Electronic Program Guide Patents (Class 725/39)
  • Patent number: 11190852
    Abstract: A controlling device is provided with the ability to present personalized program guide information by using personal preferences provided to a home computing device. The personal preferences are used to filter program guide data received at the home computing device whereby the program guide data will include only programming information for user-specified sources of programming for each of plural, different user-specified periods of time. The filtered program guide data is then downloaded to the controlling device from the home computing device for use in connection with an application of the controlling device that functions to display program guide information within a display of the controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 11190398
    Abstract: In general, certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods and/or systems for self-configuration of an electronic device to a wireless network is provided, which includes a wireless communication interface, one or more processors, memory, and one or more programs stored in the memory which comprise instructions for the wireless communication interface to send a plurality of multicast packets to a plurality of specific destination addresses. The plurality of multicast packets includes encoded messages in the plurality of specific destination addresses that allow a wireless connection device, with wireless capable hardware, to automatically configure itself to be able to access a wireless network. According to various embodiments, the wireless network may be a secure wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TIVO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anders Johan Oedlund
  • Patent number: 11184416
    Abstract: Continuing electronic media entertainment on a personal electronic device (PED) after completion of a travel segment. Streaming characteristics for streaming of an electronic media item to a PED on board an aircraft via a first connection may be monitored and, if streaming of the remaining portion of the electronic media item will exceed the remaining travel time, trigger some or all of an excess portion of the electronic media item to be sent to the PED. The PED may store the excess portion in an access-controlled media file. After completion of the travel segment (e.g., at the destination location), the PED may resume playback of the electronic media item by obtaining a playback control code via a second, different connection. The second connection may be a different type of connection, or may be an indirect connection, in some cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: VIASAT, INC.
    Inventors: Nirmalkumar Velayudhan, Joshua J. Righetti, Jonathan M. Putnam
  • Patent number: 11181862
    Abstract: A novel holographic transport and communication room system utilizes a single red-green-blue (RGB)-depth (RGB-D) camera to capture the motion of a dynamic target, which is required to rotate around the RGB-D camera, instead of capturing three-dimensional volume of the dynamic target conventionally with a plurality of multi-angle cameras positioned around the dynamic target. The captured 3D volume of the dynamic target subject undergoes relighting, subject depth calculations, geometrical extrapolations, and volumetric reconstructions in a machine-learning graphical transformation feedback loop to synthesize a refined real-time hologram. The resulting hologram in one holographic room system is shared with other users occupying other holographic room systems equipped with similar holographic capabilities for live bilateral or multilateral holographic visualization and collaboration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: DOUBLEME, Inc.
    Inventor: Heekwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11184655
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing the delay and optimizing the process of delivering real-time media segments on communication networks. This is accomplished by allowing media segment requests to be queued ahead of the time that the segment exists. The system includes the ability to request segments by selected criteria or by explicit reference naming techniques. This reduces delay and optimizes bandwidth usage when applied within otherwise high latency communication networks, including Content Delivery Networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Look At Me, Inc
    Inventor: Jonathan James Valliere
  • Patent number: 11184680
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus that includes circuitry configured to generate transport protocol selection information used for selecting a transport protocol to be used in a specific service from a plurality of transport protocols conforming to a predetermined standard; and transmit, together with the transport protocol selection information, a content provided by the specific service according to the transport protocol set in the transport protocol selection information, and the plurality of transport protocols include at least ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport) and MMT (MPEG Media Transport).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 11166083
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a broadcast signal including one or more signal frames; parsing the one or more signal frames including one or more service components in DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) format, description information providing mapping between a service component and a DASH representation found in an MPD (Media Presentation Description), and a signaling table, the signaling table including a service identifier identifying the service and bootstrapping information to obtain the MPD and the description information, the description information including a transport session id representing a transport session carrying one or more service components, a DASH representation id representing a DASH representation corresponding to the one or more service components carried in the transport session and an IP address and port information of one or more IP packets that carry the transport session; and parsing the signaling table to obtain the description information and the MPD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Woosuk Ko, Woosuk Kwon, Jangwon Lee, Sungryong Hong, Kyoungsoo Moon
  • Patent number: 11159853
    Abstract: A mobile terminal has a communication processing unit that transmits, to a video display apparatus for displaying a broadcasted video content, a request for setting a viewing schedule of the video content. A storage unit stores a starting time of the video content for which the setting of the viewing schedule has been requested; and an information provision unit provides information to a user of the mobile terminal. A control unit determines whether the video display apparatus is existent around the mobile terminal. At a first predetermined time before the starting time, the information provision unit notifies the user of the first predetermined time. If the video display apparatus is not existent around the mobile terminal at a second predetermined time before the starting time, the information provision unit then notifies the user that it is the second predetermined time before the starting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Motoyuki Suzuki, Hideo Nishijima
  • Patent number: 11153647
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for generating for display depictions of tournament-style competitions restricting user's access to any content that may spoil the results of the tournament. A user may request to view a display that contains a tournament and participating competitors. Requests may be received from users to view recordings of tournament competitions or a results display with the tournament bracket displayed. The media guidance application may access recorded versions of competitions from internal and external directories. Furthermore, the media guidance application may compare user viewing progress data and competitor progress data to ensure the user does not prematurely view results of any competitions of interest to the user. If the media guidance application determines a user's progress is less than the progress of the user's favorite team, visual representations of the competitions that may spoil the outcome of the user's favorite team's competition may be blacked out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Milan Indu Patel
  • Patent number: 11153370
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a resource scheduling method and system, the method including: periodically collecting, by a resource scheduling system, target client available bandwidths of node servers corresponding to a target client in a target area and a real-time bandwidth demand of the target client in the target area; determining, by the resource scheduling system, a target node server in all the node servers according to the real-time bandwidth demand, bandwidth costs of all the node servers, and the target client available bandwidth; and scheduling, by the resource scheduling system, a service access request of the target client in the target area to the target node server. According to the present disclosure, bandwidth costs of a CDN acceleration service can be effectively reduced, and a use ratio of a bandwidth resource of a node server with relatively low bandwidth costs can also be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Wangsu Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhujue Yang
  • Patent number: 11153651
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a methods, an apparatus and a device for obtaining play data, and a storage medium, including: receiving request information sent by a user, and transmitting the request information to a server, so that the server searches VOD data and EPG data simultaneously according to the request information, where the EPG data includes live broadcast data and live broadcast playback data; receiving the VOD data and the EPG data sent by the server; displaying the VOD data and the EPG data simultaneously, when the VOD data and the EPG data are determined to have been received. Therefore, the VOD data and the EPG data may be searched simultaneously, and the terminal device may simultaneously obtain the VOD data and the EPG data, allowing the user to obtain the VOD data and the EPG data simultaneously, so as to facilitate the user to watch the data in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Zhike Zhang, Fei Wang, Jiaguang Lu, Zhouwei Zhai, Wenlin Dong, Hongwei Ma, Zhaoji Xu, Sheng Chen, Weiwen Gao, Ning Li
  • Patent number: 11134305
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes receiving first content at a content-presentation device and presenting the first content, the first content comprising a first audio-content component. The content-presentation device may receive second content comprising a second audio-content component. The content-presentation device may determine a switch time at which to switch from presenting the first content to presenting the second content. During a first time interval prior to the switch time and ending at the switch time, the volume of the first audio-content component may be decreased to zero. At the switch time, the content-presentation device may switch from presenting the first content to presenting the second content. During a second time interval beginning at the switch time and ending at a second time after the switch time, the volume of the second audio-content component may be increased from zero to a non-zero volume level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Laurence Ashbacher, Steven Michael Cormie, Stefanos Christakis Liassides, Matthew George Grover, Matthew Simon Pearce
  • Patent number: 11128922
    Abstract: A method of transmitting broadcast data by a broadcast receiver that is connected to a companion device. The method includes receiving a broadcast signal including service data and Electronic Service Guide (ESG) information for the service data; time deinterleaving the service data and the ESG information; decoding the service data and the ESG information; and transmitting the ESG information to the companion device. Further, content information is acquired based on the ESG information, the content information representing component information including at least one of a video component element describing a role of a video component, an audio component element describing a role of an audio component, a closed caption component element describing a role of a closed caption component, or an application component element describing a role of an application component, and the content information further representing a capability element for the at least one of the video component or the audio component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungjoo An, Seungryul Yang, Woosuk Ko, Jinwon Lee, Kyoungsoo Moon, Sungryong Hong, Minsung Kwak
  • Patent number: 11128923
    Abstract: A television program switching method includes that a program selection instruction entered by a user is received when an electronic program guide (EPG) screen is displayed on a mobile terminal, where the program selection instruction includes a program identifier, and where the EPG screen includes at least two program identifiers and first program information corresponding to each program identifier. The EPG is searched for program frequency information corresponding to the program identifier according to the program identifier, and the program frequency information is sent to a to-be-controlled television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Honor Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qingquan Peng
  • Patent number: 11120796
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to a data processing system to process data packets in a voice activated computer network environment. The data processing system can improve the efficiency of the network by generating non-video data responses to voice commands received from a client device if a display associated with a client device is in an OFF state. A digital assistant application executed on the client device can send to the data processing system client device configuration data, which includes the state of the display device, among status data of other components of the client device. The data processing system can receive a current volume of speakers associated with the client device, and set a volume level for the client device based on the current volume level and a minimum response volume level at the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Jian Wei Leong
  • Patent number: 11113350
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving, by a processing system including a processor, a product description; determining product attributes; obtaining end user information including behavior history and language history; and modifying the product description based on the end user information. The modifying includes identifying text regarding selected attributes of the product, based on natural language processing (NLP) of the text description and the language history of the end user; and adding the identified text to the text description. The method also includes presenting the modified product description at the equipment of the end user; determining an end user behavior responsive to the presenting; and updating the end user information in accordance with the end user behavior. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Miranda Huet, James Pratt, Donald Perciful, Eric Zavesky, Michael Gonzales, Yupeng Jia
  • Patent number: 11070878
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes initiating a transmission of a first media program of one or more media programs from a provider to a primary receiver authorized to receive the first media program, the first media program having media content, and receiving media data from a secondary receiver, the media data generated by the secondary receive from the media content reproduced and provided by the primary receiver to the secondary receiver. The method also includes comparing the media data received from the secondary receiver with the media content transmitted by the provider to the primary receiver to determine a match between the media data received from the secondary receiver and the media content transmitted by the provider to the primary receiver, and authorizing reception of the one or more media programs by the secondary receiver when the comparing determines the match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Fox Latin American Channel, LLC
    Inventors: Hernan Lopez, Guillermo Contreras, Maria Victoria Arostegui, Leonardo Rosales, Ricardo Mazariegos, Matias Dere, Pablo Mintz, Juan Weiss, Juan M. Sola, Christopher Douglas Blandy, Christen Cecilia Chambers, Casey Frith-Smith
  • Patent number: 11055293
    Abstract: A user engagement platform may be maintained in association with an application or service. The user engagement platform may be configurable to provide user engagement content to users of the application or service. A request to perform an operation on first user engagement content may be received from an authorized administrator. The first user engagement content may be configurable by the authorized administrator to be automatically provided to users of the application or service in response to occurrence of a first event. The operation may be performed on the first user engagement content. It may be determined that the first event has occurred in association with a first user of the application or service. The first user engagement content may be caused to be displayed on a device of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Salesforce.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph David Ryan, Adam McCormick Doti, Lila Jane Lancaster Giuili, Justin Zachary Spadea, Ruchi Agarwal, Nithyanandniranjan Chandarraj, Varun Suhas Deshpande
  • Patent number: 11051083
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and a file generation apparatus that make it possible to appropriately reproduce a BV content. An image processing apparatus includes a file processor that selects, from a plurality of streams included in a 3D object content, a plurality of the streams to be used for reproduction of the 3D object content on the basis of group information for selection of the stream appropriate for reproduction of the 3D object content, a file including the group information. The present technology is applicable to a client apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Takahashi, Mitsuhiro Hirabayashi, Mitsuru Katsumata, Toshiya Hamada
  • Patent number: 11044785
    Abstract: The Automated Content Upload System networks a plurality of aircraft together when they are parked at the gates of an airport. Communications among the aircraft are guided by a Content Manager, resident at or near the airport, which maintains data representative of InFlight Entertainment Content presently stored on each aircraft and the list of scheduled InFlight Entertainment Content available on each aircraft. The Content Manager guides the exchange of InFlight Entertainment Content among the aircraft, as well as from the Content Manager to the aircraft, to automatically distribute InFlight Entertainment Content to the aircraft efficiently and timely. This process includes the ability to multicast data from the Content Manager to multiple aircraft in a single transmission, obtaining content delivery efficiency, populating multiple aircraft via a single transmission from the Content Manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Adrian Lauer
  • Patent number: 11017601
    Abstract: A novel method for enhancing mixed-reality space map creation and mapping format compatibilities among various three-dimensional mixed-reality space and experience construction platforms is disclosed. In one example, mapped space information, current location information, geotagging information, timestamps, map scanning device information, and map creation user information are fetched from a native 3D map dataset, and are saved separately along with the native 3D map dataset. Based on a specific 3D map standardization scheme, the fetched information and at least some portions of the native 3D map dataset can then be saved as an XML metadata file. If a 3D map decoding device requesting the 3D map is deemed incompatible to the native 3D map dataset format, then the mixed-reality space map creation and mapping format compatibility-enhancing method converts the XML file on the fly into a 3D map format determined to be most compatible with the 3D map decoding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: DOUBLEME, INC.
    Inventor: Heekwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11012754
    Abstract: A display apparatus for searching and a control method thereof are provided. The method includes displaying an image content, determining whether a search function is performed while the image content is displayed, and in response to the determining that the search function is performed while the image content is displayed, transmitting information of the image content to an external server. The method further includes receiving, from the external server, information of a search record of one or more viewers of the image content, and providing information of one or more search terms that are related to the image content, based on the information of the search record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok-jae Oh, Sung-yoon Song
  • Patent number: 10991166
    Abstract: An electric appliance control method, a terminal, an electric appliance, an electronic equipment and a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Kang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10977077
    Abstract: A computing node may receive, from a set of computing nodes including the computing node, a corresponding set of heartbeat messages related to selecting a scheduler computing node for scheduling one or more jobs for the set of computing nodes. The computing node may determine, based on the set of heartbeat messages, whether the computing node is to be selected as the scheduler computing node based on: whether the computing node has been selected as the scheduler computing node a fewest number of times as compared to other computing nodes included in the set of computing nodes, and whether the scheduler is being executed by any computing node included in the set of computing nodes. The computing node may selectively schedule the one or more jobs for the set of computing nodes based on determining whether the computing node is to be selected as the scheduler computing node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Gopi Kancharla, David Gillam, Chris Sering
  • Patent number: 10972804
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein enable a media device to be controlled from any location via a network-based device. For example, a user, using a control device, initiates a command that identifies media content to be streamed by the media device. The command is transmitted to a proxy device coupled to the media device and a network-based device. The proxy device transmits the command to the network-based device, which translates the command into a format compatible with the media device. The translated command is transmitted to the proxy device, which transmits the translated command to the media device. The media device streams the media content based on the received translated command. Alternatively, the control device and the proxy device are integrated as a single device, which generates and transmits the command to the network-based device, receives the translated command from the network-based device, and transmits the translated command to the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventors: Ashish D. Aggarwal, Vinod K. Gopinath, Sharath H. Satheesh, Bitto Niclavose
  • Patent number: 10958985
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for providing an interactive advertising system and components thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Winview, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lockton, Kathy Austin Lockton
  • Patent number: 10958366
    Abstract: Method of recording a program, a broadcasting of which is advertised by a trailer, the recording method comprising the steps: of continuously recording a telebroadcast program while it is being viewed by the user while preserving the recording at least over a recording period preceding a present viewing instant; when the trailer of the forthcoming telebroadcast program is broadcast, of receiving a recording request signal; of analyzing the recording of the telebroadcast program while it is being viewed over the recording period preceding the reception of the recording request signal so as to obtain programming parameters; of recording the forthcoming telebroadcast program by using the programming parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAGEMCOM BROADBAND SAS
    Inventors: Laurent Herrmann, Julien Sebire
  • Patent number: 10958957
    Abstract: This application relates to systems and techniques for automatically and/or dynamically generating a network map. The network map can be updated based on a changed condition, which can include, among other things, a change in the underlying schedule and/or underlying data (e.g., weather data, news data, etc.). The network map can be updated in real time and/or in accordance with a predetermined schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Recentive Analytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andysheh Tabrizi, Evan Charles Smith
  • Patent number: 10924823
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a cloud-based system for performing cloud-based image rendering for video stream enrichment includes a video forwarding unit and a video enrichment unit. The video forwarding unit is configured to detect one or more non-interactive video player(s) linked to the video forwarding unit over a communication network, forward a video stream to the non-interactive video player(s), and forward the video stream to the video enrichment unit. The video enrichment unit is configured to receive the video stream, detect one or more interactive video player(s) linked to the video enrichment unit over the communication network, identify a video enhancement corresponding to one or more customizable video segment(s) in the video stream, insert a rendered video enhancement into the one or more customizable video segment(s) to produce an enriched video stream, and distribute the enriched video stream to one or more of the interactive video player(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan A. Binder, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Badia Pujol, Avner Swerdlow, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 10911811
    Abstract: This application relates to systems and techniques for automatically and/or dynamically generating a network map. The network map can be updated based on a changed condition, which can include, among other things, a change in the underlying schedule and/or underlying data (e.g., weather data, news data, etc.). The network map can be updated in real time and/or in accordance with a predetermined schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Recentive Analytics
    Inventors: Andysheh Tabrizi, Evan Charles Smith
  • Patent number: 10897639
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating media program keywords based on a video-hosting website are disclosed herein. Control circuitry identifies, on the video-hosting website, video content items that include at least a portion of a media program. The media program has a media program identifier and the video content items have respective titles, each including one or more terms. The control circuitry identifies a term included in more than one of the titles and identifies a group of the video content items that have the term included in their title. Based on the video-hosting website, the control circuitry determines a cumulative number of rankings of the video content items within the group and generates a relevance score for the term based on the cumulative number of rankings. The control circuitry stores the term and the relevance score in a keyword database in association with the media program identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankur Anil Aher, Aman Puniyani
  • Patent number: 10869105
    Abstract: Various arrangements for voice-based metadata tagging of video content are presented. A request to add a spoken metadata tag to be linked with a video content instance may be received. A voice clip that includes audio spoken by a user may be received. Speech-to-text conversion of the voice clip to produce a proposed spoken metadata tag may be performed. A metadata integration database to link the spoken metadata tag with the video content instance may be updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jason Henderson
  • Patent number: 10863242
    Abstract: The system generates a marker indicating a time interval sufficient to display condensed content. In response to identifying a program, the system retrieves information about the program. Based on this information, and optionally information about the user, the system selects a subset of segments of the program, forming a shorter version of the content having a reduced playback time. The system stores marker information corresponding to the reduced playback time, generates a marker for display, or both. The system may generate a grid of content identifiers for display, and also generate one or more makers for display to indicate the time required to display condensed content. One or more versions of condensed content may be generated, each having an associated marker. The system may store marker information for a plurality of programs, in response to user input or prior to a scheduled display time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 10841646
    Abstract: A broadcast signal receiving method according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: receiving a broadcast signal; parsing service list table (SLT) information included in the broadcast signal; obtaining service layer signaling (SLS) information based on the SLT information; obtaining app signaling information based on the SLT information or the SLS information, the app signaling information including entry page information for an entry page that is loaded for an app-based service startup; and controlling an app based on the app signaling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungryul Yang, Minsung Kwak, Somi Park, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10820038
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor that includes a memory and a controller coupled to the memory. The controller can be programmed to receive media content from a set top box where the set top box is a separate device from the media processor and where the media content includes video content. The controller can also be programmed to receive supplemental content from a mobile communication device where the supplemental content is based on reading of a two dimensional bar code by the mobile communication device, and where the supplemental content comprises an image. The controller can further be programmed to generate augmented content by overlaying the supplemental content with the media content and to provide the augmented content to a display device for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 10820062
    Abstract: An example method for providing an interactive advertisement in association with a media presentation comprises storing a commercial identifier in association with an interactive advertisement identifying a commercial associated with the interactive advertisement. The interactive advertisement is associated with interactive advertisement data comprising a related content identifier identifying a related content object. Before a commercial segment begins, a list of commercials to be provided during the commercial segment is received comprising the commercial identifier. After determining that the commercial associated with the interactive advertisement is to be provided during the commercial segment and responsive to determining that the commercial segment is eligible for hosting the interactive advertisement, providing at least a portion of the interactive advertisement data, the portion of the interactive advertisement data configured to provide access to the related content object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Chandler, Alex Wellen, Don Loheide, Rajin Persaud, Michael Koetter, Chris Hinton, Neda Davis, Laura Poffenberger
  • Patent number: 10812868
    Abstract: A video content type seamless switching system and method for synchronizing and displaying multiple types of video content in a single platform, such as a single video player, application, or other content player. Illustrative video content type switching may be between 2D and 360 degree formats coordinated by a switching controller. The switching controller may be configured to operate with television displays and associated control components, such as cable boxes, through implementation of the video content switching methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Aether Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikola Todorovic, Tye Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10798451
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for detecting a first reaction by a user when consuming a media asset at a first time, where a first magnitude of the first reaction exceeds a first threshold. The systems and methods may determine whether a second reaction by the user occurred when the user consumed the media asset at a second time that is prior to the first time, where a second magnitude of the second reaction exceeds a second threshold, and may recommend the second media asset to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: James Matthew Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10778454
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer readable media, and apparatuses for enabling chat sessions are presented. In response to detecting that a first user is viewing a first program, a chat invitation may be automatically transmitted to a second user. The chat invitation may identify the first user and the first program, and further may invite the second user to initiate a chat session with the first user. An updated chat invitation may be automatically transmitted in response to detecting that the first user has changed to viewing a second program, and a chat session that has been initiated may subsequently be transferred to another device. Content prioritization settings may be accounted for in transmitting one or more chat invitations, and before a chat invitation is transmitted, it may be determined that a sufficient amount of time has elapsed to suggest that the user will continue viewing the first program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan K. Paluch
  • Patent number: 10771859
    Abstract: Provisioning commercial-free or break-free media content. Example types of media or media content may include advertising media, broadcast media, social media, news media, and etc. In a satellite broadcast television implementation, subscribers may be provided the ability to search for and optionally access commercial-free programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jarrod Austin
  • Patent number: 10757459
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a media server having a processing system including a processor; and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate sending a datastream to a display device. The datastream may include an identification thereof. Upon receiving the identification from a user, the media server associates the datastream with the user. The media server may send to the user, a listing of the media services to which the user has subscribed. Upon receiving, from the user, a selection of a selected media service, the media server streams the selected media service to the display device over the datastream. The datastream may be controlled with the user for as long as the media server detects the user in a vicinity of the display device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Easley, Vivek Mhatre, Thomas A. Cannon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10721512
    Abstract: A distribution system for transmitting media content programs to premises equipment via a satellite transmission path addresses signal degradation caused by atmospheric conditions and other factors. Upon detection of a degradation of the satellite signal, the system may begin transmitting the content using an alternative signal path, such as a terrestrial IP network. The satellite transmission path is brought back on line after the satellite link is restored. Alternatively, the system may begin recording the signal in the media distribution system for transmission via the satellite link after the link is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Gilboy, Matthew Pitz
  • Patent number: 10705854
    Abstract: Multiple User Interface (UI) states may be identified and encoded into encoded UI states. Each of the encoded UI states may comprise an image of one or more of the UI states and metadata associating the encoded UI state with one or more other encoded UI states that comprise an image of a UI state that is navigationally related to one or more of the UI states encoded in the encoded UI state. A portion of the encoded UI states may be communicated to one or more user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stone, Frances Bevan, Michael Rekstad
  • Patent number: 10694241
    Abstract: A digital video recorder records first content from a channel broadcast that includes second content adjacent to the first content in response to a user request and stores a border around the first content that includes a portion of the second content and metadata related to the second content. The border may be previous and/or subsequent to the first content. In some implementations, the digital video recorder may obtain the metadata from a source other than from which the digital video recorder receives the content. The first content and the metadata may be recorded at the same and/or different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Hasek, Vic Odryna
  • Patent number: 10676922
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a broadcast signal including a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver, the method comprises receiving and processing first signaling information including content access information and second signaling information including content detail information, receiving and processing third signaling information including content update information, receiving and storing a content including at least one file through NRT based on the first signaling information and the second signaling information, identifying update availability of the content based on the content update information included in the third signaling information, and receiving at least one file included in the content by accessing a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) session transmitting the content when the update is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 10674221
    Abstract: A client determines that a user is attempting to access media program recommendations. In response to the determination, the client attempts to collect media program recommendations to be presented to the user. Media program recommendations may be derived locally by the client, by the client and a multimedia device locally connected with the client, by the client and one or more additional devices, etc. In some embodiments, in response to receiving a query from the client, one or more recipient devices or servers identify media program recommendations in a plurality of trending categories. The media program recommendations may be selected based at least in part on EPG data and audience research and measurement data. The media program recommendations collected by the client are presented to the user for further exploration. The client may be one of mobile phones, tablet computers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Mark Berner, Gabriel Dalbec, James Yee Liang Cheng, Brian W. Beach
  • Patent number: 10664759
    Abstract: A method for analyzing and implementing sentiments includes sorting data from the data stream into sorted data by using a corpus builder. The sorted data is then input into an opinion mining platform where selected content is obtained based on the identification of keywords present in the sorted data. A sentiment extraction program generates sentiment metrics based on analysis of the selected content. A rules extractor program determines, based on the sentiment metrics satisfying rules, if actions are to be performed by a business rules engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FAIR ISAAC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Amit Naik
  • Patent number: 10666998
    Abstract: Control information for configuring an audiovisual device to present multimedia content according to a first service type may be generated. A method may include generating first control information for configuring an audiovisual device to decode a multimedia stream, generating first data that indicates a structure of the first control information, and transmitting the first data and the first control information. The first control information may be generated according to a first protocol version. Second data and second control information may be similarly generated and transmitted according to a second protocol version. Disclosed techniques may facilitate receiving devices to determine whether they support received wireless transmissions and decode the transmissions based on the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Coherent Logix, Incorporated
    Inventors: Colleen J. McGinn, Kevin A. Shelby, Peter J. Nysen, Michael B. Doerr
  • Patent number: 10638327
    Abstract: The device connectivity may include rules on when to use multiple networks or the likelihood to buffer streams based on movement data of the individual. If a smartphone detects movement, then it may wake or activate a previously dormant cellular LTE connection, request a new IP address, setup a connection to a server, or start buffering data across the cellular network that is currently being accessed by the same device over WiFi. If a user enables a location map of their house, the wireless device may be able to use indoor location data in conjunction with a motion processing to determine when to activate another network interface. A processor in a mobile device that is enabled to detect motion may be enabled to change its wireless network configuration based on physical movement behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Sanjay K Rao
  • Patent number: 10638089
    Abstract: A network apparatus system and method of use adapted for viewing, illustrating, consulting and collaborating on medical images and saving images and illustrations in acceptable DICOM format. Specifically, a Consultant Client or a plurality of Consultant Clients having the capability to view still and streaming video medical images, then illustrating over those images with the ability to save those images. In the present invention the illustration images automatically fading and disappearing after a preset predetermined amount of time, without user input. Also a Collaborator Client, a person user or a plurality of Collaborator Clients having the ability to remotely view streaming or still medical images and illustrating over those images. The Collaborator Clients can draw, telestrate and annotate over those images with the ability to save those images and videos, and save the drawings, telestrations and annotations provided these input illustrations are visible when saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Foresight Imaging
    Inventors: Ralf Berger, Steven M. Troppoli, Mark Mariotti