Program, Message, Or Commercial Insertion Or Substitution Patents (Class 725/32)
  • Patent number: 11122200
    Abstract: A server includes a photo filter module with instructions executed by a processor to identify when a client device captures a photograph. Photograph filters are selected based upon attributes of the client device and attributes of the photograph. The photograph filters are supplied to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Sehn
  • Patent number: 11115727
    Abstract: A system and method for advertising are disclosed. In an aspect, a method comprises rendering a content to a plurality of users, the content having a time duration, rendering a first selectable element associated with the content to a first one of the plurality of users at a first time during the time duration of the rendered content, and rendering a second selectable element associated with the content to a second one of the plurality of users at a second time during the time duration of the rendered content, wherein the second time is different from the first time and the first selectable element is not rendered to the first one of the plurality of users while the second selectable element is rendered to the second one of the plurality of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Sohel Khan
  • Patent number: 11113713
    Abstract: Customers receive an incentive with use of an installed cellphone app to image an AR-bearing ad. Matches between data from the customer's accounts for each merchant are compared to the data in association with the customer's logical identifier for their cellphone, and particularly with each incidence of a rendering on their display screen of an AR view of a product advertisement containing the AR-triggering symbol to initiate the corresponding AR enhanced view of the ad. In conjunction with chronological time stamping of occurrences, a likelihood is derived that the customer's viewing of the AR enhanced product advertisement influenced the potential customer's subsequent purchase of the corresponding advertised product as evidenced within the potential customer's rich transactional data from the customer's debit and/or credit accounts. The certainty of each match is determined to further initiate the merchant's incentive to the customer which may be the merchant's donation to a community program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: EDATANETWORKS INC.
    Inventors: Terrance Patrick Tietzen, Matthew Arnold Macpherson Bates, Michael J. Kimball
  • Patent number: 11093968
    Abstract: An audience proposal creator determines a target cost per thousand (CPM) baseline and a demographics CPM baseline for a deal offering audience spots, determines deal constraints based on a target CPM reduction goal, a demographics CPM cap, and the established parameters, and generates rates by selling title for each selling title-weeks for a duration of pending deal, and for each network of a plurality of networks based on the constraints. Target and demo audience rating estimates are acquired based on the target and demo applicable to the advertiser for the plurality of networks, and a distribution of the audience spots generated across the plurality of selling title-weeks, and networks based on the target audience rating estimates, a budget for the pending deal, the generated rates, and available inventory per selling title-weeks, and a proposal generated based on the distribution. An audience processor schedules audience spots across one or more networks for selling title-weeks based on the distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Wassim Samir Chaar, David James Benoit, José Antonio Carbajal Orozco
  • Patent number: 11088924
    Abstract: This application discloses a network management method, device, and system to solve the problem of low efficiency in network management by manual coordination. In one embodiment, the network management method includes: obtaining, by a first network management unit, network management service description information or network management indication information, where the network management indication information is used to determine the network management service description information. The network management service description information includes at least one of a managed object and management operation information, and the network management service description information is used to describe a management service supported by a network. The method further includes sending, by the first network management unit, the network management service description information or the network management indication information to a second network management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ruiyue Xu, Jun Yang, Yan Li, Kai Zhang
  • Patent number: 11082724
    Abstract: A computerized system for targeted ad insertion receives a program content stream and detects images in the content stream. The system recognizes at least one visual object within the images and matches the recognized visual object to an advertisement that correlates with the recognized visual object. The system may then select an advertisement that advertises, correlates to, is directed to or is otherwise relevant to products or services falling under the theme, topic, category of interest and/or relevant viewer demographic and inserts an identifier of the matched advertisement at an insertion point into the program content stream. This enables playback of the matched advertisement during playback of the program content stream at a time that correlates to the insertion point into the program content stream of the identifier of the matched advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: DISH NETWORK L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert W. Estus, Robert F. Percival
  • Patent number: 11082722
    Abstract: A method and system for generating highlights from scored data streams is disclosed. According to one embodiment, media content containing time-stamped payloads is received in a data stream from one or more sources. The received media content is recorded in a buffer for a predetermined period of time and sliced into data buckets. For each of the data buckets, a score is assigned according to user-provided keywords. The data buckets are recorded along with the assigned score to generate highlights from the one or more sources using the scores of the recorded data buckets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AFTERLIVE.TV INC.
    Inventors: Michael George Folgner, Ryan Brice Cunningham, Stephen Benjamin Weibel, Lamthuy Tran Nguyen, William Henry Darrow
  • Patent number: 11075971
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for operating a media transmission network. The system includes at least one destination device for receiving a plurality of media streams from a plurality of source devices. The system further includes a controller that is configured to, for each media stream of the plurality of media streams: determine a media property adjustment for the media stream based at least on the media stream; identify a source device from the plurality of source devices associated with generating the media stream; determine at least one device setting for the identified source device to apply the media property adjustment to the media stream; generate a control packet for configuring the identified source device based on the at least one device setting, the control packet including the at least one device setting; and transmit the control packet to the identified source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Evertz Microsystems Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeff Wei, Rakesh Patel
  • Patent number: 11076199
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to systems [100, 200, 300] and methods for providing targeted content in an eMBMS stream to a user device [130], wherein the systems [100, 200, 300] and the methods [400, 500] may be implemented through one a server [110] and a user device [130]. The method, in an embodiment, may comprise: receiving a request from the user device for availing the eMBMS stream; receiving a profile information from the user device; generating at least one context tag based on the profile information; screening the at least one portion of the eMBMS stream to identify at least one object; identifying and transmitting at least one content based on at least one of the profile information and the at least one context tag; and enabling the at the user device to exhibit the at least one content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM LIMITED
    Inventors: Satish Nanjunda Swamy Jamadagni, Pankaj Arun Pophaly
  • Patent number: 11073967
    Abstract: Systems and methods for incorporating additional material in video content are described. Exemplary methods may include identifying the individual frames within a portion of video content that will be visible during adjusted playback. The methods may include incorporating at least one item of information within at least one of the individual frames identified to produce modified video content. The methods may also include transmitting the modified video content for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gavin Quail
  • Patent number: 11064224
    Abstract: A media system replaces content in a first sequence of media content. The media system presents the first sequence of media content to an end-user and generates a fingerprint of the sequence of media content. The fingerprint is for comparison with a plurality of reference fingerprints so as to identify the first sequence of media content and determine a reference position within the first sequence of media content. The media system sends a request for a replacement sequence of content to a content replacement system, and receives replacement media content selected based on the identified first sequence of media content. The media system presents the replacement media content to the end-user instead of the first sequence of media content. Presenting the replacement media content begins at a position in the first sequence of media content that is determined based on the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 11064252
    Abstract: A service, system, and computer-readable media to create and distribute stories generated from data and insights, that are simultaneously played like videos and can be explored like dashboards and interactive charts. Such generative stories or casts are personalized to individuals and distributed using various push mechanisms including podcast-like and video cast-like distribution channels “storycasts” to deliver stories or casts to subscribed users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Dickey B. Singh, Daljeet Virdi
  • Patent number: 11064225
    Abstract: A media system replaces content in a first sequence of media content. The media system presents the first sequence of media content to an end-user and generates a fingerprint of the sequence of media content. The fingerprint is for comparison with a plurality of reference fingerprints so as to identify the first sequence of media content and determine a reference position within the first sequence of media content. The media system sends a request for a replacement sequence of content to a content replacement system, and receives replacement media content selected based on the identified first sequence of media content. The media system presents the replacement media content to the end-user instead of the first sequence of media content. Presenting the replacement media content begins at a position in the first sequence of media content that is determined based on the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 11057481
    Abstract: The electronic content generation and distribution method and system includes designating a written content for audio translation by a narrator and determining the narrator. The method and system provides written content to the narrator to generate an audio narration, receiving the audio narration back from the narrator. The method and system therein assigns a plurality of content identifiers to the audio narration based at least one the written content, accesses a subscriber database including subscriber information and subscriber preference data and electronically compares the plurality of content identifiers to the subscriber preference data to determine a distribution list. The method and system distributes the audio narration to subscribers designated in the distribution list so that the subscriber can engage the audio narration via a content interface, where the content interface is operative to monitor the subscriber engaging the audio narration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ModioLegal, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11057652
    Abstract: Video content is evaluated to classify one or more scenes or objects of the video content. The classifications may be evaluated against one or more rules for determining whether to include key words associated with the classifications for targeting supplemental content. Classifications that satisfy the one or more rules may be used for selection of supplemental associated with one or more key words Selected supplemental content may be included in video content in a break period following primary content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie Dean Gauny, Andrew Christopher Chud, Scott Anthony Siegler
  • Patent number: 11054965
    Abstract: Spherical video content may be presented on a display. The spherical video content may include an event of interest occurring within an event field of view during an event moment. Interaction information may be received during the presentation of the spherical content on the display. The interaction information may indicate a user's viewing selections of the spherical video content. Display fields of view may be determined based on the user's viewing selections. Relative positions of the event field of view with respect to the display fields of view may be determined. Progress differences between the event moment and moments corresponding to the display fields of view may be determined. A visual indicator graphically displaying the relative positions and the progress differences may be presented on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: David Oddy
  • Patent number: 11044498
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for inserting advertisement content into a program content stream includes receiving, by a headend content server, the program content stream. The program content stream includes an advertisement insertion cue. The method further includes detecting the advertisement insertion cue in the program content stream, and the advertisement insertion cue indicates an insertion point in the program content stream for inserting an advertisement. The method further includes modifying the advertisement insertion cue to indicate an expiration date and time for playout of a first advertisement content to be inserted into the program content stream, and inserting the first advertisement content into the program content stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: John Grant
  • Patent number: 11039222
    Abstract: A method for targeted content placement using overlays includes receiving media content from a content feed and displaying the media content from the content feed at a display of the media device. As the display of the media device displays the media content, the method also includes fingerprinting at least one frame of the media content to obtain a fingerprint and identifying an in-frame advertisement based on the obtained fingerprint. The in-frame advertisement corresponds to an advertisement within a portion of the at least one frame. The method further includes determining a target overlay location within the at least one frame with the in-frame advertisement, the target overlay location corresponding to a size of the in-frame advertisement, and superimposing overlay content at the target overlay location when the display of the media device displays the at least one frame with the in-frame advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Grover
  • Patent number: 11037193
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for presenting content based on information detected in real time includes: receiving first information corresponding to detection of at least attendance at a physical location; selecting, in real time with the detection, at least one winning bid based on the first information, the at least one winning bid conditioned on the first information meeting an attendance criterion; and providing at least one winning content item associated with the selected winning bid to a content presentation device at the physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Gideon S. Mann, Ameesh Makadia, Shanmugavelayutham Muthukrishnan
  • Patent number: 11030395
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for displaying annotation(s) of an electronic document. User input to review (e.g., scroll) the electronic document is received, until a selected portion of the electronic document is displayed within a viewport pane of a display. In response to the review input, annotation(s) (e.g., comment(s), comment thread(s), annotation thread(s)) anchored within the selected portion of the electronic document displayed within the viewport pane are identified. Which annotation of the annotation(s) to visually distinguish for a focus of the user is determined. The identified annotation(s) are displayed in an annotation pane, with the determined annotation visually distinguished (highlighted) for the focus of the user. In some embodiments, the anchor associated with the determined annotation is also visually distinguished to provide a contextual link to the user and/or hint(s) that provided a visual signal of annotation(s) associated with an anchor on a particular line are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Apurv Suman, Dheeraj Agarwal, Nicholas Michael Simons, Sneha Jayaprakash, Sophia Isabel Vennix, Kathleen Anna Cachel, Derik Bjorn Stenerson, Michael Augustine Tavis, Robin Emily Wakefield, Daniel John Niezgocki Chattan, Harold Sazon Gomez
  • Patent number: 11025963
    Abstract: Embodiments of this application disclose a data processing method, apparatus, and system for a live streaming page. A presentation request is received for the live streaming page. The presentation request includes a live streaming scene identifier. The live streaming scene identifier is determined by a live streaming client according to a running environment of the live streaming client. Scene configuration information corresponding to the live streaming scene identifier is obtained. The scene configuration information includes a correspondence between the live streaming scene identifier and a function plug-in that is configured to provide a predetermined function to a user during display of live streaming content. The live streaming page is generated by adding the function plug-in identified as corresponding to the live streaming scene identifier on a preset basic page according to the scene configuration information. The live streaming page is sent to the live streaming client for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jin Cui, Xiaojun Yin, Zihe Dai
  • Patent number: 11024059
    Abstract: A method for providing a content by means of a device that includes at least two or more displays comprises displaying a first content on a first display area and displaying a second content on a second display area, the first content including XR content for navigation and the second content including information related with the navigation, and upsizing a size of the first display area and downsizing a size of the second display area in accordance with a user input signal. Also, the first content including XR content for navigation and the second content including information related with the navigation, and a controller upsizing a size of the first display area and downsizing a size of the second display area in accordance with a user input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Dukyung Jung
  • Patent number: 11025569
    Abstract: Users who are experiencing a shared content stream can exchange messages. Each user device can present a graphical user interface that includes controls to interact with a shared content stream being received and presented at the user device; a control to begin composing a message to other users who are receiving the shared content stream, and a display area to display previously received messages associated with the shared content stream. A message can be associated with a shared content stream, e.g., by providing a tag that identifies the content being played at the time the message was sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shaun C. Lind, William Martin Bachman, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Ofer Morag, Steve S. Gedikian, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: 11023853
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for advantageously forecasting an inventory of a product having a particular duration (e.g., video content). The technique can include determining the particular configuration (e.g., maximum number of impressions, maximum amount of time permitted) of breaks identified within an impression log. Based on the number of breaks and the configurations of the breaks, the technique can forecast a future inventory of the product. In some implementations, the disclosed technique can identify an amount of a previous break that was not filled with video content. These forecasts can enable product sellers to better communicate with their customers, negotiate supply contracts, price their products, plan for business operations, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Xandr Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Miller, Charles Douglas Cosman, Thomas Evenson, Eric Smith, Calvin Legh, Thomas Shields, Aaron Martin
  • Patent number: 11016726
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including an estimation section that, when it is determined that a user is able to receive vocal information presentation, estimates a duration for which it is possible to receive the information presentation and an adjustment section that adjusts an amount of information to be presented to the user in accordance with the estimated duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Shibuya, Makoto Murata, Masafumi Kato, Kengo Yoshii
  • Patent number: 11017818
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for event-based media playback. A media device infers one or more actionable events in a media content item using one or more neural network models and determines a respective start location for each of the actionable events in the media content item. The media device receives user input indicating a selection of one of the actionable events and selectively initiates playback of the media content item at the start location associated with the selected actionable event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Karthikeyan Shanmuga Vadivel, Tae won Kang, Umha Mahesh Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 11012744
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a content score for a video that is indicative of how engaging the video is to viewers makes use of a modified completion rate factor. The modified completion rate factor indicates the percentage of viewers that played the video and that watched at least a predetermined number of second of the video. Other viewing factors may also be used to help generate the content score of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Longtail Ad Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Nir Yungster
  • Patent number: 11010787
    Abstract: Implementations generate links between local merchants and community programs. Merchants provide incentives to customers in relation to community programs. Implementations also include online and offline customer transactions with merchants that make use of incentives. Implementation pertain to customers that view a broadcast of content that is interleaved with a merchant's advertisement and analytic reporting. Matches between transactions with a merchant and a customer that view a broadcast of content that is interleaved with the merchant's advertisement may be identified by the system, and a level of certainty that the match is accurate may be determined. These implementations can be operated by an alliance of entities that cooperate in order to facilitate, and benefit from, transactions between customers and merchants, where the customer is incented to conduct the transaction with the merchant by the merchant's agreement to make a donation to an entity of the customer's choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: EDATANETWORKS INC.
    Inventors: Terrance Patrick Tietzen, Matthew Arnold Macpherson Bates
  • Patent number: 11012734
    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: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Scorpcast, LLC
    Inventors: Narbeh Avedissian, Nikhil Sreenath
  • Patent number: 11006155
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time incorporation of user-produced content into a broadcast media stream are provided. A media title may be streamed to a producer computing device over a communication network. The producer computing device is associated with a channel for distributing the user-produced content in conjunction with the media title. Produced content may be captured from the producer computing device as the streamed media title is played on the producer computing device. Such captured produced content may be designated for the channel. The media title and the produced content may then be broadcast in real-time over the communication network to one or more subscriber devices subscribed to the channel. The media title and the produced content may be synchronized within the broadcast to reflect when the produced content was captured in relation to the media title as the media title was played on the producer computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventor: Steven Trombetta
  • Patent number: 10991397
    Abstract: Methods and devices for combining a mask with a selectively progressing video stream may include receiving a selection of at least one mask with a mask zone that obscures at least a portion of the video stream. The methods and devices may include receiving a selection to emplace the at least one mask at a first location within the video stream. The methods and devices may include receiving a selection to enable a tracking icon to move the at least one mask to a second location within the video stream while the video stream progresses. The methods and devices may include generating a combined output of the video stream and the selective emplacement and movement of the at least one mask during the video stream progression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GENETEC INC.
    Inventors: Francis Michaud, Mathieu Nadeau, Jonathan Doyon
  • Patent number: 10992966
    Abstract: Embodiments of the systems and methods described herein relate to providing body worn camera functionality to users, such as on their mobile device. Additionally, capabilities of mobile devices such as mobile telephonic devices are leveraged to stream captured audio/visual data in real-time and provide robust notification and safety features to users in order to democratize access to body worn cameras. The additional features promote increased use of the disclosed systems and methods as a safety tool while simultaneously providing increased transparency in law enforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CALLYO 2009 CORP
    Inventor: Christopher Ryan Bennett
  • Patent number: 10992971
    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 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TIVO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Harrell, Eric Middlemist, Christopher Weaver
  • Patent number: 10984067
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to the field of video processing field, and provide a method, an apparatus, a server, and a storage medium for generating videos. In some embodiments, webpage snapshot data is obtained in real time based on a preset web address; target webpage content is selected from the obtained webpage snapshot data; and the selected target webpage content is synthesized with a pre-obtained input video, to generate an output video including the target webpage content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Wangsu Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuehui Huang
  • Patent number: 10977308
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for disambiguating user input based on a physical location of items in a vicinity of a user. The system determines that a query received from a user contains an ambiguity. In response, the system identifies several items in the physical vicinity of the user. Then, the system analyzes the identified plurality of items to determine whether the plurality of items forms a first ensemble of items or a second ensemble of items. If the plurality of items forms a first ensemble of items, the system performs a search using the search query and a first keyword related to the first ensemble of items. If the plurality of items forms a second ensemble of items, the system performs a search using the search query and a second keyword related to the second ensemble of items. The system then outputs results of the performed search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Yelton, Xin Xu, Shreyas Mahimkar
  • Patent number: 10979755
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server from a user device, a request for media content. The request identifies a first personal quality profile. The method includes identifying, at the server, a version of the media content to send to the user device based on first media quality preferences indicated by the first personal quality profile. The method includes, in response to a determination of unavailability of the version from a content source: retrieving, at the server from the content source, a particular version of the media content; and modifying, at the server, a visual attribute of the particular version to generate the version. The method further includes sending the version from the server to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, Zhu Liu, Lee Begeja, Bernard S. Renger, David Crawford Gibbon, Behzad Shahraray, Raghuraman Gopalan, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 10970751
    Abstract: A cross-platform management system that handles cross-platform management of client requirements receives a request corresponding to a plurality of client-defined requirements to be achieved in a flight. The request for the plurality of client-defined requirements is associated with one or more request parameters. The system generates a proposal plan corresponding to the received request based on adjustment of the one or more request parameters. The proposal plan corresponds to at least a distribution of target audience across a set of delivery platforms. The system executes the generated proposal plan for a first time period in the flight on one or more delivery platforms. The system re-optimizes the generated proposal plan and controls execution of the generated proposal plan for a second time period in the flight by an in-flight re-distribution of the target audience across one or more delivery platforms of the set of delivery platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Wassim Samir Chaar, José Antonio Carbajal Orozco, Andreea Popescu, Peter Alexander Williams, David James Benoit, Lawrence Herbert Allen, II
  • Patent number: 10965992
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for displaying actionable elements over playing content, such as video content, are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems identify video content currently playing within a display environment provided by a playback device, and display an actionable element within the display environment provided by the playback device that is based on the identified video content and includes one or more user-selectable options to perform an action associated with the identified video content. Further, in some example embodiments, the methods and systems may perform an action (e.g., present supplemental content and/or information) in response to a selection of one or more of the user-selectable options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus K. Cremer, Wilson Harron
  • Patent number: 10951700
    Abstract: A method for acquiring media of the same event from multiple devices can include synchronizing, using at least one timecode module configured to receive timecode data over a wireless network, a personal device and a professional device, acquiring media data with the synchronized devices, associating the timecode data with the acquired media, and merging acquired media data from the personal device with the acquired media data from the professional device. The merging can be based, at least in part, on the timecode data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TIMECODE SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Paul Scurrell
  • Patent number: 10945016
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for gathering analytics. In an embodiment, a method includes monitoring interactions of multiple users related to at least one of: multiple base content and multiple supplemental content. The supplemental content is associated with one or more products or services identified in the base content. The method also includes obtaining interaction information associated with the interactions. The method also includes selecting specified supplemental content to present to a specified user based on (i) the interaction information and (ii) specified base content presented to the specified user. The method also includes sending the specified base content and the specified supplemental content to an endpoint associated with the specified user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AiBUY, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Downing, Christian Briggs, Robert K. Spitz, David M. Burrows, James Kersbergen, Ryan Scott, Ken Kopilevich, Robert Eugene Smith, Serge Kononov
  • Patent number: 10943243
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a social-oriented computer system for matching daters. Daters establish friend connections with other users, including non-daters. After identifying candidate pairings of daters, the system solicits the opinions of users including the daters, their friends, and matchmakers. The system may analyze the opinions to determine whether a match would result in the satisfaction of both daters. If so, the system matches the daters, inviting them to communicate. The system may gather feedback on the match to help calibrate future matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel C. Herbst, Sean P. Finegan
  • Patent number: 10945003
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for dynamically mapping content based on information relating to a user. In various embodiments, a segment associated with a user may be identified, and a content service may map the presentation of advertisements and/or other content within rendered content in a manner that is tailored to the identified segment. In this manner, advertisement and/or other content impressions may be targeted to the user based on their identified segment. Further embodiments facilitate defining and refining content maps for a particular segment until a content mapping meeting certain objective criteria is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Rahman
  • Patent number: 10937461
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the embedding of visual objects into the image content of a video by a visual embed specialist, whilst maintaining the security of the video. A low-resolution version of the video content is sent by the video owner to the specialist for analysis to identify parts of the video that are suitable for visual object insertion. A high resolution version of those identified parts of the video is then sent to the specialist for visual object insertion. The specialist may then return the modified parts of the video and the content owner create a final version of the high-resolution video by replacing the relevant parts of the high-resolution video with the modified parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MIRRIAD ADVERTISING PLC
    Inventors: Ram Srinivasan, Tim Harris, Philip McLauchlan
  • Patent number: 10931984
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes monitoring a delivery of an item of multimedia content to a first user endpoint device in a first stream of data, monitoring a delivery of the item of multimedia content to a second user endpoint device in a second stream of data, consolidating the stream of data and the second stream of data into a third stream of data, sending an first instruction to a source of the first stream of data and a source of the second stream of data to cease delivering the first stream of data and the second stream of data, and sending a second instruction to the source of the first stream of data and the source of the second stream to begin delivering the third stream of data to the first user endpoint device and the second user endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Georgios Vastardis
  • Patent number: 10917679
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and a computer program product for video recording of a display device is provided. The present invention may include, recording, with a recording device, a source video having a field of view. The present invention may include, responsive to a record command, controlling a display device to generate a display recording of a visual content displayed by the display device. The present invention may include, obtaining the source video and the display recording. The present invention may include, responsive to the visual content displayed by the display device being visible in the field of view of the source video, incorporating the display recording into the source video so as to replace the visual content displayed by the display device visible in the source video with the display recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jack E. Dunning, Thomas J. Latham, Jordan R. Cain
  • Patent number: 10911837
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for rendering augmented videos on mobile devices and computing environment with limited computational resources. The disclosed systems and methods provide a novel framework for performing automatic detection of surfaces in video frames resulting in the creation of a seamless in-video augmentation object experience for viewing users. The disclosed framework operates by leveraging available surfaces in digital content to show augmentation objects in compliance with various pre-established contextual and technical constraints. The disclosed framework evidences a streamlined, automatic and computationally efficient process(es) that modifies digital content at the surface level within the frames of the digital content based on the contextual and technical constraints, and the computational resources of the device augmented digital content is rendered on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Media Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Drury, Mike Cornell, Stephen Hodnicki, Benjamin Su, Kaypree Hodges, Raquel Rahmey
  • Patent number: 10887652
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for providing media content for continuous watching. A command to play a series in a continuous watching mode is received. In response, and without detecting a further command to skip a portion of an episode, a first episode of the series is generated. Then, in response to conclusion of the first episode, end credits of the first episode and title credits of a next episode of the series are automatically skipped; and the next episode of the series is automatically generated for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Robideaux
  • Patent number: 10880600
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to monitor media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an orderer to order metadata according to timing information, the metadata corresponding to digital media from a media provider; a data shifter to adjust the ordered metadata using a plurality of offsets to generate a plurality of adjusted ordered metadata; a comparator to perform a plurality of comparisons by comparing the plurality of adjusted ordered metadata to reference data; and compute a plurality of errors corresponding to the plurality of comparisons; and the data shifter to identify an offset of the plurality of offsets corresponding to a lowest computed error of the plurality of errors; and adjust the ordered metadata using the offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US)
    Inventors: Bo Qiang, Jone M. Burr, Lois Price, Scott L. Brown, Chris Nicotra, Arun Ramaswamy, Matthew M. Campbell, Kevin K. Gaynor
  • Patent number: 10863224
    Abstract: An ad is placed in a movie, by analyzing inherent characteristics of the movie, analyzing viewed characteristics of the movie, analyzing viewer characteristics of a viewer of the movie, obtaining advertiser preferences for placement of the ad in the movie, determining costs of placing the ad in the movie based on the inherent characteristics of the movie, the viewed characteristics of the movie, the viewer characteristics and the advertiser preferences, and placing the ad in the movie in accordance with the inherent characteristics of the movie, the viewed characteristics of the movie, the viewer characteristics, the advertiser preferences and the determined costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Gilley, Eric Hoffert, Rabih Nassar, Paul Soukup
  • Patent number: RE48546
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for rendering media related content and web services. According to one or more embodiments, media content is rendered from a source. In one or more segments of the media source, at least one of an object, person or location is identified and additional information, relevant content or services about the person, object or location are displayed or made accessible while or after the media content is being rendered, on one or more devices and/or on one or more paired devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Clarke, Michael Dalrymple, Edward Lee Elliott, John Fox, Mark Johnson, Darren Lepke, Thomas Purnell-Fisher, Herve Utheza, Zane Vella, Ole Lutjens