User Customization Of Display Content Patents (Class 725/47)
  • Patent number: 11553250
    Abstract: A system and method for updating a settop box (STB) architecture that can be used to immediately update a device without requiring the device to be reset/restarted. The device may be any type of device that simultaneously supports multiple applications. The architecture may be used to update one of the applications with new functionality in a seamless manner that allows the applications including the one application to continue to operate without interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Tony R. Masimore
  • Patent number: 11507618
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for flexibly using trending topics as parameters for recommending media assets that are related to a viewed media asset. A media guidance application may determine that a user has viewed a media asset. The media guidance may identify a plurality of attributes corresponding to the viewed media asset and determine that a respective attribute of the plurality of attributes matches a trending topic. The media guidance application may update a set of weightings corresponding to the plurality of attributes by increasing a weighting corresponding to the respective attribute and adjust a recommendation for a media asset different from the viewed media asset based on the updated set of weightings. The media guidance application may generate for display the recommendation of the media asset different from the viewed media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Vineet Agarwal
  • Patent number: 11496801
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying viewing characteristics of an audience of a content channel. A method includes receiving an identification of a channel of interest having a plurality of first videos and being associated with a first channel owner in a network-based media sharing platform that provides a plurality of watch sessions to a plurality of users. The plurality of watch sessions comprises a subset of watch sessions that each include a first watched video from the channel of interest and one or more of a plurality of second watched videos from a plurality of additional channels, each of the plurality of additional channels associated with one of a plurality of second channel owners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Bjorn Wells, Guillaume Derolez
  • Patent number: 11432048
    Abstract: Developments in interactive programming guides that utilize a confluence of users/viewers from data that may be blockchain and/or data collection from IoT and other devices, proximity sensing of viewership, and both machine and guided learning over a large dataset to produce rules for AI selection of content, format, and features presented to currently active or a nearby set of television users/viewers. Blockchain may be implemented separately for accounting, verification, billing, and/or fees/royalty payments owed to content owners/copyright holders. Playback may be initiated by a remote device and played on a same or yet another or a plurality of remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Viva Chu
  • Patent number: 11405679
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus includes a broadcast receiver that receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcasting service; a separator that separates at least coded program video data, program-cooperation data, and screen layout control information, from the broadcast wave; a video decoder that decodes the coded program video data to reproduce program video information; a cooperation information generator that interprets the program-cooperation data to generate program-cooperation information; and a control unit that, when an instruction to display a given screen is input while the presentation processor divides video display region into sub-regions based on the screen layout control information, places the program video information in one of the sub-regions, places the program-cooperation information in another sub-region, and outputs the data of the video display region as the video information, outputs information of the given screen as the video information without dividing the video display region b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takuya Shimizu, Nobuo Masuoka, Yusuke Uchiyama, Yasunobu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11381616
    Abstract: A multimedia management system includes a multimedia device and a backend server. The multimedia device includes a memory programmed with a mobile application, a processor module, a wireless communication module configured to communicate over a wireless communication link, and a first multimedia device configured to capture a first video or image and a second video or image and store it as first multimedia content and second multimedia content. The mobile application is configured to transmit the first and second multimedia content over the wireless communication link via the wireless communication module. The backend server is communicably coupled to the multimedia device via the wireless communications link and configured to execute a persistent internet accessible request protocol for receiving, updating, and storing transmitted videos. The multimedia management system is useful for hosting and remotely managing multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Brian Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11330340
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a storage that stores templates defining a display form of a ticker; a selection unit that selects a template stored in the storage; a material data acquisition unit that acquires material data to be displayed on the ticker; a production unit that produces ticker data by applying the template selected by the selection unit to the material data acquired by the material data acquisition unit; and a provision unit that provides provision data including the ticker data produced by the production unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Lambda Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Shinji Unami
  • Patent number: 11307736
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for allowing a user to dynamically manage rich media content in an efficient and effective manner. Tiles including media content, personalized video selections, content pack upgrades, and promotions for featured content are presented to a user. Each tile may include calls to view, purchase, discuss, rate, review, or read about associated content. Tiles may be presented as still images, logos, text, or live video. Multiple tiles may be manipulated using keyboard, mouse, touchpad, and/or touchscreen movements, motions, and gestures. In particular examples, an overlay provided on top of a tile mechanism provides a user with additional navigation and management options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TiVo Corporation
    Inventors: Kirsten Hunter, Christopher Chan, Vasanth Shenoy, James Collette, Do H. Chung, Allen Billings
  • Patent number: 11212570
    Abstract: A method of automatically logging and collating geographic viewing data for broadcast television comprises providing a media device with a reporting means arranged to generate viewing data detailing a channel being watched automatically once received by the media device, and to transmit that viewing data to a server using a transport protocol, so forming transmitted viewing data comprising the generated viewing data and one or more headers associated with the transport protocol; processing the transmitted viewing data to identify information comprising at least one of: transmission metadata from a transmitter which transmitted the channel to the media device; and an external IP address of the media device; matching at least one of the viewing-data, the transmission metadata, and the external IP address to external data; and determining the geographical location from which the viewing-data originated using at least one of the identified information and the matched external data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TVA Group Ltd
    Inventors: Kevin Moroney, Daniel Cherowbrier, Jonathan Marshall, Andrew Wilson
  • Patent number: 11102522
    Abstract: According to one implementation, an electronic program guide (EPG) provisioning system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a software code. The hardware processor executes the software code to receive traffic data for programming content included in a programming content stream, extract programming content metadata describing the programming content from the traffic data, and obtain supplemental metadata further describing the programming content. In addition, the hardware processor executes the software code to enrich the programming content metadata using the supplemental metadata to produce an enhanced programming content metadata, conform the enhanced programming content metadata to each of multiple formats corresponding respectively to EPG providers for the programming content stream, and distribute the enhanced programming content metadata to the EPG providers in real-time with respect to receiving the traffic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon M. Edwards, Shant H. Mardigian, Han Kim
  • Patent number: 11064260
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing content related to a user-selected media asset featuring a person unrelated to that media asset, but that was involved in another media asset together with a person that was involved with the user-selected media. Specifically, a user-selection of a media asset is received and a first person involved in the media asset is identified. A second person that is associated with the first person and is not involved in the user-selected media asset is identified and content featuring the second person and related to the user-selected media asset is presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ROVl GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Milan Patel, Sandip Shah
  • Patent number: 11064236
    Abstract: Systems and methods can include collecting addressability information about users accessing a service provider's IP-based network communication services, collecting information sufficient to identify when the user is accessing the service provider's IP-based network communication services, collecting data from value-added services usage by the user and using the collected data to associate the user with certain marketing content. The systems and methods can further include sending the marketing content to the user through various distribution channels by using the addressability information. The systems and methods can further include recording the collected information over time to refine the ability to predict the user's receptiveness to certain marketing content so as to improve the effectiveness of TMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Steven D. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 10949691
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a display device that displays pages, and a control unit that acts as an input receiver that receives a writing made on the page, displayed on the display device, an application executor that executes an application program, a recording requester that requests a data management system to record playback data including the written data received by the input receiver and a task executed by the browser application program acquired by the browser expander, with a time stamp added to the written data and the executed task, and a playback processor that plays back the written data and the executed task included in the playback data acquired from the data management system, in synchronization according to the time stamp. The playback processor plays back the task executed by the browser application program, through the browser expander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hara
  • Patent number: 10901579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display method in which an image display unit 2 displays an thumbnail image bundle G in which a plurality of thumbnail images T are arranged in a first direction, the thumbnail image bundle G has a static portion 52 in which the thumbnail images T are arranged at equal intervals in a state where a part of the thumbnail image T is displayed by being overlapped with an adjacent thumbnail image T, and a dynamic portion 50 in which an interval between the thumbnail images T adjacent to each other is arranged wider than an interval between the thumbnail images T in the static portion 52, the method including: enlarging a length of an occupied rectangle D, in which the thumbnail image bundle G is occupied, in a second direction intersecting the first direction according to an enlargement instruction of the thumbnail image bundle G when receiving the enlargement instruction; and moving the thumbnail image T of the dynamic portion 50 to the static portion 52 to reduce the number of thumbnail images T o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Yusuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 10878488
    Abstract: An example electronic apparatus and an example method for summarizing content thereof are provided. The example method includes displaying content on a display; based on receiving user input for content summarization, determining, as a content summarization range, from among content areas which are not displayed on the display, a content area corresponding to a location on the display at which the user input is detected; summarizing content within the content summarization range according to a type of the content; and displaying the summarized content along with the displayed content. The example electronic apparatus and example method may summarize the content by using a rule-based algorithm or an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-yeon Lee, Ji-hyun Rho, Won-ho Ryu
  • Patent number: 10869082
    Abstract: Various arrangements for providing a multichannel viewing event are presented. A definition of the multichannel viewing event may be transmitted to multiple television receivers. A television receiver may, as part of an electronic programming guide, provide a single-selection option to activate the multichannel viewing event based on the definition. In response to receiving user input that selects the single-selection option, the definition of the multichannel viewing event is accessed. The television receiver may output the television channels defined in the definition of the multichannel viewing event. A video stream that includes live feeds of multiple television channels may then be output to a display device for simultaneous presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark Templeman
  • Patent number: 10845979
    Abstract: A method for displaying digital content in an interactive navigation interface is provided. The method includes: displaying a plurality of top-level category groups on a display screen; receiving a user pointing operation selecting one of the top-level category groups from a remote controller; providing visual feedback for the selected top-level category group; and in response to a zoom-in operation on the selected top-level category group received from the remote controller, displaying a plurality of digital content objects within the selected top-level category group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TCL RESEARCH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Di Meng, Haohong Wang, Allan He
  • Patent number: 10820023
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards remotely generating encoding metadata at a remote content distributor for use by a local user computing device. The remote content distributor receives and encodes content. During or after the encoding process, the remote content distributor generates encoding metadata that indicates how the content was encoded by the remote content distributor. The remote content distributor provides the encoding metadata to the user computer device. The user computing device receives the content and the encoding metadata and encodes the content based on the encoding metadata. The user computing device can then provide the encoded content to another computing device for decoding and presentation to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DISH NETWORK L.L.C.
    Inventors: William Michael Beals, Alistair Chatwin
  • Patent number: 10803113
    Abstract: Playback and distribution systems and methods for multimedia files are provided. The multimedia files are encoded with flags associated with the content data of the multimedia files. Through the use of the flags, playback of the content is enhanced without significantly increasing the file size of the multimedia file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DIVX, LLC
    Inventors: Kourosh Soroushian, Shaiwal Priyadarshi, Jason Braness, Roland Osborne, William Frantz, Jerome Vashisht-Rota, Daniel Salmonsen, John Funnell, Michael Floyd
  • Patent number: 10687103
    Abstract: A channel programming associated with a channel can be selected. The channel can be associated with a programming broadcasting system. The channel programming can be displayed upon a presentation device. An immediate content from a content delivery entity interrupting the presentation of the channel programming can be received. The channel programming and the immediate content can be simultaneously presented on the presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Hurd, Tassanee K. Supakkul, Mathews Thomas, Julio Wong
  • Patent number: 10667014
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of triggering an action based on behaviour of a user consuming content at a user device, the method comprising receiving content change signals at a processor executing a content change detection algorithm, wherein the content change signals denote a change of content on the user device; wherein the detection algorithm compares the content change signals with a content change behaviour associated with that device to detect a surfing condition and generates a triggering control signal for triggering an action when the surfing condition for that device is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventors: Philip Antony Shaw, Miles Eusebius Weaver, Issar Amit Kanigsberg
  • Patent number: 10558333
    Abstract: Network-based video manipulation resources to a client device is provided. A service provider may provide a guide experience that incorporates thumbnail videos as part of the navigation experience. “Personalized” mosaics and video-tiles are provided as part of the guide such that the mosaic has an integrated look and feel. The guide experience may also include an optional guide-view as part of the navigation guide. Further, the guide experience may receive input from a user to personalize the mosaic for the user. Mosaics may be defined including a plurality of thumbnails which may be available for display on a client device. Per a request received to manipulate a thumbnail within the mosaic with a video, the selected video may be retrieved, manipulated and transcoded in accordance with the request. The thumbnail may then be updated with the selected video within the mosaic, and the mosaic may be transmitted to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC
    Inventor: Keith Alan Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10514815
    Abstract: A computer readable medium containing a set of instructions that causes a computer to perform a process comprised of receiving one or more media files. The one or more media files having one or more scenes and each scene including a starting time point and ending time point. The set of instructions may include changing the starting time point and/or the ending time point of a scene from the one or more scenes in response to an input command. The set of instructions may create a new scene and save the new scene based on the new starting time point and/or ending time point of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas Majchrowski & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Keri DeWitt
  • Patent number: 10425479
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for storing video content collected by a home automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for accessing video content collected by a home automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to receive video content associated with an event, determine a priority level of the video content based on at least one predetermined criteria, and store the video content for a period of time based on the priority level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney David Smith
  • Patent number: 10419799
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting custom navigation options are described herein. In some embodiments, the media guidance application displays a first portion of a media asset, and identifies a set of entities referenced in messages associated with the media asset. The media guidance application then selects an entity frequently referenced in the plurality of messages, and displays a transport bar associated with the entity comprising an indicator identifying the entity and a region associated with only portions of the media asset associated with the entity. The media guidance application then displays a second portion of the media asset in response to receiving a user selection of a segment of the region. In some embodiments, the region corresponds to a custom presentation of the media asset featuring the selected entity, and the transport bar updates dynamically based on newly received messages, or the content displayed by the media guidance application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Margret B. Schmidt, Ajay Kumar Gupta, Alexander W. Liston, Jonathan A. Logan, Mathew C. Burns, Gabriel C. Dalbec
  • Patent number: 10412457
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a non-transitory storage medium storing instructions and a processing unit that executes the instructions to present a group of selectable elements. Each of the selectable elements in the group corresponds to content assets accessed by a user. The group is ordered according to chronological access. Selection of a selectable element from the group provides access to content determined based on the respective content asset, an application used to access the respective content asset, and information regarding previous user behavior. The electronic device may be a content access device, such as a set top box, a digital video recorder, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Binder, Miles Fenn, Charles Hasek
  • Patent number: 10394879
    Abstract: Playback and distribution systems and methods for multimedia files are provided. The multimedia files are encoded with flags associated with the content data of the multimedia files. Through the use of the flags, playback of the content is enhanced without significantly increasing the file size of the multimedia file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DIVX, LLC
    Inventors: Kourosh Soroushian, Shaiwal Priyadarshi, Jason Braness, Roland Osborne, William Frantz, Jerome Vashisht-Rota, Daniel Salmonsen, John Funnell, Michael Floyd
  • Patent number: 10375441
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed toward locally generating a replacement spot beam signal to be combined with other orbital television signals, where the replacement spot beam signal is generated from locally received over-the-air television signals. Over-the-air television signals are received at a user's premises via an over-the-air antenna and orbital signals are received at the user's premises via a satellite antenna. The orbital signals include a spot beam signal and other orbital signals. The spot beam signal is specifically generated for the geographical area associated with the over-the-air television signals. One or more available local channels are extracted from the over-the-air television signals and are converted into the replacement spot beam signal that is a satellite-compatible signal. The replacement spot beam, instead of the original spot beam signal, is then combined with the other orbital signals and provided to a content receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Alistair Chatwin, William Michael Beals
  • Patent number: 10313711
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method involves (i) accessing data representing a traffic schedule for a television broadcast; (ii) selecting a record from the traffic schedule, wherein the record identifies a video source; (iii) determining a type of the identified video source; (iv) using the determined type of the identified video source as a basis to select a DVE; and (v) causing a computing device to run the selected DVE, wherein running the selected DVE causes the computing device to generate a modified version of an input video stream received from the identified video source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 10306327
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided to inform a user of a broadcast stream, which has multiple, concurrently received channels of program content, about recommendations of a subset of the content currently playing across the available channels or to be played within a selected future time period. The subset of content is selected based on user preferences and system data (e.g., program topic and channel affinities among the broadcast content and channels) to recommend a more diverse subset of content than would be discovered if only user preferences were employed to make the selection of recommended content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sirius XM Radio Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart A. Cox, Michael A. Barton
  • Patent number: 10277923
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method involves (i) accessing data representing a traffic schedule for a television broadcast; (ii) selecting a record from the traffic schedule, wherein the record identifies video content; (iii) determining a type of the identified video content; (iv) using the determined type of the identified video content as a basis to select a DVE; and (v) causing a computing device to run the selected DVE, wherein running the selected DVE causes the computing device to generate a modified version of an input video stream representing the identified video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 10209768
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to systems, devices, and methods for file-aware priority drivers in data storage devices. In one example, a device may comprise a data storage medium, an interface circuit to communicate with a host, a driver configured to retrieve file system information related to a structured input/output (I/O) command from the host, select priority attributes based on the file system information, and prioritize execution of the I/O command based on the priority attributes. Another embodiment may be a method comprising inspecting characteristics of an I/O request, choosing priority attributes for the I/O request based on the characteristics, and executing operations in an order based on the priority attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Robert McLeran, Joe David Marley, Scott J Noone, Peter G Viscarola
  • Patent number: 10110649
    Abstract: A computer system generates a first decompressed media stream based on a first compressed media stream and provides the first decompressed media stream to a presentation device. While providing the first decompressed media to the presentation device: the computer system receives a content-transition indication indicating that a second decompressed media stream is to be provided to the presentation device instead of the first decompressed media stream. The computer system stores first buffered data corresponding to the first decompressed media stream and receives a second compressed media stream corresponding to the second decompressed media stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Eric Hoffert, Ludvig Strigeus, Andreas Oman, Oskar Arvidsson
  • Patent number: 10097604
    Abstract: A computer system generates a first decompressed media stream based on a first compressed media stream. While providing the first decompressed media stream to the presentation device, the computer system receives a content-transition indication to switch to a second decompressed media stream. In response to receiving the content-transition indication, the computer system selects a first transition point in first content corresponding to the first compressed media stream and selects a second transition point in second content corresponding to the second compressed media stream. The second transition point is selected in accordance with a bandwidth available for receiving the second compressed media stream and the first transition point is selected based on the second transition point. The computer system requests the second compressed media stream starting at the second transition point and ceases to provide the first decompressed media stream at the first transition point in the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Eric Hoffert, Ludvig Strigeus, Andreas Oman, Oskar Arvidsson
  • Patent number: 10051239
    Abstract: A hierarchical publish/subscribe network is employed to produce and distribute special effects to users to complement displayed video information. A top level broker in the network receives a plurality of data streams corresponding to a respective plurality of primary special. A service provider makes a subscription request for one of said primary special effects and receives the corresponding selected data stream. The selected data stream is transformed into at least one further data stream, corresponding to a further special effect. The further data stream is published to a lower level broker associated with the service provider. In response to a user subscription request for the further special effect, the lower level broker publishes the further data stream to a user interface for presentation to the user in association with the displayed video information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew James Stanford-Clark, Benjamin Joseph Fletcher
  • Patent number: 9992540
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques to enable more robust electronic program guides in television distribution systems. Some solutions can obtain data (e.g., from the Internet) about a program listed on an electronic program guide and integrate that data with electronic program guide. In some cases, this information can be obtained and/or updated dynamically, in real-time or near real-time, for example to provide, up-to-date information can be provided in the electronic program guide, rather than requiring the viewer to tune to an information channel. In some cases, the system can provide a generalized electronic program guide that can be rendered by the system to be displayed on a plurality of different devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Ronnie S. Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 9992527
    Abstract: An operating method of a video display device is provided. The method according to one embodiment includes receiving a broadcasting signal through a tuner; obtaining an uncompressed audio or video (AV) content, through a receiving unit, other than the broadcasting signal; outputting the uncompressed AV content through a display unit; extracting characteristic information based on a genre of the uncompressed AV content; receiving a response to a query which includes the characteristic information; and outputting an enhanced service, including a service for recommending, based on the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungjoo An, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon, Jinwon Lee, Jinpil Kim, Donghyun Kang, Jang Hun Bae
  • Patent number: 9961386
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting custom navigation options are described herein. In some embodiments, the media guidance application displays a first portion of a media asset, and identifies a set of entities referenced in messages associated with the media asset. The media guidance application then selects an entity frequently referenced in the plurality of messages, and displays a transport bar associated with the entity comprising an indicator identifying the entity and a region associated with only portions of the media asset associated with the entity. The media guidance application then displays a second portion of the media asset in response to receiving a user selection of a segment of the region. In some embodiments, the region corresponds to a custom presentation of the media asset featuring the selected entity, and the transport bar updates dynamically based on newly received messages, or the content displayed by the media guidance application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Margret B. Schmidt, Ajay Kumar Gupta, Alexander W. Liston, Jonathan A. Logan, Mathew C. Burns, Gabriel C. Dalbec
  • Patent number: 9921799
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to streaming influencer device audio content to listener devices. In some embodiments, a computing platform may receive, from a first influencer device, first stream information associated with a first music stream. Subsequently, the computing platform may identify a plurality of listener devices that subscribe to receive music streams from the first influencer device. The music sharing computing platform then may evaluate first tracking information associated with a first listener device of the plurality of listener devices to enforce one or more playback restrictions on the first listener device, and may evaluate second tracking information associated with a second listener device of the plurality of listener devices to enforce the one or more playback restrictions on the second listener device. Based on evaluating the tracking information, the computing platform may share the first music stream with the first listener device and the second listener device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: MUMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Touch, Ryan Britt, Jon Kraft, Edward Chan
  • Patent number: 9888268
    Abstract: Provided is a operating method of a video display device including a display unit. A receiving unit receiving a broadcasting signal through a tuner; obtaining an uncompressed audio or video (AV) content through a receiving unit, wherein the uncompressed AV content includes a promotion content; extracting a characteristic information, including at least one of a watermark and a fingerprint, from a part of the uncompressed AV content; transmitting a first query to a first server, wherein the first query corresponds to the characteristic information; receiving a first response from the first server, based on the transmitted first query; transmitting a second query to a second server based on the first response; receiving a second response from the second server, based on the transmitted second query; and executing a promotion application based on the second response. Furthermore, the promotion application controls a process for promoting a content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungjoo An, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon, Jinpil Kim, Jinwon Lee, Donghyun Kang, Jang Hun Bae
  • Patent number: 9817891
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for creating metadata-based search queries. In use, a plurality of data objects in one or more databases are identified. Additionally, a plurality of attributes associated with each of the plurality of data objects are identified (e.g. attributes from a table, derived attributes, etc.). Further, a plurality of relationships associated with each of the plurality of data objects are identified. In addition, at least one of the plurality of data objects, the plurality of attributes, or the plurality of relationships are filtered to generate a first subset of data objects, a first subset of attributes, and a first subset of relationships. At least a metadata representation of at least a portion of the first subset of data objects, the first subset of attributes, or the first subset of relationships is displayed utilizing a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: Amdocs Software Systems Limited, Amdocs Development Limited
    Inventors: Petrus Johannes Eksteen, James Francis Hunt, Jason Edward Gibbons, Johnston Harden Graham Glendinning, Christopher Mark Bagnall, Tian Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 9799082
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sharing content across a social network can include: receiving content (e.g., a content update) for a content channel (e.g., at a channel node of a set of remote channel nodes); assigning a content identifier to the content; transmitting the content with the content identifier to a user account associated with the content channel; and modifying the content channel with the content based on the content identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Post Social, Inc.
    Inventors: Aza Raskin, Adam Rothman, Juan-Carlos Foust, Ruud de Rooij, Mike Kurlowsk
  • Patent number: 9711180
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for producing a show. In an embodiment, the invention is directed to a production system having a first production path, a second production path, and a control system that causes the first production path to generate a show in a first aspect ratio (4:3), and that causes the second production path to generate the same show in a second aspect ratio (16:9). In another embodiment, the invention is directed to producing a show from live material and from archived material. This aspect of the invention operates by producing a first show comprising a plurality of stories, segmenting the first show, and storing the show segments in an archive. Then, the invention produces a second show using live portions as well as show segments retrieved from the archive. The invention is also directed to a media manager that interacts with a server. In some cases, the server is integrated with the production system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: GVBB HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alex Holtz, Robert J. Snyder, John R. Benson, William H. Couch, Marcel Larocque, Charles M. Hoeppner, Keith Gregory Tingle, Richard Todd, Maurice Smith
  • Patent number: 9591368
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a signal receiver configured to receive a broadcasting signal that includes content of a channel and information about content overlapped channels, a signal processor configured to extract the content and the information about the content overlapped channels from the received broadcasting signal, a display configured to display an image of an extracted content, and a controller configured to perform a control operation based on the extracted information about the content overlapped channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mun-seok Kim, Kyung-chul Nam
  • Patent number: 9538248
    Abstract: A broadcast channel information sharing method in an electronic device and the electronic device thereof are provided. An operation method in an electronic device includes creating a request message of requesting to share broadcast channel information, the request message comprising one or more of user information, location information, and habit information, transmitting, by the electronic device, the request message to a network server, receiving, by the electronic device, a response message corresponding to the request message from the network server, and extracting, by the electronic device, broadcast channel information of another electronic device comprised in the response message and sharing the extracted broadcast channel information with the other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang-Seong Kim, Sung-Taek Lee
  • Patent number: 9538141
    Abstract: The invention controls presentation of content at an end user terminal to allow an end user to consume any kind of content without specifying anything about how the content is delivered. A method includes creating a content schedule, determining content presentation control information using the content schedule, and using the content presentation control information to control the presentation of content on one or more end user terminals. The content schedule, which identifies a plurality of content items intended for the end user terminal, includes at least one content characteristic associated with each of the content items. The content presentation control information is adapted for controlling presentation of the content items at the end user terminal in a manner tending to render the content characteristics transparent to the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Jonathan Segel
  • Patent number: 9531552
    Abstract: Power consumption levels of a network device can be adjusted based upon traffic flow at the device. A network device can recognize a situation where the traffic flow associated with a CPE device reaches a level that can be supported by a smaller channel set, and when this situation arises, the CPE device can request and receive an updated, smaller channel set. In response to receiving the smaller channel set, the CPE device can operate using fewer resources, thereby reducing power consumption at the CPE device. When traffic level at the CPE device warrants, the CPE device can request and receive a new or updated, larger channel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Benton
  • Patent number: 9510057
    Abstract: Techniques of providing an interactive programming guide with a personalized lineup are disclosed. In some embodiments, a profile is accessed, and a personalized lineup is determined based on the profile. The personalized lineup may comprise a corresponding media content identification assigned to each one of a plurality of sequential time slots, where each media content identification identifies media content for the corresponding time slot. A first interactive programming guide may be caused to be displayed on a first media content device associated with the profile, where the first interactive programming guide comprises the personalized lineup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilson Harron, Oscar Celma Herrada, Irene Zhu, Markus K. Cremer
  • Patent number: 9485536
    Abstract: A method and system for processing listing data includes a listing system having a listing database associated therewith, an external data source communicating station data, external schedule data and external program data to a listing system and an internal source communicating internal program data to the listing system. The listing system stores the station data, external schedule data and external program data and the internal program data in the database. The listing system communicates the listing data to other systems using the listing data such as a program guide system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Kapil Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 9369659
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a user interface for television control functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Negar Moshiri, Frank J. Wroblewski, William J. Napier, Frank A. Hunleth, Daniel S. Simpkins, Kevin M. Conroy, Peter Wood, Neel Goyal, Jason Witenstein-Weaver, Adam Mark, Scott Anthony Stanchfield