With Diverse Device (e.g., Personal Computer, Game Player, Vcr, Etc.) Patents (Class 725/141)
  • Publication number: 20150074694
    Abstract: Credential data are obtained by a remote control from a credential-bearing device through a near-field communication (NFC) data exchange. The credential data are transmitted by the remote control and are received by an extended connectivity device through its wireless communication interface. A transaction is conducted with a network-connected service through the wireless communication interface of the extended connectivity device using the received credential data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 8978067
    Abstract: A video-on-demand (VOD) content delivery system has a VOD Application Server which manages a database of templates ordered in a hierarchy for presentation of video content elements of different selected types categorized in hierarchical order. The templates include those for higher-order displays which have one or more links to lower-order displays of specific content. The VOD Application Server, in response to viewer request, displays a high-order templatized display, and in response to viewer selection of a link, displays the lower-order display of specific content. The hierarchical templatized displays enable viewers to navigate to an end subject of interest while having a unique visual experience of moving through a series of displays to the end subject of interest. For example, the higher-order display may be a product ad and the lower-order display may be an ad for a local retailer of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Broadband ITV, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 8978087
    Abstract: A television entertainment system that combines the visual imagery of television entertainment and transmission with the audio of radio entertainment and transmission to create a new synthesis system for therapeutic benefit designated as Hybrid Radio Television. Each segment (video/audio) of the system can be viewed or heard/listened to on its own, however, it is designed to be viewed and heard/listened to as an integrated whole, as selected by a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Robert A. Oklejas
  • Patent number: 8978086
    Abstract: The MEDIA CONTENT BASED ADVERTISING SURVEY PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“AD-SURVEY”) transforms user advertisement exposure data via AD-SURVEY components, into ad effects data including user responses to survey questions. A system is disclosed, comprising: a memory; a processor disposed in communication with said memory, and configured to issue a plurality of processing instructions executable by a processor for obtaining TV program schedule listing data including a plurality of ad tags at a server; providing the obtained TV program schedule listing data to a user mobile device, receiving a user media program selection message from the user mobile device; retrieving an ad tag associated with the user selected media program from the TV program schedule listing data; querying a survey question list based on key terms extracted from ad contents; generating and sending a survey question to the user mobile device; and obtaining a user reaction to the survey question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Symphony Advanced Media
    Inventors: Manish Bhatia, Michael Scott Saxon, Nigel Stephen Pratt, Pyeush Gurha
  • Patent number: 8976025
    Abstract: A system may include a set-top box configured to receive a television signal and provide the television signal to a media playing device, and a home monitoring device configured to obtain a video recording using a security camera, provide the video recording to a media manager device across a network, and provide information about the video recording to the set-top box. The set-top box may be further configured to provide the information about the video recording upon activation of the set-top box by a customer, receive a request to view the video recording from the customer, retrieve the video recording from the media manager device, and provide the video recording to a media playing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Poothabalan Somasundaram, Krishnakumar Sundaram, Ganesh Ramasamy, Thamilenthi Palanivelu, Arunkumar Surulinathan, Pradeep Felix, Sundar Sivaraman
  • Patent number: 8973081
    Abstract: In a receiver for downloading video content including 3D video and outputting the downloaded video content to a removable medium, information concerning 3D video is made usable also by the removable medium. A content receiver includes a download control unit for receiving, via a network, video content and reproduction control information for use in reproducing and outputting, to outside, the video content and an output control unit for exporting the received video content to an external medium. In the content receiver, when outputting the video content to an external medium, the output control unit records, based on first 3D video information delivered being included in the reproduction control information and indicating a state of 3D video existence in the video content, second 3D video information indicating whether the video content includes 3D video in management information of the external medium for recording the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Koreeda
  • Patent number: 8970616
    Abstract: A method of displaying images, which includes displaying a first image in a first display portion, receiving a first image-quality condition for setting a first image quality of the first image displayed in the first display portion, generating, via a first display controller of the first display portion, a first image-quality setting image by applying the first image-quality condition to the first image displayed in the first display portion, transmitting the generated first image-quality setting image from the first display controller to a second display controller of a second display portion, and displaying the transmitted first image-quality setting image on the second display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Ha Lee, Duk Jun Jo
  • Patent number: 8973084
    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: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Somesh Saraf, Rakesh Rajan
  • Patent number: 8973078
    Abstract: A system and method for establishing communication between an information processing apparatus and a communication device which are capable of communicating with each other in a plurality of communication modes. The method includes receiving at least one request from the communication device at the information processing apparatus, and transmitting at least one response to the at least one request, the at least one response being transmitted from the information processing apparatus to the communication device when the information processing apparatus is in a first communication mode, and not transmitting at least one response when the information processing apparatus is in a second communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Nagara, Kanahiro Shirota
  • Patent number: 8973075
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adding or extracting metadata for video streams. The system receives a video stream compressed according to a video encoding standard, and generates a packet for transmission across a packet-switched network. The system inserts at least one compressed segment of the video stream into a payload of the packet. The system also receives metadata that describes content within the video stream and is not compressed according to the standard, inserts the metadata into the packet without compressing the metadata according to the standard, and transmits the packet across the packet-switched network to a target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Raymond W. Willis, Jeffrey A Heim
  • Patent number: 8973083
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method of integrating video games into live sporting events, or the converse, in an interactive way. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, a viewer watching a broadcast sporting event can elect to become a “phantom participant” in an event. At one or more designated points in the event (e.g., a golf tournament), the viewer's set-top box will switch from feeding the broadcast event to the viewer's television screen to feeding a stream from a video game unit to the same television screen. The video game unit is configured to receive information from the broadcast feed that includes information such as, but not limited to, the event location, the hole being played (in the golf example), the participants, and statistics related to the performance of the participants. This information may be used by the video game unit to present the viewer with the opportunity to “virtually” compete with the participants in the broadcast event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Belton, David J. Braun
  • Patent number: 8973086
    Abstract: A mobile equipment having television function, which renders a user to watch a television program, characterized in that said mobile equipment comprises: a data storing section for storing image data and voice data transmitted through digital broadcast wave; and a display control section for conducting a display with a predetermined timing for confirming whether said user hopes to watch the television continuously or said user hopes that the television program being watched is stored, in a case that start of an application program preventing said user from continuing to watch said television program is indicated by said user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Noriko Tamura
  • Patent number: 8964856
    Abstract: A digital broadcasting system and a data processing method are disclosed. A receiving system of the digital broadcasting system includes a receiving unit, an SI handler, and a decoding unit. The receiving unit receives broadcast signals including mobile service data and main service data. Herein, the mobile service data may configure a data group, and the data group may include a signaling information region in some of a plurality of data regions. Also, the signaling information region may include TPC signaling data and FIC signaling data. The SI handler acquires channel configuration information of the mobile service data from the broadcast signal using pre-decided IP access information, and extracts encoding format information for each IP stream component within a corresponding virtual channel service RTP-packetized and received from the acquired channel configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, In Hwan Choi, Jong Yeul Suh, Jin Pil Kim, Chul Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 8966545
    Abstract: A method of connecting a legacy device in a home entertainment system containing a wireless home entertainment hub utilizing a home theatre network interface box includes obtaining a registration with the wireless home entertainment hub for the home theatre network interface box. The home theatre network interface box is connected to the legacy device and the home theatre network interface device is identified at the wireless home entertainment hub according to the functionality of the legacy device. An instruction from the wireless home entertainment hub to transmit data produced by the legacy device to at least one sink device in the home entertainment system is received, where the legacy device is a source device. Representation of the data produced by the legacy device from the home theatre network interface box to the at least one sink device is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Porto Vinci Ltd. Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Patrick T. Igoe
  • Patent number: 8966521
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to present supplemental media on a second screen are disclosed. An example method includes obtaining, at a digital media device, media identifying data from audio data of a portion of first media being presented via the digital media device; determining that the portion of the first media is an advertisement based on the media identifying data; detecting, at the digital media device, a command to cause the digital media device to skip the portion of the first media; and providing an indication to a second device in response to detecting the command, the indication to cause the second device to present second media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Padmanabhan Soundararajan, Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Topchy
  • Patent number: 8966515
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically analyzing multimedia data are disclosed. Embodiments receive multimedia data, detect portions having specified features, and output a corresponding subset of the multimedia data. Content features from downloaded or streaming movies or video clips are identified as a human probably would do, but in essentially real time. Embodiments then generate an index or menu based on individual consumer preferences. Consumers can peruse the index, or produce customized trailers, or edit and tag content with metadata as desired. The tool can categorize and cluster content by feature, to assemble a library of scenes or scene clusters according to user-selected criteria. The results may be sent to visual search engines so that further related content may be identified for use as a customized trailer, replacement content for advertisements, or as material to be shared with others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Priyan Gunatilake
  • Patent number: 8959565
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for receiving a request to display, on an external display device, a media file, where the request comprises a first logical address for accessing the media file at a first storage location, transmitting to a set-top box, a second logical address for accessing a copy of the media file at a second storage location, where the second logical address differs from the first logical address, and where the second storage location differs from the first storage location. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Nadia Morris, Virginia S. Ng, Nicholas Peter Hill
  • 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: 8955029
    Abstract: A system for handling data and transactions involving data through the use of a virtual transaction zone, which virtual transaction zone removes the dependency of such transaction on the delivery medium of the product. The invention may reside and operate on a variety of electronic devices such as televisions, VCRs, DVDs, personal computers, WebTV, any other known electronic recorder/player, or as a stand alone unit. The transaction zone also provides a mechanism for combining mediums, data feeds, and manipulation of those feeds. The transaction zone also provides a mechanism for controlling the content, delivery, and timing of delivery of the end consumer's product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Customedia Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William Henry Lewis
  • Patent number: 8949922
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a server that generates a stream of streaming interactive video and/or audio. Means for multicasting the stream to a plurality of client devices accommodating different device video, audio and/or network characteristics, and means for allowing input from one or more of the client devices to control the streaming interactive video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: OL2, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Roger van der Laan
  • Patent number: 8949920
    Abstract: A device and method for storage device emulation in a multimedia processing system are provided. The device includes a processing module to process multimedia data, a first mass storage device interface operably coupled to the processing module, the first mast storage interface operable to couple to a mass storage device interface of a multimedia processing device and a second mass storage device interface operably coupled to the first mass storage device and the processing module, wherein the second mass storage device is operable to couple to one or more mass storage devices. A method is also provided. The method comprises receiving a first multimedia data at first mass storage device interface of a first multimedia processing device, processing the first multimedia data at the first multimedia processing device to generate a first processed multimedia data and providing the first processed multimedia data to a second mass storage device interface of the first multimedia processing device for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: VIXS Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Indra Laksono
  • Patent number: 8942731
    Abstract: There is provided an information delivery apparatus including a receiving portion to receive location information of a mobile communication terminal at a given time and acquired date and time of the location information from the terminal, an event information storage portion to store event information including an event place, date and time, a delivery terminal selecting portion to select the mobile communication terminal to which the event information is to be delivered based on the location information and the acquired date and time of the location information and on the event place, date and time, and an event information delivery portion to deliver the event information to the selected mobile communication terminal. The delivery terminal selecting portion selects the mobile communication terminal whose location indicated by location information is within a predetermined range and whose acquired date and time of the location information are before the event date and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Takehara, Yoichiro Sako, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Akinobu Sugino, Akane Sano, Yoshiteru Kamatani, Kazunori Hayashi, Takayasu Kon, Yasunori Kamada
  • Patent number: 8935356
    Abstract: A network audio system allows AV files existing in a PC to be readily registered and music to be reproduced using a client machine. The client machine is connected to the PC and a server application and a controller application are installed in the PC. Music is reproduced using the client machine based on an AV file existing in a user folder, when the user drags and drops an icon for the AV folder to an icon for the client machine. In response to the operation, the controller application produces music piece information including the artist name and the like based the tag information of the AV file. When the music piece information is not yet registered, the server application provides the music piece information with a music piece ID for registration in the content information database. The controller application transmits a command including the ID to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventors: Toshinobu Sano, Youichi Kudoh
  • Patent number: 8931031
    Abstract: A method of presenting a matrix code for providing accessibility content includes receiving, at a content receiver, a signal carrying accessibility content, generating, at the content receiver, a matrix code from the accessibility content, and transmitting the matrix code as part of a content presentation to a presentation device for display, wherein the content presentation includes at least one of audio and visual content and the accessibility content includes an alternative form of at least one of the audio and the visual content for allowing a user to more fully comprehend the content presentation. Systems for implementing the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Germar Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8925031
    Abstract: Application gadget techniques are described. In an implementation, a remote control device includes a display device and one or more modules. The one or more modules are configured to initiate one or more control functions related to control of a display of content by a client. The one or more modules also provide an environment to execute one or more application gadgets such that an output of the one or more application gadgets is displayable on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J. Seidel, Nadav M. Neufeld
  • Patent number: 8925032
    Abstract: If an incoming call arrives at a mobile phone as an AV output device while a video signal is output to a TV as an AV input device, as incoming call processing, a command notifying arrival of the incoming call is transmitted to the TV, and thereafter output of the video signal is stopped. The reason for the stop is displayed on the TV. When the call is terminated in the mobile phone, a command notifying termination of the call is transmitted to the TV, and the output of the video signal is resumed. Thereby, a notification screen is stopped on the TV, and reproduction of video is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuji Daioku
  • Patent number: 8918822
    Abstract: A method and system are described for displaying a synchronized instance of content on a portable electronic device. In the described embodiments, a selection of streaming content that is being displayed on a fixed display system is received by the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device then determines if the portable electronic device is compatible with the streaming content being received by the fixed display system. If the portable electronic device is compatible with the streaming content being received by the fixed display system, then the portable electronic device requests the synchronized instance of the streaming content and displays it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devrim Varoglu, Swapnil R. Dave
  • Patent number: 8918831
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to present a plurality of unassociated media programs from a single presentation device having overlapping presentation periods, and cause the single presentation device to present a user interface for one of the plurality of unassociated media programs responsive to detecting a request for the user interface. Each of the plurality of unassociated media programs can be viewable only with a viewing apparatus. The viewing apparatus can be configured for viewing one of the unassociated media programs at a time. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, William A. Brown, Nadia Morris, Virginia Ng, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8918832
    Abstract: An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be operable to identify, utilizing an ACR system, an event that is to take place in a presented program. An overlay, which comprises information on possible outcomes of the identified event, may be presented by the ACR-enabled connected device utilizing the ACR system, within a specific time window synchronized with the identified event. The ACR-enabled connected device may identify, utilizing the ACR system, a predicted outcome selected by a viewer. The predicted outcome may be selected, within the specific time window, via interaction with the overlay on the ACR-enabled connected device. An actual outcome that actually takes place may be identified by the ACR-enabled connected device utilizing the ACR system. The ACR-enabled connected device may present, utilizing the ACR system, a message indicating whether the viewer is correct based on the identified actual outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishith Kumar Sinha, Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles
  • Patent number: 8914840
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating hypermedia using multiple coordinated input/output device sets. Disclosed systems and methods allow a user and/or an author to control what resources are presented on which device sets (whether they are integrated or not), and provide for coordinating browsing activities to enable such a user interface to be employed across multiple independent systems. Disclosed systems and methods also support new and enriched aspects and applications of hypermedia browsing and related business activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Reisman
  • Patent number: 8910233
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a first signal processing block and a second signal processing block. The first signal processing block is utilized for processing an input signal to generate a first target processing result, including a plurality of packets initially reproduced from the input signal, to an output port of the first signal processing circuit, where each of the packets contains a corresponding packet identifier (PID). The second signal processing block has an input port coupled to the output port of the first signal processing circuit, and is utilized for processing the first target processing result according to PIDs of the packets and accordingly generating a second target processing result. There is no buffer coupled between the output port of the first signal processing circuit and the input port of the second signal processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Ching-Chieh Wang, You-Min Yeh, Chin-Wang Yeh, Rong-Liang Chiou
  • Patent number: 8904466
    Abstract: A digital media distribution device that includes an encoder, a decoder coupled to the encoder, and a transcoder coupled to the decoder. The encoder is configured to encode input data that is received by the digital media distribution device into a first data format. The decoder is configured to decode output data to be output by the digital media distribution device. The transcoder is configured to convert the encoded input data from the first data format into a second data format. The digital media distribution device is configured to be coupled to a computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Klamer, Ken Long, Arjun Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 8898709
    Abstract: Provided herein are techniques for displaying power usage information on a television receiver. A television receiver receives power usage information regarding electrical devices and outputs the power usage information and status information regarding the electrical device for presentation by a presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Eldon Technology Limited
    Inventor: Michael John Crabtree
  • Patent number: 8898702
    Abstract: A video processing apparatus includes: a communication unit which receives a video content and property information of the video content from an external supply source; a video processor which processes the video content; and a controller which controls the video processor to adjust a property of the video content based on the property information of the video content received through the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-won Kim, In-keun Kim, Tae-woo Kim
  • Patent number: 8898727
    Abstract: [Object] To enable an external device to recognize, in the case of including a communication unit configured to execute communication via a communication path made up of a pair of differential transmission paths included in a transmission path, information relating to the communication unit thereof. [Solving means] A disk recorder 210 transmits function information indicating that a communication unit (high-speed data line I/F 213) configured to execute communication with an external device via a communication path made up of a reserve line and an HPD line of an HDMI cable 350 to a television receiver 250 via a CEC line that is a control data line of the HDMI cable 350. The television receiver 250 receives function information, whereby whether or not the disk recorder 210 is an eHDMI-compatible device can be determined, and in the case of an eHDMI-compatible device, a compatible transmission format (application) can be recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Kitano, Kazumoto Kondo, Toshihide Hayashi, Gen Ichimura
  • Patent number: 8898721
    Abstract: An interactve television program guide system with digital storage is provided. The program guide gives users the ability to store information associated with recorded programs in a directory in the digital storage device thereby providing easy access to program information. The program guide may also provide a global media library for indicating the programs stored on removable storage media used with the program guide. The guide may also allow the user to manage ad maintain a user media library to do the same. Non-time-sensitive data associated with recorded programs may be stored in a way that allows the user to interact with the data on playback as if the program were being originally aired. The program guide also allows the user to define “super-programs”for playback of a sequence of stored programs or program segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel G. Hassell, Edward B. Knudson, L. Joe Hedges, Michael D. Ellis, David M. Berezowski
  • Patent number: 8898722
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating hypermedia using multiple coordinated input/output device sets. Disclosed systems and methods allow a user and/or an author to control what resources are presented on which device sets (whether they are integrated or not), and provide for coordinating browsing activities to enable such a user interface to be employed across multiple independent systems. Disclosed systems and methods also support new and enriched aspects and applications of hypermedia browsing and related business activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Convergent Media Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Richard Reisman
  • Patent number: 8893207
    Abstract: A server center for hosting low-latency streaming interactive audio/video (NV) includes a plurality of servers that run one or more applications an inbound routing network that receives packet streams from users via a first network interface and routes the packets to one or more of the servers. The packet streams include user control input. One or more of the servers are operable to compute A/V data responsive to the user control input. A compression unit is coupled to receive the A/V data from the one or more of the servers and output compressed A/V data therefrom. An output routing network that routes the compressed A/V data to each of the users over a corresponding communication channel via a second interface, the compression unit is operable to modify a compression rate responsive to current characteristics of the corresponding communication channel for each user so as to optimize performance of the one or more applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: OL2, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Roger van der Laan
  • Patent number: 8893212
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating hypermedia using multiple coordinated input/output device sets. Disclosed systems and methods allow a user and/or an author to control what resources are presented on which device sets (whether they are integrated or not), and provide for coordinating browsing activities to enable such a user interface to be employed across multiple independent systems. Disclosed systems and methods also support new and enriched aspects and applications of hypermedia browsing and related business activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Convergent Media Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Richard Reisman
  • Patent number: 8892087
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for remotely controlling and interacting with a multimedia device using a mobile phone. This is accomplished by utilizing cell and mobile phones capable of establishing persistent Internet connections. A software application is provided for the mobile phone that receives inputs entered by a user on the mobile phone's keypad and translates the inputs into commands that are recognized by a multimedia device. For example, the multimedia device may be a television, set top box, or a digital video recorder such as a Tivo or ReplayTV. The software application transmits the data input by the user to the device, either directly, or through at least one central server. Mapping of the commands entered on the mobile phone into commands recognized by the remote device may occur on the phone, at a central server, or at the device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Ackley
  • Patent number: 8893211
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a display device having a controller to wirelessly receive media; wirelessly receive control signals for presentation of the media from a mobile communication device; and selectively disable control by the display device over presentation of the media on the display device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 8887210
    Abstract: On a reception side, display processing and the like is easily performed in synchronization with content data. A cam coder transmits reproduction content data to a television set through a TMDS line of an HDMI cable. The cam coder transmits processing information used to perform the display processing in synchronization with the reproduction content data to the television set through a bidirectional communication path included in the cable before the reproduction content data is transmitted. Index information is added to the processing information for each unit of processing. Index information corresponding to the index information added to the processing information is added to the reproduction content data at a timing when the processing information of each unit of processing is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Nakata
  • Patent number: 8887226
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a video signal output unit to output different video signals to a first display unit and a second display unit, a screen switching input unit to input an instruction for switching between a screen displayed on the first display unit and a screen displayed on the second display unit, a determining unit to determine whether an input source of the input path selected for the first display unit is the video signal output unit, and an input control unit turning on the first display unit when the first display unit is turned off at the time of reception of the switching instruction, the input control unit switching the input source to the video signal output unit when the determining unit determines that the input source is not the video signal output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kimura, Tetsukazu Mochizuki, Rieko Utsumi
  • Patent number: 8881218
    Abstract: A video transmission method includes receiving a selected area from an input device. The selected area includes a first portion of a video image received from a video device. The video image includes a second portion, at least some of which is not included in the selected area. The first portion of the video image is transmitted at a first resolution over a network for display. The second portion of the video image is transmitted at a second resolution over the network for display. The second resolution is lower than the first resolution, which allows the system and method to utilize available transmission bandwidth to transmit the video image with the first portion, which may be a portion of interest in the video image, at a higher quality than the second portion, which may be a portion in the video image of less interest than the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Carlton Andrews, Roy W. Stedman
  • Patent number: 8881222
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device, including a centralized controller to: distribute multimedia content to permit a television (TV) emulator client at one or more retail store locations to simulate a plurality of features of a television system interactively by using a media controller; and periodically update the multimedia content distributed to the TV emulator client. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Stephen Harris
  • Patent number: 8875168
    Abstract: An audio/video monitoring system is disclosed, comprising a combination of one or more set-top boxes and application servers in a service provider's network. The set-top boxes and applications services are part of a multiple services operator's (MSO) network, such as that of a cable company. Cameras and/or microphones which are directly connected to a set-top box are the sources of media signals, which the set-top box transmits to an application server. The application server continually receives the media signals from one or more set-top boxes, and determines which subset of the received media signals to forward to a selected output device, such as a television connected to another set-top box or a cellular telephone. The application server then forwards media signals of interest to the output device, such as when motion or a loud noise is detected in a media signal received from the set-top box or boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Campagna, David Lee Chavez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8875195
    Abstract: A set top/back box and system and method for providing a remote control device are disclosed. In one embodiment, one or more wireless transceivers are located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes television input/output, a processor, and memory. The set top/back box may establish a pairing with a programmable device, such as a proximate wireless-enabled interactive handheld device having a touch screen display, whereby formatted parallel audiovisual experience instructions, including virtual buttons, may be transmitted to the programmable device for display on the touch screen display to create a experience parallel to the experience on the television. The set top/back box receives and processes virtual remote control functionality input instructions from the programmable device to control amenities associated with the set top/back box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Bill Fang, Tom Miller, David Straitiff, Scott Horton
  • Patent number: 8875181
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to detect a selection of media content from a media content source, detect that the selected media content comprises a plurality of media content types, present a plurality of media content type options, each option corresponding to one of the plurality of media content types or combinations thereof, detect a selection from the plurality of media content type options, submit a request to a targeted communication device to accept or decline the selected media content according to the selected media content type option, retrieve one or more metadata pointers from the media content source for retrieving the selected media content responsive to receiving an acceptance from the targeted communication device, and store the one or more metadata pointers and the selected media content type option. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, N. Peter Hill, Oleg Kashapov
  • Patent number: 8875210
    Abstract: A system for providing video conference touch blur. More specifically, in certain embodiments, a video conference touch blur operation is performed by actuating (e.g., via touch or via a mouse operation) a video conference screen image to blur areas that are not to be transmitted in high definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Roy Stedman, Carlton Andrews
  • Patent number: 8875191
    Abstract: Provided are an electronic device and an operating method thereof. When a predetermined event occurs while contents are being output, a video and a sound of the contents are controlled to be respectively output through different electronic devices, thus improving a content provision environment for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Taehyeong Kim, Yongwon Cho, Sunjin Yu, Sungjin Kim, Soungmin Im