Receiver (e.g., Set-top Box) Patents (Class 725/151)
  • Patent number: 10205996
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and an image processing method which graft and standardize interface technologies to peripheral apparatuses is provided. The image processing apparatus includes a first signal processor configured to process a content image and output the processed content image using a differential pair method through a transmission lane, a second signal processor configured to convert a signal format of the processed content image of the first signal processor into a signal format supportable by an image display apparatus and output the converted content image to the image display apparatus, and a controller configured to change the output features of the first signal process based on a resolution of the image display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung-bo Oh
  • Patent number: 10116895
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a signal display output method, apparatus and system, which pertain to the field of computer technologies. The method includes: receiving, by a TV box expansion device, a radio television signal by using a radio frequency port; performing, by the TV box expansion device, demodulation processing on the radio television signal to obtain a to-be-decoded digital signal; and sending, by the TV box expansion device, the to-be-decoded digital signal to an IP TV box, so that the IP TV box performs decoding processing on the to-be-decoded digital signal to obtain the decoded digital signal for display output. Use flexibility of the IP TV box can be improved by using the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jichun Yang, Juntao Chen
  • Patent number: 10045070
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for centralized content, media and data delivery and access within a premises such as, e.g., a residence. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a remotely manageable premises device that acts as a centralized client networking platform, providing gateway services such as network management as well as traditional content and high-speed data delivery functions. The device also acts as the shared internet connection for all devices in the premises via a cable modem, sharing personal and DVR content such as video, music and photos (and any associated metadata) throughout the premises, and providing both a wired and wireless network in the home. Telephony services utilizing e.g., embedded multimedia terminal adapter (eMTA) and/or Wi-Fi architectures may also be provided via the device. The device can also provide a trusted domain for content or data, as well as allowing a subscriber total mobility in the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Markley, Louis D. Williamson, John B. Carlucci
  • Patent number: 10021455
    Abstract: A method of identifying content and tracking viewership thereof comprising measuring a color content of a display device, defining a measured color content and determining an occupancy of a space associated with the display device, defining a determined occupancy. Where the determined occupancy indicated the occupancy by at least one person, the measured color content with is associated with the viewable content. Additionally, a viewership information database is updated responsive to the determined occupancy and the viewable content. In some embodiments, determining the color content may be performed by a luminaire in optical communication with the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Robertson Price
  • Patent number: 9930392
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying an image includes a non-volatile memory device configured to store a first program and a second program; and a processor configured to load the first program onto a first area of a volatile memory device to execute the first program in a power-on state of the apparatus, wherein the processor includes a plurality of cores, and in a power-off state of the apparatus, the processor is configured to deactivate at least one of the plurality of cores, deactivate the first program loaded onto the first area, and load the second program onto a second area of the volatile memory device to execute the second program, wherein the first program and the second program, when executed, are configured to cause the processor to receive state information of an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Je-ik Kim
  • Patent number: 9860586
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for transferring a received media object to remote devices in accordance to attributes in a user profile. The profile information additionally determinates the versions of the media object that are available to such remote devices and whether the media object may be stored in such remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Mike Arthur Derrenberger, Terry Wayne Lockridge, Robert Eugene Trzybinski, Keith Reynolds Wehmeyer
  • Patent number: 9848231
    Abstract: A streaming media device includes a printed circuit board hosting components configured to access internet data. An audio/visual connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted for connection to an audio/visual device, wherein the audio/visual connector is adapted to operate with a first audio/visual interface having sufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board and a second audio/visual interface having insufficient power to fully operate the printed circuit board. A power connector is linked to the printed circuit board, wherein the power connector selectively receives power based on the audio/visual connector utilizing one of the first audio/visual interface and the second audio/visual interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd Klarke, Greg Garner, Carl Sassenrath, Anthony Wood, Scott Edward De Haas
  • Patent number: 9813661
    Abstract: An image analysis system and method determines whether a channel is active by intercepting signals from a set-top box and determining whether the signals correspond to an inactive channel by analyzing pixels, recognized text and/or audio in the signal stream. The system and method controls tuning of the set-top box to each channel to be tested. Data relating to the analysis may be stored and transmitted for processing credit requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: WATCHANATOR, INC.
    Inventors: Leonard Scott Freudenthal, Gregory Andrew Anderson, Percy F. Shadwell, Jr., Frank David Freudenthal
  • Patent number: 9807451
    Abstract: The high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) unit includes a source interface module, configured to communicate with a sink device, a sink interface module, configured to communicate with a source device, an interface circuit module, configured to connect to an HDMI interface of an external device, a processing module, configured to identify a device type of the connected external device, and control a switching circuit module, and the switching circuit module, configured to establish a connection between the HDMI interface of the external device connected to the interface circuit module and the source interface module or the sink interface module. It is implemented that when a different type of a device connected to a multimedia terminal matches a port, it is ensured that the multimedia terminal establishes a connection to a source device or a sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yingqi Xu, Zhiqin He, Cunzhi Fan
  • Patent number: 9805197
    Abstract: Among other things, a guest operating system is refreshed from a master image of the guest operating system repeatedly in connection with use of one or more electronic devices on which the guest operating system is hosted. A guest operating system is executed on a virtual machine, and, from time to time, while the virtual machine is running, the guest operating system is reloaded from a master image of the guest operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ENT. SERVICES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LP
    Inventors: Yona Shaposhnik, Ephraim Carmen
  • Patent number: 9740177
    Abstract: A method of time synchronization between a timepiece-equipped electronic device and a cell phone or an IPAD, which includes the steps of: (a) utilizing the universal standard time of the cell phone or IPAD by a time synchronization APP to obtain a synchronization time information; (b) modulating an audio frequency carrier signal or time signal from the digital signal of the cell phone or IPAD based on the encoding rules of audio phase-shifting; (c) transmitting the time information in the audio frequency carrier signal to the timepiece-equipped electronic device through audio or data signal transmission channel by utilizing the Bluetooth module or WIFI of the cell phone or IPAD; and (d) receiving and pairing the audio frequency carrier signal, decoding the time information and displaying the time information, which is the synchronized time with the cell phone or IPAD, onto the display of the timepiece-equipped electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Qixiang Feng
  • Patent number: 9577611
    Abstract: An integrated circuit may have a clock input pin coupled to a buffer (24). The buffer may supply a clock signal (28) to an integrated circuit chip such as the memory. To conserve power, the buffer is powered down. When ready for use, the buffer is quickly powered back up. In one embodiment, in response to a predetermined number of toggles Of the clock signal, the buffer is automatically powered up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniele Balluchi, Daniele Vimercati, Graziano Mirichigni
  • Patent number: 9576585
    Abstract: A decoder device for decoding a bitstream so as to produce therefrom an audio output signal, the bitstream having audio data and optionally loudness metadata containing a reference loudness value, wherein a gain control device has a reference loudness decoder configured to create a loudness value, wherein the loudness value is the reference loudness value in case that the reference loudness value is present in the bitstream; wherein the gain control device has a gain calculator configured to calculate a gain value based on the loudness value and based on a volume control value, which is provided by an external user interface allowing a user to control the volume control value, and a loudness processor configured to control the loudness of the audio output signal based on the gain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Robert Bleidt
  • Patent number: 9326036
    Abstract: A channel remapping pre-notification (RPN) message is transmitted in each of multiple frequencies prior to movement of data associated with one or more virtual channels to one or more different frequencies. The RPN message is also sent prior to transmission of a Virtual Channel Table (VCT) reflecting channel movement. If a receiving device is unable to find data associated with a selected channel subsequent to the channel movement, the stored RPN information can be used to identify a new frequency for that selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Gilson
  • Patent number: 9269088
    Abstract: Method and system of advertising. The method and system permitting a user to select advertisements for viewing. The user may select the advertisements so that the advertisements appear during access to media services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Davis, So Vang
  • Patent number: 9253430
    Abstract: Systems and methods to allow a user to control viewed content. A particular method includes receiving at least one selected video stream of multiple video streams associated with a particular event. The method includes forming an output stream from the at least one selected video stream based on a user modifiable template. The method also includes sending the output stream to a display device for playback as indicated by the user modifiable template. The user modifiable template indicates a display region location where the at least one selected video stream is to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Alberto Levine, Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 9237380
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying program guide information are disclosed. In some implementations, a method includes, at a computing device having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors, responsive to a user-supplied search query, formatting for display program guide data on a first grid. The first grid includes (i) a first axis representing units of time and (ii) a second axis. The program guide data comprises information representing a first set of time-bounded events. The method also includes formatting a second grid for concurrent display with the first grid. The second grid includes information identifying a second set of time-bounded events. The first set of time-bounded events is a subset of the second set of time-bounded events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard Carl Gossweiler, III, Marisa Bauer, John Wayne Blackburn, David A. Brown, Neha Gupta, Timothy Dharma Heilman, Manish Gordhan Patel, David Scott Reiss, Mehran Sahami, Maricia Scott, Thomas H. Taylor, Alice Tull, Mark Wagner, Lucy Congyun Zhang, Daniel John Zigmond
  • Patent number: 9191716
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing guidance to users for finding media are described. Such systems and methods may be provided in interactive media guides such as program guides, web browsers, or other suitable interactive media guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, W. Benjamin Herrington, David M. Berezowski, Robert A. Knee, Michael D. Ellis, Todd A. Walker, M. Scott Reichardt, L. Joe Hedges
  • Patent number: 9191695
    Abstract: A receiver includes: a broadcast contents acquisition unit configured to acquire contents from a broadcast signal; a determination unit configured to determine whether a received application is an application whose reference to the contents has been permitted; a recording unit configured to record, in a first storage area, an application whose reference to the contents has been determined to have been permitted by the determination unit, and record, in a second storage area, an application whose reference to the contents has been determined not to have been permitted by the determination unit; an execution unit configured to execute the application recorded in at least one of the first storage area and the second storage area; and a reference refusal unit configured to refuse reference to the contents acquired by the broadcast contents acquisition unit due to execution of an application other than the application recorded in the first storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON HOSO KYOKAI
    Inventors: Hisayuki Ohmata, Kazuhiro Otsuki, Keigo Majima, Go Ohtake, Yuki Hironaka, Yusuke Endo
  • Patent number: 9161090
    Abstract: Arrangements for preparing a television channel for presentation are presented. A set of one or more tuners that are idle may be identified. Being idle may correspond to not being used to receive any television channel data for presentation or recording. An electronic programming guide that indicates programming may be output for presentation. One or more television channels may be selected for preparation. The television channels may be selected based at least in part on one or more electronic programming guide operations and/or prior to receiving user input selecting a television channel of the one or more television channels for presentation. Each of the television channels may be prepared for presentation by tuning, by each tuner, to the one or more television channels prior to receiving the user input selecting the television channel of the television channels for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Kummer, Steven Michael Casagrande, Charlie William Zetterower, Kenneth Robert Hodge, William Michael Beals
  • Patent number: 9143424
    Abstract: A content delivery networked is monitored to verify operation of control channels for the delivery of content to a customer. Monitoring includes joining a connection with at least one control channel in the network, decoding content of a signal in the control channel, determining whether the decoded content complies with a pre-determined rule corresponding to content transmitted in the control channel, and producing a report indicating whether the decoded content is compliant with the rule. In addition, a graphical user interface (GUI) displays the status and results of testing the control channel. The GUI is configured to perform generating a display representing testing status of a plurality of DSG tunnels in a first frame and test results of the DSG tunnels in a second frame and providing details of a DSG tunnel test when selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Van Doorn, Joseph Pryszlak
  • Patent number: 9093015
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a display apparatus including: an image processing device which processes an image signal; a display device which displays an image based on the processed image signal; a connection device which connects to an upgrade apparatus which processes the image signal; a power supply device which supplies power to each component of the display apparatus and the upgrade apparatus through the connection device; and a first controller which controls the connection device to receive the processed image signal from the upgrade apparatus when the upgrade apparatus is connected through the connection device, wherein the power supply device is controlled by the upgrade apparatus connected through the connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kee-wook Na, Byung-kwon Kang, Shane Cho
  • Patent number: 9069043
    Abstract: A termination circuit includes a pMOS transistor configured to have a source connected with a signal terminal outputting or inputting a transmission signal, a drain connected with a grounding line, and a gate receiving a control signal, the pMOS transistor being turned on when enabling a characteristic impedance matching function and being turned off when disabling the matching function; and an inductor and a capacitor configured to be connected with the signal terminal for matching characteristic impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshihide Suzuki, Yoichi Kawano
  • Patent number: 9043836
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 9037494
    Abstract: Method and system of managing subscriber access to services. The method and system including features for use in determining sub scriber entitlements to the services and managing presentation of the services for subscriber selection and access as a function of the subscriber entitlements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David Cleary, Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 9038122
    Abstract: Without using a gateway, an AV device is controlled as intended by an operator without causing a conflict between an operation by a user and an operation by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Konishi
  • Patent number: 9032436
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 9015770
    Abstract: A digital broadcasting reception apparatus (100) is provided with: a reception unit (111, 121) that receives a signal; a signal strength detection unit (112, 122) that detects the received strength of the received signal; a channel scan control unit (125) that detects receivable physical channels; an area map storage unit (129) that stores coverage area information indicating coverage areas; a current position detection unit (127) that detects the current position; a tuning control unit (118) that determines a distance threshold value on the basis of the received strength detected by the signal strength detection unit when the channel scan control unit (125) detects a physical channel and the current position, at which the detection was made, is not included within the coverage area of the detected physical channel; and an area map generating unit (128) that expands the coverage area on the basis of the determined distance threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Takaki, Keiichi Shirasuka
  • Patent number: 9015738
    Abstract: A video stream measurement method and system. The method includes receiving by a computing system, a video stream comprising plurality of timestamps located at specified intervals of the video stream. The computing system broadcasts the video stream for a user and decodes a first time stamp broadcasted during a first time period. The computing system monitors a user interaction function performed by the user and associated with the video stream. The computing system generates and transmits a report comprising a description associated with the user interaction function. The computing system receives an analysis associated with the report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Stephen C. Hammer, Christopher E. Holladay, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9009775
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcasting signal transmission device, a broadcasting signal reception device, and a method for transmitting/receiving a broadcasting signal using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woosuk Ko, Sangchul Moon, Hotaek Hong
  • 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: 9002005
    Abstract: A number of encryption system types utilized by subscriber terminal devices currently requesting tuning to a particular switched digital video (SDV) content selection is determined in response to each change in a number of the subscriber terminals requesting tuning to the particular SDV content selection. SDV content associated with the particular SDV content selection is encrypted as either encrypted SDV content or multiply partially encrypted SDV content based upon the determined number of encryption system types beginning from a current play location indicated for the SDV content selection within an electronic program guide (EPG). Either the encrypted SDV content or the multiply partially encrypted SDV content is distributed as part of an outgoing SDV content stream to the subscriber terminals currently requesting tuning to the particular SDV content selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Stephane Lejeune, Brant L. Candelore
  • Patent number: 9002180
    Abstract: A particular method includes displaying a user interface for a media recorder in response to first user input. The method includes receiving a command to display recording space for the media recorder via the user interface. The method also includes sending a representation of the recording space to a display device. The representation includes a first indicator of available recording space, a second indicator of recording space used to store first media content that is deletable without additional user input when one or more conditions are met, and a third indicator of recording space used to store second media content, where an item of the second media content can only be deleted by the media recorder when the media recorder receives a user command to delete the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Blake Dolph, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Julia A. Hein, Rita H. Scherer
  • Patent number: 9003444
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 8997147
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 8997157
    Abstract: An audio/video network system for distributing satellite broadcast services includes an antenna unit for receiving audio/video broadcast services. The antenna unit is in communication with a master receiver, which receives the audio/video broadcast services and displays them on a first television associated with the master receiver. The master receiver is in communication with a plurality of slave clients, which receive audio/video broadcast services from the master receiver and display them on a respective television associated with each of the slave clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Harish N. Patel, Daniel A. Lotocky, Nathan B. Zerbe, Thomas H. James
  • Patent number: 8990872
    Abstract: A device having a test module configured to connect with a server through a cellular telephone network and a wireless area network. The test module is also configured to initiate, in the server, a diagnostic test of an Internet Protocol television network and a set-top box device. The test module is further configured to receive information indicating problems with the Internet Protocol television network and the set-top box device, and to display the information on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Michael Boatright, Nathan L. Edwards, Sean T. Hamrick
  • Patent number: 8990866
    Abstract: Aspects of a method and system for data processing in a device with integrated set-top-box and femtocell functionality are provided. Data may be received via an integrated femtocell and set-top-box device and may be synchronously processed, utilizing a common clock, to perform one or more femtocell functions and/or set-top-box functions. The common clock may be derived from global navigation satellite system signals. The integrated femtocell and set-top-box device may convert the received data from a first to a second format. The converted data may be transmitted to a cellular enabled communication device via a cellular transmitter within said integrated femtocell and set-top-box device and/or to a multimedia device via a multimedia interface within said integrated femtocell and set-top-box device. The received data may comprise multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Victor T. Hou, Xuemin Sherman Chen, Charles Abraham, Wael William Diab, Vinko Erceg, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Mark Kent
  • Patent number: 8984553
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 8984569
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to support multiple audio tracks in an adaptive media stream. Segments of the adaptive stream are encoded so that the player is able to locate and request a specific one of the available audio tracks using byte range requests or the like. Audio content can be removed from video segments, or at least moved to the end of the segments so that a byte range request obtains just the video content when the default audio is not desired. The audio content can be obtained from a separate audio segment. Indeed, multiple audio tracks can be packaged into a common audio segment so that byte range requests can obtain just the particular audio track desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark B. Hurst
  • Patent number: 8978063
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150067758
    Abstract: Method in an audiovisual programme receiver-decoder client device, the method using a function for providing notification of capability specific to a standardised display forwarding function to inform a remote item of equipment of the capability of the device to transmit an item of content. The method comprises a step of insertion of information elements into a link layer of a communication interface of the device, a step of reception of an item of information from a second remote device connected to the interface by a direct point-to-point link, a step of configuration of the control of the reception and/or reproduction of an item of audiovisual content received by the device using the item of information representative of a remote command and a step of insertion of data adapted to the insertion of a coded, received item of audiovisual content into frames inserted into a data stream transmitted at the MAC link layer of the interface to the remote device connected via the intermediary of the link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ludovic JEANNE, Jean-Marie STEYER, Cyril QUINQUIS
  • Patent number: 8973085
    Abstract: A descrambling apparatus includes a descrambling module and a one-time programmable module. The descrambling module descrambles an input data stream. When the one-time programmable module is in a first status, the descrambling module descrambles the input data stream by a first mode. When the one-time programmable module is in a second status, the descrambling module descrambles the input data stream by a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Ting-Pang Tsao
  • Patent number: 8973079
    Abstract: A method of managing bandwidth usage at a customer premises includes receiving a content stream at a set-top box device coupled to a display device. The method also includes receiving a signal at the set-top box device from an external power interface. The signal indicates that a low power state has been detected at a power outlet of the external power interface, the power outlet associated with the display device. Further, the method includes sending a signal to a source of the content stream in response to receiving the signal indicating the low power state. The signal indicates that the source is to cease sending the content stream to the set-top box device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: David A. Levine, Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 8966561
    Abstract: A method and a system of controlling application devices simultaneously. The application devices can be a Web tablet, a set-top box, a VCR, a TV, and PDA, a lamp, a coffee machine, a radio, a telephone, a background wall, a DVD player or an electronic information panel. The method includes four steps controlled by a server: retrieving first documents (501) from a first set of application devices; retrieving identification (502) of a user; generating (505) second documents, each comprising an instruction, on the basis of at least a part of the retrieved identification of the user and at least a part of the first documents; simultaneously sending (506) at least one of the second documents to each device of a second set of the application devices; and performing (507) for a given device of the second set one instruction from at least one of the second documents received in the given device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Markus Gerardus Leonardus Maria Van Doorn
  • Patent number: 8966529
    Abstract: A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, C. Gomer Thomas
  • Patent number: 8959327
    Abstract: A security processor may be embedded within a digital cable ready (DCR) digital TV (DTV) system-on-chip to performing content protection operations during digital TV signal processing. The embedded security processor may be used to perform operations that are currently performed by an external entity, such as, for an example, a CableCard. The embedded security processor maybe configured to use a conditional access function including, but not limited to, CableLabs® Downloadable Conditional Access System (DCAS) based function. The security processor may be reprogrammable to enable the system-on-chip to be reconfigured with a different function and/or to allow operation with a new cable service provider. The security processor may enable secure reprogrammability of the system-on-chip utilizing security algorithms and/or other mechanisms including use of chip-specific identification information. The SoC may be enabled to operate with a CableCard whenever the security processor may be disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Xuemin Chen
  • Patent number: 8955015
    Abstract: One embodiment may take the form of an apparatus for providing separate user classifications and interfaces to multiple users of a set-top box of the television system. Each user classification may be configurable to provide different interfaces, menus and available features to the users of the set-top box. Further, each user classification may include several sub-classifications to further personalize the set-top box to the various users of the system. Also, each user classification may also monitor the habits and usage of each class and store such information for use by the set-top box to suggest settings of the set-top box that the user may be interested in, such as a favorite channel list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bin Xu, William J. Ivanich
  • 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: 8949924
    Abstract: A multiplexed display apparatus and method for a digital broadcast receiver are provided. A multi-screen display apparatus for a digital broadcast receiver of the present invention includes a broadcast reception unit for receiving broadcast data of a primary service channel and at least one secondary service channel; a decoding unit comprising a video decoder for decoding video data of all types of video frame of the primary service channel and a predetermined type of video frame of the secondary service channel and an audio decoder for decoding audio data of a predetermined service channel, by time frame; a multiplexed screen processing unit for multiplexing the video data of the primary service channel and the at least one secondary service channel output by the decoding unit; a display unit for displaying the multiplexed video data in the form of multiplexed screen image; and a speaker unit for outputting the decoded audio data in the form of an audible sound wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Wireless Republic Group Inc.
    Inventors: Jeong Wook Seo, Jong Kerl Lee, Wei Jin Park