By Polling Patents (Class 725/16)
  • Patent number: 10609107
    Abstract: A content delivery system may receive and aggregate video content from one or more content sources. In a first embodiment, the content delivery system may start streaming a video to a first viewer on a first device and then receive a request for a catch up version to be streamed to a second viewer viewing a second device. The content delivery system may send replacement segments of the video that are shortened summaries to the second device until the second viewer has caught up to the first viewer on the first device. In a second embodiment, the content delivery system may detect two or more viewers and customize a video content for both viewers. In a third embodiment, the content delivery system, in real time, may customize a segment of a video (possibly using a “green screen” or overlaying a second video over the original video segment) based on characteristics of the viewer and then stream the customized video segment to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason A. Gonzalez, Eric L. Gose, Mathews Thomas, Janki Y. Vora
  • Patent number: 10116716
    Abstract: A content delivery system may receive and aggregate video content from one or more content sources. In a first embodiment, the content delivery system may start streaming a video to a first viewer on a first device and then receive a request for a catch up version to be streamed to a second viewer viewing a second device. The content delivery system may send replacement segments of the video that are shortened summaries to the second device until the second viewer has caught up to the first viewer on the first device. In a second embodiment, the content delivery system may detect two or more viewers and customize a video content for both viewers. In a third embodiment, the content delivery system, in real time, may customize a segment of a video (possibly using a “green screen” or overlaying a second video over the original video segment) based on characteristics of the viewer and then stream the customized video segment to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason A. Gonzalez, Eric L. Gose, Mathews Thomas, Janki Y. Vora
  • Patent number: 9262179
    Abstract: Mapping logic information associating a particular type of input with a particular response may be stored in memory. Data including information regarding a display of the host device may be received. Such information may be used to identify multiple descriptions of the host device display. Each description is mapped to a response based on the stored mapping logic. For example, a status bar may be used by the host device to show status updates. The map allows for a different type of response to status updates on the client device, such as a translucent pop-up window. Instructions may be generated for the client device, such that the client device response to input information is based on the mapped description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HOPTO INC.
    Inventor: Robert W. Currey
  • Patent number: 9032434
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for monitoring user interest in a video as it is being played and autonomously selecting a section of the video for replaying based on an identified user interest in the section. A monitoring component monitors user interaction with a video being streamed to one or more devices as the video is played at the one or more devices. An identification component further determines level of user interest based on the monitored user interaction and identifies a section of the video associated with the level of user interest in response to the level of user interest being above a predetermined threshold. Then a replay component streams the section of the video to the one or more devices again at least in response to the identification of the section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Juhyun Lee, Ramesh Sarukkai
  • Patent number: 9021517
    Abstract: An intelligent television can provide various interfaces for providing video-on-demand (VOD). The user interfaces include unique visual representations and organizations that allow the user to utilize the intelligent television more easily and more effectively. Particularly, the user interfaces pertain to the display of VOD content and better organizations thereof. Further, the user interfaces provide unique process of transitioning between the VOD content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9015740
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to wirelessly meter audio/visual (A/V) devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method receives media content from an A/V source device, embeds a video overlay in the wirelessly received media content, and wirelessly transmits the media content and the video overlay to the wireless A/V device. The example method wirelessly receives audience identification information in response to the transmitted video overlay, and wirelessly receives audience behavior information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9015759
    Abstract: A system and method for providing interactive content that is correlated to events of an entertainment program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Elend, Michelle Lynch, Joe Ferreira, Sean Tice
  • Patent number: 9015748
    Abstract: During the display of video content to a viewing audience, a system receives feedback information from the viewing audience concerning the displayed video content. At a later time and based on the feedback, the system substitutes portions of a downloaded data stream with different content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Abroadcasting Company
    Inventor: Art Pharn
  • Patent number: 9015743
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor audio/visual content from various sources are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein to monitor a media presentation can include counting zero crossings associated with a plurality of audio samples of an audio signal corresponding to the media presentation, and determining whether the audio signal is muted based on whether a number of zero crossings satisfies a first threshold. Such example methods can also include, when the audio signal is determined to not be muted, determining a source of the media presentation based on whether the audio signal is determined to be compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 8988495
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is included in the input signal, if the video signal is a 3D video signal, requesting 3D format information about the video signal to a server that stores 3D format information, if the input signal does not include the 3D format information about the video signal, and processing, upon receipt of 3D format information from the server in response to the 3D format information request, the video signal according to the 3D format information and displaying a 3D image based on the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Eletronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeongsim Kim
  • Publication number: 20150058876
    Abstract: A method for measuring an audience of peers of a television channel streamed over a peer-to-peer network includes connecting at least one monitored peer to the peer-to-peer network and sending by the at least one monitored peer a request to at least one neighboring peer of the peer-to-peer network. There is an identifier of the at least one neighboring peer contained in its own list of neighboring peers. In reply to the request, receiving by the at least one monitored peer a list of neighboring peers receiving the television channel streamed over the peer-to-peer network and containing for this purpose, in their respective buffer memory, chunks of the television channel likely to be downloaded by any one of the peers of the peer-to-peer network. The method also includes updating by the at least one monitored peer of its own list of neighboring peers by adding to this list the identifiers of neighboring peers present in the list received and which were not already present in its own list of neighboring peers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Gasnier
  • Patent number: 8938749
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving, at a monitoring center of a media distribution network, from a set top box device associated with a customer account, first error data indicating occurrence of a first error at the set top box device at a first time. The set top box device is at least partially functional after occurrence of the first error. The computer-implemented method includes receiving, at the monitoring center, second error data indicating occurrence of a second error at the set top box device at a second time. The set top box device is at least partially functional after occurrence of the second error. The computer-implemented method includes determining an elapsed time between the first time and the second time. The computer-implemented method includes automatically generating a trouble ticket indicating failure of the set top box device when the elapsed time satisfies a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, Paritosh Bajpay, Zhi Li, David Lu, Balaji Puli, Raghvendra Savoor, Anthony Srdar
  • Patent number: 8938747
    Abstract: A system measures viewership of multimedia programs such as television programs, pay-per-view sporting events, and video-on-demand movies. Viewership data from a plurality of multimedia programs may be compared to determine ratings for the multimedia programs. Multimedia streams en route to set top boxes may be monitored using packet inspection to identify the multimedia program or programs included in the multimedia streams. An electronic table or array may be stored and updated with viewership statistics of monitored multimedia programs. Some embodiments track the total number of households or televisions that are powered on in a viewing area. Ratings are available substantially in real time by accessing a stored table with viewership information or by frequently polling a plurality of stored values to determine which multimedia program is being viewed by all or substantially all viewers in an area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Huffman, Todd W. Jones, Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 8935713
    Abstract: Determining a video audience is disclosed, including: identifying a set of videos based at least in part on a received criterion; querying a video database to retrieve engagements associated with each of at least a subset of the set of videos; identifying a set of audience members associated with the engagements associated with each of the at least subset of the set of videos; and querying a user database to gather events associated with each of at least a subset of the set of audience members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tubular Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Gabel, David A. Koblas, Allison J. Stern
  • Patent number: 8930976
    Abstract: A method of selecting a factor for estimating characteristics of viewers who view a same content is disclosed. This method includes: storing a multi-layered hierarchal list of attribute words expressing viewer attributes, each of which is a candidate of the factor; extracting the attribute words from the same content; generating a first vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in the same content; for a successively-selected one of the attribute words, successively generating a second vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in ones of sets of learned-text information which contain the successively-selected attribute word; calculating a similarity score between the vectors on a per-attribute-word basis; and selecting one of the attribute words as the factor, which is associated with subordinate attribute words on a lower layer, based on a dispersion level of the similarity scores calculated for the subordinate attribute words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KDDI Corporation
    Inventors: Kazushi Ikeda, Gen Hattori, Kazunori Matsumoto, Chihiro Ono
  • Publication number: 20150007211
    Abstract: A user interface for a content distribution system is disclosed which allows a manager of an environment of TV sets to view which content is playing on individual TV sets, and to change, track and otherwise adjust the content. The invention advantageously provides these features without interfering with other TV sets' programming when another TV set is being adjusted, changes or tracked by the manager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Steven Charles Rhoads, Douglas Paul Strachota, Anthony Louis Watters
  • Patent number: 8924994
    Abstract: Power management methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for audience measurement meters are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises determining an activation state of a media presentation device, and controlling activation of an audience measurement meter based on the activation state of the media presentation device, the audience measurement meter to monitor the media presentation device when the activation state is an active state. Another example method disclosed herein comprises obtaining presentation device state data representing an activation state of a media presentation device to be monitored by an audience measurement meter, the presentation device state data including time information, and determining whether to fault audience measurement data reported by the audience measurement meter based on the presentation device state data and outage information determined from the audience measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Charles Clinton Conklin, James J. Vitt, Cheuk Wan Chan, Min Zhang
  • Patent number: 8925014
    Abstract: A method for providing recommendation icons associated with a television program on an electronic program guide is disclosed. A selection is received of a television program listed in the electronic programming guide. A recommendation graphical user interface associated with the selected television program is provided. A selection is received of a recommendation soft button displayed on the recommendation graphical user interface. The electronic programming guide is displayed with the recommendation icons. A selection is received of one of the recommendation icons in the electronic programming guide. Information associated with the selected one of the recommendation icons is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 8918803
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol television system includes a user profile agent, a keyword detection agent, and an information search agent. The user profile agent is in communication with a multimedia device, and generates a user profile based on information received from the multimedia device. The keyword detection agent is in communication with the user profile agent, and searches text associated with a multimedia video stream transmitted to the multimedia device for keywords associated with the user profile. The information search agent is in communication with the keyword detection agent, and connects to an information source associated with the keywords detected by the keyword detection agent, and provides additional information associated with the keywords to the multimedia device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Mazin E. Gilbert, Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 8898688
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods to identify local market media content utilizing a disturbed system and to determine what additional content is relevant in a self-aware, automatic way. A central location stores identification information and related content so in the future it is available if and when another user watches the same content. Therefore, the next time local market media content is played, it can be identified and additional related content can be quickly (e.g. in real time) made available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Howard Locker, Michael Sievert, Blake C. Ramsdell, Robert D. Dickinson, III
  • Publication number: 20140331245
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selecting digital (network) interface technology for programming and data delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different capabilities profiles. The server determines the one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE based on its profile. The server generates a list of programs or content based on this evaluation, and transmits this list to the CPE, which displays the list for viewing by a user. The user is therefore offered a list of available content that is compatible with their specific configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Markley, Charles A. Hasek
  • Patent number: 8881189
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for inferring a demographic composition of a television audience of a television program. In one aspect, a method extrapolates television audience demographics from rated programs to unrated programs by attributing demographics of rated programs to unrated programs when the rated and unrated program are related by demographically rated channel tunes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Zigmond, Diane Lambert
  • Patent number: 8874474
    Abstract: A communication server 200 acquires a request specifying a desired location for content creation from a requester terminal 310, and provides a notification of the request to an accepter terminal 300 accepting the content creation. The notification history managing unit 206 stores, as notification history, the distance from an accepter terminal to be provided with the notification to the desired recoding location and acceptance information. Upon acquisition of a new request, a request notification terminal selecting unit 203 selects a accepter terminal 300 that is likely to accept the request according to the notification history, and the request notifying unit 204 provides the selected accepter terminal 300 with the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Ryohei Wakai, Takahisa Fujita, Yuzo Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8856816
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to determine source information for media content output by a media rendering device operable to output media content from a plurality of different sources are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises detecting media content output by the a media rendering device, the media content having a media variable associated therewith, detecting a plurality of user commands, detecting a change in the media variable associated with the media content output by the media rendering device, selecting, based on a time limit, a user command from the plurality of detected user commands to use with the detected media variable change to determine source information, and providing the detected media variable change and the selected user command to a processor to determine a source of the media content output by the media rendering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Fernando D. Falcon
  • Patent number: 8850464
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing polling related data to viewers in an interactive cable televisions system. Users viewing a program can initiate a request for participating in a polling activity. The request and other program-related information are sent to the cable television system provider. Appropriate polling window data is returned to the set top box allowing a polling window to be displayed to the viewer. The viewer may choose one or several selections, and transmit the response to the cable television system provider. User responses can be tallied and presented in real time to the viewer audience. Program producers can incorporate the results of viewer feedback in real-time allowing the outcome of the program to be based on the collective viewer feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Raul Aldrey, Edwin Elberg, Luis Blando, Diego Crespo, Anil Guntupalli, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Shafiq Kassam, Maitreyi Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 8839306
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device, including a controller to: transmit a client program having a graphical user interface (GUI) to a media device operating in an interactive television (iTV) network, wherein the client program presents a symbolic overlay that superimposes onto media content received by the media device and enables the media device to associate commentary with the media content received at the media device; and conduct searches for one of consumer products or consumer services associated with the media content based on the commentary regarding the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert Arthur King
  • Patent number: 8839278
    Abstract: Systems and methods to model user activity information associated with a network system are provided. A particular method includes receiving, at a computing device, a request for user activity information associated with selected channels of a television access network that provides multimedia content to users. The method includes executing a model of user activity associated with the television access network at the computing device. The model estimates the user activity information as user multimedia access demands during particular time periods within a day. The method also includes storing the user activity information at a computer-readable non-transitory storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jia Wang, Zihui Ge, Seungjoon Lee, Tongqing Qiu, Jun Xu, Qi Zhao
  • Patent number: 8839327
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to collect one or more temporal actions initiated by each of a plurality of users while presenting a media program to said plurality of users, generate one or more symbolic overlays according to the one or more temporal actions collected for each user, and combine the presentation of the media program with a presentation of the one or more symbolic overlays. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Patent number: 8826321
    Abstract: A user interaction request is received during playback of video content. The user interaction request can be received independent of any indication from the video content that user interaction is possible. In response to receiving the interaction request, one or more menus are displayed allowing the user to select one or more reaction options and to select whether the selected one or more reaction options are to be communicated to another user or to a content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis G. Cronin
  • Patent number: 8826314
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, obtaining regression coefficients that quantify a relationship between premises feedback and first network and premises performance indicators, obtaining second network performance indicators for the network elements, obtaining second premises performance indicators for the customer premises equipment, and predicting customer complaints by applying the obtained regression coefficients to at least the second network performance indicators and the second premises performance indicators. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP, Board of Regents, The University of Texas Systems
    Inventors: Jia Wang, Andrea Basso, Min-Hsuan Chen, Zihui Ge, Ajay Mahimkar, Han Hee Song, Jennifer Yates, Yin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140245337
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for analyzing behavioral data. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a request for television reporting sample data from a client device. The request includes filtering criteria. The television reporting data comprises channel tune event data and viewership data. In response to receiving the request, processing the television reporting data to identify filtered data from the television reporting data satisfying the filtering criteria; processing the filtered data to generate filtered sample data; and associating the filtered sample data with channel tune event data and viewership data to generate the television reporting sample data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Gildfind, Simon M. Rowe
  • Publication number: 20140229968
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that relate to delivering content to users. In one aspect, a primary client device and/or servers may communicate with secondary client devices to determine the identity of one or more users requesting content at the primary client device. Once the users and other attributes are identified, the primary client device may determine user characteristics which may be analyzed in conjunction with one or more spatiotemporal factors related to the content request. This analysis may lead to definition of a scene associated with the content request and to recommendation of content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Francisco, Bruce Hertzfeld, Slade Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8806528
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments involve a mediation application executed on a processor determining one or more digital programming insertion breaks in a linear media stream. The linear media stream can include electronic content delivered over a network at a time determined by the content provider. The mediation application can determine that a plurality of clients identified by a common group identifier and in communication with the mediation application are receiving the linear media stream. The mediation application can mediate a plurality of requests for digital programming insertion content provided by a digital programming insertion content provider by identifying digital programming insertion content targeted to the common group identifier. The mediation application can provide the digital programming insertion content during the one or more digital programming insertion breaks to the plurality of clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin Streeter, Seth Hodgson, Bradley Outlaw
  • Patent number: 8789083
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing latency times associated with sessionizing log events from streaming logs are disclosed herein. In an aspect, event data related to user consumption of media content items can be monitored. Further, respective event data based at least in part on user playback of the media content items can be analyzed. In another aspect, pending and finalized event data can be summarized into a finalized playback record. In yet another aspect, the size of a time window can be adjusted based in part on observed logsaver latency. Further, in an aspect, watch time data can be integrated into a de-spamming pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Landers, Wolfgang Haas, Andy Chu-I Yu, Stefan Hilzinger
  • Patent number: 8789107
    Abstract: A system measures a frequency with which a user views a television program and identifies the television program as one of the user's favorite programs based on the measured frequency. The system automatically records, without intervention of the user, the one of the user's favorite programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Steven D. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 8782684
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a method for collecting audience information of a group of users in an audience measurement. The method may include each user dividing its private information into a private portion and a predetermined number of exchange portions; each user transmitting each of its exchange portions to a respective user of the predetermined number of users selected from the group of users; each user aggregating its private portion and exchange portions received from other users of the group of users, thereby producing randomized information; and aggregating the randomized information of the group of users, thereby producing aggregated private information for the group of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Shuguo Han, Ghim Eng Yap, Wei Yun Yau
  • Publication number: 20140181851
    Abstract: There is provided according to some embodiments of the present invention methods, circuits, apparatuses, systems and associated computer executable code for providing viewer analytics relating to broadcast or otherwise distributed content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Dor Givon, Gil Davidman, Michal Lodzki, Vladimir Sherman
  • Patent number: 8763022
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to wirelessly meter audio/visual (A/V) devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method receives media content from an A/V source device, embeds a video overlay in the wirelessly received media content, and wirelessly transmits the media content and the video overlay to the wireless A/V device. The example method wirelessly receives audience identification information in response to the transmitted video overlay, and wirelessly receives audience behavior information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 8763020
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises identifying, by an apparatus at a user premises, a presentation of an addressable video stream to a user; detecting by the apparatus whether the user has supplied a user input, relative to the presentation, to at least one user input device; the apparatus selectively associating each user input detected relative to the presentation with a corresponding identified position of the addressable video stream; and generating, by the apparatus, a data structure enabling identification of an attention level by the user toward at least a portion of the addressable video stream, the data structure specifying an identifier for the addressable video stream and specifying whether the user supplied any user input relative to the presentation, including selectively adding to the data structure at least one user input and the corresponding identified position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John Toebes, Philip Clifford Jacobs, Guido Jouret, Matthew Kuhlke
  • Patent number: 8756623
    Abstract: A broadcasting receiving apparatus and a method for providing broadcasting signal relation information are provided. The broadcasting receiving apparatus, which accesses a server through a network, includes a broadcasting signal receiver which receives a broadcasting signal; a channel identifier which identifies a change of a channel of the broadcasting signal, generates a fingerprint corresponding to the broadcasting signal of the changed channel, and receives identification information of the changed channel from a matching server based on the generated fingerprint; and a relevant information provider which receives conditional information that indicates a condition for receiving relevant information of the broadcasting signal if the channel is changed, receives the relevant information based on the conditional information and displays the received relevant information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-suh Park, Ki-ho Kim, Eun-seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8732738
    Abstract: A television audience measurement system measures viewing of a television program viewed on digital television located in a statistically selected site by (i) retrieving an audience measurement data packet from a television set in order to identify the television program, (ii) detecting an audio code embedded in the television program in order to identify the television program, (iii) extracting an audio signature from the television program in order to identify the television program, (iv) identifying the television program through use of a software agent, and (v) selecting at least one of the retrieving means, the detecting means, the extracting means, and the software agent in order to identify the television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Daozheng Lu, Paul C. Kempter, William A. Feininger
  • Patent number: 8726304
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices and computer program products are provided to facilitate enhanced use and interaction with multimedia content that is based on a time-varying evaluation of the multimedia content. While a content is being presented on a first device, timing information identifying temporal locations of content segments are extracted and transmitted to a database along with a user's evaluation feedback of the multimedia content. The user then receives a response corresponding to feedback provided by a plurality of consumers of the multimedia content on a segment-by-segment basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Verance Corporation
    Inventors: Rade Petrovic, Patrick George Downes
  • Patent number: 8707340
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to maintain audience privacy while determining viewing of video-on-demand (VOD) programs are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Robert A. Luff
  • Patent number: 8689255
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for associating and synchronizing extrinsic data with video content at particular points of time in the video content. A user interface is rendered that facilitates a selection from extrinsic data items that are associated with a video content feature that is currently being presented to a user. A user selection of one of the extrinsic data items is obtained through the user interface, and a time in the video content feature is determined corresponding to the user selection. The user selection of the one of the extrinsic data items and the time in the video content feature are reported to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: IMDB.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrej Gregov, Francis J. Kane, Douglas M. Treder
  • Patent number: 8683504
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor audio/visual content from various sources are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises determining first information based on a video signal corresponding to monitored media content, determining second information based on an audio signal corresponding to the monitored media content, and identifying a selected one of a plurality of media content sources based on a decision tree comprising a plurality of decision nodes, a first decision node of the decision tree corresponding to a first classification decision resulting from processing at least one of the first information or second information, and a second decision node of the decision tree corresponding to a second classification decision resulting from processing at least one of the first information or second information, the second decision node of the decision tree being selected for evaluation based on an outcome of evaluating the first decision node of the decision tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC.
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Publication number: 20140082650
    Abstract: Methods and systems to detect topographic fraud are provided herein. The system includes a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) to periodically poll active cable modems and generate polling data. The system also includes a processor and a memory coupled to the CMTS. The processor is configured to, based on instructions in the memory, periodically determine a current geographic location for each polled cable modem based on the polling data from the CMTS, determine a geographic radius within which each polled cable modem is to be operated in and determine cable modems whose current geographic location is outside of their geographic radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael SELLERS, Robert Zito
  • Patent number: 8640156
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling access to media content are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a viewing request at a set-top box device at a user premises. The method also includes retrieving a permission policy stored at the set-top box device and identifying a wireless device associated with the permission policy. Further, the method includes fulfilling the viewing request when the wireless device is present at the user premises and is within a first relative proximity to the set-top box device, and not fulfilling the viewing request when the wireless device is present at the user premises and is within a second relative proximity to the set-top box device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 8621502
    Abstract: A user interaction request is received during playback of video content. The user interaction request can be received independent of any indication from the video content that user interaction is possible. In response to receiving the interaction request, one or more menus are displayed allowing the user to select one or more reaction options and to select whether the selected one or more reaction options are to be communicated to another user or to a content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis G Cronin
  • Patent number: 8621506
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a method of operation involves two operations. The first operation involves receiving feedback information from a viewing audience concerning a displayed video content. After receipt of the feedback, substituting portions of a downloaded data stream with video content selected based on the feedback information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Abroadcasting Company
    Inventor: Art Pharn
  • Patent number: 8613024
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining cross-platform predictive popularity ratings information are provided. An interactive television application operating on at least one predetermined platform, such as an online interactive application platform, may monitor user interactions with the interactive television application to obtain cross-platform data, which may be used to determine predictive popularity ratings information. The predictive popularity ratings information may then be distributed for use in at least one platform of a type different than the type of the predetermined platform, such as a user television equipment platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bovenschulte, Edgar Fereira