission apparatus for distributing a content to a client, including a script generation section configured to generate a script for obtaining user side answer information representative of an answer of a user of the client to a question regarding liking of the user, a trigger generation section configured to generate trigger information regarding execution of the script by the client, and a transmission section configured to transmit the trigger information and the script to the client in response to distribution of a first content to the client and transmitting, in response to distribution of a second content different from the first content to the client, provider side answer information representative of an answer set by a provider which provides the first or second content to the question regarding the liking of the user to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamagishi, Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9161076
    Abstract: An information processing system comprises a terminal system which includes a terminal device and also comprises a server system. In the terminal system, a microphone provided in the terminal device senses a sound in the vicinity thereof. Sound information representing the sound sensed by the microphone or a feature of the sound is transmitted to the server system. In the server system, the sound in the vicinity of the terminal device is specified based on the sound information. Also, presentation information to be presented by the terminal device is specified based on the specified sound, and the presentation information is transmitted to the information processing device. The terminal system receives displays the presentation information transmitted from the server, and presentation information is displayed on a display unit of the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eizi Kawai, Atsushi Watanabe
  • 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: 9038108
    Abstract: An approach provides management of digital assets. A digital asset is transmitted to one of a plurality of devices configured to support instant communications. The digital asset can be shared among the devices within the instant communications environment. A portal is provided for users of the devices to manage respective instant communications accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Douglas McCausland, David Horner, Jonathan L. Discount
  • Patent number: 9038123
    Abstract: An AV system composed of an HD recorder and a display unit uses a communication interface of the HDMI. An HDMI source of the HD recorder transmits image data (image signal) in the form of differential signals to an HDMI sink of the display unit through three TMDS channels. The HDMI source inserts content identification information for the identification of the type of a content of image data to be transmitted into an AVI InfoFrame packet placed in a blanking period. A control section of the display unit controls operation of a display processing section which carries out a process for displaying for the image data based on the content identification information received by the HDMI sink and a display section for displaying an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihide Hayashi, Masayuki Tsumura, Koki Tsumori, Katsuhiro Shimizu, Ban Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9038120
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems, apparatuses, methods and computer executable code for facilitating broadcast, publication and/or sharing of video from a user device to one or more other user devices in a social networking environment. According to some embodiments of the present invention, there may be provided systems, apparatuses, methods and computer executable code for facilitating live broadcast of video captured by a user device image sensor to one or more other users associated with the broadcasting user within a social networking site (e.g. facebook).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: LIVE LENS LTD.
    Inventors: Max Eitan Bluvband, Shahar Hajdu
  • Patent number: 9032471
    Abstract: An AV system composed of an HD recorder and a display unit uses a communication interface of the HDMI. An HDMI source of the HD recorder transmits image data (image signal) in the form of differential signals to an HDMI sink of the display unit through three TMDS channels. The HDMI source inserts content identification information for the identification of the type of a content of image data to be transmitted into an AVI InfoFrame packet placed in a blanking period. A control section of the display unit controls operation of a display processing section which carries out a process for displaying for the image data based on the content identification information received by the HDMI sink and a display section for displaying an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihide Hayashi, Masayuki Tsumura, Koki Tsumori, Katsuhiro Shimizu, Ban Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9032470
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to detect a first position of a viewing apparatus, wherein the viewing apparatus enables viewing of media programs, obtain a media program in a first viewing perspective that conforms to the first position, present the media program with the first viewing perspective for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus, and transmit to the viewing apparatus a first audio signal corresponding to the first viewing perspective. The storage medium can also have computer instructions to detect that the viewing apparatus has moved to a second position, obtain the media program in a second viewing perspective according to the second position, and present the media program with the second viewing perspective for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., William A. Brown, David B. Delorme, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9026555
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for adaptive media playback based on destination. The method for adaptive media playback comprises determining one or more destinations, collecting media content that is relevant to or describes the one or more destinations, assembling the media content into a program, and outputting the program. In various embodiments, media content may be advertising, consumer-generated, based on real-time events, based on a schedule, or assembled to fit within an estimated available time. Media content may be assembled using an adaptation engine that selects a plurality of media segments that fit in the estimated available time, orders the plurality of media segments, alters at least one of the plurality of media segments to fit the estimated available time, if necessary, and creates a playlist of selected media content containing the plurality of media segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Behzad Shahraray, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger
  • Patent number: 9021544
    Abstract: An apparatus for an electronic feedback system designed to work in combination with a television set to enable a viewer to express his or her anger toward televised events by allowing the viewer to vent his or her anger in a physical, satisfying manner, yet do no harm to the television set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Louella Bourbeaux
  • Patent number: 9015739
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring audience information of programs are described. Systems and methods for providing audience information to users of interactive television applications are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: ROVI Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9015787
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presentation device having a controller that performs operations including enabling a supply of power to a portable battery operated device from a presentation port where the presentation port is a high definition multimedia interface port by trickle charging a rechargeable battery of the portable battery operated device through the presentation port, and receiving from the portable battery operated device an audio-visual signal for presentation at the presentation device through the presentation port. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Ahmad C. Ansari
  • Publication number: 20150106833
    Abstract: A mobile terminal, a display apparatus, and their associated controlling methods are provided to control a display mode of the display apparatus in a general mode, which displays a content shareable with a third party, and in a security mode, which displays a content non-shareable with the third party, according to a user's security level. The mobile terminal includes a communicator to communicate with an external display apparatus to provide a personalization function; a sensor to sense a position of the mobile terminal, and a controller to determine the display mode of the display apparatus based on the position of the mobile terminal sensed by the sensor, and transmit display mode instruction information including the determined display mode to the display apparatus through the communicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kun-sok KANG, Hak-sup SONG, Sung-kyu LEE
  • Patent number: 9009773
    Abstract: A novel advanced set top terminal capable of digital decompression, menu generation, interactivity and other advanced functional capabilities for use in a television program delivery system (200) is described. The invention relates to methods and apparatus for upgrading existing set top terminals (220) to provide menu generation capability and advanced functional capabilities. The invention is particularly useful in television program delivery systems (200) with hundreds of channels of programming, providing (i) menu driven program selection through the addition of an upgrade module (300) or menu generation card and (ii) advanced functional capabilities using a set of hardware upgrades (e.g., 130) and/or an expansion card. Specifically, the invention is an upgradeable system that supports advanced set top functionality through the use of internal software, hardware upgrades, an upgrade module and/or expansion cards. The upgraded hardware generally includes a microprocessor, various input/output ports (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Hendricks, Alfred E. Bonner, Richard E. Wunderlich, Eric C. Berkobin
  • Patent number: 9009776
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a display, a speaker, a connector to output a video signal and audio signal, a display driving module to control outputting of the video signal with respect to the display and connector, a sound driving module to control outputting of the audio signal with respect to the speaker and connector, and an output control module to instruct the sound driving module to output the audio signal from the connector when an event of instructing the display driving module to output a video signal to the connector occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kotaro Fukui
  • Patent number: 9003435
    Abstract: A method of recommending media content for a media playing system includes identifying a user in a viewing area; determining whether personal information of the user is stored in a database; and generating information related to a first media content recommendation according to the personal information when the personal information of the user is stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Hsi-Chun Hsiao, Shou-Te Wei, Hsun-Chih Tsao
  • Patent number: 9003457
    Abstract: The generation of engagement factors sufficient to represent user engagement, attention, recognition, interest and/or responsiveness to media being shown or otherwise access through an output device is contemplated. The engagement factors may be values or other representations sufficient to facilitate categorizing viewer activities during playback of particular portions of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Mulé
  • Patent number: 8997167
    Abstract: A live streaming video sharing system. Implementations may include a video camera, portable computing device, video streaming server, database, application server, web server, and a portable computing device associated with a user operatively coupled together. The video camera sends a live stream of video data wirelessly to the portable computing device. The computing device associated with a user receives a live stream of video data from the web server, processes the live stream of video data, and generates a computer interface. The computer interface may include a public computer interface including a public channel and an invisible computer interface including an invisible shares channel associated with the user including an icon corresponding with one or more invisible shares, each invisible share corresponding with a live stream of video data and each invisible share not retrievable using a search form in the computer interface, the application server, and the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents
    Inventors: Lee Bliss, Jenean M. Perelstein, John C. Georgas, Britt Weber Mullen, Bryce Evan Carey, Waylon Jay-Shije Dixon, Chad Michael Ellsworth
  • Patent number: 8997166
    Abstract: An AV system composed of an HD recorder and a display unit uses a communication interface of the HDMI. An HDMI source of the HD recorder transmits image data (image signal) in the form of differential signals to an HDMI sink of the display unit through three TMDS channels. The HDMI source inserts content identification information for the identification of the type of a content of image data to be transmitted into an AVI InfoFrame packet placed in a blanking period. A control section of the display unit controls operation of a display processing section which carries out a process for displaying for the image data based on the content identification information received by the HDMI sink and a display section for displaying an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihide Hayashi, Masayuki Tsumura, Koki Tsumori, Katsuhiro Shimizu, Ban Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8990867
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for managing networks. Devices in a neighborhood may communicate with a termination server (TS) at a local office. The devices may also communicate locally with one another using a second, localized network. As an alternative to obtaining network communication and initialization data from the TS, the devices may consult with devices on the local network to determine if such devices have the initialization data available for use. Through the local network, the devices may also share tuning resources with one another, so that neighboring devices may use each others' resources to render or record additional content when their own resources are otherwise unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Hendry, Andrew Wilson
  • Patent number: 8982282
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method of searching for a channel in the display apparatus includes a plurality of tuners and a plurality of antenna ports respectively connected to the plurality of tuners. The method includes receiving a channel search command; if the channel search command is input, searching for one of the plurality of antenna ports that is connected to a satellite antenna to receive a broadcasting signal, if one of the plurality of antenna ports is connected to the satellite antenna to receive the broadcasting signal, setting one of the plurality of tuners connected to the one antenna port, to a main tuner, and performing a channel search through the tuner set to the main tuner. Therefore, although an antenna port connected to one of the plurality of tuners initially set to a sub tuner, the display apparatus performs a channel search through the corresponding tuner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-hee Woo
  • Publication number: 20150074737
    Abstract: Device-descriptive data of a multimedia device are obtained by a remote control through a near-field communication (NFC) data exchange. The device-descriptive data of the multimedia device are received by an extended connectivity device through its wireless communication interface. A wireless link is established between the extended connectivity device and the multimedia device using connection parameters in the device-descriptive data. Multimedia data are transmitted to or received from the multimedia device over the wireless link established in accordance with the connection parameters received in the device-descriptive data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: RE45472
    Abstract: A data stream may be processed using a computer system by receiving the data stream using a browser application, detecting a content type of data in the data stream, temporarily overriding a default rendering process otherwise associated with the content type detected for the data in the data stream by associating a particular rendering process with the data stream based on the type of data in the data stream, and routing the data stream to the particular rendering process. The default rendering process may be identified in a registry of the computer system. It may be temporarily overridden by discriminating among internal and external instances of the browser application used to receive the data stream, and temporarily overriding the default rendering process only if the browser application is an internal instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: John Robinson