Specific To Individual User Or Household Patents (Class 725/34)
  • Patent number: 11076204
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed to transmit electronic information to a user of a step-top box. The system includes a database that stores user registration and product information data. A set-top box is also provided that communicates with a remote controller with a touch screen and a server broadcasts the product information data to a plurality of set-top boxes for display on touch screens of remote controller communicating with the set-top boxes, respectively, without the product information being designated for a specific user of one set-top box. The server also transmits updated product information data that replaces a portion of the original product information data. Furthermore, a processor compares data relating to a transaction request from a user of one set-top box with user registration data stored in the database to identify the user, and that generates customized transaction data that is transmitted to the identified user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HSNi, LLC
    Inventors: Gerard C. Johnson, Sean Bunner, John McDevitt
  • Patent number: 11074597
    Abstract: Described is a system for characterizing communication devices by device type. The system obtains device information for a variety of communication device types, each device type associated with a user account of a bidirectional network. The communication device types are analyzed to perform regional and temporal device characterization, behavioral and feature device characterization, and device homophily analysis on the bidirectional network. The analysis is then used for targeted regional marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Laura Cruz-Albrecht, Jiejun Xu, Kang-Yu Ni, Tsai-Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 11070853
    Abstract: A portable device includes solid-state memory, an Ethernet and/or wireless network connection, and an HDMI. The portable device receives content guide data from a first server and displays a content guide on a display. In response to a user's selection of a content item, the portable device requests the content item over the Internet from a second server. The portable device receives the content item, stores the content item in solid-state memory, generates display signals that represent the content item, and sends the display signals to a display. The second server may match the content item with relevant advertisements based on keywords associated with the content item and the advertisements. The second server may send selected advertisement URLs to the portable device. Using the URLs, the portable device may obtain the advertisements over the Internet and cause the display to display the advertisements in conjunction with the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 11070892
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to present supplemental media on a second screen are disclosed. An example method includes establishing a connection between a digital media device and a computing device based on information identifying the computing device and, in response to establishing the connection, receiving, at the computing device, a first notification from the digital media device including a location of supplemental media; accessing the supplemental media; and in response to accessing the supplemental media, sending a second notification that the supplemental media has been accessed, the second notification to enable media skipping on the digital media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Padmanabhan Soundararajan, Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Topchy
  • Patent number: 11064261
    Abstract: A method for recommending a content by an electronic device is disclosed. The method for recommending a content by an electronic device includes the steps of recommending a content on the basis of a viewing history, calculating recommendation hit ratios of the recommended content according to days of the week and times of the day on the basis of the selection frequency of the recommended content, and storing the same, and based on a specific event occurring, calculating a recommendation hit ratio of a content corresponding to the day and time when the specific event occurred, and based on the calculated recommendation hit ratio satisfying a predetermined condition, directly providing the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do-sung Kim, Sung-won Kim, Mu-gong Bae, Hyun-don Yoon, Bong-seok Lee, Hee-ran Lee
  • Patent number: 11064238
    Abstract: A method, system, or device to determine when media content has been displayed. The method can include receiving a unique identifier (UID) and fingerprint for a media segment. The method can also include determining a media segment ID for the media segment, generating and submitting a query for the media segment ID in a record database, determining that the media segment ID is not stored in the record database, and identifying an overlay content segment ID. The method can include generating and submitting for the overlay content segment ID in the record database, determining it is not stored in an entry, sending the overlay content segment to the electronic device, and receiving a notification from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Grover
  • Patent number: 11057660
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for estimating the peak bit rate for content and specifying the BANDWIDTH tag value for HLS content. This disclosure also describes techniques by which live content and VOD content can be stitched together in a way that harmonizes the different requirements for the BANDWIDTH tag for the different types of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Avinash Priya Khurana, Timothy Prins, Yongjun Wu
  • Patent number: 11038940
    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: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rudolph Mappus, Vijayan Nagarajan, Sheldon Meredith
  • Patent number: 11039180
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing multichannel video programming or content through a terrestrial fiber network of a telecommunications network. One or more high-quality content feeds may be provided to one or more replicator devices of the telecommunications network over a communication line. The replicator devices of the network then deliver one or more replicated content streams generated from the content feeds to any number of customers or receivers of the content also connected to the network. The replicators may be configured to, among other things, provide content streams according to a specific schedule, provide alternative content streams for particular customers or in response to particular events, or operate in conjunction with data analyzers for assessing the quality of the content stream or the reliability of the telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Alexander, Ryan T. Korte
  • Patent number: 11019333
    Abstract: In order to enable efficient utilization of an available bandwidth by properly estimating the available bandwidth under conditions in which the available bandwidth significantly changes upon occurrence of communication path switching, an available bandwidth estimation is performed by estimating a current available bandwidth based on historical communication state information i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Miyagoshi, Masaki Sato, Noriyuki Shimizu, Hiroaki Asano, Hideki Shingu
  • Patent number: 11012532
    Abstract: Methods and systems for circumventing content blocking systems are disclosed. Example implementations include detecting the presence of an existing blocker that disrupts a first content-type and circumventing the blocker, such that a circumvented first content-type is presented to a user. The method can also include determining that the blocker has adjusted to block the circumvented content, in which case, the method can include disrupting presentation of a second content-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Sourcepoint USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Geir Magnusson, Jr., Joseph Mifsud, Dmitri Rabinowitz, Chase Cundiff, Max Newbould
  • Patent number: 11012761
    Abstract: Techniques are described for expanding and/or improving the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 television protocol in robustly delivering the next generation broadcast television services. An empty x-link period is provided at the end of an MPD to alert a newly tuning in receiver to obtain and insert a replacement ad in the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Luke Fay, Graham Clift
  • Patent number: 10985931
    Abstract: A system including a digital component request server that receives digital component requests for a supplemental digital component that will be presented in an additional multicast stream that is different to a multicast stream that is delivering content; a digital component distribution server that i) selects supplemental digital components to distribute over the additional multicast streams, the supplemental digital components being selected for one of the additional multicast streams being different to the supplemental digital component selected for each of the other additional multicast streams, and that ii) assigns one group of a plurality of groups of the multiple client devices to a respective one of the additional multicast streams; and an instruction generation server that generates instructions for the multiple client devices to tune to the respective additional multicast streams assigned to the group of multiple client devices that includes the different client device that submitted the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tyrone Nakahara, Stella Loh
  • Patent number: 10977682
    Abstract: A method of classifying a product placement in a video using rule sets is disclosed. Each rule of the rule set includes a value and one or more defining rule elements. An attribute rule set is created with attribute values and attribute elements that define levels of audio visual prominence of a product in the video. An integration rule set is created with integration values and integration elements where the integration elements define levels of integration of the product with video continuity. The video is partitioned at product scene changes to create product blocks. For each product block, an attribute value is selected based on the attribute elements and an integration value is selected based on the integration elements. An impact parameter for the video is derived as a function of the selected attribute values and integration value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Comscore, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Zazza, Boris Vychodil
  • Patent number: 10979523
    Abstract: A method includes sending, from a portable computing device to a media device, first data indicating media content provided to a display device when a particular local area network was not accessible to the portable computing device. The media device generates or updates a user profile based on the first data and causes a first media content item to be recorded based on the user profile. The method includes receiving, from the media device via the particular local area network, a notification identifying the first media content item and a storage size associated with the first media content item. The method also includes, in response to determining that a pre-cache memory does not have available capacity to store the first media content item based on the storage size, deleting a second media content item from the pre-cache memory and storing the first media content item at the pre-cache memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 10972800
    Abstract: An apparatus caused to: in respect of video imagery of an event at which one or more commenting users are present and have submitted comments, a location of the or each of the one or more commenting users visible in the video imagery; based on a current view of the video imagery provided for display to a user and at least one comment having location information associated therewith indicative of one or more of (i) the location, at the time of making the comment, of the commenting user who submitted the comment at the event, (ii) a location, at the event, specified by the commenting user who submitted the comment at the event; provide for display of the comment overlaid over the current view of the video imagery, the comment displayed in the current view of the video imagery at a position that corresponds to the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Arto Lehtiniemi, Antti Eronen, Jussi Leppänen, Juha Arrasvuori
  • Patent number: 10972801
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus including a control circuit that controls access to content and determines an operation mode of the electronic apparatus, and a monitoring circuit that monitors the access to the content, acquires content access information, and generates a table. The control circuit causes each of the content access information acquired by the monitoring circuit and the table generated by the monitoring circuit to be stored in a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium of the electronic apparatus. The monitoring circuit can update the content access parameters as additional content access information is acquired, and when the control circuit determines that the electronic apparatus is in an active mode, the control circuit can refer to the table and select, when access parameters of the active mode match the updated content access parameters, a current content to be output from the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Xuewei Zhao, Qiang Huang, Biao Liu, Haiting Feng, Qiongbo Liu
  • Patent number: 10963806
    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 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Mathew, John William Seaman, Ali Reza Manouchehri, Jorge Luis Vasquez, Lee Evan Kohn
  • Patent number: 10945006
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are provided for identifying a video segment displayed on a screen of a remote television system, and providing an option to switch to an alternative or related version of the video program that includes the video segment. For example, video segments displayed on a screen of a television system can be identified, and contextually-targeted content or contextually-related alternative content can be provided to a television system based on the identification of a video segment. The alternative or related version of the video program can include the currently displayed program in an on-demand format that can be viewed off-line and can be started over from a beginning portion of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: INSCAPE DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Zeev Neumeier, Michael Collette
  • Patent number: 10945025
    Abstract: A content provider may receive an indication for supplemental content to be output to a target audience, determine a first content item to be viewed by the target audience based on one or more characteristics of the target audience, and may send an indication for the supplemental content to be output at a time associated with the output of the first content item. The content provider may determine a quantity of devices which output the supplemental content for a first time and may determine that this quantity of devices is below a target quantity of devices to output the supplemental content for the first time during a particular time period. The content provider may determine a second content item to be viewed by the target audience and may send an indication for the supplemental content to be output at a time associated with output of the second content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Bress
  • Patent number: 10936695
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for distributing online content (e.g., news articles, blog posts, and the like) to a social media provider at a point in time determined based on topic maturity. One or more metrics are obtained from each of a plurality of social media providers. The metrics relate to a topic associated with a document for publishing on the social media providers. A measure is determined for each of the social media providers. The measure indicates when to publish the document on the social media provider based on the metrics associated with that provider. Upon determining that the measure exceeds a threshold for at least one of the social media providers, the document is published to the social media provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Cristina Bonanni, Giuseppe Ciano, Gianluca Della Corte, Antonio Di Cocco, Alessandro Donatelli, Filomena Ferrara, Giuseppe Longobardi, Antonio Sgro'
  • Patent number: 10929886
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for determining personalized timing for generating for display advertisements to users. Rather than an expert determining time segments of a media asset most suitable for presenting advertisements to users, the most suitable time segments in a media asset for presenting advertisements to users may be customized based on a user's profile information and/or the user's level of engagement in a media asset. The media guidance application may parse a media asset into multiple time segments and determine one or more time segments associated with metadata that matches content characteristics preferred by the user. One or more advertisements may be presented to the user in these time segments determined by the media guidance application instead of the time segments determined by the expert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 10932013
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for causing to be provided reminders during consumption of a content item. The system detects subjects and the associations among them that are referenced in the content item and generates metadata with information about the associations. The metadata is used to determine, during later content item consumption, if at least one criterion for providing a reminder of the association is satisfied. For example, a criterion that at least two months must pass before a reminder is given regarding the relationship between characters in a video game is satisfied when a video game player has not been shown information about the relationship in three months. Accordingly, the system causes to be displayed the reminder of the association when the at least criterion is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ROVl GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Aman Puniyani, Ankur Anil Aher, Jagadeswar Reddy Mettupalli
  • Patent number: 10931994
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments disclosed herein, there are provided methods and systems for implementing a direct-to-air management and audit platform for dynamic advertising content. For example, in accordance with one embodiment, there is a system to implement direct-to-air management and audit platform for dynamic advertising content, wherein the system comprises: an interface to one or more advertisers; an interface to one or more traffic manager systems; an interface to one or more broadcast stations; and auditing means for tracking and reporting compliance of advertising content by the one or more broadcast stations pursuant to specifications for the performance of the advertising content as established by the one or more traffic managers. Other related embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Synchronicity Finance LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Armstrong, Reese Armstrong, Rondee Quinton Businger
  • Patent number: 10924885
    Abstract: Messaging communications systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example system includes a beacon architecture including a server; and a plurality of beacons arranged around an environment, the server being configured to sense a real-time center of gravity of a communication device from any of the plurality of beacons receiving communications from the communication device, the real-time center of gravity being a location of the communication device within the environment, transmit a notification to the communication device, the notification including a link to content based on the real-time center of gravity, and transmit the content to the communication device based on a selection of the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Best Network Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Jules Best
  • Patent number: 10917672
    Abstract: A media content packaging and distribution system that controls distribution of a channel to be viewed on a plurality of user-computing devices associated with a plurality of specific subscriber accounts, receives a plurality of user-preferences from at least one of the plurality of user-computing devices over one or more communication mediums, and generate a plurality of customized media feeds of a media feed of the channel, based on at least the received plurality of user-preferences. The generated plurality of customized media feeds represents a plurality of user-specific versions of the channel. The plurality of customized media feeds is communicated over the one or more communication mediums to be viewed on the plurality of user-computing devices. The media feed corresponds to at least one of a live media feed, or a stored media feed, and the plurality of user-computing devices is associated with one or more regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Nishith Kumar Sinha, Mark Cooper Pope, V
  • Patent number: 10917699
    Abstract: The present invention relates to broadcasting/multicasting of media content over a communication network using shared bandwidth available from peer-to-peer networking. The system includes a plurality of broadcast devices, a plurality of receiving devices, a plurality of databases, and a control center. The control center provides a number of services, including but not limited to channel control, ad insertion, conditional access, program guide services, and the like. Media content, which can be television, radio, and other data, is received from various content providers and converted into digital data packets, having a suitable format for transmission. Each receiving device will request the relevant packets, decode the received packets, and display or present the media content contained in the packets via an associated device. Packets may be received directly from the broadcast devices or from peers/receiving devices on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TVU Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Shen, Jay Shen
  • Patent number: 10909383
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure aim to improve upon methods and systems for the incorporation of additional material into source video data. In particular, the method of the present disclosure may use a pre-existing corpus of source video data to produce, test and refine a prediction model for enabling the prediction of the characteristics of placement opportunities. The model may be created using video analysis techniques which obtain metadata regarding placement opportunities and also through the identification of categorical characteristics relating to the source video which may be provided as metadata with the source video, or obtaining through image processing techniques described below. Using the model, the method and system may then be used to create a prediction of insertion zone characteristics for projects for which source video is not yet available, but for which information corresponding to the identified categorical characteristics is known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mirriad Advertising PLC
    Inventors: Tim Harris, Philip McLauchlan, David Ok
  • Patent number: 10898807
    Abstract: A system and method relate to interleaved video game play associated with a web-based or device-resident program application selected via a client device. Upon execution of the program application, a game server is linked to the client, wherein a first set of executable iterations/portions of the original application are interleaved with a second set of iterations/portions comprising specified gameplay objects programmed to interact with dynamic text objects. At least for the second set, text strings are obtained in association with a first text source. The dynamically applied text objects are generated via a first set of rules associated at least with the selected application. Further based on the obtained text strings, the interleaved gameplay involves interacting with the gameplay objects via a second set of rules associated with the selected program application. The first text source may be an advertisement selected from campaigns associated with an ad server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Music Powered Games, LLC
    Inventors: Robert V. Wells, Brian K. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10902475
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein to detect access of a predefined resource by a target account. Responsive to the detected access of the predefined resource, a sender account is determined for a persistent message to be received by the target account. The persistent message is sent from the sender account to the target account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lindsey Laura Edwards, Sean Colin Wiser, Guangyu Dong, Vikram Rangnekar
  • Patent number: 10897641
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to displaying notifications for content items on a mobile device to a user. A processor receives meta-data associated with the content item and receives context data indicative of a current context of the mobile device. The processor then determines a first value based on the meta-data, the context data and historical data indicative of historical interactions with historical notifications that are based on the meta-data, the first value being indicative of a current likelihood of the user interacting with a notification that is based on the meta-data. Finally, the processor sends first output data based on the first value to an output module to allow selectively outputting the notification based on the current likelihood. By selectively outputting the notification based on the current likelihood the notification can be withheld until the user is likely to interact with the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Sourse Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Maximilian Ott, Lars Henrik Petander
  • Patent number: 10887647
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing an enriched content services over a network. In one embodiment, the exemplary apparatus and methods leverage extant high-bandwidth capabilities of a managed network for delivering content downstream, as well as standards-compliant ultra-low latency and high data rate services (e.g., 5G NR services) for uploading content. In one embodiment, the exemplary apparatus and methods are implemented to synchronize content delivered of extant HFC architectures and DOCSIS protocols with user-generated or other content uploaded to a network entity (e.g., server apparatus) via an IP connection established utilized 5G NR services. Additional features include, among other, enhancements which enable user participation individually, or with other subscribers, in live or recorded content-based activities (such as e.g., auctioning, broadcasting, interactive commentary/gaming, exercising, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Curt Wong, Sami Makinen, Maulik Vaidya
  • Patent number: 10878442
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for determining information. A first user device for presenting content to a user is identified. A second co-located device is identified. A determination is made, based on one or more criteria, to use audible or inaudible sound emitted from the first device to ascertain whether audio controls on the first device and a speaker associated with the first device are enabled. A token that is to be played on the first device is identified. A notification is provided to the second co-located device to listen for the token emitted by the first device. The token for playing on the first device is provided. Information related to a recording is received from the second co-located device. A determination is made whether the first device's audio controls and speakers are enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Gavin James
  • Patent number: 10869103
    Abstract: A method of digital advertising, comprising: receiving a plurality of video material sources; optionally converting video material from a format of said sources into one or more placement operating formats; placing a digital advertising component into video material; and outputting the video material with the digital advertising component integrated within it for distribution. Preferred embodiments of the invention involve generating a market for placement zones suitable for receiving digital advertising components, wherein a market is generated by for example a bidding process against one or more available placement zones or offering one or more available placement zones with an indication its value/price. Also disclosed are computer apparatus and systems for performing the above-mentioned methods and related methods, and a system and method for management and manipulation of digital assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mirriad Advertising PLC
    Inventors: Mark Popkiewicz, Philip McLauchlan
  • Patent number: 10853983
    Abstract: In implementations of suggestions to enrich digital artwork, a suggestion system identifies a first object in the digital artwork and suggests a second object for addition to the digital artwork based on the second object having a co-occurrence relationship with the first object. The co-occurrence relationship is based on the first object and the second object appearing together in an image of an image set. A user may select the second object to add to the artwork or the user may be inspired by the second object to enrich the digital artwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventor: Nikhil Tailang
  • Patent number: 10853851
    Abstract: A system for determining customer interest in goods includes one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions. The processors are configured to receive customer location data from a smart device associated with a customer indicating the customer is within a retail venue of a retailer and to monitor, based on the customer location data, a current location of the customer within the retail venue. The processors are further configured to receive goods location data indicating locations of goods for sale within the retail venue and determine that the customer is interested in a particular good for sale within the retail venue based on the current customer location remaining in proximity to the location of the particular good for a predetermined period of time. The processors also conduct a search of pricing of the particular good at one or more other retailers and send a price comparison to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Salik Shah
  • Patent number: 10848824
    Abstract: A multimedia stream may be abandoned (e.g., terminated) under various contexts. Metadata surrounding the abandonment, such as information regarding multimedia segments shown at or near the time of abandonment, may be stored. A system may detect satisfaction of a condition based at least in part on abandonment metadata associated with an abandoned stream, obtain a set of abandonment metadata sharing a characteristic in common, and determine a cause. Depending on the determined cause, various mitigations may be executed—for example, if abandonment of streams is detected in a specific location at a particular point or period in time, one or more network diagnostics tests may be executed to determine whether there are network connectivity issues for viewers from the specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Brinkley, Meera Jindal, Khawaja Salman Shams, Alex Xiaoye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10805679
    Abstract: A multimedia stream may be abandoned (e.g., terminated) under various contexts. Metadata surrounding the abandonment, such as information regarding multimedia segments shown at or near the time of abandonment, may be stored. A system may detect satisfaction of a condition based at least in part on abandonment metadata associated with an abandoned stream, obtain a set of abandonment metadata sharing a characteristic in common, and determine a cause. Depending on the determined cause, various mitigations may be executed—for example, if abandonment of streams is detected in a specific location at a particular point or period in time, one or more network diagnostics tests may be executed to determine whether there are network connectivity issues for viewers from the specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Brinkley, Meera Jindal, Khawaja Salman Shams, Alex Xiaoye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10805570
    Abstract: A method for processing multimedia data is disclose, including: determining whether at least one frame associated with the multimedia data has been decoded; in response to the determination that the at least one frame associated with the multimedia data has been decoded, drawing a transparent area on a display interface; and instructing a multimedia data playing window and the at least one frame associated with the multimedia data to be drawn, wherein the transparent area and the multimedia data playing window overlap at different drawing layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jiangwei Li
  • Patent number: 10798445
    Abstract: In a substitutional media system, one of a set of media items is selected at a programme receiver for output within a predefined programming slot, based on profile data available at the receiver. Sets of the media items are scheduled to slots according to one or more constraints pertaining to that slot and/or to media items scheduled to other slots. The receiver may select a media item for output in a slot by resolving constraints with media items scheduled to other slots, or selected for output in other slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Sky CP Limited
    Inventors: Christopher John Patten, Christopher David Caines, Jeffrey Russell Eales, Herve Murret-Labarthe
  • Patent number: 10796333
    Abstract: Inventory data representing for each of a plurality of broadcast stations a corresponding inventory of audio advertising spots available from that broadcast station to be filled by an advertising exchange system is stored. One or more sets of advertising campaign data, each representing a set of advertising objectives of an advertising campaign, is received via a demand side interface. The inventory data is received via a supply side interface. The inventory data is used to determine for each advertising campaign a corresponding set of advertising spots to be associated with that advertising campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Jelli, Inc.
    Inventors: Jateen P. Parekh, Michael S. Dougherty, Torsten Schulz, John Paul LeFlohic, Sreeharsha Kamireddy
  • Patent number: 10791354
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for providing advertising-supported television, including linear television, on-demand or DVR television using the programmability and Internet-connectivity of modern “smart” televisions and/or “smart” cable set top boxes, “smart” DVRs, and “smart” streaming devices to enable viewers to selectively opt-out of advertisements for individual, enabled programs, while compensating broadcasters for the resulting loss of advertising revenue. For a subscription fee, viewers on the TV channel in use (without requiring an input change or subscription to an “over-the-top” service) can seamlessly view their favorite shows entirely ad-free on TV channels. Upon delivering the ad-free experience, software is used to calculate and remit household-level micropayments of lost program ad revenue for participating networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Neal H. Frank
  • Patent number: 10785681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for feature-driven machine-to-machine communications are described. At a feature encoder, features are extracted from sensed raw information, to generate features that compress the raw information by a compression ratio. The feature encoder implements a probabilistic encoder to generate the features, each feature providing information about a respective probability distribution that each represents one or more aspects of the subject. The probabilistic encoder is designed to provide a compression ratio that satisfies a predetermined physical channel capacity limit for a transmission channel. The features are transmitted over the transmission channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiqun Ge, Wuxian Shi, Wen Tong, Qifan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10779043
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method uses a notification of a programming event to determine an entity of a media program and an availability pair. The availability pair identifies an entitlement and a location combination for viewing the media program. the method queries a database using the entity and the availability pair in a query to determine a first set of user profiles associated with the entity and a second set of user profiles associated with the availability pair. The first list of user profiles and the second list of user profiles are analyzed to select at least the portion of the first set of user profiles and the second set of user profiles. Then, the method performs an action for the at least the portion of the first set of user profiles and the second set of user profiles based on an occurrence of the programming event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Minlin Zhang, Hank Hwang, Yingan Wang
  • Patent number: 10778835
    Abstract: There is disclosed a technique of associating device activity to a broadcast programme, comprising: receiving a model for a broadcast programme identifying portions of content and portions of breaks in the content; monitoring, via a client software module running on users' mobile devices, said device's active or inactive states; receiving an activity stream of a user device; comparing the activity stream to the model of the broadcast programme to identify a correlation between them; inferring a user of the user device as watching the broadcast programme based on a level of the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald CheShun Chao
  • Patent number: 10771831
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that predicts an interest of a viewer in a media program that will be available for consumption over a content delivery network, determines a first advertisement that may be shown to the viewer during a broadcast of the media program, and transmits the first advertisement to a local device of the viewer in advance of the broadcast of the media program. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd Andrew Fryer, Nicholas Nicas, David Irvin
  • Patent number: 10748203
    Abstract: A system and method for serving related content via a content sharing service are provided. An example method involves serving media content and shared content from a content sharing service; providing a set of content items related to the media content, the set of content items to be presented with the shared content and the media content; detecting interactions with the shared content, the interactions comprising an indication that the shared content is consumed beyond a time threshold; and updating the set of content items presented with the shared content based on an analysis of the interactions with the shared content, wherein the updating adds a content item associated with the shared content while the shared content is being presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Joseph Daverin
  • Patent number: 10735780
    Abstract: Secondary media content is displayed based on metadata of primary media content, the secondary content specifying a data transfer action. Input can be received from a paired wireless input device. Upon receiving the input, the data transfer action can be executed, wherein the data transfer action includes retrieving transferable data specified according to the secondary media content; and transmitting the retrieved transferable data to an unpaired device via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Swapna Janugani
  • Patent number: 10735791
    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: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    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: 10735811
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving one or more media content items; creating one or more leveraged content items from the media content item(s) by extracting one or more leverage points from the media content item(s); obtaining user information, such as user preferences and user context; selecting a selected content item from the leveraged content item(s) based on the user information; creating a custom content item by further extracting a subset of the leverage points from the selected content item based on the user information; and presenting the custom content item to the user's equipment. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Volinsky, Zhu Liu, Eric Zavesky, Deirdre Paul, David Crawford Gibbon