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  • Patent number: 11297389
    Abstract: A method of providing a notification to a client device is disclosed. The method includes, for example, obtaining data associated with the client device with respect to content provided by a plurality of content sources; creating a viewing preference profile for the client device based on the obtained data, the user preference profile indicating content preferred by the client device; detecting a triggering event concerning a digital content; and in response to the triggering event, determining whether to trigger a notification to the client device based on the viewing preference profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Seely, Benjamin W. Keighran, Christopher L. Oklota, Guy Piekarz, Sandip M. Chokshi
  • Patent number: 11282074
    Abstract: A method for leveraging email to complete an online transaction from a third party vendor, the method comprising: storing customer information, the customer information including a customer name, customer email address, customer shipping address, and customer billing information. The method further comprises receiving an authorization request from an application programming interface associated with a third party vendor requesting access to a portion of the customer information and receiving confirmation from a customer to allow the third party vendor to access the portion of the customer information. The method further comprising transmitting an access code to the third party vendor and receiving a request message from the third party vendor, wherein the request message comprises the access code, and wherein the request message requests an authorization token. The method may further comprise confirming the received access code and transmitting an authorization token to the third party vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SWOOP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: James Kassemi, Lawrence Glen Holcomb, Dave Walz-Burkett, John P. Killoran, Jr., Nora Zulick, Mike Cassio
  • Patent number: 11277659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating through activity information using a media guidance application are provided. An Internet appliance is integrated with a plurality of content sources accessible to user equipment. A simultaneous display of a first plurality of media asset listings, corresponding to a first plurality of media assets transmitted by each of the plurality of content sources during a first time interval that includes the present time, and information received from the Internet appliance is generated. In response to a user request to navigate to a second time interval that precedes the present time, a simultaneous display of a second plurality of media asset listings, corresponding to a second plurality of media assets that were transmitted by each of the plurality of content sources during the second time interval, and a timeline that includes indicators representing activity detected by the Internet appliance during the second time interval is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: ROVl GUIDES, INC.
    Inventor: David D. Shoop
  • Patent number: 11252462
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (GUI) for an audio video display device (AVDD) such as a TV includes content panels which can be selected for searching for additional information related to the content underlying the content panels. A history of previous searches is maintained in memory “stacked” notionally to the left or right of the current display so that a viewer can easily review previous search results using a simple scroll command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Steven Friedlander, David Young, Sabrina Tai-Chen Yeh
  • Patent number: 11232487
    Abstract: A system for integrated consumer interaction via media broadcast, comprising an immediate communication system that communicated with a media provider and a communications system, wherein the consumer submits a request to a content provider for interaction that is then handled by the immediate communication to establish an interaction with a communication system, and a method for providing integrated consumer interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: VIRTUAL HOLD TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark J. Williams
  • Patent number: 11212581
    Abstract: A processing device for generating a viewing data report is disclosed. The processing device may include a memory device and a processor. The memory device may store instructions. The processor may be operatively coupled to the memory device. The processor may execute the instructions to: determine first viewing data associated with a first ACR event; determine second viewing data associated with a second ACR event; determine that a data field of a plurality of data fields in the first viewing data is incomplete; derive new data for the data field using other data fields of the first viewing data; aggregate the first viewing data and the second viewing data into a single data model to obtain aggregated viewing data of viewing behavior of a first viewer and a second viewer; and create a viewing data report as a compilation of the aggregated viewing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Cormie, Stefan Liassides
  • Patent number: 11206454
    Abstract: Systems and methods for, while a user is consuming a first media asset, generating for the user a recommendation of a second media asset based on a viewing history of the user. In some aspects, the systems and methods determine that a user is consuming only video of a first media asset, determine a first category for the first media asset, and retrieve a viewing history corresponding to the user. The viewing history comprises media assets consumed simultaneously with a media asset corresponding to the first category. The systems and methods select a second category corresponding to a highest number of media assets in the viewing history, select a second media asset based on the second category. Alternatively, the user can select the second media asset manually. The systems and methods generate for output the audio of the second media asset for simultaneous consumption with the video of the first media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Anitha Rajagopal, Abhishek Banerjee, Vijayasekhar Mekala, Mitsu Deshpande
  • Patent number: 11206444
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method, an apparatus for previewing video, an electronic device, and a computer-readable storage medium. The method includes: determining a first video corresponding to the first video cover fully displayed in a current screen when stop of a slide on the screen is detected; playing the first video on the current screen for user previewing; jumping to a subpage corresponding to the first video and playing the first video on the subpage when a click operation to the first video is detected. According to this disclosure, users can know the specific content of the video during the previewing process, so as to determine whether they are interested in the video. If they are not interested, the uses may skip it directly and continue watching the next video; else, the users may click the video to further watch the full video content, so that the users can intuitively filter the watching contents, thereby improving the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING MICROLIVE VISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shuai Wang
  • Patent number: 11197069
    Abstract: The present application provides a display method for live broadcast screen of live broadcast room, storage device and computer device. The method includes the steps of: displaying multiple live broadcast cards on a current interface; identifying a user's touch action, and determining an address and playback mode of an audio and video stream of a touched live broadcast card according to the touch action; when it is determined that the playback mode is a small window mode, acquiring an audio and video stream of a live broadcast screen of a live broadcast room corresponding to the live broadcast card according to the address of the audio and video stream and parsing the audio and video stream; and drawing a small window interface on the current interface, and using the small window interface to play the parsed audio and video stream of the live broadcast screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Zhenjie Zhong, Xinjie Wang, Wei Quan, Hao Dong
  • Patent number: 11178448
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method, an apparatus for processing video, an electronic device, and a computer-readable storage medium. The method includes: transmitting a request for acquiring a video to a server when current display information in a user interaction interface is preview information of the video, wherein, the request for acquiring the video comprises identification information of the video; receiving video information corresponding to the video pushed by the server based on the request for acquiring the video; and displaying the video information through a video preview window, wherein the video preview window is suspended above the user interaction interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING MICROLIVE VISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Li Ding, Yingyi Xu
  • Patent number: 11166087
    Abstract: A first computing device may receive an indication of user input that is at least a part of a conversation between a user and a first assistant executing at the first computing device. The first assistant and/or an assistant executing at a digital assistant system may determine whether to handoff the conversation from the first assistant executing at the first computing device to a second assistant executing at a second computing device. In response to determining to handoff the conversation to the second assistant executing at the second computing device, the first assistant and/or the assistant executing at the digital assistant system may send to the second computing device a request to handoff the conversation which includes at least an indication of the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Andrea Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Zaheed Sabur, Michael Reutov, Pratik Gilda
  • Patent number: 11153137
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems are disclosed for transmitting and/or receiving feedback. One apparatus (300) includes a transmitter (310) that transmits (802) multiple data blocks. The apparatus (300) includes a receiver (312) that receives (804) a feedback message in a time slot. The feedback message corresponds to the multiple data blocks. The feedback message includes one or more sequences that indicate feedback information, wherein the feedback information corresponds to the multiple data blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Zhi Yan, Haipeng Lei, Xiaodong Yu, Yingying Li, Chenxi Zhu
  • Patent number: 11153643
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for determining reduction of interest in a content series and to increasing the interest upon such determination. This may be accomplished by a device monitoring consumption of a content series to determine a pattern of consumption. The device may identify a change in the pattern of consumption indicative of a reduction of interest and determine a reason for the reduction in interest. Based on the reason for the reduction of interest, the device may provide an operation, such as a spoiler, to increase interest in the content series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 11132557
    Abstract: The present application discloses a logo extraction device, and a brightness adjusting method and device for a logo. The logo extraction device includes an acquiring module, a gray-scale converting module, a weight processing module, and an extraction module. In the present application, by increasing a number of key frames in a process of logo extraction and using video frame weighting, the logo is extracted and thereby accuracy of logo extraction is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TCL CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Rao, Leli Peng
  • Patent number: 11134309
    Abstract: A system that distributes channels, to be viewed on consumer devices, receives a media feed and a first programming schedule of a first channel from a source device, and selects pre-encoded media assets for insertion in the media feed based on defined selection parameters. New channels are dynamically created based on the inserted selected pre-encoded media assets in the new channels and based on the defined selection parameters. The defined selection parameters correspond to user-preferences received from the plurality of consumer devices on which the first channel is viewed, and/or a received input that corresponds to user-selections on the consumer devices. The defined selection parameters may include audience-based parameters from an external data source. The first programming schedule is modified based on the differential insertion of the selected one or more pre-encoded media assets in different channels to generate a plurality of programming schedules for the plurality of new channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Carlos Jorge M Monteiro, Mark Cooper Pope, V, James J Arnzen, Nicolas Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 11126328
    Abstract: An application processing method is performed at a computing device, the method including: displaying a first page of a first child application managed by a parent application, the first page of the first child application including a child application jump portal; detecting a child application jump operation corresponding to the first page in response to a user selection of the child application jump portal; presenting, in the first page candidate child application identifiers according to the child application jump operation; determining a child application identifier that is selected from the presented child application identifiers through a user selection operation; and generating, by using a second child application corresponding to the user-selected child application identifier, a second page that is displayed by covering the first page already displayed and that belongs to the second child application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yanjia Chi, Wei Li, Xialun Lai, Leteng Weng, Hao Chen, Liang Ma, Shun Li, Danxiong Lei, Hongqiang Chen, Yifu Wang, Hui Chen, Sixin Gu, Kai Li, Yuewei Chen
  • Patent number: 11093755
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for segmenting videos. The system includes at least one processing component, at least one memory component, a video, an extraction component, and a graphing component. The extraction component is configured to extract image and text data from the video, identify entities in the image data, assign at least one entity relation to the entities in the image data, identifying entities in the text data, and assign at least one entity relation to the entities in the text data. The graphing component is configured to generate an image knowledge graph for the entity relations assigned to the entities in the image data, generate a text knowledge graph for the entity relations assigned to the at least two entities in the text data, and generate a weighted knowledge graph based on the image and text knowledge graphs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wan Wan Miao, Kun Yan Yin, Jian Gong Wang, Yan Hu, Lian Na Wang
  • Patent number: 11089362
    Abstract: A system that distributes channels, to be viewed on consumer devices, receives a media feed and a first programming schedule of a first channel from a source device, and selects pre-encoded media assets for insertion in the media feed based on defined selection parameters. New channels are dynamically created based on the inserted selected pre-encoded media assets in the new channels and based on the defined selection parameters. The defined selection parameters correspond to user-preferences received from the plurality of consumer devices on which the first channel is viewed, and/or a received input that corresponds to user-selections on the consumer devices. The defined selection parameters may include audience-based parameters from an external data source. The first programming schedule is modified based on the differential insertion of the selected one or more pre-encoded media assets in different channels to generate a plurality of programming schedules for the plurality of new channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Carlos Jorge M Monteiro, Mark Cooper Pope, V, James J Arnzen, Nicolas Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 11057682
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device presents representations of items of content available for playback on the electronic device. The representations are optionally presented in a horizontally-scrollable row. In response to a user input to horizontally scroll the row of representations, in some embodiments, the electronic device presents an animation of moving a cropping frame/border between respective representations to scroll the presented representations. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents representations of auxiliary content related to an item of content in a product page user interface of the item of content. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents representations of items of content in accordance with content consumption history of the user account. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents representations of bonus content items associated with a series of episodic content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Juliana Diaz Delgado, Lucio Moreno Rufo, Alexander Benton Grossman, David M. Moretti, Drew R. Domm, Fredric R. Vinna, Daniel Eldon Marusich, Policarpo Bonilla Wood, Florian Maxime Ponson
  • Patent number: 11048945
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling the download of a set of media files with a specific order and specific contents and, more particularly, to enabling a download manager to automatically receive the information it requires to retrieve those elements required to replicate a streaming edit through local playback after the downloads complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SYNERGY SPORTS TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Nils B. Lahr, Garrick C. Barr
  • Patent number: 11039209
    Abstract: A system that distributes channels, to be viewed on consumer devices, receives a media feed and a first programming schedule of a first channel from a source device, and selects pre-encoded media assets for insertion in the media feed based on defined selection parameters. New channels are dynamically created based on the inserted selected pre-encoded media assets in the new channels and based on the defined selection parameters. The defined selection parameters correspond to user-preferences received from the plurality of consumer devices on which the first channel is viewed, and/or a received input that corresponds to user-selections on the consumer devices. The defined selection parameters may include audience-based parameters from an external data source. The first programming schedule is modified based on the differential insertion of the selected one or more pre-encoded media assets in different channels to generate a plurality of programming schedules for the plurality of new channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Carlos Jorge M Monteiro, Mark Cooper Pope, V, James J Arnzen, Nicolas Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 10997625
    Abstract: System, device, and method for determining predicted annoyance level of multimedia content. A Predicted Annoyance Level (PAL) management unit processes content of frames of an endless-loop cinemagraph content-item, and determines a PAL score that indicates a predicted level of annoyance that the content-item is predicted to cause viewers due to motion of content in its content-item. The determining of the PAL score is based on comparison of content of pairs of frames of the endless-loop cinemagraph content-item; content of each frame of is compared to content of its immediately preceding frame, except for the first frame of the endless-loop cinemagraph content item which is compared to the last frame thereof. The PAL score is adjusted based on time-length and frame rate of the content item. Analysis of the PAL score triggers one or more notifications, alerts, or mitigation operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CLOUDINARY LTD.
    Inventors: Amnon Cohen-Tidhar, Tal Lev-Ami
  • Patent number: 10997267
    Abstract: A tool (systems, apparatus, methodology, application, user interface, etc.) for accessing content, such as webpages hosted over a network such as the internet, and more particularly, a tool for accessing the content of a webpage and further displaying a grid view superimposed over the content of the webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Knox
  • Patent number: 10972796
    Abstract: A digital television includes a memory storing one or more applications; an interface to receive control signals; a display; and a controller to display an application execution screen of an application among the one or more applications, in response to receiving, via the interface, a first control signal, display a first menu including one or more icons related to the first control signal, in response to receiving, via the interface, a second control signal selecting an adding menu icon in the first menu, and receiving a third control signal selecting an icon included in the one or more icons in the first menu, display the selected icon and a left direction key and a right direction key around the selected icon with a second menu, and in response to receiving, via the interface, a fourth control signal, add the selected icon to the second menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daegu Kim, Alan Thomas Shen, David Kempe, Itai Vonshak, Molly Davis, Liron Damir, Danielle Zimmerman, Herbert Han-pu Wang, Brian Behnke
  • Patent number: 10963702
    Abstract: Methods and systems for video segmentation and scene recognition are described. A video having a plurality of frames and a subtitle file associated with the video are received. Segmentation is performed on the video to generate a first set video frames comprising one or more video frames based on a frame-by-frame comparison of features in the frames of the video. Each video frame in the first includes a frame indicator which indicates at least a first start frame of the video frame. The subtitle file associated with the video is parsed to generate one or more subtitle segments based on a start and an end time of each dialogue in the subtitle file. A second set of video frames comprising one or more second video frames are generated based on the video frames of the first set of video frames and the e or more subtitle segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ruiwen Li, Peng Dai, Varshanth Ravindra Rao, Juwei Lu, Wei Li, Jianpeng Xu
  • Patent number: 10965988
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating discovery of fresh content in a grid guide are described herein. The system generates for display a grid guide with a first set of content identifiers populating the grid guide. The system receives an input to shift the grid guide and, in response, identifies a second set of content identifiers that would populate the grid guide following the shift. The system determines duplicative content identifiers between the first and second sets of content identifiers. The system then removes the duplicative content identifiers or highlights the non-duplicative content identifiers in order to emphasize fresh content in the grid guide. The system may additionally add identifiers to the content identifiers to indicate recorded or previously watched content and may collapse the grid guide if there are blank rows or columns. These methods and systems provide the user with easier access to fresh content in the grid guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Harden, Walter John Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10957290
    Abstract: A lyrics analyzer generates tags and explicitness indicators for a set of tracks. These tags may indicate the genre, mood, occasion, or other features of each track. The lyrics analyzer does so by generating an n-dimensional vector relating to a set of topics extracted from the lyrics and then using those vectors to train a classifier to determine whether each tag applies to each track. The lyrics analyzer may also generate playlists for a user based on a single seed song by comparing the lyrics vector or the lyrics and acoustics vectors of the seed song to other songs to select songs that closely match the seed song. Such a playlist generator may also take into account the tags generated for each track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Tahora H. Nazer, Tristan Jehan
  • Patent number: 10939174
    Abstract: A digital television includes a memory storing one or more applications; an interface to receive control signals; a display; and a controller to display an application execution screen of an application among the one or more applications, in response to receiving, via the interface, a first control signal, display a first menu including one or more icons related to the first control signal, in response to receiving, via the interface, a second control signal selecting an adding menu icon in the first menu, and receiving a third control signal selecting an icon included in the one or more icons in the first menu, display the selected icon and a left direction key and a right direction key around the selected icon with a second menu, and in response to receiving, via the interface, a fourth control signal, add the selected icon to the second menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daegu Kim, Alan Thomas Shen, David Kempe, Itai Vonshak, Molly Davis, Liron Damir, Danielle Zimmerman, Herbert Han-pu Wang, Brian Behnke
  • Patent number: 10909550
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved method, system, and computer program product for performing trend analysis of themes from social media data. Semantic analysis is performed on content that appear on social media sites. The results of the semantic analysis can be used to identify themes within the social media data over a period of time. Trend analysis is performed over the identified themes. An enterprise or business can more effectively market to the consumers based upon this knowledge of the consumers' interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy P. McCandless, Mehrshad Setayesh
  • Patent number: 10904634
    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: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qingquan Peng
  • Patent number: 10820043
    Abstract: The invention is: A method for decoding a service guide associated with a video bitstream comprising: (a) receiving a content fragment within the service guide, (b) receiving a name element within the content fragment, (c) receiving a description element within the content fragment and (d) decoding the service guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10810250
    Abstract: The content items presented to a user account as part of a media station can be recorded in a content history index, which can be requested and presented to the user account. The content history can enable a user to revisit the content items included in the content history and/or provide feedback regarding the content items. The version of the content item returned to the user can be based on the client device used to request the content item. For example, a user that was presented a content item on their mobile device, can later request to revisit the content item on their PC and receive a version of the content item best suited for presentation by the PC, rather than the version presented on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Kenley Sun, David T. Wilson, Sagar A. Joshi, Nicholas James Paulson, Arvind S. Shenoy
  • Patent number: 10798448
    Abstract: A processing device for generating a viewing data report is disclosed. The processing device may include a memory device and a processor. The memory device may store instructions. The processor may be operatively coupled to the memory device. The processor may execute the instructions to: determine first viewing data associated with a first ACR event; determine second viewing data associated with a second ACR event; determine that a data field of a plurality of data fields in the first viewing data is incomplete; derive new data for the data field using other data fields of the first viewing data; aggregate the first viewing data and the second viewing data into a single data model to obtain aggregated viewing data of viewing behavior of a first viewer and a second viewer; and create a viewing data report as a compilation of the aggregated viewing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Cormie, Stefan Liassides
  • Patent number: 10791312
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) providing, by a playback device, replacement media content for display; (ii) determining, by the playback device, that a remote control transmitted to the playback device an instruction configured to cause a modification to operation of the playback device while the playback device displays the replacement media content; (iii) determining, by the playback device based on the instruction, an overlay that the playback device is configured to provide for display in conjunction with the modification; (iv) determining, by the playback device, a region within a display of the playback device corresponding to the overlay; and (v) modifying, by the playback device, a transparency of the region such that the overlay is visible through the replacement media content when the playback device provides the overlay for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt R. Thielen, Shashank Merchant, Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Chungwon Seo, Seunghyeong Lee, Steven D. Scherf
  • Patent number: 10764648
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sorting favorite content sources are provided. A list of favorite content sources arranged in a first order is stored. The favorite content sources in the list are accessed according to the order of the favorite content sources in the list. At a given time, a user request to change a currently accessed content source to one of the favorite content sources in the list is received. In response to receiving the user request, an attribute of content presented on the currently accessed content source at the given time is identified. The favorite content sources in the list are rearranged into a second order based on the identified attribute. The favorite content sources in the list are accessed according to the second order in response to receiving the user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen E. Roe, Michael K. McCarty
  • Patent number: 10764638
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques to enable more robust electronic program guides in television distribution systems. Some solutions can obtain data (e.g., from the Internet) about a program listed on an electronic program guide and integrate that data with electronic program guide. In some cases, this information can be obtained and/or updated dynamically, in real-time or near real-time, for example to provide, up-to-date information can be provided in the electronic program guide, rather than requiring the viewer to tune to an information channel. In some cases, the system can provide a generalized electronic program guide that can be rendered by the system to be displayed on a plurality of different devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Ronnie S. Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 10757477
    Abstract: A processing device for generating a viewing data report is disclosed. The processing device may include a memory device and a processor. The memory device may store instructions. The processor may be operatively coupled to the memory device. The processor may execute the instructions to: determine first viewing data associated with a first ACR event; determine second viewing data associated with a second ACR event; determine that a data field of a plurality of data fields in the first viewing data is incomplete; derive new data for the data field using other data fields of the first viewing data; aggregate the first viewing data and the second viewing data into a single data model to obtain aggregated viewing data of viewing behavior of a first viewer and a second viewer; and create a viewing data report as a compilation of the aggregated viewing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Cormie, Stefan Liassides
  • Patent number: 10757461
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein such that, a media guidance application presents, in an interactive program guide, a virtual content source for binge watching a program series. The media guidance application may determine a program series a user is currently watching. The media guidance application may receive a user selection of a media asset. The media guidance application may determine a length of time between a current time and a start time of the media asset. The media guidance application may determine the next episodes of the program series the user can watch before the start time of the media asset and present them using a virtual content source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Margret B. Schmidt, Alexander W. Liston, Jonathan A. Logan, Gabriel C. Dalbec, Mathew C. Burns, Ajay Kumar Gupta
  • Patent number: 10725864
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a memory system includes a nonvolatile memory and a controller. The nonvolatile memory includes a plurality of blocks each including a plurality of layers functioning as a plurality of stages of a shift register, and performs write and read of data by a last-in first-out method. The layers of each block are logically partitioned into a plurality of pages each including a set of adjacent layers. The controller writes a plurality of data portions to which error correction codes are added, to a write destination block. The controller changes a code amount of an error correction code added to a first data portion to be written, on the basis of a position of a page in the write destination block to which the first data portion is to be written.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naomi Takeda, Masanobu Shirakawa, Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10728632
    Abstract: An image display device is provided including a display; a processor; a memory; and one or more programs stored in the memory, the processor being configured to execute the one or more programs, wherein the one or more programs include instructions for: receiving ESG data for generating an electronic service guide (ESG) and linkage service information regarding a service included in the ESG, generating the ESG including an indication whether to provide a target service associated with the service based on the ESG data and the linkage service information, and displaying the ESG on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mun-seok Kim, Kyung-chul Nam
  • Patent number: 10708655
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for highlighting a program listing in a set of program listings based on selection criteria. The selection criteria may indicate that the a broadcaster has agreed to pay a service provider in return for the service provider ensuring that a program listing, corresponding to the program of the broadcaster, is highlighted in a program page that displays a set of program listings, such as television program listings. If there are multiple program listings, listed in a program page, that are to be highlighted, then details of the respective contracts may be used to determine which program listing to highlight. Such details may include the total contract value, a ratio of contract value-to-page view, and/or the time of contract formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Kirk D. Wong
  • Patent number: 10681415
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) receiving, by a computing system, a portion of a first media program being distributed on a channel, wherein the distribution of the first media program on the channel is scheduled to end at an end-time, and wherein a distribution of a second media program on the channel is scheduled to start at a start-time that corresponds with the scheduled end-time; (ii) predicting, by the computing system, that the distribution of the first media program on the channel will end later than the scheduled end-time; and (iii) responsive at least to the predicting, (a) retrieving, by the computing system, from a source other than the channel, a portion of the second media program, and (b) after the scheduled start-time, outputting, by the computing system, the retrieved portion of the second media program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTS DIRECT, INC.
    Inventor: Clint Alan Webb
  • Patent number: 10681404
    Abstract: A playlist server application is provided on a server at a first network node. A playlist local application is provided for a remote device. An indication of a change to a playlist on one of the server and the remote device is obtained from a corresponding one of the playlist server application and the playlist local application. The change is synchronized to another one of the server and the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: David Chen, Vipul Patel, Jian Yu, John Chen, Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum
  • Patent number: 10671253
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for a multimode graphical user interface (GUI), where a first mode of the GUI uses an unguided navigation model and a second mode uses a guided navigation model in which the GUI is distilled down to only its most critical elements. This may be achieved by sequentially displaying a single user interface element and removing all other user-interface elements of the GUI. The second mode of the GUI may lead a user through multiple options one at a time, thus creating a guided navigation model. The second mode may be initiated upon detecting a certain event (e.g., a period of inactivity, an explicit command from the user, etc.). The multimode GUI may be used to guide a user through one or more recommended items of media content from one or more different content-providing sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventor: Andrew E. Einaudi
  • Patent number: 10635065
    Abstract: A domain management resource monitors a behavior of a user controlling multiple resources disposed in a domain of a network environment. Based on the monitored behavior, the domain management resource identifies a repeated pattern of control in which the user controls a particular resource in the domain. The domain management resource derives a proposed control rule based on the repeated pattern of control. The proposed control specifies how to control the particular resource. The domain management resource presents the control rule for review and possible editing prior to programming the domain management resource to execute the control rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Chris Williams, Ben D. Hepworth, Scott Ramsdell, Dhananjay Lal
  • Patent number: 10616227
    Abstract: The technology described herein is directed towards content rights data that are associated with content (a data item) to make that content selectively available or unavailable in responses by a data service to client requests. A client includes client content rights data in association with each request, (e.g., via a token), and the data service uses that client content rights data as query parameters (constraint criteria) in making a request for a data item. Client content rights data also may be used for accessing cached data. Availability constraints may include client location, brand, channel, device class and time (commence and cease).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HOME BOX OFFICE, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory John Bellingham
  • Patent number: 10609272
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method, device and computer readable storage medium for communication based on smart video cameras in the field of communication technology. The method comprises: receiving a communication request from a first smart video camera, wherein the communication request carries a device identification of the first smart video camera; determining the device identification of a second smart video camera bound with the first smart video camera, based on the device identification of the first smart video camera; establishing a communication between the first smart video camera and the second smart video camera based on the device identification of the second smart video camera. In the examples of the present disclosure, the server is able to realize the communication between the first smart video camera and the second smart video camera according to their device identifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qiang Fu, Weiguang Jia, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 10575038
    Abstract: A content delivery system comprising: a communication network; a mapping component storing media content aspect variant data enabling access to media content in a plurality of aspect variants; a content delivery component connected to the network and configured to access and deliver media content aspect variant data stored in the mapping component to devices connected to the network; an action request or component which is configured to receive a request from a user of a media consumption device that an aspect variant of media content is to be delivered to at least one further media consumption device, and cause the content delivery component to deliver media content aspect variant data associated with said aspect variant to the at least one further media consumption device to enable said aspect variant to be consumed at the at least one further media consumption device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Maas, Philip Shaw, Mark Christie
  • Patent number: 10542318
    Abstract: Systems and methods for, while a user is consuming a first media asset, generating for the user a recommendation of a second media asset based on a viewing history of the user. In some aspects, the systems and methods determine that a user is consuming only video of a first media asset, determine a first category for the first media asset, and retrieve a viewing history corresponding to the user. The viewing history comprises media assets consumed simultaneously with a media asset corresponding to the first category. The systems and methods select a second category corresponding to a highest number of media assets in the viewing history, select a second media asset based on the second category. Alternatively, the user can select the second media asset manually. The systems and methods generate for output the audio of the second media asset for simultaneous consumption with the video of the first media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Anitha Rajagopal, Abhishek Banerjee, Vijayasekhar Mekala, Mitsu Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10491952
    Abstract: A method includes creating a base content set having attributes indicative of a first program. Selecting a second program to form a first recommendation set, determining a first similarity score between the base content set and the first recommendation set, and providing a recommendation based on the similarity score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The DirecTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Hsu, Ashok Sahu