User Customization Of Display Content Patents (Class 725/47)
  • Patent number: 8687128
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to systems and methods of navigating previously viewed channels. In a particular embodiment, a method may include maintaining a channel list in a memory, the channel list comprising multiple previously viewed channels. The method may also include receiving a first signal to select a first selected channel in the channel list. The method may also include tuning a channel tuner to the first selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Stahulak, Bruce Barnes, Dolores J. Mallian, Nikhil Marathe
  • Patent number: 8689260
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for efficiently scheduling incoming information objects so that objects with the highest utility factors are scheduled for broadcast. The incoming information objects are preferably received from one or more information sources, and can be tagged with attributes that associate each object with one or more classes of information (e.g., sports, news, etc.), and/or can provide a gauge of the utility of the object. The tags can be used, for example, to select and broadcast objects from a variety of classes, and/or to identify the objects that provide the most utility at any given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan K. Tash
  • Patent number: 8683521
    Abstract: A suggestion server generates suggestions of videos. The suggestion server analyzes log data to create co-watch data identifying pairs of co-watched videos and containing generate values representing the number of times the pairs of videos were co-watched. The suggestion server uses the co-watch data to create feature vectors for the co-watched videos. The suggestion server uses the feature vectors to train a ranker for each video. When trained, the ranker can be applied to a feature vector for a video to produce a ranking score. To produce suggestions for a given video, a set of candidate videos is defined. The suggestion server applies the feature vectors for the candidates to the ranker for the given video to produce ranking scores. The candidate videos are ranked based on their ranking scores, and the highest-ranked candidates are provided as suggestions for the given video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ullas Gargi, Jay Yagnik
  • Patent number: 8683501
    Abstract: A method and system to permit TV viewers to interact with program content broadcast over a subscriber network, such as cable, satellite, internet, or cellular telephone. The details of the ability for the viewer to interact is embedded as data in the program signal. The subscription provider broadcasts a visual indicator as a small icon during programming that informs the viewer that interaction is permitted. The viewer then uses a remote control to purchase products, vote on events, respond to polls, download files, request information, and request callback actions. The TV viewer uses the remote control to send information to a set-top box front-end application, and to iteratively create transactions that are batched and then sent to a back-end core application and database which then handles fulfillment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: icueTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Huegel
  • Patent number: 8677390
    Abstract: A network system includes a receiving apparatus for receiving contents, and a recording and reproducing apparatus for recording and reproducing the contents received by the receiving apparatus, the receiving apparatus and the recording and reproducing apparatus being interconnected via a network. The receiving apparatus includes a viewing age limit compliance information acquisition section, and a determination section. The recording and reproducing apparatus includes a storage section, and an address information delivery section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 8677408
    Abstract: Row advertisements for use in a program guide are described. An example includes a program guide to aid a user navigate a media presentation system; a list of entries to represent a plurality of programs; an advertisement positioned within the list of entries, wherein the advertisement is interactive to allow a user to manipulate the advertisement, and wherein the advertisement is associated with one of the plurality of programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Green, Joy A. Arai, Scott M. Benoit, Eric J. Bennett, Robert A. Bergman, Tommi Iten, Chris Roy, Tyson L. Wintibaugh
  • Patent number: 8677414
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to present media content to a user, receive a message, and selectively cease presentation of the media content until after the message is reviewed. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Gregory Beck
  • Patent number: 8677410
    Abstract: A method, data processing system, and computer program product for delivering media content. Outputs in a media player for use in delivering versions of a media content are identified. A parameter for each of the outputs is identified to form a set of parameters. A content distribution module forms a version of the media content from the media content and the set of parameters for each of the outputs to form a set of media content. Each of the set of media content is sent through an associated output in the outputs at substantially a same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Eric V. Kline
  • Patent number: 8677415
    Abstract: A subscriber to a video service generally has available to them an on-screen program guide. The program guide lists programming (e.g., TV shows) that are available to the subscriber for a certain upcoming time period. The programming guide may sort the listings by channel and time, areas of interest, age appropriateness and/or MPAA or TV rating, free or additional cost, etc. In an embodiment, the programming guide includes an ability to make a selection to see which TV shows are recommended by reviewers. Such reviewers may be individuals or panels or institutions to which some credibility may be attached—a trusted source. After selecting a reviewer, the subscriber is made aware of the programs recommended by the selected reviewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Joel Stephen Angiolillo, Jordan Kanarek
  • Patent number: 8671426
    Abstract: A method and system whereby conventional television advertisements (i.e., those delivered to viewers while they watch television programming) can be delivered in conjunction with and correlated with advertisements that are presented to viewers in the Interactive Program Guide (IPG). Moreover, the invention described herein provides for delivering highly targeted ads to viewers in both conventional programming avails and in the IPG, and for linking the targeted ads in these two media to provide for enhanced and highly effective advertising campaigns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Prime Research Alliance E, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 8671427
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for using a dynamic streaming server interface to enable the display of personal data in a cable box environment is disclosed. The system includes an interface to forward data to the server, an insertion tool to insert the display into the channel guide, and controls to enable the user to view the personal data using the cable box and interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Verisign, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric O. Bodnar
  • Patent number: 8667526
    Abstract: A system may present video content with a data scroll on a video display device. The data scroll may include data scroll items that are automatically and consecutively presented on the video display device. Each of the data scroll items may include information associated with a particular topic. The system may receive a selection of a softkey corresponding to one of the data scroll items, retrieve, in response to receiving the selection of the softkey, additional content corresponding to the particular topic associated with the one of the data scroll items, and present the additional content on the video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J Afram, D. Beau Morley, Hannah Y Moon
  • Patent number: 8661473
    Abstract: An Internet broadcasting system for supporting broadcast services by using Internet Protocol (IP), and more particularly an apparatus and method for providing a user's preferred contents in an Internet broadcasting system are provided. The method of providing contents in an Internet broadcasting system includes searching for contents in an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) according to a user preference, constituting a user channel, based on the searched contents and providing a terminal with the searched contents according to the user channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Eun Keum, Bo-Sun Jung, Jun-Hyung Kim, Young-Wan So, Jong-Hyo Lee
  • Patent number: 8656430
    Abstract: A processing system includes a memory module that stores an electronic program guide (EPG) authoring application. A processing module executes the EPG authoring application including a graphical user interface that responds to input from an end user. The EPG authoring application creates EPG configuration data to configure an EPG application of a client device associated with the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: ViXS Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James Doyle
  • Patent number: 8656431
    Abstract: A system and device is disclosed that employs a global interactive program guide to receive, access, manage, and view digital entertainment services such as live television, television on demand, and pre-recorded video and audio programming from one on more content sources, via an internet-enabled device, anywhere in the world. As disclosed, the global interactive program guide provides a user with metadata that describes available content and enables the user to access desired content on an a la carte basis and arrange the presentation of that content in any way or order desired. The system of the instant invention can alternatively be practiced with any mobile communications device that is accessible via the internet, cell phone communications or other communications mode. Changes made to content availability are instantly synchronized through the entire system and content redundancy is obtained when available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mark A. Cavicchia
  • Patent number: 8646003
    Abstract: A method and device for displaying a broadcasting program are disclosed. An electronic program guide (EPG) is newly generated according to user set option information and the EPG is displayed on a screen on user's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Eun Hae Choi
  • Patent number: 8644306
    Abstract: In a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) video communication method and apparatus, first and second VoIP-based terminals store video event indexes and images mapped thereto with respect to state information of a user and terminal, and establish a session using session establishment information defining the video event. The first terminal then transmits a data packet including the video event index, and the second terminal receives the data packet and outputs an image mapped to the video event index of the images stored in advance. Thus, by transmitting and receiving a predefined index alone without transmitting user and terminal states as a real time data-type image, the VoIP video communication method and apparatus prevent unnecessary waste of bandwidth in video communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soung-Kwan Kimn, Hyun-Min Yoon, Hui-Jae Lee, Ji-Youn Jung, Myeon-Kee Youn, Seong-Joon Jeon
  • Patent number: 8640153
    Abstract: An interactive TV device is configured to receive and process multiple broadband input streams simultaneously. The device includes functionality to perform as a Web browser, HF, cable and satellite TV receiver, a digital PVR, an interactive TV set-top box, an advanced central processing unit and a videoconferencing device, thanks to an integrated videoconferencing camera. The present interactive TV device is configured to manage all multimedia sources identically, whether the input is a TV channel, a Web page, or a video stream played back from a data carrier such as a DVD, for example. The present interactive TV device is also configured to enable a user to watch and record a plurality of video streams simultaneously and to display them on four independently manageable quarter screen segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Korishima Property LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Luis Nobre
  • Publication number: 20140026166
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for controlling a networked TV comprises the following steps: receiving a first command for setting a bookmark for an item currently being executed, and a second command for selecting the rating of the item for which the bookmark has been set; storing information for identifying the bookmarked item having the selected rating in a bookmark memory in accordance with the received first and second commands; receiving a third command for listing one or more bookmarked items; accessing the bookmark memory; and displaying a first item having a first rating and a second item having a second rating separately from each other on the basis of the ratings of the items stored in the bookmark memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Youngho Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140020027
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus (100), a video system, a method and a corresponding computer program and a computer readable medium for managing a personal channel (210) of a user (200). The apparatus (100) is configured to identify a personal channel data piece that specifies a content item that the user (200) of the personal channel might not like anymore. The apparatus (100) then suggests (142) to the user (200) to delete the corresponding identified personal channel data piece and thus assists the user (200) in keeping a clear personal channel (210).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: AXEL SPRINGER DIGITAL TV GUIDE GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Korst, Mauro Barbieri, Serverius Petrus Paulus Pronk
  • Patent number: 8631436
    Abstract: An approach is provided for presenting media segments. A media segment manager receives an input, from a device, for specifying a plurality of segments. Each of the plurality of segments corresponds to one or more media streams and is associated with a respective duration of time. The media segment manager then causes, at least in part, presentation of the plurality of segments in a predetermined order based on the input and the respective durations of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Juha Henrik Arrasvuori, Erika Piia Pauliina Reponen
  • Patent number: 8631437
    Abstract: A favorite channel list for a media system is generated by observing the viewing, surfing, and recording habits of a user. The viewing habits may include the duration and frequency of viewing a channel. A user's surfing habits, including navigation habits of a guide, the method used for navigation to a channel, and information queries made during a surfing session may be used to determine which channels may be added to a favorites list. When the user has an ability to record a program and view the program later, the user's behavior in selecting programs for recording, and the behaviors of playing back and archiving recorded shows may also be used to identify favorite channels. In some embodiments, the favorites list may be customized for a user or node of a playback system, as well as time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Schwesinger, Jeffrey Fong, Joseph A Schrader, Mark G. Young, Todd San Jule
  • Patent number: 8627365
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi picture searching service providing system. The multi picture searching service providing system includes a head end transmitting a multi moving picture including plural moving pictures, moving picture-related data for each of the moving pictures, and multi moving picture configuration information for each of the moving pictures, and a user terminal receiving the multi moving picture, the moving picture-related data, and the multi moving picture configuration information and provides a user with a moving picture searching view, which is created by editing the plural moving pictures and the moving picture-related data, according to predetermined searching view generation information and the multi moving picture configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Alicast Corporation
    Inventor: Ji-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8621509
    Abstract: A method for operating an image display apparatus is discussed. The method according to an embodiment includes reproducing content, storing at least part of the reproduced content, upon receipt of a content save command, displaying a content object representing the stored content, displaying objects representing other users or electronic devices of a connected network or a network linked to the connected network, and transmitting, when the content object is dragged and dropped on an object selected from among the objects representing other users or electronic devices, the stored content to a selected user or electronic device represented by the selected object. The content is at least one of a broadcast image, an external input image, an audio file, a still image, a connected Web page, or a text file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youngho Jeong, Eunhee Ha, Myongwon Suh, Dohyung Park
  • Patent number: 8621518
    Abstract: A media recommendation system gathers negative user feedback associated with media content. Based on the gathered feedback, the media recommendation system extracts a list of recommended media content from program data describing available media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Danker, Peter T. Barrett
  • Patent number: 8621538
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing subscription data are described. Subscription data may be received from a subscription data source. The video content may be provided for presentation. A determination may be made of whether the subscription data is contextually relevant to the video content. The subscription data may be provided for presentation in accordance with the determination and the providing of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Roland Noll, Bryan M. Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8621048
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing content published on-line so as to identify each item in a unique manner. In some implementations, an RSS feed is received from a publisher and a unique identifier is identified for each item in the feed. Each item then has third party content or advertisements associated with the item based on the unique identifier. The feed is then stored and, when appropriate, updated. The augmented feed, which contains the third party content and the items in the feed, is provided to user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Eric M. Lunt
  • Patent number: 8620988
    Abstract: A system and method for processing syndication information for a mobile device that includes: identifying a plurality of syndication servers to which a user of the mobile device subscribes; polling, at a first predetermined interval, the plurality of syndication servers to determine if syndication information on each the syndication server has been updated; if the syndication information has been updated, requesting and receiving updated syndication information; adapting the updated syndication information into a predetermined format, and sending the adapted syndication information to the mobile device. The sending of the adapted syndication information may also be performed at a predetermined interval. The predetermined format preferably uses less data and requires less processing than the original format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Mark Sohm, Jennifer Emery, Michael Clewley
  • Patent number: 8615778
    Abstract: A system and method for providing personal broadcast channels are provided. In one embodiment, one or more users interact with a local broadcast agent hosted by a local server to define profiles for a number of personal broadcast channels. The profiles include information identifying types of content to be broadcast on the personal broadcast channels and optionally formats for the personal broadcast channels. Based on the profiles for the personal broadcast channels, the local broadcast agent generates a request for content types desired for the personal broadcast channels and provides the request to a content distribution agent hosted by a master server. Based on content provided to the local server in response to the request and the profiles of the personal broadcast channels, the local broadcast agent generates the local broadcast channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Morgan Evans, James Evans, Richard J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8613021
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying media files that are related to a user-selected media file. Initially, a first set of media files that have previously been determined to be related to the selected media file is identified. It is determined that the number of media files in the first set of media files does not exceed a minimum number. A query is constructed based on the title or description of the selected media file to locate more related media files. A media database is searched and the results are combined with the first set of media files to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Hongqiao Li, Steve Beck, Michael M. Cameron, Alejandro Dominguez
  • Patent number: 8613025
    Abstract: One of a plurality of video channels is selected for viewing. A specific one of a plurality of video channels is bookmarked. An object representing said bookmarked channel is displayed. A displayed object is selected to select the bookmarked channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: TP Vision Holding B.V
    Inventors: Venkatasubramanian Narayanan, Padma Lakshmi Anoop Kulkarni, Sajid Saiyed, Vijayan Venkataraman, Sanjay Bhat
  • Patent number: 8613024
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining cross-platform predictive popularity ratings information are provided. An interactive television application operating on at least one predetermined platform, such as an online interactive application platform, may monitor user interactions with the interactive television application to obtain cross-platform data, which may be used to determine predictive popularity ratings information. The predictive popularity ratings information may then be distributed for use in at least one platform of a type different than the type of the predetermined platform, such as a user television equipment platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bovenschulte, Edgar Fereira
  • Patent number: 8613034
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8606231
    Abstract: A combination of a radio receiver with a detachable controller that determine sends either reduced or enhanced metadata about received programming to the detachable controller based upon periodic authorization. A connection from the detachable control device to the radio receiver carries commands to the radio receiver and carries only the reduced set of metadata, such as tuned channel and tuned channel name, from the radio receiver to the controller. The controller is authorized by sending a radio identifier from the radio receiver to the control device, determination of an authentication code at the controller and communication of the determined authentication code back to the controller for validation. Upon validation, an enhanced set of metadata, including song title and artist, is sent to the controller. The enhanced metadata, the reduced metadata, or both, are optionally able to be encrypted. The radio receiver periodically performs this authorization processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sirius XM Radio Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. De Luca, Paul Kelley, Nitesh Singhal
  • Patent number: 8595765
    Abstract: A viewer of an audio video display device (AVDD) and transition from a nine panel graphical user interface (GUI) showing a summary degree of metadata to a six panel GUI showing a higher degree of metadata using a horizontal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: David Young, Steven Friedlander, Sabrina Tai-Chen Yeh
  • Patent number: 8595766
    Abstract: An operating method of an image display apparatus includes displaying a screen on a display and displaying a thumbnail image screen in response to a command to display an input image list. The thumbnail-image list includes a plurality of groups of thumbnail images that respectively correspond to a plurality of input image signals on the display. Each thumbnail-image group includes one or more thumbnail images that represent different points of time in a corresponding input image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Ki Ahn, Jae Kyung Lee, Kun Sik Lee, Gyu Seung Kim
  • Patent number: 8595769
    Abstract: Systems and methods of presenting channel content in a distributed network having a client device and a server device, the method comprising the acts of evaluating tagged content, e.g., from the server device and creating a personalized channel at the client device. The personalized channel comprises content from two or more predetermined channels, i.e., channels received from the server device. Last, the system and method displays the content on the personalized channel. Also, systems and methods may be employed to display a personalized programming guide, using profile information to select a preferred subset of information to display such that the user is better able to discern desirable content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William Randolph Matz
  • Patent number: 8584167
    Abstract: A receiver provides an EPG. The EPG includes schedule information for content accessible by the receiver from a content provider presented as slots in a grid arranged by time and source. The receiver may determine recorded content is stored and incorporate content information for the recorded content in the EPG. The content information may include one or more portions of the instance of recorded content. The receiver may automatically incorporate the content information or may incorporate such information in response to user input. The receiver may incorporate additional information and/or access recorded content in response to user selection of content information. In some implementations, the recorded content may be recorded as part of an automatic system for recording multiple instances of content received via a multi-frequency signal from a content provider wherein the instances of content are all included in a same frequency and encoded utilizing the same control word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Luke VanDuyn
  • Patent number: 8584168
    Abstract: An apparatus automatically recommends content. A preference operation history managing unit generates history information of an operation relating to a preference for a content according to a plurality of operations relating to a preference for the content and explanation information relating to the content and using preference value parameters for each kind of these operations. A preference information managing unit generates and renews preference information including preference values in which a given preference value is based on a combination of a given keyword and a preference value for that keyword. A content recommending unit calculates a preference degree for the content according to the preference information and the explanation information with respect to the content and recommends at least a portion of the content according to the preference degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kimura, Kensuke Ohnuma, Hidetoshi Ichioka
  • Patent number: 8584166
    Abstract: A method including providing a television service to customers; identifying a customer when the customer uses the television service; tracking content viewed by the customer; calculating probabilities based on the customer's viewing of contents, wherein the probabilities pertain to features applicable to the viewed contents and the features include genres of the viewed contents; selecting one or more upcoming contents, available at a future date to the customer, to recommend to the customer based on one or more features applicable to the upcoming content that correspond to one or more features applicable to the viewed contents; and providing a user interface to permit the customer to select from the one or more upcoming contents recommended to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Siddhartha Gunda, Nilanjan Roy, Muhil Rajamanickam, Vijay Prabhu Baskaran, Jubish Cheriya Parambath, Anand N. Sankaran
  • Patent number: 8584169
    Abstract: A system and method for creating and managing custom media channels within an Interactive Digital Program Guide (IDPG) of a device having a set-top box function associated with a cable or satellite television network. In general, a user interacts with the set-top box function to define a custom media channel. The custom media channel may be defined by a channel name and user preferences. Once the custom media channel is defined, an Internet search is performed based on the user preferences in order to identify media presentations for the custom media channel. Thereafter, when a user selects the custom media channel via the IDPG, the media presentations are played in a substantially continuous stream in either a predetermined or random sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8578422
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for selecting services in a television system using graphical indications displayed on a screen. The invention comprises in particular the steps of: (a) determining a first list (30) of services, the first list being a subset of a second list; (b) displaying at least a part of the first list, ordered according to a predetermined criterion; (c) selecting a service present in the second list, but not in the first list; (d) displaying a visual indicator (39) marking the relative location, according to the predetermined criterion, of the selected service in the first list (30). The invention also relates to the terminal for the implementation of the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: William Renault, René Gauthier, Sandra Jensen
  • Patent number: 8577988
    Abstract: A device includes a communication unit including at least one of a wireless communication module and a wired communication module. The device also includes a controller configured to access, based on communications received through the communication unit, a plurality of identifiers which each mark a manipulation of content performed by an electronic device. The plurality of identifiers mark manipulations of the content performed by different electronic devices. The controller also is configured to facilitate output, on an output unit, of a representation of the plurality of identifiers. The output unit is separate from the different electronic devices that performed the manipulations of the content marked by the plurality of identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woosik Choi, Jeonghwa Yang
  • Patent number: 8578419
    Abstract: Techniques to create, generate, and deliver customized interactive program guide (custom-IPG). In one embodiment, selections indicative of a set of channels to be included in the custom-IPG are received. In response, one or more custom-IPG screens including the set of selected channels are rendered at a headend. Custom-IPG screens can be formed as subsets of the regular IPG screens, or as new screens. The rendered custom-IPG screens are provided from the head end to a set top terminal upon receiving a viewer request for the custom-IPG. Commands indicative of a particular location at which to overlay the custom-IPG screens may also be received, and the custom-IPG screens are re-rendered at the indicated location. Custom-IPG screens can be overlaid on a video sequence provided on a particular channel being viewed, used to carry regular program guide, or a channel independent of the channel used to carry regular programming and program guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Sadik Bayrakeri, Donald F. Gordon, John P. Comito, Edward A. Ludvig, Harold P. Yocom, Jeremy S. Edmonds, Eugene Gershtein
  • Patent number: 8572657
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving device and a method for change one or more configurations of windows of a program guide displayed on a display unit of a broadcast receiving device according to a user input, are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Suzin Lee
  • Patent number: 8572656
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for controlling a broadcast displays information on an interactive service associated with a broadcast program, the information provided prior to displaying the associated broadcast program. The present invention includes a wireless communication unit receiving interactive service information, an input unit selecting an interactive service using the received interactive service information, and a controller scheduling the execution of the selected interactive service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Beom Seok Cho, Ki Hoa Nam
  • Patent number: 8572655
    Abstract: A system collects a user's television (TV) program viewing activity and uses the collected TV program viewing activity to make video on demand (VOD) recommendations to other users via a VOD recommendation service. The system receives an indication that the user wishes to turn on a VOD recommendation service and deletes previously collected TV program viewing activity for the user based on the received indication. The system collects the user's recent TV program viewing activity, which occurs subsequent to the received indication and the deletion of the previously collected TV program viewing activity, and uses the user's collected recent TV program activity to make other VOD program recommendations to the user via the VOD recommendation service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Laxmi A. Arte, Mukunda P. Raju, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco
  • Patent number: 8572645
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver and a method of controlling data for an emergency alert system (EAS) in a digital broadcast receiver are provided. The method includes receiving a digital broadcast signal including an emergency alert table including a uniform resource identifier (URI) descriptor, detecting a URI address included in the URI descriptor, accessing the URI address, receiving additional emergency alert information from the URI address, and performing control to display the additional emergency alert information on a screen of the digital broadcast receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyung Ho Kim, Jin Pil Kim, Joon Hui Lee, Jong Yeul Suh, Hyeong Ho Son
  • Patent number: 8566874
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a media content processing subsystem including an output driver configured to provide at least a component of a media content instance to a display for presentation to a user, and a receiver configured to receive an input command initiated by the user during the presentation of the component of the media content instance. The media content processing subsystem is further configured to select a control pane from a group of control panes based on the input command, each of the control panes including a different set of control tools, and provide, in response to the input command, the control pane to the display for concurrent presentation of both the component of the media content instance and the control pane to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Roberts, Heath Stallings, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 8566876
    Abstract: In an Internet protocol television network, a set-top box includes a social network interface module and a remote control interface module. The social network interface module receives a first selection of a content item from the remote control interface module, and receives a second selection of a comment from the remote control interface module. The social network interface module also posts the second selection on a social network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Scott Morris, Nicholas P. Hill, Troy C. Meuninck, Virginia S. Ng