Specific To Individual User Or Household Patents (Class 725/34)
  • Patent number: 11496812
    Abstract: A goal-based method, as disclosed herein, is usable to procure advertising. The method, in an embodiment, includes providing goal data associated with an advertising goal for a plurality of markets. The at least one processor is operable to process advertising inventory data associated with one or more media sources. The advertising inventory data is associated with a plurality of advertising opportunities. The at least one processor is operable to modify at least one of the opportunity sets as a result of the at least one opportunity set deviating from the advertising goal by an extent, and the modification results in a modified opportunity set that deviates from the advertising goal by a lesser extent. The at least one processor is operable to cause an output that identifies the modified opportunity set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Active Media Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa A. Castano, Martin Lhotak
  • Patent number: 11490167
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically skipping a presentation of a portion of segments to catch up to live based on a skippable bit value is disclosed herein. For example, a streaming application generates a content item for live streaming where the content item comprises a plurality of segments. In response to determining that playing of the content item lags behind the live streaming of the content item, the streaming application determines a skippable bit value for a segment that follows the last played segment based on a manifest which includes skippable bit information. If the segment includes a first skippable bit value, requesting data for the segment may be skipped. For a corresponding segment subsequent to the skipped segment, if the corresponding segment includes a second skippable bit, data for the corresponding segment is requested and the corresponding segment is played from a respective network address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vaibhav Gupta, Ashish Gupta, Rohit Dhiman
  • Patent number: 11483377
    Abstract: Time-based media is distributed and promoted in a social networking environment. Accounts of a social networking system author social media content items (SMCIs) from which a social networking system infers relevance of content to users of those accounts. Content distributors submit time-based media content to the social networking system, which creates distributor SMCIs containing the time-based media content. Accounts are identified to receive distributor SMCIs based on SMCIs previously authored by those accounts as well as identifying information and the subject of the SMCI. Content promoters may add promotional material to distributor SMCIs, which the social networking service sends to additional accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Brown, Mike Park, Je Carr
  • Patent number: 11477540
    Abstract: Advertisement preparation methods and systems are shown and disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes reviewing metadata of an advertisement. The metadata includes duration information for the advertisement, and determining actual duration of the advertisement. The method additionally includes determining whether the duration information matches the actual duration of the advertisement, and editing the advertisement when the duration information does not match the actual duration such that the actual duration of the edited advertisement matches the duration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L. du Breuil
  • Patent number: 11467721
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) is disclosed. The AR platform enables a user to associate AR objects with IoT devices. These associations may further enable a user to direct a control input to a particular IoT device and receive outputs such as sensor measurements or state information from the IoT device via interaction with an associated AR object. These AR objects may be perceived by the user via a client device, such as via an AR viewer or other human interface. The AR platform further enables users to create shareable objects that define an association among or between multiple AR objects and their IoT devices that can be shared with and modified by other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: YouAR INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Clayton Daniels, David Morris Daniels, Paul Issac Thomas, Luke Timothy Hartwig, Raymond Victor Di Carlo
  • Patent number: 11452068
    Abstract: This application discloses a terminal device grouping method. The method may include: First, a network device groups, one or more times according to a grouping rule, terminal devices associated with a first paging occasion PO. Then, the network device notifies all terminal devices associated with the first PO of the grouping rule and power saving signal receiving location information of each group of terminal devices. Next, the terminal device determines, according to the grouping rule, a group number of a group to which the terminal device belongs, and determines, based on the group number, a power saving signal receiving location corresponding to the group number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Junren Chang
  • Patent number: 11443346
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed for training neural networks of a group recommender to provide item recommendations for ephemeral groups having group interaction sparsity. A preference encoder and aggregator generate user and group preference embeddings from user-item interactions, wherein the preference embeddings form a latent user-group latent embedding space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Aravind Sankar, Yanhong Wu, Yuhang Wu, Wei Zhang, Hao Yang
  • Patent number: 11436828
    Abstract: Techniques include receiving image data representing an environment. Based at least in part on the image data, an identity of at least one object disposed within the environment is determined. Based at least in part on the image data, an image is displayed on an electronic device. The image includes a three-dimensional representation of at least a portion of the environment, a three-dimensional representation of the at least one object, and a three-dimensional representation of an assistant providing a request related to the at least one object. A first input is received from a user of the electronic device and based at least in part on the request. An object list is generated based at least in part on the first input and the identity of the at least one object, the list including the at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Rebecca A. Little, Christopher Robert Galante
  • Patent number: 11438410
    Abstract: Systems methods and devices are provided for a presentation including a communications console with component aggregation. In one potential implementation, a computing device with an application framework receives a communication manager object via a network connectivity device and executes the communication manager object within the application framework. The computing device may then receive and execute communications components and a presentation components within the application framework using the communication manager object. The communication manager object may then manages interface and display of the presentation information via the application framework, as modified by communication components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: ON24, INC.
    Inventors: Jayesh Sahasi, Brent Rojas
  • Patent number: 11436660
    Abstract: An embodiment of this disclosure provides an apparatus. The apparatus includes a memory element configured to store a plurality of products and services and a processor. The processor is configured to receive profile information for a user accessing a plurality of video content. The processor is also configured to receive video content information for each of the plurality of video content being accessed by the user in a smart viewer. The video content information identifies at least one category associated with each of the plurality of video content. The processor is also configured to identify one or more of the plurality of products or services based on the profile information and the at least one category of the video content information. The processor is also configured to send the one or more of the plurality of products or services to the smart viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: AIBUY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert K. Spitz, Todd Downing, Christian Briggs
  • Patent number: 11432050
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for Internet Protocol television streaming are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive encrypted television programming via a secure communication channel from a remote access point that receives the television programming via a data feed from a television service provider. The example receiver is configured to decrypt the encrypted television programming, decode the decrypted television programming, and select at least one of a channel or content of the decoded and decrypted television programming based on input received from a user via an interface. The example apparatus also includes a display device configured to receive and display the selected at least one of a channel or content of the decoded and decrypted television programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: VIRTUAL MARKETING, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Steven Murphy
  • Patent number: 11431940
    Abstract: Provided are a broadcast signal receiving apparatus and a broadcast signal receiving method, capable of providing CMs to make the CMs have greater similarity to viewing program content. The broadcast signal receiving apparatus of the present embodiment comprises: a receiving element used for receiving and demodulating broadcast content; a CM substitute time period information acquisition element used for acquiring a specific assigned time period for a CM substitute among one or more CM during the playing of the broadcast content; a CM substitute acquisition element used for acquiring at least one CM substitute associated with the broadcast content from external device; and a CM selection element used for playing the CM substitute during a specific assigned time period for the CM substitute on the basis of the time period information for the CM substitute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignees: Hisense Visual Technology Co., Ltd., TVS REGZA Corporation
    Inventor: Seijiro Yasuki
  • Patent number: 11429984
    Abstract: Displaying, on a mobile communication device, an opportunity to receive selection of a displayed ad. Receiving selection of a displayed ad. Determining at least one re-serve condition for the selected ad. Making the selected ad available for re-serve. Upon occurrence of a determined re-serve condition, displaying the selected ad on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Neeraj Garg
  • Patent number: 11425437
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying, assembling, and transmitting content are described in the illustrative context of electronic program guides and program channels. Data is received over a network from a first user terminal that enables identification of the first user. Program information for a digital program is accessed. A determination is made as to how many interstitials are to be presented during a playback of the digital program. A prediction model is selected and executed to generate predictions of user responses to one or more placements of program interstitials. The user response predictions are used to determine positioning of interstitials with respect to the program. The interstitials are enabled to be displayed on the first user terminal in accordance with the determined positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Pluto Inc.
    Inventor: Chan V. Hou
  • Patent number: 11410701
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method performed in connection with a video comprising a plurality of video frames, the computer-implemented method being performed in a computerized system comprising a processing unit and a memory, the computer-implemented method involving: using the processing unit to detect a plurality of content components within at least one of the plurality of video frames; based on a video modification instruction received from a user, modifying at least one of the plurality of the detected content components; storing an information on the modified at least one of the plurality of the detected content components in the memory; using the central processing unit to overlay the modified at least one of the plurality of the detected content components over the video; and causing the video with the overlaid modified content component to be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Laurent Denoue, Scott Carter, Matthew L. Cooper, Vikash Rugoobur
  • Patent number: 11405697
    Abstract: A programmable and universal video platform enabling digital ads from ad sales teams, online digital exchanges, demand side platforms or other digital video advertising aggregators, to be inserted into linear television cable programming feeds. Content programmers distribute a programming schedule file for each linear programming feed. This data is then combined in the traffic and billing system with the advertising insertion orders from the various sales channels to create a local ad insertion schedule file. This schedule file includes a planned ad spot, but a time-based approach to ad insertion allows the schedule file to be modified such that the planned ad spot can be replaced with a replacement ad selected using the VAST digital ad selection protocol. Detection of the standard cue message in the programming feed triggers insertion of the replacement ad from the modified schedule file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Viamedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Lykes, Wendell Decker, James T O'Neill, Adam Lynch, Paul Cavins
  • Patent number: 11404089
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiment generate a 3D representation of a 2D scene depicted to two dimensional video. The 3D representation includes individual 3D media elements representing objects included in the 2D scene. 3D void segments within the 2D scene are identified based on an aggregation of the individual 3D media elements. The 3D void segments are prioritized for insertion of additional 3D media elements within the 3D void spaces based on a variety of factors including lighting present at the 3D void segment, a distance of the 3D void segment from a center of the 2D scene, a size of the 3D void segment, and a time duration the 3D void segment is present in the 2D scene. A new 3D media element in these selected for insertion into the 2D scene based on the priorities of the 3D void segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: RYFF EUROPE LTD.
    Inventors: Spencer Stephens, Roy Taylor, Mark Turner
  • Patent number: 11399211
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and devices related to network resource management and content delivery. A method may include a first device determining a first bandwidth demand associated with a second device sending a first addressable advertisement using a data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) bandwidth using a first advertisement spot for a first linear segment addressability (LSA) television channel, and determining a second bandwidth demand associated with the second device sending a second addressable advertisement using the DOCSIS bandwidth for presentation using a second advertisement spot. The method may include determining that the first bandwidth demand is below a threshold bandwidth, and determining that the second bandwidth demand exceeds the threshold bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Killick, Ramkumar Krishnan, Jayasri Devalapalli, Muhammad Raza
  • Patent number: 11394923
    Abstract: A video- and/or audio-enabled communication system includes a processor, coupled with a camera, the camera acquiring an image of an object of interest during a video communication session involving multiple participants and a computer readable medium comprising instructions that cause the processor to perform automatically an action in response to and related to a sensed context during the video communication session. The action can be one or more of retrieve or provide content of interest to one or more of the participants, join a third party to the video communication session, recommend that a further action be performed by the processor, and schedule an activity involving one or more of the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Erez Morabia, Gilad Levi, Shlomi Hofman, Mark Appel, Tamar Barzuza
  • Patent number: 11392989
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for managing targeted communication to a plurality of user devices. The system may include a communication device configured for receiving interaction data from a network device associated with a location, receiving a network device identifier from the network device, transmitting a graphical user interface to an administrator device, receiving the communication policy from the administrator device associated with the location and transmitting the at least one targeted communication to the at least one user device. Further, the system may include a processing device configured for determining a location of the network device based on the network device identifier, analyzing the interaction data, determining the at least user data associated with the at least one user device based on the analyzing, and generating at least one targeted communication based on the at least one user data and the communication policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Henry John Kurkowski, Jonathan Kirby Goble
  • Patent number: 11395025
    Abstract: Systems and methods presented herein provide for the insertion of assets into COD content. In one embodiment, a COD asset decision system (ADS) identifies asset insertion opportunities within COD contents selected by a plurality user equipment (UEs) over a network, identifies assets for insertion into the asset insertion opportunities, ranks the assets, selects portions of the ranked assets for insertion to generate asset maps, and directs the insertion of the selected assets into the asset insertion opportunities based on the asset maps. The COD ADS is further operable to generate viewing statistics of the UEs, and to change the asset maps based on the viewing statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Tom Huber, Sid Gregory, Chris Pizzurro
  • Patent number: 11386536
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image analysis device which is capable of automatically responding to various environmental variations caused by a camera installation condition or an environmental factor without consuming unnecessary calculation resources. The image analysis device is provided with: a plurality of process execution units which are capable of executing different processes on an input image; an analysis unit which analyzes, on the basis of the image, an image variation caused by external environment; and a process selection unit which selects, on the basis of the analyzed variation, at least one from among the plurality of process execution units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Arikuma
  • Patent number: 11381855
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes transmitting a request for supplemental content for use by a content-presentation device that is scheduled to perform a content-modification operation at a start-time and, in response to the request: receiving, into a first buffer of the content-presentation device, first supplemental content having a first video quality that is higher than or equal to a predefined threshold, and receiving, into a second, different buffer of the content-presentation device, second supplemental content having a second video quality lower than the predefined threshold. The method also includes within a predefined time period before the start-time, determining whether an entirety of the first supplemental content has been received into the first buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew George Grover
  • Patent number: 11374994
    Abstract: A processing system including at least one processor may collect a first set of time series features relating to requests for a content item at a content distribution node in a communication network, generate a first prediction model based upon the first set of time series features to predict levels of demand for the content item at the content distribution node at future time periods, identify, via the first prediction model, a first time period of the future time periods when a predicted level of demand for the content item exceeds a threshold level of demand, identify a second time period of the future time periods when a predicted level of utilization of the communication network is below a threshold level of utilization, the second time period being prior to the first time period, and transfer the content item to the content distribution node in the second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rudolph Mappus, Vijayan Nagarajan, Sheldon Meredith
  • Patent number: 11375251
    Abstract: A method for automatically generating enhancements to audio-visual (AV) content, a content manager, and a computer program product. One embodiment may comprise, by a processing unit, analyzing data about consumer interactions to generate consumer insights about the original AV content, automatically associating the consumer insights with a segment of original AV content, automatically generating content for the segment responsive to the consumer insights, and injecting the generated content into the original AV content to create modified AV content. The embodiment may further comprise, by a network interface, receiving data about consumer interactions with original AV content and automatically transmitting the modified AV content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Aurelio Stelmar Netto, Bruno Silva, Renato Luiz de Freitas Cunha, Vagner Figueredo de Santana
  • Patent number: 11372877
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a so-called companion experience in which content consumed on a primary screen can serve as a source for an automatic search that returns related content that can be presented on an auxiliary screen. The companion experience can be considered to reside in a layer that can be moved across different screens. The different screens can include different physical screens, such as those associated with different computing devices, or the same physical screen in which the companion experience would be rendered in a frame or sub-window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sean E. Kollenkark, Andrew P. Oakley, Cory J. Cirrincione, Douglas D. Berrett, Joseph L. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 11368759
    Abstract: Remote control devices to interface with audience measurement meters are disclosed. An example remote control device to interface with an audience measurement meter includes an audience management controller to, responsive to a gender value input via a user interface of the remote control device, store the gender value, responsive to an age value input via the user interface of the remote control device, store the age value, generate a message including the gender value and age value, and a transmitter to transmit the message to the audience measurement meter, the message including a sequence of infrared codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Eric Barone, Joseph Wyatt Brewer, Matjaz Finc, Robert Byrne
  • Patent number: 11363353
    Abstract: Embodiments of this application disclose a video highlight determination method. The method includes: obtaining operation records of a target video, each operation record indicating a first play moment and an operation performed on the target video at the first play moment, and the first play moment being a play moment of the target video; obtaining, from the operation records, a quantity of operations of a target type that are performed on the target video at each play moment of the target video; and determining a target segment in the target video according to the quantity of operations. A ratio of a total quantity of operations of the target type performed on the target segment to a duration of the target segment is greater than a ratio of a total quantity of operations of the target type performed on the target video to a duration of the target video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Zhongwei Li
  • Patent number: 11354709
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product provide the ability to connect online and offline activity. Advertisement delivery information is acquired. The advertisement delivery information includes an advertisement identification and a user identification identifying a user to which the advertisement was delivered. Beacon information is acquired. The beacon information includes a beacon identification and location. The beacon identification and the device identification are received from an application executing on a first device associated with the user. The application receives the low energy signal from the beacon identified by the beacon identification. Based on the advertisement delivery information, beacon identification, and device identification, conversion of the advertisement is directly attributed. Conversion information based on the conversion is then provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: VIANT TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Keith Reynolds, Ezra Suveyke, Nolan Thomas Brown
  • Patent number: 11356723
    Abstract: There is included a method and apparatus comprising computer code configured to cause a processor or processors to perform publishing media presentation description data comprising main live program data, and signaling a client device about ad data and in-manifest data where the ad data instructs the client device of an initial end time at which to end a display of an ad by switching a display at the client device from the ad to the main live program data and where the in-manifest data instructs the client device to determine, during a streaming of the ad to the client device, an updated end time, prior to the end time, at which to end the streaming of the ad by switching the streaming at the client device from the ad to the main live program data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Iraj Sodagar
  • Patent number: 11356717
    Abstract: A method for the reception of a flow representing a multimedia content is described, along with a device for receiving such a flow. The method includes determining that the restoration of first and second successive portions of the content modified by the restoration of respective first and second multimedia content, and activating a reading module for reading the first multimedia content, and another reading module for reading the second multimedia content, at a point in time prior to the end of the first portion. The method also includes alternately controlling the restoration of the first multimedia content and the second multimedia content during the reading of the first and second portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Dominique Thome, Serge Rigaudeau, St├ęphane Davenet, Lionel Racin
  • Patent number: 11350162
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for determining reduction of interest in a content series and to increasing the interest upon such determination. This may be accomplished by a device monitoring consumption of a content series to determine a pattern of consumption. The device may identify a change in the pattern of consumption indicative of a reduction of interest and determine a reason for the reduction in interest. Based on the reason for the reduction of interest, the device may provide an operation, such as a spoiler, to increase interest in the content series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 11323407
    Abstract: A method and system for facilitating managing digital content captured using multiple content capturing devices is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Kirk Brown, Casey Teddell Kelly
  • Patent number: 11321736
    Abstract: A system includes a set of crawlers that find and retrieve documents from an information network, an information extraction system, a knowledge graph storing nodes and edges that connect them, wherein each node represents a respective entity of a corresponding entity type of a plurality of entity types, and wherein the knowledge graph further stores event data relating to events detected by the information extraction system, a machine learning system that trains models that are used in connection with at least one of entity extraction, event extraction, recipient identification, and content generation, a lead scoring system that scores the relevance of information to an individual and references information in the knowledge graph, and a content generation system that generates content of a personalized message to a recipient who is an individual for which the lead scoring system has determined a threshold level of relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: HubSpot, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Lagi, Vedant Misra, Kevin Walsh, Scott Judson
  • Patent number: 11310303
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide methods, apparatuses, and non-transitory computer-readable storage mediums for receiving media data. One apparatus includes processing circuitry that receives a media presentation description (MPD) file that includes an MPD event indicating a plurality of branches of a story map. The processing circuitry receives a user selection of one of the plurality of branches of the story map during an active duration of the MPD event. The user selected branch corresponds to a next period that is connected to a current period. The processing circuitry receives, from a server, media data of the next period corresponding to the user selected branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Iraj Sodagar
  • Patent number: 11303844
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method obtains a plurality of image files, each corresponding to an image in a video stream and builds a common file from a contiguous grouping of the plurality of image files. The video stream has a plurality of contiguous video segments, each having a first video frame, and the plurality of image files correspond to the plurality of first video frames of the plurality of video segments. The plurality of video segments are of approximately equal duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: William Crowder, Jeffrey G. Koller, David Fullagar
  • Patent number: 11290790
    Abstract: A system for automatically selecting television channels based on wager information can include a set-top box, wager databases having user wager information, broadcast databases having broadcast schedule information, and a controller. The wager information can include an event identifier and a corresponding wager amount. The broadcast schedule can include a channel, a start time, and an end time for each event. The controller can include processors and memory devices having instructions that cause the processors to obtain wager information for the user from the wager databases, match each event identifier and corresponding wager amount to the broadcast schedule, determine a set of live events by comparing a current time with the start time and end time for each event, prioritize the live events based on wager amount, and send an instruction to the set-top box to display the channel corresponding to each live event in order of priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Eric Pleiman
  • Patent number: 11290513
    Abstract: A method is performed at a network device including a plurality of network interfaces. The method includes obtaining a first source adaptive bitrate (ABR) asset and a second source ABR asset. The method includes encoding the first source ABR asset in order to generate a first plurality of video representations, and encoding the second source ABR asset in order to generate a second plurality of video representations. The method includes providing, to a first client device, a first one of the first plurality of video representations. The method includes, in response to detecting satisfaction of a source change condition with respect to the first client device, providing, to the first client device, a first one of the second plurality of video representations, and ceasing to provide the first one of the first plurality of video representations to the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Synamedia Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Paul Burnley, Einav Rivni, Uziel Joseph Harband, Avi Fruchter
  • Patent number: 11277586
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for conveying personalized content to a viewer associated with a receiver are disclosed. In some embodiments, the method comprises generating control data indicative of a receiver-accessible source of personalized content for the viewer and inserting the control data into a plurality of control streams for transmission to the receiver, each of the control streams being accessible to the receiver when in a different respective operational state. The type of personalized content may include, but is not limited to, an instant message, an e-mail message, a file, a personalized report, a new television channel within a system for causing a channel change, a pay-per-view program, a video-on-demand program, a personalized message, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: BCE INC.
    Inventors: Peter Werner Ratsch, Maarten Boudewijn Heilbron, Ovidiu Octavian Popa
  • Patent number: 11270342
    Abstract: User selections entered in the media application or any user input device behavior with user devices may be recorded as clickstream data. The clickstream data may be used to deduce information about the user or a media item being consumed. A user may be profiled based on his or her input device behavior using a plurality of time-stamped indicators. A degree of user interest may be determined based on a time period between the time-stamped indicators, the number of time-stamped indicators within a period of time, and/or a type of user action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Campbell, Walter R. Klappert, Paul George Milazzo
  • Patent number: 11269584
    Abstract: A display system for improving delivery power of content by outputting content considering a user's moving path, a control method of the display system, and a display apparatus. The control method of the display system, according to an embodiment of the disclosure, includes generating path information to be used to output contents to at least two display apparatuses of a plurality of display apparatuses based on user information; determining content-of-interest based on the user information; and outputting the determined content-of-interest to at least one display apparatus of the plurality of display apparatuses based on the generated path information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Younggyoo Park, Jihoon Son
  • Patent number: 11265588
    Abstract: Systems and methods presented herein provide for Content On Demand (COD) asset insertion. A COD asset insertion decision system (CODAID) is communicatively coupled to a content distributer to process information about COD content selections by Customer Premises Equipment (CPEs). An auction system is communicatively coupled to the CODAID and to a plurality of asset providers to process information about assets of the providers, to provide an auction for asset opportunities in the COD content selections, to receive bids for the asset opportunities, and to rank the auctioned assets according to bid. The CODAID further ranks the auctioned assets based in part on the COD content selection information and the asset information, identifies one or more of the further ranked assets for insertion into the COD content selection, and directs the content distributer to insert the identified one or more further ranked assets into the COD content selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Canoe Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Canney, Joel Hassell, Sid Gregory, Tom Huber, Chris Pizzurro, Steve Markel, Jonathan E Farb, Thomas M Moretto, Bruce C Dilger, Timothy R Whitton, Christopher M Rippe
  • Patent number: 11259085
    Abstract: An example method performed by a processing system includes receiving a request from a user, wherein the request identifies a plurality of items of source content, and wherein the request indicates that the user would like to generate synthesized content from the plurality of items of source content, retrieving, by the processing system, a plurality of sets of permissions, wherein each set of permissions of the plurality of sets of permissions is associated with one item of source content of the plurality of items of source content, determining, by the processing system, whether the request can be satisfied, based on the plurality of sets of permissions, and automatically generating, by the processing system, the synthesized content using the plurality of items of source content, when the request can be satisfied based on the plurality of sets of permissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lauren Savage, Joshua West, Gary Brian Temerowski, II
  • Patent number: 11257000
    Abstract: An individual having a plurality of first features and a second characteristic is identified. A plurality of second features associated with a second characteristic is determined. For each first feature among the plurality of first features, a respective probability distribution indicating, for each respective second feature, a probability that a person having the respective second feature has the first feature, is determined, thereby generating a plurality of probability distributions. A probabilistic classifier is used to combine the plurality of probability distributions, thereby generating a merged probability distribution. A Monte Carlo method is used to generate a prediction set based on the merged probability distribution, the prediction set including a plurality of prediction values for the second characteristic of the individual, each respective prediction value being associated with one of the plurality of second features. The prediction set is stored in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Zoomph, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Mathew, John William Seaman, Ali Reza Manouchehri, Jorge Luis Vasquez, Lee Evan Kohn
  • Patent number: 11250480
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) receiving, by a computing system, from a content-presentation device a request for supplemental content for a content-replacement operation, with the request including an identifier of a stored replacement advertisement segment; (ii) selecting, by the computing system, a replacement advertisement segment for output by the content-presentation device in place of a modifiable advertisement segment; (iii) determining, by the computing system, that the selected replacement advertisement segment is different from the stored replacement advertisement segment; (iv) determining, by the computing system, whether the stored replacement advertisement segment is a valid replacement for the content-replacement operation; (v) determining, by the computing system, that the content-presentation device should output the selected replacement advertisement segment instead of outputting the stored replacement advertisement segment; and (vi) causing, by the computing system, the selec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Grover
  • Patent number: 11252473
    Abstract: Systems and methods presented herein provide for conflict resolution of assets selected for insertion into COD content. In one embodiment, the system includes an interface operable to process a request for asset insertion into the COD content selection. The system also includes an asset conflict resolution module operable to identify asset timeslots within the COD content selection from the request, to evaluate the assets to determine conflicts among the assets, to remove conflicting assets, and to select at least a portion of the remaining assets for insertion in the asset timeslots of the COD content selection. For example, the asset conflict resolution module may determine that conflicts exist between certain assets based on various identifiers associated with the assets and/or content such that the conflicts between the assets may be resolved with the removal of one or more of the assets from potential asset insertion selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Canoe Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Farb, Thomas M. Moretto, Bruce C. Dilger, Timothy R. Whitton, Christopher M. Rippe
  • Patent number: 11244068
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to privacy enforcement via localized personalization. An example device may comprise at least a user interface to present content. A message may be received into a trusted execution environment (TEE) situated within the device or remotely, the message including at least metadata and content. The TEE may determine relevance of the content to a user based on the metadata and user data. Based on the relevance, the TEE may cause the content to be presented to the user via the user interface. In one embodiment, the TEE may be able to personalize the content based on the user data prior to presentation. If the content includes an offer, the TEE may also be able to present counteroffers to the user based on user interaction with the content. The TEE may also be able to cause feedback data to be transmitted to at least the content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Nathan Heldt-Sheller, Thomas G. Willis
  • Patent number: 11245936
    Abstract: Various arrangements for performing dynamic content insertion are presented. A user profile may be identified as active at a television receiver based on the user profile being mapped to a current television viewing session. A plurality of content items that have been output for presentation while the user profile is active may be tracked across a plurality of television viewing sessions. A set of insertion rules may be evaluated that are mapped to a content item. The content item may be determined to have met an output threshold for the user profile. An alternative piece of content may be selected for insertion based on the set of insertion rules and determining that the content item has met the output threshold for the user profile. The television receiver may be triggered to substitute the alternative content item into a television channel stream to replace the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert Drew Major
  • Patent number: 11233840
    Abstract: As a media client receives a media stream for presentation, the media client could receive, in-band with the media stream, metadata identifying the media stream, such as a media-stream identifier encoded as a watermark in the media stream or carried together with the media stream in a packet-based transport stream, among other possibilities. And while the media client is processing the media stream for presentation, the media client could then convey the received metadata out-of-band to a server to enable the server to readily obtain reference fingerprints representing the media stream and to thereby facilitate, based on the reference fingerprints, a content-related action such as dynamic content modification for instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Cormie, Brian Jentz
  • Patent number: 11234027
    Abstract: In one implementation, an automated content compilation system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a content integration software code. The hardware processor executes the content integration software code to receive commercials for presentation with a media content including primary content segments and predetermined advertising intervals, and to assemble commercial clusters corresponding respectively to the predetermined advertising intervals, each of the commercial clusters including a subset of the commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein, Efthimis Stefanidis