Video Still Or Clip Patents (Class 725/41)
  • Patent number: 11070889
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a media content user interface. A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. The media content provider records and or otherwise stores video content from around the world. Subscribers are provided a user interface to the system that includes a channel bar. The channel bar is dynamically scoped responsive to interactions of a viewer with the system. Selectable elements within the channel bar provide direct access to related content regarding video content, such as television series information and cast information. In addition, the channel bar is operable in multiple modes. An EPG mode displays live video for multiple channels simultaneously. Themed modes permit channel bars that display content according to various themes which may be defined by a viewer, the provider, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory N. Christie, Alessandro Sabatelli, William M. Bachman, Imran Chaudhri, Jeffrey Robbin, Jim Young, Joe Howard, Marcel Van Os, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen O. Lemay, Jeffrey Ma, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 11044515
    Abstract: A transmission/reception system includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter includes a first circuit that: acquires plural pieces of broadcast image data; categorizes the broadcast image data at least into first and second groups; generates program guide screen data that switches between first and second program guide screen data; generates temporal information about the predetermined time interval and broadcast program identification information; and transmits the screen data and the information. The receiver includes a second circuit that: receives the data and the information; outputs the program guide screen data; detects, when any one of the display frames is selected by a user operation, broadcast program identification information contained in the first or second program guide screen data; and performs control in such a way that the broadcast image data corresponding to the detected broadcast program identification information are output from the image data output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: NEW MEDIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Nakagawa, Kotaro Kasai, Fumichika Chaya
  • Patent number: 10924803
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying viewing characteristics of an audience of a content channel. In one implementation, a processing device receives an identification of a channel of interest, the channel of interest having associated videos, receives data for a plurality of watch sessions where multiple videos are watched during the watch sessions, identifies at least two watch sessions of the plurality of watch sessions, each identified watch session having a watched video that is associated with the channel of interest, and identifies a most watched channel in the at least two identified watch sessions, the most watched channel being a channel that is most watched by viewers of the channel of interest but that is not the same as the channel of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Bjorn Wells, Guillaume Derolez
  • Patent number: 10917682
    Abstract: A method and system for synchronizing two or more media streams, generated by different sources (210, 220). An identifier generator 200 generates identifiers 600 with unique sequence numbers and a unique media identifier in relation to a second media stream generated by second media server 220. The generated identifiers are supplied to an encoder 230 and an identifier storage 205. In the identifier storage 205 a broadcaster stores an associated URL (first media server address & content) with a particular identifier. The identifiers and the second media stream 620A are encoded by the encoder 230 into a carrier (620M) which is recorded or broadcasted. Play-out of the recorded or broadcasted is accomplished by feeding the encoded carrier to a decoder 300, which decodes the identifiers and the second media stream 620B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Dennis Erik Bouwknegt, Henk Den Bok
  • Patent number: 10911805
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a reception method in broadcast and broadband cooperation service, the reception method includes: receiving broadcast content transmitted through broadcast; receiving acquisition information through the broadcast, the acquisition information being information used to play back broadband content transmitted through broadband while the broadband content is synchronized with the received broadcast content, the acquisition information being information relating to acquisition of the broadband content; and acquiring the broadband content based on the received acquisition information. Therefore, the broadband content can properly be acquired in response to the reception of the broadcast content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Noritaka Iguchi, Tadamasa Toma, Takahiro Nishi, Hisaya Katou
  • Patent number: 10868852
    Abstract: This document describes computer-implemented systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for reducing the amount of redundant third-party content that is transported over a network for presentation with an electronic document. In some implementations, a computing system includes a deduplication apparatus that determines, in response to identifying that a particular instance of third-party content has previously been selected for display in a particular presentation of the electronic document, and based at least on a display characteristic of the electronic document, whether one or more other instances of third-party content that are deemed redundant to the particular instance of third-party content are eligible for selection responsive to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. Lipus, Matthew Strecker Burriesci
  • Patent number: 10841628
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples for providing functions to receive a media file to be stored in a media repository. In the examples, a location in the media repository may be assigned to the media file. A media file address in a blockchain platform may be assigned to the media file. Metadata including the assigned location in the media repository and the assigned media file address in the blockchain platform may be added to the media file. A media file hash value may be generated by applying a hash function to the media file including the metadata. The media file hash value may be included in a message and uploaded to the assigned media file address in the blockchain platform as a transaction in the blockchain. An indication that the media file is uploaded to the media repository may be delivered to a subscriber device from which the media file was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Taylor, Austin Grant Walters, Jeremy Edward Goodsitt, Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad, Reza Farivar, Vincent Pham, Anh Truong
  • Patent number: 10771823
    Abstract: An online system receives a media stream from a host of a live broadcasting stream and a second media stream from a guest of the host, and generates a single composite stream that includes the multiple live streams. The online system decodes and aligns the video and audio frames of each live stream to ensure that the composite stream displays the multiple live streams in a synchronized fashion. Additionally, the composite stream can display the multiple live streams in a particular format (e.g. side-by-side, or picture-in-picture), and therefore, the online system adjusts the video and audio frames of each live stream to fit that format. For each composite stream, the online system employs a decision engine that identifies the optimal set of encoded composite streams based on a variety of characteristics. The online system encodes the composite stream and distributes the appropriately encoded composite stream to client devices for display to viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu R. Henaire, Amit Puntambekar
  • Patent number: 10694137
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for providing a media guidance application that resizes content based on a relative importance of the content. For example, a display may have first and second content generated for display. If the first content is more important to a user than the second content, a size of the first content will be increased with respect to a size of the second content on the display. If the second content is more important to the user than the first content, then a size of the second content will be increased with respect to a size of the first content on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 10667015
    Abstract: A method of operating a video services receiver is provided. The video services receiver can record program content and present recorded program content to a user. The method provides first program content to a presentation device, and obtains a request for program content recorded from the particular programming service (channel) that is providing the first program content. In response to the request, the method searches for recorded program content associated with the particular programming service, and then controls a display of search results obtained from the searching. The display is rendered as an interactive channel-specific listing of recorded content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR UKRAINE, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Yuri Shovkoplias
  • Patent number: 10657101
    Abstract: Techniques for utilizing flash storage as an extension of hard disk (HDD) storage are provided. In one embodiment, a computer system stores a subset of blocks of a logical file in a first physical file, associated with a first data structure that represents a filesystem object, on flash storage and a subset of blocks, associated with a second data structure that represents a filesystem object comprising tiering configuration information that includes an identifier of the first physical file, in a second physical file on HDD storage. The computer system processes an I/O request directed to the logical file by directing it to either the physical file on the flash storage or the HDD storage by verifying that the tiering configuration information exists in the data structure and determining whether the one or more blocks are part of the first subset of blocks or the second subset of blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Deng Liu, Sandeep Uttamchandani, Li Zhou, Mayank Rawat
  • Patent number: 10609446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing blackout support in video mosaic and television environments are disclosed. In response to receiving a request for a video mosaic page, screen data or application data, which may include blackout information, is received. The blacked out content may be automatically recorded to the user equipment or a network server for later playback after the blackout has expired. In addition, an overlay of options associated with the blacked out asset may be presented. The overlay may include options to substitute the blacked out asset with replacement content, search for similar content, retrieve more information about the blackout, or present summary information, such as a sports ticker, in place of the blacked out cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon P. Radloff, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10531141
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for extending a breakout in a broadcasting environment. In one example, a method involves: (i) receiving a traffic log including traffic log entries, each corresponding to a VC and a start time; (ii) operating in a traffic log mode comprising; (iii) receiving a breakout-mode request; (iv) responsive to receiving the breakout-mode request, (a) terminating operation of the traffic log mode, (b) generating a simulation log, and (c) operating in a first breakout mode; (v) receiving a breakout-extension request; (vi) responsive to receiving the breakout-extension request, terminating operation of the first breakout-mode, and operating in a custom log mode; and (vii) responsive to all the VCs indicated in the generated custom log being sent to the air-chain system, terminating operation of the custom log mode, and operating in a second breakout mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Hank J. Hundemer, Dana A. Lasher
  • Patent number: 10511648
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for the reconstruction of a video and audio recording of stored or transmitted media streams, using a proprietary file format or protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CYBERTOKA LTD
    Inventors: Sofia Belikovetsky, Baruch Weizman
  • Patent number: 10433030
    Abstract: A customized highlight sequence depicting multiple events, and based on a user's personal characteristics, interests, and/or preferences, is generated and presented. The events can be sporting events, entertainment events, and/or the like. For example, in the context of sporting events, a determination is made as to what types of sports, teams, leagues, players, plays, and/or the like are of interest to the user. In at least one embodiment, the amount of time available to the user can be obtained, so that the length of the highlight sequence can be tailored to the available time. A customized highlight sequence is then generated and presented, containing those specific portions of the sporting events that are likely to be of interest, arranged in a manner that is likely to be entertaining to the user and comports with the time restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Thuuz, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Joseph Packard, Dan Lythcott-Haims, Alan Levin, Dennis Kanygin
  • Patent number: 10419830
    Abstract: A customized highlight sequence depicting an event, and based on a user's personal characteristics, interests, and/or preferences, is generated and presented. The event can be a sporting event, entertainment event, and/or the like. For example, in the context of sporting events, a determination is made as to what types of sports, teams, leagues, players, plays, and/or the like are of interest to the user. In at least one embodiment, the amount of time available to the user can be obtained, so that the length of the highlight sequence can be tailored to the available time. A customized highlight sequence is then generated and presented, containing those specific portions of the sporting event that are likely to be of interest, arranged in a manner that is likely to be entertaining to the user and comports with the time restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Thuuz, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Joseph Packard, Dan Lythcott-Haims, Alan Levin, Dennis Kanygin
  • Patent number: 10313737
    Abstract: One or more processors receive a plurality of original video streams, generate a guide video stream that includes each of the original video streams resized and arranged such that all of the original video streams are simultaneously visible and playing on the guide video stream, and display the guide video stream on a display device. The one or more processors further provide an interactive user interface on the display device in conjunction with the guide video stream to thereby allow a user of the set-top box to select one of the original video streams shown playing on the guide video stream for full screen playback. In response to the user selecting a particular original video stream for full screen playback, the one or more processors play full screen on the display device the particular original video stream as selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnon Levy, Peter S. Warrick
  • Patent number: 10284813
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a video messaging experience which permits the exchange of short video messages in an asynchronous manner. The video messaging experience preserves the video intimacy and experience of synchronous-type video communications, while at the same time provides the convenience of SMS-type message exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Chastney, Onur Cinar
  • Patent number: 10277931
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a reception method in broadcast and broadband cooperation service, the reception method includes: receiving broadcast content transmitted through broadcast; receiving acquisition information through the broadcast, the acquisition information being information used to play back broadband content transmitted through broadband while the broadband content is synchronized with the received broadcast content, the acquisition information being information relating to acquisition of the broadband content; and acquiring the broadband content based on the received acquisition information. Therefore, the broadband content can properly be acquired in response to the reception of the broadcast content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Noritaka Iguchi, Tadamasa Toma, Takahiro Nishi, Hisaya Katou
  • Patent number: 10248959
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which allow targeting social events. Methods and systems allow a user to register a social event which involves a group of users watching a program on a television on a social networking platform. Information related to the event may be obtained and the group of users may be classified as belonging to one or more targeting segments based at least in part on the information related to the event. One or more advertisements may be selected based at least in part on the one or more targeting segments. The one or more advertisements may be transmitted such that the one or more advertisements are displayed on the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron J. Klish, Greg Muchnik, Matthew Ahrens
  • Patent number: 10235714
    Abstract: A device may receive identification information associated with a user. The device may determine user information based on the identification information associated with the user. The device may select a particular virtual reality user environment for providing content. The virtual reality user environment may be associated with a virtual store. The virtual reality user environment may include an interactive component. The device may generate a customized virtual reality user environment based on the particular virtual reality user environment and the user information. The customized virtual reality user environment may include access to content selected based on the user information. The device may provide access to the customized virtual reality user environment for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Vijayanand K. Paulrajan, Farook Kaleem, Amit Mahajan
  • Patent number: 10205985
    Abstract: Videos may be loaded to an electronic device at any of a plurality of bitrates, each bitrate corresponding to a certain video quality level. The bitrate selected may be based on, for example, bandwidth capabilities and/or video quality standards. However, bandwidth capabilities may be taxed or exceeded if multiple videos are loaded simultaneously to the electronic device. Examples of the disclosure can be used to manage bandwidth, adjust bitrates, and/or selectively load video and audio in accordance with bandwidth capabilities to provide uninterrupted video playback at a relatively high quality. Further, video players may be allocated in memory and re-used as a user scrolls and switches through a number of videos playing onscreen concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Lue-Sang, Christopher L. Oklota, Nimrod Gat, Roger Pantos, Simon Goldrei
  • Patent number: 10110972
    Abstract: This technology relates to a transmitting device, a transmitting method, a receiving device, and a receiving method capable of easily obtaining a mosaic screen. Metadata described by using an attribute and an attribute value, the metadata of content including signaling information indicating that video is thumbnail video suitable for forming the mosaic screen and the attribute indicating minimum buffer time required before replay of the content starts is delivered. This technology may be applied when the content is delivered, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamagishi, Masahito Mori
  • Patent number: 10080055
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for receiving a broadcast content via one or more networks. The apparatus comprises a broadcast network interface for receiving a broadcast stream including a first portion of the broadcast content via a broadcast network, a heterogeneity network interface for receiving a heterogeneity stream including a second portion of the broadcast content via a heterogeneity network, and wherein the broadcast stream further includes timeline component access units containing metadata for synchronizing streams transmitted via the one or more networks, and wherein the timeline component access units include timestamp information representing first timestamps for the heterogeneity stream, a processor for configuring the broadcast content using the broadcast stream and the heterogeneity stream based on the timestamp information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jangwon Lee, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10025991
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for identifying and tracking UAVs including a plurality of sensors operatively connected over a network to a configuration of software and/or hardware. Generally, the plurality of sensors monitors a particular environment and transmits the sensor data to the configuration of software and/or hardware. The data from each individual sensor can be directed towards a process configured to best determine if a UAV is present or approaching the monitored environment. The system generally allows for a detected UAV to be tracked, which may allow for the system or a user of the system to predict how the UAV will continue to behave over time. The sensor information as well as the results generated from the systems and methods may be stored in one or more databases in order to improve the continued identifying and tracking of UAVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dedrone Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Rene Seeber, Ingo Seebach, Henning Meyer, Markus Schoeler, Kai Baumgart, Christian Scheibe, David Prantl
  • Patent number: 9998525
    Abstract: This document describes computer-implemented systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for reducing the amount of redundant third-party content that is transported over a network for presentation with an electronic document. In some implementations, a computing system includes a deduplication apparatus that determines, in response to identifying that a particular instance of third-party content has previously been selected for display in a particular presentation of the electronic document, and based at least on a display characteristic of the electronic document, whether one or more other instances of third-party content that are deemed redundant to the particular instance of third-party content are eligible for selection responsive to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. Lipus, Matthew Strecker Burriesci
  • Patent number: 9918035
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule and/or listing information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule and/or listing information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule and/or listing information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule and/or listing information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, Sean A. O'Brien, Brian L. Klosterman, Kenneth A. Milnes
  • Patent number: 9860599
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and products provide sample content. One such device includes a processor that receives an electronic programming guide including a listing of available content. The processor also receives an ancillary stream of including samples of content listed in the electronic programming guide. The processor receives a subscriber input that selects a particular content from the electronic programming guide. The processor filters unselected samples of content from the ancillary stream of data to produce a sample of the selected particular content. The processor processes the sample as a video signal, thus producing a preview of the selected particular content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Steven Huslak, Arnold C. McQuaide, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9843842
    Abstract: Provided are channel display apparatuses and methods of operating the channel display apparatuses. The channel display apparatus includes a communicator that communicates with a network for sharing a plurality of real-time channel thumbnails; and a processor that controls the communicator to acquire at least one real-time channel thumbnail from among the plurality of real-time channel thumbnails and controls the communicator to transmit the acquired at least one real-time channel thumbnail to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung-sik Park
  • Patent number: 9785924
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer software application for the delivery and display of third-party multi-media content in a public space on locally managed display devices, wherein the delivery and presentation of the third-party multi-media content is manageable remotely from the public space, sale of display time for display on the locally managed display devices is manageable independently from local management, and the display and remote-management of the third-party content can co-operate and communicate with an incumbent multi-media management and display application operating on the locally managed display devices without requiring a re-tooling or custom programming of the incumbent multi-media management and display application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Zmuda
  • Patent number: 9749693
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed that allow a user to efficiently navigate media selections in an interactive media guidance application and easily identify media for viewing. The disclosed methods and systems provide an environment wherein video assets are displayed according to a user preference on a mosaic page with multiple cells. A subset of the assets appropriate for display in a particular cell is determined based on the user preference. Relevance scores of the assets meeting the user preference are computed, and the asset having the greatest relevance for the user is selected and displayed the corresponding cell. The relevance scores can be computed based on the user's historic viewing habits, user interaction with a media guidance application, or on specific user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Yates
  • Patent number: 9723375
    Abstract: A method of processing an interactive service and an apparatus thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes sending a discovery message to a second screen application, receiving a request for descriptions of the second screen support services, sending a response with the descriptions, receiving a trigger, and delivering the trigger to the second device using a trigger service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungho Kim, Minsoo Lee, Jangwoong Park, Seungryul Yang, Jinpil Kim, Kyoungsoo Moon, Janghun Bae, Jaekoo Lee, Younghwan Kwon, Seungjoo An, Hyeonjae Lee, Sejin Oh
  • Patent number: 9645700
    Abstract: A system for dynamically playing information using conventional feeds and ad-hoc feeds to produce “playable” content includes a device that executes a player engine, the player engine collecting, combining and sequencing items to play based on selection criteria and device context, of text, image, video content by parsing selective tags, patterns, text, identifiers and resource types of interest on resources such as web pages to produce playable content, storing the playable contents results from parsing in a queue of playable feed items, selecting items from the queue to produce an ad-hoc feed and playing the ad-hoc feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel E. Tsai
  • Patent number: 9621956
    Abstract: A transport control interface may be provided by an interactive television program guide application to provide information, control or both for live and recorded video programming. The transport control interface may indicate to the user this time duration of a live or recorded program and any time segments of the program that have been recorded. The transport control interface may automatically adjust the start and end time shown to accommodate various factors such as continuous viewing on a particular channel, multiple recorded segments, buffer size, etc. Various information associated with the live or recorded video programming may be displayed in the transport control interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny R. Gaydou, II, M. Scott Reichardt, Michael D. Ellis, Thomas Day
  • Patent number: 9620168
    Abstract: A system and method for determining video clips including interesting content from video data. The system may receive annotation data identifying time and positions corresponding to objects represented in the video data and the system may determine priority metrics associated with each of the objects. By associating the priority metrics with the time and positions corresponding to the objects, the system may generate a priority metric map indicating a time and position of interesting moments in the video data. The system may generate moments and/or video clips based on the priority metric map. The system may determine a time (e.g., video frames) and/or space (e.g., pixel coordinates) associated with the moments/video clips and may simulate camera motion such as panning and/or zooming with the moments/video clips. The system may generate a Master Clip Table including the moments, video clips and/or annotation data associated with the moments/video clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Alan Townsend, Moshe Bouhnik, Konstantin Kraimer, Eduard Oks
  • Patent number: 9591249
    Abstract: A method for displaying contents information is provided. In the method, information on each of a plurality of contents may be displayed, and an image for a favorite group registered with the contents may be displayed in correspondence with the displayed contents information. The favorite group image may be displayed as one of a plurality of images. Further, one of the images may indicate that the contents are registered in two or more favorite groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Go Woon Choi, Eun Seon Ahn, Jae Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 9578383
    Abstract: Aspects of a method and apparatus for communicating electronic service guide information in a satellite television system are provided. A satellite communication system may receive a signal via an interface to a satellite dish, and receive data from a network via a second interface (e.g., an interface to a LAN or a WAN, such as the Internet). The satellite communication system may be operable to channelize the received satellite signal into a plurality of channels, wherein a first channel of the plurality of channels carries electronic service guide (ESG) data. The satellite communication system may select which of the plurality of channels to input to a demodulator based, at least in part, on whether ESG data is available via the second interface. A second channel carrying media data may be input to the demodulator while the ESG data is available via the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9554161
    Abstract: A portable device includes solid-state memory, an Ethernet and/or wireless network connection, and an HDMI. The portable device receives content guide data from a first server and displays a content guide on a display. In response to a user's selection of a content item, the portable device requests the content item over the Internet from a second server. The portable device receives the content item, stores the content item in solid-state memory, generates display signals that represent the content item, and sends the display signals to a display. The second server may match the content item with relevant advertisements based on keywords associated with the content item and the advertisements. The second server may send selected advertisement URLs to the portable device. Using the URLs, the portable device may obtain the advertisements over the Internet and cause the display to display the advertisements in conjunction with the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 9516388
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for generating electronic program guide (EPG) are provided. The EPG generating apparatus comprises a receiving interface and a processor. The receiving interface receives an inputting keyword group. The processor generates a program name keyword group according to the program name corresponding to a program description. The processor constructs a semantic similarity degree matrix according to the inputting keyword group and the program name keyword group, and constructs an undirected graph according to the semantic similarity degree matrix. The processor finds a maximum clique set of the undirected graph, and generates a match score according to the program description and the maximum clique set. The processor determines a recommendation sequence of the program name in the EPG according to the match score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wen-Yung Chang
  • Patent number: 9510039
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display screen having a height and a width, a main content controller for providing a main content to the display screen for display, and a secondary content controller configured to cause a secondary content to be displayed on the display screen without obscuring any portion of the main content while the main content is displayed in the main content's original aspect ratio and across one of a full height and a full width of the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: David Young
  • Patent number: 9438945
    Abstract: A method for continuously playing video clips without regeneration involves calling on clip records to be continuously played, making an index file according to the order of playback, during replay, finding out a game video of a current play node and its start position and end position, playing the game video to S second before an OUT point, starting to pre-read a video of the next play node and storing it in a memory, and when the current play node is played to its end, reading out the pre-read video from the memory and playing it, thereby achieving seamless playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CARNEGIE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Chongguang Pan, Bingyu Li
  • Patent number: 9423936
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program schedule guide is provided. The system has areas for displaying program schedule information. In addition, the system also has areas that may be used for advertising programs, products or services. In another embodiment, the system has areas for displaying messages to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lee Klosterman, Steven Schein
  • Patent number: 9414019
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol television system includes a set-top box that receives requests to display video streams being transmitted to a household. In response to the request, the set-top box provides a list of the video streams to a display device. The list includes options to terminate transmission of one or more of the streams. This allows a user to determine which video streams should be transmitted when bandwidth limitations are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Marc A. Sullivan, Gregory Edwards, Joan Pearl
  • Patent number: 9402103
    Abstract: An interactive program guide system is provided. The system facilitates recording of programs selected from the program guide. The system handles the recording and viewing of pay programs, parentally-controlled programs, consecutive programs on different television channels, and programs with and without copy protection. Programs may be recorded using combination television videocassette recorder (TV/VCR) units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, Michael D. Ellis, William L. Thomas, Bruce L. Davis
  • Patent number: 9398324
    Abstract: An operation method of an image display apparatus is discussed, which includes displaying a first dashboard including a live broadcast video and content information based on viewing history of a user on a display unit, displaying a portion of a second dashboard and a third dashboard including the content information based on the viewing history of the user at left and the right sides of the first dashboard or at upper and lower sides of the first dashboard, receiving an input to select the second dashboard or the third dashboard, displaying the entirety of one selected dashboard on an area on which the first dashboard was displayed based on the selection input, displaying a portion of a fourth dashboard on an area on which the selected dashboard was displayed, and displaying a portion of the live broadcast video on an area on which an unselected dashboard was displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Changkyoon Kim, Eunji Park, Yunseok Jeong, Hannie Yu
  • Patent number: 9247302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing a widget service. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method for providing a widget service for a receiving device using a Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)-2 layer, the method comprising the steps of: receiving MPEG broadcast data; loading a widget general information table (WGIT) stored in program specific information (PSI) of the MPEG broadcast data; loading the information indicated by a widget information table (WIT) of the WGIT; and generating a widget using the information indicated by the WIT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Oh Hwang, Kyung-Mo Park, Jae-Yeon Song
  • Patent number: 9232205
    Abstract: An information processing device, method and a program adds an annotation to content and provides an application which utilizes the annotation. A learning module extracts an image feature amount of each frame of an image of learning content and extracts word frequency information regarding a frequency of appearance of each word in a description text, and learns an annotation models which is a multi-stream Hidden Markov Model (HMM) by using a multi-stream including the image feature amount and the text feature amount. A browsing controller extracts a scene which is a group of one or more temporally continuous frames from target content by using the annotation model and displays representative images of the scenes so as to be arranged in chronological order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka Suzuki, Masato Ito
  • Patent number: 9210452
    Abstract: A method of processing additional information related to an announced service or content in a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and the broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of providing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcasting receiver includes receiving a service map table (SMT) and a first descriptor through a service signaling channel, identifying an image identifier and an image type of an image for an NRT service based upon the first descriptor, receiving the image via a flute session and displaying the image when corresponding service is played, wherein the image is logo or icon data for the NRT service. The method may further include connecting a service signaling channel, parsing the received SMT and the first descriptor, determining whether a service is the NRT service based upon the parsed SMT and storing the received image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Jaehyung Song, Min Sung Kwak, Joon Hui Lee, In Hwan Choi, Chul Soo Lee, Pil Sup Shin
  • Patent number: 9191714
    Abstract: A display control device includes: a reception section configured to receive a television broadcast signal; a display section configured to display video information and a thumbnail image contained in the television broadcast signal; and a control section configured to control display on the display section of the video information and the thumbnail image contained in the television broadcast signal received by the reception section. The control section causes the thumbnail image to be displayed in accordance with an order of priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Inagaki, Gen Fujiki, Miwako Fujiki, Yoshihiro Nakanishi, Tsukasa Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 9189141
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to present a graphic user interface (GUI) for customizing an electronic programming guide (EPG), the GUI including a plurality of scrollable media channels, each media channel accompanied by an image, a description of the media channel, an option to select the media channel for inclusion in the EPG, a first button to customize the EPG according to one or more media channels selected, and a second button to request additional information about a media channel highlighted in the GUI. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White