Transmission Network Patents (Class 725/148)
  • Patent number: 10432893
    Abstract: A system for ad hoc endpoint device association for multimedia conferencing may include one or more processors and memory. The one or more processors may prepare to provide sets of video streams corresponding to a multimedia conference to first, second, and third participant devices, where the set of videos streams prepared for each participant device includes video streams associated with the other participant devices. The one or more processors may determine that the first and second participant devices are in a same physical area and may generate, in response to the determining, a location association between the first and second participant devices for the multimedia conference. The one or more processors may exclude the video stream associated with the third participant device from set of video streams prepared for the first participant device based at least in part on the location association between the first and second participant devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Adam M. Nace, Adam Van Ymeren, Cameron Nicholas Alexander White, Ertürk Diriksoy
  • Patent number: 10117342
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a housing having a pillar shape, a plurality of monitors, and a driving unit received in the housing and providing driving signals to the plurality of monitors. Each of the plurality of monitors displays an image through its front surface and back surface and includes side surfaces connecting the front surface and the back surface. One side surface of the side surfaces of each of the plurality of monitors is coupled to the housing. A thickness of each of the plurality of monitors decreases as a distance from the housing increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junghyun An, Jongmin Shim, Min-soo Choi, Junpyo Lee, Seunghwan Moon
  • Patent number: 9805688
    Abstract: A wireless device supporting Wi-Fi Direct service includes: a display; a communication unit; and a controller configured to cause: transmitting resolution information including a plurality of resolutions that are supported by the wireless device to a second wireless device; receiving an entire image including a first image and a second image from the second wireless device if a resolution of the first image is not one of the plurality of resolutions; displaying the first image by removing the second image from the received entire image when the entire image is received; and receiving the first image from the second wireless device without the second image if the resolution of the first image is included in the resolution information, the second image being an image that is added to the first image such that a resolution of the received entire image corresponds to one of the plurality of resolutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungnam Bae, Jeonghwan Hwang, Chiho Shin, Sunho Hwang
  • Patent number: 9654218
    Abstract: In a communication network, a node at a subscriber premises includes an input/output (I/O) port, and a device for monitoring a subscriber premises. The device includes an upstream signal path including a first switch, a downstream signal path, and a controller having an input/output (I/O) port coupled to the I/O port of the node, and a first output port. The first switch is coupled to the first output port selectively to complete the upstream signal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Trilithic, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry W. Bush, Gary W. Sinde, John J. Bush
  • Patent number: 9565241
    Abstract: A control method and control apparatus for determining a relative location of a mobile terminal with respect to a display apparatus by using short range wireless communication. A method of controlling a display apparatus including a plurality of short range wireless communication modules, the method includes: performing short range wireless communication with a mobile terminal through a short range wireless communication module included in the display apparatus; identifying the short range wireless communication module performing the short range wireless communication with the mobile terminal from among the plurality of short range wireless communication modules; determining a relative location of the mobile terminal with respect to the display apparatus according to the result of identifying; and determining a location on a screen of the display apparatus to display data according to the relative location and displaying the data on the screen of the display apparatus according to the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-young Kim, Hee-won Jung
  • Patent number: 9560412
    Abstract: A method and system for troubleshooting a media processor is disclosed and can include receiving a trouble ticket from a media processor and initiating a self-test at the media processor. The method and system can include receiving test results from the media processor and analyzing the test results to isolate a problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raghvendra Savoor, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9015772
    Abstract: An interactive gaming channel presented on a monitor, with a plurality of transponders being used to present the games available at a given time. Such a channel in accordance with the present invention comprises a game selection screen, comprising a genre selection area and a game selection area, related to the genre selection area, wherein a viewer of the monitor selects a game to be played from a plurality of games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Thompson, Richard F. Purpura, Eric W. Adams, Andrew K. Shiozaki
  • Patent number: 9014536
    Abstract: [Problem] In a system for transmitting content data from a content reproducing apparatus to a content output apparatus, no complicated signal processing is required, setting change operations can be simplified, and the degradation of sound quality and the degradation of picture quality of video data are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: D&M Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9003464
    Abstract: A method of verifying a blackout event is disclosed that includes receiving blackout event data from an event log database of a video distribution platform at a subscriber event transmission interface (SETI) communicating with an electronic data warehouse (EDW) system. The method also includes creating at least one EDW load-ready file that includes at least a portion of the blackout event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ospalik, Daniel Malee, Jeffrey Dicks, John Mathew
  • Patent number: 8990881
    Abstract: An upstream bandwidth conditioning device that can be inserted into a signal transmission line of a CATV system in or proximate to a premise of a user includes a main signal path divided into a forward path and a return path, the return path being divided into supplier side portion and a user side portion. The device further includes a supplier side termination device selectively connected to the supplier side portion by a supplier side termination switch, and a user side termination device selectively connected to the user side portion by a user side termination switch. A signal amplifier is selectively connected to the supplier side portion and the user side portion by at least one amplifier switch, and a switch controller is configured to actuate each of the supplier side termination switch, the user side termination switch, and the amplifier switch from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: PPC Broadband, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8984578
    Abstract: To simplify a power circuit of a transmitting apparatus (source equipment) connected to a receiving apparatus (sink equipment). Sink equipment 120 has a satisfactory power circuit 126. Initially, power is fed from source equipment 110 to the sink equipment 120. When the source equipment 110 intends to receive feed of power from the sink equipment 120, the source equipment 110 transmits request information on power feed to the sink equipment 120. The transmission is carried out using a reserved line, a power feed line, or a CEC line of a cable 130, or a high-speed bidirectional communication means. If the sink equipment 120 receives the request information on power feed, the sink equipment 120 feeds power fed the power circuit 126 to the source equipment 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8976786
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to deliver broadcast channels by way of interactive TV (iTV) edge routers using multicast virtual private networks, share a same multicast state for the broadcast channels and share a same multicast delivery tree for the broadcast channels. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Christopher J. Chase
  • Patent number: 8964575
    Abstract: A video-communication service in a mobile communication network using a packet-switched connection, in which a monitoring of a radio channel portion is performed at the mobile stations of the users involved in the communication. Parameters of the video communication (e.g. the coding rate) are adjusted based on a result of the monitoring of the radio channel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Daniele Franceschini, Andrea Calvi, Bruno Bottiero, Gianni Guglielmi, Alessandro Porta, Stefano Oldrini
  • Patent number: 8966566
    Abstract: A communication device includes multiple output terminals configured to output, through an interface including at least a signaling channel through which a baseband signal is transmitted in one direction and a bidirectional control channel used for control, the baseband signal, one or more input terminals configured to be input with the baseband signal through the interface, and a control unit, the multiple output terminals including a primary output terminal through which the control is preferentially performed with another device connected to the one or more input terminals and one or more further secondary output terminals, and the control unit configured to perform a control of notifying another device connected to the secondary output terminal of a function of another device connected to the one or more input terminals as a function of the communication device via the control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuaki Toba
  • Patent number: 8966097
    Abstract: A method and system for a client device to download media content directly from a group of other client devices which play a role of edge servers placed by a content service provider. According to some embodiments, an end user can use his/her client device to stream or download media content from the source client devices selected based on the geographic locality, network topology, etc. The fractions of data corresponding to a portion of media content are stored on the source client devices such that only a subset of the fractions of data are needed to recreate the corresponding portion. That is, by using the first received of the minimum number of fractions to reconstruct each portion of media content, the system does not need to wait for the slowest fractions to arrive, which contributes in reducing latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil C. Roseman, Robert L. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 8959555
    Abstract: A real time system to both televise and stream sporting events from sports paraphernalia that are ordinarily used by the players on soccer playing fields, ice hockey rinks, tennis courts, baseball playing fields and football playing fields are disclosed. The sports paraphernalia are instrumented with a variety of TV cameras, microphones, and bi-directional communication electronics. Instrumented sports paraphernalia such as ice hockey goals, ice hockey pucks, soccer goals, tennis nets, tennis posts, baseball bases, baseball home plates, baseball pitcher's rubbers and footballs are disclosed. Instrumentation is built into and contained internally within some of the instrumented sports paraphernalia. Instrumentation is mounted and attached onto some of the sports paraphernalia. The instrumented sports paraphernalia can both televise signals to a TV viewing audience, and simultaneously stream onto the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Lawrence Maxwell Monari, Lawrence Scott Monari
  • Patent number: 8904470
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to maintain a delivery session with a set top box for streaming of media content thereto where the media content is multiple content from a plurality of media sources, maintain retrieval sessions for each of the plurality of media sources where the controller switches between the retrieval sessions to obtain the media content while maintaining the delivery session, and temporarily store the media content in a buffer for the streaming to the set top box using the delivery session. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Troy Meuninck, Ke Yu
  • Patent number: 8893214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transmitting apparatus and method and a receiving apparatus and method that allow obtaining of all of the tuning information of a multi-segment broadcasting. A signal converter 43 generates an NIT of the center segment of a One-Seg rebroadcasting including tuning information that is information on tuning to the center segment of the One-Seg rebroadcasting and multi-segment information indicating that the center segment is a segment of the multi-segment broadcasting. A multi-segment transmitter 44 transmits an NIT of the center segment of the One-Seg rebroadcasting in the center segment. The invention is applicable to, for example, a broadcasting station that transmits a multi-segment broadcasting in a terrestrial digital broadcasting wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Izumi Hatakeyama, Masayuki Obayashi
  • Patent number: 8885108
    Abstract: A TV control device, for an external TV device includes a storage unit storing a user identification code and user setting data corresponding to the user identification code, and a wireless communication unit transmitting a control signal to the external TV device according to the user identification code and the user setting data, wherein the external TV device determines a TV setting of the external TV device according to the user identification code and the user setting data when the external TV device receives the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hannstar Display Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Ming Pai, Chin-Sheng Lee, Yu-Tsung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8887220
    Abstract: Network interface devices and methods are provided. A particular network interface device includes a first network interface adapted to terminate one or more communication lines and a second network interface to terminate at least one coaxial line. The network interface device also includes at least one interface connector adapted to receive a removable plug-in module. The removable plug-in module includes a video unit that is operable to receive video data from a network device via at least one of the one or more communication lines and to process the video data for communication via the at least one coaxial line or a twisted wire pair when the plug-in module is connected to the at least one interface connector. The removable plug-in module also includes a power coupling device to receive power via at least one of the one or more communication lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darrell Taylor, Steven L. McDonald, Alfonso Jones
  • Patent number: 8872983
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive content, an acquiring unit configured to acquire a time required for reproducing the content, a counter configured to count a first time including at least the required time, and a display controller configured to display the content on the display unit and terminate display of a video on the display unit after expiration of the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8867539
    Abstract: A protocol converter includes a processor configured to receive a request for content from a client system. The processor is further configured to determine if the protocol converter is currently receiving the content through the multicast session, and join the multicast session if the protocol converter is not currently receiving the content. Additionally, the processor is configured to receive the content as an end point of the multicast session, format the content for communication to the client system, and provide content to the client system in a communication separate from the multicast session. Receiving the content as an end point of the multicast session can include terminating the application layer protocol used by the multicast session. Additionally, formatting the content can include re-encapsulating the content as hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) with an appropriate content-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan L. Glasser, Andrew G. Gauld, John F. Lucas
  • Patent number: 8842223
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitter apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and a transmitter system capable of easily transmitting a wideband signal. The transmitter apparatus includes: a first acquisition unit that obtains first transmission control information; a second acquisition unit that obtains second transmission control information similar to information input to another transmitter apparatus; and a generating unit that processes transmission target data based on a parameter contained in the first transmission control information and generates data including the processed transmission target data and the second transmission control information. The present technology can be applied to a transmitter apparatus that transmits a DVB-C2 signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael, Takashi Yokokawa, Naoki Yoshimochi, Takahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 8839340
    Abstract: Methods and systems for synchronizing a first and second media stream are describe, wherein said first and second media stream are being transmitted by at least one media source in a network via a first and second media path to one or more terminals. The method comprises: measuring timing information associated with arrival times of media packets in said first and second media stream using a measuring module positioned at a first location in said first and second media paths; in said network generating buffer instructions for at least one buffer on the basis of said timing information, said buffer being positioned at a second location in at least one of said first or second media path; and, delaying one or more media packets transmitted over said media path to said one or more terminals such that arrival times of media packets at said one or more terminals are substantially synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Koninklijke KPN N.V., Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Mattijs Oskar Van Deventer, Hans Maarten Stokking, Fabian Arthur Walraven, Omar Aziz Niamut
  • Patent number: 8839310
    Abstract: Data for one, or more, services is encoded using a scalable channel code and divided for transmission over N transmitters such that reception by a receiver of at least M of the transmitted signals, where M<N, enables recovery of the data by the receiver. In other words, even if reception for any one particular transmitted signal in a defined geographical region is not guaranteed, reception of at least M of the other transmitted signals enables reception of the service(s). Thus, one, or more, services can be offered across an entire geographical area notwithstanding the existence of areas of poor, or no, reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Kumar Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 8839303
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for using search queries related to television programs. A server receives a user's search query from an electronic device. The server then determines, in accordance with the search query and television program related information for television programs available at a location associated with the electronic device during a specific time window, a television program currently being displayed in proximity to the electronic device, wherein the television program related information includes program descriptions for a plurality of television programs being broadcast for the associated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Maddison, Roman Kirillov
  • Patent number: 8839331
    Abstract: A method of channel processing is provided wherein multiple reduced-bandwidth “processing blocks” may be combined at RF to allow for the continuous and flexible placement of multiple-channels across the full or partial CATV output band. Each reduced-bandwidth processing block is associated with a fixed-frequency upconversion. In order to allow for continuous agile channel placement, the processing blocks overlap one another in frequency at RF. In the case where it is not necessary that the full CATV band be available to the combined output, the number of required processing blocks and upconversion paths is reduced and individual processing blocks and upconversion paths may be used to cover multiple non-contiguous frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Vecima Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Howlett, Gerald Harron, Michael Jaspar
  • Patent number: 8836857
    Abstract: A device is provided for use with an input signal and a selecting signal. The input signal has a first format, and the selecting signal has a first state and a second state. The device comprises a receiving portion and a transcoder portion. The receiving portion can receive the input signal and output a received signal. The transcoder portion is arranged to receive the selecting signal and can output a first transcoded signal when the selecting signal is in the first state and can output a second transcoded signal when the selecting signal is in the second state. The first transcoded signal is based on the received signal and is in a second format. The second transcoded signal is based on the received signal and is in a third format, wherein the first format is different from the second format, the first format is different from the third format and the second format is different from the third format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Mark L. Schaffer
  • Patent number: 8819746
    Abstract: A network device for a network including a network controller adapted to provide Ethernet communication capability and CEC (consumer electronics control) communication capability, and a database generator unit adapted to generate a device database containing information about the network devices being member of the home entertainment network and/or an operation history database containing information about network device operations tasked by a user of a network device of the network. A method for controlling and re-routing audio, video and data streams in a network, includes: generating a device database containing information about the network devices being member of the network and/or an operation history database containing information about network device operations tasked by a user of a network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Europe Limited
    Inventor: Armin Mank
  • Patent number: 8813115
    Abstract: The present invention provides a service access method, device, and system, and relates to the field of television services, to guarantee multicast security of a network device. The method includes: obtaining an authorized multicast address list according to program channel list information provided by a server; receiving an Internet Group Management Protocol IGMP packet request sent by a user terminal device, where the IGMP packet request carries a multicast address; verifying the multicast address in the IGMP packet request according to the multicast address list; and sending a media data stream corresponding to the verified multicast address to the user terminal device. The solutions of the present invention are suitable for realizing the security of multicast of network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cong Tu, Yu Qin, Junjun Song, Hancheng Ding, Yan Zheng, Yinhe Wang
  • Patent number: 8806563
    Abstract: A system and method for providing video signals wherein the video signals from a single video source may be separately passed over two different transmission paths. Each transmission path includes an encoder, a communications channel and a decoder. The output of each communications path at the decoder provides the video signals and an alarm signal. The alarm signal indicates an error or disruption of the video signals over the corresponding communications path. The outputted video and alarm signals are provided to a video protection switch (VPS) device which provides the video signal from the second transmission path if the alarm signals indicates an error or disruption in the first transmission path. In one embodiment, the VPS has multiple switches, one for each of plural video sources, and a redundant switch and protection ports. The redundant switch and protection ports may be connected to receive the video and alarm signals if one of the switches in the VPS fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Coufal, Randall E. Adams, Kurt E. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 8793754
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transmission apparatus, including: an application data transmission section adapted to transmit data of an application for HbbTV; and an table transmission section adapted to transmit an table including an application profile which represents one or more additional functions to the application and is configured from a first bit region of high-order n bits and a second bit region of lower-order (16-n) bits which represent presence or absence of functions allocated to bit positions thereof with a bitmap structure and wherein, in the first bit region, values for changing over the functions to be allocated to the bit positions in the second bit region are set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Dewa, Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 8789131
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a wireless communication unit wirelessly communicating with any of a plurality of external devices which each comprise a display, a display displaying content including specific content, an input unit receiving an input for selecting the specific content, and a controller. The controller searches for an external device that is available for communication with the electronic device, establishes communication via the wireless communication unit with a selected first external device, which is one of the plurality of external devices identified as a result of the search for an external device, receives content specification information from the first external device to determine the first external device's capability to display the specific content, and causes displaying of the specific content on the display of the first external device upon determining that the first external device is capable of displaying the specific content based on the content specification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Haengkeol Choi, Woocheul Lee
  • Patent number: 8756643
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an interactive media system includes generating, by a first communication system, an information signal and a display signal for display by an electronic medium, transferring the information signal by a wireless signal transfer network, receiving and processing the information signal by a server, providing, by the server, data included in the information signal to a functional network, wherein the server retrieves return data from the functional network and provides the return data to a second communication system, generating, by the second communication system, a return information signal and providing the return information signal to the wireless signal transfer network, and transferring, by the wireless signal transfer network, the return information signal to the first communication system, which generates the display signal for display on the electronic medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rajiv V. Joshi, Suchitra R. Joshi
  • Patent number: 8752106
    Abstract: A mesh network sensor and video surveillance system and method for providing communication between a base system having at least one wireless sensor capture device SCD and other SCD(s) and at least one input capture device ICD and other ICD(s), wherein the SCD(s) are capable of smart cross-communication with each other and with the ICD(s) and where the where the ICD(s) are capable of smart cross-communication with each other and offer remote access to their inputs and the SCD(s) inputs via a server computer, including the steps of providing this base system; at least one user accessing the ICD and SCD inputs remotely via a user interface through a remote server computer and/or electronic device communicating with it, for providing a secure sensor surveillance system with extended inputs range and wireless smart cross-communication for monitoring a target environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Smartvue Corporation
    Inventor: Martin A. Renkis
  • Patent number: 8732786
    Abstract: A distributed stream processing system including a plurality of storage devices, at least one of which is configured to process at least one segment of a data stream, thereby producing a changed segment of the data stream, and provide output of at least the changed segment of the data stream, and a server configured to accept the output of the storage devices and combine the output into a transport stream. A method for combining a plurality of data streams including using one or more storage devices for processing at least one segment of a data stream, thereby producing a changed segment of the data stream, and providing output of at least the changed segment of the data stream, and combining the output of the storage devices into a combined data stream. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Fabrix TV Ltd.
    Inventors: Nir Drang, Tomer Amiaz, Ram Ben-Yakir
  • Patent number: 8732787
    Abstract: Methods in an access node for establishing digital media streams between a media server and terminals in a customer premises network are provided. The method includes receiving, from the terminal, a request for establishing a first digital media stream by joining an already established digital media stream; determining transmission resources allocated to the customer premises network; comparing a sum of transmission resources required for the first digital media stream and the already established digital media streams between the media server and the customer premises network with the transmission resources allocated to the customer premises network; and establishing a digital substitution media stream replacing the first digital media stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonatiebolaget L M Ericsscon (publ)
    Inventors: Torben Melsen, Ulf Fredrik Jonsson
  • Patent number: 8707361
    Abstract: A method and system includes a first device having an ordering interface and forming a recording command comprising a linear channel, a start time, time duration and date. The first device communicates a customer identifier and the recording command to a content processing system corresponding to the linear content. The content processing system forms a control word from the recording command and communicates the control word to a user device. The user device receives the content corresponding to the recording command in response to the control word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Alistair E Jeffs
  • Patent number: 8695043
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for transmitting information over different information networks and in particular to a method for transmitting information in an integrated telecommunications and broadcast system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Obschestvo S Ogranichennoi Otvtstvennostyu “Meralabs”
    Inventors: Dmitry Maximovich Ponomarev, Vladimir Vladimirovich Krylov, Vladimir Ivanovich Parshikov
  • Patent number: 8677434
    Abstract: Provided are a method and system for a module for a cable modem termination system. The module includes a digital modulator configured to block up-convert a plurality of digital channels and a digital to analog converter coupled, at least indirectly, to an output of the digital modulator to convert the digital channels to an analog format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Pieter Vorenkamp, Arnoldus G. Venes, Kevin L. Miller, Chung-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 8656447
    Abstract: A Headend system including a video codec to encode a video sequence yielding an encoded video sequence having video packets, a multiplexer, a signal generator to receive a notification of a splice point, analyze at least some of the encoded video packets based on the notification in order to find a random-access-point-packet, the random-access-point being a point from which to start decoding the encoded video sequence by the rendering device so that the video sequence may be rendered for output from the splice point, create a timing signal estimating a location of the random-access-point-packet in the encoded video sequence, and output the timing signal to the multiplexer or transmission equipment. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Tal Pasternak, Keith Millar, Len Sundy, Avraham Poupko
  • Patent number: 8650604
    Abstract: A protocol for wireless transmission of audio/video (A/V) information is provided. The protocol includes sending a request message from a requester to a responder for changing A/V format of an A/V stream transmission between the requester and the responder over a wireless communication medium. In reply to the request message, sending a response message from the responder to the requester for synchronizing the A/V format change. The requester and the responder changing the A/V format of the A/V stream in synchrony.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Lan Hsu, Huai-Rong Shao, Chiu Ngo
  • Patent number: 8640174
    Abstract: A wireless communication device retrieves a continuous stream of data by receiving a request for retrieval of content from a remote server, retrieving data of the requested content over a first radio access technology (RAT) interface and connection, and determining if the data retrieved meets a content playback threshold. When the retrieved data does not to meet the content playback threshold, the device activates a second RAT interface for retrieval of data of the requested content over a second RAT connection. The first and second RAT interfaces simultaneously retrieve part of the requested content during a multipath time period, which part is divided into at least a first portion for retrieval over the first RAT connection and a second portion for retrieval over the second RAT connection and which first and second portions are selected such that their retrieval is estimated to meet the content playback threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Apostolis K. Salkintzis, Pelopidas Lappas
  • Patent number: 8627401
    Abstract: Embodiments of a white space identifier are provided. According to one embodiment, the active channel information of a cable TV can be obtained through receiving and decoding a channel changing operation command from a remote control. The active channel information can then be transmitted to white space devices located within an interference range using a wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter can be set to utilize a narrow fixed bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated
    Inventor: Liuqing Yang
  • Patent number: 8621523
    Abstract: A system and method for programming a digital video recorder (DVR) over a scheduling network. Program schedule information is provided to a user of a DVR via the scheduling network. A program selection is received from the scheduling client associated with a subscriber via the scheduling network. State information indicative of a state of a program provisioning system is used to determine whether the program selection is deliverable to the DVR via the program provisioning system. If the program selection is deliverable to the DVR via the program provisioning system, then the program is scheduled for recording by the DVR. The subscriber is notified if the program selection is deliverable or undeliverable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: William H. Berger, Todd P. Bowen
  • Patent number: 8619850
    Abstract: An integrated real-time display is provided that includes video images and a graphical representation of the transmission path, where each video image is associated with a point along the graphical representation of the transmission path. A number of monitoring points, which correspond to critical points along the transmission path are identified. The points may be selected for technical reasons or economic reasons. The graphical representation of the transmission path can be a logical representation showing the logic blocks along the transmission path or a physical representation showing the devices along the transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Weather Channel, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Smereski, Robert D. Butler
  • Patent number: 8611431
    Abstract: An implementation exits a power saving mode for fixed and periodic active periods of time to receive a separate burst transmission from a first stream during each of the corresponding active periods of time. The first stream is received at a first-stream burst data rate. The first stream includes data configured to be displayed at a first playback rate that is substantially less than the first-stream burst data rate. During the active periods of time, data is received from a second stream at a second-stream rate. The second stream includes data configured to be displayed at a second playback rate that is substantially the same as the second-stream rate. After receiving each of the burst transmissions from the first stream during the active periods of time, the power saving mode is entered for corresponding fixed and periodic power-saving periods of time while waiting for another burst from the first stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Benyuan Zhang, Wen Gao, Kumar Ramaswamy, Paul Gothard Knutson, Joshua Lawrence Koslov, Manoj Viswambharan, Yik Chung Wu
  • Patent number: 8589994
    Abstract: A data collection and distribution system for monitoring aircraft in flight, on the ground and at the gate or terminal for monitoring critical and catastrophic events, managing the emergency during such an event, and for investigating the event. The system generates, transmits and collects critical data generated by monitoring equipment onboard an aircraft or other commercial transport and selectively displays the data on a cockpit display console as well as for downloading, transmitting and displaying data at external monitoring and response stations, including fixed ground stations, roving ground stations and chase aircraft or vehicles. Digital surveillance information is collected, processed, dispatched, and log via remote control and access. The system includes a variety of system appliances such as surveillance cameras, sensors, detectors, and panic buttons and accommodates legacy equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: David A. Monroe
  • Patent number: 8582578
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a local resource manager server that receives a request to distribute media content, and provides signaling information to a global resource manager server. The global resource manager server can determine a media configuration of a network element based on the signaling information and a media capability of a recipient media processor. The signaling information can be provided to the local resource manager server to enable an initiating media processor to present the media content at the recipient media processor over a virtual private network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Troy Meuninck
  • Patent number: RE45433
    Abstract: An original blanking period of a video signal is shortened to a set blanking period, and audio data is multiplexed into a resulting superimposing period. Table distinguishing data indicating the length of the superimposing period is inserted into the period as a blanking signal. With this configuration, it is possible to enable transmission and reception of an audio signal in a system capable of transmitting and receiving a video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshige Okamoto