Based On Genre, Theme, Or Category Patents (Class 725/45)
  • Patent number: 11212588
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure relate to the technical field of EPGs, and disclosed thereby are a control method for focus movement on an EPG user interface and a display device, the method comprising: displaying a television broadcast program on a display screen; receiving an instruction for displaying an EPG user interface, and displaying the EPG user interface on the display screen in response to the instruction; and receiving an instruction for indicating the movement of a focus along a channel arrangement direction in the EPG user interface, and in response to the instruction, determining a new position to which the focus moves in a target television channel according to the position of a pre-selected reference broadcast program, so as to control the focus to move to a target broadcast program corresponding to the new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hisense Visual Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Yang, Mengyuan Li
  • Patent number: 11197072
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to determining that a wireless device associated with one user account is proximate to a computing device associated with another user account. In response to determining the proximity of the two devices, one or more of the devices may receive merged access to permissions and/or content associated with the two user accounts. In response to determining that the wireless device is not proximate to the computing device, the devices may no longer receive merged access to permissions and/or content associated with the two user accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Kareeson, Scott Eklund, Francisco Niebres, Preston Smalley, Josh Kennedy, Donald J. Stecher
  • Patent number: 11194811
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method processes a query on instances of an object of an object-oriented environment. The object has a root object and member fields which are sub-objects of the root object. The root object and each sub-object correspond to an entity represented by and stored in form of a table. The method includes analyzing the query to identify those objects which are necessary to execute the query. For each of the primary key values of a table corresponding to a root object, the method includes: (i) generating an instance of the object by populating the member fields of those objects which have been identified as necessary in said analyzing step with data identified by the respective primary key in their corresponding tables; (ii) executing the query on the generated object instance; and (iii) adding the query result to a result accumulator storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: XPLAIN DATA GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Haft, Hanjo Täubig, Christian Koncilia, Peide Wang
  • Patent number: 11172333
    Abstract: A location of a computing device may be determined by determining the range of a communication. Several different wireless communication protocols and/or wireless networks (e.g., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Cellular, and/or GPS) may be used to determine the user's location. When the user's location is determined, one or more actions (e.g., granting access to content) may be performed based on the user's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Corey Farrell
  • Patent number: 11153634
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for providing a scaled user interface. A content player can provide a user interface that enables a user to manage playback (e.g., seek) of the time-based content item. The user can access a first playback direction (e.g., a first playback axis, etc.) associated with the time-based content item and cause a user interface element to be displayed. The user can click/press the user interface element in a continuous action to cause a second playback direction (e.g., a second playback axis, etc.) to be displayed. The second playback direction can be associated with a scale that is different (e.g., less/greater) than a scale associated with the first playback direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Niland
  • Patent number: 11146862
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media are disclosed for automatic tagging of videos. In particular, in one or more embodiments, the disclosed systems generate a set of tagged feature vectors (e.g., tagged feature vectors based on action-rich digital videos) to utilize to generate tags for an input digital video. For instance, the disclosed systems can extract a set of frames for the input digital video and generate feature vectors from the set of frames. In some embodiments, the disclosed systems generate aggregated feature vectors from the feature vectors. Furthermore, the disclosed systems can utilize the feature vectors (or aggregated feature vectors) to identify similar tagged feature vectors from the set of tagged feature vectors. Additionally, the disclosed systems can generate a set of tags for the input digital videos by aggregating one or more tags corresponding to identified similar tagged feature vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Russell, Ruppesh Nalwaya, Markus Woodson, Joon-Young Lee, Hailin Jin
  • Patent number: 11102541
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiving apparatus capable of executing a function with a higher added value is provided. A broadcast receiving apparatus configured to receive contents includes: a receiving unit configured to receive the contents; an interface via which the contents received by the receiving unit is outputted; a control unit configured to control an output state of the contents from the interface. In this case, the control unit is configured to determine the output state of the contents from the interface in accordance with a combination of control information indicating a copy control state of the contents, control information for specifying necessity or not of protection when to output the contents, information indicating resolution of video of the contents, and information indicating transmission characteristics of video of the contents, which are received by the receiving unit together with the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takuya Shimizu, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Nobuo Masuoka, Nobuaki Kabuto
  • Patent number: 11099717
    Abstract: A video playback method includes: obtaining playback progress information of all sub-files in a video file, where the video file includes at least two sub-files; displaying a playback progress bar list, where the playback progress bar list includes playback progress bars of the at least two sub-files, and a playback progress bar of any sub-file displays playback progress of the any sub-file according to playback progress information of the any sub-file; receiving a user instruction used for selecting, according to the playback progress bars, a target sub-file that needs to be played, where the target sub-file is any sub-file of the at least two sub-files; and playing the target sub-file according to the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Ekstrand, Zongbo Wang, Rui Li, Guosheng Gu
  • Patent number: 11044536
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method of processing a broadcast service in an apparatus. The method may comprise: receiving a broadcast signal; receiving, from an application running on the apparatus, a request based on a first Application Programming Interface (API); generating a first JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) object by including the URL for the requested OSN; and delivering, to the application, the first JSON object in response to the first API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Somi Park, Minsung Kwak
  • Patent number: 10964423
    Abstract: Disclosed and claimed is a system and method of rating or labeling a digital therapeutic to digital content comprising uploading digital content; selecting at least one condition from a plurality of conditions that the uploaded digital content is intended to cure, the selected condition indicating at least one of a feeling, sensation, mood, mental state, physical state, emotional condition, physical status; and overlaying a therapeutic label to the digital content corresponding to the selected condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AEBEZE LABS
    Inventor: Michael Phillips Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10820011
    Abstract: A merging motion information candidate generation unit derives, when information indicating whether or not to derive a merging motion information candidate shared for all prediction blocks in a coding block is information indicating the derivation of a merging motion information candidate shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block, a plurality of merging motion information candidates shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block. A merging motion information selection unit selects one merging motion information candidate from the plurality of merging motion information candidates and uses the selected merging motion information candidate in a prediction block subject to coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Takehara, Hiroya Nakamura, Shigeru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10812951
    Abstract: Techniques and solutions are described for processing and displaying information received from a plurality of remote computing devices, such as internet of things (IOT) devices. Data from the IOT devices, including from sensors associated with the IOT devices, can be received and processed by a monitoring component. The monitoring component can include a plurality of schedule data objects, which can be associated with categories. Data received from the IOT devices can be associated with a category, including by associating the data with one of more of the schedule data objects. The schedule data objects can be used to determine information that will be rendered for display to a user. The schedule data objects can also be used to generate alerts or notifications, or to automatically taken actions based on triggers or conditions associated with a respective schedule data object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Holger Neuert
  • Patent number: 10778998
    Abstract: A merging motion information candidate generation unit derives, when information indicating whether or not to derive a merging motion information candidate shared for all prediction blocks in a coding block is information indicating the derivation of a merging motion information candidate shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block, a plurality of merging motion information candidates shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block. A merging motion information selection unit selects one merging motion information candidate from the plurality of merging motion information candidates and uses the selected merging motion information candidate in a prediction block subject to coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Takehara, Hiroya Nakamura, Shigeru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10769797
    Abstract: A UE includes a communication unit, a display, at least one sensor, and a processor. The communication unit receives video from a server and the display renders a portion of the video. The sensor determines a pitch and a yaw of the portion of the video and a processor generates metadata that includes the pitch and the yaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Madhukar Budagavi, Imed Bouazizi, Youngkwon Lim, Andrew Joseph Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10743055
    Abstract: A method and system of providing access to television programs without requiring a user to operate an electronic programming guide or to independently determine information required to access the television program. Optionally, access to the television program may be facilitated by scheduling a recording of the televisions program or providing instructions to facilitate accessing an on-demand showing of the television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 10740321
    Abstract: A method for generating a profile for a user based on the user's behaviour and altering a setup of at least one computer program based on the generated user profile. The generic user profile for a user may be updated to include information from a similar user (e.g., a user having similar preferences). Using information from similar users allows for a generic user profile to be generated using information extracted from applications (e.g., both social media and games) and/or based on the behaviour of connections (e.g., social media contact, etc.). The generated generic user profile may be used to change the set-up for applications (e.g., executed/stored on the user's mobile device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Isberg, Magnus Hallqvist, Jonas Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 10701432
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for providing a scaled user interface. A content player can provide a user interface that enables a user to manage playback (e.g., seek) of the time-based content item. The user can access a first playback direction (e.g., a first playback axis, etc.) associated with the time-based content item and cause a user interface element to be displayed. The user can click/press the user interface element in a continuous action to cause a second playback direction (e.g., a second playback axis, etc.) to be displayed. The second playback direction can be associated with a scale that is different (e.g., less/greater) than a scale associated with the first playback direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Niland
  • Patent number: 10694140
    Abstract: The present invention enables real-time video commenting by viewers of media content on a web site. The media content may be video, audio, text, still images or other types of media content. When a content viewer indicates a desire to provide a real-time video comment, a content server causes a video input device at the content viewer's location to be activated. The content viewer's video comment is captured by the video input device and transmitted to the content server, where it is stored and associated with the video being commented upon. When the original video is subsequently presented to content viewers, indicia of the video comment such as a thumbnail or description of the comment is also presented, thus inviting content viewers to view the video comment in addition to the original video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Steven Chen, Michael Powers, Hong Qu, Yu Pan
  • Patent number: 10694255
    Abstract: A media sharing and communication system, including a recording mechanism that records a desired portion of media upon activation by a first individual user, a first user transmitter/receiver that transmits the portion of media and a voice message generated by the first individual user regarding the portion of media to a second individual user, a confirmation mechanism that confirms that the second individual user is authorized to view the portion of media and a notification mechanism that notifies the first individual user if the second individual user is not authorized to receive the portion of media, and a second user transmitter/receiver that receives the portion of media and voice message upon authorization of the second individual user. A method of sharing portions of media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: David A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10631001
    Abstract: A merging motion information candidate generation unit derives, when information indicating whether or not to derive a merging motion information candidate shared for all prediction blocks in a coding block is information indicating the derivation of a merging motion information candidate shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block, a plurality of merging motion information candidates shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block. A merging motion information selection unit selects one merging motion information candidate from the plurality of merging motion information candidates and uses the selected merging motion information candidate in a prediction block subject to coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Takehara, Hiroya Nakamura, Shigeru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10616657
    Abstract: An online system generates a feed of content items for a user subject to a limitation restricting the number of content items including video data (“video content items”) included in the feed. If the user interacts with a video content item the feed, the online system selects candidate video content items based on characteristics of the video content item in the feed and characteristics of the user. The online system determines likelihoods of the user interacting with various candidate video content items and selects candidate video content items based on the determined likelihoods. To present the user with additional video content items, the online system generates an interface including the selected candidate video content items and presents the interface to the user. The interface may be presented in place of the feed or may be presented as within the feed and presents different video content items based on user interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuanxuan Wang, Brett Welch, Sahil P. Thaker, Fidji Nahema Simo, Deepa Diwakar, Varun Kacholia
  • Patent number: 10616644
    Abstract: A user interface allows for blending of television program choices from which a viewer may select, the blending representing options for linear and non-linear programming presented together within a single hierarchy of a designated category. The blending may further include managed content relevant to the designated category, where desired. Such designated categories may include television programming categories and/or content categories. The options for linear and non-linear programming may be presented together within a single screen of the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Moreau, Donald Ahrens, Georgia Gibbs, John Carney, David de Andrade
  • Patent number: 10609459
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method of processing a broadcast service in an apparatus. The method may comprise: receiving a broadcast signal; receiving, from an application running on the apparatus, a request based on a first Application Programming Interface (API); generating a first JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) object by including the URL for the requested OSN; and delivering, to the application, the first JSON object in response to the first API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Somi Park, Minsung Kwak
  • Patent number: 10585558
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for a media application including an interactive grid display. A method may comprise displaying a grid including a central hub and a plurality of spokes connected to the central hub, inserting a first media element on a first spoke of the grid, the first media element including a first timestamp and activating a first media file, inserting a second media element on the first spoke of the grid, the second media element including a second timestamp and activating a second media file, wherein the second media file is related to the first media file, comparing the first timestamp to the second timestamp, and arranging the presentation of the first and second media elements along the first spoke based on the compared first and second timestamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Viacom International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Evans, Darren Brelesky, Dhimiter Bozo, Pier Borra
  • Patent number: 10558718
    Abstract: A method for using evaluation of intent to improve website usability includes gathering page text and input text from pages viewed by a user, generating a word set from the page text and input text, and performing latent dirichlet allocation modeling on the word set to evaluate user intent. The intent can be used to provide recommendations, improve search results, or identify weaknesses in a website design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Lukas Cerveny, Arnaud De Jaegher
  • Patent number: 10521189
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a plurality of physical buttons for providing programmable control inputs to the mobile device. A processor within the mobile device is programmed with instructions to cause the mobile device to respond to a first input via a first of the plurality of physical buttons by activating voice recognition by the mobile device and providing an indication on a status bar on a screen of the mobile device. The mobile device accepts voice inputs and processes the voice inputs locally and via interactions with a remote server to provide contextualized information within an application executing on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Alan AI, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrey Ryabov, Ramu Sunkara, James Shelburne, Sergey Yuryev
  • Patent number: 10484741
    Abstract: A system for facilitating access to items of content presents recommendations to a user. Items of content may include movies and television shows. Recommendations may include access plans specifying a plurality of digital media services, where each specified digital media service provides availability to items of content included in a user defined set. Further, recommendations may be based on one or more use defined constraints. User defined constraints may include a user budget for accessing items of content during a specific time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventor: Nandini Iyer
  • Patent number: 10448044
    Abstract: A merging motion information candidate generation unit derives, when information indicating whether or not to derive a merging motion information candidate shared for all prediction blocks in a coding block is information indicating the derivation of a merging motion information candidate shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block, a plurality of merging motion information candidates shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block. A merging motion information selection unit selects one merging motion information candidate from the plurality of merging motion information candidates and uses the selected merging motion information candidate in a prediction block subject to coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Takehara, Hiroya Nakamura, Shigeru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10448063
    Abstract: A system comprises a video hosting subsystem configured to access a database of video streams. The video hosting subsystem comprises a processor for processing data associated with the video streams, and memory for storing data. The processor is configured to receive a user request to access a selected primary video stream. The processor is further configured to identify other video streams captured at substantially the same time and location as the selected primary video stream and in which a person specified in the user request appears. The processor is configured to select, from the identified other video streams, an alternative video stream. The processor is further configured to provide the user with access to the selected primary video stream, together with an option to access the alternative video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maurice F. Gray, Sarah Gray, Gordon D. Hutchison
  • Patent number: 10419829
    Abstract: A system may receive an entity identifier for a user. The entity identifier may identify an entity that is associated with a category. The system may identify channel(s) for the category by obtaining data for the user, and analyzing the data to determine a score for each channel. The system may use the scores to select one or more of the channels. The system may provide content related to the selected channel(s) to a client device of the user, and the user may interact with the content via the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mathew Cowan, Christopher Pedregal
  • Patent number: 10417576
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including: evaluation information extracting means extracting evaluation information from evaluation of every user for an item; preference information creating means for creating preference information indicating a preference of every user on the basis of the evaluation information extracted by the evaluation information extracting means and an item characteristic amount indicating a characteristic of the item; space creating means for creating a space in which the user is located, according to the preference information; and display control means for controlling display of the user located in the space, according to the space created by the space creating means and the preference information. The apparatus may be applied to, for example, an image display apparatus which displays server images for providing a variety of items and information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kei Tateno, Shinya Ohtani, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Mari Saito
  • Patent number: 10397654
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transmission apparatus for distributing a content to a client, including: a question generation section configured to generate question information representative of a question regarding liking of a user of the client; and a transmission section configured to transmit the question information and provider side answer information in the form of a bit string representative of an answer set by a provider which provides the content to the question regarding the liking of the user to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10388247
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a display device are described herein. For example, the system may receive streaming video data including information indicating a video quality identifier and apply a video parameter enhancement to a subsystem of the display device. In a further example, the system outputs video using the video parameter enhancement. In another example, the video parameter enhancement may he applied to alter an output characteristic of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Mahmood Majid
  • Patent number: 10341735
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a media guidance application (e.g., implemented on a user device) for sharing content service provider subscriptions for user-selected media assets. The media guidance application may receive a media asset selection from the user and provide options to share subscriptions from the user's friends to allow the user to access the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Auxer, Scott Manning
  • Patent number: 10341712
    Abstract: Video clips may be automatically edited to be synchronized for accompaniment by audio tracks. A preliminary version of a video clip may be made up from stored video content. Occurrences of video events within the preliminary version may be determined. A first audio track may include audio event markers. A first revised version of the video clip may be synchronized so that moments within the video clip corresponding to occurrences of video events are aligned with moments within the first audio track corresponding to audio event markers. Other audio tracks similar to the first audio track may be identified based on audio characteristic parameters. Other revised versions of the video clip may be synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joven Matias
  • Patent number: 10271063
    Abstract: A merging motion information candidate generation unit derives, when information indicating whether or not to derive a merging motion information candidate shared for all prediction blocks in a coding block is information indicating the derivation of a merging motion information candidate shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block, a plurality of merging motion information candidates shared for all the prediction blocks in the coding block. A merging motion information selection unit selects one merging motion information candidate from the plurality of merging motion information candidates and uses the selected merging motion information candidate in a prediction block subject to coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Takehara, Hiroya Nakamura, Shigeru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10237629
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a channel classification method and device. The method comprising: receiving preset channel tags and content information of channels; the content information includes program contents that individual channels broadcast in periods of time or program content tags corresponding to included non-live contents; classifying the current individual channels according to the channel tags and generating first classification items; determining a program content tag corresponding to the program content or the non-live content that is currently being broadcasted, respectively, according to the program content or the non-live content that is currently being broadcasted by the channels; and classifying the channels according to the program content tag corresponding to the program content or the non-live content that is currently being broadcasted and generating second classification items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: STARTIMES COMMUNICATION NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiangtao Wen, Yi Pang, Liang Zhang, Hongwei Yao
  • Patent number: 10212212
    Abstract: A mobile device is coupled to a computer system configured to access media content sources and play media content items provided thereby on a media device. The mobile device receives a first control specification that includes a plurality of first information items each associated with one of the media content sources and a first action definition. The first information items are concurrently displayed on a remote control user interface of the mobile device. In accordance with a selection of one of the first information items corresponding to a first content source, the mobile device transmits a command of a first action definition corresponding to the selected first information item to the computer system, and receives a second control specification that includes a plurality of second information items. Each second information item is associated with a respective content item provided by the first content source and a second action definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Ting Yann Lu
  • Patent number: 10176257
    Abstract: An interactive video distribution system can distribute video content to customer premises of a service provide. Content servers store video content items received from content providers. A content management server maintains a content index including content metadata describing the video content items. A request for content is received from customer premises equipment of a customer premises via a content distribution network. An iterative matching process is performed to match the request with content metadata in the content index to identify a matching video content item to deliver to the customer premises equipment in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian W. Chan, Venu Madhav Gadiraju, Mahesh Narayan, Salman Wakil
  • Patent number: 10142695
    Abstract: A system for facilitating access to items of content presents recommendations to a user. Items of content may include movies and television shows. Recommendations may include access plans specifying a plurality of digital media services, where each specified digital media service provides availability to items of content included in a user defined set. Further, recommendations may be based on one or more use defined constraints. User defined constraints may include a user budget for accessing items of content during a specific time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventor: Nandini Iyer
  • Patent number: 10078414
    Abstract: In a graphical user interface, when a cursor is positioned over an icon or link associated with a target, the appearance of the cursor changes to present information describing or related to the target. Such information can include, for example, an excerpt of the contents of the target, and/or meta-data for the target, and/or an indication of what application or applications may be used to open the target. The information presented in the cursor can be shown in graphical form or in text form, or in a combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John Louch
  • Patent number: 10070169
    Abstract: A method and system of providing access to television programs without requiring a user to operate an electronic programming guide or to independently determine information required to access the television program. Optionally, access to the television program may be facilitated by scheduling a recording of the televisions program or providing instructions to facilitate accessing an on-demand showing of the television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 10015545
    Abstract: A user device and method comprises a screen display and a user interface. A display control module defines a first display area with a first boundary therearound and displaying a first category indicator for a first category therein. The display control module defines a second display area with a second boundary and displays a second category indicator for a second category therein. A gesture control module receives a movement signal from the user interface for moving the first display area relative to the second display area using a user interface. The display control module defines a third boundary around a third display area representing the first category and the second category when the first boundary and the second boundary touch or overlap and displays the first category indicator and the second category indicator within the third boundary. When the third display area is selected, a function may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Beeson, Jason L. Howk, Yoonjung Kim, Laura Ginhee Wirsta
  • Patent number: 9992546
    Abstract: A contextual navigational control for digital television is described. An apparatus, comprises a contextual navigation control interface (CNCI). The CNCI includes a first area that represents a plurality of cable television programs having a first level of relevance. A second area represents a first group of the plurality of programs having a second level of relevance. A third area represents a first subgroup of the first group having a third level of relevance. A fourth area represents a second subgroup of the first group having a fourth level of relevance. There may be additional areas representing additional sub-groups of relevance to the current viewing context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Moreau, John Carney
  • Patent number: 9973820
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television system having a controller to create a template defining a format of presentation of an webpage or HTML page using an iTV or IPTV application system, receive a request for the page from a subscriber of the iTV or IPTV system. The system can access application system subscriber data for the subscriber and a presentation of the page is dynamically adapted according to the application system subscriber data. In one alternative at, the page can be dynamically adapted by changing in content or by changing a look and feel of an HTML page or webpage. In another alternative, the webpage or HTML page can be dynamically adapted by modifying graphic user interface elements based on the application system subscriber data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Bryan P. Davis, Robert Coldwell
  • Patent number: 9930386
    Abstract: A method transmitting a video program having an initial video quality and information related to the video program to multiple devices having an initial information quality is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Yan Xu, Lin Du, Wei Zhou
  • Patent number: 9883245
    Abstract: A system for facilitating access to items of content presents recommendations to a user. Items of content may include movies and television shows. Recommendations may include access plans specifying a plurality of digital media services, where each specified digital media service provides availability to items of content included in a user defined set. Further, recommendations may be based on one or more use defined constraints. User defined constraints may include a user budget for accessing items of content during a specific time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventor: Nandini Iyer
  • Patent number: 9832263
    Abstract: System, computer implemented process and computer program product for managing media content among a plurality of devices which includes the exchange of device status data among two or more devices. The exchanged device status data includes individual device capabilities and indicia of available media content stored within each of the devices. Each device determines from the exchanged device status data whether any differences exist in available media content stored among the plurality of devices and also whether any of the determined differences in media content will require transcoding to compatible data formats. Once the determinations have been completed, synchronizing and optionally transcoding of the available media content is performed based on the determinations made from the exchanged device status data. Any required transcoding may be performed either before or after media content synchronizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Frank Andrew Welts, Ben Morrelli, Gregory Montalvo, Daniel Thomas Tapuitea Reynolds, Andreas Marc Benamou
  • Patent number: 9769526
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transmission apparatus for distributing a content to a client, including: a question generation section configured to generate question information representative of a question regarding liking of a user of the client; and a transmission section configured to transmit the question information and provider side answer information in the form of a bit string representative of an answer set by a provider which provides the content to the question regarding the liking of the user to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9681195
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television system having a controller to create a template defining a format of presentation of an webpage or HTML page using an iTV or IPTV application system, receive a request for the page from a subscriber of the iTV or IPTV system. The system can access application system subscriber data for the subscriber and a presentation of the page is dynamically adapted according to the application system subscriber data. In one alternative at, the page can be dynamically adapted by changing in content or by changing a look and feel of an HTML page or webpage. In another alternative, the webpage or HTML page can be dynamically adapted by modifying graphic user interface elements based on the application system subscriber data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Bryan P. Davis, Robert Coldwell