Commercial Or Advertisement Patents (Class 725/42)
  • Patent number: 10257584
    Abstract: An electronic device may insert an advertisement in a cell adjacent to other cells based on displayed programming information when the cells are stationary. An electronic device may insert a second advertisement when the cells move in a direction. The second advertisement may change size based on the direction and available cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cumnor Technologies LLC
    Inventors: George Gerba, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 10181131
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a billing level for an advertisement provided to a user based on monitored user interaction with the advertisement are provided. A streaming component streams a media advertisement to a device in a format that allows user interaction with the media advertisement. A monitoring component monitors duration of user interaction with the advertisement, and an analysis component determines level of billing associated with the advertisement based at least in part on the monitored duration of user interaction with the advertisement. In an aspect, the analysis component determines a cumulative playing period of the advertisement based on the monitored user interaction and determines the level of billing based in part on the cumulative playing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jamieson Kerns
  • Patent number: 10136167
    Abstract: A system for selecting a video to be inserted into an article displayed at a web page includes a blackboard. The blackboard stores extracted values for operation thereon by one or more workers. An article extractor creates an article feature as a function of information extracted from the article and inputs the article feature to the blackboard. A threshold extractor determines a threshold factor as a function of the relevance of the video to the article, and inputting the threshold factor to the blackboard. A more like this recommender receives the article feature and outputs to the blackboard, as a function of the article feature, a more like this recommendation as a list of videos to be placed in the article. A more like this decider determines, as a function of the threshold factor and the more like this recommendation, which video to select as a more like this decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Inform, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Roden, Chris Smith
  • Patent number: 10116912
    Abstract: A method of display an image and a display device for performing the same are disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes receiving image data for a content image, determining a modulation region and a peripheral region in the content image and generating a left-eye content image and a right-eye content image based on the image data for the content image such that the modulation region has a three-dimensional depth. The method further includes displaying the left-eye content image and the right-eye content image and periodically changing the three-dimensional depth of the modulation region by changing a modulation distance between the modulation region in the left-eye content image and the modulation region in the right-eye content image based at least in part on a periodic modulation reference timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Hoon Lee, Hak-Sun Kim, Jong-In Baek, Yi-Joon Ahn
  • Patent number: 10088909
    Abstract: A method, including receiving, by a computer, a sequence of three-dimensional maps containing at least a hand of a user of the computer, and identifying, in the maps, a device coupled to the computer. The maps are analyzed to detect a gesture performed by the user toward the device, and the device is actuated responsively to the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Micha Galor, Jonathan Pokrass, Amir Hoffnung, Ofir Or
  • Patent number: 10037323
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products index digital scenes in digital media. A uniform resource locator is assigned to each different digital scene within the digital media. The uniform resource locator uniquely identifies a resource from which each different digital scene may be retrieved. Individual scenes may thus be retrieved, thus conserving bandwidth and memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10032190
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating and delivering selected primary content and contextually-related, targeted secondary content to users of a network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a packet-switched data (e.g., IP) network such as the Internet, and the primary content comprises video or media clips that are user-selectable via a network site or web page. The primary content carries with it descriptive metadata that is accessed by a distribution server and forwarded to a secondary content source. The secondary content source (or its proxy) utilizes the metadata to identify and return contextually-related secondary content such as advertising links. This secondary content is then presented to the user in conjunction with the primary content, such as in a common display window and in a seamless fashion, thereby avoiding distractions to the user associated with generating ancillary windows or other display mechanisms, and providing the user with highly relevant secondary content choices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Marsh
  • Patent number: 9904941
    Abstract: Certain embodiments involve providing advertisements in response to navigation on an electronic device. On a mobile or other electronic device navigation may be controlled by moving a focus indicator amongst a group of displayed items. Certain embodiments provide an advertisement break between navigation items. When a user crosses the advertisement break by navigating the focus indicator from an item on one side of the advertisement break to an item on the other side, an advertisement is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominic Butler, James Mulholland, Jon Wallace
  • Patent number: 9875525
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a detection section adapted to detect a pointing direction of a pointing body, and a rotation section adapted to rotate an image based on the pointing direction detected by the detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takaaki Koyama
  • Patent number: 9772752
    Abstract: A method for displaying ads on a media device includes a processor loading a flippable ad unit onto the media device, the flippable ad unit comprising a primary ad display and alternate ad displays; displaying the primary ad in the primary ad display of the flippable ad unit upon loading the flippable ad unit; receiving a select signal to rotate the flippable ad unit to an alternate ad display; rotating the flippable ad unit to display the selected alternate ad display; sending an ad request for an alternate ad; receiving the alternate ad for the selected alternate ad display; and displaying the alternate ad in the selected alternate ad display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Shiva Rama Krishna Jaini
  • Patent number: 9769242
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a podcast file that has inserted content that is distinct from the content of the podcast. A remote server provides a web page to a subscriber computing device via a network, and a subscriber computing device transmits a podcast file to the remote server via the network. The remote server inserts content into the podcast file and provides the podcast file along with the inserted content for access from the web page. The remote server transmits the podcast file along with the inserted content responsive to requests from the subscriber computing devices. The subscriber computing devices can process and play the podcast content along with the inserted content from the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Haslam
  • Patent number: 9723101
    Abstract: A content recommending device includes a storage module configured to store a user profile as security information and non-security information, and a control module configured to receive portions of first content corresponding to the non-security information from a plurality of content providing servers, and extract at least one portion of second content corresponding to the security information from the portions of first content to recommend the at least one portion of second content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ka Ram Ko
  • Patent number: 9712788
    Abstract: A request for information (RFI) system is provided a viewer of a cable television network enters an RFI input (1) to a digital set top box using a user remote. Based on this RFI input, the digital set top box transmits a data request (2) to an RFI data center. The RFI data center also receives asset data (3) from an asset database so as to associate the RFI input (1) with a particular asset. An RFI request (4) can then be transmitted to the appropriate asset provider. The asset provider can then provide a package of assets or follow-on information (5) back to the RFI data center. The RFI data center may then, in turn, provide the package of assets or follow-on information to a user data terminal, for example, of the cable television network viewer, via access through a web-portal or e-mail (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: INVIDI Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: David Downey, Bruce J. Anderson, Daniel C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9703886
    Abstract: A system and method for formatting an electronic document. Format preference information related to the format of a user network site associated with a user is received. Document format criteria based on the format preference information and format performance information is automatically determined. An electronic document associated with the user network site is output according to the document format criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandra Baugher
  • Patent number: 9674584
    Abstract: A method for presenting advertisements for commercial products in video productions, whereby the commercial product is placed in the video production as an element of the video production. A viewer is enabled to interact with the video production to select the product. Information is then displayed about the selected product; and the viewer is enabled to purchase the selected product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Cinsay, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Briggs, Heath McBurnett, Delfino Galindo, Jr., Freddy Knuth
  • Patent number: 9628858
    Abstract: Increased user interaction performance in group settings is achieved by providing individually interactive secondary content to individual users of a group of users, including a group that is consuming content from a single display device. A group of users is defined based upon detected commonalities. Secondary content is concurrently presented to the defined group of users and includes both non-interactive and interactive content. The interactive content is individually and separately presented to multiple users of the defined group, including co-located users that were consuming the primary content from a single physical display device. The individual and separate presentation includes presenting multiple panels, or sub-divisions, on the single physical display device, with individual, separate panels directed to individual ones of the multiple co-located users and the utilization of personal computing devices that are associated with specific ones of the multiple co-located users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karin Zilberstein, Enrique de la Garza, Leah Hobart, Shirlene Lim, Jonathan Winslow Anderson, Carolyn J. Fuson
  • Patent number: 9628829
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of associating, at a secondary device, secondary media content with primary media content being output at a primary device. The method includes receiving, at the secondary device, first information based upon the primary content being output at the primary device, wherein the first information includes at least one of an audio and a visual signal, determining at the secondary device second information corresponding to the first information, receiving at the secondary device one or more portions of secondary media content that have been made available by a third device, determining at the secondary device whether one or more of the portions of the secondary media content match one or more portions of the second information, and taking at least one further action upon determining that there is a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Renxiang Li, Kevin L. Baum, Faisal Ishtiaq, Michael L. Needham
  • Patent number: 9607313
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a streaming banner promoting one or more items/content on mobile devices are disclosed herein. User activity information is determined based on a user interfacing with a mobile device. The user activity information is transmitted by the mobile device to a server. In response to receiving a streaming banner, the streaming banner is displayed at a pre-determined portion of a screen of the mobile device. The streaming banner recommends one or more applications that targets the user based on the user activity information and an initial application identification source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Olivier Jacques Alexandre Radar
  • Patent number: 9591366
    Abstract: A moving picture providing method includes playing, by a processor, a second moving picture provided with respect to a first moving picture before or during playing the first moving picture; playing, by the processor, the first moving picture in response to a termination or a suspension in playing the second moving picture; activating, by the processor, a recall user interface (UI) for recalling the second moving picture during playing the first moving picture; and playing, by the processor, the second moving picture again in response to a request for recalling the second moving picture through the recall UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NAVER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seil Hwang, Naeun Kim
  • Patent number: 9591369
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that receives, from a particular user, identification of selected users from which recommendations are sought. Those users that have made recommendations are determined, and a recommendation graphical user interface is provided to equipment of the particular user. The graphical user interface item is associated with a recommending user and a television program. A selection of the recommendation graphical user interface item is received, and information is provided for presentation, responsive to a determination that viewing of the information has been authorized. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 9578389
    Abstract: A content delivery system and method that receives a request for a content stream that includes splice points. The method receives a playlist that includes an ordered list of media segment files that represent the content stream, and splice point tags, where generation of the media segment files aligns segment boundaries with the splice points in the content stream, and where each splice point tag is in a location in the playlist that corresponds to the position of one of the splice points in the content stream. The method identifies an insertion position in the playlist based on the location of the splice point tags, selects an advertisement segment, inserts the advertisement segment at the insertion position to create a modified playlist, removes the splice point tags from the modified playlist, and sends the modified playlist to the video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Wendell Sun
  • Patent number: 9542370
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sharing webpage JavaScript objects are disclosed. An embodiment of the invention provides a method for sharing JavaScript objects of webpages that are provided by a server by way of a browser executed at a user client. The method includes: (a) storing a shared JavaScript object from among one or more JavaScript objects of a first webpage in a predefined object storage area; (b) checking for a shared JavaScript object in a second webpage; and (c) forming the second webpage with the shared JavaScript object extracted, where the object storage area is positioned in a JavaScript context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 9508077
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a podcast file that has inserted content that is distinct from the content of the podcast. A remote server provides a web page to a subscriber computing device via a network, and a subscriber computing device transmits a podcast file to the remote server via the network. The remote server inserts content into the podcast file and provides the podcast file along with the inserted content for access from the web page. The remote server transmits the podcast file along with the inserted content responsive to requests from the subscriber computing devices. The subscriber computing devices can process and play the podcast content along with the inserted content from the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Haslam
  • Patent number: 9510049
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor media presentations are disclosed. An example method includes obtaining demographic information of a user associated with a media device, the media device including monitoring functionality. An agreement is presented to the user via the media device. The monitoring functionality is enabled to monitor at least one of media presentation or user interaction via the control processor if the agreement is accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9462324
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for delivering targeted advertising data over a network including but not limited to a first video server processor interface for sending data for rotating one of the set of follow-on advertisements off of the on-screen picture in picture queue display to an off-screen storage; and a second video server processor interface for sending data rotating another one of the follow-on advertisements from the off-screen storage to the on screen picture in picture queue display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roland Noll, Jeffrey G Weber, Scott Alan Pettit, Mary Catherine McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9407951
    Abstract: An image display apparatus for receiving and processing a broadcast signal and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The method includes receiving a notification through a network interface or a tuner, generating a promotion card object including the notification by processing the received notification by a card object generator, and displaying the promotion card object on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyo Jung Oh, Kwang Soo Choi
  • Patent number: 9398339
    Abstract: An image display apparatus for receiving and processing a broadcast signal and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The method includes displaying a home screen including a plurality of card objects, displaying a broadcast image and a favorite channel object representing favorite channels in a broadcast card object representing a broadcast image among the plurality of card objects, and displaying a favorite channel list including favorite channel items on the display, upon selection of the favorite channel object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Haneul Lee, Kwangsoo Choi, Jihe Suk, Hyojung Oh, Jimin Heo, Myongwon Suh
  • Patent number: 9386345
    Abstract: A method of delivering advertisement data to a mobile device that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, extracting metadata from video content corresponding to the selected advertisement in response to receiving an advertisement selection command and sending the metadata to an advertising management system. Data is received from the advertisement data management system indicating multiple communication devices associated with the media processor and a selection is received indicating a selected mobile communication device of the multiple communication devices. Identification of the selected mobile communication device is sent to the advertisement data management system to cause the advertisement data management system to deliver a mobile version of the advertisement to the selected mobile communication device via a mobile communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventor: Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 9351031
    Abstract: An image display apparatus for receiving and processing a broadcast signal and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The method includes receiving a notification through a network interface or a tuner, generating a promotion card object including the notification by processing the received notification by a card object generator, and displaying the promotion card object on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyo Jung Oh, Kwang Soo Choi
  • Patent number: 9326031
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a “save or delete” menu. In addition to the “save” and “delete” options, the menu additionally comprises one or more other options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate promotional item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play an advertisement on the user's television set. Additionally or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually purchase a product or service. The product or service advertised or offered may be one that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt, Bruce Klein
  • Patent number: 9301020
    Abstract: A content delivery system and method that receives a request for a content stream that includes splice points. The method receives a playlist that includes an ordered list of media segment files that represent the content stream, and splice point tags, where generation of the media segment files aligns segment boundaries with the splice points in the content stream, and where each splice point tag is in a location in the playlist that corresponds to the position of one of the splice points in the content stream. The method identifies an insertion position in the playlist based on the location of the splice point tags, selects an advertisement segment, inserts the advertisement segment at the insertion position to create a modified playlist, removes the splice point tags from the modified playlist, and sends the modified playlist to the video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Wendell Sun
  • Patent number: 9301022
    Abstract: Techniques to allow advertising or other secondary content to be dismissed for later follow up are disclosed. In various embodiments, a user input associated with dismissing a displayed content for later follow up is received. Display of the content item discontinued and a follow up record is stored based at least in part on the indication. The follow up record is used to provide to a user with which the user input is associated a follow up content associated with the dismissed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Rowles Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Noah Tilman Rowles
  • Patent number: 9225926
    Abstract: Methods and computer-readable media are provided for presenting program guide information using a mosaic of video sources broadcast in a television services system. An application program executed on a television services set-top box generates a matrix of still images representing multiple video sources presently being broadcast in the television services system. The matrix of still images is presented as a video mosaic representing current program guide information in the television services system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Francisco Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9183188
    Abstract: A toolbar that is provided or inserted in a markup language document so as to facilitate features or functionality provided by a server is disclosed. The toolbar is able to determine whether the toolbar should be displayed as part of the markup language page being displayed. In one embodiment the server is an intermediary server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Sampath Srinivas, Theron Tock
  • Patent number: 9173001
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a media content processing subsystem configured to process a flagging request, which designates a scene within the media content instance as a flagged scene. The processing subsystem is further configured to generate an actionable data module containing additional content corresponding to the flagged scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian Roberts, Heath Stallings, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 9122754
    Abstract: In a method for displaying video data within result presentations in information access or search systems, compressed thumbnails are computed for videos in a result page and applied to the result page. An end user is enabled to select a video in the result page and activate streaming of a video summary within the context of the associated result page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft International Holdings B.V.
    Inventors: Bjorn Olstad, Will Arentz
  • Patent number: 9111534
    Abstract: Implementations related to system and techniques for providing audio news reports are discussed. A computer-implemented method includes identifying, with a computer system, one or more news preferences for a first user, selecting a plurality of news stories, wherein particular ones of the new stories are determined to be responsive to the news preferences for the first user and comprise audio versions of stories converted automatically from textual news stories, assembling, with the computer system and for the first user, an audio news report that includes the audio versions of the selected news stories, and delivering, to a computing device, the assembled audio news report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Sylvester, Javier Gonzalvo Fructuoso
  • Patent number: 9088810
    Abstract: An alternative system and method for charging to provide audio visual services typically made available by providers, namely DVR services, rDVR services, on-demand services, broadcast and switch video television services, and pay-per-view services, for example. A customer/user may be enabled to access certain services from a provider in exchange for viewing one or more commercials, advertisements, overlays, watermarks, logos, or the like, preferably in real time, before, during, or following viewing an audio visual work provided in accordance with the services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas J. McWilliams
  • Patent number: 9066147
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide is provided in which advertisements may be displayed on program guide screens. Banner advertisements may be displayed above and below program listings. Panel advertisements may be provided adjacent to program listings. The advertisements may contain video. The advertisements may be used to promote television programs and conventional goods and services. When a user selects an advertisement, the program guide provides the user with an opportunity to order products or services, request information, set reminders for upcoming programs, view program descriptions, record programs, or take other such actions. Embedded advertisements may be provided within the program listings region and may be automatically displayed immediately adjacent to related program listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, Joel G. Hassell, Connie T. Marshall, Thomas R. Lemmons, Steven J. Reynolds, Robert A. Knee, Kenneth F. Carpenter, Jr., William L. Thomas, W. Benjamin Herrington, Steven C. Williamson, Michael D. Ellis, Donald W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20150135221
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving an identification of a media program from a broadcast channel on an electronic program guide for inclusion in a personalized channel, adding the identified program to a personalized channel at a first time, and adding one or more additional programs to the personalized channel at times other than the first time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Richard C. Gossweiler, III, Mehran Sahami, Manish G. Patel, John Blackburn, David A. Brown, Neha Gupta, Thomas H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9032448
    Abstract: A broadcast system provides consumers with inducement to consume portions in which they may not have an active interest, such as commercials. To dissuade consumers from leaving the vicinity of the broadcast receiver or from switching to other broadcasts while a first broadcast airs such a portion, the first broadcast is augmented by a second content entity calculated to be of interest to the consumer. Interaction is required of the consumer in order for him to receive the second content entity, which necessitates his presence and attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Vringo Infrastructure Inc.
    Inventor: Ari Nieminem
  • Patent number: 9032470
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to detect a first position of a viewing apparatus, wherein the viewing apparatus enables viewing of media programs, obtain a media program in a first viewing perspective that conforms to the first position, present the media program with the first viewing perspective for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus, and transmit to the viewing apparatus a first audio signal corresponding to the first viewing perspective. The storage medium can also have computer instructions to detect that the viewing apparatus has moved to a second position, obtain the media program in a second viewing perspective according to the second position, and present the media program with the second viewing perspective for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., William A. Brown, David B. Delorme, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9027054
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for displaying video streams, including receiving video data from a plurality of video stream by a frame controller in communication with a television display including a first picture and a second picture, and also receiving a television program summary list. The television program summary list includes television program data corresponding to the received video streams, and displaying the television program summary list in the second picture, and allowing the selection of a program from the television program summary list by a consumer, and displaying the selected video stream in the first picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9027061
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to receive from a media communication system metadata describing one or more marketable items depicted in a media program supplied by the media communication system, present images of the media program at a media presentation device without highlighting the one or more marketable items, present an icon at least at one of a remote controller managing operations of the media processor or the media presentation device to indicate a presence of the one or more marketable items in one or more of the images presented at the media presentation device, detect a selection of the icon, and highlight the one or more marketable items. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9021521
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server comprising a memory to store executable instructions and a controller coupled to the memory. The controller, reponsive to executing the instructions, performs operations comprising presenting a graphical user interface enabling selectable advertisements or a selectable channel distribution service for delivery to a set top box, presenting filters for targeted delivery of advertisements to subscriber equipment based on information descriptive of the subscriber, selecting advertisements from an advertising server based on detected selections of advertisements or a detected channel distribution service preference, transmitting a globally unique identifier of the set top box to a billing server, initiating storage of the selectable advertisements at a remote advertisement delivery server, and presenting the selectable advertisements to the set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Dean Debois, Frank Coppa, James D. Huffman
  • Publication number: 20150113566
    Abstract: A method of providing user interaction with third parties through an electronic programme guide for a television receiver is described. Either the television receiver or computing equipment local to the television receiver and in communication with it comprises a system for assembling an electronic programme guide. The system receives scheduling information for populating the electronic programme guide, and also receives offer information associated with the scheduling information. The system then displays as an electronic programme guide the scheduling information together with its associated offer information. A user selection of offer information is received, and a transaction for the offer information is established. Apparatus and software for achieving this result are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Koderisch
  • Patent number: 9015749
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Patent number: 9015151
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention is directed to a computer-implemented method which includes at least the following steps of requesting a consent to obtain an individual social media profile data; based on the consent, electronically obtaining the individual social media profile data from a social media electronic data source; determining individual specific parameters based on the individual social media profile data; matching the individual specific parameters to at least one segment identifier generated based on a predetermined segmentation of a target population of individuals; based on the matching, associating the at least one segment identifier with the individual social media profile data; and outputting an advertisement to the individual based on the at least one segment identifier associated with the individual social media profile data of such individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Oran Perry Margulis, Gil Aaron Margulis
  • Publication number: 20150106849
    Abstract: System and method for delivering video programs from a cloud to an electronic terminal is disclosed. Channels may be generated based upon personal data of a user. Channels may also be generated by the user's inputs through a user input device of the terminal. The user may select to access video programs in the cloud either through generated channels or through a search engine. Advertising messages can also be delivered based upon disclosed system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Yang Pan
  • Patent number: 9009758
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling a user to display and interact with a social networking structure on a video device connected to a network enabled host device is provided. A user interface (UI) 700 is also provided for displaying content (e.g. messages or tweets) that is output in an overlay for display on a display while program video is playing. The method provides for accessing a social networking site in response to a user input, the user input initiated while outputting a program for display, generating at least one keyword for searching the social networking site based on at least one characteristic associated with the program, retrieving content from the social networking site based the at least one keyword and outputting the retrieved content in an overlay for display simultaneous with the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Michael Foote, Martin Vincent Davey