Access Via Pin Or Password Patents (Class 725/30)
  • Patent number: 10230994
    Abstract: A media system providing customized media functions at a hospitality establishment includes a first device operable to display a first passkey to a user attempting to activate a media function on a particular media device. The hospitality establishment includes a plurality of media devices installed at a plurality of different locations therein. A second device is operable to receive the first passkey from the user, determine whether the first passkey received from the user matches a second passkey associated with the particular media device, and activate the media function on the particular media device in response to determining that the first passkey received from the user matches the second passkey associated with the particular media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Brendan G. Cassidy, Gary R. Court, Lindsey M. Carriere, Brian W. King, Darren T. Ziebart, Michael D. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10143040
    Abstract: Communication network architectures, systems, and methods for supporting a network of mobile nodes are disclosed. As a non-limiting example, various aspects of this disclosure provide communication network architectures, systems, and methods for supporting a dynamically configurable communication network comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes (e.g., the Internet of moving things), where the network may involve autonomous and/or non-autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiago Silvestre Condeixa, Diogo Miguel Augusto Lopes
  • Patent number: 10142812
    Abstract: Incoming call responding method and device for a multi-channel terminal are provided. The method includes receiving a service request associated with a current subscriber identity card, and the service request comprises a called service request to a current subscriber which is identified by the current subscriber identity card, and in response to the service request, setting up a first service channel for making a call and playing a predetermined multimedia file based on an instruction of the current subscriber, and the first service channel is set up based on the current subscriber identity card. Further, the terminal may play the predetermined multimedia file to a remote terminal of the service request directly based on the first service channel, so as to make a personalized response to the service request, which may greatly improve operation experience of two subscribers of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SPREADTRUM COMMUNICATIONS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xichun Gao, Xianliang Chen, Yi He, Jinjin Ni, Yiguo Zhao
  • Patent number: 9923951
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for placeshifting data. An exemplary method of placeshifting a media program from a source device to a destination device over a network involves obtaining location information associated with the destination device, determining, by a server coupled to the network, one or more recommended media programs available for streaming from the source device in a manner that is influenced by the location information, and providing indication of the one or more recommended media programs to the destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA L.L.C.
    Inventor: Dmitry Dimov
  • Patent number: 9882916
    Abstract: The disclosure, pertaining, to the field of network technologies, discloses a method for verifying sensitive operations, a terminal device, a server, and a verification system. The method includes: receiving by a verification server, a second verification request from a sensitive operation server; sending, by the verification server, a verification code to a two-dimensional code server; upon receiving a first verification request from a first terminal device, performing verification by the verification server according to the verification information of the first terminal device and the information in the two-dimensional code; and when the user initiating the sensitive operation is a user determined by the identity information, allowing a sensitive operation initiated by the user determined according to the information in the two-dimensional code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shuai Hu
  • Patent number: 9847888
    Abstract: A method of controlling ability of a client device to access media content available from a server device on a network is provided. The method includes the steps of receiving with the server device a request from the client device via the network for media content and determining with the server device a type of the client device and a type of the media content. Thereafter, a step of applying a policy stored in software form in the server device for determining actions allowable for the client device with respect to the media content is performed. After the applying step, access of the media content is provided to the client device only to an extent defined and permitted by the policy. A server device for functioning as a Digital Media Server (DMS) on a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) network is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Navneeth N. Kannan, Samuel H. Reichgott
  • Patent number: 9838727
    Abstract: A method and system includes an external service provider that receives a request for restricted content, forms, at the external service provider, a redirection request based on the request for restricted content, an external service provider identifier, and a return response location identifier. The system also includes a discovery service that receives the redirection request from the external service provider and parses the redirection request to obtain an identity provider location identifier and the external service provider identifier when a common domain cookie exists in the redirection request. The discovery service generates a response based on the return response location identifier wherein the response comprises the identity provider location identifier. The external service provider receives the response, generates an authentication request and communicates the authentication request to the identity provider based on the identity provider location identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil Chaudhry, David N. Schlacht
  • Patent number: 9813396
    Abstract: In some aspects, control circuitry receives, at a content provider server that is associated with a first subscription service, a first authentication key from a content aggregator server that is associated with a second subscription service, prior to the user subscribing to the first subscription service. The control circuitry generates and stores, at the content provider server, the first user account after comparing the first authentication key to acceptable authentication. In response to storing the first user account, the control circuitry receives a request from the content aggregator server to subscribe the user to the first subscription service, wherein the request includes a second authentication key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9769534
    Abstract: Techniques to customize a media processing system are described. A media processing system is described capable of integrating a large set of heterogeneous electronic devices into a single integrated system with enhanced navigation capabilities and automated configuration services. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth, Genevieve Bell, David B. Andersen
  • Patent number: 9707476
    Abstract: A starting location for the mini-game is chosen in the legacy game state. A snapshot is generated of that location. Once the snapshot is taken, trigger events are identified. Triggers corresponding to the trigger events are identified. A mini-game script is generated using the snapshot and triggers. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael Christopher Watson, Victor Octav Suba Miura, Jacob P. Stine, Nicholas J. Cardell
  • Patent number: 9571876
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes virtual set-top box (“STB”) device system receiving a registration request to register a mobile computing device to operate as a virtual STB device, verifying that the mobile computing device is within a predefined vicinity of a dedicated STB device that is located at a user premises, providing, to the mobile computing device, a virtual STB key for use by the mobile computing device to operate as the virtual STB device by leveraging access rights of an end-user account of a media content distribution service to access the media content distributed by way of the media content distribution service, and facilitating sharing of the virtual STB key with a media content processing device for use by the media content processing device to access the media content distributed by way of the media content distribution service. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Jianxiu Hao, Shailan Lala, Pramod Kalyanasundaram, Michael R. Oliver
  • Patent number: 9571889
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving, at a device, an identifier of a set top box. The method also includes determining, at the device, based on the identifier of the set top box, whether the set top box is capable of supporting a high-definition television service or a digital video recording service. The method further includes selectively sending a power-up event to a service provider based on determining whether the capabilities of the set top box match a pending order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen Rys, Adam Lee Klein, Lee M. Chow
  • Patent number: 9375645
    Abstract: An information-processing system includes: at least one processor configured to display posting information relevant to an application on a display, which information is shared by plural users. The application is started and executed in response to selection of an object in a vicinity of a first item of posting information, while items of posting information are displayed on the display, using conditional additional information of the first item of posting information corresponding to the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Mizuki, Hideto Yuzawa, Shunsaku Kato, Ryota Oiwa
  • Patent number: 9351039
    Abstract: A method and system for troubleshooting a set top box is disclosed and can include receiving a trouble ticket from a set top box and initiating a self-test at the set top box. The method and system can include receiving test results from the set top box and analyzing the test results to isolate a problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Raghvendra Savoor, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9351040
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a user receiving device includes a head end associating a first user device with a user account having first user settings. A first user device communicates a device identifier associated with the user receiving device to the head end. The head end communicates the first user settings associated with the user account to the user receiving device. The user receiving device operates with the first user settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuriacose Joseph, Scott D. Casavant, Sean S. Lee, Phillip T. Wang, Matthew J. Thompson, Brady C. Tsurutani, David N. Schlacht, Johnny Shum
  • Patent number: 9313540
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for transferring content authorization information between television receivers. Authorization information for content and features associated with a television receiver is securely stored on a portable storage device. The portable storage device may be moved and connected to a different television receiver in order to transfer the authorization information to the different television receiver. The other television receiver accesses information on the portable storage device and allows the user to access the content and features that are authorized on the home television receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Christopher Kooman
  • Patent number: 9277284
    Abstract: A method of monitoring video streams currently being displayed at a customer premises of an Internet Protocol television network. A plurality of Internet Protocol television video streams each currently being displayed by a respective one of a plurality of set-top box devices located at a customer premises and a universal resource locator being accessed at the customer premises are identified. The plurality of Internet Protocol television video streams currently being displayed by the respective set-top box devices are displayed together with the universal resource locator on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Anthony A Haeuser, George W Shaw, IV
  • Patent number: 9275218
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a verification platform is adapted for communication with at least first and second devices. The verification platform receives a verification request from the first device, and determines if the first device has a registered association with the second device. If the first device has the registered association, the verification platform sends a notification to the second device regarding the verification request, receives verification input from the second device responsive to the notification, and grants or denies the verification request based at least in part on the verification input received from the second device. The verification request may be generated in conjunction with an attempted launch of a designated application on the first device, with user access to the application being controlled responsive to the granting or denying of the verification request. The first and second devices may comprise mobile telephones, computers or other types of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventor: Kayvan Alikhani
  • Patent number: 9094713
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for perform association of stored content downloaded over a network with a unique identification. In one embodiment, the content is stored locally, and the association is performed in a secure manner using network or source-specific information (e.g., the organization identification or “orgID” of the bearer network or MSO). This association is used to ensure that the content stored on the playback device can be accessed for viewing only when the playback device is connected to the same network from which the content was obtained. Use of the orgID allows the content association and protection functionality to be implemented in existing networks with only minor software changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Ladd, George W. Sarosi
  • Patent number: 9084003
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for media playback are provided. In some implementations, the method comprises: receiving location information indicating proximities of a mobile device with a plurality of media playback devices; determining that the mobile device is within a predetermined proximity of a first media playback device; transmitting first instructions to the first media playback device that cause a media content item to be presented on the first media playback device; determining that the mobile device is within the predetermined proximity of a second media playback device and is no longer within the predetermined proximity of the first media playback device; transmitting second instructions to the first media playback device that cause the first media playback device to stop presenting the media content item and third instructions to the second media playback device that cause the media content item to be presented on the second media playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Robert Richard Sanio, Courtney Hampson
  • Patent number: 9066139
    Abstract: A multi-platform television comprises at least one television signal interface to receive premium television services from at least two different television service providers. The television further comprises a programmable conditional access system to enable conditional access to the premium television services received by the at least one television signal interface from the at least two different service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Ahmad Ansari, David Hartman
  • Patent number: 9043826
    Abstract: User-based parental controls (UBPC) are provided. UBPC are provided to users according to a user profile associated with a specific user. Parental controls may be tailored to meet a parental control need according to each user. User profiles may be created by one or more administrative users and may include restrictions according to a TV, movie, application, or game rating system, specific channels, or specific programs. User profiles may be stored in a remote database allowing for various media content receiving and/or viewing devices to access the user profiles for applying parental control features according to a specific user profile. A user profile may be altered by one or more administrative users who may create an override access code which may allow the administrative user to manage other users' parental controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Anant Pralhad Patil, Yousef Wasef Nijim, Lisa A. Pickelsimer
  • Patent number: 9043827
    Abstract: A method and system of providing conditional access to encrypted content includes receiving unsolicited multiply encrypted video content and first decryption data over a broadcast network. Partially decrypted video content is obtained by decrypting a first layer of encryption of the encrypted video content using the first decryption data. The partially decrypted video content is stored. A request for viewing the encrypted video content is transmitted and second decryption data is received. A second layer of encryption of the encrypted video content is decrypted using the second decryption data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: PRIME RESEARCH ALLIANCE E, INC.
    Inventors: Maxim Rapoport, Charles A. Eldering
  • Patent number: 9043824
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a broadcast transmitter includes: a viewer information memory configured to store viewer information regarding a viewer who signs up for a subscription; a generator configured to generate individual information regarding a conditional access of a content including a first expiration time indicating an expiration time of the individual information and a second expiration time set independently of the first expiration time for each the viewer who signs up for the subscription based on the viewer information; and a transmitter configured to transmit a broadcast signal including the generated individual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shinichi Ooi
  • Publication number: 20150121416
    Abstract: A video display apparatus pairs with a first terminal device. The video display apparatus receives an audio-visual content, and displays the audio-visual content. The video display apparatus acquires enhanced service information on an available enhanced service for the audio-visual content, and notifies an occurrence of the available enhanced service to the first terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Kyoungsoo MOON, Jaehee CHUNG, Hyeonjae LEE, Jinpil KIM, Aettie JI, Kyungho KIM, Sanghyun KIM
  • Publication number: 20150113552
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for organizing and delivering audio-visual online content, having: on a computing device having one or more processors and a memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for: developing a dayparting ratio of the audio-visual online content based on information extracted from an electronic programming guide, and modifying the dayparting ratio of the audio-visual online content based on information extracted from a publicly available internet-based content provider. The method may also include modifying the dayparting ratio of the audio-visual online content based on information extracted from a password-protected internet-based content provider. The method may also include delivering the audio-visual online content based on the modified dayparting ratio. Also, a computer system including one or more processors and memory to store one or more programs including the instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PurpleComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack H. Chang, William Sheu, Sherman Tuan, Daniel Lee
  • Publication number: 20150106837
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods and apparatus for dynamically synchronizing hypermedia based on Resource Description Framework (RDF). A method for hypermedia synchronization within a session hosted by a server includes establishing a communications link between the server and a first user device during the session, and generating a first identifier associated with a first uniform resource identifier (URI) that identifies first hypermedia. The method includes receiving, at the server, a request from the first user device including a second URI that identifies second hypermedia to be added to the session, and generating synchronization information providing a temporal relationship between the first URI and the second URI, where the synchronization information includes an RDF triple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Li Li, Wen Chen, Zhe Wang, Wu Chou
  • Patent number: 9008307
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a system and method for delivering satellite services at multiple security levels. More specifically, there is provided a method comprising determining a level of security supported by a first set top box (22a), encoding a first IP packet containing a satellite service using the level of security supported by the first set top box (22a), transmitting the first IP encoded packet to the first set top box (22a), determining a level of security supported by a second set top box (22b), wherein the level of security supported by the second set top box (22b) is different from the level of security of the first set top box (22a), encoding a second IP packet containing a satellite service using the level of security supported by the second set top box (22b); and transmitting the second encoded IP packet to the second set top box (22b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Barry Jay Weber
  • Patent number: 9009755
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a match-rule based service message transfer method and system in the IPTV, to address the problems in the IPTV message system of message storing and backlog, low push efficiency and poor usability. In the disclosure, match fields are arranged in a set-top box and a service message to be sent, the service message is sent by means of broadcast or multicast, the set-top box performs matching for the match fields based on the match rule, and filters the message. The disclosure avoids sending a service message by means of unicast, increases the push efficiency and can greatly reduce the storage load of offline messages in a message system. The formed message may be sent according to a single or combined policy which depends on a specific service attribute, thereby greatly facilitating the service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Jianhua Kong, Bin Yang, Liming Zhou
  • Patent number: 9003464
    Abstract: A method of verifying a blackout event is disclosed that includes receiving blackout event data from an event log database of a video distribution platform at a subscriber event transmission interface (SETI) communicating with an electronic data warehouse (EDW) system. The method also includes creating at least one EDW load-ready file that includes at least a portion of the blackout event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ospalik, Daniel Malee, Jeffrey Dicks, John Mathew
  • Patent number: 9003435
    Abstract: A method of recommending media content for a media playing system includes identifying a user in a viewing area; determining whether personal information of the user is stored in a database; and generating information related to a first media content recommendation according to the personal information when the personal information of the user is stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Hsi-Chun Hsiao, Shou-Te Wei, Hsun-Chih Tsao
  • 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: 8990845
    Abstract: A video display apparatus pairs with a first terminal device. The video display apparatus receives an audio-visual content, and displays the audio-visual content. The video display apparatus acquires enhanced service information on an available enhanced service for the audio-visual content, and notifies an occurrence of the available enhanced service to the first terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoungsoo Moon, Jaehee Chung, Hyeonjae Lee, Jinpil Kim, Aettie Ji, Kyungho Kim, Sanghyun Kim
  • Publication number: 20150082336
    Abstract: A terminal device acquires a part of an audio-visual content regenerated by a video display apparatus. The terminal device acquires contents information of the audio-visual content based on the part of the audio-visual content. The terminal device acquires the available enhanced service based on the contents information and regenerates the available enhanced service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kyoungsoo MOON, Jaehee CHUNG, Hyeongjae Lee, Jinpil Kim, Aettie JI, Kyungho Kim, Sanghyun KIM
  • Patent number: 8978057
    Abstract: The concept of profiling the STB (01) through the Smart Cards (02) as per the service provider specific requirements makes towards interoperability. Smart cards (02) are embedded with greater operator specific intelligence. The scheme used in the present invention mainly focuses on downloading of profiling data from smart card (02) to the STB (01) and pushing CAS implementation fully from STB to Smart card (02).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Centre For Development Of Telematics
    Inventors: Kasa Sridhara, Padur Vadiraja Acharya, Dutta Pallab, Ravichandran Bharat
  • Publication number: 20150067715
    Abstract: The present technology provides a secure event broadcasting system and method. In particular, the secure event broadcasting system and method provides for the compression of event video content at a specified compression ratio and video quality, uploading of the compressed video to a content delivery network and controlled access to the compressed video by invited viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Koat, Philip Nerland, Bryan Chow
  • Patent number: 8973025
    Abstract: Two or more set-top boxes are installed in a household. A communications link, preferably a physical link, is provided between or among the set-top boxes. One of the boxes is designated as a “master” box while the other box or boxes are “slaves.” The slave box will use the communications link to communicate in a secured and encrypted manner with the master box. If that communication is severed, e.g., if an attempt is made to move the slave box to another household to provide unauthorized service in that household, the slave box will stop working when it can no longer communicate with the master box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Moroney, Scott Contini, Eric Sprunk, Allen James Anderson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150040154
    Abstract: A method for protecting privacy when a user logs into a secured personalized IPTV service includes: requesting a secured personalized IPTV service at an IPTV terminal; transmitting an address of the authentication service and a session identifier of the secured personalized IPTV service from the authentication service to the IPTV terminal; transferring the address of the authentication service and the session identifier of the secured personalized IPTV service to the mobile communications device; transmitting an authentication message that includes an authentication request and an identification number of the mobile communications device, from the authentication application of the mobile communications device to the authentication service; performing secure authentication between the authentication service and the mobile communications device; and logging the user into the secured personalized IPTV service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Mildner, Martin Messmer, Ingo Friese
  • Publication number: 20150040153
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Publication number: 20150040152
    Abstract: A datum displaying method applied to a smart television can utilize a camera and a microphone of the smart television to capture image and acoustic features for identification and comparison, or utilize an NFC module of the smart television to directly acquire identification information of the user, so as to determine whether the user passes the identification. If yes, the user can log in the smart television, and therefore, the smart television provide a convenient identification function. Furthermore, after the identification information of the login user is confirmed, the smart television can automatically display a corresponding personal user interface and then unlock the program with classified constraint according to authorization information of the login user, and therefore, the smart television provide a function of smoothly watching the program with the classified constraint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Hung-Wang Hsu, Shih-Chich HSIAO
  • Patent number: 8949879
    Abstract: Personalized access controls associated with digital media are provided. The system records access controls associated with specific digital media assets in a digital library and creates policy decisions regarding use of the asset based on these settings. Data management for the access controls is also specified, including on an individual and group basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Media IP, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Zipperer, Steven King, Valiant Seu
  • Patent number: 8937637
    Abstract: A videoconferencing system in which multiple browsers are utilized to present content and control functions for a server based videoconference. The content of the videoconference (e.g., video and audio streams) is presented on a display device driven by a local computer running a browser. The local computer also runs a separate browser that presents control functions on a different display device (e.g., a touch screen). The system can be scaled to include additional monitors and browsers running on the local computer. A local server is provided on the local computer for facilitating communications among the locally running browsers. In this manner, the browsers can communicate with each other via the local server executing on the local computer. The need to send traffic to a remote server to effectuate the browser-to-browser communication is eliminated. This provides for reduced latency and lowers the demands on the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: James Deyerle, Alan Savage, Xiaohui Chen, Christopher Lane, Antonio Petruzziello, William Shields
  • Patent number: 8938760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Publication number: 20150020092
    Abstract: A computer implemented method executed by one or more computing devices for creating a plurality of access controlled user profile on a first Set Top Box (STB), the method comprises: creating user profile by a first user for the first user and at least a second user, wherein a set of television programs for each of plurality of the users profile is selected and provided to communication service provider; storing each of the plurality of the created users profile on at least a server; associating each of the plurality of the created users profile to the first STB; providing a PIN for each of the plurality of the user profile; and presenting the selected television programs to the user on accessing the user's profiles through the first STB. The method further comprises associating the plurality of the users profile to at least a second STB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Manav Singal, Inderjeet Singh
  • Publication number: 20150012936
    Abstract: Secure functions may be accessed via an authentication process utilizing a password that may be generated within a chip integrated on a device. The password may be unique per chip location, per challenge and/or per chip. The location of the chip may be determined based on GPS information and securely stored and securely communicated to an external entity. Two or more of the chip location, a generated random number sample and a key from a table of keys may be passed to a hash function that may generate a password. An external entity attempting access may be challenged to respond with a password that matches the password generated by the hash function. The response may be compared with the password generated by the hash function and access to one or more secure functions may be granted based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Xuemin CHEN
  • Patent number: 8930983
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus capable of transmitting video data to a display panel. The apparatus includes a managing unit configured to manage history information on a program transmitted to individual display panels in association with display panel information, a first determination unit configured to determine whether the program transmitted to the display panels is a restricted program that requires authentication information, a second determination unit configured, if the program is determined to be the restricted program, to determine, using the history information, whether the display panel is a display panel that displayed the restricted program in the past, and a control unit configured to transmit video data of the restricted program to the display panel if the display panel displayed the restricted program in the past.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Michihiro Izumi, Yuichi Matsumoto, Nobuyuki Hanamoto
  • Publication number: 20140366055
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an analyzer analyzes a two-dimensional code including device information and an address of a predetermined server. A communicator establishes communications with the predetermined server and sends the device information to the server. A guide-image processor causes a display device to display a guide image based on information received from the server. Then user can input set information necessary to the display. A set-information processor supplies input log-in set information to the server to cause the log-in set information to be registered in the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masatoshi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20140359653
    Abstract: This invention is related to authentication schemes utilizing advertising video-passwords, which require the user to watch and remember parts of a given advertisement video. Different embodiments of the invention can utilize just time reference point information, or can optionally include grid element, click point, tag phrase, or a combination of both click point and tag phrase information. A reference video-password is defined based on the time reference point information, and optionally with grid element, click point, or tag phrase information. Subsequently, the user will attempt authentication and the candidate video-password will be defined with the associated time reference point determined from the user's input, and optionally with grid element, click point, or tag phrase information received from the user. The system would then authenticate the user based on the comparison result between the reference video-password and the candidate video-password.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Julie Katherine Thorpe, Amirali Salehi-Abari, Robert Eric Burden
  • Patent number: 8904172
    Abstract: A method for registering a first device with a second device over a wireless network includes receiving a registration request from the first device and sending one or more user input choices to the first device. The user input choices each specify a user input action available though a user interface associated with the second device. A device description describing the second device is sent to the first device in a manner that allows it to be presented to the user by the first device. At least one of the user input actions are sequentially received through the user interface in response to instructions provided to the user by the first device. The first device is registered with the second device if the user input actions received by the second device correctly reflect the instructions provided to the user by the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Paul Moroney, Jiang Zhang