Program, Message, Or Commercial Insertion Or Substitution Patents (Class 725/32)
  • Patent number: 11574010
    Abstract: Advertisements are delivered with videos, the advertisements being cued to begin based on an analysis of metadata associated with the videos such as moments identified from user-submitted comments relative to the video. Credit earned by users based on their viewing and engagement activities may be gifted to other users or applied towards baseline fees assessed in connection with videos delivered to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: BITCENTRAL, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Goikhman, Krishna Arvapally, Darren Cross
  • Patent number: 11575950
    Abstract: A server resource provides notification to subscribers in a respective network environment that the content is available for retrieval at a particular bit rate (e.g., a promotional bit rate) or particular level of quality (e.g., promotional level of quality) amongst multiple levels of quality for a limited duration of time. For example, an especially high level of quality (or bit rate) of the content may be available only for the limited duration of time. After making the especially high level of quality of content available for retrieval during a promotional period, the content may be subsequently available for retrieval only at lower levels of quality. Accordingly, one or more configurations as discussed herein include changing the ability to access content encoded at different levels of quality over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Wilfred Jaime Miles, James S. Manchester
  • Patent number: 11553219
    Abstract: One or more frames sampled from a media item of an event that is concurrently being streamed to one or more users of a content delivery platform are received. The one or more frames are analyzed to identify one or more candidate event clocks within the one or more frames. Whether a candidate event clock of the one or more candidate event clocks satisfies one or more conditions for each of the one or more frames is determined. Responsive to determining that the candidate event clock of the one or more candidate event clocks satisfies the one or more conditions, the candidate event clock is identified as an actual event clock used to time the event and mapping data that maps the actual event clock to a timestamp associated with a respective frame of the one or more frames of the media item is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jue Wang
  • Patent number: 11553218
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for making broadcast content available as an on-demand asset soon after all of the video fragments of the broadcast content have been made available. As the video fragments of the broadcast content are made available, they are requested and archived. When all of the fragments for the duration of the broadcast content are available (e.g., a live event ends), a VOD-style manifest is generated and the archived fragments are made available for downloading or streaming using the VOD-style manifest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravindra Ganti, Parminder Singh, John F. X. Gaquin, Michael James Montgomery, Charles M. Cordova, Yongjun Wu
  • Patent number: 11544696
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for conducting a transaction while in proximity of a local retail network operated by a retail point of sale comprising: a) receiving an identification signal related to one or more media identifiers associated with a media control device and from a user mobile device, wherein the user mobile device is connected to a first network; b) transmitting data to the user mobile device to render a media control interface on the user mobile device; c) receiving one or more instruction signals from the user mobile device, wherein the one or more instruction signals are related to one or more outputs of one or more media devices in proximity to the user mobile device; d) transmitting the one or more instruction signals to a media control device, such that the media control device instructs the one or more media devices to generate the one or more outputs; e) disabling a connection between the user mobile device and the media control device based upon occurrence of a pre-determi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: NERDY BUNNY I, LLC
    Inventors: Victor Nemirovsky, Itai Ben-Gal
  • Patent number: 11528518
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for delivering regional content for a lineup over a national network. A content provider may select a particular regional broadcast for inclusion in a regional service lineup. The content provider may be able to broadcast multiple, or even all, services nationally. At regional distribution centers, a multiplexer may select only those services that are desired for the region in response to in-stream signals. In some instances, a single region-specific version of a given service may be selected from multiple versions broadcasted nationally. The regional lineup, including the selected services, can then be multiplexed and transmitted to customers throughout the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: TIVO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Harrell, Eric Middlemist, Christopher Weaver
  • Patent number: 11522795
    Abstract: In some embodiments a method includes receiving, at a first network device, a data unit to be sent to second network device via a tunnel, the data unit associated with an application. The method includes appending, to the data unit, an encapsulation header that includes a first portion configured such that the second network device is configured to forward the data unit based on the second portion of the encapsulation header that is configured to identify the application. The method includes sending, from the first network device to the second network device via a first portion of the tunnel, the data unit such that the second network device appends the encapsulation header to the data unit prior to forwarding the data unit via a second portion of the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Lohiya, Amit Shukla, Rahul Kasralikar, Steven Xu, Amit Srivastav
  • Patent number: 11503375
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for displaying subjects of a portion of content. Media data of content is analyzed during playback, and a number of action signatures are identified. Each action signature is associated with a particular subject within the content. The action signature is stored, along with a timestamp corresponding to a playback position at which the action signature begins, in association with an identifier of the particular subject. Upon receiving a command, icons representing each of a number of action signatures at or near the current playback position are displayed. Upon receiving user selection of an icon corresponding to a particular signature, a portion of the content corresponding to the action signature is played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel C. Dalbec, Nicholas Lovell, Lance G. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11503348
    Abstract: A method is performed using a smart TV, which receives from a television signal source device a television signal feed encoding primary television content and then presents that content. The smart TV receives data via the computer network, including first data representing a to-be-replaced portion of the primary television content and second data representing secondary television content. Using the second data, the smart TV automatically presents the secondary television content in place of the to-be-replaced television content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: AlmondNet, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Shkedi
  • Patent number: 11496800
    Abstract: The system and methods described herein determine whether to override commands to modify content presentation in a multi-user content consumption environment. A media guidance application detects a first and second user consuming content. Upon receiving a command from the first user to modify the presentation of the content, the media guidance application retrieves a user profile of the second user and compares attributes in the user profile to metadata for the segment of the content. Based on the comparison, the media guidance application determines whether to override the command, for example based on a predicted interest level or importance level determined by the comparison. In response to determining to override the command, the media guidance application refrains from executing the command by canceling or delaying the command and generates a notification message to the user with a reason why the command was overridden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Akanksha Mishra, Manjappa Hullalad, Susanto Sen, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 11496865
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes receiving, at a mobile device, a wireless message. The method includes determining, at the mobile device at a first location, first ambient signal data. The wireless message includes (i) message content and (ii) second ambient signal data for a second location, wherein the message content corresponds to the second location. The method includes comparing, at the mobile device, the first ambient signal data and the second ambient signal data. The method also includes determining, at the mobile device, whether to present a message indicative of the message content at a user interface of the mobile device based at least in part on the comparison of the first ambient signal data and the second ambient signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: PCMS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Romit Roy Choudhury
  • Patent number: 11487583
    Abstract: A method includes a deployment computer receiving a client request message comprising a plurality of established parameters and established values for the established parameters, and inquiry parameters and inquiry values for the inquiry parameters from a client computer. For each model of a plurality of models stored in a database, the deployment computer can determine if a model in the plurality of models is a suitable model based on a likelihood value. The deployment computer can then generate one or more client response messages comprising one or more assets created by one or more suitable models. The deployment computer can then transmit the one or more client response messages comprising the one or more assets to the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Sabu Peter, Karthikeyan Kandasamy, Hong Zhu
  • Patent number: 11490133
    Abstract: Technologies are provided for insertion of directed content into video assets based on analysis of audio data corresponding to the video assets. Some embodiments include a computing system that can receive audio data corresponding to a video asset. The computing system can generate, using the audio data, a time series of tags corresponding to speech conveyed by the video asset. The computing system can then generate a time-asset mapping between time and directed content using the time series and a correlation policy. The directed content can include digital media intended for a defined audience, for example. The time-asset mapping associates groups of directed content assets to respective specific times in the time series. The computing system can insert, using the mapping, a defined directed content asset from a group of directed content assets identified in the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos Enrique Ortiz
  • Patent number: 11481816
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes sending a media item to a client computing device of a user; determining an interest level of the user for the media item, wherein the interest level is determined based on a duration of time for which the media item is played on the client computing device; and if the interest level of the user is greater than a threshold interest level, then sending, to the client computing device, a sponsored-content indicator indicating that a sponsored content item will be presented and causing the sponsored content item to be presented on the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Debashish Paul, Adithya Venkata Surampudi, Abhishek Bapna
  • Patent number: 11474681
    Abstract: An immersive head-mounted display (IHMD) system includes an IHMD that is communicatively coupled to a control device. The IHMD includes a hardware data receiving component operable to receive data indicative of data generated by the one or more electronic appliances from the control device. The IHMD includes a processing unit further operative to: modify, based on selection of one or more electronic appliances, the graphical user interface to display modifiable settings of the selected one or more electronic appliances; update the modified graphical user interface based on requested changes to the modifiable settings; and transmit, via a hardware transmitting component to the control device, setting data to the selected electronic appliance, wherein the setting data is data obtained from the modified settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Oono
  • Patent number: 11470383
    Abstract: A client device accesses a video input stream from an intermediate device for display. The client device analyzes the video input stream to determine that the video input stream matches a template corresponding to a screen portion. Based on the video input stream matching the template, a video output stream is generated and caused to be presented on a display. In some example embodiments, the analysis is performed while the client device is replacing video content received from a content source via the intermediate device. For example, commercials transmitted from a national content provider to a smart TV via a set-top box may be replaced with targeted commercials. During the replacement, menus generated by the set-top box may be detected and the replacement video altered by the smart TV to include the menus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus K. Cremer, Peter Dunker, Steven D. Scherf, David Henry Pearce, Sherman Ling Fung Li, Wilson Harron, Konstantinos Antonios Dimitriou, Dewey Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 11463540
    Abstract: A system for relevant secondary-device content distribution based on associated internet protocol (IP) addressing, the system including: a computer processor; and a content engine executing on said computer processor and configured to: identify at least a portion of an internet protocol (IP) address associated with a computing device; build a household profile based at least on the demographic information associated with the IP address; determine that the computing device is a non-mobile television client; assign the non-mobile television client to the household profile; receive a set of content requests from a second computing device; assign, based on a proportion of the content requests exceeding the predefined threshold, the second computing device to the household profile; and provide relevant content for the second computing device and the non-mobile television client based on the demographic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Tubi, Inc.
    Inventor: Farhad Massoudi
  • Patent number: 11445421
    Abstract: A wireless communication network to serve a wireless User Equipment (UE) with a wireless communication service over multiple wireless communication links. The wireless communication network comprises a primary access node, a first support access node, and a second support access node. The primary access node receives signal metrics for the support access nodes from the wireless UE, determines add thresholds for the support access nodes based on the amount of active UEs served by the primary access node, and converts the signal metrics for the support access nodes into add values for the support access nodes. When the add values are greater than the add thresholds, the primary access node signals the corresponding ones of the support access nodes to serve the wireless UE. The corresponding ones of the support access nodes exchange user data with the wireless UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Sreekar Marupaduga
  • Patent number: 11432033
    Abstract: An interactive video distribution system and video player are described. A client server arrangement may be used for providing a video player and video content to a client device. The video player may display navigation images enabling navigation to specific portions of the video content by activating a corresponding navigation image. The video player may also enable the sharing of a segment of the video with other video players, enabling the video players to play the streamed segment of the video without having to play the entire video, thereby reducing network bandwidth usage. The video player may be embeddable. The server may associate searchable tags with respective video segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Scorpcast, LLC
    Inventors: Narbeh Avedissian, Nikhil Sreenath
  • Patent number: 11418833
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for causing display of alternative content. The alternative content may be determined by a computing device. The computing device may cause output of the alternative content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Mumin Ransom, Philip John Stroffolino
  • Patent number: 11412304
    Abstract: Information related to CMs included in a broadcast program can be automatically added. A CM information generation device 100 includes: a CM section detection unit 120 that detects one or more CM sections within a broadcast program by comparing the volume of the broadcast program with a volume threshold; a CM detection list generation unit 150 that generates a CM detection list describing company names of companies that have advertised detected CMs, which are CMs in the CM sections detected by the CM section detection unit 120, by cross-referencing the detected CMs with CM masters that have been associated with company names of advertisers in advance; a company name list generation unit 170 that generates a company name list describing company names that are specified by a sponsorship credit display indicating sponsors of the broadcast program; and a CM information generation unit 180 that generates CM information related to the detected CMs by comparing the CM detection list with the company name list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Oishi, Takahito Kawanishi, Kaoru Hiramatsu, Kunio Kashino
  • Patent number: 11405667
    Abstract: One variation of a method for serving interactive ad content includes, in response to a pause event that pauses playback of a digital video, viewed on a display of a streaming device accessed by a user: overlaying the digital video with a home screen including an image player and a set of icons linked to a set of video advertisements; in response to a first user input proximal an icon, in the set of icons, corresponding to a video advertisement, in the set of video advertisements, reconfiguring the image player and initiating playback of the video advertisement within the image player; during playback of the video advertisement, in response to a second user input proximal the icon, expanding the image player and activating an audio stream of the video advertisement; and, in response to a user input that resumes playback of the digital video, pausing playback of the video advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Yieldmo, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry McClendon
  • Patent number: 11405913
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are related to a system and a method of remotely rendering artificial reality. In one approach, a console determines an expected transmission end time of a first session for wireless transmission of image data indicating an image of artificial reality to a head wearable display. In one approach, the console determines an expected process end time of generating additional data associated with the image of the artificial reality. In one approach, the console compares the expected transmission end time and the expected process end time. The console may transmit, to the head wearable display in the first session, the additional data together with the image data, in response to the expected process end time being less than the expected transmission end time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Qi Qu, Dong Zheng, Gang Lu, William Louis Abbott, Nicholas Daniel Trail
  • Patent number: 11405673
    Abstract: There is provided a bounce rate measuring apparatus for a broadcasting service. The bounce rate measuring apparatus includes programs that are stored in memories and executed by processors. The programs include a first instruction for generating service provision information on provision of channels of broadcasting service; a second instruction for analyzing the service provision information to determine a first number based on the number of times that each channel is provided for a time period longer than or equal to a first threshold during a predetermined period and a second number based on the number of times that each channel is provided for a time period longer than or equal to the first threshold and shorter than or equal to a second threshold during the predetermined period; and a third instruction for extracting bounce rate information of each channel based on the first number and the second number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: ANYPOINT MEDIA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wonjang Baek
  • Patent number: 11399052
    Abstract: A timestamp processing method for streaming media is provided to generate a current output video timestamp and a current output audio timestamp. The method includes the steps of: extracting multiple video data and multiple audio data from a multimedia data; processing the video data to obtain multiple video timestamps; processing the audio data to obtain multiple audio timestamps; initializing a start timestamp; calculating a first characteristic value and a second characteristic value based on multiple target timestamps, which are the video timestamps or the audio timestamps; and updating the start timestamp and using the start timestamp as the current output video timestamp or the current output audio timestamp when the absolute difference between the first characteristic value and the second characteristic value is greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jie Wang
  • Patent number: 11397554
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of transmitting parameters for controlling a display screen of a screen control system. The method is used in a first serial unit of the screen control system, and includes steps of: receiving a first parameter; performing parameter setting on the first serial unit according to the first parameter; calculating a second parameter according to the first parameter, wherein the second parameter is different from the first parameter; and transmitting the second parameter to a second serial unit of the screen control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chun-Tang Yang, Yung-Chieh Sun
  • Patent number: 11393286
    Abstract: A fraud detection system which detects fraud in a game of performing collection and redemption of chips in accordance with a win or lose result includes a camera which captures an image of chips contained in a chip tray of a dealer, an image analyzing apparatus which analyses the image captured by the camera to detect an amount of the chips contained in the chip tray, a card distribution device which determines a win or lose result of a game, and a control device which compares the win or lose result of the game and the amount of the chips contained in the chip tray before and after collection and redemption of the chips to detect fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11388474
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments for server-side scene change content stitching. An example embodiment operates by providing a stream of first content for display on a display device. Second content to be stitched into the stream is received. Metadata indicates a point in time in the stream into which the second content is to be stitched. A scene change is identified in the first content closest to the point in time. A first frame proximate to the scene change is identified. A distance within the plurality of frames between the identified first frame and the identified scene change is identified. The stream is displayed on the display device, including the second content stitched into the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventors: Wim Michiels, David Westerhoff
  • Patent number: 11388485
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a receiving device, a receiving method, a transmission device, and a transmission method for operation of various services. The receiving device acquires trigger information for providing various functions, the trigger information containing type information indicating the type of trigger information and channel information indicating a series for each function provided by the trigger information. The receiving device performs processing corresponding to each function on the basis of the trigger information identified by the type information and the channel information. The present technology is applicable to a television receiver being able to receive a digital broadcast signal, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Yasuaki Yamagishi, Yoshiharu Dewa, Jun Kitahara
  • Patent number: 11386696
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes receiving query fingerprint data representing content received by a content-presentation device. The method also includes comparing at least a first portion of the query fingerprint data with at least one first reference fingerprint data set, where each first reference fingerprint data set corresponds with a respective channel. The method also includes determining that the query fingerprint data does not match any of the at least one first reference fingerprint data sets. The method also includes responsive to the determining, comparing at least a second portion of the query fingerprint data with second reference fingerprint data representing a modifiable content-segment. The method also includes detecting a match between at least the second portion of the query fingerprint data and the second reference fingerprint data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Laurence Ashbacher, Steven Michael Cormie, Stefanos Christakis Liassides
  • Patent number: 11381861
    Abstract: A method for pushing a barrage includes: clustering a plurality of historical barrages in a target database to obtain barrages to be displayed; determining an interested vector based on evaluation records of the historical barrages; determining a similarity between a vector of each of the barrages to be displayed and the interested vector; and pushing the barrage to be displayed to the user based on a determined similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11373405
    Abstract: Data processing systems and methods are disclosed for combining video content with one or more augmentations to produce augmented video. Objects within video content may have associated bounding boxes that may each be associated with respective RGB values. Upon user selection of a pixel, the RGBA value of the pixel may be used to determine a bounding box associated with the RGBA value. The client may transmit an indicator of the determined bounding box to an augmentation system to request augmentation data for the object associated with the bounding box. The system then uses the indicator to determine the augmentation data and transmits the augmentation data to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Second Spectrum, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Han Chang, Rajiv Tharmeswaran Maheswaran, Jeffrey Wayne Su, Emil Dotchevski, Jason Kent Simon
  • Patent number: 11373440
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes receiving a first portion of query fingerprint data representing content transmitted by a content-distribution system. The method also includes detecting a match between the first portion of the query fingerprint data and a first portion of reference fingerprint data representing a modifiable content-segment. The method also includes after detecting the match: (i) receiving a second portion of the query fingerprint data, wherein the second portion of the query fingerprint data is different from the first portion of the query fingerprint data; and (ii) detecting a mismatch between the second portion of the query fingerprint data and a second portion of the reference fingerprint data representing the modifiable content-segment, wherein the second portion of the reference fingerprint data is different from the first portion of the reference fingerprint data. The method also includes responsive to detecting the mismatch, performing an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: David Edward Armstrong, Andrew Laurence Ashbacher, John L. Haynes, III
  • Patent number: 11373404
    Abstract: Metadata for highlights of a video stream is extracted from card images embedded in the video stream. The highlights may be segments of a video stream, such as a broadcast of a sporting event, that are of particular interest to one or more users. Card images embedded in video frames of the video stream are identified and processed to extract text. The text characters may be recognized by applying a machine-learned model trained with a set of characters extracted from card images embedded in sports television programming contents. The training set of character vectors may be pre-processed to maximize metric distance between the training set members. The text may be interpreted to obtain the metadata. The metadata may be stored in association with the portion of the video stream. The metadata may provide information regarding the highlights, and may be presented concurrently with playback of the highlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: STATS LLC
    Inventors: Mihailo Stojancic, Warren Packard
  • Patent number: 11375278
    Abstract: A media presentation and distribution system communicatively coupled to a client device, which handles enablement of a client-side dynamic presentation of at least one non-programming media asset along with programming media content. The client device receives a first media stream of the programming media content in response to a request, associated with at least one user preference for the programming media content, to the media presentation and distribution system. The client device identifies at least one tag in the programming media content and transmits at least one event opportunity point for selection to the media presentation distribution system. Based on the selection, the client device modifies a display view of the client device for a defined duration, and presents the at least one non-programming media asset, from a second media stream for the defined duration, concurrently with the programming media content over the modified display view of the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles, Gregory McClain Stigall, Nishith Kumar Sinha, Cindy Loren Campbell, James J Arnzen, Nicolas Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 11375296
    Abstract: A method of providing customized interaction of a media player based on metadata obtained from an origin server. In one step, the origin server obtains metadata related to an active substream content. The media player is provided a playlist for playing a primary video stream. The playlist includes a request for the metadata, the request being associated with the insertion of the active substream content in the playback of the primary video stream. The origin server receives the request for the metadata from the media player. The origin server inserts the active substream content and metadata segments into the primary video stream. A secondary video stream is obtained after insertion of the active substream content. The origin server provides the metadata to the media player using a metadata storage and a metadata service. The media player customizes the interaction using the metadata during playback of the secondary video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: BRIGHTCOVE INC.
    Inventors: Jacob John Mingolla, Craig Rodman Barstow, Thomas Herbert Ruggles, III, Jon-Carlos Rivera, Travis Albert Sein
  • Patent number: 11375260
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to a message system. In some implementations, a method includes detecting activation of a screen saver that is displayed on a user interface associated with a television platform. The method further includes determining one or more messages to be displayed on the user interface in response to the detecting of the activation of the screen saver. The method further includes displaying the one or more messages on the user interface based on one or more predetermined policies. The method further includes removing the one or more messages from the user interface based on the one or more predetermined policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 11354908
    Abstract: Virtual sensor technology, in which a camera is controlled to capture at least one configuration image of an area monitored by a monitoring system and input is received that defines one or more characteristics of the at least one configuration image that enable sensing of an event in the area. Based on the received input, configuration data used in sensing the event is generated and stored. After storage of the configuration data, the camera is controlled to capture one or more images of the area, the one or more images are analyzed based on the configuration data, and occurrence of the event is detected based on the analysis of the one or more images. Based on detecting occurrence of the event, a transmitting device is controlled to send, to a controller of the monitoring system, a signal that indicates the detection of the occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 11356748
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method, apparatus, and system for slicing live streaming. A method may include: acquiring the live streaming from a live source station server; slicing the live streaming to generate an index file and sliced files of the live streaming; and sending the index file and the sliced files of the live streaming to an object storage server, to cause the object storage server to store the index file and the sliced files of the live streaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenliang Jiang, Huifeng Shen
  • Patent number: 11347471
    Abstract: An interactive podcast with integrated additional audio/visual content. In one embodiment, a computing device comprising: an electronic processor; and a memory including an interactive podcast program that, when executed by the electronic processor, causes the electronic processor to perform a set of operations including retrieving, from a server, a podcast, one or more links to additional audio/visual content that is contextually related to the podcast, and metadata, and generating an interactive podcast by generating a plurality of graphical user interfaces based on the podcast, the one or more links to the additional audio/visual content, and the metadata. The plurality of graphical user interfaces is configured to provide a user interaction interface between the podcast and the one or more links to the additional audio/visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: GIIDE AUDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Prindle, Allison Kent-Smith
  • Patent number: 11347470
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) presenting first media content from a first source; (ii) encountering a trigger to switch from presenting the first media content from the first source to presenting second media content from a second source; (iii) determining a first loudness level of the first media content; (iv) determining a second loudness level of the second media content; (v) based on a difference between the first loudness level and the second loudness level, adjusting a loudness level of the second media content so as to generate modified media content having a third loudness level that is different from the second loudness level; and (vi) responsive to encountering the trigger, presenting the modified media content having the third loudness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus K. Cremer, Shashank Merchant, Aneesh Vartakavi
  • Patent number: 11343590
    Abstract: A content management resource transmits a received digital data stream in a respective network data channel to one or more subscribers. The content management resource receives an emergency notification control signal, which indicates occurrence of an emergency message. In response to receiving the emergency notification control signal, the content management resource transmits the emergency message in the digital data channel to the one or more subscribers in lieu of transmitting the received digital data stream of content in the data channel to the one or more subscriber. Thus, a subscriber can tune to a particular channel to play back selected content and be apprised, via receipt of the message over the particular channel, of a corresponding condition such as an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Albert Straub, Niem Dang, Edward P. Galt, III
  • Patent number: 11334707
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for displaying information flow, a storage medium and an electronic device are provided. The method includes: dividing a predetermined display time period for the first-type display information into multiple sub-time periods; determining, for the sub-time periods, a segmented display target of each piece of first-type display information in the sub-period based on a display target of the first-type display information in the predetermined display time period; and determining, for each display position, target display information to be allocated to the display position from the information flow, based on an estimated click-through rate of the display position, a proposed value of the second-type display information, historical display data of the first-type display information, and a segmented display target of the first-type display information in a current sub-time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING BYTEDANCE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shenke Xiao, Pingzhong Tang, Lihua Zhang, Xiwang Yang, Changsheng Gu
  • Patent number: 11336958
    Abstract: A media presentation and distribution system communicatively coupled to a client device, which handles enablement of a client-side dynamic presentation of at least one non-programming media asset along with programming media content. The client device receives a first media stream of the programming media content in response to a request, associated with at least one user preference for the programming media content, to the media presentation and distribution system. The client device identifies at least one tag in the programming media content and transmits at least one event opportunity point for selection to the media presentation distribution system. Based on the selection, the client device modifies a display view of the client device for a defined duration, and presents the at least one non-programming media asset, from a second media stream for the defined duration, concurrently with the programming media content over the modified display view of the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Matthew Paul Giles, Gregory McClain Stigall, Nishith Kumar Sinha, Cindy Loren Campbell, James J Arnzen, Nicolas Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 11330308
    Abstract: System for present content. The system includes means for receiving a set of timepoints relating to a content data and means for generating display signals based on the content data. The system also includes means for sending display signals to a display device that represent the content data and means for notifying a server over the Internet, that a timepoint among the set of timepoints has been reached in the content data. The system also includes means for receiving, from the server, via the Internet, an identification of one or more particular additional content and in response to receiving the identification of the one or more particular additional content from the server, means for interrupting presentation of the content data; and presenting the one or more particular additional content. The system further includes means for resuming, presentation of the content data after presenting the one or more particular additional content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 11328014
    Abstract: At least one aspect of the present disclosure is directed to systems and methods of extracting media segments based on fingerprint matching. The method can include receiving a media stream comprising a plurality of frames and generating a plurality of fingerprints corresponding to each frames. The method can receive a target timestamp and determine a target fingerprint from the plurality that corresponds to the target timestamp. The method can retrieve candidate fingerprints, each of the candidate fingerprints corresponding to a frame in a candidate media stream. The method can compare the target fingerprint to the candidate fingerprints to determine a matching candidate fingerprint. The method can match fingerprints that correspond to media frames before and after the target fingerprint to determine the upper and lower bounds of a segment of interest. The method can extract the segment of interest based on the bounds and provide it to a respective party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 11323759
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable storage media for allocating content elements addressed for a content opportunity in a transport stream within a household-addressable media network. A content opportunity may include an advertising slot in a programming stream. The content elements may include advertising content configured to be run during the advertising slot. The advertising slot may be transmitted in a programming stream providing television programming and the advertising content may be provided in a commercial feed. The media network may be configured to transmit various content formats, such as high definition (HD), standard definition (SD), and variations thereof. Systems may be configured to allocate the highest profile corresponding content elements if there is sufficient resources available. If sufficient resources are not available, the system may allocate lower profile versions of the content elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: FreeWheel Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Haberman, Gerrit Niemeijer
  • Patent number: 11303963
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that alerts a user to the appearance of objects in media content that may be of interest to the user. For example, as media content progresses, the media guidance application may determine objects that may interest a user. The media guidance application may record the number of determined objects and present the number to the user as well as supplemental content associated with each object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin Nguyen, Donn Smith
  • Patent number: 11303951
    Abstract: The time axis of certain content is easily and reliably determined, and other content is reproduced in synchronization with the reproduction of the content. A content reproduction program causes a computer to implement: a sound detection unit that detects sound of first content reproduced outside the computer; a time axis determination unit that determines, on the basis of the detected sound, a time axis of second content reproduced subsequent to the first content outside the computer; and a content reproduction unit that reproduces third content corresponding to the second content in synchronization with reproduction of the second content on the basis of the determined time axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Evixar Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takigawa, Hisaharu Suzuki, Takeshi Nasu, Yasuhiko Nagatomo
  • Patent number: 11297356
    Abstract: An electronic device and method for media content to be replaced other media content is disclosed. The method includes receiving first media content comprising a set of media content segments. The method includes receiving second media content comprising a first media content segment. The method includes receiving scheduling information identifying a second media content segment of the set of media content segments to be replaced with the first media content segment. The method includes determining that the first content feed is transmitted according to a first broadcast timing and that the second content feed is transmitted according to a second broadcast timing. The method includes syncing the first broadcast timing with the second broadcast timing. The method includes replacing the second media content segment with the first media content segment when the first content feed and the second content feed are synced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew L. Ashbacher