System For Awarding Coupon, Token, Or Credit Patents (Class 725/23)
  • Patent number: 10931978
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting media content in an aircraft are provided. A first video display unit is communicatively coupled to a personal electronic device for obtaining therefrom a request to present the media content. A wireless access point is communicatively coupled to the first video display unit for receiving from the first video display unit a first command to query the personal electronic device for media presentation parameters, and the wireless access point is communicatively coupled to the personal electronic device for obtaining the media presentation parameters therefrom. A second video display unit is communicatively coupled to the first video display unit via the wireless access point. The wireless access point is configured for issuing a second command to at least one of the first and second video display units to cause the media content to be presented according to the media presentation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Finkhelstein
  • Patent number: 10893306
    Abstract: Embedding of digital tokens within a digital video can occur cryptographically using a public key in some embodiments. The digital video may be altered in a variety of ways so that the video itself contains an integrated token that can represent various quantities. Audiovisual data can be altered to contain both a token and a perceptible user auditory or visual cue as to the presence of the encrypted digital token. A video with an embedded digital token may be sent to users on the Internet. A video recipient may be able to view the video and also take additional action or gain additional functionality from the digital token embedded in the video. Tokens can be embedded by altering video metadata so that the perceptible video content itself is not changed in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Braden Christopher Ericson, Sam Pourcyrous, Fun-Chen Jou, Kaili An
  • Patent number: 10863225
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a passenger vehicle entertainment system configured to access media data files on a passenger's personal electronic device and play the media data files on a video monitor of the entertainment system installed at a passenger seat. The system includes an onboard display system having a computing device, a wireless communication module and a video monitor. The system has a media player software application executable by the computing device and configured to program the display system to establish a wireless network connection to the personal electronic device using the wireless communication module, access media data files stored on the personal electronic device via the wireless network connection, display the media data files on the video monitor and allow a passenger to browse the media data files and select a media data file to play, and play a selected media data file on the video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lam Hoang
  • Patent number: 10701451
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a program interaction method. In the disclosed method, a backend server receives interaction information of a program from a program provider client and program information of a currently watched program from a program viewer client. After receiving the interaction information and the program information, the backend server determines the interaction information that corresponds to the program information and sends the interaction information and a resource gifting interface to the program viewer client. The program viewer client subsequently sends a resource gifting instruction through the resource gifting interface to the backend server to transfer a resource to a performer of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shengpeng Chen, Chang Su, Tengjian Li, Yuan Huang, Jiayu Huang
  • Patent number: 10536727
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are provided to receive network resource information pertaining to a network, and generate timeslot information pertaining to a network based on the network resource information. The timeslot information may indicate a date, a time period, a geographic service area, and quality of service parameters in which the network resource is available for use by subscribers of a multicast service to deliver programs. The timeslot information and cost information are published, and the OTT multicast service provisions the delivery of programs using timeslots secured by the subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Mansoor Ali Shah Mohammed, Arvind Basra, Cesar Brea, Glenna Colaprete Hudson
  • Patent number: 10467642
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with tracking in store consumer behavior are described. One example method includes receiving a product tag data (PTD) and a personal data (PD) from a portable digital device (PDD). The PTD is associated with a scan of a product tag of a product. The example method may also include storing the PTD and the PD in a database. The example method may also include creating a virtual redeemable offer (VRO) based, at least in part, on an analysis of the PD, the PTD associated with the scan, and a product information (PI) associated with the product tag. The PI may be stored in the database and describes the product. The example method may also include providing the CRVC to the PDD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MICRO FOCUS LLC
    Inventors: Riddhiman Ghosh, Jhilmil Jain
  • Patent number: 10412173
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pairing a personal electronic device of a passenger with a passenger seat in a vehicle using a PWM light identification, and for allowing the personal electronic device to control passenger in-seat functions and features. The system comprises an on-board video system having an in-seat display system for installation in a vehicle. The on-board video system is configured to communication a PWM light identification from a monitor of the in-seat display system which is captured by an imaging device of the personal electronic device. The on-board video system receives pairing information from the personal electronic device corresponding to the captured light identification via a wireless communication link. The on-board video system then validates the pairing information and pairs the personal electronic device to the passenger seat and authorizes the personal electronic device to control passenger seat functions associated with the passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates, Sanjiv Sitaram Pimple
  • Patent number: 10397170
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communication inversion for online communities are disclosed. In embodiments, a computer-implemented method comprises: detecting, by a computing device, that an online community has a low vitality; determining, by the computing device and based on the detecting that the online community has a low vitality, a related community is associated with the online community; detecting, by the computing device, a participant communication within the related community; and redirecting, by the computing device, the participant communication to the online community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Paul R. Bastide, Jonathan Dunne, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10320643
    Abstract: A cloud computing system for determining Over-The-Top (OTT) applications includes a cloud computing environment partitioned into a plurality of partitions. The cloud partitions include at least a first wireless network operator's cloud, a second wireless network operator's cloud and a shared partition configured to receive and store information uniquely identifying OTT applications supported by at least one of the first and second wireless network operators. The system further includes a plurality of active agents. Each active agent receives a list of OTT service platforms supported by a corresponding wireless network operator. The received list includes a plurality of URLs associated with various applications that are delivered by the OTT service platforms. The active agent(s) connect to the plurality of URLs to determine information uniquely identifying each of the OTT applications and to store the information in the shared partition of the cloud computing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NetScout Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Kelley, Jr., Gregory Mayo
  • Patent number: 10311447
    Abstract: When distribution of a content from a distribution server is started, a CPU carries out streaming-play of the received content. When reproduction of the content ends, the CPU determines whether a vote history brought in correspondence with a corresponding motion picture ID is stored in a flash memory or not. When the vote history brought in correspondence with the corresponding motion picture ID is not stored in the flash memory, the CPU causes a monitor to display a user evaluation input screen so as to accept evaluation of the content. A process does not proceed to next processing until evaluation is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Beppu, Kiyoshi Mizuki
  • Patent number: 10311103
    Abstract: An information search method includes: receiving a client query keyword; acquiring, in a regular index database, a first search result associated with the query keyword; and querying, according to the query keyword, video and product summary information in a video product index database to acquire a second search result associated with the query keyword. The second search result has an address of a video clip associated with the query keyword, and the video product index database has the address of the video clip. The video summary information corresponds to the video clip, and the product summary information corresponds to a product demonstrated in the video clip. The first and second search results are pushed to the client. Improved user search efficiency, enriched search result of a querying, and shortened gap between the search result and the user's actual query demands are expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min Qiao, Jingting Jin, Weiwei Sun
  • Patent number: 10134051
    Abstract: Methodologies and apparatuses are provided for identifying audio by analyzing time chunks of audio in the frequency domain, providing rewards associated with identified inputs and managing and monitoring the provision of rewards are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CT ACQUISITION HOLDCO, LLC
    Inventors: William R Mueller, Ramesh Somasundaram
  • Patent number: 10108274
    Abstract: A user of a computing device may view an initial content item in a landscape orientation on a display of a computing device. When the user rotates the computing device, supplemental content may be presented in a portrait orientation on the display of the computing device. The supplemental content may include virtually any information in which the user may be interested and/or that is related or similar to the content item. Accordingly, rather than presenting such supplemental content upon an affirmative request or search by the user, the supplemental content is presented to the user automatically when the user rotates the computing device from a landscape position to a portrait position or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nanyan Nicholls, Samuel P. Hall, VI, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9990650
    Abstract: A method is performed at an electronic device with a display. The method includes initiating display of a multimedia advertisement including a question. Upon a lapse of a predetermined amount of time following initiating display of the multimedia advertisement, the device displays a plurality of affordances on the display. Each affordance in the plurality of affordances corresponds to a respective user response to the question. The device detects a user input that selects a respective affordance of the plurality of affordances, thereby selecting a respective user response to the question, and, upon detection of the user input, discontinues display of the multimedia advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: VDOPIA INC.
    Inventors: Srikanth Kakani, Saurabh Bhatia, Lloyd Lim, Ryan McConville
  • Patent number: 9832539
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example transmitting, by a system comprising a processor, via a first emergency media channel a first video stream comprising first evacuation routing information for a first evacuation group responsive to receiving a notification of an emergency event, instructing, by the system, a first media processor device to select the first emergency media channel while disabling selection of other media channels according to the first evacuation routing information, where the content of the emergency media channel is presented at a display device by way of the first media processor device, and enabling, by the system, the first media processor device to select the other media channels responsive to receiving user input acknowledging the emergency media channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sam Russell, Steven Charles Salimando
  • Patent number: 9538209
    Abstract: Techniques described herein identify items within a content stream and output information pertaining to these items. For instance, the techniques may monitor an audio and/or video stream to identify products, geographical locations, particular people, or any other item of interest. In response to identifying an item of interest, the techniques obtain an instruction that determines what type of information to output with the content stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Danae M. Kokenos
  • Patent number: 9430560
    Abstract: An illustrative method for generating earned media includes collecting publisher descriptor data from a plurality of publishers, storing the descriptor data in a computer-readable memory, gathering at least one marketing parameter from a marketer and storing the at least one marketing parameter on the computer-readable memory. The method further includes retrieving, with a computing device, the descriptor data and the at least one marketing parameter from the computer-readable memory and filtering the plurality of publishers by applying the at least one marketing parameter to the descriptor data to produce qualified publishers. The qualified publishers are then presented with content from the marketer for dissemination to an audience of the qualified publishers. A system for generating earned media is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ZEFR, INC.
    Inventors: Trygve J. Jensen, Brock C. Luker, Neal W. Williams
  • Patent number: 9414118
    Abstract: To minimize possible adverse impact on a viewing posture of a user viewing video content, a main part, when additional content is provided to the user. A content provision device includes: viewing condition acquisition means for acquiring a viewing condition of a user viewing video content currently on air and appearing on a display; content provision means for providing, to the user, additional content different from the video content; and content control means for controlling provision of the additional content to the user by the additional content provision means based on the viewing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Hisashi Tomita, Nobutoshi Koyama
  • Patent number: 9363568
    Abstract: Systems and methods for receiving product data for products featured in a media asset are described. In some embodiments, the system includes control circuitry that receives from a server data for products featured in a media asset and timestamps for the media asset associated with the products featured in the media asset. The control circuitry generates for display a list including one or more of the products. The control circuitry receives from user input circuitry a selection of a product in the list. The control circuitry transmits to the server a request for a portion of the media asset featuring the selected product based on a timestamp associated with the selected product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Wheatley, Brian C. Peterson, Douglas J. Seyller, James Cornell, Vanessa Wickenkamp, William J. Korbecki
  • Patent number: 9197939
    Abstract: An advertisement provider issues coupons to an audiences of television set in exchange of viewing a commercial message and receives advertising rate from the advertiser of the commercial message in exchange of informing of the coupon issuance. A television station allows the audience to decompress a downloaded digital image data of a television program in exchange of presentation of the coupon. The television station receives allotment of the advertising rate in exchange of informing of the coupon presentation form audiences. The television station sorts the presented coupons by the advertisement providers to inform each advertisement provider of the coupon presentation. The television station allows the decompression even in a shortage of the presented coupon, provided that it will be compensated by money or later presentation of coupon by due data. The commercial messages are provided automatically or by request. The audience may voluntarily replace television program by commercial message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Masahide Tanaka, Tohru Matsui
  • Patent number: 9143732
    Abstract: A communications system for an aircraft includes an aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system and at least one personal electronic device (PED) carried by an aircraft passenger. The aircraft IFE system includes an IFE advertisement source, IFE passenger seat displays, an IFE wireless transceiver, an IFE controller, and a purchase acceptance controller. The PED includes a PED optical sensor, a PED wireless transceiver, and a PED controller for communicating with the IFE wireless transceiver via the PED wireless transceiver based upon the PED optical sensor sensing a selected advertisement token image. The purchase acceptance controller cooperates with the IFE controller to accept purchase of the selected advertisement token image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: LIVETV, LLC
    Inventors: R. Michael Keen, Jeffrey A. Frisco
  • Patent number: 9143249
    Abstract: A method for distributing digital coupons via a television program, such as a commercial, are described. The method includes enabling insertion of a visual indicator into a television program that advertises a product. The television program is presented to users, such that the visual indicator is indicative of a coupon offer being available for the product being advertised. The method includes enabling addition of the coupon offer to the first user's loyalty card associated with a first retailer. The method includes enabling addition of the coupon offer to the second user's loyalty card associated with a second retailer. The coupon offer is available for redemption at the first and second retailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Coupons.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Alfred T. Bova
  • Patent number: 9131115
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to present media content, and provide access to related media content based upon access information, where the related media content is determined based upon monitoring of the media content, where the related media content is retrieved based on a query of a plurality of sources over the internet for ancillary information, and where the access information is associated with each of the plurality of sources and the ancillary information is at least one among a video blog, a pod cast or a website. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Gerard Edwards, Loraine Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9118954
    Abstract: A module configured to cope with conditional access broadcasting includes an interface that is detachable from a receiver, the receiver being configured to receive digital broadcasting including conditional access broadcasting, and the interface being configured to acquire a transport stream produced based on the digital broadcasting, a descrambler configured to descramble data included in the transport stream, a loudspeaker configured to output sound, and a controller configured to detect emergency warning information included in the transport stream and control the loudspeaker to output sound related to the emergency warning information in response to the detection of the emergency warning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9059843
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting information includes a hash value generating unit configured to identify a program file of a requester requesting information encrypted using a first hash value and to generate a second hash value of the identified program file, and a decryption unit configured to decrypt the information using the second hash value and if the information is successfully decrypted, to return the decrypted information to the requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Takata
  • Patent number: 9037634
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for receiving content available for consumption. For example, a user device can receive a message about content available for consumption and access the content via the appropriate provided in the user's broadcast area. Moreover, a user device can be used to access program information based on the user device's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jack F. Perry, II
  • Patent number: 9032448
    Abstract: A broadcast system provides consumers with inducement to consume portions in which they may not have an active interest, such as commercials. To dissuade consumers from leaving the vicinity of the broadcast receiver or from switching to other broadcasts while a first broadcast airs such a portion, the first broadcast is augmented by a second content entity calculated to be of interest to the consumer. Interaction is required of the consumer in order for him to receive the second content entity, which necessitates his presence and attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Vringo Infrastructure Inc.
    Inventor: Ari Nieminem
  • Publication number: 20150128163
    Abstract: An application on a second-screen device can receive an advertisement stream and an interactive component. The application can display at least a partial display of the advertisement stream and the interactive component in a video display area on the second-screen device. The displayed advertisement stream can be associated with an advertisement stream being displayed by a primary display with the two advertisement streams being associated with the same content and substantially synchronized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Neil Cormican, Ronnie Dan, Patricia Patitucci, Peter Rogers
  • Patent number: 9027049
    Abstract: An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be operable to present an overlay offering a coupon utilizing an ACR system, where the overlay may also be presented on a paired device. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may present information associated with a value of the coupon based on interaction with the presented overlay by the viewer. The value of the coupon may be determined based on a profile associated with the ACR-enabled connected TV device. The profile may be determined and maintained utilizing the ACR system. The viewer may obtain the coupon associated with the value information from a microsite assigned to the viewer. The viewer may share information on a link of the microsite with one or more other viewers. The value of the coupon may change when one or more of the other viewers click on the link of the microsite to obtain the coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Turner Braodcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishith Kumar Sinha, Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles, Karl-Christian Sebastian Wolff-Ingham, Paul Spencer Amsbary
  • Patent number: 9015744
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments relating to the identification of events that occur within a media item. A media item and a request are encoded for rendering for display, wherein the request relates to an occurrence of an event in the media item. The media item and the request are transmitted to a plurality of clients. A plurality of replies are received in response to the request, wherein each of the replies comprises a timestamp indicating a time relative to the media item. The existence of an event in the media item is determined based at least in part on a clustering of at least a subset of the replies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: IMBD.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Kenneth P. Fishkin
  • Patent number: 9015745
    Abstract: Systems, methods and/or techniques for detection of user-initiated events in relation to a media device are described, for example utilizing a content recognition system. A method may be executed in a media device that is operable to play video content. The method may include receiving user interaction with the media device and the user interaction causes initiation of a feature that affects video content that plays on the media device. The method may include receiving one or more interactive events from a content recognition system in response to the user interaction. The method may comprise executing the one or more interactive events to affect video content that is playing on the media device, and display one or more overlay windows corresponding to the affected video content. One or more video fingerprints that correspond to the affected video content may be communicated to the content recognition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishith Kumar Sinha, Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles
  • Patent number: 9009746
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves a method of conducting a transaction. In one aspect, the method includes: displaying a media program on a media display device; indicating, while the media program is being displayed, an item associated with the media program is available for purchase; receiving authentication information of a prospective purchaser of the item; and completing a purchase of the item in response to the authentication information. In another aspect, the method includes: receiving, from a media display device, a user authentication request that contains user login credentials; granting the user authentication request in response to the user login credentials; and sending an authentication permission to the media display device; wherein the receiving and the sending are each performed such that the user login credentials and the authentication permission are sent through one or more intermediate hops without being inspected by any of the intermediate hops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Gak Wee Low, Mark Wenger, Prashant Jamkhedkar
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8973066
    Abstract: A server can receive information identifying media content to be offered to users at a discount or at a particular time of release. The offer can also include information identifying a minimum number of acceptances by users needed for the offer to be valid. During a predetermined period, if the number of acceptances has reached or exceeded the minimum number needed, the server may transmit a media stream containing the media content to the users. Furthermore, the offer may include multiple tiers of discounts and/or times of release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Hilson, Lisa Hoppes
  • Patent number: 8955008
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a system comprising a television decoding unit and a plurality of access modules, said access modules comprising wireless communication means with the television decoding unit, a memory comprising an identification of said module, said television decoding unit comprising means for detecting the presence and to receive the identification of an access module, means to apply a filter on events displayed on the television unit, said filter being defined with pre-defined filter category attached to the identification, and means to record the events consumption while the access module is detected by the television unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventor: Bertrand Wendling
  • Patent number: 8955031
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method that transforms a set of still/motion media (i.e., a series of related or unrelated still frames, web-pages rendered as images, or video clips) or other multimedia, into a video stream that is suitable for delivery over a display medium, such as TV, cable TV, computer displays, wireless display devices, etc. The video data stream may be presented and displayed in real time or stored and later presented through a set-top box, for example. Because these media are transformed into coded video streams (e.g. MPEG-2, MPEG-4, etc.), a user can watch them on a display screen without the need to connect to the Internet through a service provider. The user may request and interact with the desired media through a simple telephone interface, for example. Moreover, several wireless and cable-based services can be developed on the top of this system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Eric Cosatto, Steven Lloyd Greenspan, David M. Weimer
  • Patent number: 8955006
    Abstract: The purchase of entertainment content online via advertising credits is disclosed herein. One disclosed embodiment comprises providing an advertising content item to a user over a network, and awarding an amount of advertising viewing credit to the user based upon the advertising content item provided to the user. Next, a request is received from the user to view an entertainment content item. In response, the entertainment content item is provided to the user, and at least a portion of the advertising viewing credit is deducted in exchange for providing the entertainment content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Fang, Todd Bowra
  • Patent number: 8949141
    Abstract: A method is described for rewarding a viewer of a broadcast program in exchange for the viewer proving his presence at the time that certain program content is being broadcast. The method involves the use of running an application in a television environment, said application displaying a graphic inviting the viewer to intervene in some manner and to subsequently log the viewer's intervention, thereby documenting his viewing activity. The method further allows for the convenient and mobile reporting of the status of a log of the viewer's viewing activity. Finally, the method allows for the convenient and flexible redemption of accrued credit, as documented in the viewing log, against goods and/or services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Delidais, Gilles Rapin, Stelio Tzonis
  • Publication number: 20150033249
    Abstract: Systems and methods for viewing media content are provided. A set of media content with at least one feedback application is created. In response to the set creation and activation, media content may be tuned and launched automatically while other programming is restricted. User input associated with feedback applications may be received and media content rewards may be awarded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Michael L. Craner
  • Patent number: 8943531
    Abstract: A hospitality establishment includes guest rooms having media devices installed therein. Each guest room has one or more in-room media devices for providing a pay-per-use media function. A media system controller dynamically associates a credit corresponding to a monetary value with a particular guest room in response to an occurrence of a first event, configures an in-room media device of the particular guest room to indicate the credit associated with the particular guest room and allow a guest of the particular guest room to utilize at least an amount of the credit toward an order of the pay-per-use media function, activates the pay-per-use media function on at least one of the in-room media devices of the particular guest room in response to a received order, and decreases the credit associated with the particular guest room according to the amount of the credit utilized toward the received order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventor: Gavin Ostlund
  • Patent number: 8943135
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring the positive or negative impact of digital and social media on perceptions, intent and behavior are provided utilizing a computer mediated perceptual, intent and behavioral analysis engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Fard Johnmar
  • Publication number: 20150026713
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for in-flight handling of personalized entertainment data. The method and system stores a plurality of digital content of each of one or more digital entertainment systems associated with each of one or more aerial vehicles, associates an identifier with each of one or more users for accessing the one or more digital entertainment systems and saves a plurality of attributes associated with each of the identifier with each of the one or more users and access the one or more digital content from a first set of each of the one or more aerial vehicles pertaining to the digital entertainment systems associated with each of the identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Lakshya Jain, Priya Jain
  • Patent number: 8938750
    Abstract: A method of providing information to a viewer having a reading device, a television, an input device, and an output device includes transmitting a first digital signal to the reading device. The first digital signal includes information for display on the television. When the reading device receives the first digital signal, the reading device sends a first reading device signal to the television for display to the viewer. The first reading device signal includes information derived from the first digital signal. An output device digital signal is provided to the output device if the viewer sends an input device signal to the reading device by pressing on the input device when the first reading device signal is displayed to the viewer. The output device digital signal includes information for the output device to provide image and/or text related to the information displayed to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Partnership of Jeffrey R. Lloyd and Frank Westcott
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Lloyd, Frank Westcott
  • Patent number: 8930982
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a memory coupled to a processor. The processor can be operable to receive a request for promotional information responsive to a media processor detecting a promotional tag in a media program stream and transmit to the media processor promotional information associated with a promotion responsive to a determination that a promotional offer is available. The processor can also be operable to receive from the media processor a request for redeemable material associated with the promotion and store the redeemable material in a portion of a database associated with a user of the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Sreenivasa Gorti, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 8924996
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a request, from a user device, associated with accessing a multi-media asset/content, identifying a location associated with the user device and identifying a profile for a subscriber associated with the user device. The method may also include determining whether the multi-media asset/content is available, identifying, based on the location, a content distribution network or network device to deliver the first multi-media asset/content, and identifying, based on the profile, advertisements associated with the multi-media content or asset. The method may further include inserting the identified advertisements into the multi-media asset/content and providing, via the identified content distribution network or network device, the multi-media asset/content to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Reza Shafiee
  • Patent number: 8918804
    Abstract: An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device coupled to an ACR system may be operable to detect, utilizing the ACR system, interaction with and/or watching of certain content by a viewer. A reward may be presented by the ACR-enabled connected TV device, utilizing the ACR system, based on the detected interaction and/or watching. The certain content may comprise a program, a commercial, a movie or a game associated with a network that is being presented. The reward may be redeemed to unlock additional features and/or content. The interaction may comprise sharing by the viewer, information on the certain content with one or more other viewers. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may then present the reward based on the sharing. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may be operable to present, utilizing the ACR system, information on alternative content with a higher reward value for the viewer to interact and/or watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishith Kumar Sinha, Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles
  • Patent number: 8918832
    Abstract: An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be operable to identify, utilizing an ACR system, an event that is to take place in a presented program. An overlay, which comprises information on possible outcomes of the identified event, may be presented by the ACR-enabled connected device utilizing the ACR system, within a specific time window synchronized with the identified event. The ACR-enabled connected device may identify, utilizing the ACR system, a predicted outcome selected by a viewer. The predicted outcome may be selected, within the specific time window, via interaction with the overlay on the ACR-enabled connected device. An actual outcome that actually takes place may be identified by the ACR-enabled connected device utilizing the ACR system. The ACR-enabled connected device may present, utilizing the ACR system, a message indicating whether the viewer is correct based on the identified actual outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishith Kumar Sinha, Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles
  • Patent number: 8914821
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer readable media, and apparatuses for electronically clipping coupons are presented. In one aspect, a user request to electronically clip a vendor coupon may be received at a user device, where the vendor may be different from a supplier of the content. Account information associated with the user may be identified. Thereafter, information identifying the electronically clipped coupon and the account information may be transmitted to the vendor. The vendor subsequently may allow the user to redeem the clipped coupon the next time that the user visits the vendor and presents matching account information to the vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jianju Liu
  • Patent number: 8898690
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media server and parsing engine, 3rd party mobile aggregator, client servers, and a plurality of communication devices that are each associated with a user and a user profile. The media server can provide one or more of the plurality of communication devices with access to media content, with the access being provided at a time selected by the user. At least one of the one or more of the plurality of communication devices can transmit a critique of the media content. The media server can award points to the user based on performing the critique, and can transmit the critique and user information from the user profile to the client server. The media server can provide the at least one of the one or more of the plurality of communication devices with access to at least one of services or goods to be purchased with the points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: BBS Media
    Inventor: Jesse James Dupree
  • Publication number: 20140337875
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for subscriber-driven resource shifting in an attempt to maximize delivery of desirable content to subscribers while minimizing the impact of that content delivery to network infrastructure resources. When a media plan subscriber requests access to media content, and the requested object is determined not to be “watch-nowable” (e.g., it would be undesirable to deliver the object in substantially real time to the subscriber given present communications resource availability) embodiments identify a number of content objects that are presently watch-nowable content objects with respect to the requesting subscriber. Of those watch-nowable content objects, various techniques are presented for determining a set of alternate content objects, including those most likely to provide the subscriber with a similar level of engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: ViaSat Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Dankberg, Daniel M. Newman